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November 01, 2023 | Jade Luxury Banquets, Worli, Mumbai

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  • Ajay Mehta
    Senior Vice President
    Mindshare
     
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    Ajay Mehta
    Senior Vice President
    Mindshare

    Ajay Mehta is a marketing communications and strategy professional with over 20 years of experience. He is a specialist in integrated marketing, brand development, branded content strategy, and partnerships. He has worked with leading firms like GroupM, Ogilvy, and Publicis India, and has helped brands across a variety of industries, including FMCG, telecom, retail, finance, and technology. He is passionate about using marketing to create meaningful connections between brands and consumers. He is also a strong communicator and leader and is always looking for new ways to innovate and drive results.

  • Akshay Seth
    Executive Creative Director
    Ogilvy Mumbai
     
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    Akshay Seth
    Executive Creative Director
    Ogilvy Mumbai

    Heading creative for leading brands, the likes of Bournvita, Red Label, etc Akshay has diverse experience across categories in building communication for brands that is amongst the most celebrated. From mainline to new-age campaigns, his work has won One Show Gold, Cannes, LIA, Effies and more.

  • Altamash Khan
    Digital Lead
    Kellogg
     
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    Altamash Khan
    Digital Lead
    Kellogg

    13 years of experience in digital marketing with core expertise in digital strategy, data driven marketing, consumer journey mapping, audience attribution, digital media planning and buying, programmatic campaigns, social media marketing, influencer marketing, content marketing, paid and organic search marketing, email marketing.

    Significant experience in FMCG category. Have also worked across brands in Auto, Entertainment, Retail & Real Estate category in previous roles.

  • Anjali Malthankar
    National Strategy Director
    Tonic Worldwide
     
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    Anjali Malthankar
    National Strategy Director
    Tonic Worldwide

    Anjali Malthankar is the National Strategy Director, Tonic Worldwide. She also heads GIPSI, the research division of Tonic. Anjali has 20 years of experience in digging insights, shaping brands, challenging category codes and experimenting with different ways of decoding human behaviour. She's responsible for mentoring the talent at Tonic. As an eternal learner and explorer Anjali embraces the new with excitement. Decades of consumer research, working on 50+ categories and a move from mainline agencies to digital first agency made Anjali one of the few cross-over artists in the industry.

  • Ankit Grover
    Lead Integration Director and Business Head
    Wondrlab
     
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    Ankit Grover
    Lead Integration Director and Business Head
    Wondrlab

    Ankit Grover has over 17 years of experience in advertising and currently leading Wondrlab Delhi as an Integration Director. At Wondrlab Ankit has been with the organization right from the beginning. With a platform first approach to solving brand problems Ankit has struck a wonderful balance between communication, technology, and platforms by channelizing all Wondrlab group companys abilities to its fullest.

  • Ankur Garg
    Executive Creative Director
    FCB Kinnect
     
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    Ankur Garg
    Executive Creative Director
    FCB Kinnect

    Ankur is an art director-designer, with over 18 years of experience and still learning. He has been leading the design output for Indian region and have worked with several ad agencies. Ankur started his career with LINTAS back in 2006 and worked with JWT, Hakuhodo, FCB ULKA, DENTSU CREATIVE AND FCB KINNECT. His work has also been awarded by the Kyoorius, Abbys, Olive Crown, luezers archive to name a few. Ankur have worked on several brands like airtel, Espn Star Sports, Sony, Monte Carlo, Maruti Suzuki, Carlsberg, Tata Docomo, Parryware, IKEA, Subway, Delhi Dynamos, Hitachi Acs, Max Healthcare, HT, Herbalife, TVS, vistara, vivo etc.

  • Devaiah Bopanna
    Co-Founder
    Moonshot
     
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    Devaiah Bopanna
    Co-Founder
    Moonshot

    Devaiah Bopanna is a writer, producer and media entrepreneur. He is currently the co-founder of Moonshot, an advertising and production company. He has led the creative team on advertising campaigns for CRED, disney+ hotstar, Shark Tank, Lenskart, Subway and many other brands. He is the producer of the national award winning documentary film 'Borderlands' (2021). He was previously the head writer of All India Bakchod, founding member of Superteam and co-founder of All Things Small & fiftytwo.in.

