Speakers 2017

Speakers 2017

re-invited the showcased Speakers for 2018 EDITION

Amitabh Kant


Mr. Amitabh Kant is presently CEO of National Institution for Transforming India (NITI) Aayog is a member of the Indian Administrative Service, IAS (Kerala Cadre: 1980 batch). He is the author of Branding India-An Incredible Story. Kant has been a key driver of several international award-winning campaigns viz the “Make in India”, Startup India, “Incredible India” and God’s Own Country”. These initiatives positioned India and Kerala State as leading manufacturing and travel & tourism destinations.

In his capacity as Secretary (Industries) Govt. of India, he initiated the Ease of Doing Business initiative and ranking of States on defined parameters.


Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Star India

Mr. Uday Shankar serves as the Chief Executive Officer of Star India Private Limited and has been its Chairman of the Board since April 2016. He joined Star TV India as its Chief Executive Officer in 2006 and oversaw Star TV's business ventures in India. He served as Head of the news channel "Aaj Tak" for a period of 4 years. He served as the Chief Executive Officer of the Star News channel and as the Head of Sahara TV's news television channel business. He started his career as a journalist for the Times of India. He has been a Director of Star India Private Limited since April 2016. He serves as a Director of Broadcast Audience Research Council. He serves as a Director at several media companies such as Tata Sky Limited, Media Content and Communication Services (India) Private Limited, Asianet Communications Limited, Indian Broadcasting Foundation, STAR CJ Network India Private Limited, Vijay Television Private Limited, Star CJ Home Shopping Company Limited and ESPN Star Sports (Delware General Partnership). He served as a Director of Hathway Cable & Datacom Ltd. since September 2009 until January 2012. Mr. Shankar holds an M. Phil in economics from the University of Delhi. He is also a graduate in Journalism from the Times of India Media School.

Sudhanshu Vats

Chairman, Group CEO, Viacom 18 Media Pvt. Ltd & CII National Committee on Media & Entertainment

Mr. Vats is Responsible for driving Competitive Profitable growth across all the Viacom18 Businesses representing leading Brands in their genre - Family Entertainment (Colors), Youth and Music Entertainment (MTV), Kids Entertainments (Nick, Sonic and Nick Junior), English Entertainment (Vh1 and Comedy Central) and Filmed Entertainment (Viacom18 Motion Pictures)

Ronnie Screwvala

Entrepreneur and Philanthropist & And Co-founder, UpGrad

Rohinton Soli "Ronnie" Screwvala is an Indian entrepreneur and philanthropist. He is the cofounder of UpGrad, an online education company. He was the founder and CEO of UTV Group (UTV Software Communications, Bloomberg UTV, and UTV Motion Pictures), which was founded in the year 1990. Screwvala was the Managing Director of UTV India, Managing Trustee of the Swades Foundation and Founder & Advisor: at Unilazer Ventures Ltd.He has been named on Esquire's List of the 75 Most Influential People of the 21st Century (September 2008) and ranked 78 among the 100 most influential people in the world on the Time 100 (compiled by Time Magazine, 2009). He was also listed amongst 25 Asia’s Most Powerful by Fortune Magazine, titled the Jack Warner of India by Newsweek and named Entrepreneur of the year by Ernst & Young.

Sanjay Gupta

Managing Director Star India Pvt. Ltd.

Mr. Sanjay Gupta has been Managing Director of Star India Private Limited since 2016. Mr. Gupta joined Star as the Chief Operating Officer in 2009. Mr. Gupta has more than 20 years of experience across various aspects of marketing and sales in major consumer industries. Before Star, he was the Chief Marketing Officer of Bharti Airtel Limited, running marketing, sales and distribution for India's leading mobile services operator. Prior to Airtel, Mr. Gupta worked at Hindustan Unilever Limited for 16 years, where he led the marketing activities for two of the company's largest segments, Oral Care and Home Care and also served as its Regional Marketing Manager. He served as the Chief Executive Officer and President at Coca-Cola India Private Limited., where he joined in 1997 as Vice President of Marketing, where he was instrumental in revitalizing the division's brands and providing a bold new direction to its marketing campaigns. Mr. Gupta was Managing Partner of Indivision Investment Advisors Limited. He served as a Director of Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd. Mr. Gupta holds a Bachelor's Degree in Chemical Engineering from Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi and is a post-graduate from IIM Calcutta.

