Previous Jury

Professor Malcolm McDonald

MA(Oxon), MSc, PhD, DLitt, DSc

Professor Malcolm McDonald is one of the world’s foremost authorities on strategic marketing, market segmentation, sales and strategic/key account management. He has written over 45 books on the subject of marketing, has spent the past 30 years researching it and has helped many of the world’s leading organizations profit from being more market-driven. Coming from a background in business which included a number of years as Marketing Director of Canada Dry, Malcolm has successfully maintained a close link between academic rigour and commercial application. He has consulted to many major companies from the UK, Europe, USA, Far East, South-East Asia, Australasia and Africa, in the areas of strategic marketing and marketing planning, market segmentation, key account management, international marketing and marketing accountability.

Taha Coburn

Chairman Of UK Asian Business Council (UKABC) United Kingdom (UK)

Taha is the Chair of UK Asian Business Council (UKABC). In addition, he is the Managing Director of Monkey Consulting Ltd, specialises in international business development and marketing. He is also Business and Economic Advisor to the Government of Malta and Kingdom of Bunyoro Kitara Uganda, Country Co-ordinator People of Indian Origin Chambers of Commerce (PIOCCI) , President Greater London Chapter Global Organisation of People of Indian Origin (GOPIO) International and Ambassador, Views of the World Film and Music Festival.

Ashish Bhasin

Chairman & CEO Dentsu Aegis Network South Asia and Chairman Posterscope and MKTG - Asia Pacific

Ashish Bhasin is a well-known personality in the Advertising & Media industry in Asia Pacific, for the past 28 years. He is presently Chairman & CEO Dentsu Aegis Network South Asia and Chairman Posterscope and MKTG – Asia Pacific. He is also a member of the Dentsu Aegis Network Asia Pacific Executive Board.

Prior to this, Ashish successfully led and set up several of Lintas India’s (IPG) businesses and also had the global role of Executive Vice President, Lowe Worldwide and Asia Regional Director for Integrated Marketing.

He has recently been awarded the South Asia Agency Head 2015 by Campaign, Business Excellence Award 2015 and the Exchange4Media – Hallmark Chairman of the Year 2015. He has also received the Business Excellence Awards for Media CEO of the Year – India & Chairman of the Year – India 2013 and 2014, at UK’s Business Excellence Awards. He has received the Indira Super Achiever Award 2003 and was also adjudged “Media Marketer of the Year” at the Brief Media Awards.

Rohit Ohri

Group Chairman & CEO, FCBUlka Group

As Chairman & CEO, FCBUlka Group, Rohit Ohri leads FCBUlka Advertising and all group agencies of FCB in India. He serves as a member of the global operating committee and reports directly to Carter Murray in New York. He is one of the CEOs helping to guide the global company. Based out of Gurgaon, Rohit leads FCBUlka’s organisational and overall growth strategy in India. Rohit has nearly twenty-six years of experience in advertising communications. Under Rohit’s leadership, Dentsu India became the fastest-growing operation in the world. Prior to Dentsu, Rohit headed the Delhi office of JWT India. The office grew rapidly and became one of the most profitable offices of JWT globally.

In his three years at Dentsu India, Rohit achieved some successful acquisitions like Taproot and Webchutney. Rohit has been named as one of the Top-10 Advertising Gurus in India in The Indian Express list of the Most Powerful Indians in 2013 and 2012. Rohit is actively involved in industry bodies like AAAI and The Ad Club as a member of their executive committees. A creative thinker and strategic leader, Rohit has an exemplary track record in driving organisational efficiency, enhancing the creative product, developing new business, managing organisational change while driving revenue growth and profitability.

Manoj Abraham Mathew

Chief Operating Officer - Middle East, North Africa, Zee Entertainment Middle East FZ - LLC

Manoj A Mathew is the chief operating officer at Zee Network (Middle East, North Africa, Pakistan and Turkey). He has over 20 years experience in the media, marketing and advertising business, of which 13 are in international markets that include Middle East, North Africa and Europe. Manoj has spent his last 10 years with Zee Network, handling various portfolios, including their foray into the Arabic TV business with Zee Aflam and Zee Alwan.

Sunil Lulla


Sunil brings depth and width of experience spanning over 30 years across multiple industries to GREY Group – India as its chairman & managing director. Sunil has spent over a decade in advertising and 16 years in television broadcasting. He has been a prominent member on many boards and forums of the broadcasting industry where he shaped policies and set industry standards and best practices.

Kavita Lakhani

Executive Director, GolinOpinion

A seasoned communications professional, Kavita has to her credit two decades of experience in public elations. She assumed national responsibilities at LinOpinion GolinHarris in 2003. Since then, the firm’s business has more than quadrupled in size and consistently retained a significant double-digit margin. Recruiting and career development for the firm’s greatest asset – its talent – are Kavita’s chief responsibilities.

Oliver Eills

Managing Director-Publicitas, Americas (North America, Latin America, Canada)

Oliver has dedicated his professional life to transnational marketing and advertising. Since 2007, he has worked for Publicitas, the world’s leading overseas media specialist, working with corporate clients and advertising agencies to develop sophisticated media solutions, in collaboration with media partners, in all corners of the world.

He has been privileged to work with some of the most-trusted and globally respected media brands:The Washington Post, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, NIKKEI and The Times, to name a few.In 2011, he was promoted to Managing Director of Publicitas’s UK operations. In 2013, he relocated to the UAE to focus on developing Publicitas’s newly-launched Middle East office.