Our Advisory Council
They walk the talk with us.
Regional Head of Media, Digital & Communication, South Asia, Reckitt & Benckiser
Bhavana Mittal is the Regional Head of Media, Digital and Communications for Reckitt Benckiser, South Asia. She is responsible for critical things such as media planning and buying, digital capability building, performance management. She has been honored with the 3rd Aadhi Aabadi Women Achievers Award 2011, a platform to give recognition and honor to women and emerged as a role model and inspiration to others.
Sujatha V Kumar
Director-Category Marketing & Corporate Brand, The Coca Cola Company
Sujatha has a work experience of over 19 years, largely in the field of Marketing, and has worked extensively in all key areas, such as Brand development, Launch strategy, Category Management, Retail strategy and promotions, Creating Advertising, Consumer behavior, Client Engagement, Market Research and In-market implementation of Programs. She currently works at The Coca-Cola Company and has been here since 2011. She started as Category Director – Coca-Cola and headed the Brand until April 2014. During this period, she worked to shape the brand and creative strategy of making the Coca-Cola promise of “Being the Happiness Icon” relevant for India. This brought the brand to a strong volume growth, making it the fastest growing brand in the Portfolio. She is now Director – Category Marketing & Corporate Brand. She started her career as Assistant Brand Manager at Procter & Gamble and has since gathered rich work experience in Sales and Marketing across companies such as Gillette, Nokia, and The Royal Bank of Scotland. Apart from work, her extra-curricular passion is music. She is the lead singer of the Band “Mid Life Crisis” (a band comprising of people from the corporate world who have a passion for music), and performs in concerts around NCR. Their last shows were in Hard Rock Café Delhi and Gurgaon.
Vani Gupta Dandia
Marketing Director, Indian Snacks, Foods, PepsiCo India
Vani has over 20 years experience in marketing & has worked on several global brands including Sunsilk, Dove, Veet, Fa, Coca-cola and Adidas.
Vani joined PepsiCo India in 2011 and has led the development & launch of flavored oats – a range of sweet and savoury variants, with inclusions of real vegetables and fruits. Vani led Kurkure’s expansion into puffed snacks with a category reframing proposition, “Play & Eat” with a new range of products. Recent recognitions achieved include:
Listed by ‘Business Today’ as the Hottest Young Executives under 40 in 2015, in a nationwide survey.
Won the ‘India Region Above and Beyond 2014 Chairman’s Award’ from Indra Nooyi, for successfully building a new platform of growth for Pepsi Foods.
Won the Innovation Excellence Award at the Annual Sales & Marketing Conference in Dec 2013
Won the AMEA PwP Sustained Performance Award for the Kurkure Puffed Khelo Khalo (Play and Eat)
She is currently leading the Indian Snacks Category with the objective of strengthening the masterbrand Kurkure with varied snacking experiences that delight consumers.
In her previous assignment with Unilever, she worked as a Senior Global Project Leader and successfully launched a range of hair care products for colored hair across South East Asia and South Asia. Before Unilever, Vani worked with Reckitt Benckiser, where she launched Veet in India for the first time and crafted a success model for emerging markets which was felicitated at the Annual Global Marketing Conference in Prague.
She also worked with Henkel on Fa where she was one among 6 Brand Managers chosen globally, to participate in the Annual 2002 Marketing Conference of Country Heads, held at Lanzarote, Canary Islands (Spain).
Vani takes keen interest in painting and sculpture, theatre and traveling. She was part of India’s leading Hindi theatre group Yatri, with whom she performed more than 20 stage shows at Prithvi and NCPA, Mumbai.
Head, Marketing GAP (Arvind Lifestyle Brands)
Melanie is the Head of Marketing for Gap, responsible for architecting, and driving the Brand Marketing Strategy for the brand’s launch and presence in India. With data at the core of everything she does, she enjoys constantly experimenting with new technologies and initiatives in the digital marketing, and customer loyalty spheres to deliver double-digit ROI oriented campaigns. Following her gut, and passion to always grow, she spent over half a decade in cross industry client-facing roles in advertising films, contract publishing and PR consultancy in Mumbai, and London. She has worked for clients in the FMCG, lifestyle, and finance space. With the aim to amalgamate her expertise, she joined the retail giant, Arvind Lifestyle Brands Ltd. to manage Marketing and PR for DEBENHAMS and NEXT. She is an alumnus of University of Westminster, UK. In her free time, she enjoys reading, knitting, and playing golf.
Project Head, Swecare Foundation
Shampa is a founding member of an Indian healthcare start-up, dedicated to reducing the global chronic disease burden. Currently at Swecare Foundation, she is
devoted to identifying collaborative opportunities and forging sustainable partnerships. With an MBA from INSEAD as well as degrees in Industrial Engineering and Political Science from Columbia University, Shampa has over ten years experience in Sub-Saharan Africa, Western Europe, and South Asia – always working relentlessly to promote equality.
Head of Ecommerce, FabIndia
I have been on the internet business since day one of my work - hooked to the knowledge this medium provides and fascinated by the potential for change that it can bring in peoples & lives. Still feel inadequate despite spending 17 years glued to the subject, as each passing day brings forth a new dimension to this multi-faceted medium. Passionate about business and tech, wanting to be a part of the revolutionary disruption this is bringing in this world. My expertise largely sets in the
following aspects - eCommerce Strategy and Set Up, Omni-channel, Digital Strategy & Marketing: SEO, SEM, SMO, Email, Affiliates, Influencer, Content, CRM and Loyalty. Enjoying the journey.