Supriya Sahu

Director General, Doordarshan

Ms. Sahu, is a senior Indian bureaucrat. Currently, Ms. Sahu is posted as Director General Doordarshan. In earlier stints she worked as a Joint Secretary, Ministry of Information & Broadcasting. She has also served as Additional Collector of Vellore district and Managing Director, Tamil Nadu State AIDS Control Society (TANSACS). In October 2016 she was chosen as the new Vice-President of the Asia-Pacific Broadcasting Union. She is known for her pioneering work in protecting the environment in Nilgiris district of Tamil Nadu. She led a campaign known as 'Operation Blue Mountain', to ban the use of plastic in the district. She has been hailed as a hands-on collector for Operation Blue Mountain in the Nilgiris to cleanse the environment of the plastic menace.


Chief Executive Officer, Prasar Bharti

A Technocrat, Innovator and Commentator, Shashi currently serves as the Chief Executive Officer of Prasar Bharati - India's Public Broadcaster. He also recently authored a policy paper on "India and the Artificial Intelligence Revolution". Formerly as CEO of Niti Digital, a Digital Media and Digital Campaigns start up, Shashi played a pivotal role in Mission 272+ during the 2014 Indian elections. An alumnus of the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Bombay, Shashi combines over two decades of experience as a Technocrat having previously worked at Infosys Technologies in various leadership roles.He holds software design patents in the area of real time event management in sensor networks. A four-time winner of Infosys Annual Awards of Excellence for Innovation and IP Creation, Shashi also received the Dataquest Pathbreaker Award 2014 on behalf of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Digital Campaign for the 2014 Indian elections. A regular speaker at Technology Conferences, Shashi has spoken over the decades on Social Media in Digital Campaigning, Digital Ecosystems, RFID and Wireless Sensor based Applications and also on the Impact of Mobility & Wireless on Modern Enterprises.


Vice Chairperson, India Today Group

Kalli Purie is the Vice Chairperson of the India Today Group. She is better recognized in the industry for her vision to synergize India Today Group's excellence in conventional journalism with the reach and innovations of new media. A serial entrepreneur at heart, she brings a rich experience in running a wide range of media properties from television channels, apps, to a digital newspaper, to championing world class events, to devising a social media strategy for the group. Par excellence ideator and project manager she is the natural choice to launch the many innovative products of the group. She is uniquely positioned to address India Today's integrated foray in the new media landscape. In her current role, she is steering the editorial of India's undisputed #1 news channel along with 3 others of the network. She is also the lead for all signature events of the group. She is aggressively spearheading the rollout of the next set of digital innovations.


Indian Actress

Kajol, is an Indian film actress, who predominantly works in Hindi cinema. Born in Mumbai to the Mukherjee-Samarth family, she is the daughter of actress Tanuja Samarth and late filmmaker Shomu Mukherjee. One of India's most successful and highest paid actresses in the 90s, Kajol is the recipient of numerous accolades, including six Filmfare Awards, among twelve nominations. Along with her late aunt Nutan, she holds the record for most Best Actress wins at Filmfare, with five. In 2011, the Government of India awarded her with the Padma Shri, the fourth highest civilian honour of the country.


Executive Director, Indian Express

Mr. Anant Goenka serves as the Head of New Media and Wholetime Director at Indian Express Newspapers (Mumbai) Ltd. Mr Goenka has also worked in MNCs of the likes of Hindustan Unilever Limited, Accenture and Morgan Stanley. Anant is a fitness freak and an avid traveller, he can be found playing squash or testing the benefits of endurance running. Anant has an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management and a B.Sc in Economics from the Wharton School.

