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Goafest 2018 to be held on April 5-7

Ashish Bhasin to chair the festival for second year in a row while Ajay Kakar replaces Ramesh Narayan as the Chairman of the Awards Governing Council for Abby’s

The 13th edition of Goafest will be held from April 5 to 7, 2018. It was announced by the Advertising Agencies Association of India (AAAI) and The Advertising Club.

The apex industry event provides an unparalleled festival experience through recognising impactful brand stories, facilitating a progressive speaker line-up and curating an enhanced awards experience.

Ashish Bhasin, Chairman and CEO, South Asia, Dentsu Aegis Network and Vice President of AAAI, has been elected as the Chairman of Goafest 2018 for the second consecutive year. Ajay Kakar, CMO, Aditya Birla Capital and Vice President of The Advertising Club has been elected as Chairman of the Awards Governing Council for the celebrated ABBY’s 2018. Kakar replaces Ramesh Narayan, Founder, ‎Canco Advertising.

Awards Governing Council Members

Vikram Sakhuja: President, The Advertising Club and Group CEO, Madison Media and OOH - ‎Madison World

Nakul Chopra: President, AAAI and Senior Advisor, Publicis Communications

Ashish Bhasin: Chairman and CEO South Asia Dentsu Aegis Network - ‎Aegis Group plc

M G Parameswaran: Founder, Brand-Building.com

CVL Srinivas: Country Manager, WPP India and CEO, GroupM South Asia

Punitha Arumugam: Entrepreneur and Digital Evangelist

Ramesh Narayan: Founder - ‎Canco Advertising

Partha Sinha: Vice Chairman and Managing Director, McCann Worldgroup

Shashi Sinha: CEO, IPG Mediabrands India.

Nagesh Alai: Founder, Independent Business Advisory

Vikram Sakhuja

Speaking about the focus of the 2018 edition of Goafest, Sakhuja said “Goafest is a landmark event that is marked in every brand and media professional’s calendar. The festival is the definitive platform for industry to engage, network and celebrate the pioneering creative work done through the year.  At Goafest 2018 we will continue to up the ante on lifting the standard of creative brilliance. Watch this space”

Ashish Bhasin

Speaking about Bhasin’s appointment as Chairman of Goafest 2018, Chopra said, “Ashish is an industry veteran with in-depth understanding of the global media and entertainment industry dynamic. He played a decisive role in ensuring that Goafest 2017 was a grand affair that saw many pioneering initiatives. Goafest 2017 under his aegis is sure so see many more interesting and groundbreaking initiatives that will further up the bar on engagement.”

Speaking about the 13th edition of the celebrated festival, Bhasin said, “Goafest has been at the center of celebrating transformational brand stories and fostering the media and entertainment industry’s growth agenda. Our endeavor continues to be create a festival experience that is inclusive, inspiring and delivers an immersive ideas exchange platform to all festival goers. Goafest, 2018 is sure to provide learning enrichment and facilitate synergies, thereby providing significant value to all festival goers.”

Ajay Kakkar

Speaking about the forthcoming Abby’s, Kakar said, “The Abby’s have, historically, been both aspirational and inspirational beacons for the advertising, media and marketing industries. This year we intend to bring about exciting changes that will remind people why they have always loved the Abby’s. And also remind them why the Abby’s have always been regarded and recognised as the gold standard in creativity.”

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