Goafest 2022 is back for its 15th edition. The event that recognises consummate industry talents is curated by Advertising Agencies Association of India and The Advertising Club and is set to be held in Grand Hyatt, Goa from April 7-9, 2022.
The three-day grand event will be helmed by Jaideep Gandhi as the Chairman of the Goafest 2022 Organising Committee. Rana Barua has been elected as Chairman of the Awards Governing Council for the Abby Awards 2022. Being organised for the last 50 years, Abby Awards is a prestigious, one-of-a-kind ad award show which is attended by more than 1500 to 1800 professionals from the marketing, advertising, media, research and PR fraternity.
Anupriya Acharya, President, AAAI, said, “Goafest is the definitive festival for the advertising, media and marketing industry in the sub-continent. This time the festival is coming after a gap of two years and so one can imagine the anticipation the industry professionals will have! We also expect a lot of first timers this time given a lot of new young talent has joined in these two years. Goafest 2022 will be a good platform to celebrate our industry’s resilience as well as the potential.”
On Gandhi’s appointment as the Chairman, she further added, “Jaideep is a seasoned industry professional with vast experience on Goafest. Certainly, it will translate into a delightful and engaging festival experience for all.”
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Gandhi said, “It’s the illustrious return of Goafest 2022, with its 15th edition, where recognition, innovation, collaboration and celebration all happen under the same sky. Ensuring all safety protocols that’re necessary in a post-pandemic world, I believe it’s time for the industry to rediscover the power, joy and magic of connecting once again in the real world. I’m grateful to the previous Chairmen Nakul Chopra and Ashish Bhasin for the learnings I received from them and thankful to the President of AAAI - Anupriya Acharya for her continuous support and encouragement.”
Partha Sinha, President, The Advertising Club and President, Times of India, said, “The return of Abby and Goafest not only mark the return of normalcy in the advertising, marketing and media landscape of India but it also underlines the reason for which most of like this profession – the celebration of excellence. The ABBYs is the highest honour in this country for excellence and we wanted to ensure that we bring the big one back with all its glory. We have used the hiatus to our advantage and the award will witness some big forward movements in this Goafest. Watch this space for more details.”
On Barua’s appointment as the Chairman, he added, “Rana has first-hand experience of organising and winning both creative and media awards. His experience will be hugely beneficial as the Chairman of the Award Governing Council. It’s a complex job and we had to entrust the right person with that job.”
Barua, Group CEO, Havas Group India and Vice-President, The Advertising Club and AGC Chairman, said, “After 2 extremely tough years for the industry, I am extremely happy to say that Abby’s is back. Abby’s has always been recognized as the best in creativity for our industry and winning Abby’s will continue to be an inspiration and motivation for the new generation of marketers, agencies and brand custodians. Since the period of entries will be from February 16, 2019, to February 15, 2021, I encourage all to come forward and celebrate their best work.”
The Awards Governing Committee for Abby’s Awards includes:
1. Rana Barua, (AGC Chairman), Group CEO, Havas Group India
2. Jaideep Gandhi, (Chairman – Goafest Organising Committee), Founder, Another Idea
3. Partha Sinha, President, Times of India
4. Shashi Sinha, CEO-India, IPG Mediabrands
5. Ajay Kakar, Chief Marketing Officer, Aditya Birla Capital Limited
6. Ajay Chandwani, Managing Committee Member, The Advertising Club
7. Malcom Raphael, Senior Vice-President, Times Response
8. Anupriya Acharya, CEO South Asia, Publicis Groupe
9. Prasanth Kumar, CEO-South Asia, GroupM Media (India) Pvt. Ltd.
10. Sam Balsara, Chairman and Managing Director, Madison Communications Pvt. Ltd.
11. Rohit Ohri, Group Chairman & CEO, FCB Group India
12. Hephzibah Pathak, Vice-Chairperson and Chief Client Officer India, Ogilvy & Mather Pvt. Ltd.