Amit Khanna

Advisor, Media & Entertainment, CII

Amit Khanna is a Media professional with over four decades of experience. He has been involved with media since school/College (St. Columba’s, St. Stephen’s). He has worked in Theatre, Radio, Television, Journalism, Films and new Media. He is a pioneer in the Converged Media space. He writes extensively on Media in various magazines and newspapers including Times of India, Hindustan Times, Economic Times, DNA & Business Standard and several websites. He has edited magazines TEMPUS (1968-1971), TAKE 2 (1982) and has been Editorial Advisor to Economic Times (1997-2007).

He is the past Chairman - Convergence Committee of FICCI (Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry) and National Committee of Media & Entertainment of CII (Confederation of Indian Industry). He was the Member of – Prime Minister’s Committee on Information, Communication & Entertainment (ICE), CII’s Service Council and Advisory Board of the Forum d’Avignon, Paris. He was the President – Earth Communications Office (an Environment - NGO). He was also the President - All India Film Producers Council, Film & Television Producers Guild of India Ltd., for three terms and Vice President of Association of Motion Picture & TV Program Producers for 17 years and continues to be permanent member of the Council of Management of the Guild. He is the Founder - Trustee of Mumbai Academy of Moving Image. He is currently on the Management Board of Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi. He has been on the Governing Councils at the Film Institutes both in Pune & Kolkata

Jyoti Deshpande

Group CEO & Managing Director, Eros International

Ms. Jyoti Deshpande Group CEO & Managing Director, Eros International Ms. Jyoti Deshpande has over 24 years of experience in media and entertainment across advertising, media consulting, television and film. She has been a key member of Eros International Plc since 2001 and has contributed to driving Eros’s growth for over a decade and a half; driving Eros’s overall business strategy and operations with her vision.

Karan Bajaj

Senior Vice President & General Manager -South Asia, Discovery Networks Asia-Pacific

Karan Bajaj brings over 15 years of brand management and digital strategy experience across Asia and North America. Prior joining Discovery Networks Asia-Pacific, Bajaj was most recently with baby specialist Aden and Anais in New York where he spearheaded marketing, design and advertising as Chief Marketing Officer, specializing in digital approaches. Prior to that, he was in a variety of senior strategy and brand leadership roles with Kraft, Boston Consulting Group and Procter & Gamble. He was named a Top 40 Under 40 US Executive by Advertising Age in 2008

Sameer Nair

Chief Executive Officer, Applause Entertainment

A media & entertainment industry veteran, Sameer Nair’s illustrious career spans across three decades with him holding key positions at leading media houses. Among varied highlights in his career span was the network revamp at Star TV and the launch of Amitabh Bachchan& KBC, and the Balaji soap operas on Star Plus. These catapulted the channel to the Number 1 slot in the year 2000, making it the undisputed leader for a span of 9 years. The revamp of Channel V and launch of Star Gold, Star Vijay, Star One & Star Utsav also happened under his watch.

Taranjeet Singh

Country Director, Twitter India

Mr. Singh Manages the commercial opportunities for Twitter in India and works closely with brands and agencies to maximise the value of real-time marketing on the world’s largest platform for live, public conversations.


Consulting Editor, NDTV

Vikram has been associated with NDTV since 1994 and is not only one of India's leading news personalities and anchors, but has also taken on corporate responsibility for several years. One of India's best-known anchor persons, he presents 'The Big Fight', which has long been one of India's top-rated news and current affairs programmes and 'Gadget Guru' along with several other special shows. As a special correspondent, he has extensively covered the Siachen & Kargil wars, and the conflict in Kashmir. Vikram has been named "Global Leader for Tomorrow" and a 'Young Global Leader' by the World Economic Forum in Davos; has won the Indian Television Academy Award for "Best Anchor for a Talk Show", the Hero Honda Award for Best Anchor person and the Teacher's Achievement Award for Communication. He has been one of the pioneers in social programming for public interest and has anchored many NDTV’s social campaigns including three ‘GREENATHONS’, the ‘Support my School’ campaign, and the ‘Save our Tigers’ initiative. As Chief Executive Officer, NDTV Group, Vikram has overall authority and responsibility for all aspects of the company. Vikram became a member of the NDTV Board in November, 2011. He resigned from the position of Group CEO in October 2016. Currently Vikram has now taken up a role of a Consulting editor with NDTV and exploring his avenues as an entrepreneur.


