Founder, Data Infosys
Ajay Data is the techno savvy Head of Data Infosys Limited. He pursued his MBA in Computer Sciences from Newport University, USA and PhD in Electronic Data Processing from Netherlands. He also holds a diploma course in 'System Analysis & Design' from Uptron.
Many honours were accredited to him for his contributions. Shri Ram Vilas Paswan, Hon'ble Minister for Communications honoured him with Certificate of Excellence from Junior Chamber of Commerce, Jaipur, for outstanding services. He received the International Millennium Gold Star Award for Enriching Human Life and Outstanding Attainments. Indian Junior Chamber, Kota, awarded him with the Outstanding Young Person in Rajasthan. Recognized his outstanding achievement in IT with Diploma of Honour Awarded him with Distinguished Leadership Award for worldwide recognition in The International Directory of Distinguished Leadership for outstanding contribution to the field of Information Technology, and Honorary Appointment to the Research Board of Advisors of American Biographical Institute, USA.
Co-Founder and CEO Arré
Former Group COO Network18 Ajay completed a decade long stint at Network18 and was the COO of the Group as well as President of the A&E I TV18 joint venture in his last held role Ajay played a pivotal role in the launch of many of the group's flagship brands across print, TV & digital. He was also responsible for consolidating the group’s financial and strategic position and providing direction to the Network's digital content assets. Prior to Network 18, Ajay had worked with IL&FS, Sharekhan(.com) as part of its startup team and Indian Express Group.
Co-Founder, Hansa Cequity
Mr Ajay Kelkar has extensive experience in business &marketing across consumer goods, retail and the banking sector. He has a combined business experience of over 25 years across Procter & Gamble, PepsiCo, Shopper's Stop, and HDFC Bank.
Over the last 10 years, Ajay has in partnership with the Hansa group set up a unique Customer marketing company called Hansa Cequity. The team has built up a strong profitable business based on Analytics & CRM. This has been a unique entrepreneurial experience of creating a profitable venture from scratch.
Ajay is the Co- founder of Hansa Cequity, a company that helps its client's build empowered customer relationships. Hansa Cequity helps design engaging customer experiences by leveraging customer information using analytics, technology & marketing communication solutions. This helps clients get better return on their marketing investments (ROMI). Over the last decade, Ajay has helped build Cequity into a recognizable name in Analytics, Digital & Marketing technology.
Co-Founder & CFO, Policybazaar
Entrepreneur & Angel Investor, Indifi Technologies
Alok is cofounder and CEO of Indifi, a platform to expand access to debt financing for Indian SMEs. Alok is a successful first generation entrepreneur based in India. Alok is also a founding member of Indian Angel Network, which is a forum for making angel investments. He last led India operations of Canaan Partners, a premier US based venture capital firm. Earlier, he cofounded JobsAhead.com in 1999. JobsAhead.com is the leading e-recruitment business focussed on the Indian market, and was acquired by Monster.com recently. Before founding JobsAhead, Alok worked with Hughes software in telecom and internet technologies. Alok is a computer science graduate from IIT Delhi, and completed his MS and Management of Technology programs from UC Berkeley. Alok is passionate about creating value through startups! He is also keenly interested in entrepreneurship development in India. He has organised a venture community blog at www.venturewoods.org/
Head, Marketing & Partnerships, Viacom18 Digital Ventures
Akash Banerji is the Head, Marketing & Partnerships for Viacom18 Digital Ventures.
Prior to this role, Akash was the Head of Marketing for Hotstar (2014-15) where he was responsible for the big bang launch and driving consumer acquisition.
He has thirteen years of consistent high performance in the marketing & sales/distribution domain with leading consumer centric MNCs in the area of managing & growing brands profitably. Akash has worked across various spectrums like Digital, Sports, General Entertainment & business integration (post acquisition) and led teams (marketing & cross-functional) with the aim of gaining market & mind share.
An alumnus of Faculty of Management Studies (FMS) Delhi, Akash started his career in sales & marketing working for top-notch organizations like Pepsi & Marico straddling different geographies in the country. His brand stint with Parachute and Nihar especially was a very satisfying one. After spending close to five years in Marico, Akash decided to move to the fast-paced world of media.
His first stint was with Star TV where he was responsible for the rebranding of Star Plus and successfully took the channel back to its winning ways courtesy the "Rishta Wahi Soch Nayi" marketing campaign. He then spent couple of years in Dubai within STAR, working as the Head of Distribution & Special Projects, Middle East & Africa and successfully increased the channel portfolio penetration by more than 100%.
He came back to India to launch the new Star Sports network in 2013 after Star had acquired the Sports channels from ESS and won the cricket rights from BCCI. The 'Believe' launch campaign in conjunction with the multi-sports strategy captured the imagination of the entire nation.
A quintessential Bengali at heart, Akash actively pursues dramatics and music at his leisure. An indulgent father, he loves to unwind by playing a game of football with his kids.
Senior Vice President - Marketing, Head- Digital & Ecommerce, Max Life Insurance
Digital, Marketing & Business leader with deep consumer understanding & strategic perspective built about 17 years of Digital Marketing, E-commerce, Digital Product Management, Brand, Media & Research experience across diverse categories spanning financial services, media, IT peripherals, beverages & automobiles. Believer in perpetual beta while navigating the pixel ocean that today's businesses are swimming in
Director, Zone Startups
Ajay is an MBA (Marketing & Finance) with over 12-years of work experience in Operations and Business Development, in a multi-sector, multi-cultural work environment. Ajay is exposed to several sectors, across India, Canada and East Africa, and is a business development specialist.
Immediately prior to his current role, Ajay enabled a Canadian education-tech startup set up its India office. Ajay has considerable international business experience, having worked with the Provincial Government of Ontario, Canada and managing a satellite office in Mumbai for 5 yrs, during which he has helped over 100 Ontarian companies develop their business in India.
Ajay began his career in Tanzania (East Africa), where he worked on several government and donor-funded projects. For a 2-year period, Ajay turned an intrapreneur and helped the group set up an employment-generating business in the agri-inputs value chain.
