Sanjay Salil is a media entrepreneur with an experience in consulting some of the world’s leading broadcasters and media companies on technology, content and business strategy. Sanjay has led MediaGuru through a decade of success, in a competitive, complex market and driving significant growth over the years. Sanjay has overseen the launch of broadcast stations and media ventures across Asia, Middle East and Africa.
Sanjay has shared his experiences and knowledge at global forums like AIB, ABU Digital Broadcasting Summit, Asia Media Summit, CABSAT, FIAT IFTA World Conference, Saudi Media Forum, Guardian Activate Summit, Big Tent Summit, and IBC conference. He has been a part of the jury for the coveted International EMMY awards and ABU Broadcast Engineering Excellence awards. Sanjay’s insights and interviews have been featured in global publications like Business Standard, CNN, Washington Post, Mint – Wall Street Journal among others.
Director, HR & Finance
Deepti is the sheet anchor of MediaGuru’s Noida-based headquarters in India. She oversees finance, human resources and administration to keep the MediaGuru engine in fine fettle at all times. Wearing her smile and accessibility on her sleeves, she is Team MediaGuru’s ultimate problem-solving destination.
An MBA in Finance, Deepti’s skills in managing and building the lives of her two kids, makes MediaGuru her third, which she has reared and grown with elan right from its inception. So while almost the entire management is busy travelling for client projects abroad, Deepti holds fort and ensures seamless operations at the base.
Global Chief Operating Officer
Sushil oversees client servicing, technology solutions and project management/delivery at MediaGuru, coordinating technology projects in multiple geographies, often hopping from flight to flight and geography to geography, making MediaGuru grow.
A veteran in the broadcast technology sales and system integration industry, Sushil has hands-on experience in structurally designing and setting-up futuristic broadcast station infrastructure across Asia and Africa. A core sales professional, Sushil can drive business negotiations with élan and loves to take challenges to win big, complicated projects/technology solutions and is deeply involved to deliver it in best possible manner. Sushil is well networked in the international broadcast media industry and is a thorough people’s man, which disarms his team to let their hair down and relax.
In a career spanning 24 years, he has been associated with technology planning, sales & implementation at various levels in different organisations such as Ideal Systems and Sony Broadcast Professional Systems.
Chief Operating Officer (MEA)
Ghallab brings to the table more than 17 years of industry experience in developing systems business, project management, system integration and managing professional services in Middle East and Africa. As COO – MEA, Ghallab leads MediaGuru’s business development and operations in the region.
Through his career, Ghallab has managed large scale broadcast technology projects including Television and Radio Studios & automation, OB Vans, DSNG, Earth station, FM & MW systems, Teleport & MCR and IT Broadcast, Digital Archiving & File based solutions.
Prior to joining MediaGuru, Ghallab was with SONY Professional Solutions as the Regional Head for SONY PSMEA.
AJAY PAL SINGH
Chief Strategy Officer
Ajay is the brain behind MediaGuru’s strategic decision-making engine. With close to 20 years of experience he brings cutting edge expertise in strategy formulation for sales, marketing and distribution.
Behind the humility of an ever-smiling face and a decibel level that never exceeds a gentle level, lies an astute mind that asks the toughest questions, finds the most apt and occasionally uncomfortable answers that changes the game, but ultimately makes business development look like a stroll in the park. Ajay is the first port of call internally for project evaluations and feasibility analysis.
His expertise also helps shape project plans for their optimization in terms of time, cost and positioning in the market space.
An alma mater of the prestigious Faculty of Management Studies of the University of Delhi, Ajay is an endearing team player who enjoys leading from the front. But when too much work clogs his mind, the answer lies in driving far away from home with family in tow, or just rock the party and get his batteries charged.
For most part of her career Poonam was facing the camera. She has been one of the well know faces on satellite television, anchoring news and sports-based programmes targeted at Asian audiences.
From content to programming and from brand strategies to revenue, Poonam has managed it all in the 17 years that she has been part of the broadcast media ecosystem. She has been a part of the TV Today Network in India and ESPNSTAR Sports in South East Asia.
Poonam drives MediaGuru’s foray in South East Asia, contributing to client needs on and around content innovation, programme packaging and training programs for newer talent. She also lead manages MediaGuru’s strategic partnership with The Guardian, in hosting the Activate series of Innovation events in Asia.
A Chevening Scholar at Cardiff University, Poonam is a doting mother of a five-year-old daughter, who recharges her tired batteries, while a good book and some music form the cherry on the cake.
BENOIT D ANGELO
Benoit has over 26 years of experience in leading technology function for small to large companies across Europe and Middle East. Through his career, Ben has overseen several complex projects involving digital archiving, workflow design, software development and IT infrastructure for organizations like Algerian National Archive, BBC, CANAL+, France Television, HTC, Kazakhstan National Archive, Kodak, NCDR, RTS among others.
