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exchange4media's IMPACT magazine celebrates young achievers with 30 Under 30 list

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exchange4media's IMPACT magazine celebrates young achievers with 30 Under 30 list

IMPACT magazine from the exchange4media Group has just announced the much-awaited Top 30 Under 30 list, 2014, celebrating young achievers in the advertising and media domain. This is the second edition of the list which initiated in 2013.

As the industry evolves to encompass new roles and responsibilities in the advertising domain, the list this year is more elaborate and inclusive of these roles – ranging from people who have a role in planning for mobile in a digital agency, to a technology architect in a media agency to people with extended digital roles, given the exponential growth of digital.

Raj Nayak, CEO of Colors, who headed the jury that picked the Top 30 Under 30, 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.”

Nayak headed the jury for the 2013 edition of the list too.

In alphabetical order of first names, the names on the Top 30 Under 30 list 2014 are:

1 Abhishek Ladoba Sawant 28 Creative Director Publicis Ambience India  
2 Ajay Ramaswamy 28 Lead Designer 22 Feet Tribal Worldwide At the time of jury meet was Creative
Supervisor - Art, Grey Worldwide
3 Anu Gulati 29 Creative Controller Ogilvy & Mather  
4 Avinash Bajaj 26 Creative Team Leader McCann Erickson  
5 Bani Kalra 29 Group Head OMD  
6 Chaitanya Joshi 26 Senior Copywriter FCB Ulka  
7 Chinmay Kelkar 28 Business Manager-Planning MediaCom  
8 Deepak Sonpar 29 Business Group Head MediaCom  
9 Deepti Gera 29 Art Director Leo Burnett  
10 Divya Uttam 29 Senior Planning Director Cheil India  
11 Eugene Rebello 29 Copy Supervisor Ogilvy & Mather  
12 Farah Siddiqui 28 Director - Planning Mindshare  
13 Ganesh B Nayak 28 Senior Creative partner BBH India  
14 Gunjan Poddar 29 Creative Director Leo Burnett At the time of jury meet was Art
Supervisor, Publicis Capital
15 Jaysheel Pradhan 25 Chief Technology Architect Havas Media  
16 Krittika Chakraborty 26 Group Planning Manager Dentsu Creative Impact Pvt. Ltd.  
17 Madhavi Unni 29 Account Director Ogilvy & Mather  
18 Manasi Rajagopal 23 Senior Planner Ogilvy & Mather  
19 Megha Ahuja 29 National Media Director - Mobile Ogilvy & Mather  
20 Mehak Jaini 28 Director Account Planning DDB Mudra Group  
21 Nadine Zita Warapen 26 Creative Partner BBH India  
22 Rhea Joey Alphonso 26 Account Manager Madison Media Infinity  
23 Rohan Ekbote 29 Account Controller Madison Media - Pinnacle  
24 Rohan Jadhav 28 Business Manager Mediacom Communications Pvt. Ltd.  
25 Samyak Chakrabarty 25 Chief Youth Markterer DDB Mudra Group  
26 Shibu Shivanandan 29 Sr Vice President Resultrix Media Pvt Ltd At the time of jury meet was Vice
President, Resultrix Media Pvt Ltd
27 Shraddha Goje 27 Business Executive MediaCom  
28 Stephanie Fernandes 25 Copy Supervisor Happy Creative Services  
29 Surabhi Talwar 28 Senior Brand Services Director Lowe Lintas & Partners  
30 Yohan Daver 24 Brand Partner BBH India  

The jury process

After weeks of receiving nominations from agencies across the country, IMPACT shortlisted 135 entries through an internal editorial procedure, and presented them to the jury for review.

The distinguished jury, headed by Raj Nayak, CEO, Colors, included Rohit Gupta, President, Multi Screen Media; Govind Pandey, President, McCann Erickson Advertising; Madhukar Sabnavis, Vice Chairman and Country Head, Discovery and Planning, Ogilvy & Mather India; Subhash Kamath, CEO and Managing Partner, BBH India; S Yesudas, Managing Director – Indian Subcontinent, Vizeum Media; Gita Ram, Managing Director – South, Omnicom Group; Dnyanada Chaudhari, Managing Partner, ZenithOptimedia (then COO of Madison Media); Amer Jaleel, National Creative Director, Lowe Lintas & Partners and Alok Jalan, Managing Director, Laqshya Media.

“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,” Nayak said.

The jury meet took place on 22nd April, 2014 in Mumbai. The jury reviewed each of the 135 entries and shortlisted 50 talented youngsters. The shortlisted entries were then individually evaluated on the basis of 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 Under 30 list.

The philosophy

For an industry surviving on new ideas, nurturing fresh talent is a must, and IMPACT’s aim is to recognize and encourage commendable work done by young turks through this coveted list.

The quest is to unearth young people who have the potential to become the next Piyush Pandey, Prasoon Joshi, Balki or Agnello Dias of the creative world or the next Sam Balsara, Vikram Sakhuja or Shashi Sinha of the media agency domain. IMPACT’s first list of the industry’s ‘Top 30 Under 30’ in 2013 garnered huge appreciation. Above all, it brought talented youngsters into the limelight.

This year, IMPACT’S endeavour again has been to provide a platform to undiscovered young talent from the ad-media fraternity, and we must say that we were overwhelmed by the response from creative and media agencies.

As we proudly present 30 of the most talented youngsters in the ad-media domain, here’s raising a toast to their outstanding achievements and cheering them on to leadership position in the industry soon.

Read more about the young achievers here.


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