VP- Brands & Special Projects
A passionist at heart, Ankoor believes in the power of Energy & Energize. He brings with him a pedigree of 19 years across the spectrum of print, digital, mobile, events across functions ,along with a strong network of C-Suite which he drives with Return on Relationships. Having had the opportunity to have worked with diverse teams, Ankoor also has been part of the core teams to launch key international IPs and pilot projects in India. Trained from Dale Carnegie in ‘Mentoring to Develop Talent’ , Ankoor also completed a residential executive education program from ISB Hyderabad in Digital & Social Media Marketing Strategies. An avid writer and speaker, Ankoor has done guest lecture at NIT Trichy and was nominated as Chairman and speaker at 2nd and 3rd edition of Marketing Analytics Summit while also being in the Jury panel for DMA Asia Echo Awards 2019. Ankoor believes in unlearning, learning andhaving stimulating conversations around what can make the world a better place.
Founder & COO
MensXP & Indiatimes Lifestyle Network
At Times Internet, he founded the Indiatimes Lifestyle Network which includes Indiatimes.com, 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, Indiatimes.com was ranked the world’s most engaged brand on Facebook ahead of Fox, CNN, Nytimes, Huffington-Post, Buzzfeed, etc.
Head- Content & Experience
Gayatri Sundaram is an experience enthusiast, vibrant content creator and marketing professional with
over 12 years’ across the entertainment industry. In her role at KidZania India as Head of Content &
Experience, she handles a key portfolio of driving customized experiences during the launch of two
facilities in India [Mumbai and Delhi NCR]. Her job is to create mindful and purpose-driven experiences
for brand and business amalgamation.
She has worked with Doordarshan in the films and marketing division, TBWA as a copywriter, At
Big FM she was responsible for the programming, show strategies and brand solutions. During
her tenure with Zee TV, she was largely handling reality shows for Zee Café and Zee Studio
alongside Innovations and AFPs for niche channels.
She practices “Adapt, Adopt, Evolve!”,as the mantra for success in content creation and
consumption. She loves travelling, reading, scuba diving and equipping new moms to tricks and
tips of motherhood. Even in her leisure she continues storytelling but to her toddler son.
Nitin leads one of India’s largest digital-first marketing communications agencies, Magnon\TBWA, in the capacity of its Managing Director. In March 2014, Nitin became one of the youngest multinational agency Managing Directors
in the history of Indian advertising. The agency he leads is part of the Fortune 500 Omnicom Group, and is an integral arm of TBWA, a global top-10 advertising network. While leading the award-winning agency, Nitin loves to stay hands-on with the business. He has directly led winning numerous key relationships for the agency including- Suzuki, Michelin, Standard Chartered Bank, UNICEF, Sony, Hyundai, Daikin, Valvoline, Hilton etc. His deep understanding of the digital medium and the ability to adapt & align in the ever- evolving advertising domain has resulted into creative disruption for numerous brands. As part of his zeal to give-back, Nitin is associated with several industry & academic forums including IMT Institutes, DMA ASIA ECHO Awards and Silicon India. He is also on the advisory panel of several start-ups in the digital marketing & advertising domain including
The Higher Pitch, Nine Triangles and RefEarn. A Google certified mobile advertising expert and an alumnus of Omnicom University, at heart, he remains a self-proclaimed auto-expert, Schumacher cult follower and a thorough
Assistant Vice President & Head- Marketing and Digital Solutions
Priyadarshi Banerjee is a cross functional media & marketing strategist with a decade’s experience having worked across multiple functions in the publishing industry – including Consumer Marketing, Retail Sales, Digital Brand Solutions, Content and Audience strategy, Circulation Sales & Distribution, CRM & Analytics, E-commerce, Creative Strategy and Campaign Management. He has spent over 10 years working for global publishing brands like Readers Digest and National Geographic in India and Singapore, where he looked after their Direct-to-Consumer, International Licensing and Merchandising Businesses.
Priyadarshi has also had a short stint in the business of Advertising, where he worked in the area of Aviation, Lubricants, BFSI and FMCG brands specializing in running consumer & trade loyalty programs. His educations background includes prestigious names like St. Xavier’s College Kolkata and IMT Ghaziabad. In his current role with Worldwide Media Pvt Ltd, Priyadarshi handles a unique dual portfolio of being a product marketer and a digital brand solutions strategist, championing both traditional and new media causes for the company, by focusing on print readership growth, as well as digital ad revenues.
Priyadarshi is an empiricist to the core, a firm believer in the new media revolution and consumer evolution theories, apart from being a part time musician and an avid traveler.
