Anand Neelakantan
Blurring line between India & Bharat

"Anand Neelakantan is the author of the Bahubali trilogy, the official prequel to S S Rajamouli's prequel. The first book in the series, Rise of Sivagami, was released on March 15th, 2017 and continues to be the best-seller number 1, across charts. The book is in top 5 of Amazon best-sellers of 2017 and is shortlisted for crossword award. The book also received Kalinga International literary award for the best popular fiction in the year 2017. He is also the best-selling author of Asura: Tale of the Vanquished, which told the Ramayan from Ravan's point of view. Anand followed it up with the tremendously successful Ajaya series which told Duryodhana’s Mahabharata. Both Asura and Ajaya were shortlisted for Crossword award in 2013 and 2014 respectively. All the books of Anand have been translated to more than 9 languages including Indonesian. Asura is 6th among the 100 books to be read in a lifetime list of Amazon. S S Rajamouli has announced a mini-series on Anand's books in the lines of Game of Thrones in an international channel. Anand has also written script/screenplays for hugely popular TV series like ‘Siya Ke Ram’, ‘Ashoka’, ‘Mahabali Hanuman’, etc. He writes columns in The Hindu, Indian Express, The Pioneer, Washington Post, etc. and writes a fortnightly column called ‘Acute Angle’ in Sunday Express. He has upcoming series in Discovery channel, Star TV, Netflix and Amazon to be aired in 2018. Anand is also a prolific writer in Malayalam and regularly publishes his stories in prestigious literary Malayalam Magazine. Anand is a cartoonist too who has many of his works published. Anand's latest work is Vanara- the legend of Baali, Sugreeva and Tara."

Angad Bhatia
ABC of content for millennials and how brands can participate – Times Internet

Angad Bhatia is a part of the senior leadership team at Times Internet. He is currently the COO of TIL's emerging media track called ILN.

At TIL, he founded the Indiatimes Lifestyle Network which includes, MensXP, iDiva, WhatsHot etc. and led it through an explosive growth phase, from 5 million to over 40 million unique users in 18 months. ILN is a youth and new media collective that is built around the social web. In December 2016, was ranked the world’s most engaged brand on Facebook ahead of Fox, CNN, Nytimes, Huffington-Post, Buzzfeed, etc.

In 2012,, a brand he founded in 2009, was acquired by Times Internet.

Anil Singh
Sports & Marketing

Anil Singh is the founder and Managing Director of Procam International – the company that promotes the iconic TATA Mumbai Marathon, Airtel Delhi Half Marathon, TCS World 10k Bengaluru and the Tata Steel Kolkata 25k. Anil, a national level athlete himself, has led Procam to build a proud legacy of sporting assets of an international scale and pedigree – these include The Mahindra World Open Squash, The World Body Building Championships, WWE India to name a few.

Anil and Procam scored another notable achievement - seeding a global sport from India. The Nexa P1 Powerboat Indian Grand Prix of the Seas was P1’s first world championship. The best powerboat pilots in the world congregated in Mumbai’s Marine Drive to race while lakhs of citizens filled the promenade for 3 days of the race weekend to witness the birth of a new paradigm in sport.

The Nexa P1 Powerboat grand prix has been credited with some notable firsts that includes the world’s first course on water (a physical track created on water) CLOSE TO SHORE RACING in an affordable race-ready powerboat that will exponentially expand the appeal of the sport beyond those at the top of the economic pyramid. A LIVE telecast of the races augmented for the first time in India by a genuine second screen experience (gamified race in real time on every mobile smart phone). Lastly creating a global structure and format specifically designed to ensure the sport stands the test of time.

Anil’s success is built on 4 factors. An evolved roadmap with clear strategy for each property, an extra-ordinary surround for the marketing dollar, supreme accountability and inclusiveness.

Having founded India’s first pure-play sports promotion company, Anil is an authority when it comes to the business of brand sponsorships in sports. The last 28 years have seen Procam forging successful partnerships with over 200 Indian and multinational brands across its sporting properties.

The social impact of Procam’s sporting endeavors is unrivalled. The distance running events have helped over 700 non-profits raise over Rs 350 crores (55 million USD), making it India’s largest platform for charity.

Ankush Bahuguna
ABC of content for millennials and how brands can participate – Times Internet

Over the last one year, Ankush Bahuguna has successfully featured in the most viral videos of MensXP, be it ‘Things Only Guys Will Understand’ or the ‘Every WhatsApp Group’ series. He’s also played diverse characters like the IT guy Kamlesh and that kanjoos friend, Pankaz. These characters struck such a strong chord, that people started to make their own TikTok videos on some of his funniest dialogues. His videos with celebrities like Jatin Sarna from Sacred Games, Taapsee Pannu, Vicky Kaushal, Suni Grover, Badshah and Kareena Kapoor were also received very well. In the last few months, he proved his versatility by playing some complex characters in three short films for MensXP’s ‘Write India Shorts’ series – Justin in How Blue Is My Sapphire, Arif in Just Another Love Story and Vivaan in Goodbye, Love. His new web series ‘Joint Venture’ is being well appreciated and loved by the millennial audience. He has also starred in MX Player Original Series Aafat.

Arvind Iyengar
Sports & Marketing

A sports enthusiast by make, Arvind has been instrumental in driving Sportz Interactive’s foray into the global arena.

After graduating from IIT Bombay, Arvind worked with McKinsey & Company before pursuing ESPN Star Sports’ “Dream Job” competition where he was a runner-up. His sharp analytical mind and passion for sport found him working with ‘SportsCenter’ as a sports commentator.

Arvind completed his MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business, where he was a Siebel Scholar and also holds the distinction of being the first Indian to win the Henry Ford II Scholarship for topping his class at Stanford.

Since then, he has also worked with the likes of the NBA and Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co. before being appointed to captain the Sportz Interactive team. In his five years at the helm, SI has shown tremendous growth – going from 80 to over 500 ‘players’ along with a number of new business verticals.

