Chief Marketing Officer, Future group, Pantaloons
Madhumita Dutta, Chief Marketing Officer, Pantaloons, has over 10 years of experience in marketing and advertising. Prior to Pantaloons, Dutta was Head of Marketing Development - India at World Gold Council for over six years. She has also worked with Tanishq, Ogilvy & Mather and Lowe Worldwide on various big projects.
Madhumita holds a Bachelor's Degree in English Literature from Jadavpur University, a diploma in Marketing from British Council and a professional diploma in Marketing and Communication from Clarion College of Communication.The Pantaloons blog (pantaloonsfashion.com), the online platform where users can get their daily dose of style through a variety of tips, tricks, and tools they need to stay fashion forward, was launched by her with the objective to get the blog’s followers to create their own unique style quotient. Dutta understands the psyche of the youth and thinks that ‘Wait and watch’ is a preferred route that most Indian marketers adopt, which leads to postponing investment in digital marketing.
Director-Marketing, Perfetti Van Melle India
Nikhil Sharma is Director – Marketing, Perfetti Van Melle India. He has been associated with the company for 13 years now. In his present role, Nikhil is responsible for formulating overall marketing strategy while keeping in mind the media spends, topline and bottomline for each of the brands. He is also responsible for capacity planning and research.
Nikhil possesses a strong understanding of technical and financial side of the confectionery business. He has worked across cross functional projects including oversees opportunity scoping and proposal preparation. Under his leadership, the company has launched several successful campaigns - Alpenliebe Kajol & the Crocodile, Re-launch of Big babol with tortoise and bird (Chidiya Rani) ads, Chlormint Salman Khan campaign of Dobara mat Poochna and Lollipops – lagey Raho to mention a few.
He joined the company as a Management Trainee in 1999 and has played a key role in the company’s growth over the years.
About Perfetti Van Melle India Pvt. Ltd.
Perfetti Van Melle India Pvt. Ltd. (PVMI) is a name to reckon with in the Indian confectionery industry and is a renowned manufacturer, distributor and marketer of several high quality products. With close to a 30% market share, it is one of the leading players in the organized confectionery business in India today. The company at present has a diverse portfolio of brands across segments (i.e. candies, gums & chewies) which it sells through various retail channels across the country. As a marketer, PVMI has always been known for its iconic, interesting and entertaining advertising. PVMI is a fully owned subsidiary of the global confectionary conglomerate Perfetti Van Melle, headquartered in Lainate, Italy. PVMI started its operations in India in 1994.
Marketing Director, Nike India Pvt. Ltd.
Avinash is the Marketing Director of Nike India Pvt. Ltd overseeing marketing operations for Nike India.
Prior to joining Nike, Avinash was working as Executive Director - Marketing at Walt Disney where he was responsible for building the Disney brand by driving the company’s marketing strategy, coordinating all Disney business marketing efforts, and developing key global and local franchises in India.
Pant has spent more than 15 years working across various functions and has a vast experience in marketing and in building brands. Avinash was earlier Director - Marketing, Still Beverages at Coca-Cola before joining Walt Disney
He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Engineering and a PGDM, Marketing from the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad.
An avid football lover and a cycling fanatic, Avinash has a keen interest in team sports and endurance sports.
Vice President, Strategy & Planning, Woodland
Amol Dhillon is the Vice President of strategy and planning at Woodland. His current role is to work on brand strategy, which involves brand communication strategy, connecting with gen Y and building communities, innovation in products, retail and communication.Since joining Woodland in 1999, he has served at various leadership positions in business development, merchandising & sourcing, worked across various divisions, and markets including India, Hong Kong, China, Europe and Canada. He was instrumental in establishing supply chain and merchandising operations for Woodland across South East Asia where he led the global, collaborative and participatory product development process for Woodland's functional apparel and shoes line.
He is an M.B.A from the Kellogg school of management, holds master degree from Schulich School of business, York University with specialization in marketing, strategy and sustainability. Amol has attended the Harvard Business School for digital marketing course and D school at Stanford University for design innovation.
