ADITI SRIVASTAVA – Academic Innovator & Brand Architect
Aditi Srivastava, President of Pearl Academy, is a seasoned academician, marketer, and entrepreneur. With over 25 years of diverse experience, she excels in strategic collaborations, brand development, marketing, curriculum design, and business operations. Aditi’s visionary leadership, strategic planning, and expertise in franchise operations have been pivotal in expanding the International Institute of Fashion Design (INIFD) globally. She has been a driving force behind its success, emphasizing pragmatic leadership and consumer brand building.
ARUL MOORTHY M- AVGC Education Luminary
Arul Moorthy M, the founder of Davinci Media College, emerges as an AVGC education luminary, dedicating decades to shaping young minds in Animation, VFX, and Post-Production. His vision extends beyond industry service, emphasizing innovation in diverse domains like Theme Parks, Military Training, and Immersive Education. Arul is at the forefront of introducing Virtual Production Pipelines for feature films and utilizing media technology to showcase India’s rich history. With a legacy in Digital Cinema technology and pioneering VFX since 1989, Arul continues to drive advancements in AVGC education and industry practices.
Dr. BIBHUDUTTA BARAL – Game Design Education Visionary
As the Discipline Lead for Digital Game Design at the National Institute of Design, Bengaluru, Dr. Bibhudutta Baral is a guiding force in shaping the future of game creators. With over two decades of teaching experience, Dr. Baral imparts knowledge in Cognitive Psychology, Ergonomics, and Communication Studies. His expertise extends to Indian Analytical Philosophy and the impactful role games play in enhancing cognitive skills. A firm advocate that games go beyond entertainment, Dr. Baral believes in their profound impact on decision-making, problem-solving skills, and neuronal architecture, fostering a new generation of thoughtful game designers.
CHAITANYA CHINCHLIKAR – AVGC Education Trailblazer
Chaitanya Chinchlikar, Vice-President and CTO at Whistling Woods International, has been a pivotal force in mainstreaming AVGC career education for 18 years. As a member of the National Task Force for India’s AVGCXR policy, he contributed significantly in policy formation for the AVGC sector in India. Pioneering Cinematic Virtual Reality education and immersive capture, Chaitanya’s leadership extends to SMPTE, where he co-chairs initiatives on Best Practices in Virtual Production. A prolific writer and global speaker, he uniquely bridges education and technology, shaping the Filmed Entertainment Industry’s future.
PROF DIWKAR SHUKLA – AVGC Education Visionary
Prof Diwkar Shukla, Director at Jagran School of Journalism and Communications, Jagran Lakecity University, brings over two decades of expertise in journalism, communications, and higher education. As Dean and Director, he spearheaded the Faculty of Journalism and Creative Studies, overseeing international affairs and promoting strategic leadership. With a rich background as Managing Partner at Ogilvy & Mather, he contributed to the first Social Marketing & CSR unit, earning accolades at Cannes. Prof Shukla continues to influence social impact, strategic leadership, and international collaborations in the realms of AVGC, emphasizing the integration of creativity and education.
DR.ANUJ KACKER – Global Leader in Skill Development
Dr. Anuj Kacker, the Executive Director and President at Aptech Ltd, is a seasoned leader in individual learning and skill development. Overseeing business lines internationally, including Arena Animation and MAAC, he has propelled Aptech to global recognition. Dr. Kacker’s strategic foresight and extensive experience have contributed to the company’s rapid growth. Actively engaged in government and trade bodies, he is a respected figure in the Training and Skill Building Industry.
MOHIT SONI – Architect of AVGC Education Excellence
Mohit Soni, CEO of the Media & Entertainment Skills Council (MESC), boasts a remarkable two-decade journey marked by entrepreneurial success and educational leadership. A stalwart in building start-ups and fostering emerging businesses, Mohit’s strategic vision has elevated MESC to new heights. His adeptness at forging industry-academia collaborations and international alliances has been instrumental in advancing the Media and Entertainment sector. Committed to excellence, Mohit actively shapes the workforce by cultivating partnerships with media, film, and television entities. Globally, he extends his influence through international partnerships, fostering a resilient and interconnected global AVGC industry.
PHANI TETALI – Animation Pioneer and Academic Leader
Phani Tetali, an eminent animator and Dean at UPES, boasts a two-decade legacy marked by leadership roles at DQ Entertainment and guiding students at IIT Bombay. His journey is a testament to his dedication to nurturing talent and fostering innovation in India’s animation realm. With a rich tapestry of experiences, Tetali continues to champion creativity, shaping the future of animation through his roles as an academician and industry luminary.
PROF.NINA SABNANI – Trailblazing Visual Storyteller and Educator
Prof. Nina Sabnani, an eminent artist and educator at IIT Bombay, stands tall among India’s animation pioneers. Her brilliance in visual storytelling, recognized with national awards, spans folklore, ethnography, and participatory filmmaking. A Fulbright Fellow, Sabnani’s contributions to traditional art and design, along with acclaimed documentaries, firmly establish her legacy in the realm of animation.
RAHUL BOJALWAR – AVGC Strategist & Visionary
Rahul Bojalwar, Chairman at Tron Education, is an adept founder with a robust background in information technology, real estate, and construction. With a visionary approach, he has excelled in negotiation, business planning, and customer relationship management. Boasting extensive experience, he has also founded and led ventures in healthcare solutions, hospitality, and innovative construction. As a dynamic leader, he currently drives Tron Education, showcasing his prowess in steering diverse ventures with strategic acumen.