Dr Beau Lotto

Dr Beau Lotto is a globally renowned neuroscientist whose studies in human perception have taken him well beyond the scientific domain and into the fields of education, the arts and business. Public engagement, in the broadest sense, is at the core of what Beau does – whether he’s creating scientific experiments, giving talks or making TV programmes. By enabling people to experience what it is to be a scientist, Beau’s aim is to encourage them to see science not as an academic investigation but as a way of being that is relevant to every aspect of their lives: this discovery can be powerful enough to make people think differently about both themselves and the world around them. Beau believes passionately in the potential impact of his work on corporate innovation and creativity, and to this ends his company, Lottolab Ltd, has teamed up with Purpose, one of London’s most innovative branding consultancies. Beau is in increasing demand as a speaker. He has given two TED talks, a relatively rare honour, which have had more than 1.6 million online viewers combined, and has been invited to speak at one of Google’s Zeitgeist events in 2013. He is an inspiring and motivational speaker and uses illusions, games and interaction to engage his audience.

C.K. Sharma
Blurring line between India & Bharat

CK Sharma is Business Head, Mouth Freshener Division of DS Group: Dharampal Satyapal Ltd. (a multi-diversified conglomerate with a turnover of more than Rs.8000 crores).

Prior to joining DS Group, CK served companies like Coca Cola, Johnson & Johnson and VST Industries Limited Hyderabad (an associate of British American Tobacco, UK).

After his Executive Masters from IIFT, New Delhi, CK followed it up with LL.M (International Trade) from Indian Law Institute, New Delhi and went on to complete the PhD programme from IIFT, New Delhi. In his thesis, he has examined Competency Building for FMCG Sales Personnel. Dr. CK Sharma’s academic interests include stimulating interests in the areas of consumer insights and trade marketing within the FMCG sector.

Charles Adler
Role of Open Source Innovation and Creativity

Charles Adler is a social entrepreneur, Co-founder and former Head of Design at Kickstarter, the ground-breaking crowd-funding website. As a leading entrepreneur and designer, his work ranges from systems design to interaction and communications design, interface design to information architecture.

Charles co-founded Kickstarter in 2009 and shaped it into the world’s largest marketplace dedicated to funding independent creative endeavours. Since it’s inception, Kickstarter has raised over $4 billion from over 15 million people for over 150,000 successful projects ranging from computer games to music albums, technology, fashion, educational projects and even full length feature films.

As the Kickstarter phenomenon continues to grow and find an ever-expanding userbase, Charles has been widely recognised as one of the digital era’s most exciting innovators. In 2013 he was named as one of Forbes Magazine’s Top 12 Most Disruptive Figures in Business.

Charles previously co-founded the online art publication Subsystence, a platform dedicated to leveraging the web to provide global exposure to the work of independent artists. He also co-founded Source-ID, where he operated as Principal Creative Director from 2004 to 2009. In 2015 Charles set up “Lost Arts” – a new format of Workspace for ambitious creators in the 21st Century. What began in a 4,000 square foot abandoned meat packing plant has grown into a 25,000 square foot space on Chicago’s Goose Island. Lost Arts has incubated urban agriculture products powered by AI, interactive public art installations, ovens producing amazing breads, and myriad other ideas.

Cindy Gallop
Is the female consumer being governed by a male agenda?

Cindy Gallop is a graduate of Somerville College, Oxford, whose background is over 30 years in brand-building, marketing and advertising - she started up the US office of ad agency Bartle Bogle Hegarty in New York in 1998 and in 2003 was named Advertising Woman of the Year. She is the founder and CEO of IfWeRanTheWorld, co-action software launched in beta at TED 2010 and subsequently written up and taught as a Harvard Business School case study, which enables brands to implement the business model of the future – Shared Values + Shared Action = Shared Profit (financial and social). She is also the founder of MakeLoveNotPorn – ‘Pro-sex. Pro-porn. Pro-knowing the difference’ - a social sextech platform designed to promote good sexual behavior and good sexual values, which she launched at TED 2009, and for which she has just raised $2million to build out as ‘the Social Sex Revolution’. As a result of the funding challenges she has encountered, she is raising the world’s first and only sextech fund, AllTheSky Holdings. She acts as board advisor to a number of tech ventures and works as a personal brand/life/executive coach and a consultant on brand and business innovation for companies around the world, describing her consultancy approach as 'I like to blow shit up. I am the Michael Bay of business.' BusinessInsider named her one of 15 Most Important Marketing Strategy Thinkers Today, alongside Malcolm Gladwell and Seth Godin, and cited her as number 33 on their list of 100 Most Influential Tech Women On Twitter, and number one on their list of Top 30 People In Advertising To Follow On Twitter. Campaign named her number one on their list of Top 10 Trailblazers for both 2016 and 2017 and number two in 2018. She has a reputation as a highly compelling and inspirational speaker at conferences and events around the world on a variety of topics: her talks on the future of advertising and marketing have been tweeted as: ‘The most brilliant speech on the future of advertising ever – not the usual buzzword-laden bullshit’; ‘Watching @cindygallop slice and dice the ad industry status quo like a ginsu knife. #purewin’; and ‘There must be a DeLorean parked outside, because Cindy Gallop is from the FUTURE!’ InfluencerCon NYC introduced her as ‘Cindy Gallop is the truth Jack Nicholson told Tom Cruise he couldn’t handle.’ Together with Susan Credle of FCB and Margaret Johnson of Goodby, Cindy is one of three Campaign Review Committee chairs for the AdCouncil in the US, helping to make the work great. Cindy is an outspoken advocate of diversity and inclusion in advertising, tech and business - she was Jury President at CannesLions 2015 for the inaugural Glass Lion awards, proposed by Sheryl Sandberg to celebrate advertising that shatters gender stereotypes in advertising, and in 2017 was turned by digital agency R/GA into a chatbot for Equal Pay Day that helps women ask for a raise – search AskCindyGallop on Facebook and chat to CindyBot on Facebook Messenger. Cindy recently partnered with AARP on their DisruptAging initiative to challenge and change ageism. Cindy has published ‘Make Love Not Porn: Technology’s Hardcore Impact on Human Behavior’ as one of TED’s line of TEDBooks. You can follow her on Twitter @cindygallop.

David Aaker
6 Big Ideas in Branding

David Aaker, hailed the “Father of Modern Branding,” serves as Vice-Chair at Prophet, a global marketing and branding consultancy. He’s a recognized authority on branding, has developed several recognizable concepts including the Aaker brand vision model and has received numerous awards for his contributions to the science of marketing. In 2015, David Aaker was inducted into the American Marketing Association Hall of Fame for his lifetime achievements in marketing.

