Ajay Chacko is Co-founder & CEO of Arre, one of the country’s foremost original digital content brands. Arre was founded in 2015 by B. Saikumar, Ajay Chacko & Sanjay Ray Chaudhuri. Arre offers multimedia content across genres & formats and has won many international & domestic awards & accolades for its work in digital fiction & non fiction. Arre Studio is also working on large-format original shows in collaboration with domestic and international OTT platforms as well as broadcast television networks.
Ajay has over 2 decades of experience in media & financial services. He spent over a decade with Network18 and was Group COO and also President A+E – TV18 JV in his last held roles with the Group. He has also worked with IL&FS, Sharekhan and the Indian Express Group prior to his stint with Network18.
Twitter handle:@Arretweets (no personal handle)
Chief Operating Officer, Eros digital
Mr. Ali Hussein is Chief Operating Officer at Eros digital, a leading global company in the Indian film entertainment industry. He is spearheading the company's OTT platform, Eros Now. Mr. Hussein has over 15 years of experience in the media entertainment and digital space. He has been an entrepreneur and board advisor to Discovery Networks and other start-ups in the media, and technology domain. Previously he has worked with Google, Viacom 18 and Hungama where he held key positions. His expertise comes from complex mandates across mobile marketing, content syndication and distribution.
Amar kaushik started his journey with trendsetting directors like Raj Kumar Gupta, Raj Nidimoru, Krishna D.K and Onir. After being an associate director to them on critically acclaimed films like "No one Killed Jessica","IAm", Go Goa Gone and having worked as second unit director on other popular films like "Fukrey" and "Ghanckakkar", when it was time to tell his own story Amar created "Aaba".
"Aaba" is a short which was selected for World Premiere at the Berlin International Film Festival 2017 and won the Jury Award for the Best Short Film. Aaba also bagged the National Film Award 2017 in India for the Best Short (Fiction), and is still doing the Festival Round.
Aaba has received numerous awards such as,Aspen Short Fest, USA - Best Short Drama, Huesca International Film Festival Spain.- Premio Anselmo for Young Jury, Dada Saheb Phalke Award- Best Screenplay and several more. It was screened at over 27 film festivals worldwide such as Palm spring International Shortfest, USA, Short Shorts Film Festival & Asia, Japan and at the Busan International Kids and Youth , South Korea etc. Even after the success of Aaba when Amar got a chance to work with the man whose films gave him the inspiration to be a filmmaker,Amar excitedly worked as the first assistant director to Majid Majidi on "Beyond the Clouds".
His debut film Stree was very well received by the audience and Critics. its the horror comedy film released on 31 August 2018. Stree became a surprise hit, earning 175 crore worldwide.
Managing Director, Spotify India
Amar is currently the Managing Director at Spotify India. His key responsibilities are to set up its operations and build the brand’s presence. Amar was heading OLX India for 9 ½ years, prior to joining Spotify, as the Founder CEO. He also spent 5 ½ years at Baazee (now, eBay India), and headed their B2B auctions, cross border trade, category management, advertising sales & partnerships, and new business initiatives.
In 2017, Amar featured in the LinkedIn Power Profiles (Internet). He was awarded ‘Marketer of the Year’ (e-commerce) by International Advertising Association (India Chapter) in 2015. In 2014, he was awarded the IDMA Digital Person of the Year. He was also on the 2012 and 2013 ‘IMPACT Digital Power 100’ list, which recognizes the most influential leaders in the Indian digital space.
Amar holds a Bachelors degree in Industrial Engineering and has an MBA from University Business School (UBS), Chandigarh.
Amit Sharma, an enthusiastic cinephile has invigorated his reputation as one of the most sought after ad film director. His striking ability to tap into the emotions of the audience through a perfect blend of wit, drama and realism enlivens his work.
As of today, Amit Sharma has directed over 1200 commercials. His work has drawn attention from the media mainly for his high profile spots for clients like – Google, Idea, Amazon, P&G, Visa Debit Card, Lifebuoy, Cadbury, Honda to name a few. He has also been honoured with prestigious awards like Cannes, Abby, Effies, Spikes Asia, Dadasaheb Phalke for his great work. Badhaai Ho, his Second feature film crossed 200 crs. Worldwide winning hearts of the audiences at the cinema halls.
Head - Media & Digital Marketing, Marico Ltd
Ankit Desai is a media professional who has worked in various profiles in media across the publisher, media agency, broadcaster & the advertiser domains.
He started his career with Dainik Jagran as part of their national sales team. His next job with MindShare Fulcrum gave him exposure to cutting-edge work on media and in-particular digital with HUL’s portfolio of brands, after which he moved to NDTV to be part of the team which launched their general entertainment channel, NDTV Imagine, as part of the Marketing team.
He currently works with Marico Ltd. as Head – Media & Digital Marketing, India & Global Centre of Excellence with a portfolio spanning markets across the Middle East, Africa & Asia regions.
He continues to pursue his passion for learning as a visiting faculty for the Symbiosis Institute of Media & Communication.
Ankit has an MBA specializing in Advertising from Symbiosis, Pune.
Arunoday Singh (born 17 February 1983) is an Indian film actor. His debut movie was Sikandar (2009). Singh has appeared in Sudhir Mishra's Yeh Saali Zindagi (2011), Pooja Bhatt's Jism 2 (2012), David Dhawan's Main Tera Hero (2014), and Ashutosh Gowariker's Mohenjo Daro (2016). He was also the protagonist in the film Buddha in a Traffic Jam (2016), by Vivek Agnihotri, dealing with the issue of naxalism. He also starred as a supporting actor in the 2018 Abhinay Deo film Blackmail.
Chairman, Sports Live Entertainment
Atul Pande is an engineering graduate and alumnus of IIM Ahmedabad (1987-89 batch), with a varied industry experience spanning more than 25 years. In the initial two decades of his professional career, Atul worked across sectors such as FMCG, BPO & financial services and television. Atul is an avid traveler and passionate about outdoor sports. Some of Atul’s key assignments are Business Director – GE Capital, MD Citicorp – Maruti, MD Cholamandalam Investment and CEO – Ten Sports.
CEO, Network18 & MD, A+E Networks
Mr. Kaul is the Chief Operating Officer – Network18 and Managing Director, A+E Networks | TV18. A+E Networks | TV18 includes leading factual entertainment channels such as History TV18 and FYI TV18.
Prior to joining TV18, he was the Chief Executive Officer at Bennett Coleman and Company Ltd (TV Division) and was responsible for overall management of ET Now, Times Now and zoom channels. In the past, he has worked with other leading media organizations such as Sahara One Media & Entertainment, NDTV Media Ltd and Star India Ltd, Discovery Communications Ltd. thereby emerging as a veteran in the media and entertainment industry.
Avinash serves as a director on the board of Media Research Users Council and was a founder member of the Technical Committee of BARC.
Avinash has done his Master in Media Studies from Sydenham Institute of Management Studies and is a Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering from Pune University
Director General, International Federation of Film Producers Associations , France
Benoît Ginisty is intervening at FICCI FRAMES as Chief Representative of FIAPF. He has been representing FIAPF in various capacities since 2005.
FIAPF’s members are 34 producers' organizations from 27 countries worldwide. Based in Brussels FIAPF is the only organisation of film and television producers with a global reach. FIAPF's mandate is to represent the economic, legal and regulatory interests common to film and TV production industries worldwide.
Benoît Ginisty’s early background includes the Amiens International Film Festival (France) where he served as Secretary General as well as the European Union’s MEDIA Programme (Belgium) in support to the European audiovisual industry as Senior Expert. In this latter capacity, he dealt with the film and TV distribution, promotion and festivals support schemes of the MEDIA Programme.
Benoit Ginisty also chaired the Advisory Committee of the European Audiovisual Observatory from 2011 to 2014.
He owns YBP EURL, a consulting and management company for creative industries.
Chairman, Economic Advisory Council to the Prime Minister
Bibek Debroy is an economist and was educated in Ramakrishna Mission School, Narendrapur; Presidency College, Kolkata; Delhi School of Economics and Trinity College, Cambridge. Presently, he is Chairman, Economic Advisory Council to the Prime Minister and Member, NITI Aayog, Government of India. He has worked in Presidency College, Kolkata (1979-83), Gokhale Institute of Politics and Economics, Pune (1983-87); Indian Institute of Foreign Trade, Delhi (1987-93); as the Director of a Ministry of Finance/UNDP project on legal reforms (1993-98); Department of Economic Affairs (1994-95); National Council of Applied Economic Research (1995-96); Rajiv Gandhi Institute for Contemporary Studies (1997-2005); PHD Chamber of Commerce and Industry (2005-06); and Centre for Policy Research (2007-2015). He has authored/edited several books, papers and popular articles and has also been a Consulting/Contributing Editor with several newspapers.
He was awarded the Shriram Sanlam Award for financial journalism in 2013. He was awarded Padma Shri, the fourth highest civilian award of India, in 2015. He was awarded D. Litt. (Honoris Causa) by KIIT University in 2015, D. Phil. (Honoris Causa) by Amity University in 2016, D. Phil. (Honoris Causa) by Jagran Lakecity University in 2017 and D. Sc. (Honoris Causa) by University of Engineering and Management in 2018. He was awarded a Lifetime Achievement Award by US-India Business Summit in 2016 and the Skoch Challenger Golden Jubilee Award in 2017. He was awarded a Lifetime Achievement Award by Prestige Institute of Management and Research in 2018. He was conferred the title of "Vachaspati" by the Shri Lal Bahadur Shastri Rashtriya Sanskrit Vidyapeetha in 2018. He was awarded the "Bharatiya Manavita Vikas Puraskar" by Power Brand in 2018.
Blaise J Fernandes
President and CEO, IMI
Mr. Blaise J Fernandes is a Media and Entertainment industry veteran with 28 years of experience in this field, of which 23 years have been as head of Warner Bros South Asia. His previous work profile includes being a part of the WB global leadership team from 2007 to 2013, serving as CEO of Gateway House, a Mumbai based foreign policy think tank for 4 years and Senior Vice President, Corporate Affairs at Edelweiss Finance. He currently serves as President and CEO of IMI and is also an independent board member of Gateway House."
Inspector General of Police, Maharashtra Police
Mr. Singh is an officer of the elite Indian Police Service and is presently serving with Maharashtra Police as an Inspector General. He heads the newly created Cyber wing. He has spearheaded the CCTNS Maharashtra (crime-criminal tracking and network systems) which is a project of the Government of India, and recently established 44 state of art cyber crime labs in his current assignment. He has been tasked with establishing Maharashtra ‘Computer Emergency Response Team’ CERT-MH, and a Big Data analytics platform for Law Enforcement too. He also heads the department of Information and Publicity for the State Government.
He has educated himself in varied fields like Engineering, Business Management, Psychology, Public Administration, Foreign Trade, Computer Forensics, and Law. He has also been designing apps for mobile platforms and holds several patents.
