Speakers Profile

Ankur Kalra

Ankur Kalra
Founder and CEO - Vibgyor Brand Services

Ankur started working very early as a sales executive selling credit cards for standard chartered bank in 1995 during his graduation days. While closing the sale at a clients office, he landed up with a job at one of India’s premier event management companies at that time – Wizcraft. There has been no looking back ever since and he went on to work for about 6 years at different companies such as Magnum Nexus, National Georgaphic Channel and Star TV india before taking the enterpreneural plunge in 2002.

Vibgyor Brand Services which started off as a one man outfit in Ankur’s backyard in 2002 has today grown into India’s leading Experiential Marketing Agency with over 100 employees and its own offices across 3 cities. It is proud to be the custodian of various local and international brands such as Unilever, Dabur, Samsung, Gionee, TAG Heuer, Pepsico and many more, having done more than 7000 experiential projects in the last 14 years. Vibgyor has won several awards and accolades for its innovative and path breaking campaigns at various platforms including EEMAX, PMAA & Wow awards asia.

In addition to the above Ankur has also been instrumental in the formation of EEMA – the apex body representing the Event & Experiential space in the country. He has been serving on the National Executive Council in various capacities since the formation of the association in 2008. He is the chairperson of the legal cell and has been engaged with various initiatives to streamline the music licencing & copyright laws across the country.

Arvind Jyot Sabhaney

Arvind Jyot Sabhaney
Arvind Jyot Sabhaney

Event Management Specialist with extensive credentials in managing key accounts. Proven ability to lead efforts in the areas of business strategy planning & development, market research, account acquisition, competitive strategies, & profitability improvement. Possess excellent expertise in business relationship management, inviting corporate sponsorships from renowned Organisations. Organised, managed & executed large events/promotions increasing mileage. Consistently recognised for exceptional organising & planning capabilities. Creative & resourceful in generating new ideas/concepts. Proficient in conceptualisation & design of entire communication packages, with the ability to provide comprehensive & creative solutions. Aggressive, enthusiastic & energetic self-starter. Effectively work both independently & as a team worker.

PROFESSIONAL WORK EXPERIENCE

Zeroin, Bangalore 1985 - to date
(In the business of event management primarily, besides offering services like graphic design, Desktop Publishing, Multimedia, Printing & other related services). Chief Operating Officer reporting to the Board of Directors. Leads a 25-member team.

team.i – The Entertainment & Media Institute 2001 – date
(In the business of education, Media & Entertainment – Events, PR, Advt, offers various courses from 6 months to MBA in these verticals.)

Consulting:
With companies (offering them complete brand solutions) and with educational institutes in the field of ‘media & entertainment’.

Deepak Choudhary

Deepak Choudhary
Founder and Director - eventcapital.in

As a first-generation entrepreneur, Deepak has been instrumental in creating new companies, worked on funding strategies and diversified business opportunities for successful startups including Greycells Education Media (A BSE listed company), EMDI Institute of Media & Communication, EVENTFAQS and Fatcat Café all in a span of 12 years. Over the past three years at EVENT CAPITAL, India's premier Event IP company, Deepak has created iconic IPs including Bike Festival of India, India Kids Fashion Week, The Edutainment Show and Awards, Bollywood Dance Music Tour and the Grover Wine Festival and Bollywood Music Project

Deepak has a reputation of achieving consistent profitability for all the businesses he is involve in, and is equipped with industry foresights and sharp business acumen. A leader in thoughts and action, he guides the team at Event Capital to become the best in the game and successful in the process at each juncture.

Dr. Jaideep Mehta

Dr. Jaideep Mehta
Founder and CMD - True Events

16 Years of journey as Founder and Chief Managing Director that has created True Events and World Wide Weddings as a Technology driven premier entertainment Company of India. As one of the most reputed Events and Entertainment Companies with specializing in the spectacular, I have ensured to provide State-of-the art Technologies, planning and workmanship enabling to create utmost success in experience at social Events and Brand Communication through various mediums.

A 51 Year old French University - MEDICINE ALTERNATIVA recognized Dr. JAYDEEP MEHTA in Colombo, Sri Lanka. Dr. JAIDEEP MEHTA is the 1st Indian who got recognized as Doctor Of Honours in Event Management. True Events is the only Company to get thid recognition at an International level.

The Key success formula for me and my Companies is to measure impact of each Event that has been highly influential in redesigning the trends of marketing communication for many large Corporate. Whether planning ,designing, or producing an Event of any scale. I ensure my Company and team members, at all times, that the magic of a truly memorable Event is in the details, but so is the devil. I am constantly striving to outdo my past performance. Put simply, our-top-of-the-line personnel produce unforgettable results via innovative ideas using the most modern technology thus communicating beyond
advertising.