Co-Founder & CEO, Paisabazaar.com| CMO, Policybazaar.com
Naveen Kukreja is the co-founder and CEO of Paisabazaar.com and the Chief Marketing Officer of Policybazaar.com. Under Naveen’s leadership, Paisabazaar.com today stands tall as India’s biggest marketplace platform for lending products, within 3 years of inception.
Naveen comes with a deep financial services experience of over 16 years, having worked with Citibank in India, Capital One Bank in the UK and as the Senior Vice President of Marketing and Strategy at Aviva Life Insurance. He has most recently been felicitated by Business World with the ’40 under 40’ award – a recognition to India’s top 40 leaders under the age of 40.
As co-founder and CEO, Naveen has grown Paisabazaar.com as one of India’s biggest fintechs. A few big milestones in its short journey so far: Pasiabazaar.com is the only online financial player in India to have disbursed loans worth Rs 2500 crore (USD 350 million) in 2016-17. Currently, we disburse loans worth ~ Rs 300 crore every month to customers from over 250 cities and towns across India.
Paisabazaar.com runs India’s largest consumer credit awareness program by offering free credit report with monthly updates on its platform. Around 4 lakh customers generate their Credit Report from the Paisabazaar platform every month. Paisabazaar.com gets 5 million visits every month, growing at 12% per month
Paisabazaar.com has been conferred with ‘The Best Financial Services Brand’ & 'Best Digital Platform for Credit Cards’ by Economic Times, India’s most read financial daily. It has also been awarded with Money Tech ‘Startup of the Year’ and ‘Best Innovation in Customer Experience.' It offers 100+ products and works with over 60 banks and financial institutions
Founder, Music Concepts; CEO Healthglades
Rated as one of the 50 Most Influential Women in Media by the Exchange 4 Media group for 2 years in a row, Mala Sekhri is one of the most prominent names in the Indian Media and Entertainment circuits.
Being one of the key people who contributed to the success story of the illustrious India Today Group, she has played a pioneering role in bringing in the most foreign magazine titles to India. She has launched and run operations of the most popular health and lifestyle Magazines in India, including Cosmopolitan, India Today Plus, Business Today, Women’s Health, Good Housekeeping, Harper’s Bazaar among others.
During her stint as the host of “Sureeli Baat” on India’s eminent news channel, Aaj Tak, she has interviewed the likes of Kailash Kher , Shaan, Sonu Nigam, Shafqat Amanat Ali, Daler Mehdi, Sunidhi Chauhan and Usha Uthup among others.
In her role as moderator and anchor for many group events and programmes, she has interviewed several celebrities like Dr. Jeffery Life, Dr Deepak Chopra, Sonu Nigam, Shah Rukh Khan, Vidya Balan, KK, Vishal Dadlani etc.
In addition she has conceptualised and organised over 70 concerts with leading musicians including Ustaad Bismillah Khan, Ghulaam Ali, Ustaad Zakir Hussain, Hans Raj Hans, KK , Ustaad Shujaat Hussain Khan , Kishori Amonkar amongst many others.
Her columns as a guest author can be found in numerous publications. As a thought leader in the industry she has conceptualised and spearheaded unique and innovative entertainment properties. Her penchant for creating engaging content and making it commercially viable combined with her great interest in Music, Health and Lifestyle keeps her going.
In her new avatar Mala, is the Co-Founder of Musiconcepts - a platform for traditional and Independent Music and also the Chief Executive Officer of Healthglades, an entity on Inspired Wellness .
Managing Partner, WPP GTB ( GLOBAL TEAM BLUE)
An advertising veteran with a cool and calm exterior and a passionate soul, Babita Baruah loves to share her knowledge in the industry and management forums. With her motto #MakeItMatter, she fulfills her vision of making a difference using her drive, optimism, and over 20 years of experience with various brands.
SVP and Head- Innovation & Business Excellence Jubilant FoodWorks
An alumnus of MIT, Sloan School of Management, Subroto has over twenty years of global leadership experience delivering tangible business impact across roles in sales, marketing, operations and innovation programs in both B2B and consumer enterprises.
At JFL, Subroto is responsible for driving innovation for multiple global brands including Domino's and Dunkin' Donuts across South Asia. The program leverages a combination of digital technologies, advanced analytics and Lean Six Sigma methodologies within a design thinking framework to transform consumer experience and drive operational performance.
A recognized thought leader and speaker, Subroto's work has been featured in leading international publications including Forbes, The Economist and Harvard Business Publishing and recognized at global forums by NASSCOM and Singapore Human Capital Summit.
Co-Founder and CEO Agilio
Sanjay Tripathy is a renowned Marketing, Analytics and Digital expert with more than 25 years of industry experience. With experience in diverse domains and industries, and after hugely successful stints in organisations like GCMMF, Pepsico, Mattel, Reliance Infocom and HDFC Life, Sanjay recently shifted gears and moved to the entrepreneurial space.
This digital evangelist, highly regarded design thinker and Guru of leveraging data insights to drive complex organizational transformation projects & initiatives has set up Agilio, Asia’s first Digital Transformation consultancy. Agilio advises & guide businesses in the quest to become future-ready. Agilio is working with established MNCs & Indian companies as well as talented start-ups who aspire to be in the top quartile of their category.
CEO, DAN Performance Network
An early frontrunner in the digital revolution in India, he is a digital marketing veteran with a two-decade experience, Vivek Bhargava is the Chief Executive Officer of DAN Performance Group. He is a TEDx speaker, where he recently delivered a talk on ‘Happiness is a muscle’ at TEDx Coimbatore.