Executive Director, NDTV

Sonia Singh – is the Editorial Director of NDTV and President of the NDTV Ethics Committee. Sonia also currently hosts ‘The NDTV Dialogues’, a show which is truly a Dialogue of Ideas, focusing on issues that go beyond political trivia . In her television career of over 20 years, Sonia has hosted many award winning shows including India Decides, Your Call and Verdict. As Editorial Director, Sonia has successfully overseen news ranging from the Kandahar hijack, the attack on Parliament, 26/11, the Kargil war, the Jessica Lall case and many other pivotal stories. She believes it is very important to keep a sense of editorial perspective and take the long view of all that’s happening around us in these turbulent times and looks forward to many more exciting chapters of the India story.

Ritu Kapur

Co-Founder, The Quint

Ms. Ritu Kapur Co-Founded The Quint. in 2014. Ms. Kapur is a Board Member at Oxford University’s prestigious “Reuters Institute of Journalism”.

Kabir Khan

Film Maker

Kabir Khan is an Indian film director, screenwriter and cinematographer. He started his career working in documentary films, and then made his feature film directorial debut in 2006 with Kabul Express which was followed by New York (2009), Ek Tha Tiger (2012), Bajrangi Bhaijaan (2015) and Phantom (2015). Khan started his career at age 25 as a cinematographer for the Discovery Channel documentary film Beyond the Himalayas (1996) directed by Gautam Ghosh. He then made his own directorial debut with the documentary The Forgotten Army (1999) based on Subhas Chandra Bose's Indian National Army. He then directed two more documentaries before shifting his focus to mainstream cinema. His most-successful film is Bajrangi Bhaijaan, which is the third highest-grossing Indian film globally. The film garnered the National Film Award for Best Popular Film Providing Wholesome Entertainment at the 63rd National Film Awards


Film Maker

Sudhir Mishra is an internationally renowned filmmaker and one of the pioneers of the alternative independent cinema movement of India. He moved to Mumbai in 1980 and started as an assistant director and screenwriter in Kundan Shah’s cult comedy classic Jaane Bhi Do Yaaron (1983). He later worked with Saeed Akhtar Mirza on Mohan Joshi Haazir Ho (1984) and Vidhu Vinod Chopra in Khamosh (1985). His directorial debut Yeh Woh Manzil Toh Nahin (1987) won the National Film Award for Best First Film of a Director. “Dharavi” (1992) won the National Awards for Best Hindi Film, Best Editing and Best Music Director. It achieved popular success in India and was shown at over 10 international film festivals. In the Festival of Three Continents in Nantes (France) the film won the critics’ Special Jury Prize. (‘Prix de la ville de Nantes’). In recent times “Hazaaron Khwaishein Aisi” (2003) has been one of the most critically acclaimed films from India and has now achieved the status of a cult classic, having travelled to 12 film festivals including Turkey, Black Night in Estonia, River to River (Florence), Berlin, Edinburgh and Washington. His illustrious career spanning over 3 decades, has been recognized not only by the Government of India but also by the French Government who bestowed upon him the 'Ordre des Artes et des Lettres' the french equivalent of Knighthood."


