Umashanker Yadav is the Founder Director of the Ahmedabad International Literature Festival.
After serving in the Indian Air Force for fifteen years, Umashankar set up his flagship venture, Ikon Barcode Solutions Pvt. Ltd. He is also the founder of Serene Publishers & Distributors and Ikon Label Industries. He is the founder member of Elan Sports and Wordzville Writers Club.
Umashanker holds an MA in English Literature and MBA (Marketing), as well as a Post Graduate Diploma in Journalism and Mass Communication. His book of poems Beyond Dreamz was published in 2015. He has co-edited several anthologies of poems Lifenama, Kuchh Panne Dil Se and Essence of Emotions along with Rashmi Goyal.
A regular marathon runner, Umashanker promotes running and other healthy habits by organizing various activities and has helped convert many non-runners into runners.