He loves adventure and high adrenaline sports like skydiving, bungee jumping, trekking and sailing and don’t miss any opportunity to connect with nature and outdoors.Having lived and worked in Delhi, Mumbai, Hong Kong, Toronto; Amol has traveled over 40 countries for work and holidays.
Amol lives in Toronto, Canada with his wife and two children.
Vikas Ahuja is the Chief Marketing Officer at Myntra. He joined the senior management team in mid-2013 and is responsible for the sales and marketing functions as well as driving the overall brand strategy at Myntra.
With over 18 years of sales and marketing experience, Vikas has held various leadership roles with the world's leading nutrition, health and wellness company, Nestle. In his last role as Country Business Manager, he was responsible for setting up new businesses.
In his 18 years, Vikas has shown his passion for strategic and creative thinking, with great results achieving significant turnaround in business/market shares, launching new products/brands/extensions, besides establishing strong innovation pipeline of the products under his portfolio. He has led some well-loved brands in the Nestle portfolio like Bar-One, Milky-Bar, Kit-Kat, Munch, NESCAFE, MAGGI etc and successfully re-positioned the MAGGI brand on a ‘Taste and Health’ platform through strong consumer insight and research.
Early in his career, Vikas was part of the core management team of egurucool.com as its CMO and was responsible for the startup’s overall marketing strategy, products and communication.
Vikas holds a B.Sc. (Hons) in Economics from St. Xaviers', Calcutta and an MBA from IIM, Calcutta.
Marketing Director, HTC India
Manu Seth has been formulating and implementing HTC’s marketing initiatives in India, to effectively communicate the HTC brand values. He has a rich experience in architecting and constructing new marketing organizations, including defining a brand’s marketing strategy to enter the India market; building brands via innovative marketing that includes executing high profile multimillion dollar marketing campaigns, from ATL to BTL to Social Media to Events & PR, including tactical demand generation and channel partner marketing.
Manu is a creative, passionate, unstoppable, dependable, highly energetic, team oriented, highly disciplined, thorough bred professional to drive the bottom line for the smooth function. He is an innovative marketing professional leader, who comes with more than 19 years with a proven track record in groundbreaking 360-degree consumer marketing; including building brands like HTC, Motorola and BlackBerry, Tata Indicom (Tata Teleservices), Idea Cellular, Times of India and Tata Infomedia in the Indian market, across the full spectrum of marketing disciplines.
A graduate in science from Ramjas College, Delhi University, and Manu completed his masters in Business Management from Amity Business School, Noida along with significant Diploma courses in Export Management from Institute of Management Technology (IMT) and Diploma in Sales and Marketing from National Institute of Sales.Manu strongly believes in identifying cost effective & innovative solutions, Go to Market Strategy while planning and budgeting to sync with organization objectives. A modest person at heart Mr. Manu relates well to people at all levels contributing to success in establishing a wide network of excellent business relationships.
Director – Marketingand Market Development - Intel South AsiaSandeep is responsible for defining market growth strategies and brand strategies for all of Intel’s products and technologies in the South Asia region.
Sandeep is an industry veteran with over 20 years of work experience. Sandeep has been with Intel for over 14 years and prior to heading the Marketing organization, he was a Director in the South Asia team where he was responsible for Intel’s Sales & Marketing activities in the North and East of India, Bangladesh, Bhutan and Nepal. Sandeep’s mandate was driving growth of products and technologies, increasing IT adoption and driving deeper engagements with the ecosystem.
In his previous roles, Sandeep has led a team managing efforts in software solutions in the APAC region as well as the distribution, channel & retail marketing teams.
Prior to Intel, Sandeep had worked with HCL Technologies for about six years where he was responsible for business development and growth of new market segments.
Sandeep has a Bachelor’s degree in Science from Delhi University and a Master’s degree in Management from IMT, Ghaziabad. His professional strengths lie in his in depth knowledge of the IT landscape in India as well as his analytical skills.
Sandeep is also a Member of the Executive council at MAIT (Manufacturer’s Association of the IT Industry).
Vice President, Marketing National Geographic & FOX International Channels
As Vice President, Marketing, National Geographic & FOX International Channels, Debarpita Banerjee is responsible for all marketing and communication related initiatives of a bouquet of channels under FOX International in India.
