Senior Director - Marketing (Chocolates), Insights & Analytics, Mondelez India
Anil Viswanathan is Senior Director - Marketing (Chocolates), Insights & Analytics at Mondelez India Foods Private Ltd. His role includes strategizing and landing the overall innovation & communication agenda on chocolate brands and delivering the P&L for this category, in India. Most recently, Anil also took up an additional responsibility of leading the Insights & Analytics function for the business.
Anil joined Mondelez India in May 2000 as a management trainee and has spent more than two decades in the company, across a variety of roles including Sales, Brand & Category marketing, Strategy and New Business Development. His journey in the company has taken him into Regional and Global roles and into different categories including Chocolates and Biscuits. In his last role in India, Anil was managing marketing for Chocolates. Most recently, Anil was a part of the Global Chocolate Team driving chocolate innovation based out of Zurich, Switzerland. One of his achievements, amongst many others, has been the launch of Cadbury 5Star globally, which is now present in 3 continents including markets like Brazil and South Africa.
Anil holds a MBA in Marketing & Finance from IIM, Calcutta and a Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from IIT, Madras. He is married to Sangeetha and they have a daughter, Suhasini.
Chief Marketing Officer, Unacademy
Karan Shroff is the Chief Marketing Officer at Unacademy. He joined Unacademy in mid of 2019 as the Vice President for Marketing and was elevated to the CMO role in September 2020. He is responsible for all marketing efforts including performance marketing, brand management among others. He led the popular campaign Let’s Crack It that included a catchy anthem to motivate students across the nation. The anthem, along with the memorable TVCs reached a fever pitch on social media within days of being released.
Previously Karan led Brand marketing at Xiaomi India where he played a significant role in building Xiaomi’s widespread popularity among customers in India through iconic campaigns which include KiskaBaja campaign, and the Naya Note campaign among many others. He also spearheaded the Xiaomi India initiative that won a Guinness World Record achievement for the brand, creating world’s largest lit mosaic (logo).
Karan serves on the jury board of the prestigious Effies, WOW Awards Asia Committee, and was also awarded the Marketer of the Year 2018 and 2019 by IAA Leadership Award held by International Advertising Association (IAA) and chosen as one of the Top 30 Hot Young Marketers by Economic Times Brand Equity. Karan has also been featured in Bloomberg-Quint’s Ace Team Initiative series, Campaign India’s A-List initiative and CNBC Storyboard. He was also named the Most Influential Youth Marketing Professional by Global Youth Marketing Forum 2019. He was chosen by e4m OOH as one of the Most Influential Marketers for 2020.
With over a decade of valuable marketing and event expertise, Karan’s prior contributions include working with Herbalife International India Pvt. Ltd. & previously leading key events for Wizcraft International Pvt. Ltd. and Bertelsmann earlier in his career. Karan has also founded Ignis events and co-founded Pixie events, offering event management solutions to major clients such as Pepsi, Nike, HSBC, and Airtel to name a few.
Editor in Chief
Annurag Batra is a serial entrepreneur, media mogul, a journalist and an eternal optimist rolled into one. He is a B. Tech in Computer Sciences, a degree, which he acquired before joining Management Development Institute MDI Gurgaon (Now its Gurugram), one of India's leading Business School. He is a first generation entrepreneur and after acquiring the iconic business media and magazine brand BW Businessworld. a 35 year strong media brand as well as most respected business publication in the country.
Since taking over BW Businessworld Mr. Batra has expanded BW Businessworld into digital, events and BW communities and has taken into its fold www.digitalmarket.asia, a leading website on digital marketing, www.everythingexperiential.com India’s leading experiential marketing website and launch BW Hotelier in partnership with hotelier international. BW Smart Cities an editorial platform in a 360 degree format is to be launched in mid February 2015. Mr. Batra is building the BW Businessworld business aggressively.