An Author, published by Penguin Books, his book is entitled 'Quantum Siege'. His next book, ‘Dangerous Minds’ again by Penguin will hit the stands soon.
Charles H. Rivkin
Chairman and CEO, Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA)
Charles H. Rivkin is Chairman and CEO of the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA). He leads its global mission to advance and support the U.S. motion picture, television and home entertainment sector. Rivkin works with international businesses, governments, and law enforcement agencies to promote policies that drive production, strengthen creativity and protect creative content. He is also responsible for the MPAA’s Classification and Rating Administration, which has been supporting and informing audiences with the nation’s movie ratings system for over 50 years. The MPAA’s member studios currently include Paramount Pictures, Sony Pictures Entertainment, Twentieth Century Fox, Walt Disney Studios, Universal Studios, and Warner Bros. Entertainment.
Prior to joining the MPAA, Rivkin served as the U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for Economic and Business Affairs from 2014 to 2017. He led the U.S. State Department’s Bureau responsible for managing trade negotiations, investment treaties, economic sanctions, intellectual property rights protection and global internet policy, visiting over 40 countries and 70 cities to advance U.S. economic diplomacy. In addition, Rivkin provided guidance to the Department’s 1,600 economic officers around the world and to the U.S. Mission to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD).
From 2009 to 2013, Rivkin served as the United States Ambassador to France and Monaco. In this role, he guided America’s oldest and one of its largest diplomatic missions, with six constituent posts throughout France and representing more than 50 U.S. government agencies. Described as a “dynamic and visionary non-career Ambassador” by the Independent Office of the Inspector General, Rivkin strongly championed U.S. commercial exports into Europe, established and energized the embassy’s social media platforms and pioneered youth outreach programs in disadvantaged communities throughout France.
Before serving the U.S. government, Rivkin worked in the media and entertainment sector for more than 20 years where he was President and CEO of award-winning entertainment businesses such as The Jim Henson Company and Wildbrain. Rivkin helped reinvigorate The Jim Henson Company (then home to such character franchises as The Muppets, Fraggle Rock, Bear in the Big Blue House, Farscape, The Dark Crystal and Labyrinth) and helped engineer the sale of the company in 2000 for nearly $1 billion. During his business tenure, Rivkin served as Executive Producer of award winning children’s television shows and was named one of the 100 Most Creative People in Business by Fast Company.
Ambassador Rivkin received his bachelor’s degree from Yale University in 1984, graduating with distinction in political science and international relations. He received his M.B.A. from Harvard University in 1988. Rivkin was personally awarded the Légion d’honneur (rank of Commander) by French President François Hollande. He received the city of Paris’ highest honor – la Grande Médaille de Vermeil de la Ville de Paris from Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo, and was presented with the US Navy’s Distinguished Public Service Award by the U.S. Secretary of the Navy. He serves as a Board member of the Pacific Council on International Policy and was accepted as a member of the American Academy of Diplomacy.
Strategic Marketing and Media Consultant
In 38 years in advertising and the media, Mr. Rao worked at global agency networks including Lintas, Ogilvy & Mather and McCann, and in broadcasting.
As a CEO in broadcasting he managed and built three of India's leading TV news channels: India TV, Times NOW and ET NOW. On the media agency side he was President at Universal McCann, and later at R K Swamy Media Group.
He played an active role in policy and regulatory issues in media and served as a Director of the Indian Broadcasting Foundation (IBF); a founding Director of the News Broadcasters Association (NBA); a founding Director and Chairman of the Broadcast Audience Research Council (BARC); Director of the Media Users Research Council (MRUC); and a member of the Executive Committee of the Advertising Agencies Association of India (AAAI). He served on the TAM Transparency Panel, an international group of experts that was the ombudsman for television ratings in India.
VP Market Development, EMEA- APAC, Triton Digital
Since 1996, Daniel has been active in different ventures within the Telco, Internet and Media industries; co-founding mobile games focused MVNO in Australia (Gametel); founding and running a telco consulting business (Vigvor); spearheading a web-based micro-payment system (CALLect) and working as Director of Business Development in wholesale/retail Telecoms for Atlas Telecom.
In 2008, Daniel joined Triton Digital as VP Europe, and later VP Market development EMEA-APAC, to expand Tritons global footprint with private and public broadcasters. Triton provides online audio monetisation and streaming technology and solutions, as well as accredited census-based measurement services for live and on demand/podcast audio services.
Of dual US/Swedish nationality, Daniel speaks 6 languages and studied Economics and Law in Aix-en-Provence, France.
Head - Amdocs Media, CEO, Vubiquity Inc
Darcy serves as Head of Amdocs Media, a division of Amdocs NASDAQ (DOX) and Chief Executive Officer of Vubiquity Inc., a global media and entertainment distribution technology and services provider.
Prior to joining Vubiquity, Darcy was President, Technical Operations and Chief Technology Officer at Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. She was instrumental in the studio’s transition to digital technologies and automation for distribution across theatrical, home entertainment and television. She lead the first Hollywood anti-piracy organization focused on business development, technology, enforcement and legislation to enable compelling, competitive options to piracy.Darcy serves as a Class I Director for Cinemark Holdings Inc., NYSE (CNK), as well as a Director for Xperi, NASDAQ (XPER). She is a member of the WTA Global Advisory Council to provide insights into media and technology to benefit women’s professional tennis. She is a voting member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, a SMPTE Fellow and has been issued a number of patents.
Darcy received her undergraduate education from Temple University’s School of Engineering and a graduate MBA degree from Fordham University
President & General Counsel - Legal & Regulatory Affairs, Star India Pvt Ltd
Deepak Jacob is currently the President and General Counsel of Star India, which is one of India’s largest Multinational Television Broadcasting companies. Star India is a wholly owned subsidiary of 21st Century Fox. His role at Star is unique since it encompasses not just the legal and compliance functions but also the regulatory, government affairs and public policy functions thus covering the entire gamut of the risk landscape.
In his decade long career at Star, Deepak has been at the forefront of pioneering legal regulatory and policy initiatives that have not only changed the landscape of broadcasting in India but also ensured the success and profitability of Star’s business. He has also been at the forefront of some of the biggest acquisitions of sports rights, movies, TV channels, sports leagues etc.
An alumnus of University of Madras, he is a seasoned lawyer with rich and varied work experience of over 25 years.
India Head, Z-Pop
Depinder Singh is an entrepreneurial business leader with over 20 years of experience in media, content, gaming and emerging technologies. He has an exemplary track record of building businesses and providing strategic direction in content, media, gaming and mobile domains; and has consistently grown and sustained profitability for the organisations he has been associated with.
Country Head, Wattpad
Devashish is the Country Head for Wattpad - a global entertainment company. Our apps let our 75 million monthly users discover and share stories from science fiction to romance and everything in between. Leveraging the data and insights from more than 565 million story uploads, our studios then partner with the entertainment and publishing industries to turn the best stories with built-in audience into movies, TV shows, books, and new forms of digital media.
Devdutt Pattanaik writes on relevance of mythology in modern times. Trained in medicine, he worked for 15 years in the healthcare and pharma industries before he plunged full time into his passion. Author of 50 books and 1000 columns, several with bestsellers, he is known for his TED talks, his TV shows especially Devlok, and his innovative views on culture, leadership and Indian approach to management.
Presenter, WorklifeIndia ( BBC)
Devina was born in Delhi and has travelled around India while growing up. She studied to be a doctor but stumbled into journalism by chance while waiting to clear the medical school exams. She liked the blend of expression and curiosity and is passionate about the profession since then.
She started her career as a business reporter at an Indian business news channel when the world was witnessing the Lehman crisis in 2008. Reporting from one of the world’s most dynamic economies, she learnt the nuances of the profession. She has covered India’s major financial scandals including illegal distribution of telecom and coal mining licenses in the country.
In 2010, she started anchoring daily news bulletins and became the host of a weekly business of entertainment show where she interviewed popular Indian movie makers and celebrities. Within a year she was hosting breakfast shows and evening news bulletins at India’s leading news channels Times Now and India Today. Devina likes the unpredictability of news and questioning the status quo. She has interviewed several ruling ministers, breaking stories from the power corridors and quizzing corporate leaders on their business policies.
When Devina joined the BBC in August 2017 her first story was about fireworks industry that has suffered because of a government ban on their sale to curb air pollution. It was a great learning curve on how to serve the audience in multiple platforms from radio to digital. She has also covered political news from India and was part of the BBC World News team to cover Thailand boys rescue in Chiang Rai.
Her work reflects life in India - from businesses creating a social impact to trade tensions fallout, from technology replacing labour to millennial startups - each story is about trying to achieve a balance in the rapidly changing region. When she is not at work, you can find her thinking about her next story!
Head of Asia, Wattpad Studios
Dexter Ong is Head of Asia for Wattpad Studios. He oversees Wattpad Studio’s expansion in Asian markets, working with local entertainment studios, producers and writers to turn Wattpad stories into film, television, print and digital projects.
Wattpad is the largest social storytelling platform in nearly every market on the planet, with a global community of more than 70 million users, including more than 17 million people in Southeast Asia who spend billions of minutes on the platform every month. The company has entertainment partners across Asia, including a 26 film deal with iflix. The company previously worked with the TV5 Network in the Philippines to co-produce the Wattpad Presents anthology series. The show produced 250 episodes based on Wattpad stories.
Previously, Ong was the Director of Corporate Development for 21st Century Fox Asia, where he developed corporate strategies for production and digital video products. Prior to 21st Century Fox, Ong was with CA Media, the Asia arm of The Chernin Group, where he led content development for NET TV.
Based in Hong Kong, Dexter received his undergraduate degree from the University of Cambridge.
Divya Arya is an award-winning journalist with the BBC reporting for its television, radio and web platforms in English and Hindi. She has focused her journalism on exploring human rights issues with a specific concentration on gender.
Over the past 15 years, she has reported on the Indian elections, education, religion and caste divides and gender discrimination. Now as the BBC’s Women’s Affairs Journalist in India she also writes a weekly blog on gender issues.
Divya is a Knight Wallace Fellow from the University of Michigan where she completed her research on 'Reporting sexual violence in India', published in Breaching the Citadel, a book of essays, by Zubaan Publications and in the Economic and Political Weekly's Review of Gender Studies.
She has been awarded for best investigative journalism by the international Drum Online Media Awards and won the Laadli Media Awards for Gender Sensitivity in India.
Born and brought up in Delhi, Divya did her Bachelors in commerce in the premier institute for Business Studies – Sri Ram College of Commerce at the University of Delhi. She wrote for a college journal at that time, Campus on Wheels and also did a few radio programmes for the national broadcaster, All India Radio. This was followed by post graduate studies in Broadcast journalism at the Indian Institute of Mass Communication.
Divya is trained in the classical Indian dance, Bharatnatyam and takes refuge in music and dance when trying to seek the ever elusive work-life balance.
