WOW Awards Asia 2018: Introducing The Esteemed Jury Members of Group E. LIVE Quotient Awards
by EVENTFAQS Bureau Business Events | March 9, 2018 | News
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WOW Awards Asia 2018 marks the 10th edition of Asia's largest recognition platform for the Experiential Marketing, MICE, LIVE Entertainment, and Wedding industry (watch the 2017 video). The prestigious awards ceremony and convention is all set to take place from 28-30 June 2018 across Hotel Pullman and Andaz in New Delhi Aerocity.
After three editions of running independatly as the first of its kind recognition platform for LIVE Entertianers, LIVE Quoteint Awards is now part of WOW Awards Asia.
With this integration, WOW Awards Asia is today the world's most holistic platform where excellence across the experiential domain is celebrated on one stage.
Brands, Agencies, Service Providers, Venues & Entertianers.. all 5 stakehodler groups of the larger events ecosystem will converge one unified platform and take pride in their best work.
Meet the esteemed Jury members of Group E. LIVE Quotient Awards:
Wiz Sabbas Joseph
Co-Founder-Director - Wizcraft International Entertainment Pvt. Ltd
Co-Founder-Director of Wizcraft International Entertainment, India’s premiere Experiential Marketing and Event Management company along with his partners Andre Timmins and Viraf Sarkari, Sabbas Joseph is considered as one of the founding fathers of the Rs.15000 cr. event management business in India. Over the past 25 years Wiz Sabbas Joseph has spearheaded and managed several events for the company which included some of the best events that India has witnessed in the past two decades. Wiz Joseph was elected as the President of the Event & Entertainment Management Association (EEMA), India’s apex body for the industry. His pioneering role has ensured a distinct momentum that reflects thought leadership as well as proactive action that the Indian event industry is now being recognized for.
MD & CEO - Universal Music Group, India & South Asia
Sanyal has been running the Universal Music Group businesses for South Asia & India since 2011. In the past 6 years he has groomed it into one of the most successful music business models in the region. UMG is now a 360-degree; festival business, music business including the label, live & artist promotions, merchandising and a creator of platforms for music & brands. It’s also the leading label for Indie & non-film music, carving a niche amongst Bollywood driven labels. Sanyal also runs the publishing business for the region & is regarded as the top A&R man, now compounded by his role as a judge on network TV’s largest all English reality show called “The Stage” for the third season. Sanyal was the co-founder of Sunburn, Asia’s no 1 EDM festival and is now deeply integrated in the music Intellectual properties business & is currently the Director &CEO of the India’s largest multi-genre music & camping festival “Enchanted Valley Carnival”. Sanyal was awarded the IES’s prestigious “Udyog Rattan Award” & also made the “Top 25 Executives Under 40 running India Inc” by Business Today for 2013/14. In 2015 he also made it to the Hindustan Times “Top 50 young Stars under 40”. Devraj is also a founding member of Brahma, India’s premier metal band making him the only artist & music executive in the region.
Co-Founder - Gobananas / Director - INIT Design Studio
Gobananas is an event agency with a rich and diverse experience. Conducting events of national and international magnitude, the agency works on a multi-disciplinary approach to deliver unique and creative solutions. They aim to deliver novel and cost-effective solutions for all events requirements.
Co-Founder - ICE Global
In the year 2000 Sushma established her first entrepreneurial venture as a co-founder of Ice Global that is positioned as one of the premium experiential communication agencies. Ice Global today specializes in experiential strategy, campaign management and experiential execution roll-outs and is firmly entrenched in the field of Brand Communication and Management. Over the years Ice Global has worked with inspirational Brands in automobiles, Media, Entertainment, Engineering, Bollywood having orchestrated experiences of premium calibre. With a vision to make a difference to as many people as possible and help them unleash their true potential, a decade ago Sushma founded IGM, an organization that facilitates Learning and Development. Today, as a ‘Breakthrough’ specialist, she works towards enhancing attitude and skills, through the use of experiential and neuro-linguistic techniques.
Director - Team Rustic Pvt. Ltd
An Indian entrepreneur, marketer, event innovator and re-inventor for events. Vinod's aim of fun-work is to recognise a charismatic and result driven trait in the people that Team Rustic recruits and channelise their positive energies to carve a revolutionary and influential career both for the Team Member and the company... His one biggest passion is love for transforming "the event industry".
