John Doe

Sadaf Saaz

Director & Producer

Sadaf Saaz is a poet, writer, entrepreneur and women’s rights activist. She co-founded the festival in 2011, and has been a driving force since its inception. Sadaf is based in Dhaka, and runs several businesses, including Jatrik, an arts management and travel company, which has managed the festival since 2011, and continues to produce Dhaka Lit Fest. She is author of a collection of poetry, Sari Reams, published by UPL.

Josh Thompson

Ahsan Akbar


Ahsan Akbar is a poet and writer and has been a key organiser of the festival since its beginning in 2011. His debut book, The Devil’s Thumbprint, is a collection of poems and it has been recently included in the English literature programme at SOAS, University of London.

Akbar is co-founder of Zephyr:Media, a multiplatform arts and media boutique based in Mayfair, London, and the international PR partner for Dhaka Lit Fest.

Mary Jane

K Anis Ahmed


K Anis Ahmed is a Bangladeshi writer based in Dhaka. He is the author of three works of fiction: The World in My Hands; Good Night, Mr. Kissinger; and Forty Steps. An adviser to PEN Bangladesh, he is the founder of the University of Liberal Arts Bangladesh, the Dhaka Translation Center, and the Bengal Lights Literary Journal. He is also the publisher of Dhaka Tribune, a national daily newspaper.