India Football Forum 2015 to feature a special address by Hrithik Roshan

Business Events | October 28, 2015 | News

Event Capital Laqshya Media Group Laqshya Live Experiences St. Regis Hotel

Event Capital, the event IP specialist arm of the Laqshya Media Group, along with SportzPower is organising the fourth edition of India Football Forum 2015, presented by Star Sports and powered by HRX. The day-long event features panel discussions and keynote addresses by the decision makers of Indian football. Laqshya Live Experiences is managing the event’s debut in Mumbai, which is scheduled to take place on Oct 29 at The St. Regis Mumbai.

With a stated agenda of ‘Taking Indian Football Higher, Deeper, Wider’, the forum will feature keynote addresses by Nitin Kukreja, President – Sports, Star India and Peter Leible, Chief Representative – APAC, DFL Sports Enterprises. Conference Chair for the event, Ayaz Memon is also scheduled to have a discussion with Ronnie Screwvala, Founder, U Sports about his investments in the game. Moreover, the event will witness a special address by actor Hrithik Roshan, who is also the co-owner of FC Pune City.

Commenting on the discussion points at the event, Thomas Abraham, Editor,, said, “Year 2014 saw the inaugural season of the Indian Super League (ISL), the high-profile franchise-based tournament co-owned and presented by IMG, Reliance, and Star India kicking off in style, providing the necessary impetus that is ‘boldly taking Indian football where it has never gone before’ in this market. The groundwork continues to be laid for India to the host the Under-17 World Cup in 2017, which provides a massive push for infrastructure development and youth development systems. There is much to discuss at the India Football Forum 2015.”

Talking about the association with the football forum, Deepak Choudhary, CEO and Director, Event Capital, added, “This unique event presents an opportunity for us to engage the key stakeholders of the fast emerging Indian football business. Even though India is considered to be a late entrant in popularising the game of football, the investments in the game over the last couple of years by Reliance and Star India has shown the potential and planted seeds for the future. We hope to have discussions on how the management of the game can be brought up to world standards, so that all the stakeholders of the game – investors, sponsors, players and the fans – make the best out of it.”

The forum will feature four panel discussions on topics like ‘Governance and Management’, ‘Maximising Fan Experience’, ‘Internet and Mobile keys to experiential nirvana’ and ‘Corporate Social Opportunity’.

Some of the speakers who are part of the panels include Santosh Desai, MD & CEO, Future Brands; LV Krishnan, CEO, TAM Media Research; Indranil Das Blah, CEO, Mumbai City FC & COO, CAA Kwan; Shirish Kulkarni, Executive Director DSK Developers, President LFC International Football Academy - DSK Shivajians; Supratik Sen, CEO and Co-Founder, U Sports; Nimish Raut, Country Head, Sports & Events Marketing, Red Bull India; Vinit Karnik, National Director - Entertainment, Sports & Live Events, ESP Properties; Jaideep Bhatia, Partnerships Consultant, EduSports, Magic Bus; Mustafa Ghouse, CEO, JSW Sports; Srinivvasan Gopalkrishnan, AVP Marketing & Commercial, Football Sports Development Limited (ISL), among others.

The event will be broadcast on Bloomberg TV as a special episode in November 2015.

Organised by Event Capital and SportzPower, the fourth edition of India Football Forum will be managed by Laqshya Live Experiences.

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