Ben has an expertise in project management and IT integration and for past few years, he has specialized in establishing and managing large scale archiving projects around the world. As a core member of the MediaGuru team, Ben is responsible for managing and monitoring digitization projects on-site.
Chief Financial Officer
Mohit is the man with the company’s purse strings. As the CFO, Mohit juggles the numbers, leads financial planning and funds management — in short, makes things happen at MediaGuru. For a company with largely international clients, Mohit virtually mans the crossroads between costs and revenues, providing comfort to business managers on one side and coordinating with clients on the other.
With experience of over 14 years, Mohit has extensive knowledge in Corporate Finance, Business Planning, Fund Management, Investors Relations, Treasury management, Mergers, Deal structuring, Finalization of Accounts and Core Accounting across diverse industry verticals.
Mohit manages financing and taxation for MediaGuru’s operations across geographies. He is a certified Chartered Account and Company Secretary along with an MBA in Finance.
Prior to joining MediaGuru, Mohit has worked with Religare Macquarie Wealth Management Ltd., Fullerton Securities & Wealth Advisors Ltd, Actis Global Services, Fortis Healthcare and Dixon.
When not handling MediaGuru’s finances, Mohit is mostly found spending time with family or going on long drives to unwind.
Director (Sales), Africa
Richie is MediaGuru’s Man Friday in the African continent. He has over 15 years’ experience in various aspects of Business Development and Marketing in the broadcast media ecosystem. In the past, Richie has been associated with Wasp3D and AV Specialist in both Africa and the Middle East. He is a well-networked in the broadcast media industry, having serviced customers throughout the world. For him, going the extra mile in helping his clients with a well thought out plan and adding value to their requirements is the ultimate bliss. Richie is an avid Cricket fan and a Cricket Umpire having worked with the Emirates Cricket Board, Dubai Sports City and the ICC.
Head, Digital Strategy
Saurav lives and breathes internet. Perhaps dreams internet too, if he gets some sleep that is. A diehard digital evangelist, Saurav has virtually made it his calling, trying to usher in convergence-driven mindsets in newsrooms and media boardrooms and driving innovations to push digital content monetization.
With a stellar experience of 25 years spanning India, the Middle East, UK and South East Asia, Saurav is the New Media man at MediaGuru. His expertise in digital media is a result of his passion to drive change and share knowledge and insights for greater good.
A Chevening Fellow at the University of Westminster, Saurav has been associated with The Times of India Group, India Today Group, Ananda Bazar Patrika Group, The Asian Age, The Statesman, Khaleej Times, Dubai and a brief internship stint with The Guardian, London. He is an empanelled international consultant and trainer to UNDP and the Paris and Frankfurt-based World Association of Newspapers & News Publishers (WAN-IFRA).
For Saurav, the internet never sleeps (and so doesn’t he, almost!!) and user experience is what drives digital businesses. But when fatigue comes in the way, being a midnight experimental Chef works, as does a cup of steaming and frothy coffee.
Brij Bakshi is a seasoned media and broadcast professional with over 30 years of experience holding key positions and varied responsibilities though his career. He is a former Additional Director General, Doordarshan with a long illustrious professional background with varied experience. He has many achievements of distinction in the domain of Electronic Media and Communication covering operations, commercial and business development, program formats, public service broadcasting, sports production and organizational management.
Brij has to his credit an admirable and leading role in television production of a large number of international sporting events like Sydney Olympics 2000, Athens Olympics 2004, London Olympics 2012, Melbourne Commonwealth Games 2006, Cricket World Cup 1999 in U.K. and 2003 in South Africa. Brij Bakshi has been felicitated with prestigious honors such as the ‘Knowledge and Technology Award’ by the Government of Delhi and the ‘Outstanding Electronic Media Person by the Government of Rajasthan. In 2012, he was awarded the ‘Ganesh Shankar Vidyarthi Puraskar’ by the President of India for his creative contribution to Hindi Programming.
Brij advises MediaGuru on business and operational excellence, latest trends and transformations, and identifying how these translate into an opportunity.
Director, International Affairs
Richard started off as a print media professional, before taking a turn towards television. His prior experience includes stints at CNN London and CNN Hongkong& CNBC Asia.
He has worked with the launch and training of leading channels across the world including AajTak, Headlines Today and Manorama News in India, Geo TV in Pakistan, NIKKAI / CNBC – Tokyo, Paranana, Malaysia and the latest being CSB News in Bangladesh besides others.
He is an international network launch and training expert. His immense international exposure plays a key role in planning and strategizing all our projects. He also doubles up as a lead trainer and provides valuable inputs related to news reporting and writing for all our projects across the globe.