A FinTech Marketeer, striving to make financial ecosystem inclusive for millennials! “My success lies in turning cost centers into revenue centers for organizations and building organic ecosystems, which deliver not just sustainable but also scalable business growth,” says Vishesh Sharma who has recently joined Bajaj Financial Securities as its first Chief Marketing Officer. Vishesh belongs to a rare breed of professionals with a journalistic background who have transcended the world of Finance and entered the highest echelons of Marketing. Previously, he was the Chief Marketing officer at Ashika Group, India’s leading diversified financial services group with four key business verticals including Retail Broking, Institutional Broking, Startup Funding and Global Family Office Services. Vishesh’s experience cuts across diverse marketing disciplines, including brand communication, content marketing, corporate communications, reputation management, product marketing, public affairs, and financial education. He started his professional career with The Hindu, and continued his journey with renowned publications, including Dalal Street Investment Journal and Progressive Media Group. Thereafter, Vishesh switched to the corporate world and worked with reputed companies including Sharekhan by BNP Paribas and Angel One before joining Ashika Group. Throughout his career, Vishesh has been recognized for his remarkable professional accomplishments. In 2020, he was named Content Marketer 40u40 by Exchange for Media and the Marketing Leader of the Year in the BFSI segment by Nasscom. A year later, he was honored as the Rising Media Star by Best Media Info, Corporate Communications Person of the Year by AdGully, and 40u40 PR Professional by Reputation Today. He won Gold at Inkspell awards under the category of Content Marketing Professional 2021. Vishesh was also bestowed with Excellence in PR award by Adgully under their Leader 2.0 awards in 2022 and was also felicitated by World Marketing Congress as one of India’s Top 50 Influential Marketing Leaders. Recognised as a thought leader in Fintech Marketing, Vishesh is a frequent keynote speaker at many educational institutes and thought-provoking events like IIT FinFest, Amity University, IMT Nagpur, NMIMS, among others. He strongly believes that 3Vs (Voice, Vernacular, and Video) are the key pillars that will define his legacy as a Marketeer over next 10 years
Soumini Sridhara Paul is Vice President of the Talent and Independent content platform, Artist Aloud (Hungama Digital Media Ent. Pvt. Ltd.). Launched in January 2010, Soumini has spearheaded the set up of Artist Aloud, South Asia’s premier digital platform for established and new talent with independent audio and video content along with a dedicated team. She also is Head of Operations and Content Development for Kids and other channels on YouTube and Special Content Creation and Event IP projects for Hungama. One of her pet projects is the channel she is building along with a wonderful team for Hungama Kids creating content which is age appropriate, entertaining and educational. She has over 20 years experience as a Pop Artist, Artist Manager as well as assignments with Channel [V] including Bollywood, Independent and International talent and Universal Music including album launches and promotions and artist relations. As a hobby, Soumini has been dabbling into writing for the last 5 years and Disha The Challenge is her first ever-published work through Partridge. She started her artistic stint as a singer almost 20 years back but chose to work in other aspects of the industry to build something that would change the face of Talent and Independent Content Space.
Balaji is an integrated marketing communication professional with over 16 years of extensive experience in building brands for both global and Indian companies.
In his current role as Marketing Director, CEEMEA for Franklin Templeton, Balaji is responsible for marketing strategy and building brand SOV for the CEEMEA region. The region covers over 20 countries across Central and Eastern Europe, Middle East and Africa and focuses both on institutional and retail businesses.
Prior to this role, Balaji was Deputy Head – Marketing for Franklin Templeton India and was responsible for leading all key brand initiatives. Balaji has been one of the early adopters of leveraging gamification, video content and storytelling in the mutual fund industry to promote investor education in the online space. His deep understanding of consumer marketing and customer lifecycle journeys have won him multiple awards in India and globally across creativity, content, innovation and effectiveness. Very recently, he was conferred with the citation of “Marketing Influencer of the Year” by DMA Asia at the 2018 DMA Asia Echo Awards.
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As the Head of Digital Content & Brand Solutions (https://www.linkedin.com/in/amankanjhlia/ ), I define, curate and deliver strategic content & communication led monetizable initiatives for brands at HT Digital.
With story-telling becoming mainstream, my aim is to create engaging experiences that make for great narratives. Decoding a brand’s requirement, identifying the need-gap and achieving the defined objective through a compelling story is what I do best!
In my 20+ years career, I have worked with the best of the companies and sharpest minds, be it The Economic Times, Network 18, HT Media, TinyOwl Technologies, Percept or Rediff.com.
With experience panning all formats of media and communication and profiles which are as diverse as managing P&L to story based marketing campaigns, I believe these are exciting times for marketers as the world of ‘content’ and ‘communication’ is democratized by technology. It’s an era to employ technology to engage with your community led by EQ, aided by storytelling and driven by value.
Anay is currently Advisory Consultant and CTO Ambassador at Dell Technologies . He has 15+ years of experience in IT and has worked with some of the large enterprise organization’s & customers across the world. Anay is a trusted advisor & an eminent Industry Speaker creating mindshare around next-gen technology trends & employability skills. He has also written lot of Technology blogs & has been part of renowned Industry events as Keynote Speaker or Panelist. He has multiple Industry certifications and is also passionate about giving back, photography, exploring new places & trying new cuisines.
Marketing professional & Automobile Industry Expert with 11 years of successful track record in Brand Development, Product Marketing & Planning, Marketing Communication, Category Management, Marketing Operations, Strategy and Media Advertising. Outstanding performance in CFT leadership, Brand Communication, ATL/BTL, Product Development, Product Launches, Special Editions, Events & Sponsorship, Media Planning, Digital Content, Agency leadership, Celebrity management, Retail Marketing, Luxury & Sports Marketing, Business Planning & CRM. Currently heading Marketing & PR for Harley-Davidson India. Was associated with Nissan Motor India as Head – Marcom for Datsun brand. Prior was Sr. Group Product Marketing Lead & Country Chief Marketing Manager for Hatch, Sedan, Luxury SUV, Sports, Electric Vehicle & Connected Car(Intelligent Mobility) segments leading the product, pricing, Go To Market and project management strategy for Nissan India. Before Nissan, was Sr. Category Brand Head – Commuter motorcycles for World’s largest two wheeler manufacturer (Hero MotoCorp- formerly known as Hero Honda), taking care of brand development, marketing communication, strategy, digital content nationally for the 10-brands portfolio along with key corporate marketing and global business projects. Started career as Marketing Lead for North with focus on regional media, BTL activations, rural, sales support & CRM. Part of strategic projects as a CFT member/leader like CBU Business model, Intelligent Mobility, Scenario Planning, DMS, Dealer websites, Marketing Planning & Budgeting Software, QBR – Commonwealth Games, IPL, MTV Roadies, HIL, Hero World Challenge, FIFA, ICC, Employer Branding, National Dealer Conclaves, Auto shows, Factory Launches, International Marketing & CSR. An MBA in Marketing & Operations; Also a Mechanical Engineering Degree holder along with Executive programs in Digital Marketing & Leadership. Ad Awards Jury & Globally certified GT-R instructor