ASHISH PHERWANI – Media & Entertainment Visionary
Ashish Pherwani, the luminary at EY’s Media & Entertainment helm, meticulously shapes the industry’s trajectory. With a rich, two-decade-long immersion across over 50 media dimensions, from TV broadcasting to gaming, Pherwani is the architect behind EY reports that expertly guide companies toward a savvy future. Beyond his role as a Chartered Accountant and tech auditor, he passionately contributes to underprivileged children’s education and enlightens both universities and EY on emerging media trends.
GIRISH MENON – Media and Entertainment Expert
Girish Menon, Partner and Head of Media & Entertainment at KPMG in India, is a seasoned professional with over 17 years of advisory and M&A experience. Specializing in the Media and Entertainment sector, Girish has led numerous high-profile transactions, demonstrating a deep understanding of the industry. As a strategic thinker with financial acumen, he brings a unique blend of skills to the table.
GOWREE GOKHALE – TMT Legal Luminary
Gowree Gokhale, Partner at Nishith Desai Associates, stands among the legal elite in Technology, Media, and Telecom (TMT). Recognized in the Legal 500 TMT Hall of Fame, her expertise extends to commercial and intellectual property advisory, gaming law, and the healthcare sector. As the co-chair of FICCI’s Privacy and Data Protection Committee, Gokhale actively shapes industry discussions. Committed to fostering legal talent, she invites applications from professionals with a focus on tech, media, and IP agreements. Gokhale’s legal prowess, combined with her passion for industry collaboration, positions her at the forefront of legal advancements in the dynamic TMT landscape.
JEHIL THAKKAR – Media Strategy Maestro
Jehil Thakkar, a Partner at Deloitte India, is a strategic leader with a profound impact on media and entertainment. Specializing in strategy, operations, and financial services, he brings over 20 years of experience to the table. Thakkar envisions the transformative power of Digital Public Infrastructure (DPI), heralding inclusive growth and efficient governance. His insights, shared during the Deloitte-CII panel at Davos 2024, showcase a deep understanding of India’s digital trajectory. With a rich background encompassing Deloitte, KPMG, and DreamWorks, Thakkar’s strategic acumen contributes significantly to the industry’s evolution and its global impact.
LEENA JAISANI – Media & Entertainment Strategist
Leena Jaisani, Deputy Secretary General at FICCI, is a seasoned professional in non-profit organization management. With a robust background in media and entertainment, business development, and digital marketing, she plays a pivotal role in shaping FICCI’s initiatives. Leading the Media and Entertainment Skills Council, Jaisani focuses on skill development and industry growth. Her 29-year journey at FICCI reflects dedication to the sector. As the Assistant Secretary General and Head of FICCI Entertainment Division, she drives initiatives in media, entertainment, FMCG, retail, and e-commerce, underscoring her commitment to advancing the industry.
MADHURIMA MANIYARA – Advocate of Gaming for Good
Madhurima Maniyara, at the Indian Digital Gaming Society (IDGS), is pioneering positive change in the Indian gaming landscape. As an advocate of “gaming for good,” IDGS actively works with the Ministry of Skill Development to close the skill gap in gaming and esports. The strategic initiatives include developing courses aligned with current skills and technology needs. Maniyara champions the recognition of gaming as a respectable form of entertainment and competition.
NEERJA BHATIA – Voice of AVGC Industry
Neerja Bhatia, the Deputy Director General at the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII), is the voice of the AVGC industry. With a rich background, she excels in business and regulatory analysis, leadership, and program management. At CII, Neerja, overseeing the services sector, stands as an indispensable asset, propelling the industry body towards its objectives. In the Media & Entertainment realm, she spearheads policy advocacy, envisions a $100 billion Indian M&E Dream, fosters global collaborations, and positions India as the Content Hub of the World. Her leadership ensures the ease of doing business, amplifies India’s presence at international film markets, and champions co-productions, fostering a level playing field for Indian entities globally.
ROLAND LANDERS – Online Gaming Visionary
Roland Landers, CEO of the All India Gaming Federation (AIGF), is a policy advocacy expert spearheading the development of policies for India’s online gaming and fintech industries. With over 25 years of experience, Landers has successfully established the apex online skill gaming industry body. His domain expertise extends to sports business, broadcast media, and the business of online gaming. Landers’ strategic acumen, evident in his leadership at AIGF, highlights his role in shaping the regulatory framework for the Indian online gaming sector. A thought leader, he shares insights through guest lectures at prestigious institutes, contributing to industry knowledge.
SAMEER JAIN – Catalyst and Transformation Leader
Sameer Jain, a stalwart with over two decades of global experience. Sameer spearheads AVGC policy at Primus Partners. With a robust background in program delivery and leadership roles at KPMG, Ericsson, and TCS, Jain is a key player in national priorities like Smart Cities and MSME. As a managing director and thought leader, he propels Primus towards IT solutions and contributes significantly to the converged media and entertainment segment.
T.S. SURESH – IP Strategist & Corporate Law Maestro
Meet T.S. Suresh, the astute Founder of T S Suresh + Associates, a distinguished full-service law firm. With over three decades of rich experience, he stands out for his expertise in corporate, commercial, and intellectual property laws, specializing in IP exploitation, licensing, mergers, acquisitions, and global transactions. A visionary in the audio-visual sector, he has been a trailblazer in shaping the Animation industry in India. His strategic counsel extends to Defense & Aviation and Software Industries. As a seasoned business lawyer and entrepreneur, Mr. Suresh has guided numerous startups, facilitating capital raising and successful business launches in India and the US. His dynamic leadership and comprehensive legal acumen make him a sought-after authority in the field.