  • Dipti Sudhir
    Head- Digital Marketing & PR
    Britannia
     
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    Dipti Sudhir
    Head- Digital Marketing & PR
    Britannia

    Dipti is a Senior Marketing and Communications professional with close to two and half decades of experience. She specializes in building brand strategy, SOPs, infrastructure, and organizational capabilities across all levers of the marketing mix. Dipti usually is called to lead Greenfield projects, where her strong planning and execution mindset deliver results in short order. She has worked across India and APAC and brings a wealth of insights about urban and rural consumers in these geographies. Dipti has been a brand custodian in consumer tech and FMCG and is equally at home connecting with consumers of sophisticated tech and of daily food staples. Today she leads Digital Marketing, E-commerce Marketing and Corporate Communications for Britannia. Dipti is passionate about mentoring young women leaders. She chairs the POSH council at Britannia and is a member of the Diversity & Inclusion Council in the Company.

  • Hari Krishnan
    Head-Content & Innovation
     
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    Hari Krishnan
    Head-Content & Innovation

  • Harikrishnan Pillai
    Co-Founder
    The Small Big Idea
     
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    Harikrishnan Pillai
    Co-Founder
    The Small Big Idea

    "Harikrishnan Pillai, Founder and CEO of the TheSmallBigIdea, one of the fastest growing independent digital agencies in India They provide digital services to brands like ZEE, Viacom, Sony, Disney, Warner, Dharma, amongst many other. He is Bollywoods go to person having marketed over 35 films and managing actors like Ajay Devgn. Winner of coveted awards like Abbys and Promax, Haris has an equally strong presence in driving the digital transformation of brands like Pepe Jeans, Sandu Pharma, Disney Consumer products amongst others. He is a socially-conscious citizen and has spent over a decade as a member with the Rotary International and has also led their Mumbai and South Asian chapters.

  • Henna Pande
    VP
    FCB Kinnect
     
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    Henna Pande
    VP
    FCB Kinnect

  • Jaideep Thackeray
    Creative Head
    SoCheers
     
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    Jaideep Thackeray
    Creative Head
    SoCheers

    Jaideep Thackeray, a graduate of the London School of Communication with a degree in Advertising and Graphic Design, boasts an impressive track record of over a decade in the advertising and marketing industry. His expertise has been refined through significant tenures at renowned advertising agencies like Rickshaw Communications, Metal Communications, and Ogilvy. Currently serving as the Creative Head at SoCheers, Jaideep plays a pivotal role in shaping the agency's vision by creating crme de la crme campaigns for the brands.
    His portfolio includes remarkable achievements like securing accounts for major brands such as Universal Music India, Croma, Pokmon Go, and many more. His past accomplishments feature collaborations with distinguished names like High Street Phoenix, Mahindra Adventure, and Asian Paints among others. One of his standout achievements involves the creation of eye-catching packaging for Hillcart Tales, which has been prominently featured at top food exhibitions and is readily available in leading stores.

  • Manoj Pandey
    Group Creative Director
    Cheil
     
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    Manoj Pandey
    Group Creative Director
    Cheil

  • Mayank Mishra
    Vice President, Head of Strategy
    DY Works
     
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    Mayank Mishra
    Vice President, Head of Strategy
    DY Works

    Mayank Mishra has more than 15 years of wide-ranging experience in Strategy Consulting, specialising in Brand Strategy and Marketing Strategy. He has previously worked in organisations like GE, IBM, Futurebrands and Cheil(Samsung). Across his career he has delivered a variety of strategy engagements for Indian and Global clients across multiple industries. His assignments have included New Brand Development, Go To Market Strategy, Product Development Strategy, Market Entry Strategy, Consumer Understanding, Process Consulting and Technology Implementation.

