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South Asia Agency of the Year

Awards Show: 5 Dec 2017, ITC Grand Central, Lower Parel, Mumbai


-621 Days to Final Entry Deadline

Early Entry Deadline: 28 Sept 16
Final Entry Deadline: 5 Oct 16
Shortlist Released: 14 Nov 16



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Awards Presentation & Gala Dinner: ITC Grand Central, Lower Parel, Mumbai
Tuesday, 5 December 2017
The South Asia Agency of the Year judging panel will comprise a minimum of five client marketers and senior Campaign editors.
In the first round of judging, judges will review and score entries independently and the scores will be sent directly to PricewaterhouseCoopers to verify the shortlist. The jury will then meet to discuss shortlisted entries in both the people and agency categories.

The judges’ decisions are final. Awards will be made at the discretion of the judges based on a scoring system and no feedback or correspondence will be entered into about the results.

The results will be compiled by PwC.

  • Apurva Chamaria
    Global Head of Corporate Marketing
    HCL Technologies Ltd.
    Name: Apurva Chamaria
    Job Title: Global Head of Corporate Marketing
    Company: HCL Technologies Ltd.

    Apurva Chamaria is the Head of Corporate Marketing for HCL Technologies, a 7.7 Bn US$ company. Under his leadership HCL became the fastest growing brand in the Interbrand top Indian brands list for 2 years in a row and was ranked at No.378 and valued at 4.4 Bn US$ in the Brand Finance Global 500 2017 table. In 2016, he was awarded the “Marketer of the Year” by World Leadership Forum, “Digital Marketer of the Year” by IAMAI and “B2B Marketer of the Year” by Paul Writer. He's a thought-leader on “digital transformation” and is regularly quoted in publications. He’s a columnist for the Pitch and Digital Market Asia magazines. His book “You are the key – unlocking doors through Social Selling” (Bloomsbury) hit # 2 in the Amazon India Best-Sellers list* within 20 days of being launched in Jan 2016 and is currently a best-seller on the WH Smith best-seller list as #1. It was also recognized by Prime-minister Modi for contributing to Digital India.

  • Falak Galil
    Innovations Manager - CPW Middle East
    Nestle Middle East
    Name: Falak Galil
    Job Title: Innovations Manager - CPW Middle East
    Company: Nestle Middle East

    Falak Jalil is a marketer with a decade of brand and innovation management at Nestle, Unilever and Reckitt Benckiser. Her experience ranges in complexity from Personal and Home Care to Foods brands, leading iconic global brands like Dettol, Nesquik, Dove & Magnum. Career highlights include winning 2 global awards for In-Market Execution and Highest Share Gain on Lifebuoy, and a Regional Marketing Excellence award for her work on launching a new brand, Badami. In her current role, she is responsible for leading innovations for the breakfast cereals category for 10 markets in GULF & LEVANT.

  • Gian de Rose
    Cards and Consumer Assets: Manager Marketing
    Name: Gian de Rose
    Job Title: Cards and Consumer Assets: Manager Marketing
    Company: HSBC

    A former ad man, now an occasional trainer and full time Marketer, Gian counts a wealth of experience after years of Account Management across multi-national agencies like McCann and Leo Burnett and as a Marketer at NTB and HSBC. He has served as a mentor for young marketing and advertising professionals in Sri Lanka and has been on the local jury for Young Spikes, Young Leo’s, Young Lotus and Young Lions as well as served on the board for the 4 A’s (Association of Accredited Advertising Agencies). He has also been a juror for international awards shows such as AMES, Campaign Asia and Mumbrella Asia Awards.

  • Humsa Dhir
    SVP & Head, PR & Corporate Communications
    Sony Pictures Networks India
    Name: Humsa Dhir
    Job Title: SVP & Head, PR & Corporate Communications
    Company: Sony Pictures Networks India

    A communication’s specialist, Humsa Dhir has been driving the PR and Corporate Communications function at Sony Pictures Networks India (SPN) since 2015. In her current role at SPN, she leads the organization’s PR and Communications strategy and is focused on strengthening the network’s reputation amongst its multiple stakeholders. Humsa brings with her a robust experience of over 20 years across different aspects of communications; including Advertising, Public Relations, Organizational trainings, Corporate Communications and Public Affairs, having worked in the India, South Asia and Middle East markets. Her forte lies in setting up and establishing the corporate communications function, which she has now done successfully for over 10 years. Her roles in various organizations have led her to interplay with investor relations, brand and marketing communications, media and industry associations, sustainability and CSR besides employee engagement. Humsa enjoys architectural photography and travelling.

  • Lokesh Kataria
    Head - Marketing
    Mattel Toys (India) Pvt. Ltd.
    Name: Lokesh Kataria
    Job Title: Head - Marketing
    Company: Mattel Toys (India) Pvt. Ltd.

    Lokesh Kataria moved in as the Head of Marketing for Mattel Toys India Pvt Ltd in August 2016. Mattel is a creations company that inspires the wonder of childhood. Our mission is to be the recognized leader in play, learning and development worldwide. Mattel’s portfolio of global consumer brands includes Barbie®, the most popular fashion doll ever produced, American Girl®, Fisher-Price®, Thomas & Friends®, Hot Wheels®, Scrabble®, UNO® and Pictionary® among many others. Mattel also creates a wealth of lines and products made in collaboration with leading entertainment and technology companies. Mattel operates in 40 countries and territories and sells products in more than 150 nations. At Mattel, we are Creating the Future of Play.

  • Tarun Jha
    Head of Marketing
    ŠKODA AUTO India Pvt. Ltd.
    Name: Tarun Jha
    Job Title: Head of Marketing
    Company: ŠKODA AUTO India Pvt. Ltd.

    Head of Marketing and Product at ŠKODA AUTO India. Been with the brand since 2008, including 3 years in Europe, as an International Marketing Consultant, responsible for Brand Stewardship and consulting with markets in Asia-Pacific, Middle-East, Africa and Northern Europe. Started his career in Advertising and made a shift as a client marketer. Has been in the automotive business for the last 12 years. A post-graduate in Business Management, he lives in Mumbai with his wife and two daughters. His interests lie in Poetry, Languages, Medieval European Art and Architecture, Literature and Travel. His life’s mantra is ‘listen and learn’.



Entry Number Shortlisted Agency/Network


Entry Number Shortlisted Agency/Network Nominee
NOTE: In categories with three or fewer entries, the judges’ scores will decide whether an entry is awarded a Gold, Silver or Bronze. This may result in no trophies being awarded in a category.


Creative Network of the Year
Company Award Type
Soames Hines, Ogilvy & Mather Asia-Pacific


Creative Network of the Year
Name Award Type
Soames Hines, Ogilvy & Mather Asia-Pacific