Zee MELT 2019
Mr. RS Sodhi has been the Managing Director at Gujarat Cooperative Milk Marketing Federation since January 4, 2011. Mr. Sodhi served as In charge Managing Director of Gujarat Cooperative Milk Marketing Federation from June 2010 to January 4, 2011 and also served as its Chief General Manager.
Global Chief Marketing Officer, Burger King
Fernando is a global marketer with a passion for growing brands and businesses. With more than 100 Lions in Cannes (5 GPs), 12 D&AD Yellow Pencils, 1 Grandy (McWhopper), and 2 Grand Effies in North America, Fernando is known for pushing the creative boundaries to drive business growth. Fernando was recognized by Adweek as Grand Brand Genius (2013), by the AD Club of NY as Marketer of the Year (2017), by Business Insider as top 5 most innovative CMOs (2017) and by AdAge as top 50 most creative people in the business (2017).
Vice Chairman, Ogilvy
Rory is the Vice Chairman of Ogilvy in the UK, an attractively vague job title which has allowed him to co-found a behavioral science practice within the agency. He works with a consulting practice of psychology graduates who look for ‘unseen opportunities’ in consumer behaviour – these are the very small contextual changes which can have enormous effects on the decisions people make – for instance tripling the sales rate of a call centre by adding just a few sentences to the script.
Author & Creative Leader
Dave Trott is the author of Creative Mischief and Predatory Thinking and founded four award-winning ad agencies. Born in east London, he went to art school in New York on a Rockefeller Scholarship. From there he began an illustrious career in advertising. Dave’s agency – Gold Greenlees Trott – was voted Agency of the Year by Campaign magazine, and Most Creative Agency in the World by Ad Age in New York. In 2004 he was given the D&AD President’s Award for lifetime achievement in advertising.
Global Innovation Director and CSV Manager, Nestlé
Gerardo has a wealth of experience in commercial and marketing roles at Nestlé and has been leading the company’s global innovation activities since 2012, finding new and innovative ways to solve challenges across the business. Since early 2016, he has also been leading the HENRi@Nestlé open innovation initiative.
Columnist, The Drum
A former newspaper editor and director of marketing in the high-tech industry, Samuel is now a professional marketing keynote speaker and member of Toastmasters International as well as the writer of The Promotion Fix column for The Drum. Samuel is uses his experience in journalism and marketing to show businesses, conferences, and universities the truth of the present and future of the marketing industry as a neutral observer with nothing to sell.
JP Hanson is a lawyer and marketer who has become an international authority on strategic and business analytical questions. His career started in mergers and acquisitions, corporate finance and corporate governance, before pivoting entirely to strategic questions, particularly in regards to marketing and organizational alignment. Today, he is the chief executive of consultancy Rouser, a columnist for some of the most prestigious marketing outlets in the world, a book contributor and a popular keynote speaker.
Founder & CEO, KO Insights
Kate O’Neill is helping humanity prepare for an increasingly tech-driven future by guiding business and civic leaders to be both successful and respectful with human-centric data and technology, and by helping people better understand the human impact of emerging technologies. Kate’s expertise in data-based business models, integrated experience strategy, and human-centric digital transformation comes from more than 20 years of experience and entrepreneurship leading innovations across technology, marketing, and operations in category-defining companies.
Strategy CEO, Mighty Jungle
At Mighty Jungle, Mark helps leaders, marketers, and agencies get out of their heads and into the wild using a combination of training, strategy, and writing, And he’s done this with The Economist, Decoded, Mozilla, Poo-Pourri, Dreampad, McCann, Havas, Vaynermedia, TBWA/ Media Arts Lab, and more.
Chief Experience, PwC
After 29 years in advertsign, working in Europe, Japan, Russia, Middle East and South Africa, Rodger joined the consultancy side of life. Rodger graduated at 2 art schools, 1 for graphic design and the other for art direction. Rodger has been in juries in several parts of the world, and among the awards he has won is a Cannes Grand Prix in 2016. In 2018, Rodger joined PwC to build the Experience Center in Amsterdam.
Co-Founder, Genius Steal
Faris Yakob is the author of Paid Attention, and contributing author to Creative Superpowers and Eat Your Greens. He and his partner Rosie are the co-founders of Genius Steals, a nomadic creative consultancy helping brands, agencies and rebels find the awesome. Their newsletter, Strands of [Stolen] Genius, has been named one of the ‘7 Essential Reads for the Curious Creative.’
Co-Founder, Genius Steal
Rosie and her partner Faris are the co-founders of Genius Steals, a nomadic creative consultancy helping brands, agencies and rebels find the awesome. They have been living on the road without a home base for more than 6 years. Their newsletter, Strands of [Stolen] Genius, has been named one of the ‘7 Essential Reads for the Curious Creative.’ To subscribe, visit GeniusSteals.co/subscribe
Vikki has been writing copy for major global brands for 23 years. She specialises in branding and tone of voice, and travels the world telling businesses how to talk. She teaches copywriting at the most awarded advertising school, judges at international industry award competitions, and mentors young female creatives. In 2017, Campaign and Creative Equals named her one of the top 30 female creative leaders.
Wiemer Snijders is the managing editor Eat Your Greens and frequently speaks and writes about marketing science and buyer behaviour. He is a partner at The Commercial Works, where he offers research and advisory services centred on using the fundamentals of buyer behaviour to make marketing simpler – and his clients more successful. He works for clients in various countries from a broad range of industries in business-to-consumer and business-to-business markets.