Edgard D. Kagan
U.S. Consul General
Mr. Edgard Kagan served as Deputy Chief of Mission of the U.S. Embassy in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia from 2014-2017. He served as Deputy Director of the U.S. Mission to the UN’s Washington Office from September 2013 to July 2014, helping represent U.S. Permanent Representative to the UN Samantha Power in her capacity as a Cabinet member, including regular participation in meetings of the Deputies Committee. Edgard served as Deputy Assistant Secretary in the Bureau of East Asian and Pacific Affairs from July 2012 to August 2013, where he oversaw U.S. relations with Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific Islands. A Foreign Service officer since 1991, he previously served as Director of Korean Affairs, including serving as acting Deputy Assistant Secretary for Japan and Korea from August 2011 to January 2012. Edgard served as Economic and then Political-Economic Counselor at the U.S. Embassy in Canberra, Australia after having previously served at the U.S. Embassies in Beijing, Tel Aviv, Budapest and Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire.
A 1989 graduate cum laude of Yale University, he speaks French and Mandarin Chinese as well as some Hungarian and Spanish.
Chief Executive Officer, MolQ Entertainment
Journalist, bollywood hungama
Faridoon Shahryar is an award winning journalist who works in the number one entertainment portal Bollywood Hungama. His talk show #TalkingFilms is having a massive reach in India and all across the world. He has a strong presence on the social media platforms and his voice carries a lot of credibility. He writes on the burning issues affecting the film industry and has been instrumental in starting the debates on the need for more cinema screens for the film industry, a better tax structure for the movies and the need for absolute freedom of expression.
Gary E. Knell
Chairman, National Geographic Partners
Gary E. Knell is Chairman of National Geographic Partners, the global joint venture owned by 21st Century Fox and the National Geographic Society, which includes National Geographic television, print and digital assets and related activities in travel and consumer products.
From 2014 through February 2018, Knell served as President and CEO of the National Geographic Society where he oversaw the Society’s vast nonprofit activities in science, exploration, education and media innovation.
Knell’s career in media spans more than three decades. Prior to National Geographic, he served as President and CEO of National Public Radio. He spent 22 years at Sesame Workshop, where he served as President and CEO for 12 years. Knell was Managing Director of Manager Media International, a multimedia publishing company based in Bangkok, Hong Kong and Singapore. He also served as Senior Vice President at WNET/Channel 13 in New York, was counsel to the U.S. Senate Judiciary and Governmental Affairs Committees in Washington, D.C., and worked in the California State Legislature and Governor’s Office.
Knell is a member of the boards of the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History, the Economic Club of Washington and the U.S. Global Leadership Coalition, as well as Heidrick and Struggles, the executive search firm. He is an advisor to the USC Annenberg School of Communication and Journalism, the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism and the Military Child Education Coalition.
Knell has a B.A. in political science from UCLA and was Editorial Director of the UCLA Daily Bruin and a stringer for the Associated Press. He has a J.D. from Loyola University of Los Angeles, where he was recently named a Top 50 Alumni. He has been awarded honorary doctorates from Kenyon College in Ohio, Mercy College in New York, and Franklin University in Switzerland, and he has been a commencement speaker at the University of Redlands, UCLA, the University of Texas-Austin, Columbia University and Johns Hopkins University.
President & Head - Hindi GEC, Star India
Gaurav believes in the art of storytelling. He says “Every story needs to have a structure. Every story can become big if it is told in the right context.”
Gaurav’s journey in content began as a journalist with Aaj Tak in 2000. He was the anchor for the war room that covered the Afghan war and presented important news events like the elections. In 2005 he was responsible for launching Star Ananda which became the agenda setting news channel in Bengal from launch day. In 2006, he anchored and executive produced Star News’ flagship 9 PM news show, Satyamev Jayate.
Gaurav then joined STAR India in 2008, where he has been since, managing multiple responsibilities. He curated the content for Star’s regional channels, taking Star Jalsha to the No. 1 position within 7 months of launch in early 2009. Gaurav became the content strategy head of Star Plus in Oct 2009 and was responsible for shows like Sasural Genda Phool and Deeya aur Bati Hum which helped Star Plus become a dominant leader. Gaurav was at the helm in shaping the content strategy for Life OK at launch in 2011 where he developed shows like Mahadev and Saubhagyawati Bhava.
He became General Manager of Star Plus in 2013, he played a key role in strengthening the business and content at Star Plus which became a dominant No 1 channel under his stewardship. In November, 2015, Gaurav became head of a new arm of Star – the content studio which looks at creating all content for Star in Hindi entertainment.
Gaurav now runs Star’s Hindi Entertainment business which includes Star Plus, Star Gold and Hotstar’s original content.
Gaurav Gera is an actor and comedian who lives for his art, is versatile as clay and charming in his unassuming presence. What napets him apart is that he always strives to break stereotypes with his eclectic choice of work, and is building his own niche in the competitive industry that he is in. Gaurav Gera has verified profiles on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, having a following of 720 thousand, 50.3 thousand and 324.7 thousand respectively. His huge fan following also includes many Bollywood Actors/Directors/Producers and Social Media Influencers. Gaurav’s short Snapchat username, ‘GauravGera’, holds a lot of might as it has already made his loyal fans feel welcome in large numbers. It is addictive to connect to the effortless humor and quirks of his characters. ‘Chutki’ in The Chutki and Shopkeeper series, exemplifies Gaurav’s impeccable skills in mono acting, a fact acknowledged and supported by the many Bollywood stars and television actor friends who make cameos in his videos. The snazzy Billi Masi has already created quite a stir. Gaurav has been granted exclusive Snapchat filters on multiple occasions to meet up with his fans’ demands. His other characters include Chutki’s boyfriend Suyash, Chutki’s brother Chutko and Billi Masi’s hilarious family. Not only this, Gaurav’s surprisingly accurate mimicry of other artists- the latest being Justin Beiber, has left people asking for more!He rose to fame with his big break in the hit Indian television series- ‘Jassi Jaisi Koi Nahi’. Thereafter Gaurav moved across several different roles with successful Bollywood films like Dasvidaniya , Neal n Nikki, Woodstock Villa, Kyu Ho Gaya Na , The Shaukeens, to name a few. Meanwhile, he became a popular face in television, with several shows in his kitty, like the Great Indian Comedy Show, Mrs Pammi Pyarelal, Comedy Nights with Kapil and more. He also performed as the lead actor in the grand musical, ‘Jhumroo’, which was based on the iconic Indian actor and singer- Kishore Kumar.Gaurav has a good grasp of how micro fiction and small webisodes are taking the internet by storm. He is among the wittiest Indian celebrities, who are an integral part of the evolution of entertainment in modern society, providing bite-sized, high-quality laughter via the new world stage that is social media.
Ms. Dhaliwal is an Indian screenwriter who recently wrote the screenplay and dialogues for Vinod Chopra Films’ Ek Ladki Ko Dekha Toh Aisa Laga, starring Rajkummar Rao, Anil Kapoor and Sonam K Ahuja. Previously, she has worked on Alankrita Shrivastava's critically acclaimed Lipstick Under My Burkha as the dialogue writer and she wrote the dialogues and co-wrote the screenplay for Qarib Qarib Singlle, directed by Tanuja Chandra, starring Irrfan Khan and Parvathy. She has also written additional dialogues for Wazir that starred Amitabh Bachchan and Farhan Akhtar. Currently, she is heading a writers’ room for a leading streaming platform.
Founder, BOOM & IndiaSpend
Govindraj is a television & print journalist and most recently founder of BOOM (www.boomlive.in) a fact checking & fake news busting initiative. He is also founder of the award-winning www.indiaspend.org & www.factchecker.in, public interest journalism efforts which use data to write and syndicate stories in areas like health, education and environment.
BOOM and FactChecker are the only verified India members of the International Fact Checking Network (IFCN) a part of the Poynter Institute. IndiaSpend is a member of the Global Investigative Journalism Network (GIJN). He also anchors seasonal shows on Indian news television – the current one being `Aegons of Business' featuring conversations with young entrepreneurs on BloombergQuint and earlier the weekly `Policy Watch’ on public service broadcaster Rajya Sabha or RSTV.
Previously, he was Founder-Editor in Chief of Bloomberg TV India, a 24-hours business news service launched out of Mumbai in 2008 and a partnership between Bloomberg LLP and the UTV Group in India. Prior to setting up Bloomberg TV, he worked with Business Standard newspaper as Editor (New Media) with a specific mandate of integrating the newspaper’s news operations with its digital or web platform. Before that, Govindraj spent five years with television channel CNBC-TV18 where he worked from near start-up point and actively drove most of the channels programming growth and expansion initiatives. Prior to television, he worked in print in The Economic Times, Business World and Business India magazines. He has been a career business journalist who has reported and written on Indian business for over 25 years. He is a Fellow of the Inaugural Class of Ananta Aspen’s 2006 India Leadership Initiative, a 2018 McNulty Laureate and a winner of the 2014 BMW Responsible Leaders Awards
Co-Founder & COO, One Digital Entertainment
Gurpreet Singh started as a full-fledged entrepreneur at the age of 17 when he launched his first mobile services company while he was completing his B. Tech. Post that, he went on to work with and lead digital entertainment verticals of giant media players like UTV, Hungama, Viacom 18; contributing significantly to the trajectory of their Digital business models. He has also worked extensively with regional records, predominantly in the Punjab market and has helped more than a few of them to set up their digital revenue models. 5 years back, as one of the most influential people in the digital industry, Gurpreet co-founded One Digital Entertainment, a leading video and content creator network of India catering to numerous genres; which is home to thousands of celebrities, brands, artists and influencers alike.
CEO, Vixen Labs
James Poulter (most people know him as JP) is the founder of Voice2, the UK’s leading Voice and Conversational Ai Community.
James has spearheaded a number of international conversational products including the first Alexa Skills and Google Actions, as well as the award winning chat bots programmes at The LEGO Group in his previous role as Head of The LEGO Group’s Emerging Platforms & Partnerships.
James has a decade of experience in audio production and podcasting within agencies, independent projects and commercial ventures and has a passion for the power of the spoken word and the audio medium to create empathy, drive brand awareness and create immersive experiences.
James also acts a Programme Director for the world’s premier conference on Voice Technology - Voice Summit.
Jaspreet is the Founder of Digital Matters, an advisory firm in the areas of Digital Transformation, Blockchain and the Future of Work.
Until recently, Jaspreet was the Senior Vice President- Digital Transformation, (equivalent to the Chief Digital Officer), of the $20bn Mahindra Group of Companies. Jaspreet is a Digital Advisor to Mahindra Group, Adjunct Advisor to IDC, and the Emerging Technologies Advisor to Internet and Mobile Association of India. He sits on the Advisory Board of AI firm Findability Sciences and a few other companies in the technology space.
His digital transformation experience spans across Agritech, Real Estate, Next-gen Social Networks, Hospitality, Auto and Financial Services.
Jaspreet is also a thought-leader in the Blockchain space in India, and he has built Proof of Concepts and products based on this technology. He is on the Advisory Board of Blockchained India, India’s largest Blockchain community, is invested in few Blockchain start-ups, and mentors the Blockchain Group for IAMAI.