Aaker has authored and published hundreds of articles and 16 books, including Aaker on Branding: 20 Principles That Drive Success, Brand Relevance, Spanning Silos, Brand Portfolio Strategy, Building Strong Brands, and From Fargo to the World of Brands. His books have been translated in 18 languages and sold over 1 million copies. His words and teaching have offered guidance and inspiration to marketing leadership at many of the world’s leading brands:

"David Aaker has truly given the business world a gift: A highly concise and wonderfully cogent and insightful tutorial on the principles of brand stewardship and leadership." ---Joseph V. Tripodi, Chief Marketing and Commercial Officer, Coca-Cola

David is an active branding consultant, Professor Emeritus at the Haas School of Business, UC Berkeley and revered speaker and thought leader. He shares insights at conferences and meetings globally, as a LinkedIn Influencer and on his blog at

Proposed details of the workshop

His plan is to do branding 6 big ideas because that will provide the most useful content.

  • Brand As asset
  • Brand Vision model
  • Subcategory competition
  • Branded differentiators
  • Customer sweet spots  brand communities
  • The power of stories

Followed by Q&A

A breakout session could be one or more of the following however that would take away from Q&A

  • Identify the most brand effective brand vision—what is ii and how
  • Identify a brand that has created a new subcategory and how that was done.  How did that subcategory win?
  • Identify a brand that has developed a brand community.
  • What is your signature story
Deep kalra
Classical & New Age Marketing

Deep is the Founder, Group Chairman and Group CEO of India's leading online travel company, MakeMyTrip Ltd. Deep steered MakeMyTrip as CEO since its inception in 2000, to a successful listing on NASDAQ in August 2010 and took on the role of Group CEO in 2013.

Deep served as the President of TiE Delhi Chapter from 2013 to 2016 and continues to serve as an active board member. He is the Vice Chairman of IAMAI and a member of NASSCOM’s Internet Council. Deep is also one of the founders of Ashoka University and serves on their governing body. A believer in citizens effort, he is a founding member of “I am Gurgaon” – a non-profit focused on improving the quality of life in Gurgaon.

Deep has been recognized by Ernst & Young as Entrepreneur of the Year - Business Transformation (2011) and as the most powerful Digital influencer in India (2012) by KPMG. He holds an MBA degree from IIM, Ahmedabad and a Bachelor’s degree in Economics from St. Stephen’s College, Delhi. His interests include swimming, yoga, adventure sports, quizzing and travelling.

Gautam Sinha
Blurring line between India and Bharat

Gautam is a global executive with 30 years of rich experience including a wealth of startup and industry expertise. He is currently the CEO of Times Internet, the digital arm of The Times of India Group, where he drives the strategy, vision and execution for all the internet, mobile and telecommunication properties of the group.

Prior to Times Internet, Gautam was the Chief Operating Officer of CashEdge Inc., a company based out of New York and California working in payments and wealth management, where he worked since 2001 building and leading the company from startup to profitability.  Prior to CashEdge, he held senior management positions at Sevant, Aspect Communications, at the Neural Applications Corporation, and at the Ministry of Defense in India (DRDO).

Gautam is passionate about building high performance teams with a culture where people enjoy what they do. He believes in the Indian startup ecosystem and is an active early stage investor. He holds an MS in Computer Science from the University of Lowa and a BS in Computer Science from BIT Mesra.

Girish Agarwaal
Blurring line between India & Bharat

Girish Agarwaal, is the Promoter Director of Dainik Bhaskar Group. He has been on the Board of our Company since October 27, 1995. He has approximately 22 years of experience in the publishing business and has been with the organization for same number of years. He is also an active member of INS. He holds the distinction of being the youngest chairman of Indian Newspaper Society for Madhya Pradesh region. He was also been awarded the “Entrepreneur of the Year”, in Media Entertainment Category for the year 2006 by Ernst & Young. Further, he was also awarded recipient for "Outstanding Entrepreneur" in AEPA (Asia Pacific Entrepreneur awards) recently.

Mr. Agarwaal has addressed the students in Indian Institute of Management Ahmedabad. Under his guidance and leadership, Dainik Divya Marathi, the group’s Marathi language newspaper introduced in Maharashtra has been presented as a case study by IIM Bangalore, as a highly successful launch, which is also part of Harvard Business Review (HBR). Launches in Rajasthan (1996) and Gujarat (2003) have become the subject of case studies in prestigious institutions like Mudra Institute of Mass Communication and the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad. The Gujarat edition won the coveted Marico Foundation Innovation award for Business Process in 2005. The initial launches of the group have been chronicled in a book Making Breakthrough Innovation Happen by Porus Munshi, Marico innovation Foundation and Erehwon Innovation Consulting.

Mr. Agarwaal is Managing Director of DB Power Ltd and has been spearheading Dainik Bhaskar Group’s strategic aims and objectives of its 1200 MW thermal power plant at Chhattisgarh.

Harish Bijoor
Classical & New Age Marketing

Harish Bijoor is a Brand-thinker and practitioner operating out of Bengaluru, India. He runs a unique boutique-consulting outfit branded “Harish Bijoor Consults Inc.”, a brand name that has a consulting presence across the markets of Hong Kong, Seattle, London, Istanbul, Dubai and the Indian sub-continent. Harish has spent his career across the aggressive realms of FMCG, Telecom and Consumer Durables. He is considered a marketing practitioner and thinker who is ahead of the consumer thinking curve, year on year.

Harish is a public speaker who speaks to corporate audiences across the globe in the realm of motivation, people-management issues, brands, marketing and business at large. He has spoken to corporate audiences across the world for 14419 hours to date

Harish teaches at the Indian School of Business, Hyderabad & Mohali, in addition to semesters at overseas Business schools in the US and Europe. He has been teaching at the Indian School of Business for the past 19 years.

Harish has recently published a book titled, “Marketing Trends – Smart Insights into the world of Indian Business”, a serious book written in a style that is distinctly young and 'MTV-ish'!

He is currently involved in his second book on core branding. The book is titled, ”Brand Irrationals: a fundamental journey into brand-think”

Harish has simultaneously been commissioned to write a book on “Customer Service mechanisms” at play in contemporary marketing contexts.

Harish is actively involved in research relating to Rural Consumer Behavior, Rural Retail Networks and Trade mechanisms at play. The current research exercise he is involved in spans a 6-year period covering 84,850 consumers across India.

