SPEAKER PROFILES

Prashant Dubey is founder of Elite Group, which comprises of Elite Biz Associates Pvt Ltd (EBA) and Elite Weddings India LLP. Post founding EBA in 2010 in UK; and he launched Elite Weddings India LLP in India.He I’ve been into medium and large scale events since 2002, during his Engineering College days. Event Management is project management and thats what he learnt and executed during his professional career at Dr. Reddy’s Laboratories Ltd and M&W Zander. .

Prashant, Dubey

Founder & MD
Elite Group

Gunjan Bansal is considered a trendsetter and can be best described as a perfectionist with a keen eye for detail. L’amore, Well known as one of the best international wedding planning companies in the business today. Gunjan is a person who can blend style & glamour to give qualitative value for money to bring home Indian culture and ethos to the wedding ceremonies being organised far from home.
In addition to being a wedding planner,she is a fashion designer herself who can induce creativity and innovation for her client requirements in order to provide a highly professional platform for all wedding functions.

Gunjan, Bansal

Founder
L'amore Weddings

Gaurav Marya is a born entrepreneur. He started his first business at the age of 16 and over the years has started and sold some 15 other businesses ranging from mobile phones, career advisory, restaurants to entertainment business, and others. It was not until the age of 24; Gaurav discovered his real passion in franchising. He was exposed to it for the first time while on a business trip to United States in 1998 when franchising was the buzzword over there. It was then when he dreamt similar happenings in India. The dream turned into reality in 1999 when he founded his own company.

Today widely known for initiating the franchise revolution in India, he is the visionary force behind the India’s largest integrated franchise and retail solution company, Franchise India Brands Ltd, a banner that encompasses a variety of domestic and international portfolio of franchise and retail companies, apart from offering franchise and retail consulting services. Under Gaurav’s visionary leadership, Franchise India has moved from strength to strength, and is well acknowledged for revolutionizing the way companies plan the course of action for their business development.

Gaurav, Marya

Chairman & Founder
Franchise India Group

Yogesh Mudras is the managing director at UBM India, and the head of operations in India for UBM plc – one of the world’s leading organiser of dynamic business-to-business (B2B) events, headquartered in London. He is responsible for driving the strategy, managing client relationships and business development at the firm. Under his leadership, UBM India is positioned as the nation’s leading live media and events that engage people and enriches businesses

Yogesh, Mudras

Managing Director
UBM India

Jasleen Kochhar is a luxury wedding planner and event designer. Her exquisite sense of style, attention to detail and ability to transform clients’ visions into unforgettable celebrations have made her a go-to planner for the nation’s most exclusive weddings. She has produced it all, from elaborate fairy-taled themed weddings to Personal intimate gatherings to the more challenging larger destination weddings.
Having pursued a degree in business management from Warwick University in England, kochhar has pursued floral designing from Singapore in 2004 post which she launched her company Bougainvilla Design Pvt Ltd in 2008. Few know that she is also a qualified fashion designer who has had a fashion design label ‘Koga’ under her belt for over 5 years.
Alma Mater of the Mayo College Girls School in Ajmer, Jasleen is also well connected with several networking groups.
Over the past 12 years, Jasleen’s USP has become designing for weddings that call for understated luxury with refined aesthetics, that are a reflection of the living style of the family. The sense of detail and customisation is what sets Jasleen’s work apart from her peers.
Her innovative style and knack for getting inside the ‘mindset’ of the client has led her to enjoy unparalleled success in handling numerous high-profile weddings across India for known groups such as Shriram , DS , Thapar , Cosmos , etc
Her clients have been Kunal Nayar and Neha kapur , Paoli Dam , Ritu Beri, Dr Alka Nasher , to name a few.

Jasleen Kochhar

Director & Creative Head
Bougainvilla Designs

Harshavardhan, listed amongst the 50 Most Influential Retail, E-commerce & Marktech professionals in India by CMO Asia – Africa – GCC Retail Congress and featured as the Marketer of the Year by Economic Times Now, is based out of Gurgaon & works as Central Head Of Marketing & Digital Transformation at DLF Shopping Malls, India’s biggest & largest Retail & Destination Marketplaces. 