Her role involves strategizing to strengthen the existing brands in the Indian subcontinent which includes National Geographic, FOX Traveller, Baby TV, Nat Geo Wild, Nat Geo Adventure, Nat Geo Music and and the HD bouquet.
Debarpita has over 16 years of experience in communication and brand development, having spent 14 years across leading advertising agencies like BBDO, Leo Burnett and JWT. Glaxosmithkline, Dabur, Coca Cola, SBI credit cards, ICI Paints [now Akzo Nobel] are some of the clients she worked with, helping shape brands in the Horlicks Portfolio, Coca Cola, Dulux Paints, Dabur Chyawanprash & Foods, to name a few.
Debarpita is a literature graduate from St Xavier’s College, Kolkata and a post graduate in mass communication from Clarion College of Communication.
Director, Marketing, Media Networks Disney UTV
Bikram Duggal is Director, Marketing Media Networks, Disney UTV and spearheads marketing for a bouquet of nine channels across three genres - Youth - bindass® & UTV STARS, Movies- UTV Movies, UTV Action, UTV World Movies and Kids - Disney Channel, Disney XD, Disney Junior and Hungama TV.
In this role Bikram is responsible for formulating the marketing strategy for Disney UTV media networks and build the key television and company franchises which include Best of Luck Nikki, Mickey Mouse, Emotional Atyachaar and Superdude.
In his career spanning 15 years, Bikram has worked with global brands across multiple categories in companies like JWT, Lowe, and HUL. In his last assignment before joining Disney, Bikram founded his own venture - Locus Infotainment Pvt. Ltd and also worked as the Director Marketing – South Asia for Turner International.
Category Director – Flavours PepsiCo India
Ruchira Jaitly is currently the Category Director – Flavors at PepsiCo India. She has been working for PepsiCo for over 9 years. She started her stint at PepsiCo with their snacks brand, Kurkure that changed the world of Indian snacking forever. She has also worked on global brands like Lay’s and Cheetos as Category Director for Western Snacks till August 2011.
Prior to PepsiCo, she was working with Unilever India in Sales and Brand Management for Personal Care Products over a span of 6 years.
She is a graduate of St Xavier’s College, Mumbai with a Management Degree from Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad.
President & COO – Dunkin’ Donuts India, Jubilant FoodWorks Limited
Dev joined Jubilant FoodWorks Limited (JFL) in 2005 (then Domino’s Pizza India Ltd) as Senior Vice President Marketing & NPD - Domino’s Pizza. In mid-2011, Dev was promoted as President & COO, of the new division of JFL, i.e. Dunkin’ Donuts India. Before JFL, Dev has worked Cadbury and Whirlpool India in key roles in marketing and sales.
As the founder President of Dunkin India, Dev leads the development of the Dunkin’ Donuts business, delivery of P&L and building a winning organization that delivers enduring value.
Before Dunkin’, Dev had an extremely successful stint at Domino’s Pizza. During his 6 year stint he led several new initiatives including development of the positioning of “Khushiyon Ki Home delivery”. Dev was responsible for the launch of several new products, many of which have gone on to achieve an iconic status, namely, The Cheese Burst Pizza, Choco-Lava Cake, Domino’s Pasta, Calzone, and the breakthrough “Pizza Mania”. The Pizza Mania range of Pizza’s launched in 2007 at Rs 35/- per pizza changed the Pizza Category for ever in India, by making it available to a very large set of consumers across new demographics as well as tier 3 towns.
Dev believes in building “dream teams” and building brands and businesses by being on the right side of consumer culture. He is particularly interested in emergent social culture and its impact on brand and business design. Dev is a big believer in imagination and innovation. His personal interests include Golf, reading, blogging, music & performing arts.
fashion stylist and costume designer
A fashion stylist and costume designer, Pernia Qureshi started her career with internships in New York at Elle, Harper's Bazaar, and Catherine Malandrino after graduating from George Washington University in Washington D.C in 2006. Following her internships, Pernia worked as an assistant stylist in New York for Ann Caruso, a Contributing Editor at Harper's Bazaar. She continued on her fashion journey by doing some freelance work with Conde Nast in New York, before moving back to New Delhi in 2008.