Co-Founder & CEO, Reverie Language Technologies
He is Co - Founder & CEO at Reverie Language Technologies Pvt. Ltd., a Bangalore-based company that is into the local language space. Arvind is on a mission to bridge the digital divide between local languages and English by ushering language equality through stellar language experience.
With this goal in mind, he has led Reverie to a market and thought leadership position in language technologies. A graduate from NIT Rourkela, India. Arvind had rewarding stints with Intel, L&T John Deere, and Steel Authority of India Ltd. before he started Reverie to pursue his dream of bringing local language Internet to the masses.
Vice President & Head- Corporate Marketing, HCL Technologies
Currently heading corporate marketing responsible for brand marketing, employer brand, employee marketing, thought-leadership marketing , digital marketing, analytics, finance and marketing communications. Under my leadership HCL debuted at: 1) InterBrand Top 100 Brands at 19, grew 35% y-o-y in brand value 2) Brand Finance Global 500 '17 at 378with a value of 4.46 Bn US$. In the last 3 years the HCLT brand campaigns have won 130 global awards.
Head of User Experience, PayU India
An accomplished UX Executive, with a strong background in managing large user experience design programs, design led innovation, and helping organizations build UX capability & staff.
Expertise in end-user centred design process, with special focus on user experience strategy, setting design goals and metrics, omni-channel solution design, design for enterprise software products, advanced ecosystem research & validation techniques, setting up a mature UX practice for Fortune 500 and Global clientele.
Proven track record in driving business results, delivering exceptional quality, through process driven design.
Technology Evangelist, Branch
Technology enthusiast with 8 years experience in developing and implementing robust IT solutions across sectors and technology. Currently working as a Technology Evangelist for Branch.io and an independent Product engineering consultant/developer with startups.
Experience on technologies as a team leader/developer : Microsoft ASP.NET, MS SQL Server, Sharepoint, Sql Server Reporting Services, jQuery, Android SDK, PHP, MySQL, jQuery, Mongodb, Redis,Node.js, Angular JS , Express Framework, Parse.
Partner, KPMG India
Aditya has more than 16 years of experience and has handled large complex projects with operations in US, Europe, Middle East and Asia (Singapore & China). He has supported leadership teams of multinational companies, family owned businesses, government and private equity clients in a variety of industries including media and entertainment, retail and consumer, transportation and logistics, oil and gas and infrastructure to develop an experiential customer journey roadmap. His area of expertise includes Digital Consumer, Cross-sell, Up-sell strategy, Deal Advisory, Chief Information Officer Advisory, Infrastructure advisory services, transportation and logistics and entertainment and media
Head-Digital Marketing, Dabur India
He has 10 years plus experience in digital marketing. He is into Developing Digital Marketing Strategies & Measurement For Brands.
Expertise - Brand Engagement Campaigns, SEM/SEO, SMM, SML, Content Marketing, Mobile Campaigns, WOM, Viral Videos, Blogger activation, Analytics,E commerce Marketing, Developing offline-online synergy campaigns plan, agency coordination.
Founder and President, Bruce Clay
Head of Sales, Operations and Revenue Strategy, Times Internet
A management consultant & entrepreneur, Chanpreet has 14 years of experience in the Media, Technology & Sports Industry in India. In the last few years, she co-founded 2 technology start-ups - 'Metis Learning', which developed India’s leading kids tablet ‘Eddy’ and ‘SOHAM’, which was involved in design & development of a social media software for NGOs & political parties.
Vice President - Head of APAC, Blueshift Labs
Dhruv heads the Asia-Pacific arm of Blueshift - a marketing automation company that leads the way in programmatic CRM and helps marketers have intelligent conversations with their customers. A strong believer in the power of big data, Dhruv is an internet veteran and has worked at brands like Groupon, Google and Yahoo. As a a part of the founding team at Groupon India he spearheaded award winning campaigns such as the Groupon onion deal and was responsible for launching the Groupon brand in India. He has 12 years of experience overall and is frighteningly passionate about e-commerce. He is a former professional chef and loves technology as much as he does, a good biryani.
Chief Executive Officer, CSC e-governance services
Dinesh Tyagi belongs to Indian Administrative Services, 1981 of Manipur-Tripura Cadre. He worked in the Tripura State in various capacities as Secretary Education and Principal Secretary Finance. He has also worked as Director in the Banking Division, Ministry of Finance. He was Custodian of Special Court, 1992 (Harshad Mehta Scam) in the Finance Ministry. He has been Director on the Board of Syndicate Bank, United Bank of India and Indian Bank. He has also been director on the Board of Financial Institutions such as Small Industries Development Bank of India.
Dr. Dinesh Tyagi has worked as Chief Executive Officer (CSC Scheme) with Infrastructure Leasing and Financial Services Limited.
Presently, he is working as Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of CSC e-GOVERNANCE SERVICES INDIA LIMITED (a SPV promoted by Department of Electronics & Information Technology).
Program Manager, Indic Initiatives, Google
SVP & Head Digital Banking, IndusInd Bank
Gaurav Hazrati is Senior Vice President and Head of Digital Banking at IndusInd Bank. Passionate about creating exceptional digital experience for the customer, Gaurav has worked as an ‘Intra-preneur’ throughout his career spearheading various Innovations, Digital Acquisition and building winning Digital Business lines. Prior to his work at IndusInd Bank, he was the founding member of Axis Bank’s Retail broking Business and was instrumental in creating AxisDirect.in.
Gaurav has done his MBA from Faculty Of Management Studies and Innovation management Executive Course from Harvard Business School
Mr. Govind Rajan is the CEO at FreeCharge. An alumnus of Indian Institute of Foreign Trade (IIFT), Mr. Govind spent the first 15 years of his professional life at Hindustan Unilever, where he drove business outcomes across a range of brands including Dove, Ponds, Fair & Lovely, Vaseline, Lakme, Pears, Lifebuoy, Lux and handled the entire gamut from modern trade to rural. Building on his rich FMCG experience at Unilever, Mr. Govind joined Airtel where he was the Chief Marketing Officer (B2C) and the CEO of Airtel Money. Working at both Unilever and Airtel provided him with acute insights into the evolving consumer behaviour as seen from multiple viewpoints of FMCG, telecom and emerging digital trends.
