ISSAC JOHN PATTANI PARAMPIL , Editorial Director of Khaleej Times ...
Is one of the high-profile and well-connected overseas Indian journalists based out of the UAE.
Issac’s “Symphony Global Indian” television series, profiling highly successful global business tycoons on Amrita TV and E-Vision channels, has been a popular hit with viewers for its inspirational influence. He is also a frequent commentator on regional social and economic issues on Indian televisions and radio.
In the Indian regional media, he has made an indelible imprint with his byline — Issac Pattaniparambil — as a correspondent in the Gulf for the largest-circulated Indian regional language newspaper Malayala Manorama for eight years from 1997 to 2004 even while working with Khaleej Times.
As the senior-most Indian journalist with just over 40 years of overseas professional experience in the Middle East’s mainstream media landscape, Issac is known for his astute understanding of the local business scene and trends.
He has made his mark both in the print and visual media as a prolific writer, economic analyst, political and business commentator, and a television host through both English and Malayalam media.
Issac also had made a debut as a film actor through two award-winning films, “Netaji” and “Appuvinte Sathyanweshanam (Appu in search of truth).
Winning two Guinness Book of Records accolades in two months is a highlight in 2019 for Issac, who has to his credit a string of global and regional awards and recognitions.
Another glittering highlight in his career in 2019 was getting three awards/mementos from Kerala Chief Minister in three months in a row, including Kairali TV Excellence in Journalism Award in October and the Loka Media Award instituted by Loka Madhyama Sabha in December.
As a Loka Kerala Sabha Member, now serving the second two-year term, Issac has been instrumental in championing the causes to non-resident investors and entrepreneurs in Kerala.
Far beyond the scope of his cardinal vocation as a journalist, Issac has demonstrated his leadership acumen and societal commitment through multifarious roles and responsibilities.
Issac has also set a unique track record with his exemplary services and contributions in a variety of other fields — social, humanitarian, cultural, arts, literature, astrology and business.
A veteran of many a breaking news stories, Issac has been in the UAE’s mainstream journalism for more than 40 years — 9 years with Gulf News, two years with Emirates News, one year with a business magazine UAE Digest, and 28 years with Khaleej Times.
He had also played a key role along with the International Institute for Scientific and Academic Collaboration to bring out the landmark 1,600-page reference book “An Introduction to Kerala Studies.”
Respected for his invigorating and insightful analysis of global and regional business and economic issues and trends, Issac has to his credit more than 11,000 by-lined published articles. He has made his mark through his contributions towards fostering economic, business and cultural ties between the Middle East countries and India, especially during the historic state visits of the Indian President and Prime Minister to the UAE as well as the visit by the UAE Vice President and Prime Minister to India.
He also had the opportunity to interact and interview several heads of state, prime ministers, statesmen, technocrats, film personalities and business magnates from across the world, thanks to the unique advantage and exposure Dubai provides.