Having worked as one of the consultants with the launching team of Harpers Bazaar lndia, Pernia then moved on to working independently with India’s foremost fashion designers such as JJ Valaya and Tarun Tahiliani - on their campaigns, look books, and fashion shows.
Pernia stepped into the role of costume designer in 2010, when she styled the film, Aisha and received rave reviews for her fresh take on fashion styling and solidified Pernia's role as one of Bollywood's top fashion stylists.Since then, Pernia has contributed her stylish inputs in various publications, but has focusing on creating and curating India's first true fashion website, www.perniaspopupshop.com. Following its success of the e-commerce site as one of country’s top Fashion Portals, Pernia Qureshi has penned down what she’s best at in her first fashion style guide ‘Be Stylish with Pernia Qureshi’ (published by Random House India)
Born the son of a tea planter in India, Papa CJ spent his childhood at a boarding school in the Himalayas before going on to complete an MBA at the University of Oxford. Five years into a successful corporate career in London, he threw it all in to become a stand-up comedian. Now recognised by Forbes Magazine as the global face of cutting-edge Indian stand-up comedy and one of Asia’s leading comedians, Papa CJ has gone on to tour sell-out shows across four continents. In 2008, he represented India on NBC’s TV Show Last Comic Standing where, from amongst the thousands of global comedians who took part, he was placed in the top ten. He was also the first Indian comedian ever to be invited to perform at the prestigious Just for Laughs Festival in Canada in 2008 and has regularly performed at the Edinburgh Fringe. Papa CJ has been instrumental in creating and growing the live English language stand-up comedy circuit in India. He also uses comedy as a vehicle to support a charity he founded for underprivileged children in India and he performs for patients in hospitals across the world. Papa CJ is a qualified executive coach, motivational speaker and laughter yoga instructor as well.
Rahul Mishra is known for his contribution to Indian handlooms, is continuously working on empowering and employing Indian Craft Community through his sustainable design interventions. The brands philosophy revolves around integrating the rich heritage of Indian craft with the constantly varying pulse of global fashion.
This Post Graduate from NID, won the BEST STUDENT DESIGNER AWARD and followed it by winning the PRIDE OF NID. After creating waves on the Indian Emerging Designers scene, Rahul went on to be the first Non – European Designer to win the prestigious Scholarship at the Istituto Marangoni, Milan.
Much rewarded and awarded, Rahul was described as ‘the talent to watch out for’ by French Fashion Doyen Didier Grumbach. For the year 2009, he was voted as MTV YOUTH ICON for year 2009, further for the same year he went on winning the INTERNATIONAL DESIGNER OF THE YEAR award at the IAF (International Apparel Federation) annual convention held in Netherlands. For the same year, he was featured in the list of top 20 young Indians who would shape India's future for VISION-INDIA 2020.
In 2010, he was amongst top 9 International Artists invited by the Hong Kong Polytechnic University to be a part of the prestigious landmark exhibition titled “Transformation: Material | Magic | Memory”.
In 2011, a documentary film on Handlooms of India, made for NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC CHANNEL profiled his philosophy and work. This film was made in collaboration with UNESCO & Ministry of Textiles, India.
Continuing with his commitment for the craft sector, he collaborated with Taj Group of Hotels to uplift IKAT weavers from Pochampally and presented his exclusive IKAT Collection at the iconic Falaknuma Palace, Hyderabad and Taj Mahal Palace, Mumbai. Currently, He is working closely with different State Governments and Ministry of Textile, Govt. of India.
He is also a part of committee for revisiting/introducing new curriculum used in Fashion/ Design education for ministry of Labour & Employment, Govt. of India.
For the year 2012, Cotton Council International named him “BEST WOMENSWEAR DESIGNER.” For the same year, he was invited by British Council to showcase at Art Festival “ALCHEMY” held at Southbank Center, London and was also nominated for prestigious “INTERNATIONAL WOOLMOARK PRIZE”
Recently, He has been also featured in ‘the Power List of 25 most influencing Indians’ by ELLE Magazine and Victoria and Albert Museum (V&A), London has permanently acquired some of his most exquisite hand crafted Designs for the prestigious Design Exhibition.
