TechManch 2019 will shine spotlight on strategies and technologies that business leaders need to delight consumers.
The platform offers an expanded agenda of research, advice and shared learning across domains, helping them gain insights into topics such as hyper-personalization, chat bots, voice search, video marketing, influencer marketing, artificial intelligence and IoT.
Tamara McCleary is CEO of Thulium, a social media analytics and consulting agency, driving Smart Social through proprietary data analytics and award-winning storytelling. Tamara ranks in the top 1% in influence globally, serving as a unique advisor to leading global technology companies such as Verizon, IBM, Mercer, SAP, Dell EMC, AWS, Huawei and Ericsson. Named the #1 most influential woman in MarTech by B2B Marketing, recognized by Entrepreneur Magazine as one of 10 Online Marketers to watch in 2018, and featured multiple times in Forbes for her pioneering influencer marketing strategies on social media for B2B and Enterprise.
CEO / Founder, Marketing Nutz
Pam Moore aka "Pam Marketing Nut" is the CEO & Co-Founder of Marketing Nutz, an agile, social media and digital marketing training and consulting company that specializes in personal branding, conversion optimization and helping business leaders not just do social or be social, but be socially relevant. She also hosts the popular Social Zoom Factor podcastand is the co-founder of the Social Media Profit Factor training program providing entrepreneurs to Fortune 100 brands information, tools and resources they need to zoom turbo in both life and business.
Pam is ranked by Forbes as a Top 5 Social Media Power Influencer, is an avid international keynote speaker and best-selling author. She has 20 years experience helping entrepreneurs to Fortune 10 organizations build winning brands and integrated platforms that sustain business and life. Pam believes we must first inspire our audiences to connect, we then focus on building relationships by helping them achieve their goals. Inspire – Connect – Achieve is her motto in both life and business.
After a 15+ year career leading product and marketing teams in large corporate brands like GE, SUN Microsystems (ORACLE), Hitachi Data Systems and a couple well funded start-ups, Pam left corporate 7 years ago with an entrepreneurial mission to build a more agile, affordable agency to serve businesses of all sizes. Her first agency was sold within 2 years. Marketing Nutz was launched in 2012 and has proudly worked with clients such as Loreal, Redken, RE/MAX, IBM, British Council, Lowe's Home Improvement, HP, Laser Spine Institute, Sony Playstation Group, Pursuit, Hostgator, Sprout Social, Pinot’s Palette, Aruba Networks, Marcos Pizza, Holiday Inn, ServiceMaster, and Emerson.
Country Director, India Sales, Google
Vikas Agnihotri is the Country Director India Sales for Google , leading high performing teams in consultative sales skills and partnering clients in understanding their needs and deliver measurable solutions through the web.
Vikas Agnihotri has over 20 years of experience across banking,financial services and advertising. He has held several leadership positions at Religare Macquarie Wealth Management, Deutsche Bank, Standard Chartered Bank and ANZ Grindlays. He is a Director on the Board of MMA and ASCI.
He has written several articles and has been featured in various publications including the Wall Street Journal. He has been a speaker at both national international forums.
Group Head- Accelerator Business, Google India
Dhruv has over 17 years of experience in Communications, Digital Evangelism and Consulting in high performance and result oriented fields of Sales, Marketing, Product Management . He has worked at Airtel in multiple roles in Sales and marketing , spend a few years with Accenture in Management Consulting and in the last 5 years at Google worked across multiple industries mainly Telecom, Financial services, Ecommerce and Retail helping firms build their digital strategies and grow their digital and offline businesses Besides all things digital, Dhruv works with multiple teams across Google to help them get unstuck and accelerate their Teaming processes.
CEO, RP - Sanjiv Goenka Group
Suhail has extensive experience working across consumer, energy, cleantech, and institutional investing spaces. In 2016, Suhail joined the RP Sanjiv Goenka group with the responsibility of leading the FMCG business. His journey in the group commenced as President of Business Development & Growth in 2016 and was instrumental in the launch of the brand Too Yumm!
Suhail led the launch of the Group’s first FMCG brand TooYumm!, which focuses on offering healthy snacking options for the mass premium segment in India. Suhail also led the acquisition of a mass snacking company Apricot Foods in mid 2017 and is now leading the scale up of both these brands.
Before joining the RP-SG Group, Suhail spent 8+ years in McKinsey serving clients across Asia and Europe, and used to the lead McKinsey's South-Asia Renewable Practice. Suhail also was one of the core leaders of McKinsey’s People Committee for India.
His deep experience in investing, having previously co-led McKinsey’s Institutional investing practice in India enabled the RP-SG group to set-up their first consumer oriented early stage venture fund, RP-SG Ventures.
Chairman & Managing Director, India, Nestlé India Limited
Suresh Narayanan has over 35 years of rich and exhaustive experience in the FMCG Industry and has held Senior Management and Top Leadership roles in leading global companies. He is on the Board of Directors of Nestlé India Limited from 1st August, 2015. Mr. Narayanan was Chairman and CEO of Nestlé Philippines prior to joining Nestlé India in 2015 and was appointed Chairman of the Board from October 2015.
Mr. Narayanan was Managing Director of Nestlé Singapore Pte. Ltd., from 2008 to 2010. During his time, the overall business in Singapore witnessed sustained growth amidst the economic downturn. He was awarded the Medal of Commendation by the Government of Singapore in 2010, for excellence in employee relations during this challenging period. He moved to Nestlé Egypt as Chairman and CEO and Head of NEAR, where his initiatives resulted in significant business growth and investments despite the turbulence and volatility faced by the region at this time.
