The jury meet for the third edition of 'Top 30 Under 30’ list brought out by IMPACT magazine of exchange4media was held in Mumbai on Wednesday to identity the most promising youngsters in the industry who will be future leaders of creative, media and digital agencies.
IMPACT received over 200 entries (comparable to entries received in 2014, and 148 entries in 2013) of which 145 entries were shortlisted through a stringent internal editorial process and presented to our esteemed jury for review.
The distinguished jury chaired by Raj Nayak, CEO, Colors and Rishtey, included KV Sridhar, Chief Creative Officer, SapientNitro; Tushar Vyas, Chief Strategy Officer, Group M, South Asia; Suresh Balakrishna, CEO, BPN; Shamsuddin Jasani, Managing Director, Isobar; Karthik Lakshminarayan,COO, Madison Media; Charulata Ravikumar, CEO, Razorfish India; Ashish Sehgal, Chief Sales Officer, ZEEL; Samrat Bedi, Head of Office, Soho Square and Satbir Singh, Chief Creative officer, FCB Ulka.
(From Left – Right) –
Shamsuddin Jasani, Managing Director, Isobar India; KV Sridhar, Chief Creative Officer, SapientNitro; Karthik Lakshminarayan, COO, Madison Media; Suresh Balakrishna, CEO, BPN; Ashish Sehgal, Chief Sales Officer, Zee Entertainment Enterprises Limited; Raj Nayak, CEO, Colors (Jury Chair); Tushar Vyas, Chief Strategy Officer, GroupM South Asia; Charulata Ravikumar, CEO, Razorfish; Satbir Singh, Chief Creative Officer, FCB Ulka; Samrat Bedi, Head of Office, Soho Square, Mumbai
The jury reviewed each of the145 entries presented to it before shortlisting it to 46 entries. The shortlisted entries were once again individually reviewed on parameters such as body of work, creativity, leadership, testimonials and awards won before finally arriving at the Top 30 Under 30 list.
Commenting on the jury process, Raj Nayak, who chaired the jury for the third time this year, said, “I have been associated with this year after year because I believe it is a great initiative by exchange4media and IMPACT to recognise and reward the young generation, the future leaders of our industry. We have got a great jury this time and let me tell you it is the best Top 30.”
On the initiative, KV Sridhar noted, “It is the young ones who deserve the limelight and to really find the future leaders and creatives and look into the future of the industry is a fabulous initiative. The work which has been put down shows they have done a lot and now you can retrospectively see that these people are the backbone of the agencies because they are taking the load and they are the ones who are coming up with fresh ideas. Most of them have at least one nugget in their story which is different and fresh and the ones who have made it to the Top 30 list are the ones who have thought and done something different from the usual path.”
Tushar Vyas commented, “This is an interesting initiative which recognises individual contribution. There are many awards that recognise the team or company work but this recognises individuals and rewards them.”
With the ‘Top 30 Under 30’ decided, it is only going to be a short wait before the list is unveiled. Wait and watch!