Director, Mashal Sports

A Mayo College, Ajmer, St. Stephen’s, Delhi, Davidson College, North Carolina alumni, Charu Sharma began competing in sporting events at a very young age. He is a six-time junior national springboard diving champion (1970-76). School and college captain in diving, swimming, water polo and gymnastics. All India inter university diving champion from 1976-79. Bronze medallist at the National Springboard diving championship (1978). Qualified for the Commonwealth Games, Edmonton, Canada (1978). Nominated as an ‘All Southern Conference’ Diver, USA (1980). He started his sports casting career in 1982 at the IX Asian Games for the National Network of India and carried on to become the most respected multisports television commentator & anchor of the country. His versatility and knowledge about various sports can be gauged from the vast repertoire of major international and national events that he has commentated on and presented, for various major television channels. A long standing sports management career peaked with the creation of Mashal Sports Pvt. Ltd., through which he conceived, founded and conducted India’s biggest and most successful sporting revolution – the Pro Kabaddi League. The ‘Voice of Indian Sport’, he continues to work as a freelance sports anchor/commentator, sports management professional and voice over artist. He regularly hosts award shows, corporate events and lectures on teamwork and leadership.


Joint Secretary, DIPP, Ministry of Commerce & Industry

As Joint Secretary, Department of Industrial Policy & Promotion (DIPP), Ministry of Commerce & Industry of the Government of India, Rajiv Aggarwal is charged with ensuring protection for IP rights at the policy level in the second most populated country in the world. A Mechanical Engineer and M.B.A. by qualification, he has been in the Indian Administrative Service (IAS) for over 22 years. During this time, he has served in various capacities and across many sectors. He has worked for over 16 years in the field at the district level, which involved extensive touring of villages and interiors of India. This also helped him in gaining insights into the amazing capabilities and ingenuities of our people, particularly the rustic wisdom of the rural folks. This included a stint at Varanasi, ostensibly the oldest living city and steeped in rich cultural traditions. This enriching experience has helped him greatly in his present role at the policy-making level in the Department of Industrial Policy & Promotion (DIPP) as far as helping to protect and enforce IP rights (IPRs) in India.


Advisor Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI)

Deepak Bagla

MD & CEO, Invest India

Mr.Bagla has a professional career of over28 years, starting with the World Bank in Washington DC before moving back to India to join the Corporate Projects team of RPG Enterprises. In 1989 he joined Citibank Global Corporate and Investment Banking team and for the next 18 years held several responsibilities across Europe, Africa, Asia and Australia. In 2007 he joined 3i Private Equity to start an India dedicated fund for core infrastructure.Mr Bagla is a special invitee to the Government of India’s, “High Level Committee on Financing Infrastructure” –(2011-2013). He was a member of the Banking & Finance Committee of the Bureau of Indian Standards (ISO affiliate 2005-06) and was also a member of the committee established by the Government to recommend corporate governance norms for independent directors (2006). He was elected President of Delhi Management Association (2008-09)Mr. Bagla is currently Managing Director & CEO of Invest India, the national investment promotion and facilitation agency for India.The primary mandate of Invest India is to promote and facilitate investments into India and the agency has been supporting Government of India in the “Make in India” initiative.

Biren Ghose

Country Head, India, Technicolor

Biren Ghose is the Country Head for India for Technicolor, a strategic part of a global US $5 billion arts and sciences company that uses technology to drive creativity in media & entertainment. He believes that the company is evolving new paradigms in "crafting audio-visual experiences across every screen". He has made his company’s Bangalore studio the largest in the world when it comes to the digital production of VFX for movies & advertising films and animation for theatres, TV & computer games. Under his watch DreamWorks Animation and Rockstar Games have both leveraged Technicolor’s Bangalore studio as their dedicated India hub. In 2017 The Mill, Mikros Image & Mr. X will start their VFX and Animation work here. His passions include collecting art and music. Also, Tennis, Formula 1 motor sport and photography are areas of personal delight.

Kaveree Bamzai

Editor (Special projects), India Today

Ms. Bamzai, is an Editor with India Today, the country's most widely read weekly in English. She is also a Member, CII National Committee for Women's Empowerment and Committee on Media and Entertainment. A Frequent speaker at media industry forums, she is a graduate of the Delhi School of Economics. She writes extensively on entertainment and has written one books on cinema – ‘Bollywood Today’ and two monographs in a 10-part book set, ‘Women in Indian Film’ (Zubaan). She is also the film critic for Headlines Today.