Mr. Narayanan joined Nestlé in 1999 as Executive Vice President for Sales in India, where he spearheaded major structural and strategic changes in Sales and Customer Management and set up the chilled dairy business. He moved to Nestlé Indochina in 2003, as Executive Director for Sales, Marketing and Food-Services, covering the countries of Thailand, Cambodia, Myanmar, Laos and Vietnam. Two years later in 2005, he returned to Nestlé India as Head of Sales for India, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and Nepal.
Mr. Narayanan began his career as a Management Trainee with Hindustan Unilever, where he held numerous positions of increasing responsibility in Sales, Marketing and General Management. He has also worked with Colgate Palmolive in India.
Mr. Narayanan holds a Master’s Degree in Economics from the Delhi School of Economics and has a Diploma from the IMD (Lausanne) Program for Executive Development. He has participated in the Nestlé Leadership Program of the London Business School. He has been on various Industry Forums including being the Vice Chairman of ECR – Thailand, Member of the Council of Singapore Manufacturers Association (SMa), Co-Chair of the Trade & Industry Committee of American Chamber, Cairo and Member of the Advisory Board of the American University of Cairo (AUC) Business School. He is currently the Chairman of Food Processing Committee of CII.
He has delivered talks at NASSCOM forums, various Corporates, NUS School of Business-Singapore, American University–Cairo, Columbia University, Business Schools in India, Naval War College, Army War College, CII-Young India Forum and Indian Army’s Training Command in Shimla.
Suresh has been honoured at the Forbes India Leadership Awards 2017 as the Best CEO in the Multinational category.
Managing Director & Chief Executive Officer, Marico Limited
Saugata serves as MD and CEO at Marico Limited responsible for driving the company’s growth and operations both nationally and internationally. He has helped transform Marico into a high performing business with a commitment to sustainable development. In seeking to win amongst consumers, he has taken the company forward in developing top quartile capability and processes while continuing to focus on best in class governance and risk management while driving growth.
Saugata joined the company in January 2004 as Head of Marketing and was elevated to CEO of the India business in 2007.In April 2013, Marico restructured its Consumer Product Business (CPB) in India and International Business Group (IBG) under Saugata's leadership as the CEO of Marico Limited, the unified FMCG business. Thereafter, in March 2014, he was appointed as the Managing Director of the company.
Saugata started his career with Cadbury (now Mondelez) where he spent 9 years in various roles in Sales and Marketing in India and the United Kingdom. Subsequently, he went on to become the Chief of Marketing and Group Sales at ICICI Prudential and was part of the startup team that was instrumental in establishing ICICI Prudential as the largest private sector insurance firm in the country.
Under his leadership, Marico has won several accolades and prestigious awards. The company is among the Best 25 Workplaces in Manufacturing in India and among the Top 50 India’s Best Companies to Work for in Indiaas per Great Place to Work Institute. Marico has also beenranked among the Top 10 in corporate governance among all constituent companies of the S&P BSE 100 Index and also conferred the Best Domestic Company on Corporate Governance recognition by Asiamoney.
Saugata was ranked #4 and #47 in the FMCG sector and Pan-India respectively in the Business Today-PWC list of India’s Top 100 CEOs in 2017 and was ranked as ‘India’s Most Valuable CEOs’ by BusinessWorld in 2016.
Saugata is an alumnus of IIM Bangalore and holds a chemical engineering degree from IIT Kharagpur.
Author, Former Partner of McKinsey
Thomas Barta is the world’s premier expert, author, and keynote speaker on marketing leadership.
Thomas is a former partner of McKinsey. His pioneering research brings a fresh perspective to the world of digital transformation: leadership – including the world’s largest study, with over 68,000 assessments – on what makes for an impactful marketing officer.
Thomas has consulted and marketed for over 20 years, in 14 industries, in 45 countries. His clients include many of the world’s most prominent companies, including over two dozen from the Fortune 500.
Thomas is the author of the leadership book The 12 Powers of a Marketing Leader (with Patrick Barwise, McGraw-Hill). He writes for Forbes, Marketing Week, and his own TryThis.Blog.
Thomas provokes and inspires his audience. Each year, he gives more than 30 keynote speeches and masterclasses for companies, associations, and universities--including Adobe, Google, IBM, SAP, Advertising Week New York, Financial Times Summit, Adobe Summit, and the B2B Marketing Leaders Forum in Asia.
After a fast-track marketing career at Kimberly-Clark (Kleenex), where he led the growth of large international brands, Thomas joined McKinsey to help CEOs deliver profitable growth in a bigger way. As a dean of the firm’s highest-rated internal program, Thomas trained over a thousand McKinsey leaders on driving change without authority.
For the CMO Fellowship (a McKinsey and Marketing Academy program to prepare CMOs for a CEO role), Thomas serves as its long-standing leadership dean. For a select group of global CMOs, Thomas serves as their personal advisor.
Thomas holds an MBA from London Business School and a Master’s in Clinical Organizational Psychology from INSEAD Business School (France and Singapore).