He has delivered a platform-leading TEDx talk on Blockchain at (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8fbhI1qVj0c&t=8s ).
Career and Achievements
Jaspreet started his career with the Tata Group, as a part of the elite Tata Administrative Services, where he led functions and businesses in FMCG and Telecom. He was part of the team which started up Baazee.com (now EBAY India), a Regional Director at Microsoft India, and the entrepreneur-CEO of AskMe. Jaspreet is quite active across the tech start-up ecosystem, and has invested, advised, mentored and incubated many tech start-ups.
Jaspreet has delivered keynotes and speeches on Digital Transformation, Blockchain and the Future or Work at 200+ company gatherings, customer meets, Boards and CXO groups, and at multiple industry forums (NASSCOM, IAMAI, TiE, IMA, etc.). He has also lectures and teaches Digital Disruption and Transformation and Blockchain at IIMA, IIML, ISB, SP Jain, as well as the PGPX courses of Berkeley, Yale and USC. He writes extensively on Digital Transformation, Blockchain, Agritech, Platform Business models, the Future of Work and AI.
Jaspreet is an accredited Leadership Coach (PCC – ICF) and has over 1000 hours of CXO coaching under his belt.
Mint and SAP recognised Jaspreet with the inaugural ‘Digitalist of the Year’ award in 2017
Jaspreet is a Chemical Engineer and an MBA in International Business. He is also a three-time National champion in Brand Equity Business Quiz.
His first book on digital transformation and technology, published by Penguin Random House, will be out in mid-2019.
Jaspreet has spoken in hundreds of conferences and seminars, both globally and in India, around digital, digital transformation, blockchain, AI, etc. These include schools like INSEAD, HBS, ISB; forums like Niti Aayog, IAMAI, NASSCOM, TiE; and multiple corporate gatherings.
Jaspreet has been speaking professionally since April 2018, and has delivered 30+ keynotes since then – on Digital Transformation, Blockchain, Future of Work, Digital Disruption, AI, etc.
His clients range across Fortune 500 multinationals, large Indian corporates, SMBs and industry gatherings.
He has spoken in India, UK, US, Singapore and Sri Lanka.
Through Digital Matters, Jaspreet is available for keynote speaking, half-day workshops, leadership coaching and advisory assignments on Digital Transformation and Blockchain. You can find more detailed information about Jaspreet at www.jaspreetbindra.com . He is available at firstname.lastname@example.org for the same.
Chief Executive Officer, BBC Global News
Jim Egan is Chief Executive Officer of BBC Global News and takes full strategic and financial responsibility for the business, overseeing relationships within the BBC and externally with advertisers and distribution partners for the BBC’s commercially funded international news platforms BBC World News and bbc.com/news.
Jim joined the BBC in 2007 and most recently served as Controller, Strategy and Distribution for BBC Global News (now World Service Group) where he was responsible for setting corporate strategy for the BBC’s international news services and for the distribution of radio, TV and online content to the BBC's global audience.
Jim was previously Director of Strategy at Ofcom, the UK's communications and media regulator. In this role he led development of the UK's public broadcasting policy and was also responsible for the design and implementation of the UK's digital television switchover project. Jim has also served as Specialist Adviser to the UK Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport.
Prior to these public sector appointments the majority of Jim's career has been in the private sector, as a Strategy Consultant at PricewaterhouseCoopers and also as Business Development Manager for BSkyB.
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President, Business Operations & Chief Commercial Officer, Monumental Sports and Entertainment
Jim Van Stone is the president of business operations and chief commercial officer overseeing ticket sales and services, corporate partnerships, executive suites, marketing and retail business. Previously Van Stone was Monumental Sports & Entertainment’s chief revenue officer.
He joined the Capitals as vice president of ticket sales and service in 2007 before transitioning to his Monumental Sports & Entertainment role in 2010. Before joining the organization, Van Stone held senior positions with the Philadelphia 76ers and Flyers, Tampa Bay Lightning, Cleveland Cavaliers and Phoenix Coyotes.
President and COO, The Viral Fever(TVF)
A serial entrepreneur, Karan Chaudhry is the President and Chief Operating Officer (COO) at The Viral Fever. In his current leadersh ip role, Karan leads all business, strategy and growth initiatives for the organization. He is also the architect of and visionary behind several key initiatives at TVF, namely Influencer Content Network (ICN), non-fiction content, expansion into multi-lingual regional content amongst others.
Prior to joining TVF, Karan co-founded DropThought Inc. and ComnPlus Inc. in Silicon Va lley which got acquired and running successfully. Karan also gained diverse exper ience in different leadership and management roles at Clove r, Applied Materials, Sequoia and PepsiCo India. He is part of StartX (Stanford University affiliated top startup incubator in Silicon Va lley) and actively advises start-ups on fund raising, business and product strategy.
An MBA and MS graduate from Stanford University and a Computer Science graduate from Delhi University, Karan's articles on business and entrepreneursh ip have been published in top publications like Forbes, Inc., Entrepreneur.com, and Huffington Post.
Director, Brand Partnerships & Music Licensing
He is the Head of Brand Partnerships and Music Licensing at Sony Music Entertainment. He is instrumental in building the Brand business for Sony Music in India and has created new partnership opportunities between brands and artists. He also heads the Music Licensing business for brands and has been instrumental in increasing usage of the Sony repertoire for brand TVC’s, digital films, playlists and content. He also leads the Music Segmentation Research in India and has developed innovative content and digital strategies for clients in the music space.
Kiran has worked in the Broadcast and Radio industry over the last 22 years in various Sales and Business Head roles.
He loves to travel and is passionate about cars and racing.
Krishna DK and Raj Nidimoru are an Indian American film director-producer-writer duo known for their unique works in Bollywood. The duo is known for their quirky film-making and unique sense of style and humor.
Shor in the City was the most acclaimed Hindi film of the year. It received glowing reviews from across media publications. The film was also made at a micro-budget, making it profitable even before the film's release. The film was also selected to various high-profile film festivals across the world.
Go Goa Gone was a clutter-breaking film that introduced to India the first of its kind of a genre-bending film - stoner/slacker comedy combined with horror and comedy. It becomes a cult film, especially among the younger audience.
Currently working on Go Goa Gone 2, Stree sequel and web series The Family Man.
Leena Duwadi is a media professional with a true passion for digital journalism and over eight years of experience in TV and Radio. As the Editor-in-Chief ofWittyFeed, Leena gathered talented teams in India and USA that manage over 25 Facebook properties and a flow of 1200+ articles a month, making WittyFeed one of the fastest growing online content platforms in India.
Leena strives to explore more and break through establishment, discover new formats and seize amazing opportunities that technology offers to publishers today. She believes in creating positive impact in the lives of people through her profession.
Logically is a start-up that was founded as a technical response to the structural challenges of online news media such as disinformation and misinformation. Our users will be provided with an intelligent newsfeed offering them only credible information whilst still exposing them to all sides of the story in order to break down their echo chambers and make more informed decisions. Our team of data scientists, journalists, and AI experts work together to build tools which offer a new level of insight into the stories that matter the most.
Logically was founded by CEO Lyric Jain in 2017 after witnessing the breakdown of civil discourse during the Brexit Referendum and the US Presidential Election. It has since grown from a small team of data scientists based in Yorkshire, UK to a business employing around 50 staff in offices both in the UK and India.
Co-founder and Editor-in-Chief, Newslaundry
Co-founder and Editor-in-Chief of Newslaundry, Madhu is a veteran journalist and writer. She is the founding editor of India Today and founded, produced and anchored Newstrack, India’s first video news magazine. She has authored the book Prism Me a Lie Tell Me A Truth, Tehelka As Metaphor.
Mahie Gill is an Indian actress, working in the Hindi and Punjabi film industries. She is best known for her role of Paro in Anurag Kashyap's critically acclaimed Hindi film Dev.D, a modern take on Sarat Chandra Chattopadhyay's Bengali novella Devdas, for which she also won the 2010 Filmfare Critics Award for Best Actress. She started her career in Punjabi films before making a debut in Bollywood with Dev.D She consequently gained recognition after portraying Madhavi Devi, a sexually frustrated wife in Saheb, Biwi Aur Gangster, as well as its sequel, Saheb, Biwi Aur Gangster Returns.
Radio Jockey, Red FM
Malishka, Mumbai Ki Rani as she is fondly known, is a woman of many talents. Mumbai knows her as bold and fearless Entertainer that wakes them up on Red FM. The country knows her for the storm of debate that her very relevant monsoon raps have fuelled, from Newsrooms to Lok Sabha. She comes as quick-witted, talented tv host, performer and now Actor. At IMPACT 2018 Vidya Balan Quoted “Malishka is authentic”. Shahrukh Khan stated “her unfailing energy…and her connect with the common man is remarkable.” This year too she frontiers the causes like Noise Pollution on Diwali, #ASKFORIT dealing with taboo around periods and the very successful anti-plastic drive called Plastic surgery where 1400kgs of plastic was collected in just 3 days. She is undeniably a resolute and influential voice in the country resonating millions of people helping upgrade the society we live in. While radio remains her passion, at the start of this year she has also forayed into sports commentary for the NBA and a new Audio show backing the #METOO Movement called #MainBhi on JIOSAAVN. Malishka continues to upgrade her acts be it as an entertainer or a citizen; inspiring many daily being the voice of Mumbai.
Malishka Woman of the Season – Voice of the City. Entertainer & an influencer, positions herself at no. 7 in Impact 50-2018.
A trained actor and classical singer, Mallika completed her BA in Theatre from Franklin and Marshall college in the United States, after which , she worked in the advertising industry for three years. She has released numerous campaigns and helped win various pitches as a senior copywriter in advertising across her stints at Mccann Erikson and Contract Advertising. But, in her bid to find her passion, she landed on comedy whose ‘pulse’ she had always felt. She found her platform to fame on the internet after her “Shit People Say in Sarojini Nagar” video, based on the people she observed in the famous Delhi market, became a national sensation. Several characters soon followed, including the famous ‘Make-Up Didi’, ‘Kanchan’ ‘Shalishka’ and plenty more, making her one of the most loved internet celebrities. Dua finds a great release through these characters and her love for theatre inspires her every day. She has also defied gender stereotypes through her videos and hashtag activism slamming body-shaming, fat-shaming, online abuse, bullies and trolls, carving a niche for herself in the industry and inspiring both her young fans and women in general.
Ms. Scott is a Femina Powerlist Awardee for over 2000 live concerts across the world. She is the only Indian singer to be on the cover of The Week.
She has released many Indian and international album like – Manasi ‘The Ideal Woman’ 2017, High feat Mr. Doss 2013, Naach Le 2005, East Light & Temple Tree 1999. She has done playback singing for Hindi, Tamil and Telegu films.