PK Garg

Principal Advisor (Honorary) – Satcom, Broadband India Forum

Mr Garg, is the former Wireless Adviser to the Government of India, Ministry of Communications & IT. In a career spanning 35 years he has held various positions in the national spectrum management and radio regulatory authority. Made valuable contribution in formulation and implementation of national policies as related to telecommunications, broadcasting, information technology and satellite communication technology and entry of private sector in these fields as well as the challenges posed by exponential growth of mobile services in the country.

Nilesh Kulkarni

Former Cricketer and Chairman, Eduhub

Nilesh Kulkarni is a former Indian cricketer. He is a slow left-arm bowler and left-handed lower order batsman. Nilesh Kulkarni wrote himself into cricketing history by taking a wicket with the very first ball that he bowled in Test cricket, becoming the only Indian bowler, and the twelfth bowler in the history of the game. His passion for sports led him to educate the young aspirants who are willing to pursue their career in sports management by instituting International Institute of Sports Management. In a short span of six years, International Institute of Sports Management, Mumbai (IISM) has succeeded in carving a niche for itself as the first professional Sports Management education provider of India. He has conceptualised, conceived and produced the first ever national anthem with the sporting heroes of India. The video features legends of the sporting world Sachin Tendulkar, Sania Mirza, Dhanraj Pillai, Sushil Kumar to name a few.


Chief Executive Officer, NetObjex

CEO, NetObjex Inc based in Southern California. Formerly with Yahoo, Infospace, PwC, and with 3 successful startup exits. Wharton MBA in Finance, MS in Computer Science from RPI, Ex-Columbia University Adjunct Lecturer, published author and major conferences including IoT Congress, Google IO, and more. Current focus areas: Decentralized computing, Distributed ledgers, IoT, Cryptocurrencies.


Chairman, Advisory@TVR

T.V. Ramachandran, experienced for about 22 years in Indian Mobile Telecommunications, is President of the Broadband India Forum and Chairman of the Telecoms Council of the European Business Group, India. He was the 1st CEO of one of the earliest cellular ventures in India - Sterling Cellular Ltd (Essar Cellphone), Delhi and led the establishment and successful launch of the largest Indian cellular network of that time. TV was the Founder-Chairman of the India Interest Group of GSM MoU Association from 1995 to 1998 and has been closely involved with GSM and ITU activities all through the years. TV was the 1st Director General of the Cellular Operators' Association of India (COAI) and established and led it to the position of being one of the most credible and vibrant professional bodies that became accepted as the effective voice of the Indian mobile industry. He was Resident Director, Regulatory Affairs & Govt. Relations, Vodafone India for over 5 years from Oct.2009. Since Jan 2015, TV has set up his own Consultancy firm and advises several firms as well as industry bodies. TV has a Master's in Physics from Madras University and is Honorary Fellow of the Institution of Engg. & Technology (IET) London, for his contributions to Mobile Telephony. He is Member of IET’s Global Advisory Panel for IoT (Internet of Things). He is also Honorary Fellow of the Institution of Electronics & Telecommunication Engineers (India). In March 2015, at the Telecom Leadership Forum in Delhi, TV was conferred the Voice & Data Lifetime Contribution Award.

Nandan Kamath

Founding Partner, LawNK

Nandan Kamath is Principal Lawyer at LawNK, based in Bangalore, India. His practice specialises in sports, technology and media laws, with clients ranging from international and national sports federations, to leagues, teams, sponsors and athletes. Nandan graduated with a B.A., LL.B. (Hons.) from the National Law School of India University, B.C.L. and M.Sc. degrees from the University of Oxford (on a Rhodes Scholarship) and an LL.M. from Harvard Law School. He acts as Managing Trustee of GoSports Foundation, a non-profit that provides scholarships and support to junior Indian athletes.