All this learning and boundless energy has helped Mr. Govind get FreeCharge off to a flying start, which he joined in August 2015 as the COO and where a few months later he was elevated to be the CEO. Living in exciting times, with increasing smartphone adoption and with a recent government push to build a digital India, he is all geared up to lead FreeCharge in a period of hyper growth
I work towards entrepreneurship and innovation. I believe world needs young to solve next generation problems. I am primarily responsible for India initiatives at Branch Metrics, one of the fastest growing startups in the world. Branch pioneers in mobile deep linking technology and promotes Mobile Growth community actively across 40 cities in the world. I am also the President (India) of Kairos Society, a global community of innovators under 25 and world's most influential industry leaders. At Kairos, I along with a strong team of entrepreneurs and global young change makers create a platform to the talented young minds who solve the most pressing challenges the world needs solutions for.
Co-Founder & CEO, Lendingkart
Mr. Harshvarshan Lunia is the Co-founder & CEO at Lending Kart Harshvardhan drives the primary aspect of business - designing innovative credit solutions and delivering them in the most simple and efficient manner to SMB’s. He started his career with large private sector and multinational banks in their small loan divisions. Early in his career he was intrigued by passion of small business owners who in spite of being credit worthy were not served by existing lenders.
Founder & Ceo, Itzeazy
Founder & CEO (itzeazy), B.Tech. from BIT Sindri & MBA from MDI Gurgaon , Founded itzeazy in 2013 . Prior to that he has 14 years of rich experience with companies like BSNL, Tata CMC,Reliance Communcations in Strategy & business development . Has deep interest in solving real life problems using technology & innovation.
Head- Content Planning & Delivery, Shemaroo Entertainment
Founding Partner, Omnivore Partners
Jinesh Shah is the co-founder of Omnivore Partners, a venture fund investing in early stage agriculture and food technology companies in India. Omnivore supports entrepreneurs who are developing solutions to improve farm productivity, increase agricultural sustainability, modernize agribusiness supply chains, and promote farm-sourced food- products. Omnivore seeks to transform Indian agriculture through technology innovation, impacting the lives of farmers and rural communities.
Jinesh is a Director for multiple Omnivore-backed startups, including Khedut Agro, Barrix Agro Sciences, Stellapps Technologies, Mitra Agriculture Equipments and Retigence Technologies.
Previously, Jinesh was the Vice President and CFO at Nexus Venture Partners, one of India’s leading early stage venture capital funds, where he lead the finance organization and also few select portfolio investments. He earlier served in Finance roles with Datamatics (leading Treasury/M&A), Patni Computers (initiating the IPO process), and HCL Technologies (founding the BPO business).
Chief Executive Officer, Netcore Solutions
Kalpit is a Digital Technologist with over 17 years of experience in Digital Marketing and Marketing Automation space. Currently positioned as the Chief Executive Officer of Netcore Solutions, he helps drive solid, customer-focused results. Associated 1with the company since its inception days. He has been a key contributor in shaping Pre-Sales, Client Servicing, Technology, Operations and Product Development functions. Kalpit has played a crucial role in Netcore Solutions stellar growth from a start-up to a Modern India leader in the Marketing Technology space.
Founder & Ceo, Gamooga SoftTech Pvt. Ltd.
Kishore is on a mission to make marketing more “human.” He is the Founder & CEO of Gamooga, fast-growing product startup, based in Hyderabad. Gamooga, an omnichannel digital experience platform is used by some of the leading e-commerce, banks & insurance companies in India. Prior to Gamooga, Kishore worked with Google & Knowlarity. A hacker at heart, Kishore truly believes the next generation of world-class products that will be used across the globe would be coming out of India.
Founder & CEO, Cropin Technology Solutions
The founder CEO, an engineer by profession worked for 4.5 years with General Electric. With a passion to introduce technology innovation to agriculture sector, Krishna left his lucrative job at GE, and begin CropIn Technology(erstwhile CropEx ) in August 2010.
General Manager – Marketing Services, Experian Services
He looks after the Business Development for Marketing Services and Credit Solutions. Marketing Services includes Digital marketing solutions from Experian including the flagship CheetahMail permission based e-mail marketing platform. He also looks after the Experian's Decision Analytics solutions in the space of Fraud Risk Mitigation, Hosted solutions for Collections Strategy, Collections workflow, Underwriting workflow and Customer Identity Validation.
Digital Entrepreneur, Farmer, Teacher, Business Blogging Pvt. Ltd
Co-Founder & CEO, mCanvas
Lavin heads mCanvas, a leading online advertising network. He has rich & varied experience of almost a decade in the online advertising industry. Throughout his successful career, Lavin has spearheaded development of innovative products and services related to search, contextual, display and performance advertising. He has also been instrumental in fostering the adoption of alternative & more effective ways of domain monetization amongst mCanvas’s clientele of global brands.
Associate Director, Pepsi Co.
A Digital Marketing professional with over 16 years of experience across large media portfolios like PepsiCo, Nokia, Tata Docomo, Coca Cola, L’Oreal, SC Johnson, Mahindra Auto & Renault. A Digital marketer and advertising professional with core experience in consumer engagement, platform strategy, digital marketing, ORM, social listening and analytics, innovation, the biggest media, digital & sporting platforms in India, activations, agency relationships & driving the ad production process. She is identified by Economic Times-Brand Equity as one of the Next Generation of Media Stars. She enjoys reading and is a big travel & adventure lover.
Founder and CEO, Contify
Mohit Bhakuni is the founder and CEO of Contify, an intelligent web monitoring platform for businesses to track their competitors, customers, and industry news against event triggers with unmatched relevance. The platform is largely being used to track marketing activities. He has 14 years of experience across media, consulting, and technology. Mohit has spent the last 5 years building and scaling Contify. Mohit holds Mechanical Engineering degree from IIT Delhi (2000), and MBA degree from INSEAD, France (2005). He started his career with Deloitte Consulting based out of Philadelphia, USA. At Deloitte, he focused on conceptualizing and implementing Systems Integrations projects for large enterprises.