Manasi Scott has been at the forefront of fusion music since 2005 mixing her Sardarni blood and Tam Brahm roots with her Western upbringing to form her own unique brand of live entertainment. Manasi Scott and The Hot Shots started mashups as far back at 2007.She is the first choice for many fashion, corporate, sponsored and wedding shows and has been called “the ultimate entertainer” by Citadel “the Mistress of Music” by Maxim. She is the only singer-songwriter-performer to perform live across genres of Bollywood, EDM, rock, pop, alternative, Sufi, folk, electronica with fluency in Hindi, English and Punjabi.
Chief Operating Officer, Times Music - a division of The Times of India Group
Mandar Thakur is COO of Times Music, one of India’s leading record labels and music publishers (and a division of India’s largest media conglomerate – The Times of India group). Mandar began his career in Hong Kong with The Entertainment Co. group working for their Asian concert promotion business in the early ‘90s, post which he helped set up the path breaking 24 hour music television station Channel [V] in India, and subsequently pioneered the digital music landscape in Asia, as part of the founding team at Soundbuzz, then Asia/India’s largest digital music distribution company (acquired by Motorola in early 2008). Mandar is on the IPRS board and on the Governing Council of the IMI , besides being Chairman of the PPL India board
Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Hungama Digital Media Entertainment Ltd
Neeraj Roy is an Indian businessman. He is the managing director and CEO of Hungama Digital Media Entertainment, which owns Hungama.com and Bollywood Hungama, and managing director of ArtistAloud.com. Under his leadership, Hungama today is South Asia's largest digital and mobile entertainment company. He is also the chairman of the Asia board of the Mobile Entertainment Forum, and was recently voted amongst the ‘50 Most influential People in Mobile Entertainment’ globally. Roy was also awarded the Sun Microsystems-Economic Times Young Leader award in 2001 and voted as one of 25 young leaders in the new millennium by Business India. He is also a speaker at various international forums and on several domestic and international committees advising on the global mobile entertainment opportunity.He graduated from Allahabad University where and later moved to Mumbai in 1988 to take an MBA at Sydenham Institute of Management Studies (SIMSREE).
Head - Film Facilitation Office
Having begun in advertising at McCann Erickson, Vikramjit joined Sony Pictures Entertainment in 1997, where he worked for more than a decade, followed by a brief stint at Mumbai Mantra (a start-up from the Mahindra Group). In 2010, NFDC (a Public-Sector Enterprise under the Ministry of I&B, Gov. of India) gave him an opportunity to live a personal philosophy of dedicating a few years of his life to the Government and the Industry that nurtured him. As the General Manager, he executive-produced several feature films across 11 Indian languages including THE GOOD ROAD (India’s submission to the 86th Academy Awards), QISSA (Indo-German coproduction | Best Asian Film at the Toronto International Film Festival 2014), ARUNODAY (amongst the 15 Can't-Miss-Foreign-Language Films at the 2015 Tribeca Film Festival), CHAUTHI KOOT (Cannes Film Festival 2015 - Un Certain Regard), ISLAND CITY (Best Debut Director at Venice Days 2015), and the much loved THE LUNCHBOX. As Head of Marketing, a position he held simultaneously, Vikramjit played a key role in the positioning of NFDC brands - Cinemas of India (NFDC’s distribution brand across all formats), Film Bazaar (South Asia's largest film market) as well as guiding the Corporation’s foray into the OTT space (www.cinemasofindia.com). In 2016, Vikramjit was given the responsibility to lead the Film Facilitation Office (FFO), India's version of the Film Commission, set up by the Ministry of I&B in NFDC, for creating a film-friendly eco-system in India. With many unique initiatives undertaken, especially, with the launch of its web portal, at www.ffo.gov.in, the FFO has delivered on its promise of establishing a comprehensive platform that informs as much as enriches the cinematic imagination of the country.
journalist and writer
Manu Joseph is the author of the widely acclaimed and bestselling novels, Serious Men, The Illicit Happiness of Other People and Miss Laila, Armed and Dangerous, which have been translated into many languages, and have been nominated for several prizes. Among other honours, he is the winner of The Hindu Literature Prize and The American Pen Open Book Award, whose jury described him as ‘…that rare bird who can wildly entertain the reader as forcefully as he moves them’. The Tamil translation of 'Serious Men' won the Sahitya Akademi award. One of the most popular commentators of India, he is a former columnist for The International New York Times.
Associate Director - Blockchain, Accenture
Mr. Lalan is a Blockchain practice leader at Accenture. A vivid keynote speaker at major industry conferences and an Enterprise blockchain subject matter advisor to corporates (board C-level). Professional experiences include AI, Blockchain, Cloud, Data, and Enterprise Architecture. Intrigued by lean philosophy, design thinking, and Game of Thrones series.
Political Editor, CNN-News18
Marya is an award-winning Journalist with a keen eye on the political landscape of the country. Her show on the Muslim community yearning to be a part of the mainstream earned her the prestigious Ramnath Goenka Award in Politics and Government category in 2012. She also received the award in the same category for the Lok Sabha election coverage of 2014.
Marya anchors CNN-News18’s 10 pm show - ‘News Epicentre’ and produces her election show ‘Reporters Project’. She is one of the very few journalists to be followed by the Prime Minister of India on Twitter.
As a reporter who covers politics, Marya reported during the General Elections of 2009, 2014 and the State Assembly Elections of Bihar, Uttar Pradesh, Punjab, Maharashtra, Delhi, Haryana and Jharkhand etc. She joined CNN-News18 immediately after completing her Masters in Mass Communication from Jamia Millia Islamia AJK Mass Communication Research Centre in 2005. She was also awarded a research fellowship with SARAI-Centre for the Study of Developing Societies in 2004. She also won the prestigious Chevening South Asia Journalism Fellowship in 2016. She was the first TV journalist to report on the night of the clampdown of Baba Ramdev’s agitation at the Ramlila Maidan. Human interest stories and shows as commentaries on society are her forte, in which Marya has successfully contributed some of the best stories to the channel. She often takes workshops in media institutes in India. She enjoys interacting with aspiring students of mass communication and journalism. Travelling in the Hindi-heartland and learning from people is what she likes most.
Indian Sports Journalist
Mayanti Langer is a sports television presenter with Star Sports India, who currently hosts Indian cricket. She holds the distinction of having hosted World Cup events for multiple sports. The most recent marquee tournaments being the IPL 2018, Champions Trophy 2017, ICC Women’s World Cup, World T20 2016 and ICC Cricket World Cup 2015. She was thrust into the spotlight when she was the host of the 2010 FIFA World Cup. In the same season she compered the 2010 FIH Hockey World Cup, Asian Games 2010 and Commonwealth Games 2010. In 2011 Mayanti was a part of the broadcast for India's World Cup winning campaign in the 2011 ICC World Cup. The following season she hosted the London Olympics 2012.
She has anchored all formats of Indian cricket with the host broadcaster since 2013, which recently concluded with the Indian cricket team's marathon home season for which Mayanti fronted Cricket Live for the pre and post match build ups. She is one of the television faces for men and women Cricket broadcast for Star Sports.
Mayanti began her career as the face of Indian football and was reunited with the game while hosting the inaugural addition of the Indian Super League 2014. Prior to which she had anchored of the inaugural edition of the Indian badminton league.
Apart from live sports. Mayanti has been the face of several cricket based magazine programmed. Superstars, a show that features a casual conversation with international stars. And This Week Special dedicated to the ardent cricket fan that highlights memorable historical events.
Chief Executive Officer and Vice-Chairman, Motion Picture Licensing Company
Mike is the Chief Executive Officer and Vice-Chairman of the Motion Picture Licensing Company, an independent copyright licensing organization with offices in more than 30 territories worldwide. Mike originally joined MPLC in 2007 in a European Studio Relations and Finance role before becoming a British Member of Parliament (2010 – 2015).
Whilst an MP, in 2013 he was appointed as the first, and only, Intellectual Property Rights advisor to the Prime Minister. During this time, Mike authored four internationally acclaimed reports which transformed the UK approach to IP: – Search Engines and Piracy; Follow the Money; Copyright Education and Awareness; and Safe Harbour Provisions. Mike also secured extended funding for the Police Intellectual Property Crime Unit (PIPCU) and was on the Executive for the All Party Parliamentary Group on Intellectual Property.
He popularised the understanding of IP to every constituency by devising Rock the House and Film the House competitions which became Parliament’s largest (with 452 out of 650 MPs taking part) and utilized the power of the electorate to force all MPs to understand the value of “IP”.
Mike’s multi-faceted approach to championing IP paved the way for clear, achievable policies for industry and Government to pursue. In 2015, for the first time ever, all political parties included manifesto commitments on IP and the UK is now ranked as number 1 in the World for IP protection.
He continues to work with the UK and other legislators, and speaks regularly at conferences around the world on how the UK example can be replicated.
Mike re-joined MPLC in May 2015 as Vice Chairman, and was further appointed as its Chief Executive Officer in 2019. Mike’s main Board responsibilities include international studio and government relations, worldwide group finance, and corporate and strategic development, splitting his time between the U.S. and UK offices in Los Angeles and London. He is a graduate of South Bank (London) University and holds an Honours degree in Business Studies and is a qualified CPA. Mike has also been named by IAM Strategy 300 as one of the world’s 300 pre-eminent IP strategists.
Senior Producer, WorklifeIndia (BBC)
Mohanlal Sharma has been associated with WorklifeIndia from its inception, bringing the programme from concept to reality. He envisioned the programme and led its conceptualization and curation in collaboration with editorial colleagues, including defining the editorial construct, logistics and liaison with multiple stakeholders. During his 17 year career at the BBC he has held many roles, including as producer, editor and presenter of daily current affairs radio programmes on BBC Hindi. He has covered some of the most challenging reporting assignments and helped in the transition to new media, including online and social media, and helping his team adapting to change.
CEO ALTBalaji & Group CEO Balaji Telefilms, Balaji Telefilms
Nachiket Pantvaidya is the Group Chief Operating Officer and CEO of ALTBalaji. A veteran and renowned leader of Indian entertainment industry, Nachiket is a visionary and has distinctive understanding of the media & entertainment ecosystem having worked across all its facets. He joined ALTBalaji in December 2015 and successfully scaled it up to be one of the leading OTT player in the country with the largest collection of original shows in Hindi and other Indian languages.
Nachiket have P&L responsibility of the company’s operations spanning Content, Marketing, Distribution and Revenues. With strong leadership and management skills, he is committed to lead the development and implementation of strong processes and controls across the group to deliver on the company’s business plans.
An IIM- Ahmedabad alumnus, he held key leadership positions at Sony Entertainment Television, Star Plus, Star Pravah and Fox Television Studios. His illustrious career also includes working with industry leaders like Disney and BBC as well.
Nidhi Singh is an Indian television and film actress. She was known for her character as Tanya Nagpal in Permanent Roommates, an Indian web series created by The Viral Fever and Biswapati Sarkar in (2014-16). In 2018 she appeared as Ayesha Kumar in the film Dil Juunglee alongside Taapsee Pannu and Saqib Saleem. She made her debut through a multilingual short Khuli Khidki in 2013. Nidhi was nominated for the Indian Television Academy Award for Best Actress in ITA Awards.