Global top 10 thought leader in organizational culture and Leadership
Arthur is an Inspirational Keynote Speaker/Trainer/Consultant that makes the Science of High-Performance Fun and Easy. As the founder of the accredited Directive Communication Psychology that predicts and affects organizational group dynamics and behavior, Arthur Carmazzi has built the foundations for a systematic and easily implementable approach to leading and changing organizational culture
He is currently ranked as one of the Global Top 10 most influential thought leaders in leadership and in organizational culture by Global Gurus. As a best-selling author of 8 books and performance researcher, Arthur’s ideas, gamification processes, and methodologies have influenced the training and leadership development industry through his unique “anti-model” psychological approaches to leadership and corporate culture transformation. His innovative tools, assessments (such as Colored Brain and the Culture Evolution Assessment), and techniques (such as the HERO Identity Process), have made a substantial impact on effective behavior modification.
He is most renowned for his Culture Revolution process to visibly and sustainably alter organizational culture and organizational engagement and productivity in 80 days because these have a visible impact across entire organizations. Together with the 377 licensed Directive Communication Psychology trainers in 17 different countries, Arthur and his team have made a global impact in improving people lives through their organizations.
Executive Vice President & Head of E-commerce & Digital Marketing, HDFC Life
With a strong background in both industry & consulting across strategy and functional leadership roles. In his current role at HDFC Life, he is responsible for HDFC Life's journey as a leading e-commerce and digital platform. He leads the online business P/L for the company that includes managing proprietary digital platforms & assets, partnerships, digital marketing, technology as well as associated fulfillment and closure, underwriting & operational processes. Prior to HDFC Life, he has worked in PWC Consulting, Genpact, Standard Chartered Bank and ICI India Ltd. He is an alumnus of Jamnalal Bajaj Institute of Management.
Founder & CEO, Augray
Suresh Thankavel, a serial entrepreneur focusing in Augmented Reality technology aligning AR and the consumer-buying journey. One of the hottest technology today, he is the Founder & CEO of AugRay in 2014, a patent pending XR tech firm with various successful AR marketing campaigns executed for Fortune 100 companies in early years and lives in Milwaukee, US and has offices in India. With over 15 years of entrepreneurial experience in technology services and solutions, this is his second company on XR, AI and Machine learning algorithms serving the marketing and advertisement vertical and has several products. He has been instrumental in developing successful startups with several growth awards from 'Inc. 500' and 'M&A'.
CEO, Fbb, Future Retail
Experienced Head Of Marketing with a demonstrated history of working in the retail industry. Skilled in MarketingManagement, Customer Insight, Fast-Moving Consumer Goods (FMCG), Operations Management, and Analytical Skills.
Founder&Managing Director, Fulcro
Founder&Managing Director of Fulcro, Sabyasachi Mitter started his career over 22 years ago when the digital medium was in its infancy.
Sabyasachi, a 1996 alumnus ofthe Indian Institute of Management, Calcuttabegan his illustrious journey with Asian Paints straight out of campus. He started digital marketing at Asian Paints and over the next seven years built the e-business vertical for the brand,managing a team of over a hundred. After 7 years with the company, Sabyasachi decided to spread his entrepreneurial wings.
With a dream to build something of his own, in 2003, Sabyasachi founded his entrepreneurial venture Interface Business Solutions (ibs) to offer e-commerce software and web management services that later transformed into a complete digital marketing services agency along with online media planning & buying. Shortly, ibs started to create a strong presence in the industry and won over 200 awards for its work in digital space which included winning the agency of the year 17 times. The agency also achieved the rare feat of winning the Grand Prix at ABBY and the Grand EMVIE at the EMVIES in the same year.
With the evolution of digital, Sabyasachi realised the need to elevate his organisation from a digital agency to a strategic partner. The idea was to rebrand ibs into a company that delivered enhanced and expanded portfolio of services and also avoid confusion with its namesake agency in the market. Thus, Fulcro was created, it was built on the shoulders of a lauded team with Sabyasachi at the helm. The new avatar is led by specialists in each of its category who deliver services encompassing strategy, digital, communications, media and data. The objective is to provide best in class services and solutions across each vertical while providing an overarching consultative approach to let brands deliver exponential growth and impact.
Fulcro has 5 dedicated verticals, specialising in Communications, Digital Marketing, Technology, Data and Media along with a Consulting arm which overlooks business performance in each.
In his expansive career, Sabyasachi has worked with over 100 marquee brands across industries. With over 200 awards to his & his team’s credit, the awards have been a testimony to his leadership in carving digital journeys for some of the most iconic brands like Hero MotoCorp, ASUS, Airtel, Tata Docomo, Pepsi, Kotak Mahindra, Tata Motors, P&G, Croma, ACC Cement, MakeMyTrip, Standard Chartered, HDFC Bank, Renault, SBI, Marico, Bajaj Auto, Tata Strategic Management Group, Bajaj Electricals, Tata Teleservices, Anchor by Panasonic, Morphy Richards, Bajaj Finserv, Aristocrat, GAP, Pearson Education, Kohler, Religare, Vivanta By Taj, Goodyear to name a few.
These brands continue to invest their certitude in Fulcro to ensure their path is paved for a digital ready future.
Senior Partner, Sales Executive, Microsoft search advertising
19 years of work experience
Current Job : India Lead, Microsoft Search advertising
Worked for Alibaba ( UC browser), Yahoo India, Star News, Zee network , Indian express.