Creative Director, Moonraft
"Crafting digital experiences with the right blend of design, technology and business thinking is what keeps his momentum going. Evoking the desired human emotions with the help of design is what makes his heart sing.
As a design practitioner with almost a decade of experience, Nihal has worked closely with clients like Axis Bank, Starbucks, Intuit, Mindtree and ICICI Bank. Apart from mentoring design professionals, he has been on the jury panels at design colleges for years and is passionate about spreading the love he has for design with students.
Along with being an avid traveller, a fashionista and his new found interest in cooking, he's on his way towards practicing yogic living."
Founder & Ceo, LeadSquared
Head Marketing & Digital Sales, Citi Bank
Nikhil is a senior marketer & digital strategist with 16+ years experience with brand building and digital transformation.He is highly awarded and honoured at leading forums such as CMO Asia , Envies, AMES and DMA Asia. Nikhil's expertise lies in the area of digital marketing , digital partnerships, digital funnel management,brand management,ad-tech tools,performance marketing,social media marketing,strategic alliances and experiential marketing to turn brands into "moments of delightful experiences".
Nikhil has worked with leading FMCG companies such as Marico & Dabur in the areas of brand management and International banks such as HSBC & Citibank in the areas of client experience , digital acceleration and marketing.
Designer, innovator, traveler, shutterbug, entrepreneur, chatterbox or just a freewheeling bob, call me whatever you like. They say that bent minds cannot be straightened; my bend towards the uncommon has prompted me to indulge into various art forms for a long time now. I firmly believe in seeking, sharing and learning new things, and so, I set out to do my Masters in Animation & Design from Birla Institute of Technology, Mesra (Ext. Jaipur) after bachelors in Animation & Multimedia. I have also done specialization in Entrepreneurship from University of Maryland.
It was this passion for animation that encouraged me to work towards promotion and spreading awareness about Animation in India. Thus, giving birth to Indianimation - an online information portal about Indian animation; which in turn led me to explore the possibilities behind my ideas and their execution. So, in 2012, my friends and I started indibni. Now, a leading all-in- one design house which specializes in brand stories via print, electronic and social media. Indigifts is youngest brand in the row; it specialize in relation based gifting products. We make sure our gifts give the right experience to buyers,and evokes feelings in the receiver.
An avid photographer, you can find me hopping around in nature’s lap or hanging around some NGOs or just clicking here and there mostly for social causes and to bring about positive change. Some of my work is available at Zevagraphy.
I find it important to share, for knowledge and joy only grow with sharing. As a founding member of Costartup (a community which connects entrepreneurs for mutual growth) and founding secretary of BITOSA Jaipur (Birla Institute of Technology Old Students Association), I share my experience with students in schools and colleges via workshops, seminars, lectures etc.
Recently I’ve started blogging, to know more about me my everyday life experiences,photography, design process, entrepreneurial ideas, feel free reach me at Facebook/Google Plus/Twitter/Instagram : @indianimator
Chief Business Development Officer, BankBazaar
Passionate business leader who has seen success by driving results and problem solving. Enjoys creating solutions and building relationships.
Professional experience in leading high performing Sales, Relationship & Product Management teams in payments, financial services & digital marketing.
CEO, ALT Digital
Head Marketing, WebEngage
Prasenjit Karmakar is a growth marketing professional with WebEngage, a SaaS based marketing cloud catering to consumer businesses, that helps companies retain and convert users via web, mobile app, email, sms and web push channels. Previously, Prasenjit has worked as a marketing manager for a financial services aggregator, a private equity funded VC and as software engineer with a database software mnc. His educational background includes B.Tech in Electrical from NIT Trichy and MBA in Marketing from MICA. He has a penchant for travel, languages and science.
Ceo & Co-Founder, AdLift
Prashant Puri is the co-founder & CEO of AdLift, a Digital Marketing Solutions company headquartered SF Bay Area with offices in Gurgaon, India. He has recently joined as advisory board member of ad:tech 2017 and serving as advisory board member of PHD chamber of commerce since long.
An alumnus from Columbia University, Prashant is a digital marketing expert having an extensive 13 years of industry experience. With his ability of building websites into multi-million dollar enterprises, he played an instrumental role in setting up the company and taking it to a high growth trajectory. Recently, Prashant has also founded a new venture, Yral (pronounced ‘Viral’) which is a joint venture between cricketer Yuvraj Singh’s YouWeCan and AdLift. Yral is a platform that connects advertisers with celebrities by leveraging their social media network. Prior to founding AdLift, Prashant played the Head of Global Marketing at eBay’s comparison-shopping arm - Shopping.com, where he established footprints of the company worldwide. Before that, Prashant’s leadership role at Yahoo! revolved around cutting edge technologies that focused on driving synergies between search and display.
In 2005, he successfully nurtured A&T Interactive into the second largest local search player by leading their foray into the digital marketing world. Vetted as an industry expert and veteran, Prashant is being invited to speak at numerous digital marketing conferences and conventions around the world, including SMX, SES and Pubcon; and has contributed to several search marketing journals including Search Engine Journal and Marketing Pilgrim. Today, AdLift is one of the country’s top search-marketing firms, focused on delivering digital marketing ROI. To keep company’s elevations high, Prashant works closely with a number of Fortune 500 companies including PayPal, eBay, Overstock & Barnes & Noble, helping them increase their search market share.
Prashant is an avid skier and loves hitting the slopes every chance he gets! In summer, he enjoys the occasional rafting and kayaking.
Founder & CEO, Wingify
Paras Chopra is the Founder & CEO of Wingify, an India based fast-growing software company that makes globally admired technology products like Visual Website Optimizer (VWO) and PushCrew With a background in computational biology, machine learning, online marketing and web technologies, Paras started Wingify in early 2009. Twice featured in the Forbes list, in 2014 the Forbes India “30 Under 30” List followed by 2016 top "promising young leaders and game changers" under the age of 30 in Asia, Paras believes in customer obsession, innovation, experimentation & failure, and data driven decisions.