At his prior stint, Harshavardhan worked as Director & Head – Merchant Strategy & Seller Ecosystem at Shopclues.com, India’s E-commerce marketplace, spearheading non-transactional P&L and strategic initiatives to achieve EBITA level profitability. 

At ShopClues, as Director & Business Head, he successfully delivered multi-folds business growth while heading the category management, and also successfully spearheaded the Central Strategy Team, impacting revenues of USD 1 billion+.

Previously, he was associated with Godrej, a leading Indian conglomerate as Group Business & Strategy Controller heading Pricing, Product and Channel Strategy for a USD 700 million portfolio.

Also, he has successfully managed Consumer Electronics, Appliances and New Product Innovations Businesses at Godrej, and has been instrumental in an array of industry innovations. 

Harshavardhan is an accomplished marketing professional having successfully managed businesses and achieved complex marketing objectives in Retail, E-Commerce, Durables & FMCG space.

As Computer Science Engineering graduate, he started his career developing Business Intelligence systems for Accenture technology and consulting, eventually gaining over a decade of Strategy focused experience with ShopClues, Godrej, Accenture and significant albeit small associations with ITC, Unilever’s & Reckitt Benckiser.

He is an amateur script writer & actor dabbling in Avant-garde plays. He is also interested in Sociology and Psephology.

Harshavardhan Chauhan

Central Head of Marketing

DLF Shopping Malls

With 6+ years of experience in consulting event technology, Siddharth has worked with some of some of the biggest Corporations, PCOs and Event organizers across the globe. He has represented Cvent at major event conferences/exhibitions like Meetings Africa, IMEX, GBTA, Event Show Asia etc. Siddharth looks after strategic partnerships at Cvent and has been successful in partnering with prestigious event organizers as well as helped them win big projects. Siddharth’s expertise lies in consulting event technology that helps B2B event organizers pre-event, during-event as well as post-event.

Siddharth Sharma

Regional Head – India & Africa

CVENT

A cumulative experience of more than 15 years with domain expertise in conceptualising, designing and delivering winning strategies for brands. Successfully managed and executed national and international assignments through experiential marketing solutions for multiple industry verticals like Lifestyle, Automobile, Pharmaceuticals, Consulting, FMCG/Liquor brands and International Sporting events. A wizard in end to end BTL cartel covering events, exhibitions, activations, concerts and MICE.

He has successfully led highly productive and energised teams and elevated business performances for leading experiential marketing companies.

A tech savvy professional and highly passionate in curating analytical and innovative solutions that create a better resonance and bridge with the communities that impact their products and services.

Manu Verma

Director - Meetings & Events

MCI Group India

Having spent a decade in the United Kingdom, Digant completed an undergraduate degree in Electrical Engineering and a Masters in Management from one of UK’s top universities, the University of Bath. He went on to work at The Noon Group in London – one of UK’s top food manufacturers that has been around for 80 years and was the youngest member of the management team, heading Sales & Marketing for a period of 5 years, after which he decided to come back to India to start his entrepreneurial journey.

He is the founder of So City – a digital guide covering food & lifestyle in more than 25 cities across India, engaging with more than 10 lakh people on a daily basis via their website, application and social media handles, and has catered to an impressive list of over 5000 clients in the past 6 years.

Digant is also the brain behind many successful event IP’s such as “Horn OK Please” – one of India’s biggest modern day food festivals, “The Confluence” which is the largest bloggers & influencers conference, “Bak Bak Comedy Festival“, “Boho Bazaar Flea Market“, “The Tweasure Hunt” to name a few, the likes of which have seen over 5 lac patrons.

He also runs co-working centres in Delhi NCR and actively engages with members of the startup community, offering advice on bootstrapping and self funded growth, the importance of brand building & design.