Worked in the capacity of Sales lead, Agency Relationship, Brand Manager, Product manager, Operations lead, Systems coordinator.
GM- India, Zapr
Amit Gupta heads India business for Zapr Media Labs. He is an alumnus of IIM Ahmedabad and IIT Kharagpur and has worked with Bain & Co., Goldman Sachs and Syntel Inc. in his previous stints. He spearheads Zapr’s value proposition in the market, helping brands and broadcasters drive integrated media planning across offline and digital media and thereby creating more efficient and effective media plans. Amit is also at the forefront of creating products and solutions that drive attribution models for media spends of brands by linking campaign exposure data of Zapr with actual behavior of a brand’s customers. Outside of work, Amit loves travelling, following equity markets and collecting rare coins.
M. Yeshwanth Nag
Founder, The ThickShake Factory
Mr. M Yeshwanth Nag is the Co-Founder of The ThickShake Factory – India’s 1st Premium ThickShake Brand. The ThickShake Factory has been a pioneer in the concept of specialty retailing of Shakes. Incepted in December 2013, in Hyderabad with a single store bootstrapped with a personal loan, the brand has steadily grown to 105 stores by March 2019.
Mr. Yeshwanth, 31, is an engineer from JNTU, post which he did a Post Graduate Diploma in Management from Xavier Institute of Management, Bhubaneswar & IESEG School of Management, France. He had worked with Tata Consultancy Services for a year before plunging into entrepreneurship. Creation of jobs and adding value to the economy is the driving force which inspired him to start his own business. He is also the founder of Citron Mobility Private Limited, an Indian technology start-up company.
Mr. Yeshwanth is the recipient of the following prestigious awards:
He is a prominent thought leader in the F&B sector and has spoken at multiple forums like:
Ignition Labs, Google
Haani Mirza has helped lay the foundation of creative in Google. A native to the digital industry he has seen the digital ad industry grow from the first digital ad agency of India. His skills lie in incubating tech & creative start-ups.
Currently as Head of Ignition labs for APAC and EMEA - he has in true start-up spirit co-founded ‘Ignition Labs’ a new marketing & creative solutions function within Google, setting up from scratch our largest creative intelligence & creative delivery center that is helping advertisers across APAC and EMEA deliver innovative brand experiences on the creative canvas that Google provides across content & code.
Founder-CEO, Manthan Systems
We keep moving forward, opening new doors, and doing new things, because we are curious and curiosity keeps leading us down new paths.” This Walt Disney quote best describes Atul Jalan.
Atul Jalan is always on the move. As an entrepreneur, as a futurist and as a thought leader, Atul is always on the lookout for the story that will develop next.
What began as a childhood love for science-ﬁction developed into a love for technology and for life-technology intersections. Atul believes that he belongs to a very lucky generation – one that grew up on Isaac Asimov and Arthur C Clarke and now, is fortunate enough to see their imagination come alive.
With every passing day, the biology we inherited is merging with the technology we are creating. This makes us a species in transition and it is this that Atul loves to write and talk about – a bio-tech merger will probably change every institution mankind has created up to this point.
By day, Atul is founder-CEO at Manthan Systems, his fourth successful venture as an entrepreneur. Manthan was born more than 13 years ago as a result of Atul’s conviction that data and analytics would be the next big thing after the digital transformation. Today, several analytics-driven Fortune 500 companies rely on Manthan for their customer-centric strategies.
Atul is a well-known and frequently-heard voice on analytics and emerging technologies was acknowledged among India’s 10 Most Inﬂuential Analytics Leaders in 2015.
Atul is also, literally, always on the move. He is an incurable traveller and loves to document not just the sights but socio-economic, historical and ideological journeys civilisations and places take.
When he is not on the move, Atul is a persistent amateur poet and can always be counted on to recite a few verses when camaraderie sets in. Richard Feynman, Vivian Richards, Johannes Vermeer, Johannes Gutenberg, astronomy, quantum physics, the movies, Atul can be equally loquacious about each or any of these.
There’s always something around the corner, something exciting. And if you believe that, there’s no rest.
CMO, Marketing Director, South Asia, Reckitt Benckiser
As CMO, Marketing Director, Hygiene-Home, South Asia, Reckitt Benckiser PLC, Sukhleen Aneja is responsible for handling marketing operations for RB hygiene home portfolio across India, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka. She brings with her extensive sales and marketing experience across multiple categories and geographies. She has led various award-winning campaigns while, delivering key commercial KPIs. Noteworthy amongst these are Cannes honours for Durex/ Harpic, and launching key strategic innovations like Lakme Absolute.
Prior to her current role, she has successfully led diverse multi-cultural teams in marketing operations and global innovation assignments in Hindustan Unilever limited (HUL) and L’Oréal Paris on marquee brands like Dettol, Durex, Garnier and Lakme.
Chief Marketing Officer, Nivea
Sachin has eighteen years of experience in Fast moving consumer goods business. The experience straddles Food and Non-Food sectors, and has been primarily in the functions of Sales, Marketing and Strategy. The experience is spread over varied geographies within India and in Germany. Sachin been part of NIVEA team since 2010.
