Stuart Taylor CEO, Kinetic Worldwide, United Kingdom
Pramod Bhandula Executive Chairman, JCDecaux Advertising India Pvt Ltd
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Kanwal Jeet Jawa
MD & CEO
Daikin Air-Conditioning India Pvt Ltd
Kanwal Jeet Jawa MD & CEO, Daikin Air-Conditioning India Pvt Ltd
Mr. Kanwal Jeet Jawa is one of the most revered professionals in the Indian Airconditioning Industry; he has demonstrated success in delivering business growth and efficiency at every stage of his professional career. He has over 35 years of experience in the Air-Conditioning and Refrigeration (AC&R) industry and has held top level positions in the field of general management with highly reputed AC&R companies.
Mr. Jawa’s career has been underscored by active exposure in various companies and businesses related to the Air-Conditioning and Refrigeration industry. To name a few he has worked with industry stalwarts such as Carrier, Voltas & Uniflair.
Mr. Jawa’s mantra of success can be summarized as speedy execution coupled with a go to market strategy which helped Daikin India achieve exponential growth and attain No.1 HVAC brand in India. Today, Daikin India, under his leadership is heralding other Japanese organizations to follow its lead.
With him at the helm, Daikin India has scaled greater heights year after year. Mr. Jawa has steered the Daikin ship through rough waters and ever changing dynamic economic environment with guts and gumption to achieve glory. Under his remarkable leadership, today Daikin India is a 3,250 Crore enterprise selling 7,00,000 Residential Air-conditioners.
His long term vision to improve the lagging skill level prevailing in the Indian HVAC industry, especially in the unorganized sector, led to the inception of a successful CSR initiative, focused on training and learning, which has now come to be named as Daikin “Centers of Excellence” & the appointment of Daikin Japanese Institute of Manufacturing Excellence by the Government of India.
His inclination and interest in the skill development; and improvement in the employability of the workforce has made him dabble in the field of academics. He is an active member of air-conditioning manufacturers associations. Besides that, he is also on the advisory board of Lal Bahadur Shastri College of Management, Delhi; and member of the governing body of the renowned Bhartiya Skill Development University, Jaipur.
He holds prestigious membership positions in the Executive Committee of IGBC; and Northern Regional Council of Confederation of Indian Industry (CII).
The relentless pursuit in achieving excellence in each and every field of air-conditioning and refrigeration industry makes the man with the “Midas Touch”.
Indrajit Sen CEO, Indian Outdoor Advertising Association
Indrajit comes with about 40 years of experience. He has spent bulk of his career thus far with media brands in print and out-of-home. His deep experience in the out-of-home industry in India and Europe led him to be one of the founders of Indian Outdoor Advertising Association (IOAA), the national, not-for-profit, industry trade organization. He currently functions as Chief Executive Officer&Consultant to IOAA. As such, his personal expert knowledge of all aspects of marketing strategy and communications is extensive and valued.He is also one of the few professionals in the Indian industry who has led both a Specialist O-O-H Advertising Agency as well as several large OOH Media Companies, with assets all over India including one of the top 4 airports in India. His expertise, integrity and passion for the industry and taking it to an organized and professional model is widely recognized by the OOH industry throughout the country.
- CEO, Indian Outdoor Advertising Association Ltd, the only national association of Indian Out-of Home Advertising industry, a body that Indrajit had helped establish and presently guides in establishing best practices, industry research and analytics, updating regulatory provisions together with Government bodies and other activities that promote the industry with positive perceptions amongst all stake-holders. He is very well connected with global O-O-H industry associations and key personalities involved.
- Associated closely with developing analytics and monitoring/auditing solutions for OOH advertising businesses including unique IoT and AI based solutions.
GM Consumer Marketing
Kaushik Prasad GM Consumer Marketing, Ford India
Peeyush Bachlaus Head Marketing, Kansai Nerolac Paints Ltd
Shriranga K. Sudhakara
Founder & Managing Director
Shriranga K. Sudhakara Founder & Managing Director, Vyoma Media
With the intent of integrating, and unlocking the potential of creative and digital technology for out-of-home audiences, Shriranga K. Sudhakara started Vyoma Media in 2007. Under his stewardship, the company has organically grown to become one of India's most formidable players in the ad-tech industry. Given Shriranga's prolific line of understanding and vision of delivering the 'right message, to the right audience, at the right time', he and his team at Vyoma have made significant contributions in changing the way digital outdoor advertising in perceived in India.
