Following a thrilling first year, IMPACT magazine is back with the second edition of its Top 30 Under 30 list, an initiative that felicitates young achievers in the advertising and media domain each year. After weeks of receiving numerous nominations from agencies across the country, IMPACT closed on over 200 entries this year (2013 saw 148 entries). Out of these, 135 entries were selected through an internal editorial procedure, to be presented to the jury for review.
The distinguished jury, headed by Raj Nayak, CEO, Colors, includedRohit Gupta, President, Multi Screen Media; GovindPandey, President, McCann Erickson Advertising; MadhukarSabnavis, Vice Chairman and Country Head, Discovery and Planning, Ogilvy & Mather India; SubhashKamath, CEO and Managing Partner, BBH India; S Yesudas, Managing Director – Indian Subcontinent, Vizeum Media; Gita Ram, Managing Director – South, Omnicom Group; DnyanadaChaudhari, COO, Madison Media; AmerJaleel, National Creative Director, Lowe Lintas& Partners and AlokJalan, Managing Director, Laqshya Media.
An intense but exciting jury meet took place on 22nd April, 2014 in Mumbai. The jury reviewed each of the 135 entries amidst invigorating discussions and shortlisted 50 talented youngsters. The shortlisted entries were then individually evaluated by the jury based on several parameters such as pace of career growth, quality of work, testimonials and awards over the last year.The individual evaluations finally resulted in the top 30 list.
Heading the jury for the second time, Raj Nayak said, “The point of IMPACT’s Top 30 Under 30 is not to rank the best but inspire young talent. Through this list, we hope many more youngsters representing several agencies will be inspired to participate in the future. This year around, the process has evolved and improved. It is nice to see such a diverse jury, a good mix of representatives from every part of the industry. The testimonials were a great addition this time and worked as an effective parameter for deciding between the entries.”
On the initiative, SubhashKamath said, “This is a great platform and I believe organisations should continually encourage their young talent with such accolades.”
For an industry that survives on fresh ideas, nurturing new talent is a must. IMPACT aims to recognise and encourage the commendable work done by these young turks through this coveted list which will be revealed very soon!