Lalit Agarwal is an Indian retail entrepreneur, the Founder & MD of V-Mart Retail, which he founded in 2002. With V-Mart he pioneered the concept of value fashion retailing in Tier II, III and IV towns in India. Under his stewardship, V-Mart's footprint has grown to 375 plus stores across 25 states, delivering affordable fashion to more than 35 million customers annually.
As a leading industry voice, Lalit holds the role of Trustee of Plaksha University, the position of the Chairman of Retailers Association of India (RAI) as well as Chairman of Confederation of Indian Industry (CII)- Retail & FMCG for the Northern Region. He was awarded 'Retail Leader of the Year' in 2018 by the Indian Retail (Franchise India) as an acknowledgement of his visionary zeal and entrepreneurial success. He was a speaker at the World Retail Congress (WRC), 2019, the foremost annual gathering of the retail industry globally. In 2017, he was nominated to the Niti Aayog’s Champions of Change - an initiative by the Government of India.
Lalit attended the renowned Owner/President Management Program at Harvard Business School. He earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Commerce from Bombay University, and a Diploma in Financial Management from Narsee Monjee Institute of Management Studies (NMIMS), Mumbai.
Lalit writes a weekly blog on the dynamics and interplay of Leadership, Culture and Technology.
He loves to travel and shares his experiences at lalitagarwalspeaks.com
Mr Gulbahar Taurani is the Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer at Philips Domestic Appliances, India Subcontinent.
A fast-tracker and veteran in the consumer durables industry, he brings in a wealth of knowledge to his role, with over 20 years of experience across Consumer Durables, FMCG and Telecom sectors. He is also the Chairperson of Small Appliances Council at Consumer Electronics & Appliances Manufacturers Association (CEAMA).
Gulbahar started his career with Videocon Consumer Durables as a Management Trainee in 2001 and moved on to join Philips as Branch Manager in Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh. In his 18 years+ career at Philips, he has undertaken various roles and successfully led large teams across functions and geographies. He is a versatile professional, who can both think big and rally large teams towards a bold vision as well as has the operational deep dive to run businesses and deliver strong results within ambiguous, high pressure environments.
In his previous role as Business Marketing & Sales Leader Philips Personal Health India, he was responsible for the overall management, strategy development and execution for the business in India which includes spearheading a dual brand strategy (Philips and Preethi) & managing the end-to-end business spanning across innovation, digital, manufacturing, & commercial teams in India and Sri Lanka. Prior to which he was the Marketing Director Philips Personal Health India, where he was instrumental in driving strategy and governance of the overall brand experience for all businesses in India, building marketing thought leadership, as well as advising Business Heads & Category Managers in delivering winning campaigns, & driving customer brand preference in market. He has also been instrumental in successfully introducing first of its kind categories in India such as Air Fryer and Air Purifier.
Gulbahar has proven expertise in change management, having successfully led the smooth dis-entanglement of Philips Domestic Appliances in 2021 while continuing to keep the team motivated to deliver on business ambitions. Now, as the MD and CEO of Philips Domestic Appliances ISC, he is on his way to creating a purpose-driven, future ready organization that is preferred by consumers, customers, and employees alike.
Gulbahar hails from Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh. He holds a Master’s degree in Business Administration and a Bachelor’s degree in Commerce. In his free time, he likes to spend time with his family, watch movies and play table tennis.
Avnish is a Co-Founder and COO at CaratLane.
Avnish is passionate about building new businesses and has spent more than 13 years in the consumer internet space. In one of his previous roles at Times Internet, he built Code Gladiators, which is now the largest coding competition in the world.
He is a graduate of IIM Lucknow and Indian Statistical Institute, Kolkata. Outside of work, he loves to read a wide range of topics and actively follows a lot of different sports. He writes about his interests from time to time.
An enigmatic industry operation’s wizard, Dhruv Dhanraj Bahl is the Chief Operating Officer at BharatPe. In his current role, he is responsible for driving business operations and merchant experience across all business verticals including deployment of QR & Swipe, Cards, Lending, Merchant KYC and Support.
