Velocity Awards was launched in 2021 to celebrate digital excellence in India. The awards will acknowledge and celebrate the success of a brand or an organisation or an individual that has used digital mediums for outreach.
The Velocity Awards will offer an opportunity to professionals, consultancies, and organisations to showcase their work done in the digital field between April 2021 and March 2022.
The Velocity Awards will honour men and women who are the backbone of the digital community and create a sense of pride for their outstanding digital work.
Independent Brand, Digital & Innovation Consultant
Anisha Motwani is a Brand & Innovation Expert and the author of Storm the Norm – a first-of-its-kind collection of contemporary stories of truly inspiring businesses and brands from India that either wrote or rewrote the norms of their respective industries. As an industry expert she advises the World Bank on the prestigious ‘Swachh Bharat Programme’, 'National Mission for Clean Ganga' & 'Solar Energy Rooftops' specifically focussing on 'Behaviour Change'.
She is a multi-faceted business leader & draws from her rich experience of over 30 years in diverse industries - advertising, auto manufacturing, financial & health services. After a successful 25-year corporate career, Anisha founded STN ventures, a Brand & Innovation Consulting firm. In the last few years, STN has successfully concluded projects for a range of clients including Nestle, Viacom 18, Unilever Personal Care, Whirlpool Home Appliances, ACC Cements, Shriram Group, Schneider Electrical & AMEX cards to name a few.
She has been the strategic advisor to the Max Group of companies guiding them on key brand & digital transformation projects across several lines of businesses.
*She is also a Strategic Advisor to the Welspun Group, MAS Holdings, South Asia's largest Intimate wear brand & several others. She is a member of several industry bodies & a regular speaker at national and global business platforms.
Head - Digital Marketing & Corporate Communications
Anuj Bhagia holds 15+ yrs of experience in Brand Marketing, Digital Strategy & Product Management with a strong ROI focus. He focuses on improving a customer's omni-channel experience by ensuring a seamless customer journey. His work has allowed him to lead teams or be part of teams across projects which include product/competitive strategy, planning, catalogue and customer areas, opportunity & threat analysis, stakeholder management and coordinating product rollouts & launches. He mainly works on blending data, consumer insights & technology to define customer experience.
Vice President - Marketing & Ancillary
Deepti Sampat is Vice President - Marketing at Vistara. Deepti has over two decades of experience. Deepti understands the Asian market and has worked across industries in multi-cultural and highly matrixed organisations.
She also holds experience in Brand & Communication, Mar-Tech, E-commerce, ROI, P&L, People and Data Management.
Head - Marketing and Communications
Jasrita has led Brand, Marketing, Digital Marketing & CSR functions in her two-decades long corporate journey. Her forte is strategic Brand Management, Marketing, Digital Marketing, Transformation & Adoption, Corporate Communication & Public Relations. Her current role entails creating preference and recall for the Brand and Thought leadership in the Senior Care ecosystem.
She is credited with lending one of the brands that she has worked with in the past, a higher purpose and softening the ‘commercial only’ perception through private healthcare’s most significant public awareness and sensitisation campaign on Organ Donation #MoreToGive (winner of 15+ prestigious awards including Effies India & APAC Finalist).
Jasrita has worked in the services sector from Hospitality to Healthcare with a short stint in Media. She has headed four CSR programmes run by Fortis CSR Foundation in the space of first-aid training, charitable primary health clinics, preventive health education & disaster relief management.
A multi-award winning professional, Exchange4Media chose her as one of the top 100 Corporate Communications professionals of 2021.
Chief Marketing Officer
Kavita G Rao is Chief Marketing Officer, Findability Sciences, a leading award-winning Enterprise AI Company helping businesses worldwide realise the potential of data and become data superpowers.
In her current role, Kavita is responsible for driving the organisation's growth and brand awareness targets using innovative and traditional branding & marketing programs.
In her previous role, Kavita was President & CEO of Hill+Knowlton Strategies - India. Kavita has over two decades of experience in Strategic Public Relations, Communication and marketing. Her core expertise lies in corporate brand reputation management, crisis and issues management, with extensive experience in building external and internal innovative marketing & communication programmes customised to varying audiences with clear measurable results.
Kavita was the Chief Talent Engagement Officer and a member of the India Management Team of Genesis Burson-Marsteller and PPR South Asia. Prior to joining Genesis Burson-Marsteller, Kavita spent close to a decade with HSBC Bank Plc. and was the Global Head of Communications, HSBC Technologies and Services (HTS).
