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Our Team

Founding Partners

Mohamed Zeeshan

Mohamed Zeeshan is a Founding Partner, Editor-in-Chief of Freedom Gazette and the host of Freedom Gazette's Beyond the Headlines. He is the author of Flying Blind: India's Quest for Global Leadership (Penguin 2021) and has written for The Diplomat, The Washington Post, Deccan Herald, The Straits Times, The Telegraph, The Sydney Morning Herald, South China Morning Post, Haaretz and others. Zeeshan previously worked at the United Nations in New York and the global consulting firm Kearney in Dubai. He is a graduate of International Affairs from Columbia University, where he edited the online publication of the Columbia Journal of International Affairs. When he isn't writing about the world, Zeeshan spends his time reading Agatha Christie's ingenious psycho-thrillers and watching cricket.

Ashima Kohli
Business Head

Ashima Kohli is a Founding Partner and the Business Head of Freedom Gazette. She is a business professional with experience across public policy and transaction advisory roles. She has previously worked with Brookings India and advised firms in the telecom industry across markets such as India, Singapore and Malaysia. Ashima is an Economics graduate from Lady Shri Ram College for Women and a perennially curious soul. Her favourite author is Dan Brown (though she does understand that his stories may seem repetitive) and she loves tennis.

Anuj Raghuram
Creative and Technical Head

Anuj Raghuram is a Founding Partner, the Creative and Technical Head of Freedom Gazette and Executive Producer of Freedom Gazette's Beyond the Headlines. He is currently a freelance content creator for digital marketing, working with leading conglomerates across India. After spending years in a leading global software firm, Anuj decided to retire from the corporate world in order to use his technical and programming skills for more impactful and interesting projects. In addition to his creative tech skills, Anuj is also a budding screenwriter and musician.


Editorial Team

Roshni Menon
Senior Editor

Roshni is a Chevening Scholar and an LLM Candidate at King’s College London. She has previously worked with Samvad Partners as a corporate and finance lawyer.

Varna Sri Raman
Editor, Economy

Varna is an award-winning development economics researcher. She runs IdeaLog Works, an innovations consulting firm with work across research, education and law.

Abhirup Bangara
Editor, Governance

Abhirup is a practising Advocate in the High Court of Karnataka and a graduate of International Legal Studies from New York University. He has previously worked at IIM Bangalore.

Malavika Rao
Editor, Environment

Malavika is a law graduate from UC Berkeley and a PhD Candidate in International Law at the Graduate Institute Geneva. She writes on migration, refugees and the environment.

Shairee Malhotra
Editor, Foreign Affairs

Shairee is the 2020 South Asia Fellow of the Young Professionals in Foreign Policy program. She has previously worked with the EU's External Action Service.

Anirudh Shirolkar
Editor, Quote Jester

Anirudh is the Cartoons Editor at Freedom Gazette. He is a full-time engineer and a part-time political observer, with extensive work on editorial cartoons.

Aravinda Tegginamath

Aravinda is an engineer by day and a doodler by night. He is a freelance cartoonist for Quote Jester and the creator of the popular comic strip, ButtSir.


Creative Team

Sana Faheema
Lead Designer

Sana is an artist, architect and designer. Her sketching skills designed the logo, branding identity and masthead skyline of Freedom Gazette.