Wingify’s flagship product VWO allows marketing professionals to create different versions of their websites to check out which one produces maximum conversion/sales. The company's aim is to make website optimization tools which produce results without requiring a degree in rocket science. VWO is used by 4000 businesses across 80 countries. PushCrew, launched by Wingify in 2015, enables marketers to send push notifications to customers via web browsers.
Paras is an avid reader & his interests include philosophy, science, and business.
Head Marketing, XOLO
General Manager and Group Head, Hyundai Motor
Automobile professional with over 20 years experience in Automotive Marketing, Sales & Service Operations. Worked in Field Operations, Customer Relations, Dealer Development & planning departments, Service Marketing, Training of dealer staff. Currently Group Head for National Marketing Operations taking care of ATL, BTL, Digital, Marketing PR & Brand Management with 3 departments and 36 people reporting. Previously department head for National Sales Operations taking care of Retail sales, Rural Sales & Corporate sales with three sections and 32 people reporting. Also handled Sales Planning with focus on Sales Promotion, Production Planning, Rural & Corporate Sales. Before Sales vertical, I initiated Social Marketing with focus on Digital Marketing, Social Media management, Website maintenance & development, Youth Marketing Initiatives, Brand Track Study etc. Instrumental in developing and launching Hyundai Insurance Program.
CEO, Logicserve Digital
Founder & CEO, Faircent
Rajat has over 20 years of experience, out of which 17 years are in online and digital space. One of the earliest professionals of Internet in India, he gathered extensive hands on experience in launching and building Portals, online Classifieds, Communities, E-Commerce and Digital Advertising businesses. He started his career with the Times Group and was part of the founding team of TBSL the holding company of brands like Timesjobs.com, Magicbricks.com and Simplymarry.com. After Times, he headed Performics in India, a digital marketing agency of Chicago-based Publicis Group, winning many clients across categories for the agency.
Director, Zoho Corporation
After (un)graduating out of IIT-Madras as an Engineer in Electronics and Electrical Communication, Rajendran dove headlong into the World Wide Web, and has, happily, never come up for air since then.
He spent seven years at Xerago, Asia’s largest New-Age Marketing Entity, hand-picking a technical team and managing projects and services for clients including Citibank and Sify. As the Chief Algorithms Officer, he crafted a Customer Tracking Platform for the web long before A/B testing became a buzzword.
The “Seven Year Itch” saw him leave Xerago to pursue his lifelong ambitions of building an educational entertainment software. After joining Zoho Corporation in 2004, he built and launched Jambav, a portal for dozens of tools and games for parents and children, with a special focus on children with special needs like dyslexia, Asperger’s, and autism.
ToonDoo from Jambav, arguably the fastest way to create and share comic strips online, is a particularly noteworthy gem in that collection. And, that’s when the iPhone ushered in a mobile revolution in the world of software.
In the past seven years, he’s been happy-surfing the leading wave of this tsunami, building innovative mobile experiences for Zoho’s suite of products on the cloud.
Leading a mobile-first mindset and conceiving Apps and services that echo a strongly-held conviction about “Big Data + Small Apps”, he manages and guides a team of seventy-five developers, artists, and visual designers spearheading Zoho to the forefront of the mobile revolution.
Beyond work, he is a contra-academician at heart.
Feeling strongly that the education system in India needs a reboot, he now walks the talk, doing his small bit by ‘free-schooling’ his 16-year-old son at home.
Assistant Vice President-Sales and BD, AdLift
Ravi Kumar is a Digital Marketing Consultant and currently working as Assistant Vice President-Sales and BD with AdLift. Riding on the digital wave while serving companies likes AdGlobal360, mydala and Digital Monkeys, Ravi has experienced the digital world as a universe that provides the perfect blend of applied strategy and creative flair. Successful and appreciated completion on digital marketing projects has increased his enthusiasm and continues to bring together individuals, companies and brands to produce creative digital solutions. Ravi is also very active in sharing his knowledge via webinars.
His expertise includes Internet Marketing Consultancy, Digital and Integrated campaign strategy, Digital Business and marketing strategy, business analysis and processes, online learning, pitches, mentoring / training junior team members. Apart from his digital proficiency, he has also participated in events like India : AdTech, IAMAI events, iMedia, Retail Congress - Francise India, Click Asia Summit, Singapore: clickZ, Digital Travel Summit, AdTech, eTail Asia etc.
Founder & Ceo, Spiral Content Solution
Rajan Srinivasan is the Founder & CEO of Spiral Content Solutions. He is India's earliest content marketing specialists and has donned the entrepreneurial hat only recently. His team launched India's first platform driven content marketplace 'Scatter' with the goal of helping brands discover, curate and create content which results in engaging consumer experiences.
Prior to this, Rajan spent a decade at Network 18 and was CEO of IBNLive.com. He also worked at The Indian Express, Sony Entertainment Television, BBC World, Microland Group and MTV before joining Network 18. He loves travel, is a wanna be chef and a beach bum par excellence. He also gets two cats and a dog to live in peace under the same roof.
Founder and CEO, QuackQuack
Founder, process 9
A business and technology strategist for Indian and Asian Languages technologies and Media industry. One of the early entrant in Software Product development space in India. Indica the first Indian language implementation on MS Windows revolutionized vernacular publishing in India. Highly focused on taking Internet and mobile businesses to tier 2 and below geographies
Head India, ICANN
Samiran is the Head of India for ICANN and a veteran in business strategy and public affairs management.
Prior to joining ICANN, Samiran was a Senior Director with APCO Worldwide responsible for counseling clients in business and public affairs strategy. Earlier, Samiran was a founder and managing director of a leading management consulting and business advisory practice known for working on distinctive projects for a range of corporations from Fortune 500 clients to top Indian businesses and mid-sized entities. Samiran has worked extensively in sectors including telecom, entertainment, payment systems, e-commerce, social media, and energy and renewables.
Samiran has a Masters in Business Administration from St Joseph’s University in Philadelphia, United States of America, and a Bachelor of Commerce from University of Calcutta, India.
Marketing Head, Maruti Suzuki
INDIAN SCHOOL OF BUSINESS (ISB) Hyderabad Alumni and an Economics Graduate with over 23 years of varied experience in Marketing, Strategy, Brand Management, Advertising, CRM and Sales in leading global organizations across varied industries.