Sachin holds a Post Graduate in Management form SP Jain Institute of Management and research, he also holds a degree in Cost Accounting. He has completed his Bachelors in Commerce from Narsee Monjee college of Commerce and Economics
Joint CEO, Mirum India
Sanjay is a serial entrepreneur in the new-age world of Internet businesses. His journey into digital started in 1998, when he co- founded Homeindia.com, one of India’s earliest e-commerce ventures. He has been in the digital world ever since, making him one of the most experienced digital professionals in the country. In 2009, Sanjay started Social Wavelength, which he continues to lead now, as Joint CEO. Now rebranded as Mirum, the agency is part of a global digital agency network, spanning 20+ countries and with over 46 offices around the world. Sanjay as such, is Joint CEO at Mirum’s India office.
Mirum India (previously known as Social Wavelength), a full-services digital agency, boasting a roster of top Indian brands, as clients, was acquired by WPP group and is now aligned to Wunderman Thompson, a leading mainline advertising agency, of the WPP Group.
Sanjay has been a featured writer, guest faculty and invited speaker, at many industry publications, events and institutes, and has been recognized to be amongst “India’s Top 100 Digital Professionals”. Sanjay has been a jury member at the prestigious Cannes Festival of Advertising and Creativity.
Respected for his amateur film reviews, Sanjay is an avid writer and traveler, and finds his passion in creating new things (and businesses).
Sanjay has also co-authored the book “If I Had to Do It Again” based on his entrepreneurial experiences at Homeindia.com, and the same has been published by CNBC-TV18 publications.
Sanjay is an Engineer from the University of Mumbai, and an M.S. in Electrical and Computer Engineering, from the University of Southern California.
Chief Marketing Officer, PNB MetLife
Nipun Kaushal is the Chief Marketing Officer at PNB MetLife and has been associated with the company since 2018. He brings over 17 years of experience, working with companies like Honda, Maruti Udyog, Citi Group, Future Capital Financial Services, ICICI Prudential AMC, Star Union Dai – Ichi Life Insurance and Tata Asset Management.
Nipun has multi-industry experience in sales & marketing, digital marketing (social media marketing, search engine optimization and search engine marketing), product management, project management and business development. At leadership position, he has successfully managed product launches, brand campaigns and tactical sales initiatives across the Indian sub-continent.
Nipun holds a Bachelors degree in engineering from Karnatak University, and is a management graduate from International Management Institute, New Delhi. He has also done his masters in leadership and strategy at London Business School.
CEO, Social Kinnect
Leaving behind a successful career in the thriving IT industry, Rohan Mehta started Social Kinnect from scratch and grew it to one of India's largest independent digital agencies in seven short years.
A true visionary, Rohan has built an impressive client list of blue-chip companies across various industry verticals like FMCG, BFSI, Fashion, Retail, and Real Estate.
With a passion for building a culture of continuous learning and all-round development, Rohan has built a team of 300+ dynamic Kinnectors. As a principle, he closely follows clients’ businesses, analyses them and correlates their business challenges with the required digital marketing solutions. He fundamentally believes in delivering work that will create #KinnectIMPACT always.
Rohan is a great mentor to colleagues, businesses, and students who have a keen interest in Digital Marketing. In his free time, Rohan likes to read, meditate and travel. He is also a fitness enthusiast and a certified diver.
Group MD, South Asia - isobar
Shamsuddin Jasani Group Managing Director Isobar South Asia, Practice head Media and Programmatic Isobar APAC, Exec Sponsor AMNET India
Shamsuddin Jasani (Shams) has been in the digital industry for over 17 years. He launched Isobar in India in August 2008, he has grown the agency’s billing size from zero to USD 150 million and staff number grew from four to 200-member strong team.
Under his leadership, the agency has been achieved the distinction of being the Digital Agency of the year for India for three years running from2015-2017 as well as south asia for two years which is given by Campaign Asia, Isobar has also won Digital Agency of the Year India Silver awards in 2012, 2014 and . Isobar also debuted at number 4 on top digital agencies in the Brand Equity Agency reckoner for 2015. He also oversees the AMNET operations in India. Shams is also a board committee of Dentsu Aegis Network’s Management in India as well as leading the charge on digital as a part of the Digital Council for Dentsu Aegis Network. During his tenure with Isobar, he has overseen two successful acquisitions.
He’s been named an A-Lister on Campaign India’s top 500 people in advertising and marketing list and has featured on e4m's Impact Magazine’s Digital Power100 list last two years in a row. He was also voted by brand equity as one of media's valued players by brand equity across media's. He is one of the few people who has an experience as a Media Owner, agency and client.
In addition to this Shams also oversees the programmatic operations for DAN in india and under his guidance AMNET has grown over 300% in the last 2 years.
Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Shemaroo Entertainment Limited
Hiren Gada is the CEO of Shemaroo Entertainment Limited. Hiren carries over two decades of work experience and was instrumental in setting up many new business segments at Shemaroo, which are an integral part of the company today. Hiren is known to be an industry thought leader. He is quoted often in the media for bringing a fresh perspective to India’s M&E space. Under his leadership, Shemaroo became one of the early adopters of Digital Media in India as well as on the international front. Hiren was the driving force in getting Shemaroo listed on the stock exchange. He has been at the helm of driving both corporate and financial growth, digital direction, strategy, and the transformation of the company to a professional corporate firm. He joined Shemaroo after a successful stint in the financial services sector.