Director - Rashi Entertainment Pvt Ltd
Running a successful organisation for past 18 years with all over 200 clients who believe in Rashi Entertainment is his strength. Today, Rashi is an established Event Management Agency which is supported laterally by its three profit centres viz. Wedding Vertical, Corporate Vertical and Government Event Vertical. The company is flourishing under his visionary leadership and has branches across India. Rashi has done and experienced more than 800 top of the line Weddings and working with 300 top most businessmen and has run their weddings practically in every part of India with nth solutions from entertainment, décor, fabrication, artist, and booking of venues. He is also a founder Member of EEMA (EEMA is India’s Apex Body for The Event and Entertainment Industry with a Membership Base of 285 Members Comprising of the Top Companies in the Industry) and has been a part of EEMA NEC since day 1, and serving for last 10 years without any gap in various capacities to make EEMA one of the most talked about and most profitable association in India.
Partner - Oranjuice Entertainment
Oranjuice Entertainment creates enriching experiences that brightens their audiences' lives and enlivens clients' brands; simple but authentic journeys that begin long before the first note is plucked and continue long after the final echoes fade. Their aim is to celebrate music, to tell stories and to make memories that last forever.
Co-founder and Group CEO - Fountainhead MKTG
In 1995 Brian co-founded Fountainhead Promotions and Events Pvt Ltd. As a driving force throughout the company’s timeline, he has been instrumental in installing it amongst the leading event management players in the country, with offices in Mumbai, Delhi and Bangalore. Brian is Chairman at Fountainhead. Before venturing into the world of entertainment, Brian spent over a decade in the travel industry, finding his bearings with a GSA of Pan American Airlines, before earning his stripes in corporate sales at Air France and Air Canada, where he serviced high net worth clients. Brian has enjoyed a fruitful career in entertainment that spans nearly three decades. This includes various avatars – as show host, performer, voice-over specialist, radio jockey, jury member, event business honcho and consultant, amongst other things. He has earned a commendable equity in anchoring, radio, theatre and music.
Director - The Ignite Enterprise
With over two decades in the Entertainment & Live Events Industry, Shaju has been part of varied organisations and entities from the Media & Entertainment field. Some among them are Wizcraft International, 360 Degrees -The Times Group, Percept, Sahara Media & Entertainment, Viiking Ventures, etc. Lead, managed, and implemented multiple large format events such as Michael Jackson’s India Concert, Filmfare Awards, Femina Miss India pageants, India 2000 Millennium Celebrations, IIFA Awards, the Delhi Commonwealth Games ceremonies, Broadway style Musicals, Enchanted Valley Carnival (EVC), the Intl’ Golf Premier League, among others. Powered by the interesting mix of Entertainment, Media & Special Events Management, his current endeavour is to create unique Experiential Content & Properties and set up Entertainment Projects for a Global platform.
Managing Director - Geometry Global Encompass Network
As a conscious innovator, Roshan Abbas leads the team at Geometry Global Encompass to routinely pull off the seemingly impossible, aka 8 IPL opening ceremonies in 10 days, the BRICS summit, the India Africa Summit, the South Asian Games; all while managing the BTL portfolio of over 80 of India’s top companies. As an incurable creative mentor, he plays Bhishma Pitamah to the young team that leads the agency and the CEO Sukrit Singh. The culture at the agency flows from the persona of Roshan who has spent two decades gathering domain expertise in radio, television, theatre, events, Bollywood and BTL. Friend to the industry, mentor to many and a talent hothouse, Roshan Abbas is a firm believer in the theory that the long-term is getting increasingly shorter – and therefore engages in something new every year. Fueled by his insatiable appetite to learn and innovate, Roshan entered the event management and communication arena in 1997, and set out to provide an all-encompassing service to clients. That’s how Encompass Events was born. In 2008 under his leadership Encompass partnered with WPP under the JWT brand, but being the eternal builder in 2015, he had Encompass enter an association with Geometry Global, the world’s largest activation agency. GGE has emerged as the biggest agency in India in billings, portfolio, and ambition.
