MAKER'S MARK AND THE DEVIL'S DUE
Gaurav Bhagowati has around 20 years of experience in journalism, advocacy and communications, with recent exposure in areas like corporate reputation management, C-suite counsel, content and messaging, stakeholder alliances, and engagement with leaders of the Executive and Legislative arms of Parliament.
In the past, he has been senior vice president at one of India’s largest public relations agencies leading their business in north India; director of advocacy at US-based research and communications consulting firm and WPP group-company, Penn Schoen Berland, at the firm’s South Asia office; and head of public affairs and communications at the US-based International AIDS Vaccine Initiative’s India office. He was also Principal-Delhi at the Practice Strategic Communications, a leading public relations agency based in Bangalore, handling communications and creating strategic alliances for key national clients like Qualcomm, Infosys and the Science Prize, Hewlett Packard, the International Finance Corporation and the GMR-led consortia operating Terminal 3 at Delhi International Airport Limited.
He also engages with companies and other organizations on matters pertaining to public affairs, media, business development, writing and content.
Between 1995 and 2009, Gaurav was a former business journalist with reporting and editorial experiences spanning some of India’s biggest newspapers, including the Times of India, the Financial Express and the Hindustan Times. During the same time, he has had the opportunity to engage with global industry leaders like Bill Gates, Craig Barrett, Hector Ruiz, John Chambers, Larry Ellison, Gerry Greenberg, Ratan Tata, Azim Premji and Narayana Murthy, among others, as well as academics and celebrity achievers, memorably the incomparable John Nash. At the Hindustan Times, he played a key role anchoring the Capital edition of the newspaper.
Brevis, which he co-founded as a consultancy centred on building capacity, allows him the opportunity to participate in conversations on how content is changing the terms of engagement, where there is much greater reciprocity between the written word, data and pictures.
Gaurav has a keen ear for jazz, blues and country music, but spends most of his time these days with his wife playing kindergarten cop for their infant daughter.