In his current assignment as Vice President - Marketing at Maruti Suzuki India Limited, he is leading planning and strategy for all future and present products in Maruti’s portfolio. In near nine years at Maruti Suzuki, he’ve orchestrated and augmented strategies for launch of the power brands in Maruti’s portfolio – Swift Diesel, Maruti SX4, Swift Dzire, Gypsy, Grand Vitara and Kizashi. He’ve enabled Swift’s turnaround and shaped it up to become an iconic brand in India Prior to Maruti, during his tenure in advertising with JWT, McCann Erickson and TBWA, he had formulated communication strategies on brands like Hero Honda, Microsoft, Xerox, General Motors, Benkiser, Bank of America, and planned numerous new products launches across all categories. Have ideated and authored the launch of some of the largest and most successful Customer relationship and loyalty programs in the country today As a Marketer, his interests have been to keenly observer and study customer and market requirements to introduce products that will chaperon brands to retain their leadership position in the market. His expertise is in strategy and creating innovative marketing ideas. Steering the effective execution of marketing programs and new product launches. Have demonstrated success by driving growth in targeted markets through implementation of key projects. Strong leadership skills; have managed large teams and guided top-performing sales and marketing teams
SVP & Head-Cards & Merchant Acquiring, Axis Bank
Mr. Sangram Singh is the Senior Vice President & Head for Cards & Merchant Acquiring Business at Axis Bank. He has over a decade & a half of Banking and Financial services experience across large organization like Citi Bank & GE capital and has been closely associated with the payments business across various capacities.
Founder & Director, iLend
Senior Executive with verifiable year on year success in delivering on Strategy Planning, Operations, International Business, Startups, Strategic Alliances, Key Account Management, Product Launches, Technical Operations and People Management in the Technology/ Engineering and IT sector. Expertise in Conceptulising & establishing business from ground level along with a unique skill of running the company operations at owner level. In-depth knowledge on all functions of Marketing; experience in designing business strategy, long term ROI / vision, planning, budgeting, strategic alliances, global liaison with top decision makers. Endowed with strong business acumen coupled with a superior record in understanding technology, aligning business goals to operational plans, fund raising and assembling and managing high quality teams. Demonstrated deep passion, leadership, intelligence and determination to succeed in all areas
CEO, Jagran New Media
Sukirti Gupta is the CEO of Jagran New Media/MMI Online. She brings over 16 years of International new business development experience to MMI Online. As a veteran in the technology industry, she has worked both for Fortune 500 companies and start-ups. She is recognized as an expert in corporate development, business development and strategy in the ICT industry. Prior to creating MMI Online, Sukirti was the Director of Strategy at Dell focusing on new growth areas. Sukirti has also worked with Nokia for over twelve years in various capacities including Head of Mergers & Acquisitions and Head of Business Development.
Sukirti has also worked in numerous start-ups such as North Point Communications and Asia Holdings. Sukirti holds an MBA from the University of Chicago and a BS in Computer Engineering from the University of Rhode Island. She has also won many awards including Women Engineer of the Year from the Society of Women Engineers and the Naval Underwater Systems Center, Most Promising Engineer from the Providence Engineering Society and the Helen Martha Sternberg Award.
Actor & Comedian
Ssumier S Pasricha is an Indian Television and Film Actor having risen to popularity portraying Shubroto in Code Red (Indian TV series) , Shailu in Sasural Simar Ka on Colors (TV channel) & Randy Bhai in an Musical English play "Mahim Junction" Produced & directed by Shekhar Kapur / Sohaila kapoor. His recent creation Pammi Aunty on social media has become a rage among the audience, Pammi Aunty is a middle aged Punjabi woman who has opinion about everything. This character who has taken the internet by storm has spared nothing from Brexit, to UEFA Euro 2016, Airtel 4G and Game of Thrones. She rants about everything under the sun. Sporting giant pink glasses, her hair tied in a towel with the stuck-on curlers she criticises her daughter-in-law in her typical Punjabi accent. This Punjabi aunty is on a roll and she is hilarious.
Ssumier is fluent in 6 Languages ,he has worked in more than 30 plays and has performed in both National and International theatre festivals with renowned directors like Sohaila Kapur, Shekhar Kapur, Vivek Mansukhani, Sabina Mehta Jeitly
Founder & CEO, PhonePe
Mr. Nigam founded PhonePe Internet Private Limited in 2015 and serves as its Chief Executive Officer. Before starting PhonePe, Sameer served as Senior Vice President - Engineering and Vice President - Marketing at Flipkart. His Flipkart journey started in 2011, when the company acquired his earlier startup - Mime360. Mime360 was a digital media distribution platform. Sameer has also served as Director of Product Management at Shopzilla, Inc, where he built the company's proprietary shopping search engine. In 2009, he won the coveted Wharton Venture Award, bestowed by the prestigious Wharton Business School. Mr. Nigam holds an MBA from Wharton Business School (UPenn), USA, and a Masters degree in Computer Science from University of Arizona, Tucson-USA.
Digital Head, Bloomberg - Quint
Experience in building new ventures, growing consumer brands & scaling up businesses. From digital video to TV, publishing and advertising, from news to entertainment across both large public listed companies and start-ups.
Led #fame, pioneering digital and live video entertainment start-up. Headed marketing and managed market-entry for global brands like CNBC, History Channel, Forbes in India. Marketed iconic Hindi news leader Aaj Tak and worked on Coca-Cola in advertising.
In corporate strategy at Network18 & India Today, leading public listed media cos in India - Executed high impact JV's and corporate partnerships, managed business planning, corporate marketing & communications and handled key projects.
Head of Design Consumer Products, OYO Rooms
UX designer with 6+ years' experience in designing effective, engaging, and elegant user experiences for top startups for all mobile and web platforms while leveraging her creativity, team work & technology skills to create applications to simplify user experience.
Video Producer, Firstpost
Siddharth is a film maker who started his career in Bollywood as a child artist in 1998 in a Shyam Benegal film. An avid traveler, he is also a global change-maker. With a philosophy to create innovative ideas tailored to local action which can achieve global impacts beneficial to society and brands via stories, he currently produces videos, web ads and TVC's and is a core member of Firstpost Studio.