Director - Cineyug Worldwide Entertainment
Mohomed Morani who belongs to the illustrious family of the Moranis is a successful and dedicated doyen in the business of showbiz and entertainment for the last three decades. Starting his career in the family business of fireworks and then introducing modern technical innovations; Mohomed made his family legacy the pioneers in this 57 yr old company thereby carving a veritable niche for himself. Endowed with a keen sense of understanding and an amazing eye for detail; his newly formed company ‘Cineyug Entertainment’ roped in Aamir Khan, Sanjay Dutt, Sri Devi, Anupam Kher and Satish Kaushik; the reigning stars of then blockbusters and after months of arduous brainstorming and toil; they independently conceived, scripted and directed their first live show that ran to packed audiences. They haven’t looked back since and the rest is history. Cineyug - the Epoch of Entertainment is one such company that continually strives to push its boundaries, challenging themselves to outdo their glittering past accomplishments in their perennial quest to become a globally renowned entertainment company' today. Consequently, Cineyug has grown from strength to strength…charting a steady course towards the acme of unbridled success. High on creative content and versatility, each of Cineyug’s productions have delivered on the creative and commercial front.
Director - Wedniksha Wedding Planners
Being a flourished entrepreneur, Bhavnesh has been involved in classy jewellery designing business for years and dealt with many international celebrities in the course of time. His sense of creativity and arts lets him bring to the table, some unique wedding themes and entertainment performances.
CEO - Vibgyor Brand Services
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, and 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 15 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 also one of the founder members of India’s Nodal association in the event space - EEMA. He has been on the National Executive Council in various capacities such as General Secretary & Vice President and currently serves as its Treasurer. He also heads the Legal & Government Engagement cell and actively works towards the rationalization of Music Copyright laws in the event space in India.
Managing Director - Toast Events Pvt Ltd
Harshad Chavan is the Managing Director for Toast Events, a full service experiential marketing firm based in Mumbai. With 15 years of experience in brand management, sales, marketing, brand strategy and events, Harshad has been the driving force behind TOAST. He began his journey in this space by launching Cream Events in 2008, which was fully acquired by Edelman, and then went on to work with TOAST Events in 2015. Harshad and his team are known to conceptualise and execute some of the best lifestyle and luxury events in India, providing end to end solutions in for brands from event production, to influencer and celebrity collaborations, to scripting and production of campaign films and innovative digital content.
CEO - Percept Live Pvt. Ltd.
Manuj kick-started his career in the dynamic media and entertainment industry and was a key part of the team that launched the Sahara India TV Network, which later expanded its bouquet of channels. He went on to join Zee TV in the ad sales and marketing division and was involved in promoting channels like Zee Cinema and other leading channels in the Zee bouquet. Post his stint with Zee, he moved to the Walt Disney Company India, where he was responsible for promoting the Disney TV business in various channels across the country. The need for a more exciting career option coupled with his passion for sports and entertainment led him to join Percept Sports & Entertainment in December 2002 after which he moved on to join Balaji Telefilms. Manuj returned to the Percept Group as CEO of Percept Live in the year 2012 and has been responsible for conceptualizing, managing and leveraging various Percept Intellectual Properties including Sunburn, Bollyboom, Eat Play Love (EPL), FLY, Fight Night and Windsong, and providing strategic direction to Percept’s IP business. Besides this, he is also focused on converting innovative ideas in the Live Entertainment, Sports, Fashion, Digital and Media space into valuable long-term Assets and enhancing the brand equity of Percept Live globally.
Director & CEO - Laqshya Live Experiences - Laqshya Media Group
Navneeth Mohan comes with an experience of over 17 years in the experiential marketing and events domain. He has worked in companies like Encompass, Reliance Broadcast Ltd as Business Head for the experiential marketing business, his last employee stint before Laqshya Live Experiences was at E18- A Network 18 Media & Investments company in the capacity of COO. Mohan has been responsible for the creation of the Laqshya Live Experiences business and successfully transitioning the team from E18 to the Laqshya Media Group making it one of the quickest change management stories in the Experiential Marketing industry in India. The business, under his leadership, is now 4 years old and has already added several firsts to it’s credit with a portfolio of 50 Plus clients, unprecedented business volume, IPR partnerships, Integrated media campaigns for clients by aligning other group assets like outdoor and digital services and with over 45 awards in the last 3 years Laqshya Live Experiences is amongst the highest awarded agencies in the country. In the recently concluded WOWASIA Awards 2017, Laqshya Live Experiences was the highest awarded agency with 13 metals. The clients he works with include Autodesk, ICICI Prudential, Capgemini, Google, Lodha, HSBC, Times Of India, Maruti, Samsung, Honeywell, CNN-IBN, Sony, LG amongst others.