Hiren is keenly associated with industry bodies such as Secretary of ‘Indian Council of Impex for Films & TV Programmers’ and on the Council ‘The Film & Television Producer’s Guild of India Ltd’. He is also a public speaker and represents the company at various Indian and International events like MIPCOM, India Mobile Congress, FICCI Frames, CII Big Picture Summit, CASBAA and TiECon Summit in the Silicon Valley, USA. Hiren has been recognized as the ‘CEO of the Year’ at Future Leader Summit and Awards 2018. In addition to being committed to the development and expansion of the Indian entertainment sector, he is passionate about music and movies. Also, Hiren is a fitness buff who runs marathons, practices yoga, and loves trekking.
Director- Sales, Truecaller
Clyde is the Director of Sales at Truecaller. Clyde is leading the sales operations for Truecaller in the West & South with a focus on building monetization strategies, monitoring growth and implementing new initiatives.
Being a right brain thinker and a left brain doer, Clyde is a digital specialist with more than a decade of Creative,Marketing, Strategy and Sales experience in the advertising industry. He is passionate about setting up businesses from the ground-up, cultivating an inspirational culture, building a high performing team and delighting customers with innovative solutions that solve meaningful problems.
In his previous roles, he was part of LinkedIn’s Custom Solutions, Content & Agency Relationships team, and started in India in 2013. Prior to joining LinkedIn, Clyde worked for Media2winPvt. Ltd. as Associate Creative Director.
Clyde is a St. Andrew’s College, Mumbai pass out with specialization in Advertising and has a bachelors in Mass Media.
Vivek joined Pidilite Industries Ltd. in Jan 2015Chief Marketing Officer across all businesses. Here, he is responsible for marketing planning, implementation and brand development for all divisions, corporate brand, innovation, building marketing capabilities and capacities via new processes & systems and marketing talent development across the organization.
Prior to Pidilite, Vivek was Vice President Indian sub-continent at Philips India Ltd. as Chief Marketing Officer & Head – Govt. Affairs. He built ‘ONE PHILIPS’ marketing planning and implementation for the three Philip’s businesses viz. Consumer Lifestyle, Lighting and Healthcare.Vivek also led the engagement of company and businesses with various Govt., regulatory and industry bodies and enabled B2G sales. The combined role spread across B2C, B2B and B2G with a sharp focus on accelerating business growth.
Before Philips, Vivek was with MIRC Electronics Ltd. (ONIDA) as Vice President, Marketing, Sales and Service. At MIRC, he spearheaded the re-launch of the ONIDA brand across product categories.
An industry veteran with over 25 years of experience, he has held senior leadership positions across Ogilvy Advertising and Cadbury Kraft (now Mondelez). At Ogilvy, Vivek led the Hindustan Unilever (HUL) business nationally across functions and geographies.Vivek carries a unique blend of business and brand development experience across FMCG, Healthcare, Lighting andConsumer Durables encompassing B2C, B2Band B2G.
Joint Executive President, Head Marketing, Ultratech Cement
He is an MBA from the Indian Institute of Management (Ahmedabad).Ajay joined the Aditya Birla Group in July, 2017 and leads theMarketing function at UltraTech Cement, an Aditya Birla Group Company. UltraTech cement is India’s Largest Cement and Concrete brand and the third largest Cement company outside China.He is responsible for formulating theproduct and marketing strategy,strengthening the premium positioning of Brand UltraTech and driving profitable growth on the portfolio.
Ajayhas 23 years of work experience in sales, marketing and business assignments with a diverse set of challenges and business drivers. He has had rich exposure across sectors from FMCG, Consumer Finance to Media. He has worked with Nestle, Colgate Palmolive, Godrej Saralee, General Electric, HT Media and Godrej Consumer Products before joiningthe Aditya Birla Group. In his past stints he led the Marketing function at Godrej Consumer Products, India and has been part of General Electric’s premier global sales & marketing leadership cadre.Ajay has a proven record of delivering strong business results in tough competitive markets through strategic thinking, strong execution focus and innovation. He has beena steward of strong brands like Goodknight, Cinthol, Godrej Expert, HIT, Colgate and Hindustan Times and has led many award-winning marketing campaigns on these brands. He was awarded 'Marketer of the Year’ - at the International Advertising Association (IAA) Leadership Awards -2016.
Chief Executive Officer, South Asia, Mediacom
Navin Khemka brings with him the experience of having worked over two decades across various categories and brands as well as a nuanced expertise in media strategy, planning and buying. Khemka joined as the CEO for MediaCom (South Asia) in July 2018.
Khemka completed his bachelor’s degree in Commerce from St. Xavier’s College, Calcutta University and a PGDPC, majoring in communication, from MICA, Ahmedabad. He started his professional career with DDB Mudra where he played a key role in successfully launching brands like McDonalds, Samsung and Mitsubishi Lancer in India. At Mindshare & Carat, Khemka engaged with brands like PepsiCo, Airtel and Hero Honda. As someone, who believes in surprising his clients and striking the right partnerships, Khemka played a key role in signing up prestigious clients like Samsung & Hyundai during his two-year stint at Cheil communication. He was also responsible for setting up its media department.
At ZenithOptimedia, Khemka handled various brands over 9 years like Nestle, HP, Reckitt Benckiser, Honda, Toshiba, Uninor, McVities, Karbonn Mobiles, HTC, Panasonic, Godfrey Philips, Olx.in, Jabong.com and Yatra.com. His work for HP on Serena Williams & Fashion Week won the bronze in both the ZO Global ROI Awards. The KBC Compaq Case was shortlisted at Cannes Media awards. During his tenure, ZenithOptimedia was RECMA A+ agency in India 3 years in a row on new business performance. Khemka believes it is important to think like an entrepreneur and not as a manager to help the business grow.