A thought leader in the space of financial services & consumer tech, Dhruv has a rich industry experience, spanning over a decade and half in establishing and propelling businesses in the financial services & healthcare sector on the growth pathway.
While Dhruv joined BharatPe as Head of Operations in January 2020, he was soon entrusted with the responsibilities of COO due to his exemplary performance in the company.
Before joining BharatPe, Dhruv was in the leadership team at Roadzen, donning the hat of the Chief Business Officer and steering the early stage start-up’s growth across geographies. During his time here, Dhruv built the start-up from scratch to over $30 Mn in revenue with tie-ups with marquee financial services organizations like Societe Generale and AXA. Previously, he worked in Airtel Payments Bank as Head - B2B (Institutional & Corporate Sales)/ Value Chain Alliances.
Dhruv was heading operations at Paytm during demonetization when he successfully led the organisation to tackle an infinite demand situation virtually overnight. Prior to that, he was leading strategy and management consulting projects across multiple geographies, sectors and capabilities during his stint at Bain & Co.
At Bain & Co., Dhruv gained experience of managing projects in over 10 countries, which added to his exposure at INSEAD of associating with people from over 90 nationalities, helping him gain a global outlook and distil issues to the core after removing all cultural/interpersonal biases.
As one of the early team members of Fortis Healthcare, Dhruv gained extensive understanding of leading P&L conducting business operations in the healthcare industry as he grew through the ranks.
Being one of the first 50 employees of the newly formed Fortis Corporate Group, he had significant contributions in making the network of hospitals grow from 6 to over 60 in 6 years — an impressive 10 times growth — which is equivalent to adding a new hospital every 1.5 months.
An MBA from INSEAD, Dhruv also holds a Bachelors in Biomedical Engineering from Boston University graduate in Biomedical Engineering and a Masters in Financial Engineering from Cass Business School.
An avid traveller, Dhruv also loves cooking, writing, watching movies, and spending time with his family.
Karthi Marshan oversees marketing efforts across all verticals with Kotak’s presence, including insurance, banking, brokerage, asset management et al.
Previously, Karthi helmed the marketing function of IDBI Bank. He is also a co-founder of Sharekhan, one of India's leading retail brokerage firms.
Karthi started his professional career as a copywriter, then moved on to account management at Grey Worldwide, and subsequently produced television content for Sony India. Prior to joining Kotak, Karthi was based out of Sydney, where he helped turn around an ailing DTH business that catered to the Indian diaspora in the ANZ region.
An alumnus of IIM Bangalore (class of '92), Karthi is a Bombayite who has been trying to escape from the madness of Mumbai all his adult life. Bengaluru is his favourite city in India; Goa comes a close second.
Prasanna leads advertising solutions for Snapchat in India. In his current role, he engages with top tier advertisers across Media & Entertainment, CPG, Technology, E-Commerce to name a few.
Prasanna leads advertising solutions for Snapchat in India. In his current role, he engages with top tier advertisers across Media & Entertainment, CPG, Technology, E-Commerce to name a few.
Prasanna has received an MBA degree in Marketing from Madurai Kamaraj University
Sameer Seth has been serving as Director, Marketing - India at Dolby Laboratories since the past four years. A media professional with diverse experience spanning over 15 years, Sameer has previously worked with some of India’s most esteemed corporations including Star India, Network18 and the Essel Group.
He also has extensive knowledge and expertise in P&L Management, Business Planning, Brand Management and Communications, Strategic Marketing and Partnerships across the Consumer and Entertainment category.An alumnus of XLRI Jamshedpur, Sameer is passionate about news, gadgets,movies and sports.
Prasad Shejale is a lover of ‘All things Digital’. For him digital is a huge universe where each marketing tool and platform plays its vital role in benefitting the client's need. And if you catch up with him during his break for a cup of chai, he will let you in on his secret love for display and search marketing. His passion for digital marketing and a sense of understanding people makes him a unique entrepreneur who knows how to transfer an effective idea into a successful campaign.
