Sadaf Saaz is a poet, writer, entrepreneur and women’s rights advocate. She co-founded DLF in 2011 and has been a driving force since its inception. Sadaf is the author of a collection of poems, Sari Reams, and a monologue series Je Kotha Jai Na Bola (That Which Cannot Be Said). Sadaf runs several businesses including an arts management company, Jatrik, which has managed DLF since 2011. She is also the founder and CEO of EskeGen, a contract research and biotech company. She is on the board of trustees of BRAC University and on the governing body of the Jamal Nazrul Islam Research Centre for Mathematical and Physical Sciences, University of Chittagong.
Ahsan Akbar is a writer, entrepreneur, and socio-cultural organiser. His critically acclaimed debut poetry collection, The Devil's Thumbprint, is taught at SOAS University of London. He curated literary works for Granta and Tank, and guest edited Wasafiri's Issue No. 84. He has written extensively for various newspapers, including The Guardian, Financial Times, Los Angeles Times, Los Angeles Review of Books, Scroll, Telegraph India, and The Spectator. He is the founder of Symmetry Productions, a creative agency in London, with offices in Dubai, New York, and Stockholm. Akbar is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and served on the boards of Working Men's College, Drumduan School, and the Royal Female School of Art.
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. Ahmed is a co-founder of the University of Liberal Arts Bangladesh and publisher of Dhaka Tribune and Bangla Tribune. He is also the President of PEN Bangladesh. Ahmed has contributed to international journals including The New York Times, The Financial Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Guardian, Politico, Daily Beast/Newsweek, India Today, Scroll.in and BBC World Service. He has written or curated literary works for World Literature Today, Electric Literature, Wasafiri and Granta. He is currently finishing a new novel titled The New Barbarians.