RAMESH ANUMUKONDA – AR/VR Enterprise Visionary
Ramesh Anumukonda, Founding Partner at A Plus Associates LLP, is a pioneering AR/VR/MR thought leader driving enterprise adoption. With expertise in education and skill development, Ramesh catalyzes positive social impact through initiatives spanning Unreal Engine, technical teacher training, and Unity Education programs. As Country Manager for Unity Technologies in India Subcontinent, he advises and accelerates business development with a special focus on education initiatives. A mentor, coach, and serial entrepreneur, Ramesh’s multifaceted skills extend to diverse industries, including medical animation, mining, oil & gas, and casino gaming. His commitment to value creation, investment strategies, and financial literacy defines his dynamic leadership.
SANJAY KHIMESARA – AVGC Pioneer & Education Visionary
Sanjay Khimesara, Founder & President of Horizon Institute of Design, is a pioneer and trendsetter of AVGC training in Central India. As a core committee member of Asifa India, he actively contributes to building a strong community of animators, filmmakers, and creative artists. His initiatives focus on enhancing youth employability, and he actively participates in various industry forums, making significant contributions to the AVGC sector.
SANJEEV WAEERKAR – Animation Virtuoso & Creative Maestro
Sanjeev Waeerkar, with an illustrious 25-year tenure in the Animation Industry, now helms the creative domain at MAAC. A pioneering force, he co-founded UTV Toons, leading the way in establishing India’s outsourcing animation business. With a rich portfolio of projects, including 3D animation feature films like “Arjun the warrior prince” and TV series like “Bunty aur Billy,” he’s an industry luminary. Sanjiv’s directorial ventures, such as “Cric X” and “The World champs,” underscore his creative prowess. As the creator of “SIMPLE SAMOSA,” released on Disney, and a founding member of TASI, Sanjiv continues to shape and inspire India’s animation landscape.
SATISH NARAYANAN – AVGC Leader in Production & Training
Satish Narayanan, CEO of JAIN SoDMCA, is a seasoned Media & Entertainment (M&E) consultant with over 18 years of immersive expertise in Multimedia, Animation, and Visual Effects. Hailing from Kerala, his creative journey began early, evolving from a passion for art, acting, and filmmaking into a distinguished career. Satish served on the core committee of the Media & Entertainment Skill Council of India, contributing significantly to the industry. As a prominent figure, he has served on global juries, including the New York Film Festivals, and represented India at ASEAN skills competitions. His leadership in animation production and training academies showcases a profound impact on the AVGC landscape.
SEKHAR MUKHERJEE – Design Educator & Graphic Storyteller
An alumni of NID, Prof. Sekhar Mukherjee- was a senior faculty of communication design with NID Ahmedabad from 2002 to 2018. In 2000, he trained the first 2D animation studio in Dhaka, Bangladesh, one of his cherished projects. In 2002, he joined his alma mater as a design educator. For the next 12 years, he headed the Animation Department. Under his mentorship, his students won many national & international recognitions. He is also the NID Film Club Chairman and the Artistic Founder Director of iconic Chitrakatha-A biennial International Student Animation Festival since 2007. He celebrates design as a problem solving and opportunity creation tool in his 25 plus years of professional journey. In 2018 end he took charge as Director of NID Andhra Pradesh, a baby design school of the same breed.
SHILPA RANADE – Multifaceted Animation Virtuoso
Shilpa Ranade, an animation stalwart at IDC, IIT Bombay, goes beyond the conventional realms of animator and filmmaker. Her illustrious career spans acclaimed short films, global film festival triumphs, and impactful curatorial endeavors. As an inspiring educator, she bridges creativity and storytelling in the classroom, contributing profoundly to children’s content. Ranade’s multidimensional force continues to shape minds, ensuring a vibrant future for animation.
B S SRINIVAS – AVGC Pioneer & Industry Catalyst
B S Srinivas, a first-generation entrepreneur and computer science engineer, has played a pioneering role in India’s AVGC industry. With over two decades of experience, he is the Director of Arena Animation centers in Bengaluru and the CEO of VedAtma Animation Studios. Srinivas actively contributes to the growth of the sector as the Secretary of ABAI and Co-chair of Bengaluru GAFX. His efforts include setting up the first AVGC Centre of Excellence in India, fostering collaboration between academia and industry.
SUMANT RAO, M – Animation Luminary and Educator
Prof. Sumant Rao, a seasoned Animation Faculty at IDC, IIT Bombay, seamlessly amalgamates engineering and design expertise in his illustrious 13-year animation journey. As a consultant to industry giants and cofounder of Animagic, he has significantly influenced India’s animation landscape. With a stellar legacy, Rao’s impact ranges from shaping and training manpower to pioneering animation divisions, leaving an indelible mark on India’s animation narrative.
TEHZEEB KHURANA – Children’s Animation Pioneer
Tehzeeb Khurana, a pioneer in children’s animation education, leads TOON CLUB with an award-winning curriculum. With over two decades of experience, Tehzeeb is a celebrated animation director, shaping young minds in art, animation, and storytelling. Her creative supervision has garnered 68 international awards for children’s films. As the founder, curriculum designer, and principal faculty of TOON CLUB, Tehzeeb’s impact extends to premier schools and international platforms, solidifying her role as a trailblazer in fostering creativity and animation education among children.
VINEET RAJ KAPOOR – AVGC Design Thinking Maestro
Vineet Raj Kapoor, an International Speaker and Design Thinking Expert, is the creative force behind groundbreaking initiatives in the AVGC (Animation, VFX, Gaming, and Comics) domain. As the Dean of Chitkara University and Founder of Chandigarh Design School and SXILL, he shapes the future of designers. His role as a Knowledge Partner for TCS iON and Delegation Lead for Korea signifies his global impact. With 27 years as CEO of VirtualSoft Technologies, Vineet champions Customer/User Experience Design. His prowess extends to WorldSkills, Shanghai, where he guides India’s Industrial Design Technology. A design mentor since 1980, Vineet is transforming societies through gamification and design thinking.