An IIT Madras Alumnus, his intuitiveness makes him a go-to for any solutions or converting ideas into reality. He started Logicserve Group in 2007 and grew it from a small team to a high performing result-oriented group. He spearheads Logicserve Digital, the Indian arm of Logicserve Group.
Why should you listen to him? An entrepreneur with experience and exposure not just of the Indian Digital Marketing space, but also Global Digital space, Prasad Shejale offers unique insights on what can and is actionable for the services that you provide. An expert in performance marketing, his solutions and analysis enable one to reach not just the ‘why’ but also the ‘how’ of every solution.
Prasad has been instrumental in:
• Setting up and Growing Integrated Digital Media agencies in UK & India
• Setting up successful consumer facing products in India and Europe
• Enabling the agency to become a Double Click Certified Marketing Partner in India
Prasad is an amateur photographer and an avid follower of eCommerce trends across the world. Recently, he was interviewed at ad:tech, one of India's largest digital marketing conference, wherein, he shared his insights on the future of digital marketing.
Listing down some key events that Prasad was a part of:
• Hosted a session at Social Samosa’s Festive Marketing Week 2021 for a
on ‘Unboxing Celebrations: Festive Insights, Trends & Ideas for Brand
• Moderator at iMedia Brand Summit 2021 for a discussion on ‘Marketers as Drivers of Growth’
• Panelist at India Kids Summit Season 2 by IWMBuzz Media Networkfor a discussion on ‘Monitor what they watch: Kids safety on internet’
• Part of the Winners Virtual Roundtable for Agency Reporter’s Front Benchers 2021 for a discussion on ‘The modern challenges faced by digital agencies’
• Panelist at PubVision 2021 by IAMAI for a discussion on ‘Monetizing in a cookie less world’
• Panelist at Techmanch 2021 for a discussion on ‘Performance and Branding: How it is reinventing marketing ROI’
• Panelist for a virtual series by ET Catalyse on ‘The homegrown Digital Agency playbook for staying agile & innovative’
• Panellist at Google’s ‘Search Unboxed’
• Panellist at session by Brand Equity on ‘Conquering the Path to CX Excellence in Changing Times’
• Panellist at Marketing Conclave presented by IAMAI for a discussion on ‘Measurement & Matrices: Comparing Apples with Apples’
• Speaker for a webinar by E4M on ‘Decoding the New Playbook’
• Panellist at ad:tech New Delhi for a discussion on ‘Shifting from Cookies to Identities’
• Moderator at DIGIXX Awards and Summit for a discussion on ‘Recalibrating for The Digitally Transformed Customers’
• Panellist at Hotstar Connect on ‘Now Streaming: The Future of Entertainment’
• Speaker for a webinar on ‘Digital Marketing Trends 2020’ by Social Samosa and Talkwalker
• Panellist at ad:tech Mumbai 2019 for a discussion on ‘Drawing intelligent insights for marketing efficiency’
• Moderator at iMedia Brand Summit 2019 for a discussion on ‘Data Agility - How data is driving the actions required for content, tech & creative to impress today's consumer’
• Panellist at BrandVid 2019 on ‘Understanding the audience: Data and tech in content creation’
• Speaker at Customer Experience Roundtable in association with Adobe
• Panellist at adtech 2019 on ‘Prediction, Prospecting & Premium: The New Era of Programmatic’
• Grand Jury member at 9th India Digital Awards at India Digital Summit 2019
• Keynote speaker at Drivers of Digital Summit & Awards 2018 on ‘Analytics, Automation, AI – How is the industry leveraging the power of 3As’
• Speaker for power session at 14th Marketing Conclave – Game of Marketing on ‘Voice-shaping the future of search’
• Panellist at ad:tech Mumbai on ‘New ad experiences in the programmatic marketplace’
• Hosted a special session at ad:tech Mumbai 2018 on ‘Confluence Of Digital Marketing And Data Science: Impactful Insights!’