Ribhu mehra aka Dj ribz is no stranger to the world of music. He started his djing career at the tender age of 19. After having spent 3 years perfecting his skills as a Dj , Ribz got his first big break at Elevate , the club that put India’s nightlife on the world map (was ranked 35th best club in the world in yr 2007 ) , started off as a resident dj in 2006. Ribz had the pleasure of sharing the dj console with world renowned dj’s and performers . To name a few ; Paul van dyk , Sasha , John digweed , Ferry corsten , Infected mushroom , Skazi , Chamillionaire , MObb deep , Flipsyde . On the home front Ribz performed with superstars like Hard kaur , Jay sean , Atif aslam , Strings , RDB , Stereo Nation. After having spent 3 years at Elevate Ribz was chosen to host Aaj TAk’s ( India’s no. 1 hindi news channel ) weekly music chart show : Dard-e-Disco aired every Saturday night (2008-2009). Upon its conclusion Radio one 94.3 f.m an Indian radio channel chose him as their official Dj for their events which were hosted at the A-list clubs in delhi. At the same time Ribz was also performing as a guest Dj all over the country and abroad. In 2010 Radio one 94.3 f.m invited him to be the Host Dj for its Saturday night prime time show : Saturday night club nights with Dj Ribz propelling him onto astage that many of his hero’s share internationally including Pete Tong and Judge Jules. Over past 6 years Ribz has also been working as a producer of underground white label mixes. A lot of his mixes have won the plaudits of his peers and fans alike. Ribz has also Dj’ed at some of the countries most exclusive parties for Maxim , MTV , FHM , VOGUE ,BOLLYWOOD PREMIERS,NDTV’s Indian of the year awards etc. Ribz took over as the Head Resident DJ at Quantum – India ‘s 1st super club (2010 -2011). During this time he did the opening and closing sets for international legends like Armin Van Buuren ( world no.1) , Above and Beyond (world no.5) , Gareth Emery (world no.7) , Markus Schulz (world no. 8) . Ribz also had the unique opportunity of being the official DJ for the Common Wealth Games Village nightclub which was operational at the Games Village during the length of CWG 2010. 2013-2014 is shaping up to be a really good year for Ribz as his underground mixes are being appreciated and he has been performing at the various A-list clubs of India and at the same time is ready to release his single (genre-edm).
Managing Director, PUMA South Asia
A foodie at heart, an engineer by profession and a retailer by passion – meet Rajiv Mehta, the young and multi-faceted Managing Director of PUMA India. A chemical engineer from ICT in Mumbai, Rajiv then completed his MS at the University of Pennsylvania. He worked for three years at BOC in New Jersey where he was responsible for driving research, design and development, before the academic bug hit once more – resulting in an MBA from the prestigious INSEAD University in Singapore. Upon graduating, Rajiv was identified by the global sport lifestyle brand PUMA to head their Indian operations at the young age of 27.
Today, after 8 years at the helm, Rajiv’s contribution is recognized as instrumental in establishing PUMA as the creative leader of SportLifestyle in the country. With a singular vision to aesthetically blend sport, fashion and lifestyle, Rajiv is credited with the transformation of PUMA from being a new entrant to becoming the 2nd largest sports brand in India. He strategically spearheaded the marketing and distribution of PUMA in India with the establishment of the first retail store in Chennai in 2006. Today, PUMA has a brand presence across more than 60 cities in India with a retail presence of close to 300 exclusive stores. Under his stellar leadership, the company in India has grown to a 180 people strong team operating out of 4 offices and headquartered in Bangalore.
Rajiv has played a pivotal role in spreading the brand ethos of fun and joy. This is strongly reflected in the young and vibrant work culture at PUMA India wherein the ‘PUMA Way” of doing things with a generous measure of cool quotient is the norm. Rajiv is an adventure sports enthusiast and is a P2 level certified pilot for paragliding. Water sports, particularly white water rafting, bungee jumping and skydiving are amongst his adventure sports passions.