Founding Member & Chief Editor
Starting her career in 1994 as the youngest member of a PR firm, Parul went on to work in different aspects of Corporate Communications over the next decade at organizations such as Perfect Relations, Media Workshop and Ascom India. This wide ranging experience gave her a comprehensive understanding and hands on exposure to various aspects of Corporate Communications – from media strategy to content creation across print, multimedia and Internet.
She took a break from full time corporate work only when her children arrived and then decided to spend quality time with them. While she may have stepped back from a full time corporate career, she found a new calling in creative content generation. She credits her two daughters for unleashing her creative side like never before. Parul continued to write on a project basis and also co-founded Tweetmintt, a creative agency that conceptualized and produced personalized, innovative products for children.
Parul is part of the founding team of Momspresso (mycity4kids) and was responsible for the content generation for the website. With a combination of her experience with content and the unique ‘mums’ perspective, she has been able to contribute immensely to the strategic positioning of the platform, including coining the new name – Momspresso.
In addition to her role as Chief Editor, Parul is also heading Momspresso Studios, the video production arm of the company. She brings her core strength in content creation to conceptualizing, scripting and producing videos across several formats. The films that hold particular place of pride in her portfolio include funny slice-of-life videos shot entirely on an iPhone, documentaries made on women’s health issues and critically acclaimed concept-based digital campaigns for brand partners. While conceptualizing these films, her focus is to ensure a progressive and realistic portrayal of women, smashing stereotypes pushed by commercial media for years. She has also anchored over 200 panel discussions, live social media sessions with other mothers and experts and interviews with celebrities.
On Women’s Day 2019, Parul launched Momspresso’s very own talk show, ‘Let’s Talk with Parul’. The talk show stands for Momspresso’s vision to be a driving force of inspiration for women and aims at taking up issues that impact their lives, but are rarely spoken about. Each of our topics leads to thought-provoking conversations with the accomplished guests on our panel – whether an expert, a celebrity, a survivor, an inspirational personality or the quintessential mom-next-door, but each one with a personal story of strength and inspiration. ‘Let’s Talk with Parul’ is produced in partnership with Facebook and is broadcast live from the Facebook Studio every fortnight.
Chief Business Officer
Mr. Mandar Natekar is the Chief Business Officer at KidZania India, He is responsible for building business & taking forward the brand with his vast knowledge and focus to deliver Magical and Memorable experiences.He has over two decades of experience in the media & entertainment industry working with leading media brands like TOI, Sony, BigAdda, HBO, Movies Now & MTV, During his last stint with Viacom 18, Mandar was responsible for managing the entire revenue stream for brand MTV, Pepsi Mtv Indies & Mtv Beats across Ad-Sales, Large Format Sponsorships, Digital Properties & Branded Content. His expertise lies in creating large format revenue partnerships and creating newer opportunities for scaling up revenue streams across start-ups to established businesses. An avid cricket player and a trained boxer, Mr. Mandar is also passionate about story-telling and has his own blog – soccerdad.in
Program Director - South Asia
Media Investment Development Fund
• 18 years across Venture Investments (media/B2C) & Media Businesses
• South Asia Director for global impact fund – Media Development Investment Fund
• COO of India’s 1st funding organization for independent news media – managed US$20 million
• Strategy & corporate roles at India’s largest media house – The Times Group – closed US$160 million in deals
• Senior editorial leadership roles in – CNBC-TV18, Bloomberg TV India – led large pan-India teams
Chief Marketing Officer
ScoopWhoop Media Pvt Limited
Meghana Bhat, Chief Marketing Officer at ScoopWhoop Media Pvt Limited, has spent over a decade in experiential & digital marketing. In her current role, she is responsible for brand building and B2B marketing strategy while also overseeing ScoopWhoop Mumbai operations. She joined Scoop Media Pvt Ltd. in 2016, as part of the senior management team.
Meghana has been instrumental in setting up and growing the Mumbai operations from 4 person to now a 20+ member team with editorial fiction, branded content and regional sales all based there. She's also been a key facilitator of the growth in revenues from branded content, expansion of the client roster as well as building strategic relationships with brands and agencies.
Meghana was previously with Dentsu Webchutney as National Creative Director and Chief Operating Officer where she was responsible for delivering award-winning solutions and achieving record revenue growth. Apart from work, she loves parenting, travel and trying out new experiences.
A Dada Saheb Phalke Film Foundation awardee, Rajiee M Shinde is CEO, Showbox, and a
prominent figure in the Punjabi music industry with wide-ranging experience in
entrepreneurship, programme planning and production. She is a well-known film producer with
chart-busting Punjabi films like Disco Singh and Zorawar to her credit. She has conceptualized
and launched numerous events and talent hunt shows in India and abroad.
Ms Shinde was CEO with PTC Network, where she launched and managed four Punjabi
channels. Ms Shinde is a former business head at ETC Punjabi channel of Zee Group.