Harish has published papers extensively on the subjects relating to Strategic Marketing, Branding, Consumer Behavior, Retail networks, Rural marketing, Marketing research and Trend-analysis.

Harish Bijoor contributes regularly to Business publications on Branding, sales, distribution and related topics. Find out more about Harish Bijoor at: Http:// You can follow him on @harishbijoor

Holly Ransom
Trust and leadership

Our fearless leader is Holly Ransom- the by-product of mixing systems thinking and pragmatism together, and leaving it to bake in the Australian sun. Holly is renowned for generating innovative solutions to complex problems for corporations, governments and non-profit organisations, and for coaching and professionally mentoring leaders of all generations around the world.

Before she started Emergent, Holly’s corporate career has involved working as Chief of Staff to NAB Wealth Chief Executive Andrew Hagger and for Rio Tinto CEO Sam Walsh, leading key organisational strategy and business improvement initiatives and integrated corporate affairs projects. She also worked in a variety of leadership positions with more than twenty global non-profit organisations and (begrudgingly) completed a Law degree and BA (Economics). In 2014, the Australian Prime Minister appointed Holly to chair the G20 Youth Summit, resulting in the first summit to secure its policy demands from G20 leaders. Holly also co-authored the strategy paper on youth entrepreneurship and unemployment for the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goal agenda.

Emergent has worked with the likes of Microsoft, the Australian Institute of Sport, CPA, INPEX, Conoco Phillips, DFAT- and many more.

A globally renowned keynote speaker, Holly has presented across six continents, including delivering a Peace Charter to the Dalai Lama and addressing the G20’s Central Bank Governors and Finance Ministers. She is also a popular contributor to a number of leading publications including The Australian Financial Review and the Huffington Post. She has featured on ABC’s ‘Q&A’, Reuters, Bloomberg Asia, Channel 7 News and Channel 10’s ‘The Project’, and is well-known for her commentary on intergenerational economic and social challenges.

Joan Oliver Fontanet
Business of Sport, Branding, Leadership and Teamwork

Joan Oliver was Chief Executive of Barcelona Football Club from 2008 to 2010. During this period the Club and Team had extraordinary success.

In 1992 Joan started “Bon Dia Catalunya” a morning TV show at TV3, the main Catalan television channel. From 1994 he was the anchorman and director of this program that was the audience leader for 8 consecutives years. Between 2002 and 2004 he was Chief Executive of TV3, the most viewed channel in Catalonia.

In 2004 Joan started to work with Barcelona Football Club. He was initially in charge of selling the club’s TV rights and designing the international strategy of the club. In 2008 he was named Barcelona’s CEO. In the two seasons he was CEO, Barcelona became the first team ever to win six cups in a row. The Spanish national team that won the 2010 World Cup mainly consisted of "Barça" players and the national team adopted the Barça style.

Joan is now living between Barcelona and New York. His latest project is developing a project “Soul is Money” which helps corporations, sport associations, cities or countries become a world brand by discovering and developing their own identity.

Joan published a daily column in the newspaper “Avui” from 1995 to 2008, and is a regular contributor to the media, radio and television.

Julia Izmalkowa
Psychology of lies

Julia Izmalkowa - is a HUMANOLOGIST - she translates human behavior, emotions and culture into a language That is practical and inspiring for businesses and marketers. In 2005, Julia founded IZMALKOWA, Europe's first agency that specialize in the psychology of lies for business and marketing.

IZMALKOWA works with the world's biggest brands, helping them break through the fake reality of "happy ever" consumer. That's why Julia is the favorite researcher of advertising agencies. She never delivers brand personas and does not believe in focus groups. As Head of Havas once told her after a research presentation: it was like watching a James Bond movie, but about real people.

She believes's creation through enhancing in truth and real insights that are surprising and human oriented. She is also a creative writer and speaker power. Her talks center on human behavior, psychology, social change, consumer insight and gender differences in all marketing and business media in Poland.

Kevin Slavin
How Algorithms Shape Our World

Professor at the MIT Media Lab, and serial entrepreneur, Kevin Slavin has built renowned projects and companies at the intersections of entertainment, games, big data, next-generation technologies, and design.

As Co-founder of Area/Code in 2005, Slavin has been a consistent pioneer in rethinking game design and development around new technologies (like GPS and DNA testing) and new platforms (like Facebook and iOS). He working with MTV, Disney, Nokia, Nike, CBS, and many others.

In 2013, MIT's Media Lab appointed Slavin to start and lead “Playful Systems,” a new division of the lab. A nascent group, they have worked with the Dalai Lama Center for Ethics and Transformative Values, chess grandmaster Maurice Ashley, and MIT’s Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences. Their work has attracted global attention, including every major news network and coverage from The Huffington Post, Discovery, Wired and the New Scientist.

In 2013, Slavin also co-founded Everybody at Once, a consultancy focused entirely on how online audiences and fans interact with TV, movies, and sports. The company currently works with BBC America, BBC News, Starz, American Public Media, and the European soccer team Roma.

Kevin spent 10 years as a creative director and planner at some of the largest agencies in the US, and has been named to most of the industry awards, including Creativity Magazine's Creativity 50.

Kunal Shah
Classical & New Age Marketing

Kunal is the Founder of CRED and FreeCharge. Post FreeCharge's acquisition by Snapdeal in 2015, Kunal served as an advisor to Y-Combinator, Sequoia Capital India, and Times of India. Kunal recently launched CRED – an initiative to celebrate and reward the most creditworthy people of India. He has a been an investor in ventures such as GOJEK, Zilingo, Unacademy, Razorpay and many more along with holding the position of Chairman at the Internet and Mobile Association of India in 2016. Kunal is also a voracious reader and is fascinated by the human mind and behavioural economics.

Leonard Mlodinow
Flexible thinking in a time of change

Leonard Mlodinow is an American theoretical physicist, screenwriter and author. In physics, he is known for his work on the large N expansion, a method of approximating the spectrum of atoms based on the consideration of an infinite-dimensional version of the problem, and for his work on the quantum theory of light inside dielectrics.

