Team

We are a group of journalists, writers, researchers, data divers storytellers, filmmakers, podcasters, and creatives.

We have, on our team, Journalists of the Year, Foreign Reporters of the Year, Crosswords Books award recipients, winners of the Golden Dagger, and national and international film and journalism award winners, feted in the India, the US, Europe, and the UK.

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Josy Joseph

Founder

Josy is an investigative journalist, who has enjoyed highly successful stints at newspapers such as The Hindu and The Times of India.

He won the Prem Bhatia Memorial Trust’s Outstanding Political Reporting of the Year Award in 2011, and the Ram Nath Goenka Excellence in Journalism Award in 2013 for landmark investigative stories that significantly contributed to the anti-corruption movement of recent years.

Josy also authored A Feast of Vultures: The Hidden Business of Democracy in India, which won the best non-fiction book at the Crossword Book Awards. He attended the British government’s International Leaders Programme, organised by Foreign and Commonwealth Office in 2014. Josy has a Master’s in International Relations from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University, and is a Senior Visiting Fellow at the Edward R Murrow Centre at Fletcher. He has designed and taught investigative journalism courses at Ashoka University, Times School of Journalism, and Jindal School of Journalism and Communication.

Josy founded Confluence Media in July 2019.

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Anisa Draboo

Head of Strategic Partnerships

Anisa has had an unusual career that has seen her being a young city planner, among early responders at disaster zones, working in deep rural areas and commissioning documentaries by globally acclaimed directors.

Anisa is a City Planner, development professional and occasional commentator who has been part of prominent non-government organisations in the programme-policy-advocacy-communication space for almost two decades.

She has worked in several positions with Oxfam, Landesa, the UnitedNations, and the World Bank on various development issues in South Asia. Anisa was among the youngest city planners in Srinagar, where she beganher professional life after completing two Masters-- in Geography from Jamia Milia and in Regional Planning from School of Planning and Architecture. She went on to do her third masters, in City Planning, from Cornell University, where she was an International Ford Foundation Fellow.

As a development, communications, and media advocacy expert, a major partof her work has been formulating strategy and engagement on issues likegender, land rights, rural development, livelihoods, disasters and manymore.

Her work involved training journalists on specific social issues,planning media tours, and collaborating with documentary filmmakers,including Academy Award winners. Documentary films commissioned under Anisahave been screened at international film festivals and has scooped upseveral awards. Anisa is a founding team member of Confluence Media.

Get in touch with Anisa to discuss partnerships with Confluence.

Gautam Datt

Head of Operations

Gautam is a geographer who began his career as a geospatial researcher before he plunged into the world of reporting.

From combing through dusted court documents to investigating complex crimes, from covering some of South Asia’s biggest disasters to becoming a specialist in military matters and diplomacy, Gautam has been a classic on-field reporter for over two decades.

His reporting trips have taken him across the world, from the United States to Russia, from Siachen glacier to the Andaman Nicobar Islands. Gautam led large reporting teams at Mail Today and Indo-Asian News Service, and has also been an occasional commentator on various subjects.

An aviation freak and an amateur photographer, Gautam is part of the founding team of Confluence Media, where he manages operations.

Get in touch with Gautam to discuss working at Confluence.

Adrian Levy

Chief Creative

Adrian is a former staff writer and foreign correspondent for The Sunday Times and The Guardian, and the recipient of the One World award for foreign writing.

He has produced documentaries for HBO, PBS, BBC 1, BBC 2, C4, Facebook, and VICE TV. In 2010, his film City of Fear, on Pakistan’s bloodiest year, was nominated at the Edinburgh International Television Festival. In 2012, the C4 documentary Torture Trail, won the 2013 Amnesty International Media Award, and was short-listed for the Grierson Awards, besides being a finalist at the Rory Peck award.

Adrian was a producer for the Emmy-winning Season Three and Four of Vice-on-HBO — focusing on the gold rush and land rights in Peru, terror in Waziristan and child exploitation in Calcutta. He has worked as a producer for Dispatches (UK) and Frontline (PBS). This year, he is producing the theatrically released documentary, Patient Zero, directed by Academy Award-winner Alex Gibney.

His sixth non-fiction book (co-written with Catherine Scott-Clark), The Exile, the drama of Bin Laden’s life on the run, was published in 2018. Deception (2008) was a Washington Post Book of the Year, and finalist in the Royal United Services Institute, Duke of Westminster’s medal for Military History. The Meadow (2012) won the Ramnath Goenka Award for Excellence in Journalism as India’s best non-fiction book. The Siege, an account of the 26/11 assaults on Mumbai, won the CWA Gold Dagger for Non-Fiction.

Adrian has lectured on journalism and documentary filmmaking at the London School of Economics, SOAS, Kings College, Cambridge and Oxford University, in Edinburgh, Glasgow, Liverpool and Manchester. He has also delivered talks at the Frontline Club in London, the Sorbonne in France, as well as Harvard and Princeton.

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Aalif Surti

Creative Advisor

One of India’s best-known entertainment executives, Aalif played an instrumental role in setting up Fox Star Studios, a joint venture between 20th Century Fox and STAR, India’s largest media and entertainment company.

As Chief Creative Officer at Fox Star Studios, he was responsible for overseeing the development, production, and acquisition of a slate of 40 films in Hindi and Tamil, which delivered a worldwide box office gross of $450 million. Amongst the notable films were My Name is Khan, which, in 2010, became the all-time highest-grossing Indian film worldwide.