Mr. Batra also founded the exchange4media group and he serves as the Chairman and Editor-in-Chief of exchange4media group which includes exchange4media.com – India’s leading media industry website, PITCH – India’s only Advertising, Marketing and Media Magazine, IMPACT – The Marketing Weekly, Franchisee Plus – Business Opportunity Magazine, Realty Plus – India’s leading monthly real estate magazine and samachar4media.com/ – leading media industry website in Hindi.
Mr. Batra is also appointed by Government of India as the Chairman of an industry committee formed to come up with a vocational training framework for the media, communication and entertainment industry. He mentors many budding entrepreneurs and enjoys the process of reverse mentoring as in what he learns from these young entrepreneurs. At BW Businessworld BW Accelerate is an initiative to provide a structured platform to entrepreneurs for mentorship and growth.
Director & Country General Manager, Amazon Prime Video, India
In his role at Amazon, Gaurav Gandhi is responsible for driving the business of Prime Video in India. Before this, he was the Chief Operating Officer at Viacom18 Digital Ventures, where he launched the company’s Video streaming service VOOT. He successfully led every aspect of the VOOT business including content, product and technology, marketing, advertising sales as well as other functions.
In his 8-year stint with Viacom18, Gaurav built & led various businesses for the company. He joined Viacom18 in March 2010 as Chief Commercial Officer & Head of International Business. In January 2011, he took over as the COO of Sun18 and in May 2012, he helped set-up IndiaCast Media Distribution (a Viacom18 & TV18 joint venture) as the Group COO – where his mandate was to maximize both revenues and reach for content and channel services from the group. Before moving to the Viacom18 Digital Ventures role in August 2015, Gaurav was also responsible for building out the entire International business for the group (including Ad-sales, Distribution & Licensing) and expanding the footprint of the content & services to 135 countries.
An alumnus of NMIMS, Gaurav started his career in advertising with Madison Media in 1998, handling the Coca-Cola India business. In his next role at Turner International (in 2000), he handled the research for all Turner India brands. He then moved to STAR India (in 2003), where he managed & lead various portfolios over the years – the last being Head of Commercial & Business Planning for the network. He then moved on to set up NDTV Imagine in 2007 - as a founder member & shareholder - where he was responsible for various business & corporate functions as the Executive Vice President - Business Operations.
Gaurav has represented his previous organization as an elected member of the Governing Council of IAMAI (Internet & Mobile Association of India). Gaurav has also been a key member of BARC’s (Broadcast Audience Research Council, India) technical committee for the soon-to-be-launched digital measurement services as well as the television measurement service.
Director Marketing, Urban Company
Pratik joined UC in Feb 2019 and has been heading the growth and marketing function for the entire beauty and wellness business for Urban Company. He is an award winning marketer with 10+ Years of Business Leadership Experience in FMCG (6.5 Years) and IT (2.5 Years). Expertise in P&L & Brand Management, Mining Consumer Insights, Launching Brands, Turning around Businesses, Creating Marketing campaigns to accelerate Category and Business growth and Building Direct-to-Consumer Models.
Within UC, Pratik has worked on the National launch of innovative campaigns such as Roll-On waxing technique, My Safe Salon and Smart Salon Campaign featuring Kriti Sanon. He was also instrumental in laying the foundation on UC's Men's Grooming category apart from leading efforts on Urban Company rebranding last year.
Worldwide Managing Director, OGILVY & Managing Director, WPP@UNILEVER, Ogilvy
David Dahan has led agencies and global client operations for the past ten years in London, Australia and Singapore. Prior to that he was a brand and communication strategist.
Over his twenty years of experience, David worked on very iconic Brands such as Dulux, Mercedes-Benz, J&J, Gillette, Emirates, Hublot and many brands from Unilever – Dove, DiG, Axe, Clear, Hellmann’s and most recently, Pond’s, Vaseline and Comfort.