VP, Amazon India
Sr. Executive VP-Head Marketing, HDFC Life
An industry leader with 24 years of expertise in managing large businesses and setting up successful e-commerce, direct to customers, franchise and other traditional verticals. Keen digital evangelist, big data & analytics enthusiast and an expert in leveraging data analysis and insights to drive complex organizational transformation projects / initiatives. A team leader with superior interpersonal skills, capable of resolving multiple and complex issues and motivating team members to peak performance.
Business Operation Head-Commerce, Media & Monetization, Flipkart
An entrepreneur and a seasoned professional with proven record in building profitable online businesses from grounds up and scaling up operations with high ROI. Santosh has over 16 years of experience in digital and mobile space. He has successfully built and managed initiatives in, Ad Operations, SEO, analytics and Social media marketing for companies like Flipkart, Adiquity, AOL, HP and Wipro.
Executive Director, Seedfund Ventures
Shailesh Vickram Singh is an entrepreneur / venture capitalist and has been involved with startups/tech space since early 1999. Shailesh is passionate about Tech, Agriculture, Income Inequality and Rural Poverty.
Shailesh regularly writes at his blog www.fringenotes.in on issues related to policy, economics, venture capital and entrepreneurship
Soaib Grewal has been an entrepreneur, designer & investor. He’s was a Venture Partner at 500 startups looking at India investments and leading the 500 Design Program. Prior to that he founded India's first and design-led investment firm, BOLD Ventures. Soaib is an alumnus of the Rhode Island School of Design, where he co-founded WaterWalla an award winning social impact startup
Chief Strategy Officer, GroupM
Mr. Tushar Vyas has been the Chief Strategy Officer at Group M Worldwide, Inc., since May 05, 2015. Mr. Vyas served as Managing Partner of GroupM Interaction, South Asia at Group M Worldwide, Inc. Mr. Vyas served as Managing Partner of GroupM Interaction for South Asia at Madhouse Inc. and Mediaedge:cia India. He is a Digital Media Solutions expert. He served as the Chief Marketing Officer of SureWaves MediaTech Private Limited. He served as National Director of Interactions.
Executive VP & Head Digital Business, Sony Pictures
Angel Investor, AngelList
Utsav is a technology enthusiast advising AngelList’s entry into India. He holds a degrees in Information Systems Management, Finance from Singapore Management University and ESADE Barcelona. He has experience with LetsVenture, Bank of America, ABN Amro Bank across various roles. He has done some early stage angel investments across various consumer and enterprise domains. He will be closely working with ecosystem partners in India to get support for his AngelList campaign while engaging with the regulators and stakeholders. He will responsible for setting up the world’s largest startup platform to bring an easy fundraising, recruiting and launching mechanism to the world’s third largest startup ecosystem.
Director of Marketing & Communications, IBM
As the Head of Marketing & Communications for IBM in India & South Asia, Vasanth is responsible for disciplines covering the spectrum of portfolio marketing, performance marketing, digital, market insights, brand & communications and field marketing. In recent times, he is also been experimenting with the application of Artificial Intelligence and Cognitive Technologies in Marketing. His previous experience includes leading Marketing at global banks as the Royal Bank of Scotland, ABN AMRO and working with advertising agencies as Y&R and Lowe Lintas. Vasanth is a graduate from IIM Kolkata.
VP Engineering, Snapdeal
Passionate about two things: Technology and is impact on our lives.
I have over 17 years experience conceptualising, creating, and developing award-winning products & services for consumers and businesses. Four years ago I co-founded Letsgomo Labs, the leading mobile app development studio based out of Gurgaon,India with offices in US, which was acquired in June 2015 by Snapdeal.com
VP Client Engagement, Reverie Language
He has over 21 years of experience in the industry, and is experienced in design, software and infrastructure components of IT and has functioned in various capacities including sales, presales, consulting, architecture design and program management. He is Co-Founder of Linger and General Manager at Cenduit responsible for India Operations and rebuild of CIRT, their clinical trials platform.
Principal & Founding Member, Unicorn India Ventures
Aayush Jain is Principal and Founding Member at Unicorn India Ventures. He comes with over 7 years of experience in corporate and product strategy, capital raise, business/corporate development and M&As across sectors including technology, media, cloud, digital, consumer and education. Aayush heads Unicorn’s Delhi operations and partners with portfolio entrepreneurs in recruiting talent, acquiring customers and partners, performance monitoring, capital raising, strategic brainstorming and business modeling.
Prior to this, Aayush was Head of Corporate Strategy, Investments and New Initiatives at PlanetCast Media Services (formerly Essel Shyam Communication), India’s largest technology-led solution provider to the media and broadcasting industry. Aayush focused on strategic investments, acquisitions, corporate strategy, product strategy and portfolio monitoring. He was instrumental in setting up company's Southeast Asian operations and in launching a cloud-based distribution and an Over-the-Top digital streaming product platform for the company.
Head Business Development - India, BotWorx.ai
Over 16 years of experience in digital marketing, branding & strategy formulation with extensive experience across industries. Ajay has worked with multiple digital marketing agencies including OgilvyOne Worldwide & McCann / MRM Worldwide and worked upon global digital marketing projects including General Motors India
He has been an eminent speaker in the digital marketing space and have been a speaker & panel leader at Cyber Media DQ Live 2015 on the topic of The Role of Chief Digital Officer. Recently ET Now Business news TV channel has covered him in the program highlights and have also been invited as a speaker at The Economic Times - Real Estate & Digital Marketing Summit in 2014 for a special address and participated in panel discussions as well.
