The Advertising Agencies Association of India (AAAI) and The Advertising Club has announced that Nakul Chopra, chairman, BARC India and immediate past president of AAAI will be chairman for this year's festival organising committee. Shashi Sinha, CEO - IPG Mediabrands and secretary - The Advertising Club has been elected as chairman of the Awards Governing Council for the Abbys.
Ashish Bhasin, president, AAAI, said, “Goafest has continuously been championing the category’s growth agenda. Our continued endeavor through the festival is to facilitate an enriched festival experience that is immersive, transformational and allows us to contribute to the learning enrichment of the advertising, media and entertainment industry. Nakul is an industry veteran and we are sure that his past experience with Goafest and his vision for the industry is sure to translate into an engaging and inclusive festival experience for all.”
Chopra said, “Goafest is a premiere representation of the Indian advertising and media industry. Year on year we have focused on increasing scale, driving inclusivity and ensuring that the festival emerges as a leading knowledge platform. This year too our focus at Goafest will be to curate a great panel of thought leaders and provide a world view of the evolving adverting and media industry trends.”
Vikram Sakhuja, president, The Advertising Club, said, “Goafest is an idea exchange forum that over the years has emerged into an opportunity where the entire media and advertising fraternity comes together to engage, innovate and share their best work. We are already geared up to bring another immersive edition of this landmark event, promising to up the ante even higher.” He further added “ABBY’s have always been recognized as a gold standard in creative awards and we are sure that Shashi with his deep understanding of the industry and global view will ensure that the awards follow highest standards of due diligence and hold a place of eminence in the advertising, media and entertainment industry.”
Shashi Sinha, CEO, IPG Mediabrands and secretary, The Advertising Club, said, “Receiving an ABBY has always been a career milestone and held a pace of pride in the life of every advertising and media professional. We will continue to ensure that ABBY’s that stands for creative excellence continues to inspire game changing brand campaigns, scale in eminence and emerge as a beacon of inspiration for the new generation of marketers of and brand custodians.”
The festival is scheduled to be held in April 2019.