Siddhartha M Jain
Producer & CEO, iRock Films
Siddhartha M Jain is Producer & CEO at iRock Films, a youth-centric development & production company. He produced the edgy RAGINI MMS which was acquired by Balaji. This year he has produced a youth-comedy DISCO VALLEY for Viacom18 for release in early 2014 & a thriller-drama called KILL THE RAPIST?, which releases early 2014. His next year production slate includes a family-comedy SIZE ZERO, set in Amritsar and a youth-comedy with Vir Das; SAXXX KI DUKAAN.com amongst others. Jain, a MBA in finance, worked in Hollywood for 4 years, then Adlabs for 2 years, before founding iRock.
Ajay Chaturvedi, Chairman, Harnessing Value of Rural India (HarVa)
Ajay Chaturvedi is the Chairman at HarVa (Harnessing Value of Rural India). He has been honored as a Young Global Leader (YGL) 2013 by The World Economic Forum (WEF). This recognition is a testimonial of Ajay Chaturvedi's record of professional accomplishments, his commitment to society and potential to contribute to shaping the future of the world through his inspiring leadership. Besides, Ajay has many other awards to his credit including the prestigious CNBC - Young Turk and CNN-IBN Youth Icon / Young Indian Leader award. Prior to founding HarVa, Chaturvedi worked at Citi, serving in strategy and sales positions. He began his career with IBM Consulting in the US and has experience across industries in the US, the UK and South-East Asia. He was picked in 2013 by THNK, the Amsterdam School of Creative Leadership, as one of the most creative leaders. Chaturvedi is an Engineer from BITS Pilani and a Graduate in Management of Technology from the School of Engineering and The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.
Founder and CEO, Internet Moguls
Avijit Arya is the Chief Mogul(CEO) @ Internet Moguls, a marketingdriven agency specializing in DESIGN, SOCIAL and TECHNOLOGY for Hotels, Travel, Airlines, Real Estate, Education, Fashion and other verticals with offices in Delhi, Mumbai, Dubai and Vancouver.
He is a speaker, writer, columnist on social media and online reputation management around the world at leading social media and digital marketing conferences and has his own publication called "Digital Hospitality " ,a one of its kind magazine focusing on Internet Marketing for the Hospitalityvertical.
Before Internet Moguls
Prior to establishing Internet Moguls, Avijit worked with various industries, from hospitality to travel and with airlines.
His experience in these fields is unparalleled, as he owns and operates a successful award winning hotel business and also managed a multi-award winning Travel company.
Therefore, his understanding of these verticals allows clients from these verticals to work effortlessly with Internet Moguls.
Hanneli Slabber Country Head, South Africa Tourism
Hanneli Slabber, Country Manager for South African Tourism in India is at the helm of affairs, spearheading initiatives of the national tourism board in India. Prior to this role, Ms. Slabber was Global Product Head for the board and was based in South Africa. After completing her Honours Degree in Applied Anthropology (With Honours) from the University of Pretoria, Hanneli went on to begin her career in the hotel industry before moving to sales and marketing. With experiences in both inbound and outbound companies, Hanneli was heading Contiki Holidays before moving to South African Tourism. As the Country Manager for the national tourism board in India, Hanneli’s core responsibility is to effectively market the destination to Indian audiences and help further increase the growth of Indian arrivals to the country.
Sharat Dhall President, Yatra.com
Sharat Dhall has over 20 years of work experience in a career spanning the Internet and FMCG businesses. Prior to joining Yatra.com as President in May 2011, Mr. Dhall was the Managing Director of TripAdvisor India and was instrumental in starting and growing the operations of the website in India. Earlier in his career, Mr. Dhall had spent close to a decade with Hindustan Unilever in sales & marketing, where he had set up the very interesting and globally acclaimed rural initiative, Project Shakti, before making a foray into the internet space to head the eCommerce business at Indiatimes. He holds a Master of Management Studies degree from B.I.T.S. Pilani, and an MBA from X.L.R.I. Jamshedpur. He is also an avid sports enthusiast, enjoys running and playing golf.