Gaurav Garg

Gaurav Garg
Founder and CEO - Eventfulindia.com

Gaurav is a MARCOM strategist with dual competencies in business of 'events' and domain of 'technology'. He studied for Master's degree in Events Management at Leeds Metropolitan University (UK) and specialises in large-format event planning and marketing. Gaurav holds to his credit few of the biggest and award-winning televised events and BTL campaigns as chief strategist and producer. With first degree in computing from Bundelkhand University (India), he spent his early years running a dot-com enterprise in a relatively smaller town in late nineties. Gaurav now brings together best use of applied technology to his experience of working in events industry, solving its present challenges and leveraging its future opportunities. He has travelled extensively across United States, United Kingdom, Europe, Africa, Middle-East and Asian Sub-Continent on industry events, conventions and FAM Trips. Gaurav also believes in sharing his knowledge with future-leaders, and often shares his insights with students at leading universities, colleges and institutes across India. He is presently responsible for Research, Technology and Strategy at Propaganda EMG with special focus on eventfulindia.

Harish Babu

Harish Babu
Managing Director

Harish Babu is the Managing Director with 21 years of experience in running a profitable national business. Verifiable year-after-year success achieving revenue, profit, and business growth objectives within start-up, turnaround, and rapid-change environments. Extensive hands on experience with Brand Building, which requires deep understanding of critical business drivers in multiple markets and industries; highly successful in building relationships with upper-level decision makers, seizing control of critical problem areas, and delivering on commitments. Highly motivated & performance-driven. Led and inspired worldwide teams.

P Radhakrishnan

P Radhakrishnan
Director & Head - FICCI Karnataka State Council

Mr P Radhakrishnan is the Director & Head, Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI) Karnataka State Council since 2011.

FICCI is the voice of India's business and industry. Established in 1927, it is India's oldest and largest apex business organization. It serves its members from the Indian private and public corporate sectors and multinational companies, drawing its strength from diverse regional chambers of commerce and industry across states, reaching out to over 2,50,000 companies.

Prior to FICCI, Mr Radhakrishnan was the Director & Head, Confederation of Indian Industry (CII), Karnataka, Kerala and Mysore.

He had also worked on academic and research with the National Institute of Public Finance and Policy, New Delhi.

Rakhi Kankaria

Rakhi Kankaria
Founder Director - Rachnoutsav

Rachnoutsav is the brainchild of Rakhi Kankaria. She is the genesis of journey called Rachnoutsav; she is the execution and administration brain behind the inception and the growing acceptance of Rachnoutsav in the market place today as a full spectrum events company. She is responsible for bringing to life all the brilliant ideas that have come out of Rachnoutsav. It was Rakhi’s clear foresight and articulate vision that metamorphosed Rachnoutsav into a premium flagship brand in the event industry map of India.

As a women entrepreneur having taken forward Rachnoutsav Events Pvt. Ltd. for over 20 successful years handling events across the globe, wanting to give back to the industry she envisioned Rachnoutsav Academy. She has a multifaceted personality, bestowed with the Best Wedding Planner Award from EEMA, Pearl of Hyderabad by TCEI, Best Woman Entrepreneur Award by ALEAP, PRCI Women Achiever Award, PRCI Best Wedding Planner Award and many more to reckon with. She admits-It’s all a team effort by Team Rachnoutsav; she is a key member of several associations. Presently the EEMA Vice President South, FICCI Ladies Organisation – Events committee Head, Vice President of TCEI, Chapter chairperson of ALL Ladies League, Hyderabad.

Syed Sultan Ahmed

Syed Sultan Ahmed
Managing Director, LXL Ideas

A passionate educator, recipient of 4 President of India’s National Film Awards. Sultan holds a Masters degree in Entrepreneurship from MIT-Boston, he is a film producer, Chemical Engineer, certified NLP practitioner and Master Trainer from Dale Carnegie. An amazing speaker, admired event manager, and a prolific educational blogger, Sultan’s many interests include riding his Harley Davidson.

A 1st Generation entrepreneur, Sultan founded LXL Ideas (formerly EduMedia) an organisation that impacts learning for by making lessons for life through its verticals – Mentor: India’s leading education publication, School Cinema: a film-based module that makes learning lessons of life an entertaining experience & Krayon: India’s most respected events brand that conceptualises & organises large-impact kids’ events.

Sultan is an advisor to CIET-NCERT and member of FICCI School Education Committee. He has published several research papers in international journals. Sultan also serves on boards of several enterprises like EduSports, Thoughtnet Technologies, DexGlobal, Campus Dairies, Blue Ribbon Movement, I Love Mondays etc

Watch Sultan’s TEDx Bangalore Talk on “Soft skilling India’s school children through films

Arvind Kumar

Arvind Kumar
Executive Director - The Advertisement Club
        • Has over 35 years of experience in Media, Advertising & Marketing
        • Served as a Response Head in The Times of India, Bangalore
        • Launched The Asian Age in Bangalore and Managed The Asian Age Calcutta for The UB Group
        • Launched 7 language Channels for ZEE Network and served the Group as Sr Vice President – Marketing
        • Pioneered the Concept of Corporate Barters in South
        • Has Been President of The Advertising Club Bangalore for 3 terms and Associated with The Advertising Club for three decades.
        • Currently Executive Director of The Advertising Club for last 7 years

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