• Moderator at The Mobile & Digital Marketing Summit 2018 for a discussion on ‘Mobile innovation & trends’
• Moderator at India Affiliate Summit 2018 for a discussion on ‘Programmatic Advertising & tracking a customer journey across devices’
• Panellist at CDO Converge & Digital Industry Awards 2018 on ‘The Customer as Keystone: Devising, Aligning, and Deploying a Digital Strategy Centred around the Customer Engagement Excellence’
• Moderator at iMedia Brand Summit 2018 for a panel discussion on ‘Decoding Video Creativity’
• Speaker at ‘Confluence of Digital Marketing and Data Science: Impactful Insights!’ organised by Paul Writer in partnership with Logicserve Digital and Clairvoyant
• Moderator at Techmanch 2018 for a panel discussion on ‘The intuitive marketer: How does the Machine assist’
• Moderator at India Digital Summit 2018 for a panel discussion on ‘Mastering cross device marketing in an attention deficit world’
• Jury member at India Digital Summit 2018
Mr. Ram Suresh Akella joined Maruti Suzuki India Limited in 1992.
He is a graduate in Mechanical Engineering & MBA from FMS Delhi. He has extensive experience across a wide array of functions in the automobile industry varying from Production Engineering, Logistics to Sales and Marketing.
He played a pivotal role in establishing the New Business streams for Maruti Suzuki such as Maruti Finance and Insurance, before lending his expertise to the Logistics division.
He has worked in various capacities in the sales vertical across Regional, Zonal and National profile.
Today he continues to create value for MSIL as Executive Director Marketing.
A Google Squared Graduate Pradnya has had a multi-dimensional career as a marketing professional. She has a rich experience of 20 years in various facets of marketing, such as marketing communication, branddevelopment and management, media planning and buying, content ideation and creation, consumer research, digital marketing, social media management and corporate communication.
With an excellent understanding of best global practices, Pradnya is currently in charge of well-known Indian and global brands such as American Tourister and Samsonite. She also handled the responsibilities of marketing communication for Samsonite in Middle East markets for four years.
By identifying the category for rapid market growth opportunity, Pradnya brought phenomenal growth in Samsonite and American Tourister backpacks by 450% and 200% respectively.To increase the penetration of the brand American Tourister, she recommended brand ambassador strategy and on-boarded Virat Kohli as the 1st brand ambassador of American Tourister. The association helped the brand for a wider brand recall and accessibility in Tier I and Tier II Indian, and the Middle East markets.
Pradnya has spearheaded socially responsible campaigns for Samsonite such as #KeralasOpen, #EkDinKiChutti, #DiwalikaSafar building Samsonite as a thought leadership brand. She also drives revenue business of www.samsonite.in ecommerce website.
Before moving to some of the best luggage brands, she worked in a leadership role for Procter and Gamble account at the media agency side for seven years delivering media and marketing strategy, planning, and buying for a budget of 550+ cr.
Over the years, Pradnya has developed more than 20 holistic marketing communication and 150+ video content for digital, social media to strengthen and grow various brands.
Vishal is a marketing leader with over 19 years of experience in managing diverse consumer brands across categories ranging from FMCD (Mobile Handset), Telecom (Mobile & Broadband), and Consumer Goods (Electronic Retail & Mattress/ Furnishings) having served in national ®ional roles in leading companies.
He has spent the last decade insenior leadership roles across companies such as Samsung India, Airtel Telecom etc.He has a strong business &organizational acumen in the understanding of market dynamics, P&L management, leading teams, rapid scale-up, organisation wide project management &go to market/ launch planning. He cansuccessfully manage multiple priorities, teams and influence complex key stakeholder relationships, navigate, and perform in ambiguous fast-evolving circumstances and take quick decisions with a bias for achieving business bottom-line.
His areas of expertise are developing annual marketing strategies&roadmap, GTM planning, Brand & Product Management, Digital, Mobile & Performance Marketing, E-Commerce & Omni-Channel marketing, ATL & BTL marketing, Customer Engagement & CRM, Brand Properties & Alliances, Corporate & Internal Communication, Market Research, Channel & Retail Marketing.
He has a specialisation in Advertising and Brand Management from National Institute of Advertising.
