1. Dr. Padmesh Gupta
International Co-ordinator

A well known creative writer, poet, and academician Dr. Padmesh Gupta is the Director of Oxford Business College, UK, President of UK Hindi Samiti, Editor of Purwai magazine and the Convenor of various International conferences and seminars.

Dr. Gupta is an editor and author of several books of creative writing and poetry. He has been invited in many international conferences, television and radio programmes to speak in the field of Indian literature and host literary programmes. He has several awards to his credits by the Government of India and social and literary organisations of international repute.

2. Anil Joshi
Festival Director

Anil Joshi is a versatile personality, working in the field of media and social activism for a long time. He has worked as a Hindi & Cultural Attaché for five years in the High Commission of India, London. He is the founder and conceptualiser of various international literary events and cultural exchanges.

Anil Joshi has made a substantial contribution in promoting Hindi and Indian Culture at various international levels. He has also worked as Desk Officer of the 8th World Hindi Conference organized in 2007.

A poet, critic, a satire writer and journalist, Anil Joshi has more than 500 articles published in various national and international newspaper and magazine.

His collection of poetry named Morche Par and Nind Kaha Hai are popular amongst NRIs. As an editorial advisor of Pravasi Today, he has helped the magazine from going strength to strength. He is also the President of International Literary Organization ‘Aksharam’.

3. Rajesh Jain
Festival Co-Director

Rajesh Jain is having an experience of more than 20 years in the field of management, defence and engineering side. He is a very creative person and having expertise in conceptualizing, strategising & managing the events. He has interest in media, literature, tourism and social development.

4. Divya Mathur
MA, FRSA (International Co-ordinator)


Divya Mathur, worked as Medical Secretary for nearly 15 years at the All-India Institute of Medical Sciences, is presently the Executive Director of a charity in London. She is the founder president of Vatayan: Poetry on South Bank, Vice President of the UK Hindi Samiti and Managing Editor of Pravasi Today.

In 1992, she joined hands with the team chosen by Minister (Culture) and Director, Mr Gopal Gandhi, to establish The Nehru Centre in London, where she continues to enjoy working as its Senior Programme Officer and is working to promote Indo-British relationship. She has received numerous awards for her immense contribution in the field of medicine and literature.

5. Dr. Nikhil Kaushik
Filmmaker

Dr. Nikhil Kaushik is a UK-based independent film maker. Nikhil has been associated with AIR and television while in India and since being in the UK has maintained his interests in media and arts. He has to his credit two poem collections: Tum London Aaanaa Chahte Ho and Khara Hota Nahin Hai Apne Aap Koi.

He is presently working as a Consultant Eye Surgeon serving the National Health Service in North Wales.

He has to his credit a number of publications in medical journals and periodicals, and is actively engaged in medical education. He lectures regularly to medical and lay audiences on health related subjects, and utilizes his talent in film making to produce educational videos and films.

He has produced a much acclaimed feature film, Bhavishya – The Future, that explores the issue of professional migration. The film features Saeed Jaffrey and members of the medical profession and puts across the roller coaster life professionals such as doctors lead. The film is to a large extent inspired by and focuses upon the lives of International Medial Graduates in the British National Health Service.

He is working on another film project, while remaining engaged with active medical and surgical practice.

6. Pankaj Dubey
Festival Co-Director

After completing Masters in Applied Communications (Journalism) from West Midlands, Pankaj Dubey started his career with the BBC World Service, London. He also had a short stint at Vectone India Television as a reporter and newscaster before he returned to India.

In India, Pankaj Dubey was part of the launching team of Channel 7 and later joined Aaj Tak. As Resident Editor of Pravasi Today, he has strong grip over Indian Diasporic affairs. He was recently nominated by the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA), Govt. of India to be a part of official delegation in the 8th World Hindi Conference. He also heads a voluntary organization by the name of Society for the promotion and inculcation of Human Aspirations (SPRIHA).