Kanchan Samtani

Partner & Director, The Boston Consulting Group, India

Kanchan Samtani leads The Boston Consulting Group’s Corporate Development practice in India and is a core member of the firm’s Technology, Media & Telecommunications practice. Since joining BCG in 2001, Kanchan has worked extensively with clients across the media, wireless and wireline telecom, and emerging-services sectors. Her experience includes helping companies define their business strategies, establish new business units, assess industry landscapes, and conduct deep customer discovery. Kanchan joined the BCG Mumbai office in 2001. Kanchan is a core member of the Technology, media & telecom (TMT) team in India. She works in the telecom and media & entertainment verticals and has worked on issues across strategy, sales & distribution and organization. Kanchan holds an MBA from the Indian Institute of Management, Calcutta.

Vivan Sharan

Partner, Koan Advisory

Vivan steers advocacy initiatives for Koan Advisory. Previously, he has served as the CEO of the Global Governance Program at the Observer Research Foundation (ORF), and as Business Head of a sustainability company. He is a Visiting Fellow at ORF, and a Member of the National Committee on Media & Entertainment, constituted by the Confederation of Indian Industry.

Arvind Rajagopal

Professor of Media, Culture, and Communication,NYU Steinhardt

Mr. Arvind Rajagopal is a Professor in the Department of Media, Culture and Communication, and an affiliate faculty in the Department of Sociology, and the Department of Social and Cultural Analysis, at New York University. He is author or editor of four books including Politics After Television: Hindu Nationalism and the Reshaping of the Public in India (Cambridge, 2001) which won the most prestigious award granted to scholarship on India in the U.S., the Ananda Kentish Coomaraswamy Prize from the Association of Asian Studies, in 2003. He has held fellowships at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton and at Stanford, as well as at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington DC. In 2016-17. He was a Senior EURIAS fellow at the Helsinki Collegium for Advanced Studies.


Chairman and Managing Director, Broadcast Engineering Consultants India Ltd


Co-founder, Phantom Films

With over 20 years of experience in the development, production, marketing, distribution of Hindi, Tamil and Telugu movies both in India and overseas, Madhu has built teams, divisions and his experience spans various successful legal and financial negotiations in the film and entertainment business. Madhu Mantena has produced one of the Indian film industry's biggest blockbusters 'Ghajini'. He has also produced other immensely commercially successful films including ‘Rakht Charitra’ (in Telugu, Tamil and Hindi), and ‘Autograph’ (Bengali). He has also produced ‘Jhootha Hi Sahi’ (Hindi) and ‘Rann’ (Hindi) for outside studios for a fee and profit share. Madhu is also one of the promoters of "Phantom films", which is of one of the leading content driven production houses in the country. Madhu was awarded the ‘Best Producer of the Year’ as early as 2004 and as recently as 2009, amongst winning numerous other accolades. In the past Madhu has held key positions at Saregama, Adlabs Films, Varma Corporation amongst other organizations.


Public Policy Manager, APAC, Netflix

Ms Sohni Kaur manages Public Policy for Netflix in Asia-Pacific region. She has worked in the field of public policy and diplomacy for over 10 years. She started her career with the Asia-Europe Foundation, an international organisation focused on building civil society and government relations between ASEAN and the EU. Sohni has worked in the intersection of technology and policy for several years. Prior to Netflix, she was with Twitter and a research and consulting firm, TRPC. Sohni has a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science and Economics from McGill University (Canada) and a Master’s degree in Public Policy from the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy (Singapore).

Rainer A Kellerhals

Industry Lead M&E – EMEA, Microsoft

Mr. Kellerhals, Industry Lead Media & Entertainment EMEA at Microsoft, advises large media and entertainment companies on how they can leverage the Microsoft platform to drive their digital transformation. He works with Microsoft’s Engineering Groups and Commercial Partner Organization to drive Microsoft’s strategy for the Media & Entertainment industry. Mr Kellerhals joined Microsoft in 2006 and has held several solution sales and sales management positions in the European and worldwide sales, marketing, and services organization at Microsoft. Prior to joining Microsoft, Mr Kellerhals held senior management positions at one of Europe’s most successful independent software vendors for large-scale media asset management systems, where his responsibilities included product strategy, marketing, and sales management. Mr Kellerhals holds an M.D. (Diplom) in business administration and mechanical engineering from the University of Kaiserslautern in Germany.