Digital Creative Head, FCBUlka
Heading digital creative for FCBUlka, Gayatri believes strongly in the power of mentorship and generous knowledge sharing, in producing the best work. Over the years, she’s developed a keen interest in telling unfiltered, real stories that are a true reflection of the world our brands inhabit. Observing, debating and unravelling cultural nuances is what drives her and her best pieces of work. In 2018, Gayatri was chosen as one of only twenty women participants at the Cannes Career accelerator program called See It Be It. She was also named amongst the 10 Future Creative Leaders by One Show and the 3% Conference. She was invited to speak at the prestigious 3% Conference in Chicago. Her work has been recognised at multiple domestic and international award shows. In her off time, you’ll find her indulging in one of her big loves;food, books, travel or Netflix.
SVP & GM South and South East Asia, BBC Studios
Myleeta Aga serves as Senior Vice President and General Manager, South and South East Asia at BBC Studios Limited. Ms. Aga is responsible for the running of BBC Studios’ businesses in SEA – including driving Content, Format and Digital Sales. Along with that she also oversees the business development of the well-established channels and BBC Player services. Looking after BBC World News distribution interests in the SEA region also comes under her purview. Prior to joining BBC Studios, Ms. Aga helped co-found TV guide channel, What’s On India and served as its Head of Content. Before that, she was Executive Producer at the Travel Channel based in the US. Here she was nominated for an Emmy as Executive Producer for the most successful series to date: Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations. Ms. Aga has also served for UTV, Pearson Television and Discovery Channel. Ms. Aga has an MBA from Georgetown University, USA.
Laura Jordan Bambach
CCO, Mr. President
From her early days as a cyber-feminist-code-hacking artist in Sydney, today she is founder and Chief Creative Officer of one of London’s most influential independent agencies, Mr President. She also co-founded SheSays, the Great British Diversity Experiment and the CANNT Festival and she was recently named one of the BBC’s top 100 women around the globe.
Group CEO & MD, Viacom18
Sudhanshu Vats is Group CEO & Managing Director, Viacom18 Media Pvt. Ltd., and responsible for all its lines of business – COLORS, Rishtey, Rishtey Cineplex, MTV, MTV Beats, Nickelodeon, Sonic, Nick Jr, Vh1, Comedy Central, COLORS Infinity, COLORS Kannada, COLORS Super, COLORS Kannada Cinema, COLORS Marathi, COLORS, Bangla, COLORS Oriya, COLORS Gujarati, COLORS Super and COLORS Tamil in Broadcast Entertainment; Viacom18 Motion Pictures in Filmed Entertainment; LIVE Viacom18 and BE Viacom18 in Experiential Entertainment; VOOT in Digital Entertainment and Viacom18 Consumer Products. In the last six years, he has successfully steered the group into a profitable growth phase while expanding the channel network, driving content-led cinema, entering experiential entertainment through Live events across genres, opening up the Consumer Products business line and making the company future ready with Viacom18 Digital Ventures’ OTT platform VOOT. Under Sudhanshu’s leadership the group has grown from 6 to over 52 channels and opened up 3 more lines of business leading to a stupendous 40 X growth in topline.
Abhishek JoshiHead of Marketing & Business PartnershipsMX Player
Ajay ChackoCo-FounderArré (U Digital Content Pvt Ltd)
Ajit AndhareChief Operating OfficerViacom18 Studios
Akash BanerjiBusiness HeadVOOT (Viacom 18)
Alok JalanMDLaqshya Media Group
Amarjit Singh BatraMDSpotify India
Anita KotwaniSenior Vice President New BusinessMindshare India
Anusheela SahaGroup Creative DirectorFCB Ulka
Arpanarghya SahaHead DigitalReliance Mutual Fund
Ashish KarnadExecutive Director Media EffectivenessNielson India Pvt. Ltd.
Ashish SehgalChief Growth Officer, Advertisement RevenueZEEL
Babita BaruahManaging PartnerGTB India
Charu JoshiBusiness Development and Partnership LeadGoogle
Dalveer SinghHead Experiential Marketing - APACWPP
Deepa GeethakrishnanNCD-HULLowe Lintas
Dilip CherianConsulting PartnerPerfect Relations
Jaimit DoshiExecutive VPKotak Services
Kushal SanghviBusiness HeadReliance Entertainment & Digital
Lalit BhagiaCEODentsu Aegis Network
Manav SethiGroup Chief Marketing OfficerEros International PLC
Mohit KapoorVP - Group Alliances and AdvertisingJIOGENNEXT
Pankaj Singh PariharVP & Head - Digital Marketing & TransformationGCPL, Godrej Group
Rahul da Cunha
Rakesh ThukralMDEdelman, India
Rashi GoelVP Consumer Communications, Media, CRM and NHWNestlé
Rohit DadwalMDMMA-Asia Pacific
Roshan AbbasMDGeometry Encompass
Sameer PitalwalaCEOCulture Machine
Sanjeev BhargavaBrand Director - TOI, TIMS and MirrorBennet and Coleman India Ltd.
Sidharth ShakdherExecutive VPHotstar
Sidharth RaoCEO and Co-FounderWebchutney
Sukesh NayakChief Creative OfficerOgilvy
Suresh BalakrishnanCROThe Hindu Group
Suresh VenkatEvent Anchor, Editorial ConsultantSelf-Employed
Tista SenSenior VP and NCDJWT
UT RamprasadHead - Marketing and Brand CommunicationsTATA motors
Vaishali VermaCEOInitiative India
Varghese ChandyVice President, Marketing, Adverting SalesMalayala Manorama