Vishal lives in New Delhi with his family and enjoys travelling and exploring new destinations in his free time.
Ms. Deepti Sampat is the Vice President, Marketing & Ancillary Servicesat Vistaraand drives business management and marketing function for the brand.She brings with her over 20 years of experienceacross brand and product marketing.Having worked across numerous multi-cultured and matrix organizationsdeveloping all mediums of marketing, her focus areas includeBrand & Communication, Mar-Tech, E-commerce, People and Data Management, to name a few.
Before joining Vistara, Deepti was Vice President of Market Engagement at Stellr, a prepaid payments solution provider. Prior to that, she has been associated withorganisations such as Expedia,TripAdvisor,Talentedge and Oberoi Hotels. She began her career in advertising with McCann Worldgroup in 1998 and also did a stint in FCB Ulka.
She holds a master's degree in marketing from Indian Institute of Planning and Management. Her interests outside work include – fitness and traveling. She enjoys attending live performances and likes to spend her free time in meaningfully engaging with underprivileged children.
Ayurveda, Beauty and Wellness Expert
“An undeterred spirit, exceptional perseverance and immense passion, these precisely are the driving forces in my life.”
Being associated with the Branded Ayurveda/Natural Beauty Industry in both luxury and FMCG sectors for over a decade now, Dr Ipsita Chatterjee has worked across disciplines as an Innovations Development Expert, Ayurvedic Scientist, Trainer, Researcher, Communications Expert and Brand strategist with a proven track record.
She has received multiple awards and felicitations in her career span. Her latest achievement has been “Exceptional Women of Excellence” Award 2019 by Women’s Economic Forum.
Preetha Athrey heads the Consumer and Business Marketing function at Twitter India and is responsible for creating memorable experiences and campaigns that drive consumer adoption for the brand in India. She leads the strategy for establishing Twitter as an indispensable partner to its clients’ business success. Moreover, Preetha drives thought leadership in digital marketing and communicates with marketing decision-makers to demonstrate the power and effectiveness of Twitter.
With over 19 years of experience, Preetha has worked in high performance and result oriented fields of sales, marketing, brand building and product management and has successfully driven innovations across leading companies in Telecom, Media & the Automobile Sector.
In her current role, Preetha works towards amplifying Twitter’s messaging and offerings for all its stakeholders –be it consumers or partners through branding and marketing initiatives for the India market. In her all-encompassing and diverse scope of work, she always ensures to drive attention to women-related causes across partnerships, content properties, or larger campaigns. As a professional, Preetha strongly advocates for women’s potentials and needs,the importance of a healthy work-life balanceand also supports inclusivity and equal opportunity. Furthermore, she is dedicated to the cause of educating the girl child and commits some of her personal time to NGOs working towards the cause.
Preetha holds an MBA in Marketing from IMT, Ghaziabad apart from a Diploma in Hotel Management and a Degree in English. She loves to paint, listen to music including Tamil film songs, travel and gorge on cheesecakes. She Tweets at @preethaathrey
Rohit Dosi is responsible for P&L management, revenue growth, strategic partnerships for Microsoft Advertising business in India.
Prior to InMobi, he has worked with the likes of Google and Rocket Internet. In his entrepreneurial journey, he co-founded LataHun - a B2B hyperlocal logistics startup.
He is a graduate from IIT Roorkee and loves spending his free time with his pet.
Maninder Bali is the Head ofBrand Marketing at Vedantu- India's leading online tutoring company which enables students to learn LIVE, with some of India's best-curated teachers.
At Vedantu,Maninder builds the brand and brings alive the Vedantu experience at every touchpoint. He navigates the brand marketing playbook and drives impact at scale for Vedantu. He steers Vedantu’s marketing efforts in crafting and executing high-growth marketing programs towards becoming the most loved and student-centric brand in India. Maninder also identifies high-growth levers and helps build assets around the brand.
An industry veteran of 16 years, Bali has worked at some of the most prominent advertising companies across India and Singapore, including Leo Burnett, Publicis Singapore, BBH, and Open Strategy and Design. Creating impactful and breakthrough brand ideas has always been his core focus.