  • Naresh Gupta
    Co-founder & CSO
    Bang In The Middle
     
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    Naresh Gupta
    Co-founder & CSO
    Bang In The Middle

  • Nidhi Isaac
    Director-Brand & Design
    Elephant Design
     
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    Nidhi Isaac
    Director-Brand & Design
    Elephant Design

    Specialising in integrated branding, Nidhi strives to bring progressive, human-centred thinking to brands creatively with a lasting impact. Over the last 15 years, she has worked in Design, Advertising, and Television, creating strategy, stories, systems, experiences, and brands, across a broad range of industries. As Director, Brand Design at Elephant Design, Indias pioneering independent multidisciplinary design consultancy, she mentors motivates one of the most talented design teams in the country.
    A graduate from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, USA, and an evangelist of design for business impact, Nidhi has guest lectured, led courses and workshops for Srishti Institute, IIM Nagpur, MIT, India Design Mark, and NASSCOM. She was aspeaker at Bangalore Design Week 2018, a panelist for the Nasscom Design Summit 2019, and WeSchools MBA programme Student Selection for 2021-22.

  • Nupur Shah
    VP and Digital Lead, West and South
    PHD India
     
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    Nupur Shah
    VP and Digital Lead, West and South
    PHD India

  • Pooja Manek
    Founding Member and Creative
    Talented Agency
     
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    Pooja Manek
    Founding Member and Creative
    Talented Agency

    Pooja Manek is a creative leader, a Cannes Lion Winner, and a change maker in one. In 2021, she was the only Indian on the Next Creative Leaders list, awarded by The One Club and 3% movement. Over the years her campaigns for Swiggy, Cleartrip, Tinder, among other brands, have done a haul at Cannes, Spikes and Kyoorius. She is known for her pivotal role in helping both local and global iconic brands find their voice in the modern world.
    She moonlights as a change maker through initiatives such as The 7PM Cluba mentorship matchmaking event in collaboration with Indian Creative Women, that make the industry a better place for women and for underrepresented voices.

  • Prashant Tekwani
    Managing Partner
    Havas CX India
     
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    Prashant Tekwani
    Managing Partner
    Havas CX India

    "Prashant Tekwani, Managing Partner, Havas CX India, has been instrumental in leading the agency in India. His holistic approach to creating a meaningful and seamless customer experience journey lies in combining the power of rich insights, user-centric technology and experience-led design to transform business performance for our clients and partners. While at Havas CX India, he has worked with brands including Aegon Life, Lionsgate and Dabur, to name a few and through his career he has worked on brands from across industries including HSBC, Citibank, Google, YouTube, Amazon, UTI, Garnier, Hotstar, Starsports, Slice, Lamborghini, UTC and many others."

  • Priyanka Padode Sheth
    Head of Client Servicing & Adshare
    Pocket Aces
     
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    Priyanka Padode Sheth
    Head of Client Servicing & Adshare
    Pocket Aces

    "Priyanka is the Head of Client Servicing, Brand Solutions & AdShare at Pocket Aces, India's leading digital media entertainment company. Under her leadership, the central team services branded deals for over 150 companies a year across all Pocket Aces' channels - FilterCopy (short fiction), Dice Media (multi-episode web series), Gobble (lifestyle) and Nutshell (infotainment). Prior to Pocket Aces, Priyanka founded a startup, DezignGenie.com, a design and interiors inspiration platform that connected users to architects, interior designers and stylists. She also spent 3 years at a B2B publishing and media house, ASAPP Info Global Group, where she founded and grew the digital division. Priyanka graduated from New York University with an individualised degree in Journalism, Nutrition and the Business of Media. She's an avid fitness enthusiast and enjoys dancing, singing and exploring new places and food from all over the world. "

  • Rashmi Sehgal
    Zenith
     
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    Rashmi Sehgal
    Zenith

    "Rashmi Sehgal is an experienced digital marketer and strategist with more than 17 years of rich experience in brand building. Currently, she works as Sr Vice President - Digital at Publicis Media. Rashmi is adept at understanding and developing a data centric approach. In her career span, she has worked with multiple sectors and leading brands. Her primary experience has been working on CPG clients for over 10 years, GSK, Nestle, ITC to deliver solutions. Shes been awarded as Women Disruptor awards - Media and has won appreciation & awards for First-in market solutions across National & International forums."