Nishant Radia is the Co-Founder at Vidooly, a video intelligence platform. With a little over 5 years of experience, his inclination shifted towards digital video after engineering. Millions of dollars were invested in platforms and content when Nishant started and he realised the importance of data in this eco-system. It allowed him to build models using data, spot trends and test it for ROI with a quick turnaround time. Working with over 4000+ publisher's, a bunch of platforms and advertisers globally, he has been helping them create the right content that resonates and can be monetised at scale.
Onir is an Indian film and TV director, editor, screenwriter and producer. He is best known for his film My Brother...Nikhil, based on the life of Dominic d'Souza, starring Sanjay Suri. Nikhil was one of the first mainstream Hindi films to deal with AIDS and same-sex relationships. He won the Indian National Film awards for Best Film (Hindi) for the anthology "I AM" in 2011. I AM is considered as one of the first and largest crowd funded and crowd sourced film through social media in India. The film dealt with single motherhood, child sexualabuse, displacement and LGBTQI rights.
Born as Anirban Dhar in Samchi, Bhutan, Onir spent much of his childhood going to the cinema. Earlier, Onir studied compa rative literature and took a few film classes at Chitrabani film school. He graduated from Jadavpur University in 1989, but left before getting his post-graduate degree when he received a schola rship to study film editing at SFB/TIC in Berlin. He later returned to India and worked as an editor, scriptwriter, art director, music album producer and song/music video director.
He has won 13 total film awards. Together with Sanjay Suri,Onir started Anticlock Films, a production company that will concentrate on promoting young directors.
His last release was "Kuchh Bheege Alfaaz" which is currently stream ing on Netflix.
Chief Executive Officer, BARC India
A General Management professional having experience in diverse consumer industries and media management experience in print, television and out of home.
A keen observer of consumer and media trends, Partho is the first CEO of BARC India, the joint initiative of Broadcasters, Advertising agencies and Advertisers to develop a new Broadcast Audience Measurement system. His larger career has been in Media and consumer industries where he did large and small startup media projects. Partho has led startup teams and management teams of Times Now, Future Media, The Economic Times and Times Multimedia.
Built upon a robust and future-ready technology backbone, BARC India owns and manages a transparent, accurate, and inclusive TV audience measurement system. Apart from the currency products to the TV industry, BARC India also provides a suite of Insight products designed for Broadcasters, Advertisers and Agencies. With heavy investments in technology, BARC India’s Big Data Analytics and Insights power efficient media spends and content decisions in a highly dynamic and growing television sector. With a panel that is currently being scaled up to 180,000 individuals, BARC India is also the largest measurement company of its kind in the world.
Founder & Managing Director, Footprint Music Limited
Paul is Managing Director of Footprint Music, a specialist rights and licensing consultancy that he founded in 1994 that is focused solely on music copyright and associated rights for content creation and international multimedia distribution. Paul has advised both national and international broadcasters, digital platforms and content makers and has appeared as an expert witness or filed expert testimony in a number of international court cases, tribunals and mediations. He was also a co-editor and contributor to the International Association of Entertainment Lawyers’ 2018 Book “Finding the Value in the Gap”.
Owner, Neumann Law Firm
Mr. Neumann is the owner of Neumann Law Firm, Denmark. He is an authorised Copyright & Entertainment Lawyer with a sound background in International Film Production, having demonstrated ability to manage the technical, legal and financial aspects of film production. Neumann has a strong track-record as a mentor, establishing or serving as Board member for various Associations and companies. He has also been an advisor in co-production and film financing through publication and teaching at film and media institutions.
He has been the author of a large number of articles including Film Financing: The Scandinavian Aspect, articles on Completion Bonding articles and I have together with Charlotte Appelgren written 'The Fine Art of Coproduction', a textbook used in a number of film schools around the world.
He is educated from Aurehøj Gymnasium 1972 – 1975 as a Mathematical-Biological Student, from University of California, San Diego, 1976 – 1976 in Photography, Sociology and Biology, from University of Copenhagen, Master of Law 1976 - 1982, Cand. Jur. 1982 with copyright and criminology as specialties.
Founder- Editor-in-Chief & CEO, MxMIndia
Pradyuman Maheshwari is a senior editor, media commentator, educator and an entrepreneur. With over three decades years of experience essentially in the print and digital media in Mumbai, Delhi and Pune, he has worked with television, digital video and radio as well. He has been a commentator on the media and would write what was once India’s most popular blog. He has also been on the faculty at various media schools for the last 20 years.
He was on the jury of the Ad Club awards for a decade and is currently on the Consumer Complaints Council of the Advertising Standards Council of India as well as on the Strategic Advisor Council of the communications school at Xavier University, Bhubaneswar.
Pradyuman Maheshwari is currently Editor-in-Chief and CEO of MxMIndia and is also an investor in some other ventures. He lives in Mumbai, with one wife, one daughter and multiple devices.
With over 3.1 million subscribers on YouTube and over 1 million followers on Instagram, Prajakta Koli aka MostlySane is India’s biggest female digital creator. Her channel has raked in over 312 Million views so far and all her consistently videos make it to the trending list. A radio intern earlier, Prajakta’s life changed drastically after India’s leading digital content creator network, One Digital Entertainment spotted the digital superstar-in-the-making in her.
Prajakta has been appointed as the Indian ambassador for YouTube’s Global initiative ‘Creators for Change’ along with 50 other inspiring creators globally. The initiative addresses hate speech, xenophobia and extremism. As a part of the initiative, Prajakta created a song called “No Offence” that strongly condemns Hate Speech. The video garnered over 11 Million views in a very short span of time. It was further selected by the United Nations to be screened on International Tolerance Day in New York at their Headquarters on 16th November, 2018. Prajakta is the only Indian YouTuber who was invited by them where along with showcasing the video Prajakta also imparted her take on the importance of steering clear from the negative aspects of the society to over 1000 high school students and the UN officials present there.
Prajakta’s USP lies in the fact that she can connect with her audiences on a very personal level owing to the funny and real life experiences that she creates through her videos. Her slice of life content based on her observation of daily life scenarios leaves people in splits and has attracted love from people of almost all ages, genders and cultures, who often refer to her as their stress buster and a digital friend, guide, mentor amongst other things. A meet and greet hosted by Prajakta recently for her fans in Mumbai saw over 10,000 people register for the same within first 48 hours of the announcement post which the registrations had to be stopped owing to the logistical constraints at the location.
WhatsApp’s first ever TV Commercial in India featured Prajakta educating people to stop spreading fake news or fall prey to them and to always be responsible while sharing content on social media.
Owing to her influential status, Prajakta has worked with several eminent brands like Yatra, Loco, Kingfisher, Samsung, Kaspersky and many more. She has collaborated with fellow YouTubers from around the word like Collins Key and Bhuvan Bam. She has also teamed up with Bollywood artists like John Abraham, Saif Ali Khan, Badshah, Raftaar, Kajol, Ayushmann Khurana amongst many others.
Prajakta has always used her status as an influencer to positively impact the society through various campaigns like Impact Labs’s Girl Education Program for YouTube, One.org’s #GirlsCount Campaign Instagram’s Safer Internet Day Program and has been invited for the town hall meeting with President Obama by the Obama Foundation. Her initiative on Body Shaming called #iPledgeToBeMe saw women reach out to her from all over the world and she received a whopping 10,000+ emails in just the first week of the release. To highlight this issue further she even shot a video called Shameless, an extension of the initiative, bringing several well-known Indian artists such as Gaurav Gera, Raftaar, RJ Malishka, Sahil Khattar, Mithila Patkar and many others together.
CIO, DCB Bank
Chief Innovation Officer at DCB Bank , TOP 50 CIOs, Top 100 Innovative CIOs, Digital Leader of the Year, Top 20 BFSI Leaders, Most 50 Payment Influential, Leading Indian Blockchain & Fintech Forum
Co-Chairing at FICCI Sub-Committee on Blockchain , Big Data and Analytics
Co-Chairing at IAMAI Committee on Blockchain
Innovation is my passion. Collabaoration is my attitude. Execution is my action. Architecture is my Forte.
Currently I am working as Innovation Head & Technical Architect at DCB Bank. I am practicing Innovation Implementation & Architecture Orchestration at DCB Bank.
I have launched Global Innovation program – “DCB Bank Innovation Carnival”. It will bring on Unique Experience of Innovation generation thru Hackathons & Accelerator programs in India. I have mentored more than 250 Startups during this program.
I am associated with Many Accelerators, Partners, Education institutes to practice Open innovation thru Hackathons & Innovation Programs.
I am working with various FINTECH & BLOCKCHAIN Forums in India to create a Robust Innovation Ecosystem in India.
As part of DCB’s Digital & Architecture Transformation, I am closely associated with New & latest technology Assimilation, Experimentation, Innovative Customer Servicing & Engagement, Robust Architecture Implementation, Fintech & Startup Alignment, Open Innovation practices, Collaboration with other Banks on various initiatives.
At DCB I have worked as Digital Bank Head & I am Part of various deliveries like India’s first Aadhaar & Biometric enabled ATM, Paperless A/c Opening - Zippi, India’s first Omni-Channel Framework for Bank, Mobile banking & Mobile Apps, Internet Banking Initiative, Unified Payment Interface (UPI), Bharat Bill Payment,API Management, Switch & Cards relevant initiatives.
I have Over 17 Years of Industry Experience in Engineering and Development, Product Development, Organization Strategy & Governance, Risk Audit Compliance Management, Business Process Management, Enterprise Architecture, Mobile Apps, Digital Transformation, Fintech, E-Commerce, Payments, Platform and Product Innovation, Data Science, Machine Learning, Artificial Intelligence, Open Stack, Cloud Computing, Analytics, Big Data, IOT, BlockChain, UI-UX, Product Roadmap Strategy, Business Development
In 2017-2018, I have bagged many Leadership awards Most Influential Payment Professionals, TOP 50 CIOs, Top 100 Innovative CIOs, Digital Leader of the Year, Top 20 BFSI Leaders. I have appeared in many BFSI Conferences as Key-Note Speaker & contributed to ecosystem
Co-Founder, Neta App
“I saw the impact of review platforms across the world. If politicians can be reviewed and rated, perhaps it can change their behaviour as well.” - Pratham Mittal
Pratham attended The Doon School and completed a Bachelors in Systems Engineering and Political Science from the University of Pennsylvania. While in this third year, Pratham launched his first venture Outgrow, a polling platform which is now used by over 4,000 publications. He is also the founder of Newsance, an API that allows news agencies to specify as to which friends/acquaintances of a user are most affected by a particular news event. He is also an alum of Wharton Venture Initiation Program and the winner of Princeton Startup weekend.