Kavita was responsible for leading the strategy, planning and execution of all internal and external communication initiatives in support of HTS’s strategic business initiatives across the globe. She has served on several of HSBC’s ExCom Boards providing Strategic Communication Counsel on transformational and reputational projects for the organisation.
In her spare time, Kavita is also a Farmer Entrepreneur at Bougainvillaea Organic Farms. A delightful 10 acre patch of green where she grows a wide variety of chemical, pesticide free and organic fruits, seasonal vegetables, rice, dals and corn.
Director Revenue Marketing, Asia-Pacific & Japan
Lubna Markar has over 20 years of Technology Marketing experience in B2B - enterprise, commercial & channel across the APAC region - both as a field marketer and a channel leader. Through the course of her career, she was Head of Marketing for India and South East Asia which gave her the opportunity to develop a close understanding of the market dynamics in these countries.
She has worked closely with business leaders to contribute to sales and revenue goals through metric driven marketing campaigns and programs. With the channel community, she has partnered and has been a trusted adviser to drive mutually beneficial growth plans through strategic GTM Programs.
She has experience in designing lead management and pipeline generation processes that allows for follow up on leads as well as report back on results. In the digital and social marketing space, she has had the experience of starting an online social and networking platform to build an Online community and worked on various social media campaigns to support cyber awareness and education through the McAfee India’s CyberMum initiative.
She has a strong background in marketing communication having worked as a Corporate Communication Manager and in an Advertisement and Public Relations Consultancy.
Director Marketing - India and South East Asia
Manan Shah has over 18 years of experience in Marketing and Communications across brands like Airtel, Samsung, Dettol, Durex, Bacardi, to name a few. He has spent most part of his career working with the best advertising agencies before moving to Truecaller in 2016 where he currently heads Marketing for India and SAARC. Beyond work, he is an avid plane-spotter, voracious reader and a gamer.
Head - Marketing & Communication, India, South East Asia, Middle East & North Africa
Raka Khashu is the Head of Marketing and Communications for CBRE South East Asia, India, Middle East, and North Africa. She is responsible for developing and executing integrated marketing and communications strategy to achieve business objectives. Her portfolio includes innovative brand-building initiatives with special focus on demand generation to accelerate revenue growth for the organisation.
Raka brings with her a wealth of experience and a proven track record in delivering successful marketing campaigns. In her current role, she is responsible for planning and implementation of brand marketing campaigns, corporate and marketing communications with a focus on building customer preference for the brand in India, Middle East, South East Asia and North Africa.
Director - Marketing
Rohit Gulati has over two decades of diverse Sales, Marketing, Strategy and Commercial Leadership Experience (P&L responsibilities) in the Healthcare industry (Pharmaceuticals & Medical Devices) working across therapy areas like Orthopaedics, Ophthalmology, Infusion Therapy & Endoscopy across India and Subcontinent. He is currently the Director Marketing – India & South Asia for Johnson & Johnson Surgical Vision in India. He is part of the Vision Care India LT & Regional Marketing Council.
He is passionate about the current healthcare ecosystem & empowers teams to drive rapid revenue growth through Marketing Excellence, Digital, Martech & SFE. He is a speaker at various industry platforms, as well as a TEDx Speaker. As a dynamic Marketing Director he manages teams through change, articulating clear vision, aligning strengths to goals and instilling accountability. He utilises a combination of business and financial acumen with creativity.
Head - Marketing & Digital
Sandeep Gambhir heads Marketing and Digital at ICICI Home Finance. Previously, he was with ICICI Prudential Life Insurance as Vice President and Head of E-Com.
Senior Vice President & Head of Marketing & Digital - Hindi Mass Entertainment
Sapangeet Rajwant holds a career of two decades which reflects continual advancement, extensive experience and consistent achievements. She has been consistently acknowledged as concept-to-execution driver & marketing specialist. She drove new business through key accounts and forged strategic partnerships to increase revenues across organisations. She has a strong business understanding and ability to identify fundamental drivers of business results. Sapangeet is a digital evangelist and an award winning marketer
Currently she is leading the Hindi Mass Entertainment channel’s Marketing and Digital arm, Sapangeet has been associated with Viacom18 for over 6 years. Prior to joining COLORS, she worked with the Zee Network for over a decade where she headed the brand initiative and brand communications for Zee TV. She also leads the Brand Solutions vertical of Sales for Viacom18 where she has forged strategic alliances with brands across industries to deliver on their brand challenges.