  • Sachin Kamble
    National Creative Director
    Leo Burnett India
     
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    Sachin Kamble
    National Creative Director
    Leo Burnett India

  • Sahil Shah
    President Digital Experience
    Dentsu Creative
     
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    Sahil Shah
    President Digital Experience
    Dentsu Creative

    If it can be done, then now is the best time. This mantra has governed everything that Sahil worked towards in his 15-year long journey in the digital marketing landscape. Its probably why he is always ahead of the curve and able to spot trends before they trended. Sahil has worked with more than 380+ clients across sectors like Auto, Consumer Electronics, FMCG, BFSI, Fashion, Retail, Pharma, Broadcast, Travel, Real Estate amongst others. He has had diverse exposure across solutions like Digital Planning, 360 Digital Commerce, Brand Strategy, Data Analytics, Content Solutions and more. Currently, Sahil heads Dentsu Creatives Digital Experience Vertical with a key focus on People, Profit & Recognition responsibilities. No stranger to accolades, both for campaigns and his impeccable work ethic, his true milestones are the experiences he hopes to gather in his travels.

  • Sameer Sojwal
    ECD- Creative Head
    Sideways Consulting
     
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    Sameer Sojwal
    ECD- Creative Head
    Sideways Consulting

    Sameer Sojwal ECD & Creative Head Prior to joining Sideways, Sameers last stint was as Senior Creative Director at Ogilvy and Mather, Mumbai. At Sideways he is responsible for the creative product on advertising, digital and design brands. In his previous stints he has worked on brands like Cadbury - 5 Star and Perk, Castrol, Perfetti Van Melle, IDBI Federal Life Insurance, Pidilite - Fevicol and Dr. Fixit and more, and in the past. He has won international and national awards such as Cannes, One Show, Kyoorius and more.

  • Shailja Saraswati
    Chief Content Officer
    Omnicom Media Group India
     
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    Shailja Saraswati
    Chief Content Officer
    Omnicom Media Group India

    Shailja is the Chief Content Officer at Omnicom Media Group, India where she heads the organizations content practice to deliver future-ready solutions rooted in storytelling for brands. With a vision to make commerce follow the consumer through connected content and solutions, Shailja is a senior industry leader with a deep understanding of the craft of weaving data into results-oriented storytelling.
    Armed with nearly two decades of experience in the content industry spanning across digital, television, and media, Shailja has many distinctive achievements to her credit. She has been a part of the award-winning team that won the Emvies Grand Prix Award for Tata Tea Power of 49 and has been featured on the jury panel at the illustrious Cannes Entertainment Festival in 2016 and served as an advisory board member at the Content Marketing Summit APAC in 2017. She has also been on the jury of the Womennovator 2020 and the Womanhood 2021 contest.

  • Shefali Takalkar
    Chief Operating Officer
    MagicCircle Communications
     
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    Shefali Takalkar
    Chief Operating Officer
    MagicCircle Communications

    In her current role as Chief Operating Officer at MagicCircle Communications, Shefali Takalkar brings over two decades of strategic, creative and growth-oriented thinking to the agency. Prior to this role, Shefali supported MagicCircle as an Executive Creative Director, creating solutions for brands like MakeMyTrip, GoIbibo, Hindware and more. Shefalis experience includes creative work with global agencies like JWT, Ogilvy, Saatchi and BBH. Shefalis recent awards and accolades include; Agency Reporter SHE 2023, CMO Asia Global Woman Achiever Media & Advertising 2022!

  • Shibu Shivanandan
    Chief Executive Officer
    PivotRoots - A Havas Company
     
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    Shibu Shivanandan
    Chief Executive Officer
    PivotRoots - A Havas Company

    "Shibu is one of the pioneers of Indias digital marketing industry who has demonstrated excellent leadership throughout his over 18-year career. He has built three successful people-centric digital media startups, leading two of them to exit. Shibu launched PivotRoots in 2016 and turned it into one of India's fastest-growing digital marketing agencies, creating a world-class data-driven integrated marketing organization. He led its expansion to MENA and launched the MarTech arm. As the CEO, Shibu is responsible for the overall growth of PivotRoots, now a Havas Company, and driving specialized teams for technology and an experiential lab."