Founding Neta App
Guided by his desire to drive changes at the Indian grassroots level, even has he continued building Outgrow in the Us, Pratham returned to India and launched Neta App in 2018. Neta App is a technology platform that aims to foster political accountability by enabling citizens to signal a change in their political preferences at any point in time. The app enables citizens to vote for their favourite leaders and then change their vote on the app as and when their preferences change. Modelled on the Approval Ratings in the US, the company aims to make the app a barometer of the political climate in the country. Voters can indicate their preferences as per their constituencies, for their leaders at the state and central level. If they are unsatisfied with their current leader, they can decide to take away their vote and give it to someone else as and when they want. For the leaders, the app acts as a feedback mechanism, helping them gauge the impact of their actions or inactions on a day to day basis.
“In India, elections happen every five years, but on the app, the ratings happen every day. In the five-year cycle, leaders are accountable only before elections. If elections happen every day, and a leaderboard is created daily, there is a need to be on top each day. That means leaders are going to work every day.”
Raj Nidimoru and Krishna DK are an Indian American film director-producer-writer duo known for their unique works in Bollywood. The duo is known for their quirky film-making and unique sense of style and humor.
Currently working on Go Goa Gone 2, Stree sequel and web series The Family Man.
Managing Director, Phonographic Performance Limited (PPL) India
Mr. Rajat Kakar, President & CEO at PPL, has over two decades of experience in the media and entertainment business, with extremely successful stints at Sony Music India where he was part of the startup team which raised the professional standards of the entire music industry. Subsequently, as Managing Director of Universal Music, he turned around and made it a market leader in International Music. He successfully morphed the Company to adapt to the emerging digital landscape whilst foraying into pioneering New Business Development initiatives. He has headed Sony DADC India and made the Company a leader in the packaged entertainment media and represents content from leading Film Studios and Labels in India.
Rajat is transforming the Collective Rights Management Organisation into a professional outfit monetising and defending its members Sound recording rights in a transparent and well-orchestrated manner. Rajat is well versed in the management of Music Copyrights and the nuances of various developments in this area.
Prior to joining the Music Industry, Rajat has been with leading companies such as Asian Paints and Procter & Gamble where he worked with and honed his skills on globally renowned Brands and best management practices.
Rajat is a professional who has a proven track record in building successful teams and growing revenues for organisations. Rajat, with his extensive background in sales and business management, has brought his experience and passion to the music industry while it enters the next phase of growth.
Founding members, K&S Partners
Rajendra is one of the founding members of the firm. He chairs the trade marks, practice of the firm and also heads the litigation practice in respect of trade marks, copyrights and geographical indications at the firm.
Prior to joining the firm, Rajendra worked as a trade mark attorney in a prominent IPR firm in New Delhi.
Senior Vice President and Head of Enterprise Business, APAC & British Telecom, Tech Mahindra
Mr. Rajesh Chandiramani is a Senior Vice President and Head of Enterprise Business for APAC & British Telecom for Tech Mahindra. In a career spanning 27 years, Rajesh has led large and diverse global program and initiatives across various organizations.
Rajesh had previously worked as the Global Sales Officer (GSO) at Capgemini and at Tech Mahindra for six years in strategic management roles. In the past, he has held various senior positions with many of the multinationals like Capgemini, BCGI, Comverse, Tata, Global Tele-systems and Hughes Network Systems and was based out of the India and Europe.
Rajesh holds a Bachelor in Engineering – Electronics and Telecommunications from University of Mumbai. He has done Management Development Program from Harvard Business School and from Ross Business School, Michigan University. Rajesh has completed his Masters in Marketing Management (MBA) Graduate from Mumbai.
Founder & CEO, Green Gold Animation
Mr. Rajiv Chilaka created Chhota Bheem, Green Gold’s iconic character which become the sparkling mascot of Indian animation industry, treading an illustrious journey in to the millions of hearts of kids worldwide.
Rajiv is often touted as India’s Walt Disney for his distinguished efforts in the Indian animation industry. Green Gold business owns and licenses India’s biggest children’s IP with over 100 brands across multiple categories. It is an 800-member strong Green Gold family that has produced a catalogue of over 10 shows, 650 episodes, 80 TV movies and 4 Feature films in last decade.
Rajiv owes a lot to his alma mater, University of Missouri Kansas City, and Academy of Art, San Francisco USA.
Rohan Joshi is a writer, digital creator and a popular Indian stand-up comedian. Starting off as an open micer and writer in 2010, he cut his teeth writing award shows like the Filmfare awards. In 2012 he helped found AIB, one of India’s first and largest independent online content creators. He is currently working on his next stand-up special.
Chairman & Co-Founder, UpGrad
CEO, Sagarika Music Pvt. Ltd.
Started music label (SAGARIKA MUSIC) in the year 1998 in Mumbai (India). Since then she has been instrumental in developing the label to be one of the most respected Independent music labels in the country specializing in regional content.
WORK IN MUSIC
Intellectual Property Attorney
Mr. Sankalp Dalal is an intellectual property attorney specializing in music related matters. Sankalp is licensed to practice law in India and New York (having cleared the NY Bar Exam in the year 2009). He has completed his Masters in Law (LL.M) in the field of intellectual property laws from the George Washington University Law School, Washington DC. He has appeared before various courts and tribunals across the country including the Delhi High Court, Bombay High Court, Madras High Court, Intellectual Property Appellate Board and the Copyright Board.
Over the course of almost 10 years, Sankalp has represented some of the leading music labels in India such as T-Series and Times Music and is currently in-house with Zee Music Company where he is responsible for all contractual matters relating to acquisition and licensing of music and is also responsible for overseeing music related litigations.
Chief Executive Officer IPG, Mediabrands
Shashi Sinha is a pioneer in the world of advertising and marketing who is instrumental in redefining the media industry in India. This advertising titan is leading the entire industry into the next generation through thought leadership, innovative technology and novel rating systems. Sinha is best known for his strategic thinking, perseverance and crisis management. After 30 years in the business, while he is considered a legend by the industry, he’s still a maverick at heart. He likes staying on top of technological innovations as he believes true partnership between commerce and technology can help an entire industry move forward and stay connected with the current and the next generation.
Shashi is the current CEO of India’s second largest media agency network, IPG Mediabrands, which includes agencies like Lodestar UM, Initiative, Interactive Avenues, Rapport, MAGNA, Orion and Anomaly. The group manages approximately 20% of the overall media spends in India and is known for providing media solutions to over 100 marquee clients including Samsung, Amazon, Amul, Coca Cola, Johnson & Johnson, Reckitt Benckiser, Tata, Mahindra & Mahindra and several others.
Shashi is an alumni of IIT and IIM and started his career with a liquor company in sales before moving to FCB Ulka. Back in 1980s when FCB was known to be a creative powerhouse, Shashi launched the agency’s media business in India.
Shashi is one of the founding members of Broadcast Audience Research Council (BARC), the world largest television rating system and was instrumental in the revolutionary transition of the broadcast industry from TAM to BARC. He is currently the chairman of the technical committee of BARC.
He is on the board of FCB India, Jagran Prakshan, Shemaroo Entertainment, Midday Infomedia, Audit Bureau of Circulation (ABC), The Advertising Standards Council of India (ASCI), Media Research Users Council (MRUC) and International Advertising Association – India Chapter. In 2011, he was named the President of Advertising Club of Mumbai and was reelected in 2015. He expanded it to key cities like Delhi. In 2015, he was elected Chairman of the Audit Bureau of Circulation, one of India’s is a non-profit circulation-auditing organization and was instrumental in initiating first ever digital measurement. In 2017, Sinha was elected as the Chairman of RSCI, the apex body that brings out the Indian Readership Survey (IRS) report. He is also actively involved with the Advertising Agencies Association of India (AAI) and was inducted in the Facebook India Client Council as an honorable member.
Year on year he has featured in the top 5 India’s most influential list in the country’s leading business newspaper, The Economic Times BrandEquity Agency Reckoner. He was featured in 2012 as the top 50 most powerful people in the city of Mumbai in a survey done by English daily News and Analysis newspaper (DNA). Same year he was awarded the Distinguished Alumni Award by IIM Bangalore in 2012. IAA India Chapter bestowed the prestigious 'Media Person of the Year' award on him in 2013.
Besides winning several prestigious global and local awards like the Cannes Lion, Festival of Media, Spikes Asia, Emvies, Abby, he has also chaired several of these festivals as jury. In 2019, he has been elected to the awards governing chairman of India’s largest advertising festival – Goafest Abbys.
Sidharth Sengupta is a well-known name in the TV industry for past 20 years, after graduating in Maths from Delhi this Army-kid made his journey from Delhi to Mumbai where he worked with Actor/Director Nana Patekar on his Film “Prahaar” as Assistant Director.
From here on he never looked back and forayed into Directing Documentaries and his first big break came in 1994 when he Directed and Produced “9 Malabar Hill” a hit TV show with big names attached to it like Pavan Malhotra, Saurabh Shukla and Renuka Shahne. Sidharth Produced and Directed many successful TV shows during this time. Soon he realised his strength was being a Director and he made a mark on the TV industry with many path breaking shows like Balika Vadhu (Colors), Jyoti (Imagine), Ek Chabhi Hai Pados Mein (Star Plus), Radha Ki Betiyan (Imagine) , Virasat (Star Plus) and many more.
He also Directed a Feature Length Special Film for Star Plus called “Un Hazaaron Ke Naam” which was based on the terror attacks of 26/11.
He has now ventured into the digital space with his first web-series “Apharan” for ALT Balaji which he has produced as well as Directed and has written additional screenplay for. Sidharth has made a mark with “Apaharan” both in terms of viewership as well as received critical accolades.
EVP & Head - Corp Strategy, M&A, Data Sciences and Deputy Chief Commercial Officer, Viacom18 Media Private Limited
An Economics graduate from Delhi University and a Chartered Accountant, Sid as he is known, is also an alumnus of TRIUM - a global Executive MBA program run jointly by the London School of Economics, Stern – New York University and HEC – Paris. Sid started his career in Information Systems Advisory with Ernst & Young in 1998. He joined General Electric’s prestigious Finance Management Program (run by Crotonville, US) in 1999 and post successful completion of the program, moved to a Black Belt (6 Sigma) role in GE Consumer Finance in Mumbai in 2002.
Sid then went on to work across the startup industry for the next 3 years, starting with the Warburg Pincus funded fin-tech startup Venture Infotek in Mumbai, as Head of New Product Development. Over the next few years doing his various stints in the BPO industry, ranging from Sales at New York based eFunds Corporation, Multi-lingual transition & solutioning for Genpact in Hungary and building the analytics (data science) practice at Aditya Birla Minacs, Sid developed an extremely diverse set of skills.
In May 2007, Sid co-founded Ambit Pragma Ventures in Mumbai - a Private Equity fund, focused on providing growth capital to SMEs in India wherein he setup the Media & Entertainment practice. He worked closely with the portfolio companies, not only designing their long-term strategic plans but also developing short-term and executable milestones.
Sid then joined RIL in Mumbai in August 2015, as CEO – Digital (Non-News) and Head - Corporate Strategy for Network 18 Media. In this role, he worked closely with the board of Network 18 and Chairman’s office.