Besides work, travelling is a consuming passion, having taken impulsive breaks to over 45 countries and his biggest weakness is his 6 month old daughter, Tarini.

Digant Sharma

Founder & CEO

So Delhi

Divya has been planning weddings for the last 6 years. Prior to this she was designing and organizing corporate events for 8 years which proved to be invaluable experience to organizing weddings. Prior to this Divya was a professional model and won Miss India Asia-Pacific 1997 and 1st Runner-Up in Miss Asia-Pacific 1997 where she experienced being a part of many high profile events. Divya has modeled extensively for top designers like Ritu Kumar, Jatin Kochhar, Hemant Trivedi, Ashish Soni, and Anjana Bhargav. She has anchored and hosted product launches and corporate ceremonies. She is from Delhi and has been living in Bangalore 12 years now with her family. Divya also completed a Masters in Business Studies (MBA).

Divya Chauhan

Co-Founder

Divya Vithika Wedding Planners

Ankur started working in the year 1995 as a sales executive, selling credit cards for Standard Chartered Bank during his graduation days. While closing one of his leads, he landed up with a job at an Event Management Company, Wizcraft. There has been no looking back ever since, he went on to work for about 6 years at a few other leading organizations such as Magnum Nexus & National Geographic Channel before taking the entrepreneurial plunge in 2002.

Vibgyor started off as a two-person outfit in Ankur’s backyard in 2002, and has today grown into one of the country’s leading experiential agencies with over 125 employees and its own offices across Delhi, Mumbai & Bangalore. It is proud to be the custodian of various local and international brands such as Unilever, Dabur, Samsung, Huawei, TAG Heuer, Nestle and many more. Vibgyor has done more than 10,000 experiential projects in the past 17 years and has won several awards and accolades for them. Some of the awards in its kitty are EEMAX, WOW Asia, Promotional Marketer Dragons under various categories such as Best IP, Best Inshop Promotions, Best use of Experiential amongst many others.

In addition to the above Ankur is has been associated with EEMA since its very inception in 2008. He has been actively involved in its National Executive Committee through the years in various capacities such as Secretary, General Secretary, Vice President and Treasurer. He is a keen cyclist, trekker, swimmer and rafting enthusiast – if not consumed by work, you would probably find him outdoors or making plans for his next trip in the mountains. 

 

Ankur Kalra

Founder & CEO

Vibgyor Brand Services

Ashita is the CEO of Franchise India – the most influential media brand in franchising in India and Asia  – and also has the biggest network of business events with its arm -the Franchise India Exhibitions that organizes over 100 franchise business expos and is the biggest gathering of Indian and global franchise brands in an year. The Franchise India Forums does conventions across consumer industries including education, retail, ecommerce, real estate, restaurants, Entrepreneurship each year to Empowering Entrepreneurship, disruption and distribution. 

Ashita has been Leading Franchise India Holdings Limited as CEO for twenty years and has transformed the franchise business in India that had  little existence till 1999 ,today franchising has become a 50 billion dollar industry .Franchise India continues to sit at the heart of Indian Franchising  by delivering on its mission to inform, connect and inspire both business investors and Brands that continue to color this great sector.

Ashita Marya

CEO

Franchise India

An alumni from the School of Planning and Architecture with a specialization in Town Planning she started her career with NDTV news in 1995. She worked on India’s First Breakfast show Good Morning India which she went on to produce.

In 2003, she played  a key role in the launch of the NDTV news channels where she set up the production division of the channels in Mumbai as well as produced the flagship show for NDTV called Jai Jawan which has won multiple awards.

In 2007, when NDTV Goodtimes launched she was instrumental in setting up the channel and was the Head of the Style and Fashion Division.

In 2013, she took over as Head of Programming of the channel and has launched some of the key properties of the channel like Band Baajaa Bride.  In 2018, when the channel moved out of the NDTV group she took over as the COO and in a year’s time has become the CEO of the channel and plans to make Goodtimes the biggest destination for lifestyle & entertainment in the country.

Arati Singh

CEO

Goodtimes TV

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