Having completed his education from the University of Tulsa in 2002 Shriranga started his career with Way2Wealth Securities where he specialised in portfolio management services. During this time, he started to identify and deep dive into the depth and breadth of innovation in the space of digital out-of-home advertising especially within the mass transportation sector. In 2007 Shriranga's vision to bring a paradigm shift to the industry was realised when he partnered with the Indian Railways. With innovation and disruption at the core of the company, his long-term vision, is to bolster Vyoma Media's reputation of delivering scalable and milestone setting digital OOH work which is responsive, experiential, interactive and digitally connected.
Recently, Shriranga was also invited to be a part of NITI Aayog's Champions of Change initiative by the Hon'ble Prime Minister of India, Shri. Narendra Modi.
A keen sportsman, he also represented India at tennis for the Juniors and played a number of ATP Challenger events.
Emraan Kureshi Founder & Managing Director, Active Media Innovations
Founder & CEO
Gautam Bhirani Founder & CEO, BarTalk India
A marketer at heart and entrepreneur by choice, Mr. Gautam Bhirani has extensive experience in
Digitizing Ecosystems (DOOH), New Media Development, OOH Advertising, and Media Strategy.
In a short span of a decade, he has worked on all sides of trade and has established his presence in
India’s flourishing Out of Home Advertising industry with innovative and one-of- a-kind platforms.
As a business advisor, he has closely worked with companies from India and South Asia, including
top corporates like Reliance Industries, for media strategies. He has been actively involved in
contractual consulting and been a trusted counsellor for media start-ups in the country.
Using his deep understanding of Out of Home Landscape, Technology and Social Media Marketing, in
his latest endeavour BarTalk India he has engineered India’s first Realtime Social Display Network ,
which also marks his foray as an investor.
When he is not wracking his brain over work, Gautam enjoys reliving his passion for cricket, an ex-
sportsman he keeps himself fit by practicing calisthenics and unwinds his day on the piano.
Mr. Gerald Jaideep is the Founder & Chief Executive Officer of Creative Sprout Media Private Limited & CEO of Medvarsity Online Ltd. Prior to this, he was the Chief Operating Officer of Simplilearn Solutions Private Limited since November 2014. A startup specialist, Jaideep has worked for most of his 21-year career in the startup sector. He started his career with an entrepreneurial venture and founded his own company called as Quadrant Creations and in 2012 his second venture Colorshots.
Apart from being a startup evangelist, Jaideep has also worked with established companies like Logica PLC (a CGI Company) in India &UK , mobile application services provider Ducont.com in the Middle East as a principal consultant and as an innovation strategist with Erehwon Innovation Consulting Pvt. Ltd. In the education field he was also associated with NIIT, one of the leading learning enablement company and was heading the India operations for Elementk/Skillsoft, one of the largest learning companies globally.
Nishith KL Bhandarkar
President & COO
Nishith KL Bhandarkar President & COO, Eggfirst Advertising
University & State Level Badminton player and an avid photographer, Nishith
KL Bhandarkar is an all-round marketing & media professional with over 2
decades of experience in creative thinking, brand solution & communication.
In his long-standing career, he has handled the mandates for many Indian and
international brands while working with global creative agencies - Hakuhodo
Inc & Havas Worldwide (erstwhile Euro RSCG Worldwide) and global customer
service research agency - Bare International.
Entrepreneurial by nature, a startup enthusiast and able to see the ‘bigger
picture’ and ‘Can do’ attitude identify opportunities and provide tactical
business solutions. He believes in idea, idea that propels the brand equity and
the business to a new height. Nishith’s work has fetched multiple awards for
his clients, including ‘Promax BDA’, ‘Consumer Superbrand’, ‘India Radio Forum
Award’, and many more.
He’s also an active board member at the Children’s Film Society, India (Under
the ministry of I & B, Govt of India) and has been Grand Jury at FICCI BAF
Award and ABCI Annual Awards for last 4 years. Last year he was felicitated with
‘Samaj Ratna Award’ for his community services.
Nishith is known for his student mentorship and is a council member at Thakur
Institute of Management Studies and Research and Durgadevi Saraf Institute
of Management Studies, both Mumbai.
Head of Media
Neel Pandya Head of Media, L'Oreal India
Head - OOH Division
Prince Gaur Head - OOH Division, Vivo India
Sr VP Sales & Marketing
Rajesh Jain Sr VP Sales & Marketing, Daikin Air-Conditioning India Pvt Ltd
Head- Marketing & Communication
Sandeep Shukla Head- Marketing & Communication, Jaquar Group
Sandeep Shukla is the head for Marketing Communications at the Jaquar Group where he is responsible for the overall branding and marketing initiatives at Jaquar to help establish it as a global leader in complete bathing solutions.