  • Shitu Anand Patil
    ECD & National Head of Art
    L&K Saatchi & Saatchi
     
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    Shitu Anand Patil
    ECD & National Head of Art
    L&K Saatchi & Saatchi

    Shitu is a designer, design thinker & lifestyle/luxury specialist with a passion and enterprise for building brands. In her 22 years of diverse design & communication experience she has led teams, created award winning work and helped build & grow major brands for Indias leading design & advertising agencies including her own.
    Currently she is heading Art across all of L&K Saatchi & Saatchi's offices in India. Shitu has also been a successful designpreneur, where she ran the branding & creative agency Plus One Design which she co-founded 11 years back.
    A design purist at heart, her expertise lies in breaking through clutter to reach the root problem and provide engaging aesthetic solutions with her visual craft. As a mother of young twin boys, creator and a wanderer at heart, she wears many hats. Her positive outlook and childlike awe towards life always see her seeking knowledge and drawing references from a diverse range of cultural, aesthetic, social and historical sources. Indian and international awards like D&AD, Effies, Abbys, Kyoorius etc. are an inevitable side effect of the work she does.

  • Shraddha Ganwani
    Vice President Strategy
    FutureBrand India
     
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    Shraddha Ganwani
    Vice President Strategy
    FutureBrand India

    Shraddha Ganwani is a strategist with an experience of over 11 years in building brands and unlocking their potential. She believes that great brands are built on the foundation of empathy and a strong purpose and agility to adapt to the ever-changing consumer environment. She has worked on clients like Air India, Relaince, Kirloskar, Oberoi Hospitality, Future Group, Cargill Global, Britannia, Amul, Mother Dairy, HUL, Tata Foods, ITC, Revlon, PC Jewelers & Safari Industries to name a few.

  • Shwetal Basu
    Chief of Marketing and Communication
    Shoppers Stop
     
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    Shwetal Basu
    Chief of Marketing and Communication
    Shoppers Stop

    Shwetal Basu is the Customer Care Associate and Chief of Marketing and Communication at Shoppers Stop Ltd. Shwetal has a strong experience of 20 years in customer behavior, marketing, and communications, across multiple industries such as FMCG, telecom, security services, banking, and retail. She brings to the table a deep understanding of the consumer across demographics and geographies to create successful marketing strategies in sync with the brands vision. In her previous stints, she was associated with Metro Brands Ltd, Aditya Birla Retail Ltd., and HDFC Bank.

  • Sudhir Nair
    Founder & CEO
    21N78E Creative Labs
     
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    Sudhir Nair
    Founder & CEO
    21N78E Creative Labs

  • Urmesh Chandra
    Head of Digital Marketing
    PolicyBazaar.com
     
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    Urmesh Chandra
    Head of Digital Marketing
    PolicyBazaar.com

    Urmesh Chandra heads digital marketing for the Life Insurance Vertical at Policybazaar. A seasoned marketer, he comes with 15+ Years of experience across industries like Ecomm, Telecom, Healthcare, Real estate and Gaming.
    Since 2010, Chandra has focussed all his energies on experimenting and learning various facets of the digital ecosystem. His efforts have been instrumental in setting up and scaling the business in the overseas market.
    Prior to Policybazaar, he was responsible for building the iconic gaming brand Angry Birds in the Southeast Asia Region. He was recently honoured with the e4m Digital Marketing Leaders Award 2023.

  • Varuni Vij
    Head of Media & Senior Brand Manager Organic Harvest
    The GoodGlamm Group
     
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    Varuni Vij
    Head of Media & Senior Brand Manager Organic Harvest
    The GoodGlamm Group

  • Vasudha Misra
    Regional Creative Officer
    Lowe Lintas
     
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    Vasudha Misra
    Regional Creative Officer
    Lowe Lintas

    With a degree in Mass Communication, Vasudha started her career in social communication. However, soon realizing that she was more suited to selling soap than starting a movement for popularizing vasectomy, she switched over to the more capitalist branch of communication.
    In the past 20+ odd years, she has launched the first few dot coms of the country with some iconic work on Naukri.com, Jeevansathi.com and 99acres.com. She then went on to launch and head the most maverick telecom brand - TATA DOCOMO. In recent years, Vasudha has been responsible for the work done on Tinder, HP, OLX Autos, Whirlpool, Absolut Glassware.
    Her work on Tinder, portrayed women empowerment with a smile and sass, illustrating narratives for independence, choice and consent need not be heavy or serious. The campaign was talked about and covered in India and across the globe.

  • Venugopal Ganganna
    CEO
    langoor
     
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    Venugopal Ganganna
    CEO
    langoor

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