Ashish Bhasin & Ajay Kakar to lead the 13th Edition of Goafest 2018

It’s time again for the advertising, media and marketing professionals to come together for India's premier advertising festival - Goafest 2018. Curated by the AAA’s of I and The Advertising Club, the 13th edition of the marquee event is set to be held from April 5th to April 7th, 2018 at India’s festival destination Goa.   

Goafest 2018 will continue to celebrate milestones in the Indian media and entertainment industry. The apex industry event once again provides an unparalleled festival experience through recognizing impactful brand stories, facilitating a progressive speaker line-up and curating an enhanced awards experience.  The landmark event will be helmed by Ashish Bhasin, Chairman & CEO South Asia Dentsu Aegis Network and Vice President of Advertising Agencies Association of India (AAAI), who has been elected as the Chairman of Goafest 2018. 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.

Awards Governing Council Members

  • Vikram Sakhuja: President, The Advertising Club & Group CEO - Madison Media & OOH - ‎Madison World
  • Nakul Chopra; President AAAI and Senior Advisor, Publicis Communications 
  • Ashish Bhasin: Chairman & CEO South Asia Dentsu Aegis Network - ‎Aegis Group plc
  • M G Parameswaran: Founder,
  • Punitha Arumugam: Entrepreneur and Digital Evangelist
  • Ramesh Narayan: Founder - ‎Canco Advertising Pvt. Ltd.
  • Partha Sinha: Vice Chairman and Managing Director, McCann Worldgroup
  • Shashi Sinha: CEO, IPG Mediabrands India.
  • Nagesh Alai: Founder, Independent Business Advisory 
  • CVL Srinivas, Country Manager, WPP India & CEO, GroupM South Asia

Speaking about the focus of the 2018 edition of Goafest, Vikram Sakhuja: President, The Advertising Club 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”

Speaking about Ashish’s appointment as Chairman of Goafest 2018, Nakul Chopra President AAAI 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, Ashish Bhasin, Chairman of Goafest 2018 & Vice President of Advertising Agencies Association of India (AAAI) 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.”

Speaking about the forthcoming ABBY’s, Ajay Kakar, Chair of the Awards Governing Council 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 recognized as the gold standard in creativity.”

Presented by the Advertising Club and AAAI the Goafest 2017 will once again see the entire advertising and marketing fraternity come together in Goa from 5th April, 2018 to 7th April 2018.  


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