He is known to a wider audience through his books for the general public, five of which have been New York Times best-sellers, including The Drunkard's Walk: How Randomness Rules Our Lives, which was chosen as a New York Times notable book, and short-listed for the Royal Society Science Book Prize; The Grand Design, co-authored with Stephen Hawking, which argues that invoking God is not necessary to explain the origins of the universe; War of the Worldviews, co-authored with Deepak Chopra; and Subliminal: How Your Unconscious Mind Rules Your Behavior, which won the 2013 PEN/E.O. Wilson Award for Literary Science Writing. He is also known through his public lectures and media appearances on programs ranging from Morning Joe to Through the Wormhole, and for debating Deepak Chopra on ABC's Nightline.

Matt Webb
Virtual & Augmented Reality – Best Practices - Mirum

Working over 18 years with web technology experience which extends across a range of areas including web standards and best practice, Accessibility and Human Computer Interfaces, Enterprise Content Management Systems, System Architecture, AR/VR, Artificial Intelligence, and anything to do with the future of web Interfaces!

Passionate about how technology relates to the customer experience. Adamant about ensuring technology works for the user experience, not against it.

Massimo Ignegno
Gamification by Octalysis Group

Massimo is a Senior Gamification Consultant and University Lecturer. He’s based in Bangkok, where in addition to help companies and organisations create engaging and fun experiences, is co-directing a Design Management program at Thammasat University, a leading university in Thailand.

A pioneer of learning gamification in Thailand, he has been recently appointment as Director of Thammasat Design Center (TDC), the flagship training and research centre at Thammasat Design School (TDS), which aims to transform and make business design education more accessible and engaging. He is a regular speaker at design and business-related conferences and seminars, including the Bangkok Design Week (Thailand Creative & Design Center), the Design Management Institute (DMI) and Thammasat Business School (TBS).

His interest lies at the intersection of behavioural science, human-centred design, platform business strategies, and urban sustainability. With a unique multidisciplinary background in economics, urban planning and design, before joining The Octalysis Group, Massimo has worked in leading international institutions, including the United Nations (UN) and the Indian Institute for Human Settlements (IIHS).

Nikhil Arora
Sports & Marketing

A driven corporate executive who believes in “being missionary first before being a mercenary”, Nikhil Arora is always looking for avenues where he can make an impact. In a career spanning two decades and five countries, Nikhil has led corporate strategy, business development, marketing, finance and operations for various global entities. He has helped launch several new businesses in his tenure with these organizations, and is passionate about grassroots innovation and giving voice to good ideas – wherever they may come from.

Nikhil is currently responsible for leading GoDaddy’s India business, and identifying new growth strategies for small businesses in the country. His focus is on forging a connection with entrepreneurs as they try to make their way in a fast changing economy, and has become an avid voice for small businesses opening themselves up to digital possibilities. Nikhil has been using press and social media platforms to highlight important ways in which the Indian consumer is changing, and the various resources small businesses have at their disposal today to capture this new market.

Prior to joining GoDaddy India, NIkhil launched and led the Asia and India operations for WeWork, world’s largest co-working startup now valued at USD 20 Billion. He served as Managing Director, India and Vice President, India for Intuit Technology Services Private Limited and Intuit Inc. from 2011 to 2017. He led Intuit's India business strategy, including completing the first India acquisition. Nikhil joined Intuit from Laureate Education, where he served as Vice President and Head of Operations. Laureate was the first global player to acquire education assets in India under his leadership.

Prior to Asia, Nikhil’s spent many years in the US and Europe at organizations like ADP, Delphi Automotive, CBS Television and Miramax Films.  He earned his Master's Degree in Business Administration from Thunderbird School of Global Management in Arizona and a Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration in Accounting and Finance from Hofstra University, New York. Nikhil studied Russian language from Moscow Institute.

Apart from work, Nikhil’s abiding passions are fitness and running. Having discovered it a decade ago, running is today an important facet of Nikhil’s physical and mental wellbeing. It helps him right-zone and refocus his mind, while helping him constantly push the boundaries of what he’s achieved before. Nikhil has completed over 25 Full and Half Marathons in India, Asia Pacific, Middle-East, Europe and North America. He has also completed the world’s largest running relay race in Portland, USA, – Hood to Coast - which is a 199-mile team relay event. In 2017-18, he decided to push himself beyond running by completing four triathlons, including two back-to-back IronMan 70.3 races in Dubai and Colombo in February 2018. He also likes to keep things interesting by participating in extreme fitness events like X Warrior and the Devil’s Circuit.

Nikhil now uses his running as a platform for various CSR activities – his own as well as for GoDaddy’s philanthropic arm, GoDaddy Cares. In 2017, he led a team of GoDaddy employees in the Airtel Delhi Half Marathon (ADHM) to support the ‘Save The Children India’ NGO and its cause of ending discrimination against underprivileged children. This year, Nikhil plans to give back to the running community by participating as a pacer in the 10 th edition of the marathon. As an ode to all the people he leaned on for encouragement and expertise as a beginner himself, he is using his tenth run at the event by helping other marathoners achieve their personal bests.

Namrata Rana
Workshop: Retail Magic in the Age of Algorithms

Namrata Rana is the author of BALANCE – Responsible business for the digital age. She is Director-Strategy and Brand, at Futurescape and India Ambassador of University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership. Her work focuses on digital transformation through customer journey mapping and leadership workshops. She has worked in the areas of retail, healthcare, mobility, food, hospitality and infrastructure. She is also visiting faculty at IIM Udaipur.

R. S. Srinivas Jain
Classical & New Age Marketing

Srinivas Jain has over 24 years of experience in financial services industry with over 19 years in asset management. Srinivas has been associated with SBI Mutual funds since 2001. He is in charge of overall development of strategy and global business development for SBI MF. Srinivas took over as Chief Marketing officer in Feb 2005. Srinivas has been associated with SBI Funds Management since 2001.

He has actively contributed to growth of MF industry as member of financial literary committee running “Mutual funds Sahi Hai Campaign”. In 2017, he was awarded Digital Marketer of the Year Award in Personal Finance and Investment by Internet and Mobile Association of India.

Before joining SBIFM, he was associated with Birla Sunlife Asset Management Company and Kotak Securities ltd. He is a commerce graduate from Bangalore University with a cost accounting background.

Rajeev Raja
Sonic Branding – BrandMusiq

Creator of the concept of MOGO® or ‘musical logo’, Rajeev Raja conceived BrandMusiq along with the late JS Mani. Rajeev brings on board over 25 years of experience in branding on the one hand, and music on the other. He was ex-National Creative Director of DDB Mudra and is also known as one of India’s finest Jazz and Fusion flautists. This unique combination helps BrandMusiq merge brand understanding, consumer insight and musical expression in a manner that delivers tremendous value for clients.

Rajesh Ramakrishnan
Blurring line between India & Bharat

A veteran with 25 years of experience in General Management, Sales and Marketing, Rajesh Ramakrishnan is the Managing Director at Perfetti Van Melle India, the country’s leading confectionery player. Rajesh is responsible for the overall operations of the company for India and Nepal.

An accomplished business leader and a seasoned marketing professional, Rajesh has worked across categories like Personal Care, Household Care, Foods & Beverages, Confectionery and Media. Under his leadership, Perfetti Van Melle, Bangladesh delivered sustained growth and achieved market leadership in 2016.

Prior to joining Perfetti Van Melle in 2014, he was the Marketing Head at HT Media Limited. He has also held senior positions in diverse corporations including Pepsico, Marico Industries and Reckitt Benckiser. Post his graduation in Engineering from BITS Pilani, Rajesh pursued his MBA from XLRI, Jamshedpur.

Rajesh is an award- winning photographer. His work has been featured at Cannes and has also been published in several publications in India and outside. He is also passionate about travelling and has been on expeditions to Everest Base Camp and Kilimanjaro. Rajesh along with his wife and teenage daughter started an initiative- My Daughter is Precious [MDIP] in March 2015 to raise awareness about gender equality and support the education of the girl child.

Rajesh is also a champion for gender equality and is a mentor for the past 4 years with BD foundation and is part of the BD Think Tank in Delhi NCR.

Rebecca Robins
Growth amidst change – lessons from luxury brands

Rebecca Robins is Chief Learning and Culture Officer for Interbrand. She is based in London and works with Interbrand’s global network of offices. Rebecca heads up the Interbrand Academy and is global luxury industry lead.

A prolific writer, Rebecca has authored a wealth of publications championing the role and value of branding and has been featured in publications including Bloomberg, Business of Fashion, The Economist, FT, The Huffington Post, Monocle, The New York Times, The Wall St Journal and WOBI.

Rebecca is a regular conference speaker, lecturer and member of awards juries. She was named in the global Luxury Women to Watch and in the Women of the Future 50 Leading Lights.

She is co-author of the leading book Meta-luxury: Brands and the Culture of Excellence, (Palgrave Macmillan). Rebecca believes passionately that brands are related to culture and that brands that create value across generations become a vital part of our culture.

Rebecca is also on the board of Trustees of the EY Foundation, an organisation committed to social mobility through access to education and career opportunities.

Rebecca has a passion for languages and linguistics, having graduated from Cambridge University with a First Class degree in French and German and an M. Phil. in European Literature. She also speaks Spanish and Italian, loves art, fashion and is an ardent music fan (and pianist).

Twitter @robins_Rebecca

Roger Fisk
The Obama Presidential Elections, Modern Electioneering, Communication and Marketing Strategies, Technology and Social Media, America in the Age of Trump, Winning the Attention Economy

Roger Fisk was the political campaign, marketing and media strategist widely credited with playing a key behind-the-scenes role in the back-toback electoral victories of President Barack Obama in 2008 and 2012. Fisk was heavily involved in these game-changing campaigns which are regarded as the best run presidential campaigns in the history of US politics.

Fisk has a deep understanding of 21st century presidential politics, political campaigning and the unprecedented power of information, relationships and marketing. He successfully engaged millions of people in long, sustained marketing and promotional strategies, using the internet and social media networks to great effect.

During Obama’s campaigns, Fisk served as principal liaison with US Secret Service and local law enforcement, and was directly responsible for coordinating and managing the media’s coverage of over 150 events across the country. He was also in charge of many key Obama media appearances including: 60 Minutes, The Daily Show, Good Morning America, Saturday Night Live, and the historic Race Speech in Philadelphia in 2008.

Following President Obama’s first campaign he served as Cabinet Liaison for the 2009 Inauguration, then became a political appointee in the Obama Administration. In 2012 Fisk joined President Obama's reelection team, leading teams as a White House Lead Advance in critical states like Virginia, Iowa and Ohio, all of which the President won.

The populist trend that swept western democracies produced its biggest wave in electing Donald Trump president of the United States. Fisk aims to decode what this means for markets, the EU, Asia, globalisation and diplomacy using his work on American presidential campaigns and organising trade and diplomatic missions all over the world.

Prior to working on the Obama campaigns, Fisk was Senior Aide to Senator John Kerry.

Fisk has now branched out to providing commentary on US politics and global affairs, most recently appearing on SKY TV, FOX NEWS, FOX NEWS Radio, Israel's i24 and Sinclair Broadcasting Group.

Excellent, brilliant and entertaining speaker. Managed immensely well to get the full attention of the audience. Even political “opponents” were highly impressed. CEO, GGI Conferences

Sangeeta Talwar
Is the female consumer being governed by a male agenda?

Sangeeta Talwar is acclaimed as the first woman in the Consumer products sector in Indiaand has blazed several new trails. In a career spanning over 30 years Mrs Talwar has worked across large businesses of European, American and Indian corporations. She largely worked with the private sector in India & in Switzerland as well as spearheaded the implementation of a national level, Social sector - World Bank funded project in Rural India. She has multifunctional exposure across the disciplines of Marketing, Sales, Human Resources and General Management and has built familiarity both with urban as well as rural India.

During her early years with Nestle India, she helped to craft, create, launch and establish what a marketing legend became in its time – Maggi Noodles. She was perhaps the first lady in the Fast moving Consumer Goods (FMCG) industry in India.

During her career with Nestle she held several senior roles as Culinary Group Head, Regional Sales head (responsible for entire North India), as Vice President Human Resources heading corporate HR and all functions including factories, as Marketing Director responsible for all brands, communication, insights and Innovation.

Later in her role as a Strategic advisor she worked at the Nestle international HQ in Switzerland across a diverse set of SBUs (strategic business units) & geographies.

After Nestle, she joined Mattel India as CEO and Managing Director and recrafted the business model for India to direction it towards profitability.