During his recent stint at Wavemaker, Khemka was the team leader for its North & East regions. He also spearheaded the agency’s new business efforts for clients like Olx, Shopclues, Nokia, Amway, Fabindia, Mccain, Jabong.com, Droom.com and Mother Dairy, apart from retaining existing clients like Pernod Ricard, AkzoNobel, Policybazaar.com and PVML. Besides these businesses, he also worked on Hero Moto Corp, Haier, RSPL, GoDaddy, Benetton, Paytm, Sofy, SBI Cards.
Navin led the PayTM BCCI deal for all cricket in India for 4 years in 2015, the first by an Indian agency. This was followed by the PayTM IPL Umpire 5-year deal again with the BCCI in 2018.
A skilful problem solver and a people manager, capable of handling both creative and business fronts, Navin brings his balanced perspective and invaluable knowledge to the company.
Vice President, Brand, and Head of Marketing, RedBus
Pallavi Chopra is the Vice President, Brand, and Head of Marketing at redBus. Pallavi has over 18 years of experience in marketing, communication & eBusiness in India and across Asia. Having worked across diverse industries, functions and geographies, she has been leading the Marketing function for redBus since Sep 2014. redBus today is the world's largest bus ticketing platform and has a presence in Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia, Peru & Columbia apart from India.
She has a passion for “data driven creativity” - the marriage of the art and science of marketing.
Before joining redBus in 2014, she co-founded chiefofstaff.com LLC, a CEO productivity platform. She has spent a significant part of her career at the ING Group in Hong Kong and India, where she spearheaded ING’s E-Business activities for Asia Pacific. At ING she is credited with launching an award winning lead generation platform for Insurance Advisors that was rolled out across several markets across the world. She spent her early years learning the ropes of marketing at Nike.
She is a Math major from St Stephens Delhi (1998), an alumnus of MICA Ahmedabad (class of 2000). In 2014, she completed the 1 year Executive Program in General Management from MIT Sloan.
Co-CEO, Performics India
Pallav Jain is the Co-CEO of Performics India. With over 800 digital marketing professionals, Performics is India’s leading digital media agency, specialising in performance marketing solutions. Over the last 15 years, he has played a pivotal role in setting up and growing the agency to provide cutting-edge solutions, at the intersection of digital media, technology and data & analytics to clients – Indian and Global – across diverse sectors such as financial services, travel, CPG, e-commerce, telecom, media and entertainment. Pallav is an engineering graduate from Mumbai University and earned his MBA from IIM Ahmedabad. He is also involved with a select group of start-ups as an investor and mentor.
CEO & Founder, PivotRoots
Shibu Shivanandan is founder & Managing Director of PivotRoots, with over 100 people in 3 years, Pivotroots is one of the fastest growing full-service digital marketing agency based out of India & Dubai. Shibu has over 15 years of experience in the digital domain and has played an integral role in transforming two successful digital advertising startups which have now been acquired by two of the biggest media groups worldwide.
Digital Content & Marketing - HDFC Bank
Jahid Ahmed is an astute Digital Marketing professional with over 14 years of experience in the BFSI sector. He has been instrumental in institutionalising Data driven Digital Campaigns, Mar-Tech and Transformation set ups across various BFSI organisations.One of the early adopters of Content led marketing, he has used content strategies to drive brand salience and consideration The winner of CMO Asia's ‘Top 50 most influential Marketing Professional' in BFSI Category, he is also an ardent Digital evangelist, speaking in multiple forums like IAMAI, Adobe Symposium, Facebook community, Exchange 4Media forums, etc
Jahid is currently heading Digital and Content Marketing at HDFC Bank where he looks after Online Acquisition ,Website innovation, Analytics, Social Media listening and Content marketing.His Digital Mantra is to drive hyper personalised relevance in customer's digital journey by seamlessly weaving Channel Orchestration, Design and Tech innovation.
Country Head Brand & Marketing, India, Standard Chartered Bank
Gaurav Rajput heads Brand & Marketing for Standard Chartered Bank, India - since 2017. He has over 22 years of experience in brand management, digital marketing, e-commerce, corporate affairs and product development. His experience also includes stints with Citibank, Cigna Health Insurance, Aviva Life Insurance and IDFC Bank across global financial markets such as London, Singapore & Mumbai. He has extensive experience in managing large result-oriented teams with excellent knowledge of financial service products across Banking and Insurance.
At Standard Chartered, he oversees the brand and marketing initiatives for the Bank and is responsible for developing an integrated marketing strategy for the Bank. A key part of the role is to identify market opportunities and conceptualize holistic marketing programs that are measurable in their contribution to brand and revenue objectives. In a short span, the bank has made strong progress towards enhancing the brand recognition across digital and mobile channels, enabling the bank to better cater to customers who are increasingly living online.
His experiences also include setting up Marketing teams and launching new brands in two start up organizations – IDFC Bank & Cigna Health Insurance. Experiences in the digital space have been varied and included developing the Digital Marketing strategy and building e-commerce platforms for companies.
