PEOPLE

CA Valerian Dalmaida
CA Valerian Dalmaida
Mentor & Advisor (info@valeriandalmaida.co.in)

A media visionary, Valerian Dalmaida is a Fellow member of The Institute of Chartered Accountants of India and holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Commerce from Mysore University, India. He has over 38 years of experience in various fields including accounting, audit, finance, IT services and administration. Currently, he is the Managing Partner of Quick Accounting & Advisory LLC, Abu Dhabi.
Valerian has worked as the Group Head of Support Services & Group Financial Controller for Al Ain Holding, Abu Dhabi and as Chief Advisor for a Public Limited IT Solution Provider company, Bangalore, India.
Valerian holds a Certificate of Practice in India under Valerian Dalmaida & Co, Chartered Accountants, Mangaluru. He has attended various leadership training programmes globally and is a Certified Support Manager from Service Strategies, San Diego, USA.

Brian Fernandes
Brian Fernandes
Director & Editor - Karnataka Today (brian@newskarnataka.com)

Brian is an alumnus of Roshni Nilaya’s Post Graduate School of Social Work, HR Department and has 30 years of local and international HR and General Management experience. Journalism, poetry, and feature writing is a passion which he is now able to pursue at will. Additionally, he loves compering and hosting talk shows.
He loves learning and imparting it; so, when time permits, he provides leadership facilitation and soft skills training to Postgraduate students and Corporates in Mangaluru and Bengaluru. Besides, he is an accomplished Toastmaster under the aegis of the Toastamasters.org and a designated Distinguished Toast Master.

Canute-J-Pinto
Canute J. Pinto
Director - Marketing & Operations (canute@newskarnataka.com)

A Mechanical Diploma graduate, Canute has local and international experience of over 12 years in managing operations in a variety of industry segments from Media to Automobiles. An efficient organiser, his handling of the operations of the Spearhead Group has helped the group evolve into an effective organisation with resource utilisation being optimum.
Prior to his current assignment at the Spearhead Media’s corporate office, he drove the Company’s operations in the Middle East.
Media is his passion and his previous experience in a couple of local periodicals has stood him in good stead. An extrovert, his marketing skills come to the forefront in b2b and b2c situations.

Srinivasa Pejathaya
Srinivasa Pejathaya
Editor (editor@newskarnataka.com)

Srinivasa Pejathaya is an epitome of the use of media and communication networks to bring about meaningful social change. He has 11 years of experience over a varied field spanning print and online media, academics and research, video productions, corporate relations, branding, advertising, and communications consultancy.
A passionate researcher and writer, Pejathaya has contributed to various journals and publications where a chapter of new media for BBA students published by Mangalore University is prominent. He is currently pursuing a Ph.D. degree from Kuvempu University, Shivamogga.
His contributions are documented in a kids' workbook series 'Know Your Star Book of Possibilities' by Tarkeybein Education Foundation.

Chandrashekar Rao Kuthyar
Chandrashekar Rao Kuthyar
Technical Consultant (tech@newskarnataka.com)

Chandrashekar Rao Kuthyar has over 30 years of experience in Technology functionalities such Electronics, Computer Software, Telecom Product Design, Mobile Application Development, Banking Technology, Authentication and Security. He is a graduate in Electronics from BMS College of Engineering and an MTech in Communications from IIT Bombay.
He is passionate about Product Development in areas such as Industrial Internet of Things and Connected Cars. Currently, he is heading NK Learn e-learning project of Spearhead Media Group.

Kishor Kumar KL
Kishor Kumar KL
Accounts Officer (accounts@newskarnataka.com)

Kishor Kumar K L is a BBM graduate. He started his career in the year 2012 as Assistant Accountant in Just Jute Products. And he later worked at BNB Security and Automation solutions (P) Ltd as Account Executive in 2019. Kishor Kumar K L joined the Company in June 2020 with 8 years of experience.
Kishore is a person who is positive about every aspect of life. "I like to do, see and experience", is his guiding mantra! Highly knowledgeable, he is proficient in Tally, MS Office and presentation skills. His interests are travelling, agriculture, apart from upgrading professional knowledge. He enjoys meeting new people and likes to help them have an uplifting experience.