Head Solutions, Madhouse India, Group M
Anisha has over 9 years of marketing & technology experience; she is a management graduate from Mumbai University and has been a specialist mobile media specialist for over 6 years now. She is presently the regional head for North & South for Madhouse India. Prior to joining Madhouse she has been part of the GroupM digital team since 2006 and set up and led the mobile practice in North for GroupM since 2008. She has delivered effective marketing solutions not only as a mobile specialist but also integrated mobile as a part of communications planning. She has worked with a wide variety of clients evangelizing mobility across multiple categories. She is a Mobile enthusiast who is young, diligent and dependable. She was nominated and won a Choreo – relentless excellence in its 1st year of inception.
Senior Editor & Tech Columnist
Narayanan Madhavan has more than 30 years of experience in journalism. Madhavan started his career as a trainee with the Times of India group, where he spent 7 years, mainly in Economic Times before moving to Business Standard. He later joined Reuters, the world's biggest news agency, where he spent about 12 years. Madhavan has written extensively on business and economic journalism with a strong exposure to information technology and the Internet, he has also covered or written on other issues including politics, diplomacy, cinema, culture, biographical sketches, cricket and social change. He has an honours degree in economics from Shri Ram College of Commerce, Delhi and a master's degree in political science from the University of Delhi
Sonam Kalra is an artist whose skill spans both Indian and Western music. She has had formal training in Indian Classical music under Shubha Mudgal and Sarathi Chatterji and has also studied various genres of Western music including Gospel, Jazz and Opera under Hur Chul Yung and Ashley Clement. This diverse experience has taught her that despite their different roots, different musical traditions have more in common than they differ. This realization was the genesis of The Sufi Gospel Project, which Sonam has been working on since early 2011. The Sufi Gospel Project. The project is an effort to blend all the voices of faith, through the use of song, music and the spoken word.
Digital Marketing Head, Nokia
Deepak Taneja is presently sworking as the Digital Marketing Head of Nokia. He has 14 years of rich experience in leading & launching businesses and brands by enhancing customer experience to bring hierarchical shift in the businesses' profitability. He possess hands-on-experience on brands, at different stages of their lifecycle, across industries – Services, Telecom, Automobiles, White goods, FMCG and IT peripherals. Have led very large & diverse teams to enhance business outcomes and held accountability of P&L in various assignments. Have an in-depth understanding and expertise of consumer relationship management, marketing and brand management and user experience in digital space
Senior Editor & Tech Columnist
Aditya leads India's premier youth entertainment brand, MTV. Dubbed as the cultural home of the millenials, MTV creates and reflects pop culture across TV, online & web. Consumed by over 40 MM people every week across 50 MM homes, MTV is truly the Universe of the Young. MTV has consistently built a connection with young people, artists and its business partners to create clutter breaking content built around compelling storytelling, music discovery and activism, all of which is based on deep consumer understanding. MTV is the most awarded youth entertainment brand, winning the MaterBrand Award, the Youth Media brand of the year and Digital Brand of the year awards. Think Young , Think MTV.
Leader - Dialogue Factory
With comprehensive knowledge on consumer insights, and over two decades of work experience in Out-of-Home Brand Marketing Solutions , Dalveer has been a pioneer in successfully implementing & replicating the Indian model on Rural and Low Income Consumer Operations in 10 other emerging markets including the sub-continent (Bangladesh, Sri Lanka), Morocco, Indonesia , Vietnam , Philippines & South America (Brazil, Mexico & Argentine).
With proven expertise in Rural / Low Income innovative marketing and start-ups for the emerging markets, Dalveer is now busy setting up Dialogue Factory, a brand new unit for GroupM across India, Indonesia & Vietnam. He is shaping Dialogue Factory into a one of a kind experiential marketing agency that breaks market clutter through talk ability, Word-of-Mouth and brand advocacy. Within just a few short months, they are already active on clients like Unilever, GlaxoSmithKline, Lakme, Tata Pepsi JV, Idea , Aditya Birla Group and the latest being a cracking campaign for World AIDS Day.