In May 2017, Sid moved to Viacom18 as Deputy Chief Commercial Officer. Given his unconventional and analytical approach and his penchant for taking calculated risks with a good blend of strategic foresight and tactical skills, Sid was entrusted with the additional charge to head Corporate Strategy, M&A and Data Sciences at Viacom18.
Sid is an avid mountaineer and when he’s not scaling Mount Kilimanjaro, he likes to capture the wildlife through his lens.
Sridhar Rangayan wears many caps – of a filmmaker, writer, activist and festival director. He has consistently strived to give a voice to social issues in India through his films, writings and public speaking for over two decades.
His award winning films The Pink Mirror, Yours Emotionally, 68 Pages, Project Bolo, Purple Skies, Breaking Free and Evening Shadows present hard-hitting social issues with warmth, compassion and humor; and are at the forefront of India’s emergent queer cinema movement. His film Breaking Free won the prestigious National Award for Best Editing (non-fiction) awarded by the Government of India. His latest film Evening Shadows has won 8 awards and has been official selection in 49 international film festivals.
He has served as Jury for prestigious film festivals such as Mardi Gras (Australia), Outfest (USA), Berlinale (Germany), Iris Prize (UK) and Movies That Matter (Netherlands).
Rangayan was one of the Grand Marshals of Montreal Pride 2016 and had the honour of meeting Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.
He is the Founder Festival Director of KASHISH Mumbai International Queer Film Festival, which has over 9 years, become the biggest LGBTQ film festival in South Asia and an important mainstream event in Mumbai’s cultural calendar. It is the first LGBTQ film festival in India to receive clearance from government.
He is one of the Co-Founders of The Humsafar Trust, which was founded in 1994 and still is one of India’s largest community based organization working on HIV/AIDS intervention. He served on its board for 19 years. He also was one of the core team members of Bombay Dost, India’s first gay magazine that was launched in 1990.
He has figured in the list of ‘Global List of LGBT Influencers’ by BFI Flare, UK; ‘5 most influential gay & lesbian Indians’ by Pink Pages, India; and ‘21 heroes changing LGBTI Asia for the better’ by Asia LGBT Milestone Awards, Hong Kong.
Ssumier S Pasricha
Mr. Ssumier S Pasricha an Indian actor and comedian, known for creating viral videos in which he plays the character of Pammi Aunty starred in TV soaps, documentaries and Theatre musicals. Ssumier has worked across different mediums and has tasted success in the industry over the years. Not just confined to Comedy Ssumier has talked about various Social issues like Cancer, Aids, Homosexuality, Women Safety and Women Empowerment.
Honoured at House of Commons, UK Parliament for his Contribution To British Punjabi Culture to the Youth Icon Of India By INDIA Today Magazine. Ssumier Has Won Numerous Awards around the globe for this Digital Content. His Latest achievement is from TIMES NOW, POWER BRAND Digital Media TrendSetter Award 2019. Today Ssumier enjoys the popularity in many countries especially amongst Punjabi community and has become the Power Brand PAMMI AUNTY with whose unique style of marketing every possible brand wants to collaborate with.
Assistant Editor of WorklifeIndia, BBC World News
Suhail Haleem is the Assistant Editor of WorklifeIndia on BBC World News. He has had a varied career in journalism, starting as a freelancer and then working with a wire service (United News of India) before joining BBC Urdu in 2001. Suhail has worked across languages and platforms, in India and in England, and covered pretty much everything from sports to politics, and religious riots to earthquakes. Suhail studied at Meerut and Aligarh, worked as an engineer in Delhi for a short while before trying his hand at writing and journalism.
Group Chief Executive Office, Balaji Telefilms Ltd.
As the Group Chief Executive Officer of Balaji Telefilms Ltd, Sunil oversees the businesses of Television Content, Feature Film Content and its S-Vod OTT service ALT Balaji and other allied services. Until earlier this year, Sunil Lulla was the Chairman and Managing Director, of GREY Group India. Prior to which he was, Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of the Times Television Network for over 10 years.
Over the last 35 years, he has enriched himself with extensive experience in building brands and businesses and has also worked with several start-ups. Sunil has worked with industries like media, entertainment, television broadcast and internet technology
His early years were spent in sales and thereafter with J Walter Thompson, a leading global advertising agency, in senior positions in India, China & Taiwan. Sunil was member of the team, which helped turned around Sa Re Ga Ma (HMV) from the Red to the Black in India. He kick-started and built MTV to a number 1 position in India. At SONY with successful programming, he re-built the channel to a strong #2 GEC. He started up indya.com, which was subsequently acquired by News Corp/ STAR.
He helped start, shape and develop the Times Television Network (owned by the Times Group) which comprises successful and leading television channels like ET NOW, MOVIES NOW, ROMEDY NOW, TIMES NOW and ZOOM. At GREY, Sunil initiated and led the turnaround of the agency's growth and profitability, building a new team, new skills, robust new clients and a vibrant culture.
Sunil has been a member of many industry associations and helps drive policy and agenda setting themes for the advertising, media and entertainment industry and continues to be on the boards of companies.
He is an active sports-oriented person fond of running, squash, sailing and swimming. While at rest, its dramas, movies and books, with a good hand at mixology.
Todd S. Yellin
VP - Products, Netflix
Mr. Yellin is the VP of Products at Netflix. His role revolves around changing the way people find great streaming content to watch over the internet on their TVs, computers and mobile devices.
As a documentarian, in 1994, Toddbecame the only person ever to film Tibetan children escaping over the Himalayas; the footage was shown worldwide by Reuters. His written account was published in The Progressive and syndicated by the New York Times. He directed a short Tibet documentary for WTN's. As a narrative filmmaker he kicked off his career by writing/directing the thirty-minute short The Eternal Pitch (1991). In 2006 he wrote and directed the feature film Brother’s Shadow which debuted at the Tribeca Film Festival.
Todd received an MFA in film production from USC and a BA from the University of Pennsylvania, where he directed theater and was programming director for the university's cable TV station.
Ujjwal K Chaudhury
Head Of School - Media, Pearl Academy
Ujjwal K Chowdhury is currently the Dean of the School of Media, Pearl Academy, Delhi and Mumbai. He has been the media Dean of Symbiosis and Amity Universities and Whistling Woods School of Communication. He has earlier also worked Amsterdam Film School, Zee News, Business India Group and Times of India Group. A strong advocate of convergence approach in media education, he is a regular columnist and TV studio panelist on issues related to education, media and national politics
Varun Badola is an Indian actor, known largely for his roles on television. His father is a known artist, Vishwa Mohan Badola. He has 2 sisters - Alka (elder) who is married and has appeared in KumKum, and Kalindi (elder), who is a radio jockey. He did his schooling from Sardar Patel Vidyalaya in New Delhi. Badola spent his childhood in Ahmedabad. After completing college, he started work to fulfil his ambition to become an actor. After a period of struggle, he got a call from Balaji Telefilms for Koshish (his and Balaji's first superhit show on Zee TV). Today he is known as one of the finest and most consistent actors who has handled difficult roles with much ease and portrayed them beautifully. He is now a popular singer and dancer as well, having shown his talents in various reality shows on television. He also worked with Tigmanshu Dhulia as Assistant Director and costume arranger in his early days. He also writes script for his show - Aek Chabhi Hai Padoss Mein and even directs it. He has also written dialogues for Aek Chabhi Hai Padoss Mein and Astitva...Ek Prem Kahani. He is also a huge cricket fan and has voluntarily played and won many charity cricket matches organised by the Indian Telly Academy.
Business Head, Entertainment, Sports & Live Events, GroupM
Mr. Vinit Karnik is from the media, sports and entertainment business in India with over two decades of experience.
Vinit joined GroupM India in 2006, under his leadership, ESP Properties India, has grown and emerged as a unique and dominant entity in the sponsorship business. ESP Properties India has built a formidable team under his leadership that works across Films, Music, Live, Sports, Celebrities and Licensing.
In 2014, Vinit initiated a pioneering initiative, a first of its kind and a very definitive report on sports sponsorship in India titled ‘Sporting Nation in The Making’ which is now in its 6th edition. In 2017, Vinit has given the Indian Films Industry its first focused report of Films Marketing title ‘Showbiz’ which has become the go to report for all film marketing related trends. Vinit has also co-authored a white paper in association with one of the premium academic institutes ‘Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad’ on ‘What Spells Success for Indian Leagues’
Partner, Koan Advisory Group
Vivan Sharan is a Partner at the Koan Advisory Group, a policy research and advocacy firm based at New Delhi. He is an economist with diverse experience in the policy circuit. Previously, he has served as the Chief Executive of the Global Governance programme at the Observer Research Foundation (ORF) and as the Business Head of a sustainability company that ran India’s first energy efficiency index. He is a Visiting Fellow at ORF where he is involved with research on the digital economy and a member of several industry committees at national and regional levels. He is also on the Board of Esya Centre, a technology policy think-tank and a mentor to the Bihar Entrepreneurs Association.
Partner, Law Allianz
Yahaya is a founding partner of Law Allianz - a law firm with core expertise in Entertainment law (which consists of Gaming, technology, Media, ecommerce & Intellectual Property) and Corporate/Commercial law.
A graduate of Obafemi Awolowo University Ile-Ife; He was called to the Nigerian Bar in 1993 and was recently admitted as a solicitor of England and Wales. During the course of his professional career He has been legal adviser to Aso Savings and Loans Plc., Company Secretary to First Alliance Pension and Benefits Limited (now ARM Pensions).
He Chairs, the Entertainment, Media and Sports committee of the Nigeria Bar Association – Section on Business Law; seats on the Nigeria Copyrights Commission’s law Review committee and was recently inducted into the International Masters of Gaming Lawyers (IMGL). Yahaya has been involved in the review and amendment of acts for the Nigeria Copyrights Commission, Nigeria Broadcasting Commission and National Lottery Regulatory Commission aside from consultancy work for several international bodies. He has also advised several companies within Nigerian growing entertainment and media space.
A prolific speaker he was appointed by the Federal Government into Digiteam (the body responsible for the digitization of broadcasting in Nigeria),he was also recently selected as the Facilitator for National Assembly Business Round Table (NASSBER) “E commerce and IP” working group.
Winner of - Legal Monthly’s “Entertainment lawyer of the year - Nigeria' 2013 he was also co winner of the 2011 Omidyar/Legatum sponsored “Africa Awards for Entrepreneurship” held in Nairobi, Kenya.
An entertainment enthusiast and also an entrepreneur, he also seats on several boards.
President, Korea Copyright Protection Agency
Mr. Yoon is the President of Korea Copyright Protection Agency (2016-present) and Former Deputy Minister of the Cultural Content Industry Office under the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism (2014-2016). Before this he has also served as Director General of International Economic Affairs Bureau under the Ministry of Strategy and Finance (2011-2014).
Mr. Yoon is a B.A. in Economics from Seoul National University and a Ph. D. in Economics from Oregon State University, United States of America.