Brijesh M. Gokhale
Brijesh M. Gokhale
Manager - Strategy Execution (support@newskarnataka.com)

Brijesh M Gokhale is a multi-faceted professional best suited for the emerging media industry. He holds a Master’s Degree in English and combines his language skills with over a decade of experience in various technical fields such as Computer Hardware & Networking, and Web design. In addition, he adds value with his content writing, and people skills.
Brijesh has high learnability skills, dedication, diligence and most importantly, self-responsibility and accountability.

Sushma B.
Sushma B.
Assistant Editor (news@newskarnataka.com)

Sushma B. has 17 years of varied experience in the fields of journalism, writing, training and counselling. She has an excellent nose for the stories that matter to the common man and guides her team of young journalists with a sure and comforting hand, bringing out the best in them. She is passionate about giving her best in every endeavour she undertakes.
Educationally, she holds an MA in Education from Kuvempu University, Shivamogga. Parallelly, she also holds post-graduate diplomas in HR, Counselling and Soft Skills. A people's person, she loves youth and guiding them.

Narayana Raj
Narayana Raj
Video Production Editor

Narayan Raj has 15 years of experience in the Visual Media as Postproduction Editor/Video Editor/Production Switcher operator/Graphic Designer/Video Streaming Manager and Photography & Videography. Narayan holds a MA in Journalism & Mass Communication from the Sikkim Manipal University, Gangtok/Bachelor of Science in Information Technology from the KSOU, Mysore.
Indeed, his Master’s Thesis: Evolution of Local Cable Network Leading to Sustainable Development in Management of Local Television Channels: Mangalore – An Empirical Study is a masterpiece. His work is his best testimony – the originality, innovation and precision are on display for all to see.

Arun Pinto
Arun Pinto
Senior Sub Editor

For Arun, Journalism is an acquired passion, one that has helped him grow as a person. As an analytical journalist who prior to adopting Journalism as a profession had wide experience in the Automotive and Pharma sector.
He brings his vast Quality Auditing experience, to his well-researched pieces on issues that are current. His excellent language skills add value to his edits.

K. C. Indresh
K. C. Indresh
Sub Editor/Special Correspondent - Kannada

Popularly known by his pen name, Coovercolly Indresh, Indresh started out as a reporter in 1987 for a local newspaper in Kodagu. He then went onto serve The New Indian Express first as a contributor, then as a district reporter.
He uses his vast field experience to support newskannada.com with exclusive features, analysis and news stories.

Sampriya Bhaghirathi
Sampriya Bhaghirathi
Sub Editor/Special Correspondent - Kannada

Sampriya is very comfortable and intuitive in her native Kannada language and is a great asset to the newskannada.com editorial team. Her nose for the stories that make a difference is incomparable and adds great value to the team and website.
She holds a Masters in Journalism from Alva's College (Mangalore University) and had served the print media before joining the Spearhead Media group.

Harshita Mary Varghese
Harshita Mary Varghese
Sub Editor/Special Correspondent

Harshita Mary Varghese graduated with a Masters in Journalism and Mass Communication from St. Aloysius College Mangaluru and is quickly learning the ropes of the emerging Media Industry. She has an excellent language and reportage skills.
She excels at human interest and travel stories.

Preeti V. Kamat
Preeti V. Kamat
Sub Editor/Special Correspondent

Preeti V Kamat, a young Postgraduate in Mass Communication and Journalism from Karnatak University, Dharwad utilises her considerable learned journalistic knowledge and inherent nose for news that matters to provide the media brands of the Spearhead Media group with a competitive edge.
Her focus is on profiles and human-interest stories.

Reshma Babu
Reshma Babu
Sub Editor/Special Correspondent

Reshma Babu, a young Postgraduate in Mass Communication and Journalism from St. Aloysius College, Mangalore University, utilises her considerable learned journalistic knowledge and inherent story writing and sub-editing abilities to add value to the company’s media brands and the editorial team.
All dimensions of human interaction are her prime focus.

Melvin Mathew
Melvin Mathew
Special Correspondent

Melvin Mathew, a journalism graduate is a feature-writer with a specific interest in writing human-centric stories. He is interested in politics, start-ups, Bengaluru city, and everything in between.
He brings his youthful outlook and contemporary knowledge to all the works at the Spearhead Media Group.