David is particularly proud of the work he has done on Dove and its Campaign for Real Beauty which is now a case study in terms of inclusive, empathy-driven, brand marketing that tripled the size of the brand.
Sunil is the Group Chief Marketing Officer for MakeMyTrip Ltd. He is responsible for steering the company’s marketing efforts to support overall strategic objectives, overseeing all initiatives across the marketing funnel, including brand, social performance and innovation marketing tracks.
In his previous stint, Sunil was the Chief Marketing and Strategy Officer at Capillary Tech for two years and was responsible for driving growth and profits through strategic transformation of the company. Prior to that, he held crucial positions of Chief Digital Officer and Chief Marketing Officer at Yum! Brands (Pizza Hut) wherein he led teams across Middle East, Africa, Pakistan and Turkey. Additionally, Sunil worked with Unilever for over a decade - wherein he held various positions in the Sales and Marketing functions.
CEO Designate, Mahindra Ford Automotive Private Limited
Anurag Mehrotra is the Chief Executive Officer (Designate) of Mahindra Ford automotive Private Limited, a joint venture between Mahindra & Mahindra Limited and Ford Motor Company, that will develop, market and distribute Ford brand vehicles in India and high-growth emerging markets around the world.
Anurag transitions to the JV from his earlier position of President & Managing Director for Ford India, since June 2017 responsible for building a sustainably profitable business for the company.
Anurag during his stint at Ford also served as executive director of Marketing, Sales and Service & vice president of Sales and led several successful marketing campaigns & growing the company’s sales and service footprint.
Before joining Ford India, Mehrotra was vice president-Corporate Marketing at WNS Global Services, a leading business process outsourcing company, where he was responsible for lead generation and brand building in North America and Europe.
Born in 1973, Mehrotra holds a degree in Electronics Engineering & Diploma in marketing management.
Founder & CEO, PhonePe
Sameer Nigam founded PhonePe Private Limited in 2015 and serves as its Chief Executive Officer.
Before starting PhonePe, Sameer served as Senior Vice President - Engineering and Vice President - Marketing at Flipkart, India’s largest e-commerce platform. His Flipkart journey started in 2011 when the company acquired his earlier startup - Mime360. Mime360 was a digital media distribution platform.
Sameer has also served as Director of Product Management at Shopzilla Inc, where he built the company's proprietary shopping search engine.
In 2009, he won the coveted Wharton Venture Award, bestowed by the prestigious Wharton Business School. He holds an MBA from Wharton Business School (University of Pennsylvania), USA, and a Master’s degree in Computer Science from University of Arizona, Tucson-USA.
MD & CEO, Vodafone Idea
Ravinder Takkar is the Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer (MD & CEO) of Vodafone Idea Limited, India’s leading telecom service provider, effective 19th August 2019.
Ravinder’s professional experience of 25+ years spans across cultures and geographies, building a strong track record in the field of business strategy, business planning and development in the ICT sector. Associated with Vodafone Group since 1994, he has worked in leadership positions with several operating companies of Vodafone, in multiple markets across the world.
Prior to taking his current role, Ravinder was the Chairman, Vodafone Group Services & Regional Business Development (Africa, Middle East & Asia Pacific), based out of New Delhi. He has also served as CEO of Vodafone Romania S.A. and as CEO of Vodafone Partner Markets, based in London.
He has been closely associated with the growth and evolution of Indian telecom since Vodafone Group‘s entry in 2007. He held a number of senior roles in Strategy and Business Development and was also the CEO of Vodafone’s Enterprise business in India. He has also served as Director on the Board of erstwhile Vodafone India Limited.
In addition to his responsibilities at Vodafone Idea, Ravinder also serves as Director on the boards of Indus Towers Limited, Cable & Wireless Global (India) Private Limited and Vodafone India Services Private Limited. He led the Indian telecom industry as the Chairman of the industry body, Cellular Operators Association of India (COAI), in the year 2019-20.
He holds a Bachelor’s degree in computer science from Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles.