Summit Speakers, alphabetically listed

Abhishek BaxiAmit Agarwal, Founder, Digital InspirationAnisha Motwani, Director and Chief Marketing Officer, Max New York Life InsuranceAnurag Batra, Chairman & Editor-in-Chief, exchange4mediaArnab MitraArun NairB. Karthik, Mahindra GroupCarlton D'SilvaCharlie WoodDevdutt Pattanaik, Author, Speaker; Chief Belief Officer, Future GroupDina MehtaErik Johnson, Vice President, APAC, FacebookFarshad FamilyGautam GhoshGautam K John, works with the Akshara Foundation and advisor to Inclusive PlanetGitanjali Sriram, Founder & Managing Partner, Naked Communications IndiaJaime Ocampo, Director for Social Games Business Development, DeNA Asia PacificKarthik Nagarajan, National Director, Social and Insights, Group MKarthik Srinivasan, AVP, Corporate Communications, FlipkartKiruba Shankar, CEO at Business Blogging Pvt. Ltd.Kushan MitraLakshmanan NarayanMadhavan Narayanan, Technology Columnist/Associate Editor, Hindustan TimesMahesh Murthy, Founder, Pinstorm & Managing Partner, SeedfundManu PrasadN RajaramNamita Mehra, Global Customer Marketing, APAC, FacebookNarendra NagPavan Varma, India Lead Direct Sales, FacebookPrashant SinghPrathap Suthan, Founder, The Advisory; Chief Creative Officer, iYogiPraveen SharmaPreetham VenkkyR Sukumar, Managing Editor, MintRajesh LalwaniRajiv Dingra, Founder and CEO, WATConsultRajiv Kumar, Founder and CEO, RocketalkRanjan DeshmukhRohan JhaSachin KalbagSameer PitalwallaSameer RajadnyaSandeep Amar, Head  - Marketing, Audience and Sales Strategy,  Times Internet LimitedSandip MaitiSanjay MehtaSantosh Desai, MD & CEO, Future BrandsSenjam Raj SekharGroup President, Corporate Branding & Strategic Initiatives, Essar GroupSuhel Seth, Managing Partner, Counselage IndiaSumit MehraTripti LochanTushar VyasVanitaKohli-KhandekarVijay SankaranVijay Shekhar Sharma, CEO, One97Viral OzaSubhamoy Das
Abhishek Baxi

Abhishek Baxi, technology columnist and social media enthusiast

Abhishek Baxi helps brands and individuals engage with their customers and enthusiasts online. He has been very active in technical and social communities, both as a connector and as a participant. He deeply values his indulgence in social media, lives on the Web, and talks incessantly on Twitter. A geek at heart, he is a regular speaker on mobility and personal technology, author on few blogs, and a columnist for some publications.

Amit Agarwal

Amit Agarwal, Founder, Digital Inspiration

Amit Agarwal holds an Engineering degree in Computer Science from IIT and has previously worked at ADP Inc. for Goldman Sachs and Merrill Lynch. In 2004, Amit quit his job to become India’s first professional Blogger.

Amit is a personal technology columnist at The Wall Street Journal India. He also authors the hugely popular and award-winning Digital Inspiration blog where he writes about computer software, consumer gadgets, and web applications. He has also written columns on personal technology for major publications including The Financial Express, Outlook Magazine, CNN IBN, CNBC TV18 and The Hindustan Times.

At IndiaSocial Summit 2012, Amit would be conducting a master-class session on ‘social content’.

Anisha Motwani

Anisha Motwani, Director and Chief Marketing Officer, Max New York Life Insurance

Anisha Motwani is the Director and Chief Marketing Officer at Max New York Life Insurance. She brings with her over 20 years experience in building consumer brands in highly challenging environments. During her career in advertising and marketing she has developed memorable and effective campaigns across a range of industries – from automobiles to beverages to life insurance.

Prior to joining Max New York Life, she worked as Director Marketing with General Motors India, where she was instrumental in establishing Chevrolet as the face of GM in India.

Anisha has been recently conferred the ‘Women at Work Leadership Award’ for 2011 Asian Confederation of Business. She has also been voted as one of the ’50 Most Powerful Women in Indian Business’ by Business Today for three consecutive years from 2009. She has also been recognized as ‘CMO council – Marketing Super Achiever’ in 2010.

Anurag Batra, Chairman & Editor-in-Chief, exchange4media

Anurag Batra, Chairman & Editor-in-Chief, exchange4media

Anurag Batra is an entrepreneur, media observer and a journalist rolled into one. Batra is a B. Tech in Computer Sciences, a degree, which he acquired before joining Management Development Institute (MDI), Gurgaon, one of India’s leading Business School. Batra is the Managing Director and Editor-in-Chief of exchange4media group which includes exchange4media.com, PITCH, IMPACT, Realty Plus and Franchise Plus.

Arnab Mitra

Arnab Mitra, National Director – Digital, Starcom MediaVest Group

Arnab is the digital lead for Starcom MediaVest Group in India. he has worked in multiple disciplines of communication including interactive media and direct/internet marketing for over a decade. Thanks to a background in Information Technology, he has been able to support the communication models and innovative ideas with cutting edge technology solutions.

Before joining SMG, Arnab worked with Media Contacts a Havas Digital Company for two years as the Regional Director South Asia. His experience in the digital field has helped add to the success of digital strategies for clients like Jet Airways, Kingfisher Airlines, Dell, Volkswagen among others at the beginning of his career,

Arnab made notable contributions to advertising and marketing agencies like Ignitee and Pinstorm. At ePurple Media he spent time in London setting up the business in parts of Europe. He is based in Mumbai.

Arun Nair

Arun Nair, Heads digital marketing at Mahindra Holidays

Arun Nair spearheads the digital marketing initiatives for Mahindra Holidays. He maintains the blog indianeye.org where he writes on digital marketing, social media and advertising. He also writes for NASSCOM Emerge on business and opportunities for emerging companies.

Arun is a thought leader in the digital marketing space and has launched several web 2.0 including an un-conference (along the lines of TED) and a successful travel and holiday blog.

B Karthik

B. Karthik, Mahindra Group

B. Karthik is General Brand Manager of Corporate Brand Management and Business Transformation at Mahindra Group

Carlton D'Silva

Carlton D’Silva, Creative Director, Hungama Digital Media

Carlton D’Silva is the Creative Director at Hungama Digital Media Entertainment Pvt. Ltd. Carlton joined Hungama in 1999 and since then has won innumerable accolades for the company, such as the PMAA’s, Abby’s and The Globes. With Hungama he created over a 1000 promotional campaigns. With over 15 years of experience, his expertise in the digital arena is imaginative and inspiring, giving the company a creative edge in the industry.

Charlie Wood

Charlie Wood, Area Vice President – Asia Pacific & Japan, Salesforce Radian6

Charlie Wood is the area vice president of Asia Pacific and Japan for Radian6, a salesforce.com company. He is responsible for growing the company’s business in Asia Pacific, Japan, Australia and New Zealand. Charlie is a 20 year veteran of the software industry covering product management, consulting, marketing and business leadership. He has run two different start-ups in the enterprise social media space. He has been involved in CRM and customer interaction solutions for a major part of his career. In fact, 10 years of that experience was with Microsoft in Europe, Asia Pacific and at the company’s headquarters in Redmond, Washington, USA – where he once held the unique title of “Evangelist” as part of the Dynamics Business Solutions unit.

Devdutt Pattanaik, Author, Speaker; Chief Belief Officer, Future Group

Devdutt Pattanaik, Author, Speaker; Chief Belief Officer, Future Group

Dr. Devdutt Pattanaik is the Chief Belief Officer of the Future Group.

For over 15 years, Devdutt wrote and lectured extensively on the relevance of mythology (not just Hindu mythology) in modern times.

Since becoming Chief Belief Officer of Future Group in 2008, he has specially focussed on Mythology and Management and is currently leadership coach and inspirational speaker to many organizations besides Future Group.

He consults Star TV on storytelling techniques and patterns. And is a regular in the management seminar lecture circuit. His columns on management and culture that appear in Economic Times, Sunday Mid-day, Tehelka, Hindustan Times, and Times of India, are a hit with general and specialist readers. He has written over 25 books for everyone from adults to children, for youth to business executives.

Dina Mehta

Dina Mehta, Co-founder, Convo

Dina co-founded Convo, a research and strategy firm last year. With a background in sociology and anthropology Dina has twenty three years specializing in qualitative research and ethnography. She also conducts learning journeys, immersions and deep dives for global marketing and innovation teams. Her projects span consumer goods, foods and beverages, youth marketing, rural India, financial services, healthcare, technology, social computing, mobility, automobiles, luxury products. Her perspectives, blogging and her research have led her to frequently speak at conferences worldwide, and earned her a TED India Fellowship in 2009.

Erik Johnson, Vice President, APAC, Facebook

Erik Johnson, Vice President, APAC, Facebook

Erik Johnson is the Head of Sales for Asia Pacific at Facebook, where he leads the regional sales team focused on providing marketing solutions to help the region’s top businesses and agencies be successful on Facebook.

Prior to Facebook, Erik spent twelve years at Microsoft, most recently as the General Manager of the Consumer and Online Business in Greater China, where he oversaw the end to end online business and all consumer facing marketing for the region.

Earlier in his career, Erik managed the MSN business development teams for Europe and Asia, where he oversaw the strategy and the creation of partnerships, both to enrich MSN services through media/content relationships and to bring them to market via distribution channels such as telephony, cable companies, and wireless carriers.

Erik has previously worked at US West New Vector Group as an M&A analyst after which he held a variety of consulting jobs working on network architecture and financial modeling.

Erik holds a bachelor’s degree in international relations from Lewis and Clarke College and a master’s degree in law and diplomacy from The Fletcher School.

Farshad Family

Farshad Family, Managing Director, Nielsen Media, India

Farshad Family is Managing Director for Nielsen Media, India. He leads Nielsen’s media businesses in television, online, and telecom including Client Service and Product Leadership initiatives. Previously within Nielsen, Farshad worked in Nielsen Media’s strategy and business development group, where he led initiatives related to corporate strategy, partnerships, and new ventures.

Farshad joined Nielsen from McKinsey & Company, where he served as a leader in McKinsey’s Global Media, Entertainment and Information practice. In this role, Farshad was responsible for serving clients in a variety of media and telecom sectors particularly on issues of strategy, growth and innovation for leading companies in television, online advertising, newspapers, radio, outdoor advertising, and consumer electronics.

Gautam Ghosh

Gautam Ghosh, Product Evangelist, India Marketing Lead, BraveNewTalent

Gautam is Product Evangelist and India Marketing Lead at BraveNewTalent. He specializes in the areas of HR, Organization Development and how businesses can leverage Social Media for Organizational Learning and Employee Engagement. Earlier he was a Consultant with Social Business firm 2020 Social where he led the Talent practice, advising companies can build talent pipelines and internal employee engagement and development using emergent tools.

GKJohn

Gautam K John, works with the Akshara Foundation and advisor to Inclusive Planet

Gautam used to be a lawyer with a focus on copyright laws and has also been an entrepreneur. He is passionate about education, equality and equity and focuses on ‘access’ as a way to achieve these. Gautam was a TED India Fellow in 2009 and is a Creative Commons supporter. He also works with the Akshara Foundation where he manages the Karnataka Learning Partnership project, Pratham Books and is an advisor to Inclusive Planet. He is a founder member of Wikimedia Chapter (India) and served as Secretary on the Executive Committee from March 2011 to September 2011.

Gitanjali Sriram

Gitanjali Sriram, Founder & Managing Partner, Naked Communications India

Gitanjali began her career at Paramount Inc. in the US in 1989, and in 1992, moved to India to join Titan as a Brand Manager. She joined Nestle in 1995 as Senior Brand Manger for Maggi before moving to HK in 1998 as Producer at chinadotcom Corporation, managing their three English-language portals.
Gitanjali moved to Malaysia in 2003 as Director, Strategic Planning at Leo Burnett. A year later, she joined their global team to develop and launch Arc Worldwide. In May 2006 she became General Manager of Leo Burnett Greater China and then moved to Tokyo in 2007 as Engagement Business Director.
Gitanjali returned to India in 2008 as Channel Planning Director at Lowe Lintas, and in 2010 she founded the India offices of Naked Communications.
In the course of her career, Gita has worked on renowned global and local brands including brands like P&G, Unilever, McD’s, Philip Morris, Diageo, Coke, Nike, Puma, Disney, ICICI and Channel V. She has taken on leadership roles throughout her career to actively promote a strategic and integrated approach to brand planning and communications.

Jaime Ocampo

Jaime Ocampo, Director for Social Games Business Development, DeNA Asia Pacific

Director for Social Games Business Development, DeNA Asia Pacific

Karthik Nagarajan

Karthik Nagarajan, National Director, Social and Insights, Group M

Karthik Nagarajan works with GroupM, the media planning and buying agency of the WPP group, as national director, social media and insights. Earlier, Nagarajan was working with The Nielsen Company as director of its online division. Nagarajan has about 10 years of experience in the industry. He was involved in the establishment of the online division of Nielsen and was part of the team which launched NM Incite, the global joint venture of The Nielsen Company and McKinsey, in India.

Karthik Srinivasan

Karthik Srinivasan, AVP, Corporate Communications, Flipkart

Karthik is a communications specialist with over 13 years of experience in creating, building and managing perceptions of brands across client and agency environments. He is one of the leading voices in the digital/social media space and his blog on social media and PR (http://www.beastoftraal.com/) is one of the most-read blogs on the subject. He is also among the top 5 online music influencers in India with two popular music-centered blogs.

Kiruba Shankar

Kiruba Shankar, CEO at Business Blogging Pvt. Ltd.

Kiruba Shankar is the CEO of Business Blogging Pvt Ltd, a social media consultancy. He is also the founder Director of F5ive Technologies, a firm specializing in Web Development. He is the co-founder of The Knowledge Foundation, a non-profit body that believes in the spirit of sharing knowledge. He currently teaches New Media at the Asian College of Journalism, Madras Advertising Club, SRM University and the International Institute of Journalism, Berlin. He authors a tech column at the New Indian Express and co-authors the NASSCOM Emerge blog.

Kushan Mitra

Kushan Mitra, Associate Editor, Business Today

Kushan Mitra is currently an Associate Editor with the fortnightly Business Today magazine in New Delhi. Along with managing a team of young writers, he writes about Indian businesses and industries with a particular focus on the Indian automotive sector, civil aviation, telecommunications and information technology as well as writing a regular column on Personal Technology.

Lakshmanan Narayan

Lakshmanan Narayan, CEO & Co-Founder, Unmetric Inc

Lakshmanan (Lux) Narayan is the CEO & Co-Founder of Unmetric Inc. He is also director at Vembu Technologies and Director & volunteer at Sharemycake, a non for profit organisation. He has also been an entrepreneur while he co-founded IdeaLogic. Lakshman has done his MBA in Marketing from IIM Calcutta and his B.E in Mechanical Engineering from IIT Madras.

Madhavan Narayanan

Madhavan Narayanan, Technology Columnist/Associate Editor, Hindustan Times

Madhavan, a senior Indian journalist, columnist and editor, has more than 25 years of experience in journalism. He is currently Associate Editor running the business news pages of Hindustan Times, a leading Indian daily newspaper which is part of Delhi’s culture and growth. He has earlier worked in various capacities for Reuters, the international news agency, besides The Economic Times and Business Standard, India’s leading business dailies. He focuses mainly on business and economic journalism with a strong exposure to information technology and the Internet. Madhavan has an honours degree in economics and a master’s degree in political science from the University of Delhi.

Mahesh Murthy

Mahesh Murthy, Founder, Pinstorm & Managing Partner, Seedfund

Mahesh Murthy is one of India’s recognised experts in youth marketing – having helped launch MTV India, run Channel V and managed offline and online marketing efforts for brands like Pepsi, Nike, Idea Cellular, Lipton and The Economist.Mahesh has spent over 25 years in marketing and advertising, of which the last 15 have been in digital marketing. ”.
Mahesh played the investor in Business Baazigar, a game show similar to The Apprentice, involving entrepreneurs and business plans.
Mahesh writes a column in the Wall Street Journal and speaks regularly at conferences around the world like AdTech, 140conf and Search Engine Strategies.

Manu Prasad

Manu Prasad, Head – Social Media, Myntra

Manu belongs to a near-extinct breed of engineer-MBAs who have not written a book, and has only managed to survive by blogging since 2003 on everything from food and fiction to more recently, brands and social media.
After brand management stints at WorldSpace, MidDay and The Times Group, he’s now engaged in making social fashionable inside Myntra and fashion sociable outside of it as Head- Social Media.
He continues to be in a relationship with traditional media – writing columns on technology, start ups and restaurants for the Times Group.

N Rajaram

N Rajaram, CMO – Consumer Business, Bharti Airtel

Powered by 20 years of experience from HUL with successful products like Haircare and Lakme, N. Rajaram moved to Airtel’s mobile services segment with two major objectives, to make subscribers move to Airtel thorugh Mobile Number Portability and to encourage customers to use high-end data services. One of the first things after his joining that happened was the renewed focus on the youth with interesting brand campaigns for tapping into the vast potential market of data hungry younger generation. With the company increasing the data revenues at the rate of 10 per cent month on month, this seems to be a step in the right direction.

Namita Mehra, Global Customer Marketing, APAC, Facebook

Namita Mehra, Global Customer Marketing, APAC, Facebook

Namita Mehra leads the Facebook Global Customer Marketing in Asia-Pacific. She consults with Facebook’s largest clients to help them develop strategies and programs that align with business goals and transform how they connect and engage consumers.

Namita has been at Facebook 3 years and was instrumental in starting the Marketing team in New York, prior to which she spent nearly a decade in Strategic Planning & Digital Strategy roles at leading global agencies such as Ogilvy & Mather.

Namita holds a master’s degree in Integrated Marketing Communications from Northwestern University and now lives in Singapore.

At IndiaSocial Summit 2012, Namita will conduct the ‘Facebook for Marketers’ master-class along with her colleague Pavan Varma.

Narendra Nag

Narendra Nag, General Manager, 2020 Social / Co-Lead MSLGROUP India Social

Narendra has spent 10 years at places like Mint, CNN-IBN, and the Hindustan Times. He has reported on politics, economic policy, business and technology, travelling extensively. He has helped set up integrated newsrooms that combine the best of print, video and the web. Narendra has also been an entrepreneur with two successful startups, both in the digital/social space. He combines a deep love and understanding of communication and computer science and has always been focused on the transformation of society, and communication between individuals, because of technology.

Pavan Varma, India Lead Direct Sales, Facebook

Pavan Varma, India Lead Direct Sales, Facebook

Pavan Varma leads Direct Sales at Facebook in India. He works with India’s largest brands and agencies to help them develop marketing strategies that leverage the potential of the facebook platform.

Prior to Facebook Pavan was with Google for over 3 years where he was instrumental in growing the BFSI vertical and managing the Mid market clients.

Pavan holds a master’s degree in Marketing and now lives in Hyderabad

At IndiaSocial Summit 2012, Pavan will conduct the ‘Facebook for Marketers’ master-class along with his colleague Namita Mehra.

Prashant Singh

Prashant Singh, Head, Alliance & Marketing Function, Spice Labs

Prashant Singh leads Alliance & Marketing Function at Spice Labs – a mobile app company from S Mobility services group. Prior to Spice, Prashant was part of the India team of a Silicon Valley based startup in the field of Mobile TV. He is an Technology enthusiast and a believer in the power of the mobile phone to transform society. He is founder of the Delhi Chapter of Mobile Monday. Prashant is a regular speaker at Industry forums and contributes to multiple tech publications.

Prathap Suthan

Prathap Suthan, Founder, The Advisory; Chief Creative Officer, iYogi

Prathap Suthan, known in Indian advertising industry circles as Pat, is the Founder and Chief Explorer of The Advisory – a brand consultancy and creative boutique based out of New Delhi. Suthan is also, concurrently, the Chief Creative Officer for iYogi. A Gurgaon based IT services company that offers remote tech support to global customers.

Before joining iYogi, Suthan was instrumental in adding substantial value to brand Samsung, as the National Creative Director of Cheil Communications India.He quit the Korean agency in late 2010.

Prior to Cheil, he was the National Creative Director of Grey Worldwide India.At Grey he worked on two highly discussed and talked about Indian advertising campaigns – ‘India Shining’ – the much discussed campaign for the NDA Government and the Indian tourism campaign – ‘Incredible India’

Praveen Sharma

Praveen Sharma, Heads media sales, Google India

A Googler since Sept 2010, he now runs display sales for Google India. In addition to this, Perry also manages the Agency relationship business for Google.
Before joining Google, he spent 14 years in the advertising business with several leading agencies like Lintas, Madison and Group M. His last assignment before Google was with Madison where he ran one of units of Madison in addition to setting up and running its digital practice across India.

Perry is an Engg. graduate and a MICA alumnus of the 1996 class.

Preetham Venkky

Preetham Venkky, Business Head(Asia) , KRDS

Preetham Venkky is the Business Head (Asia) of KRDS, the Facebook Marketing Agency and Preferred Developer Consultant. Preetham has over a decade long experience of Digital Marketing, with a keen focus on Social Media. His expertise lies primarily in the integration of Digital POEM (Paid Owned and Earned Media). He has in-depth knowledge of social media analytical tools and understands the technology behind social networks. Preetham has worked with a wide clientele spanning FMCG, luxury goods, electronic devices, white appliances, automobile, eCommerce and more.

R Sukumar

R Sukumar, Managing Editor, Mint

R Sukumar is the Managing Editor of Mint, India’s second largest and fastest growing business newspaper. Sukumar was the part of the start-up team for Mint and was instrumental in the planning and subsequent execution of an editorial strategy that remains focused on delivering strong, insightful content to Mint’s growing readership.

Before joining HT Media, Sukumar has held senior editorial positions in The Hindu Business Line, where he started his career, and Business Today. Sukumar has an enduring interest in technology, business strategy, and comic books.
He holds an MBA from Bharatidasan Institute of Management, Trichy, and is an MSc in Mathematics and a BE in Chemical Engineering from BITS, Pilani.

Rajesh Lalwani

Rajesh Lalwani, Founder & Principal, Blogworks

Rajesh is the CEO of Blogworks, a consulting firm, which provides strategic social media solutions to brands and corporates. He is also the Principal Coordinator of IndiaSocial, a knowledge focused community around social media.

A marketing and communication professional, with 18 years of relevant experience, he has crafted marketing, public relations and digital media strategies for prominent global brands.

Rajesh’s regularly writes for prestigious publications. His views on the future of marketing, innovation and media are regularly featured in the media and often sought by organisations like Nokia, Microsoft, among others, for their global insights progammes.

Rajesh is often invited to speak at prominent national and international marketing and communication conferences. He conducts engaging workshops for professionals on subjects of social media concepts and impact, communication and branding. He has lectured at top institutions including IIM, Ahmedabad, Goa Institute of Management, Amity and others and enjoys these interactions the most.

He has served on committees for trade associations and as a jury member for prestigious marketing awards.

Rajiv Dingra

Rajiv Dingra, Founder and CEO, WATConsult

Rajiv Dingra, Founder and CEO of WATConsult (Owned & Promoted by WATMedia Pvt Ltd) runs India’s leading social media agency, WATConsult which was founded in January 2007. A thought leader in the social media space, Rajiv has worked with 50+ clients across US, UK & India. At a young age of 27, he has consulted and built several successful social media campaigns for clients across B2B and B2C verticals.

Rajiv Kumar

Rajiv Kumar, Founder and CEO, Rocketalk

Rajiv Kumar, an IIT Mumbai alumni and a proven entrepreneur who previously built and sold Bluetooth® software company WIDCOMM to Broadcom in 2004, founded RockeTalk in 2005. Rajiv leads the development team and oversees the development of RockeTalk’s core technology and infrastructure, while guiding the strategic vision of the company. Rajiv holds several patents and has published textbooks in the wireless data area. Rajiv holds a BS and MS from Indian Institute of Technology.

Ranjan Deshmukh

Ranjan Deshmukh, Director of Strategy, Asia Pacific, salesforce.com

Ranjan Deshmukh is the Director of Strategy, Asia Pacific at salesforce.com, leading the company’s business & go to market strategies. Ranjan is known in the industry as a ‘Start-up’ & ‘Turnaround’ specialist. He cites the rapid growth in cloud computing, hand-held devices and the social revolution with Twitter & Facebook being instrumental in the need for organizations to integrate better & build Social Enterprises.

Rohan Jha

Rohan Jha, Head, Media and promotions, Sony Music, India

Rohan Jha is currently the head of Media and Promotions for Sony Music, India. He defines, conceptualises and executes media and promotional strategy for all Sony Music India releases across traditional and new media. He is responsible for setting up the Digital Marketing Team at Sony Music, and using Digital initiatives and innovations in association with traditional marketing to create ‘hits’ – one of them being the unprecedented ‘Kolaveri’.

Sachin Kalbag

Sachin Kalbag, Executive Editor, MiD DAY

Sachin Kalbag is executive editor of MiD DAY, a Mumbai-based tabloid. He joined MiD DAY in his second stint in March 2011.

Sachin has been a journalist for 18 years, and began his career as a trainee copy editor and features writer at MiD DAY in 1994. He later was content head at mid-day.com; executive editor of Digit, a technology magazine; Washington correspondent at DNA; Online Editor at Hindustan Times; and Senior Editor at Mail Today (immediately prior to his assignment at MiD DAY).

Sameer Pitalwalla

Sameer Pitalwalla, Sr. Vice President, UTV Interactive and Business Head, Celebrity and Video

Sameer has 7 years of experience across the technology, media and internet domain and is currently responsible for spear-heading UTV Interactive’s digital celebrity and digital video divisions in addition to heading ‘Interactive’ for UTV’s television channels including Bindass and UTV Stars.

Prior to joining UTV Interactive, Sameer worked with the Times Group, where he created and built the Times Audience Network (TAN), the digital video arm of the Times Group. In addition to his role in TAN, Sameer was also the Business Head of Follo, the Group’s foray into digital distribution of celebrity content.

Sameer Rajadnya

Sameer Rajadnya, Head, The Brand New Company

With a background in Hotel Management, Advertising Copy, Graphic Design, and Marketing – Sameer Rajadnya brings a range of experience to his current profile – creating Online Branding and Publishing. In a varied career, he has helped open a restaurant in central London, worked on ecommerce b2b sites for the US market, designed an award-winning website for an ICT start-up for rural India, Created IT focused marketing material and designed interactive CD’s and brochures for industries ranging from fashion and travel to construction, while creating graphics and branding for all.

Sandeep Amar, Head  - Marketing, Audience and Sales Strategy,  Times Internet Limited

Sandeep Amar, Head – Marketing, Audience and Sales Strategy, Times Internet Limited

Mr. Sandeep Amar is the Head – Marketing, Audience and Sales Strategy at Times Internet Limited. Sandeep carries with him 12 years’ rich experience in fields as diverse as marketing, brand communications, media and finance. He has worked with some of the industry-leading organizations like Citigroup India, Zee Telefilms Ltd, The Hindustan Times and the Times of India Group.

Wearing his Head of Marketing hat, he leads the complete brand campaign for all Indiatimes properties and as Head of Audience, he leads the analytics, retention and engagement, and SEO efforts for the entire Indiatimes portal group. As the Head of Marketing for Timesjobs.com, Magicbricks.com, Simplymarry.com, ads2book.com, and the Business Head for Simplymarry.com and Ads2book.com, Sandeep led one of the biggest online campaigns in India.

Sandeep is an alumnus of the Faculty of Management Studies (FMS), University of Delhi, from where he did an MBA with specialization in marketing management.

At IndiaSocial Summit 2012, Sandeep would conduct a master-class session on ‘Decoding Analytics’.

Sandip Maiti

Sandip Maiti, co-founder & CEO at Digital Agency Experience Commerce (EC)

Sandip Maiti, co-founder & CEO at Digital Agency Experience Commerce (EC), heads up the Creative, Content & Planning teams, producing many of India’s smartest digital campaigns over the past 3 years.
Sandip holds a M.S. from Case Western Reserve in USA, and has over 20 years of experience building brands in USA and India. His dream is to establish EC as a globally acclaimed independent digital marketing and media company in the next 5 years.

Sanjay Mehta

Sanjay Mehta, Founder and joint CEO, Social Wavelength

Sanjay is founder and joint CEO of Social Wavelength, one of India’s leading pure-play Social Media Agencies. Prior to Social Wavelength, Sanjay has been in the space of internet businesses, and in fact, was one of India’s earlier internet entrepreneurs, when he started Homeindia.com in 1998

After divesting the stake in Homeindia.com, Sanjay took up the position of COO at an 800 person team, at the Compare Infobase Ltd., another Internet company.

With this rich experience of 20+ years now, Sanjay has launched his new entrepreneurial venture in the space of Social media management services, Social Wavelength.

Santosh Desai, MD & CEO, Future Brands

Santosh Desai, MD & CEO, Future Brands

Santosh Desai is currently the MD & CEO of Futurebrands India Ltd. An IIM Ahmedabad post graduate has has 21 years of experience in advertising and also has been the President of McCann-Erickson, India. Santosh is also the author of ‘City City Bang Bang’, a weekly column in The Times of India.

Senjam Raj Sekhar

Senjam Raj Sekhar, Director –Communications & Brand, Vedanta Group

Named among the 100 most influential communicators in the world by the Holmes Report, Senjam Raj Sekhar oversees global communications and branding for Vedanta, a global natural resources company with operations in India, Australia, Ireland, Zambia, Liberia, Sri Lanka, South Africa and Namibia. Earlier he was a Senior Vice President with Bharti, where he led communications for Airtel’s successful foray in 20 countries across Africa and South Asia. He is also a columnist with The Asian Age, Mail Today and Deccan Chronicle.

Group President, Corporate Branding & Strategic Initiatives, Essar Group

Shivnath Thukral, Group President, Corporate Branding & Strategic Initiatives, Essar Group

Shivnath Thukral is Group President, Corporate Branding & Strategic Initiatives, Essar Group. Shivnath holds a Masters Degree in Economics from Delhi School of Economics, and also has a Master’s Degree in Media from the U.S. He was with NDTV previously where he served for 14 years in different capacities, the last as Group Business Editor and Advisor – Strategy.

Suhel Seth

Suhel Seth, Managing Partner, Counselage India

Suhel Seth is the Managing Partner of Counselage India and founder of Equus.

Counselage is India’s only strategic brand management and marketing consultancy advising Chairpersons and CEOs on branding and marketing. Counselage works for Tata Steel, The Taj Group of Hotels, Hero Honda, Tata Teleservices, NDTV, Coca Cola, and Max India amongst others.

Sumit Mehra

Sumit Mehra, Executive Producer, Zynga

Sumit is the Executive Producer at Zynga, the world’s leading social games provider. Sumit started his gaming career straight out of college in a start-up as a JavaScript Game Programmer. He later moved to Seattle with Microsoft Games where he shipped multiple first party games, worked on Xbox LIVE platform and contributed to products like Games for Windows LIVE and Xbox LIVE on Windows Phone 7. He has been with Zynga since 2011

Tripti Lochan

Tripti Lochan, CEO, VML Qais

Tripti has been successfully leading teams in the Internet, wireless & direct marketing space for the last 22 years. She has worked extensively in Asia, the Middle East and in the US helping client businesses harness the power of the digital medium.

Tushar Vyas

Tushar Vyas, Managing Partner, GroupM South Asia

Tushar Vyas is part of GroupM South Asia ExCo and leading digital media practise for GroupM South Asia. He is also responsible for investment and corporate business development. He has also launched Digital Media business unit (Interaction) for GroupM India and built up the team and expanded services in areas like search, mobile and social. Tushar has been speaker at various online, mobile & digital media summits and was part of the IAMAI governing council.

VanitaKohli-Khandekar

Vanita Kohli Khandekar, Media specialist, columnist and author

Media specialist, writer & columnist Business Standard, Mid-Day, author The Indian Media Business

Vijay Sankaran

Vijay Sankaran, Head, Social Media, Nokia Siemens Networks

Vijay Sankaran describes himself as a ‘digital guy from the analog generation’.
He has two decades of advertising, communications and digital solutions experience, largely in the creative and strategy function. He is currently Head, Social Media at Nokia Siemens Networks, exploring the advantages of catalyzing ‘social marcomms’ from the inside.

Vijay Shekhar Sharma, CEO, One97

Vijay Shekhar Sharma, CEO, One97

Vijay Shekhar Sharma is the founder of One97 Communications Limited and Paytm. He is also a partner in One97 Mobility Fund. He is one of the pioneers in the Indian Mobile VAS space.

Viral Oza

Viral Oza, Director – Marketing, Nokia India

Viral Oza, Director – Marketing, joined Nokia in Aug 2008. In this role, Viral is responsible for growing the market share, building the Nokia brand and driving marketing initiatives across consumer touchpoints for Nokia in India.

An MBA from Narsee Monjee Institute, Viral brings with him over 16 yrs of experience with Unilever in India and overseas in Asia & his last assignment being Category Director, Skin Care for Africa, Middle East & Turkey. Viral was associated with Unilever’s Deodorant business for many years where he was heading the marketing for Axe Deodorant across Asia. Prior to that, during his stint in HUL, his successes include the launch and establishment of Axe in India. He has also had invaluable experience in implementation of the Regional marketing structure in Asia and Africa-Middle East.

Subhamoy Das

Subhamoy Das, Associate Vice President – Communications, Deloitte

Subhamoy is a former journalist, social media enthusiast, and Communications professional with over 14 years of experience in global media and Public Relations. He worked for several years as a journalist and multimedia editor with India’s leading media companies including the Hindustan Times Limited, the India Today Group, Cybermedia Limited, and the New York Times Company. He has also authored four books, and written for various national and international publications. One of India’s first and foremost bloggers, he has been writing a popular blog for the New York Times’ About.com since 1999. Subhamoy is currently employed with Deloitte, the world’s largest professional services organization, as a Communications leader.