Previously, Aalif was head of STAR Gold, a movie channel of the STAR India group, with a weekly reach of 650 million viewers, and also the Creative Head for a digital entertainment company run by Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan.
Aalif’s first film, Visaranai, was India’s official submission to the Academy Awards in 2017. He co-produced the blockbuster Soorarai Pootru, a thriller starring Suriya set in the world of Indian aviation, with Guneet Monga and 2D Pictures in 2020.

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Chindu Sreedharan

Advisor

Chindu is Advisor to the Confluence Board of Directors. 

A journalism academic at Bournemouth University in the United Kingdom, he previously worked for rediff.com, India Abroad, and The Sunday Observer. Chindu specialised in crisis reporting at rediff.com, reporting on and producing the coverage of, among others, the Kashmir conflict, the India-Pakistan Kargil war, and the Maoist insurgency in central India. 

He holds a PhD in journalism and has a particular interest in journalistic storytelling as a means to improve human rights and crisis situations, and empower marginalised groups. He currently oversees research and capacity-building projects amongst journalists in Sierra Leona (in collaboration with the Sierra Leone Association of Journalists), Nepal (with Nepal Press Institute and Federation of Nepali Journalists), and India (with UNESCO New Delhi).

Chindu’s recent publications include Hold Your Story (2020, co-edited), Notes for the Media (2020, co-edited), Impact of COVID-19 on journalism in Nepal (2020, co-author), Disaster Journalism (2019, co-author), and Voices from Nepal (2018, co-author). 

He has also authored two books of fiction — Autobiography of a Villain (2020) and I who killed my brothers (2020) — and blogs at Indian in England.

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Mahesh Nair

Head of New Media

Mahesh Nair is a Mumbai-based writer and director. 

He brings a rich experience to Confluence, having worked in the film industry, television, internet, and print journalism. His documentary on the famous ‘dabbawalas’ of Mumbai for the BBC got much critical acclaim and is screened in India’s leading B-schools. Mahesh’s documentary, Raga Revelry, is used as a reference to study Hindustani classical music in international music schools. 

Mahesh has directed two Bollywood films, Accident on Hill Road (2010) and Jogiya (2021). He has also written feature film scripts which are under production.

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Dr Brundaban Mishra

Head of Research

Brundaban holds a PhD in Indian History from the Jawaharlal Nehru University and a Postdoc from Kyoto University, Japan. His research interests are Modern Indian History and State Formation, with a focus on India and South Asia.

Brundaban’s ideal day involves wading through old files at the National Archives of India, uncovering lost stories and forgotten characters from bygone eras.

Brundaban is currently working on Birth of a Nation, a multi-volume book project as well as a podcast series for Confluence.

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Sonal Matharu

Senior Journalist

Sonal is an experienced crossplatform journalist, who has contributed in-depth stories to television, radio, and online platforms. Her recent projects include MafiaLand, the hit podcast series jointly produced by Confluence and Spotify.

At NDTV 24x7, she was part of the team that won the Ramnath Goenka Excellence in Journalism Award for Investigative Reporting (broadcast). She has contributed stories for the Swedish Radio and Television, as well as FirstPost, Governance Now, and Down To Earth.  

Sonal holds a Master’s in Development Studies from Dr B R Ambedkar University, New Delhi, and is passionate about public health, environment, gender, and social development issues.

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Ushinor Majumdar

Senior Journalist

Ushinor Majumdar is a reporter, researcher and budding screen writer. He has worked as an investigative reporter
with Outlook magazine, Tehelka magazine and The Hindustan Times.

Ushinor’s reportage-based book—‘God of Sin: The Cult, Clout and Downfall of Asaram Bapu’—was published by Penguin Books in December 2018. The book is the first in India to make a holistic investigation into the criminal empire of corrupt ‘godmen’ in India and is being adapted for the screen.

He moonlights as a journalism trainer and works with media non-profits on press freedom issues.

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Abhishek Mehrotra

Senior Journalist

Abhishek has spent the majority of his 12-year journalism career in Singapore, where he headed editorial teams at ESPN StarSports, Fox Sports and NewsCorp.

After moving to India, Abhishek worked at Network 18 before joining Confluence, where he heads the Confluence Publishing vertical.

Abhishek is a sports and history buff, and holds a Master’s in International Relations.

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Vidur Conrad Moitra

Head of Design

Vidur Conrad conceptualises the visual language of all projects at Confluence, besides contributing to the company’s design and content strategy.

Vidur started his career as a concept artist with the Design Habit Design studio, working on the Virasat-e-Khalsa Museum, the largest museum in Asia, creating unique spatial experiences. Afterwards, he worked at the Huemen Design Studio, as part of Harman/Samsung, and consulted on user experience design with clients including Mercedes-Benz, Microsoft and Intel.

In his 9-year professional career, he has worked on conceptual art projects, installation art, branding, web and app design, production design and film projects. In 2021, he conceptualised the rebranding of Confluence Media.

Vidur has been quoted on design trends by Outlook Magazine, collaborated with The Quint and written for Outlook Traveller.

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Joyal George

Chief Researcher

Joyal is chief researcher, organiser, and tech expert at Confluence.

A Bachelor in Physics from St Stephens College, Delhi, Joyal is a deep diving expert and provides archival foundation to the projects. Detailing is his forte.

Joyal’s free time goes into sports and violin.

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