Ms Shinde has been conferred with many prestigious awards such as Dada Saheb Phalke Film
Foundation Award for ‘Women Entrepreneur of the Year for TV & Films’. She is the recipient of
Magicka Women Achiever Award 2016, Sangrur Heritage Award 2016, and Vishwa Punjabi
Gaurav Puraskar 2016 for her immense contribution to the Punjabi entertainment industry.
Additionally, she has been conferred with Excellence in Media in the BIMSTEC-SAARC Women
Empowerment Forum 2017 organized by ASSOCHAM under the Ministry of External Affairs.
Co-founder & CEO
Prashant Puri is the co-founder & CEO of AdLift, a global digital marketing agency. An alumnus from Columbia University, Prashant is a digital marketing expert having an extensive 15+ years of industry experience. With his ability of building websites into multi-million dollar enterprises, he played an instrumental role in setting up the company and taking it to a high growth trajectory. Prior to founding AdLift, Prashant played the Head of Global Marketing at eBay’s comparison-shopping arm – Shopping.com, where he established footprints of the company worldwide. Before that, Prashant’s leadership role at Yahoo! revolved around cutting edge technologies that focused on driving synergies between search and display.
In 2005, he successfully nurtured A&T Interactive into the second largest local search player by leading their foray into the digital marketing world. Today, AdLift is one of the country’s top search-marketing firms, focused on delivering digital marketing ROI. To keep company’s elevations high, Prashant works closely with a number of Fortune 500 companies.
Indiatimes Lifestyle Network
Gaurav Bansal is the Brand Head at India’s No. 1 millennial focused lifestyle network, the Indiatimes Lifestyle Network featuring MensXP, iDiva, WhatsHot and Indiatimes.com. Gaurav has 17+ years of experience in creation and placement of brand marketing efforts that support some of India’s largest businesses including Philips, Pepsico, Wrigley’s, HBO & Twinings through media planning, creative development, metrics, market research, and vendor management. Before joining Times Internet, Gaurav was the Senior Associate -Content & Creative Excellence with Coca Cola India, and was working with some of its key brands including Sprite, Limca and Thums Up. He has also held senior roles in some of the biggest ad agencies in the country including DDB Mudra Group, Ogilvy & Mather and Dentsu. Gaurav holds a PG Diploma in Advertising & Marketing from the Institute for Management Studies & Information Technologies, New Delhi YMCA.
National SEO Director
NEO Media World
Anil Kumar Singh comes to [email protected] with more than 17 years of experience in digital advertising. currently working with [email protected] as a National Director of SEO. There he is Accountable for the agency’s SEO and content vision, and managing the growth of the product by overseeing the SEO Leads, supporting the Client Services team, and playing an active role in New Business opportunities. He was previously India Head of SEO in Interactive avenues, Digital arm of IPG Mediabrands . He had built SEO team & business from scratch and stabilised IA into a leader in SEO for the Indian market working with major brands like ICICI BANK, Micromax, Cleartrip, SBI, Mahindra & Mahindra, GENPACT,Dishtv, Airtel and BookMyshow. Anil helped Interactive Avenues SEO Business reach
scale in less than 3 years. Qualification : Master of Computer Science (M.Sc) Honors and Awards : Best SEO -India Digital Media Awards 2015 Exchange4Media & Jagran June 2015 Best SEO Category Award by Afaqs! At DIGITAL AGENCY AWARDS 2015 Afaqs! & Jagran.com August 2015
Digital at World Wide Media (The Times of India Group)
Nayan Patel currently works as Associate VP – Digital at World Wide Media. Nayan is responsible for enhancing the online user experience across brands, whilst ensuring consistent growth in traffic to all of the group’s digital assets. This includes managing and enhancing the user experience of over13 million followers across social assets, and growing this fan base in line with the organizational
strategy. Prior to joining World Wide Media, Nayan worked as General Manager (Products) at musafir.com, where he managed the P&L for the business and vendor relationships, together with driving technology and ROI-led marketing initiatives amongst other responsibilities. Prior to this, Nayan held key positions at Thomas Cook India Ltd, including General Manager (Products) and Senior Manager Leisure Travel (Outbound). Nayan’s work led him to receiving the National Annual Pride Award 2012for “Pioneering the Future” at Thomas Cook India Ltd. Nayan began his professional career at Larson & Turbo Ltd, where he worked on two of the most critical projects for the Indian Naval Weapons System Upgradation. He has been a recipient of the “Order of Merit” Award by the Marketing Agencies Association’s Global Academic Challenge 2009 for paper on promoting India as a tourist destination during recession. Nayan graduated from the University of Mumbai, and further went on to pursue an MBA from Narsee Monjee Institute of Management Studies (NMIMS), Mumbai. Nayan is an E-commerce enthusiast and a passionate reader.