Director - BOI Media & Entertainment Pvt. Ltd.
Is Founder Director of BOI experiential & Actfaqs.com. A pioneer in the Artist, Celebrity and Talent domain, She has been part of the industry for the last 18 years. Her proficiency is in integrating & curating experiential entertainment solution for brands. She has been working closely with brands and their marketing support agencies in providing a comprehensive solution in the mentioned domain.
Director - Seventy Seven Entertainment
Daryl's keen interest for music and zeal to learn more about technological breakthroughs in the field of events led him to co-found Seventy Seven Entertainment Pvt. Ltd. (www.7ty7.com) in 2002, along with his two business partners; expanding their market share in the Indian entertainment segment they set up other co-related verticals under the parent company; which are (www.varvadhu.net) a destination wedding management company; (www.ninetyninetravels.com) luxury travel & MICE company; (www.22ndavenue.co.in) an artist management company and a digital marketing company to become a one stop shop in the experiential marketing space. In the year 2008, he was awarded ‘The Young Entrepreneur Award’ by Hindustan Times. He is a member of the Academic Advisory Board of various event management educational boards as well as a guest faculty at EMDI since 2009.
Director - Studio Neelabh Pvt. Ltd.
Founded and led by Neelabh Kapoor, who has over 15 yrs of experience in designing and managing gala events all across, Studio Neelabh Wedding Design team consists of some of the best minds in the business. He founded bespoke Luxury Wedding Management Company, Experiential Weddings LLP (EWD) that has been at the helm of some of the most memorable Indian weddings in the recent past. He has conceptualised, designed, planned, and produced some of the most innovative and spell-binding wedding celebrations across the world. EWD is the highest Awarded Wedding Company in India winning all top awards every single year from past 6 years in a row. His design sensibilities completely transform raw, ordinary spaces into dramatic environments, translating the clients’ visions into a breathtaking experience handled by a team of experts. His endeavour is to transform what seems to be ordinary into breathtaking and opulent events. He is a rare combination in Event Industry of knowledge specialising in Destination Weddings Management and Design Production – from finding the perfect location to creating be-spoke events, complete with every desired service including a world-class concierge to ensure his client feels at home and attended. His teamwork is toward ensuring that every event is designed to reflect Grandeur, Luxury, Elegance and of course Entertainment! Neelabh started his event career as a Set & Production designer with an investment of only Rs 7,000 14years back, later founded Set Design Company Pandora's Box catering to Stage Architecture & Space Design. Luxury Interiors for Commercial & Residential Projects, Thematic Wedding Banquets & Venues, Music Festival Concepts & Design, Exhibition Designs, Art & Installations, Thematic Restaurants, Night Clubs, Cafes & More. Pandora's Box has designed some of the most memorable Set Designs & Executions for Films & TV shows. Neelabh has recently started and expanded his Wedding Management Company in UAE under a new brand name Studio Neelabh Luxury Weddings & Entertainment LLC. Post the inception he was roped in to Design a Gala Dinner Ceremony for the Royal Families of Emirates and managed the biggest Event in Dubai in recent times.
Director (Events) - Moving Heads
Syed Farhan Ali brings with him 15 years of global expertise in the successful management and execution of experiential and exclusive events. His journey has been marked with esteemed industry stalwarts in the business of recognising excellence in performance. Over the years, his deeply rooted need to create events that are not just extraordinary beyond measure, but have a story to tell, have left behind milestones and brought in accolades. Being at the helm of The Moving Heads, he has added his special blend of radical vision and passion for difference, to create award-winning event designs and experiences across the country and on a global stage, along with his like-minded team. His work speaks for itself, creating a niche that most definitely says #NoMoreOrdinaryStuff.
LIVE Quotient Awards of WOW Awards Asia will recognise and celebrate the best LIVE entertainers across 8 performing art disciplines.