Subsequently she moved to Tata Tea as Executive Director and was appointed as President- South Asia for the Tata Global Beverages Group, the consolidated entity. During her time Tata Tea became the largest Tea brand in India by value and volume. She also led the launch of the first social marketing campaign in India, the “Jaago Re” campaign, which won international acclaim and several awards. She was appointed to the Tetley management Board and the International Innovation Group. She also mentored 2 Tata companies through their Business Excellence journey. During her time in TGB she set up 2 new business verticals for the company and put in place a new patented technology.

From building brands and businesses she then moved to the social sector as Managing Director of NDDB Dairy Services and spearheaded the design and establishment of an innovative business model for creating sustainable livelihood for dairy farmers in rural India. During her time 2 large Producer companies (farmer equity based) were created & launched with 100,000 farmers as shareholders. Both companies were profitable, were managed by a team of professionals and were governed by a Board which had 11 farmers as members.

She has served on several Boards Tata Global beverages, Eight O’clock Coffee (USA), Oriental Hotels (company managing the Taj hotels), Mother Dairy Fruit & Vegetable Pvt. Ltd and IIM Kolkata.

A few distinctions along the way:

  • Business Today 30 Most Powerful Women in Indian Business
  • India Today Woman in the Corporate World
  • Women Super Achievers Award for Outstanding Contribution to Social Marketing

She now serves as an Independent Director on several large boards with businesses ranging across, Consumer Goods sector, Energy & Alternative energy, Education including as a member of the Board of Governors IIM Kolkata, IT Infrastructure & hardware distribution and Automobiles. She is a Leadership & Diversity speaker and also runs her own Brand & Strategy consulting co.

She has recently authored a book on her corporate journey entitled “The 2 Minute Revolution, The Art of Growing Businesses” published by Penguin. The book replete with business and leadership lessons is presented in an easy to read, anecdotal style. As of now the book is featured as Amazon’s Best reads of 2018.

Sanjeev Bikhchandani
Classical & New Age Marketing

Sanjeev is the founder of, India’s leading job site. The company also runs,, and In addition it has made strategic investments in promising web start-ups such as Zomato, Policybazaar, Meritnation and Happily Unmarried.

Sanjeev graduated from IIM Ahmedabad in 1989 and quit his job for entrepreneurship eighteen months later.

For the first seven years he drifted and did a number of small businesses – from salary surveys to databases, to feasibility studies, to training. Finally in 1997 the company launched and transformed itself into an Internet company.

Starting off from a servant quarter above a garage and seed capital of two thousand rupees, the company grew and attracted investment from leading venture capitalists. It was the first Internet company to list on Indian stock exchanges. Today The company employs over 4000 people and has a market capitalization of over USD 2.5 bill.

Prior to starting Naukri, Sanjeev had worked in advertising with Lintas and in consumer marketing at Glaxo SmithKline. For a brief period, he was the Consulting Editor of Avenues – the careers supplement of ‘The Pioneer’ newspaper.

He along with his partner Hitesh Oberoi won the “Ernst and Young – Entrepreneur of the Year” award in 2008 for Business Transformation. He also won the Dataquest Pathbreaker Award & the Teacher’s Achievement Award for Business in the same year.

In 2011 he was conferred the Distinguished Alumnus award by IIM Ahmedabad and in 2012 he was honoured with the CF Andrews Distinguished Alumnus award by St. Stephen’s College.

He is also the recipient of Lakshmipat Singhania – IIM Lucknow National Leadership Award as Young Leader in the Business Category for the year 2012.

He is a member of the Board of the Centre for Innovation Incubation and Entrepreneurship at IIM Ahmedabad.

In April 2017, Outlook Magazine selected him as one of India’s fifty greatest CEO’s ever.

Sanjeev has served as the President of the Delhi chapter of TiE [The Indus Entrepreneurs]. He has also served as a member of the Global Board of Trustees of TiE. He serves on the National Council of AIMA. He has been Chair of the Internet Council of NASSCOM.

Sanjeev is a founding trustee of Ashoka University. He has also served on the expert committee for the SIDBI Fund of Funds for startups.

He is also a member of the Board of Chintan - a not for profit organization that works with waste pickers in Delhi.

He also supports 1947PartitionArchive – a not for profit that is building an oral history archive consisting of video interviews of people who experienced partition.

Sanjeev studied Economics at St. Stephens College and schooled at St. Columba’s School in Delhi

Santosh Desai
MD & CEO of Futurebrands, India

Santosh Desai is a columnist, media critic and the author of ‘Mother Pious Lady: Making Sense of Everyday India’. In his professional life, Santosh is the MD & CEO of Futurebrands, a brand and consumer consultancy company and has previously headed an advertising agency. Santosh’s principal area of interest lies in examining the evolving nature of consumer culture in India. Thought leader in understanding the relationship between culture and brands and the consumer as a product of his or her cultural context Author of ‘City City Bang Bang’, a weekly column in The Times of India

Sonali Krishna
Blurring line between India & Bharat

Sonali Krishna is the Anchor & Editor of ET NOW's flagship feature 'Brand Equity’. She is also the marketing and advertising editor of the channel. Sonali has a dual portfolio and is also involved in creation of new IPs, both online and offline for the Times Network . Sonali is also ET NOW’s key interviewers and conducts a lot of business interviews on the channel.

She's been tracking the advertising, marketing, sport, FMCG and retail space for a number of years. Sonali's core strengths pivot around analysing and deciphering the biggest trends not just in the country, but globally too. Sonali was brought in from The Economic Times, India’s leading business daily as part of the launch team of ET NOW, ten years ago.

Susan Credle
Understand the Contemporary Indian Women - Seeing Women from inside and not from outside

Susan Credle, Global CCO of FCB, believes that tenacious strategic thinking expressed through unforgettable creative with scale leads to long-term success for businesses and brands.

Susan spent over two decades at BBDO/NY, where she rose from “bathroombreak girl” for the agency’s receptionists to EVP, Executive Creative Director. There, Susan, with her partner, Steve Rutter, reinvented the iconic M&M’S characters; helped turn Cingular Wireless from a small challenger brand into a category leader; and created other consistently award-winning work for such clients as Bank of America, FedEx, Gillette, Lowe’s, PepsiCo, Pizza Hut and Visa. In 2009 Susan joined Leo Burnett USA as CCO, where she spearheaded a creative renaissance. She raised the bar for the work and nurtured a collaborative environment that produced some of the agency’s most memorable campaigns in years, starting with the multimedia Allstate “Mayhem” campaign.

