BILAL ZAIDI
Founder and Community Coordinator

BILAL ZAIDI
BILAL ZAIDI

After more than a decade of Journalism, Bilal now works in the intersection between journalism and campaigning for social change and impact.
Prior to CrowdNewsing, Bilal was based out of New York working as a Global Campaigner with Avaaz Foundation, where he was focussed on community mobilisation on campaigns like climate change, the war in Syria and the Rohingya crisis.
In New York, Bilal also volunteered with the Bernie Sanders election campaign observing closely the role of crowdfunding in politics and the functioning of the #BlackLivesMatter movement in Harlem.
As a journalist, Bilal has led newsrooms working with organisations like NDTV, NewsX, Times Now among others. He considers his interview with Mr Narendra Modi in 2011 and ground reports from Syria in 2012 as the key moments of his journalistic career.

He lives in New Delhi, India
bilal@crowdnewsing.com

ANAND MANGNALE
ANAND MANGNALE

ANAND MANGNALE
Advisor, Campaigns
Anand Mangnale is a campaigner and an activist, with expertise in political campaign strategy and fundraising. He was part of Irom Sharmila’s election campaign team in Manipur where he helped the party raise more than Rs 20 lakhs through sustained online campaigning. With a Master’s degree in ‘Media Campaigning and Social Change’, from University of Westminster, UK, Anand has been actively working on various issues around gender violence, empowerment, rural development, water conservation, and the Tibetan Freedom Movement to name some. He has also worked with Prashant Kishor’s IPAC.
He lives in Pune, India

 

KABEER SHARMA 

KABEER SHARMA

Editorial Advisor
Kabeer is the Editor of Indiatimes, Times of India group’s online publication. He spends much of his time navigating technological interventions, social media trends and the ever changing algorithms to make indiatimes the largest facebook publisher in the world. With close to 15 years in the industry, Kabeer has edited several newspapers and magazines and considers himself a student of audience behaviour.
He lives in Gurgaon.

 

 

ANCHAL VOHRA

ANCHAL VOHRA
Editorial Advisor
Anchal Vohra has been a journalist for over 13 years. She is currently an independent journalist based in Beirut, Lebonon, closely tracking the developments in the war-torn Middle-East. She has worked with NDTV, CNN IBN and contributed to DW. Her passion for conflict reportage has taken the award winning journalist to places across the globe – from Afghanistan to West Bank and from Uttar Pradesh to United States.
She lives in Beirut, Lebanon

 

SWASTIKA MEHTA 

SWASTIKA MEHTA

Editorial Advisor
Swastika has been a journalist, filmmaker and a storyteller for 11 years. Her production – Voices under the Mango Tree, based on the killing of two young girls in Badaun, Uttar Pradesh – won the New York festivals gold and Los Angeles Cinema festival gold. Swastika has worked with organizations like NDTV, Times Now and India Today TV. Her international portfolio includes work with organizations like The Guardian, BBC and Channel News Asia. She has also worked on Aamir Khan’s Satyamev Jayate and projects by Amnesty International India.
She lives in New Delhi.

 

DANISH RAZA
Editorial Advisor

DANISH RAZA

A reporter to the core, Danish has been relentlessly travelling to India’s hinterland pursuing stories on caste, gender and systemic marginalisation. He won the UNFPA – Laadli media award for gender sensitization for his story on bride trafficking and was nominated in the professional category by the European Commission’s Lorenzo Natali Media Prize jury. Danish Raza works at Hindustan Times and has previously worked with organisations like Firstpost, NewsX TV and Governance Now, among others.
He is based in New Delhi.

 

AKSHAY BAJAJ

AKSHAY BAJAJ

Consultant – Technology and Campaigns.
Akshay brings a unique mix of technology blended with campaign experience. During his brief stint with Prashant Kishor’s IPAC, Akshay was able to introduce a new mobilisation strategy for online and offline community building. The engineering graduate has done his specialisation in Computer Science and aims to work towards Community Mobilisation for social change.
He is based in New Delhi.

 

 

SANU NAIR
Advisor, Communications
Sanu Nair is a communications professional with more than a decade’s experience in consulting organisations and leaders in reputation management. He has played an advisory role to people and organisations in sectors ranging from telecom, defence, agriculture, oil & gas and the social sector. He has led public advocacy campaigns with leading advisory firms such as Perfect Relations and Blackpen LCC. He started his career as a journalist and has worked with media houses such as ESPN, NewsX, NDTV and the Tehelka magazine.
He is based in New Delhi

 

MOHAMMAD ALI
Editorial Advisor
Mohammad Ali is a journalist with The Hindu with past professional experience of more than eight years across TV, online and print media. After extensively reporting on the Aam Aadmi Party –  from its inception to assuming power in the national capital – Ali has moved his base to western Uttar Pradesh. Over the last three years, he has been reporting and documenting the culture of violence and communal politics in Uttar Pradesh. His book on Dadri lynching, a narrative non-fiction by Juggernaut, is out in April.

GEETIKA SEHMAY
Advisor, Communications
Geetika Sehmay is a former television journalist en route a social change campaigner, with expertise in political campaign strategy, fundraising and media management. Geetika was part of Irom Sharmila’s election campaign team in Manipur where she helped the party’s campaign get the deserved media coverage both locally and nationally, along with strategising and managing the overall campaign, including helping raise more than 20 lakh rupees through crowdfunding. Geetika has studied broadcast journalism, worked with India Today TV, assisted a former BBC journalist on a book on Narendra Modi and has also worked with Prashant Kishor’s IPAC as a member of the media team.
She lives in Delhi, India