Mangesh is an engineer from the Govt. College of Engineering Pune (COEP) and started his career as a software developer with Infosys. While at COEP, he was the recipient of the coveted “Best Outgoing Student” award and received several scholarships including the J.N. Tata Endowment. Post Infosys, Mangesh pursued his higher studies at Purdue University where he closely worked with the Krannert School of Management on Supply Chain Benchmarking. He later continued to work in the US at several manufacturing, consulting and technology firms for 5 years before returning to India in 2007. During this period, Mangesh witnessed the growth in eCommerce in the US from a very nascent stage to massive scale.
Mangesh started his first company, Niyuj Enterprise Software Solutions in 2007 in India with a focus of bringing world-class IT systems to businesses in India. Niyuj is an IT services company that works with clients to help build, integrate and deploy systems. While at Niyuj, Mangesh saw the growth of Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) as a much more effective and scalable option to develop and deploy software. Mangesh moved out of Niyuj after 5 years to start Shoptimize in 2012.
Shoptimize is one of India’s leading eCommerce SaaS platforms that helps brands setup and grow their online sales. Shoptimize works with some of the largest companies in India and drives several million dollars worth GMV for it’s customers. Mangesh always believed that companies in India do not want to pay for technology and would rather have a solution that brings them growth and stability in business. Shoptimize has been built on this basic premise.
Mangesh is a rare entrepreneur who has an in-depth knowledge of technology and a great pulse for business. He is currently a mentor for budding startups which are a part of Reliance’s GenNext Ventures. He works very closely with young entrepreneurs to help them with finding a product-market fit.
Mangesh currently is based in Pune and lives with his wife and two children. He is an avid sports enthusiast who has represented Maharashtra in rowing at the National Games and represented his city and university in several games such as hockey, football and volleyball. He believes that Shoptimize will be one of India’s largest drivers of online GMV and is investing in building a product and a company of the future
Sr. Manager Marketing Communications – Head Digital, CVBU, Tata Motors
Suvrita is a Marketing professional with over 9 years of experience in Brand, Digital Agency and Automotive Industry. She has been instrumental in setting up and driving digital campaigns for Tata Motors commercial vehicle business. She has worked on various campaigns from Moment marketing to data driven marketing campaigns for Tata Motors.
She has won more than 16 industry awards for innovative digital campaigns and majority of it is industry first.
Suvrita is currently heading Digital Marketing at Tata Motors commercial vehicle business unit where she looks after Social media, Online Acquisition, Website innovation, Analytics, Digital campaigns for movie & sports associations and Content marketing. She has started digital initiatives from scratch and had worked on all flagship product launches and brand associations like Wrestling Federation of India, Pro Kabaddi league, UP Yodha, Gold Movie, JollyLL.B. etc.
She is focused in blending innovation with creativity. Some of her latest campaigns includes #PhotoOkPlease, #gharLaoGold, #GhumoINdiaSaathSaath and Tata Trucks #DeshKeTrucks.
Vishal Chinchankar is a senior leader with 22+ years of experience in domestic and International markets managing marketing & sales, P&L responsibility, new product development, involving both startup and growth organizations. He has worked in Group M - MEC, Reliance ADA Group in a digital marketing role & VAS business for Reliance DTH, Mindshare Singapore, & Mediaturf
High energy, inclusive people leader with proven success in marketing services and business development for multi-million-dollar digital advertising organizations. Track record of increasing PBT in multiple folds. Exceled in dynamic, demanding and matrix environments & Also an active speaker in Digital Marketing events like Ad-tech, Nasscom, IAMAI, E4M, & B-schools.
Shantiswarup Panda has experience in General Management, Sales Strategy, Operations & Marketing, Brand Identity, Brand Communication & Category Management, Media Plan & Deployment, CRM, Digital Presence & Monitization, Visual Merchandizing, Events & Activations, Sales Planning and Delivery, Customer & Channel Management; Channel Innovation, RTM Transformation, Business Transformation. He has led Teams through business & brand transformations and managed budgets for independent Business Delivery across roles and levels.
Head Marketing, Zee5
Armed with over 18 years of experience in advertising and marketing, with a couple of years spent co-founding an e-commerce website and curating a design blog, Reilly has worked across platforms, mediums and industries. He has been part of and led teams that have launched brands / created campaigns, for the Volkswagen Polo and Vento, VU Televisions, Idea Cellular and Aditya Birla Health Insurance to name a few. Over the years, he has also won many advertising and marketing awards for his work. He currently heads Marketing for Original Content, Music and Live at ZEE5.
VP, Partnerships, AdLift
Ravi Kumar is a Digital Marketing Consultant and currently working as Vice President-Partnerships with AdLift. Riding on the digital wave, Ravi has experienced the digital world as a universe that provides the perfect blend of applied strategy and creative flair. Successful and appreciated completion on digital marketing projects has increased his enthusiasm and continues to bring together individuals, companies and brands to produce creative digital solutions. Ravi is also very active in sharing his knowledge via webinars.
His expertise includes Internet Marketing Consultancy, Digital and Integrated campaign strategy, Digital Business and marketing strategy, business analysis and processes, online learning, pitches, mentoring / training junior team members.
Apart from his digital proficiency, he has also participated in events like India : AdTech, IAMAI, iMedia, Retail Congress - Francise India, Click Asia Summit, Singapore: clickZ, Digital Travel Summit, AdTech, eTail Asia etc. He was also awarded as 50 most influential marketing leaders in 2018