EVP & Chief Marketing Officer, Chairperson Diversity & Inclusion
Sarika is the Chief Marketing Officer and Chairperson for D&I at Capgemini Technology Services, India. She bears nearly two decades of rich and diverse industry experience, with a rare combination of global marketing, sales & corporate functions. At Capgemini, she is responsible for enhancing the Brand amongst customers, employees and industry at large. She has been also playing an active role in shaping the organisation’s diversity practices, and is committed towards building a more inclusive workplace at Capgemini. Sarika is also a Capgemini Expert in Corporate Functions, Front Line Sales, and Global Marketing.
Sarika is also appointed as the Head of the Center Head Organisation (CHO) at Capgemini in India. The CHO is the nerve-centre of the 100,000+ organisation with presence across 12 locations in India and plays a pivotal role in creating a uniform, consistent, sustainable and scalable Capgemini experience for all stakeholders - both internal and external - across all locations.
Prior to joining Capgemini, Sarika was the Global Head of Marketing for Infrastructure and Cloud Computing business and Customer Experience Head for Dell Services, India. While leading the marketing function, she has pioneered initiatives to enhance organization’s brand presence through integrated marketing programs and was part of Dell India Employee Welfare board. Prior to Dell, she was with Wipro for over 15 years having worn many hats in roles spanning sales, process excellence, customer advocacy and marketing for Global Infrastructure Services and Wipro InfoTech. As CMO for Wipro India business & Head - Marketing for Global Infrastructure Services, she led Wipro’s brand enhancement globally through integrated marketing programs, sales enablement and client pursuit strategies, influencer relations - Analyst, Advisors and Media, demand generation and lead nurturing, Digital Marketing and Account Based Marketing and large scale Joint Partner Programs.
Sarika was also the Ombudsperson & Head of PSHC (Prevention of Sexual Harassment Committee) based on the credibility & high integrity demonstrated over the years at Wipro.
Head - Digital Marketing, Product & CX
With over two decades of experience, Saurabh Khullar is currently working with TVS motor as the Head of Digital Marketing. He is an experienced leader with a track record of setting up and jumpstarting digital businesses and teams.
Saurabh’s expertise includes change management, building experiences, UX, marketing, and product management.
Shagun Seda is a Director of creative marketing at Netflix. In a career spanning close to two decades she has also worked with MullenLowe Lintas Group and TBWA. Shagun began her career at TBWA\India where she spent almost a decade - from learning the ropes as a copywriter to building the agency as a creative director.
Over the years, Shagun has helped build iconic multinational brands such as Unilever, McDonald’s, Volkswagen, Johnson & Johnson, Visa, Adidas, TikTok, Bumble, Nissan, Diageo, Beiersdorf along with national giants like Hotstar, Big Bazaar, Aditya Birla Group, Marico, Times Group and SBI, to name a few. Shagun's work has won medals and honours at Cannes Lions, The One Show, D&AD, Clio Awards, Spikes, Kyoorius, Effies, WARC and Abby’s among others.
Chief of Digital Marketing
Shuvadip joined ITC in 2007 as Head of Consumer Insights and he considers himself lucky to be part of an organisation for the last 15 years that has grown tenfold to 1.5 a billion dollar business. He was instrumental in the businesses’ forays into multiple food and beverage categories like Snacks, Juices, Chocolates, Noodles and Coffee. Understanding consumers and their needs has always excited him and the quest has hence been to innovate systems and processes to keep ITC ahead of the curve and create winning solutions for the business.
As data and analytics became more important in the area of decision making, he got the opportunity to spread his sphere of contribution. Today, they have been able to go beyond the traditional analytical process to adapting the new age practice of machine learning and using artificial intelligence to predict outcomes with higher degree of surety. Having set the practice of analytics, he focused on developing capabilities in the field of Digital Media and utilisation of unstructured data.
As the CDMO, he gets the opportunity to be at the cusp of strategy, creative thinking, build innovative offers and create capabilities in the organisation to be future ready.
Head - Brand & Partnerships
Sushma has a varied background in film production, television, and content creation, and a decade-long stint in edtech, Sushma’s key strength lies in taking an idea from inception to execution. With her experience in having built several brands from the ground up, she relies on her creative instincts and core production background to vision and design the brand vision and the go-to-market strategy.
With over 17 years of experience, she has previously worked as the Head of Brand, Marketing & Strategy at Jigsaw Academy. Some of her other past stints include Manipal Global Education Services, EduMedia India (now LXL Ideas), Sahara One Media & Entertainment, and B.A.G Films & Media Ltd., among others. She has a postgraduate diploma from Symbiosis Institute of Media and Communication, Pune, a diploma in film-making from New York Film Academy, and a Bachelor of Arts degree in English Literature from Sophia College for Women.
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