Sandeep Shukla has been a marketing and communications professional with a successful career of over sixteen years, managing and brand building with reputed organisations.
A focused and dedicated strategist and implementer, he has demonstrable abilities in devising innovative marketing activities and in accelerating business growth.
In the past, Sandeep has worked on brands like HMT, Pepsi, Nestle, Asahi and Evok.
Co-Founder & CEO
Sanjay Tripathy Co-Founder & CEO, Agilio
Stanford GSB Alumnus, recognised business leader with demonstrated leadership and a renowned Marketing, Analytics and Digital expert with 26 years of industry experience in diverse domains and industries like FMCG, Telecom & BFSI. After hugely successful stints in organisations like GCMMF, PepsiCo, Mattel, Reliance Infocom and HDFC Life, Sanjay recently shifted gears and moved to the entrepreneurial space with Agilio.
Sanjay is a digital evangelist, highly regarded design thinker and Guru of leveraging data insights to drive complex organisational transformation projects. As Senior EVP & CMO of HDFC Life, Sanjay was instrumental in coming up with hugely popular 'Sar utha ke Jiyo' campaign & conceptualised and created the industry leading Ecommerce & digital platform and passionately leveraged behavioural sciences, data & technology. He is part of many industry bodies and advises a variety of established businesses, startups and institutions, ranging from Internet & Mobile Association of India, SHEROS to name a few.
Head - Brand & Marketing Communications & Head - Sanyo Business
Sarthak Seth Head - Brand & Marketing Communications & Head - Sanyo Business, Panasonic India
Sunit Jain CEO, Outreach Advertising Pvt Ltd
SUNIT JAIN is a Post Graduate in Advertising & Public Relations from St. Joseph’s College of
Business Administration, Bangalore and holds a Post Graduate Diploma in Business Management from
the prestigious Xavier Institute of Management & Entrepreneurship, Bangalore.
As Managing Director of Outreach Advertising, Sunit leads a team of 24 professionals that is
driving innovation and growth in the Out of Home advertising space in the North East of India.
Sunit is personally responsible for initiating and rolling out new projects in the area of urban
infrastructure with various Government Agencies developing a new array of street furniture that
offers high impact exposure to advertisers. Sunit oversees other strategic and management
decisions resulting in 7 successful PPP projects with Government of Assam and Tripura. Sunit is
also a Founder Director with Insight Brandcom that offers brand consulting and advisory
services to brands operating in the region apart from being a Publisher of an extremely popular
weekly tabloid for the city of Guwahati – GPlus.
Outreach Advertising remains Sunit’s maiden venture after his 4 years+ stint with Vodafone
India where he worked across Mumbai, Hyderabad, Coimbatore and Guwahati in different
capacities. Outreach Advertising is a leader in the regional Out of Home Advertising space in the
North East of India today leaving behind very established players who have been around for
over 50 years. Insight Brandcom started in 2013 is a leading mainline advertising agency that
offers services in brand management, creative/ design services, public relations and media
management and engages 20 professionals directly and offers services to clients across
healthcare, automobiles, telecom, industrial products, FMCG and public services.
Sunit is also the Founder Secretary of The Advertising Club, Guwahati and the Immediate Past
Chair of CII-Young Indian Guwahati Chapter. Sunit has been part of the selective 20 Young
Entrepreneurs to represent India at the G20 YEA Summit at Sydney, Australia in 2014. Sunit is
also on the Executive Committee of Indian Outdoor Advertising Association and has been part
Apart from Advertising & communications, Sunit is passionate about arts and is part of a social
enterprise that works with hundreds of artists and helps them promote their work across Pune,
Goa, Vizag, Kolkata and Guwahati.
Surabhi Kulshreshtha is Managing Director, Unicorp Solutions Private Limited
and Firstlook OOH, Alumni of Indian Institute of Mass Communication with 15
years of experience in the field of Traffic Signage manufacturing and Outdoor
She has steered Unicorp to be the largest traffic safety product manufacturer
in India. Founded in 1995 as small scale traffic sign manufacturer, today
Unicorp is grown to a corporate company having largest and most advanced
manufacturing facility for manufacturing OOH structures, retro reflective
signage, Highway Crash barrier, Safety fence, Road furniture and other road
She has brought innovation in OOH with international standards in aesthetics
and response. She is the first to incorporate LED backlight in outdoor thus
changing the way OOH looks. She is also working towards technologies which
make the OOH more responsive and user friendly for clients. She has a vast
vision and Firstlook will soon arrive in many cities across India and changing
the OOH aesthetics.