For Esurance, the first ad after Super Bowl XLVIII proved the perfect place to launch the #EsuranceSave30 Twitter campaign and bring national attention to “Insurance for the Modern World.” The Chicago Tribune called it the “unofficial Big Idea” of the game. And Susan is always looking for purpose-driven ideas for brands like Secret’s anti-bullying initiative, “Mean Stinks,” which continues to make a difference in young girls’ lives. Susan is a member of the Creative Review Board of the Ad Council and serves on the boards of The University of North Carolina’s School of Journalism and Media, The American Association of Advertising Agencies, The One Club, The VCU Brandcenter, The IAB, The Foundation for Exxcellence in Women’s Health, Marwen, Chicago Ideas Week and One Million Degrees.

The industry at large has recognized Susan’s contributions to the advertising world with honors including CAF’s Chicago Ad Woman of the Year in 2013, one of Advertising Age’s 100 Most Influential Women in Advertising, one of Business Insider’s Most Creative Women in Advertising, the 2014 Cannes Lions Jury President for Promo & Activation, as a recipient of the Focus Award 2014 from Chicago Women in Film, and inductions into the AAF’s Hall of Achievement and The North Carolina Advertising Hall of Fame

Taime Koe
Gamification by Octalysis Group

Taime is an expert in Gamification and Experience Design with over 10 years of experience. Before joining The Octalysis Group, she directed a UX Strategy agency and lectured at Stenden University on Brand Strategy and Customer Experience design. She has made an impact on various international businesses from startup to NGOs to large corporate, including Agoda, BNP Paribas, and UNICEF.

Taime earned an Honours Bachelor of Science in Psychology from the University of Toronto. She initially started her career as a cognitive science researcher. Her insights into the human psyche give her an advantage in understanding motivations and designing highly engaging experiences. On the sidelines, she has a passion for developing new creative products. She founded/co-founded a few startups over the years, including an app that connects youth in conservative countries with sex education experts, and a card game that explores the uniqueness of each Myers-Briggs personality type

Tuhin Mishra
Sports & Marketing

Tuhin Mishra is the Group MD & Co Founder of Baseline Ventures, one of India’s leading sports marketing, talent & brand licensing firm.  Baseline since it’s inception in 2014 has been in the news for various sports initiatives like recently launching RuPay Pro Volleyball League to exclusively managing some of the top talents of this country ( like P V Sindhu, Kidambi Srikanth, Ravindra Jadeja, Prithvi Shaw, Smriti Mandhana, Pankaj Advani, Zaira Wasim, Sardar Singh ) to getting a global technology sponsor for Moto GP & sponsors for Chennai Super Kings, Sri Lanka & West Indies cricket teams

India’s ace badminton player, P V Sindhu has been recognised by Forbes globally in 2018 in terms of sponsorships as the 7th most highest grosser of endorsements for a female athlete. Baseline has been instrumental in forging partnerships for Infosys, one of India’s biggest tech firms to be the global sponsor of ATP & also the Official Digital Innovation Partner  of the Australian Open Tennis. Baseline as a firm managed to get all the 6  Indian sponsors ( Hero MotoCorp, Bank of Baroda, Byjus, NTPC, Coal India, Dalmia Cement) of the FIFA U17 World Cup which took place in India in 2017. Baseline also exclusively manages the licensing of India’s No.1 IPL team, Chennai Super Kings.

Tuhin previously was the South Asia MD of Total Sports Asia & has earlier also worked with IMG, Time Warner (Turner International), McCann Ericsson, J Walter Thompson (Group M/MindShare). Tuhin at his personal level has been a national level swimmer, was part of the Delhi University Swimming team & still actively plays Tennis, Table Tennis, Squash.

W. Chan Kim
Co-director of the INSEAD Blue Ocean Strategy Institute Session on Blue Ocean Shift

W. Chan Kim is The Boston Consulting Group Bruce D. Henderson Chair Professor of Strategy and International Management at INSEAD, France (one of the world’s top business schools) and Co-Director of the INSEAD Blue Ocean Strategy Institute. He has served as a board member as well as an advisor for a number of multinational corporations in Europe, the U.S. and the Asia Pacific region. He is an advisory member for the European Union and serves as an advisor to several countries.

He is a Fellow of the World Economic Forum in Davos and has published numerous bestselling articles in Harvard Business Review, Academy of Management Journal, Management Science, Organization Science, Strategic Management Journal, Administrative Science Quarterly, Journal of International Business Studies, MIT Sloan Management Review, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, The Financial Times, among others. Kim is a world’s top bestselling author at the Case Centre and the recipient of numerous Case Centre awards including “The Global Top 10 Bestselling Case Writers.

Kim is the co-author of the New York Times, #1 Wall Street Journal, and USA Today Bestseller, Blue Ocean Shift, Beyond Competing – Amazon selected Blue Ocean Shift as a “Best Business and Leadership Book of 2017.” He also is the co-author of Blue Ocean Strategy which is recognized as one of the most iconic and impactful strategy books ever written. Blue Ocean Strategy is a bestseller across 5 continents and has sold over 4 million copies with the publication in a record-breaking 46 languages. It has won numerous awards including “The Best Business Book of 2005″ Prize at the Frankfurt Book Fair. It was also selected as one of the 40 most influential books in the History of the People’s Republic of China (1949-2009) along with Adam Smith’s The Wealth of Nations and Milton Friedman’s Free to Choose.

Kim has been consistently ranked in the top 5 world’s management gurus in the Thinkers50 list and was named among the world's top 5 best business school professors by MBA Rankings. He has received numerous academic and management awards including the Nobels Colloquia Prize for Leadership on Business and Economic Thinking, the Carl S. Sloane Award by the Association of Management Consulting Firms, the Leadership Hall of Fame by Fast Company, and the Eldridge Haynes Prize by the Academy of International Business among others. The Observer called Kim, “the next big guru to hit the business world.

He is the co-founder of the Blue Ocean Global Network (BOGN), a global community of practice on the Blue Ocean family of concepts that he created. BOGN embraces academics, consultants, executives, and government officers. For more on Kim and his work, visit