Dr Ritesh Malik is an Indian doctor, entrepreneur and investor. He is honored to be in FORBES 30 under 30 Finance and Venture Capital List- ASIA of 2016. He's also the CEO of a Y Combinator company, Innov8.Work. Ritesh runs a virtual Startup Accelerator in India, currently investing in and mentoring 20+ startups across various industries. He was the first investor & mentor of FIN ROBOTICS, which became the first Indian hardware product company to raise a Series a venture funding. In 2015 Ritesh plans to launch his latest funding venture, ‘Project Guerrilla’, his vision for a premiere India based accelerator & incubation centre. He is on a mission to make India the next BIG entrepreneurial hub of the world. His journey till now has been very exciting. Since March 2013, after finishing MBBS, he cofounded a technology company (Adstuck) that sold off its flagship product (ALIVE APP) to the Times of India. He is leading an angel fund, Guerrilla Ventures that has invested in over 20 companies mostly in the hardware space e.g. Fin, Sectorqube, Exploride, WooStays, Comet Core, Flip Technologies, Wigzo, Mashinga etc. Since 2014 he cofounded Harvin Academy, Thinkpot, and Innov8 Coworking. Innov8 is a Single Point Power Focus space for Startup Activities. Ritesh believe that nurturing startups would bring a lot of value to this ambitious project. On the same path, Innov8 is a journey of Transformation of India into a Product Nation. His mission is to realise the dream of Make in India & Digital India by 2030. He believe that, India is a nation of Opportunities & Talent. By partnering with the Right Minds & organisations worldwide & with the support of the Government of India he want to make this dream come true. Ritesh has been passionately instrumental in building of the Make in India thought process.
Founder & Ceo, T9L
Working with early-stage startups on their product execution and growth strategies. We help entrepreneurs take their ideas to market with a near perfect track record of successful product launches. We participate across brand, usability, design, development, launch strategies and fund raise; working as the extension of the founding teams
Chairman and Co-founder at RAIN (Rajasthan Angel Innovators Network)
The founder member of TiE Rajasthan and the past president, he has promoted the values of TiE and Entrepreneurship in Rajasthan. He has been Global Trustee for 4 years from 2011 to 2014 and now re-elected for another 2 years starting January 2017, he has not only represented Rajasthan, but also India on world's largest non-profit that promotes Entrepreneurship.
In the past he has also been:- with Jaipur Virasat Foundation www.jaipurvirasatfoundation.org in various roles, and President, Rajasthan Carpet Manufacturers and Exporters Association.
Founder & Ceo, Green Capital
Nitin Shakdher is a successful Indian Entrepreneur, Investor & Speaker.
Nitin started investing at the age of 18. He is the Founder & CEO at Green Capital; a private capital investments firm and a family office.
Nitin talks and shares experiences on investing, trading, entrepreneurship. His passion and his life is spent on being a keynote speaker, active panelist, investing and also participating in numerous forums, events, industry meets and contributing to editorial syndicates for views on investments, trends, capital markets and entrepreneurship.
Nitin Shakdher is a professional investor as the Founder & CEO at Green Capital with the core focus on asset management advice, knowledge investing, capital markets and venture funding. He is a known entrepreneur & investor, and has a marketing, business, brand strategy & financial markets investments experience since 1998.
In his diverse experience of 17 years, he has worked across various industries. His experience has encompassed business p&l, consumer marketing & sales, corporate marketing & branding, brand management & strategy, entrepreneurship and growth strategies.
Nitin Shakdher is a thought leader, active panelist, speaker on numerous forums, events, industry meets and contributor to editorial syndicates for his views on investments, trends, capital markets and early stage growth businesses.
Investment Professional, Sterlite Technologies Ltd.
Pranav Shah is an Investment Professional and leads the investment arm for Sterlite Tech. Prior to Sterlite, he worked with IIX Asia, Intellecap and Guggenheim Partners where he advised startups and private companies on their business strategies and helped them to raise growth equity capital.
Pranav holds a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting and Auditing from Mumbai University and is a CFA Charterholder.
Founder & CEO, The MargDarshak Inc
PT leads his own full-service business solutions startup The MargDarshak Inc. TMD Inc exists to serve the cause of entrepreneurship across StartUps, SMEs & Corporates setups, so as to offer decisive, speedy and cost effective one-stop business solutions at massive scale across the World. Currently TMD Inc works with corporates like Patanjali, Startups like ScaleDesk and SMEs like The DIOS group. Earlier PT was the Chief Marketing Officer at PayU Payments Limited responsible for PayUmoney, PayUbiz and PayUprime divisions focused on B2C & B2B business marketing projects.
Director and Co-founder, Octane.in
Punit Modhgil is deeply passionate about India, Internet and Inclusion. He is the Managing Director & Co-founder of Octane.in (India’s no 1. Marketing on demand platform) and also the founding editor of India Marketing Review, a video blog featuring conversations with India Marketers. Punit has two decades of experience spanning mature markets and emerging ones. He has been an entreprenuer 3 times over (one success) and also has held a number of senior positions in product management, sales and marketing with some of the world’s leading technology brands like Microsoft Corporation, Oracle Corporation, Siebel Systems, NIIT etc. At Microsoft, he led marketing for India’s largest software license business with annual revenues of over USD 500million. He’s served on the advisory board of the first Parliamentary Committee in India on National Information Infrastructure (1996) which led to the creation of Ministry of IT. He has been profiled in The Economic Times’ Global Indian and is often invited to industry conferences to share his expertise in the areas of technology, marketing, startups and inclusive growth. His views tend to be aligned with progressive radicalism.
Ceo & Founder, Loan Frame
Shailesh Jacob is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) at Loan Frame, India’s first SME focused digital lending marketplace. At Loan Frame, Shailesh is responsible for the overall growth strategy of the organization. During his earlier highly successful entrepreneurial stint, he played a key role in building Copal Partners from a startup to the No. 1 firm globally in the outsourced research and analytics / KPO industry with 2,900 employees. Copal had a very successful exit to NYSE-listed Moody’s Corporation. He held significant executive leadership positions heading global sales, global delivery and global operations. Copal’s past institutional investors included Deutsche Bank, Bank of America Merrill Lynch and Citigroup. Shailesh started his career as an investment banker with Piper Jaffray where he advised technology companies on initial public offerings, secondary offerings, private placements, convertible debt, and mergers and acquisitions. He is an angel investor in about 20 startups with many of them subsequently funded by leading global venture capitalists. Shailesh believes that technology will significantly alter traditional lending and in turn will help small and medium businesses access financing more efficiently.