Maninder has also authored and won multiple Cannes and Effie awards globally, apart from being selected as one of the editor’s best cases on WARC – Asian Prize of Strategy.
Kunal Bhardwaj is the Sr. Director - Marketing at Upstox. In his current role, his focus area primarily revolves around branding, acquisition, growth, and expansion in an end-to-end manner through a highly creative and impactful strategy. Before Upstox, Kunal worked with the global marketing team at ByteDance India as the Head- Monetization Marketing and Partnerships.
A strategic leader with over 20 years of experience in branding and marketing functions, Kunal has been associated with some of the well-known organizations like ABP News Network, Dainik Bhaskar Group, Havas Media Group, and JWT in various capacities. He holds a Triple Masters with specializations in Business Marketing, English, and Economics..
Currently, the Chief Marketing Officer of iD Fresh Food in India and UAE, Rahul completed his Bachelors in Engineering from NSIT Delhi and post-graduation from IIM Kozhikode in 2005. Rahul comes with over 15 years of experience in various roles across brand management, trade marketing, in-store marketing and sales and distribution of multiple FMCG businesses with ITC Limited, prior to joining iD Fresh Food.
He has worked on multiple FMCG brands including iD, Bingo! and YiPPee!. His expertise lies in delivering fast growth, and in his short tenure, he has led iD to a growth of 75% over an 18-month period. His areas of focus are research, communication development, media management and competitor strategy.
Ruchika Gupta is the Chief Marketing Officer at Luminous Power Technologies. An accomplished marketing professional with over two decades of experience in Brand strategy, Marketing, and consumer insights, Ruchika has been responsible for leading marketing activities at Luminous across categories. Over the past five years, she has played a pivotal role in accelerating the company’s growth and strengthening the brand’s leadership in the consumer home appliances category.
Ruchika’s expertise lies in the areas of Brand Strategy, Digital marketing, Retail and channel marketing, social media marketing & communications. At Luminous, she has donned many hats and has played a crucial role in transforming the entire brand positioning and delivered high growth results in both brand health and sales with frugal budgets. She has also been remarkable in building and driving highperforming teams to realize their full potential.
Before joining Luminous, Ruchika was heading the qualitative research wing for Millward Brown for the Northern region. In her earlier roles, she has also served as a Director for Apps Marketing and Windows Consumer Strategy in Microsoft, Head of Retail and Customer Marketing in Nokia, and Head of Consumer and Market Insights in Nestle India. Her overall experience spans multiple sectors such as fast-moving consumer goods (FMCG), telecom, tech and consumer durables.
Ruchika has to her credit prominent awards such as Marketing Influencer 2019 by DMS Asia as well as being awarded two prestigious Schneider Global Awards. She has also won the Nokia Innovation Excellence Award and multiple other team awards for her performance over the years.
Ruchika holds a Post Graduate Diploma in Advertising and Communications from Narsee Monjee Institute of Management Studies, Mumbai.
Ruchika is an active blogger – with a special bent towards parenting and women empowerment. In addition, she has been a speaker in brand forums – Like the Advertising Club of Kolkata etc.
An avid reader and traveller, Ruchika has also a passion for music. Besides, she loves to spend quality time with her curious son.
Siddharth is currently the Managing Director of MiQ India & SAARC. In his current role he is responsible for commercial business & operations for MiQ in India and SAARC region.
Siddharth has an extensive experience in the technology industry and has worked with major technology giants like Criteo, Google, Microsoft and IBM. In his earlier role he was the Managing Director for Criteo India, leading the business and operations. Having worked with Google for almost seven years, Siddharth was heading its India travel business. One of his key achievements was balancing client satisfaction with innovations in the industry and growing the business 10x. During his stint at the technology conglomerates Microsoft and IBM, he headed business expansion for the southern India region, looked after country sales operations and channel sales.
Siddharth is a mindfulness practitioner and likes to understand how these practices change the thought patterns and outlook which can help navigate life & work in a better way.