Dveo Media



April 18th, 2019

Courtyard by Marriott, Mumbai


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Lokesh Suji

Esports Evangelist & Director

Electronic Sports Federation of India

Esports Evangelist | Director – Esports Federation of India | Board Member & VP-South Asia (Asian Esports Federation) | Chief Gamer & Founder Indian League Gaming

Business owner by day and esports fanatic by night; Lokesh Suji aka dAwesomeNinja (that’s his
ingame name), is an esports Evangelist, Hustler and a Telecom Veteran with 18+ yrs of
corporate experience with companies like Huawei, Tata Communications, Airtel, Reliance.

He is a known name when it comes to Indian Esports. Over the years been part of esports, and
across different formats and categories of games, he found that the vertical in India is
unstructured & Unexplored, which needed to be developed along professional lines – much in
the same way that other forms of sports are being developed in the country (be it Cricket,
Football or now Kabadi).

His aspiration is to ensure that the category of esports is created and managed in much the same
way as it is in countries like South Korea, China United States & European Union.

Ninad Chhaya


WITS Interactive

An entrepreneur and an avid gamer at heart, Ninad has over 20 years of experience in gaming and the interactive media space.

He is currently the COO of WITS Interactive, a DesignTech agency, and is also the Co-Founder of GoPhygital, a VR, AR/MR focused venture.

Prior to joining WITS Interactive, Ninad held leadership roles at premium mobile apps and game development companies like Robosoft Technologies, Reliance Games, and Indiagames where he was instrumental towards their growth.

Over the past few years, Ninad has led development teams, and worked closely with leading media and entertainment companies like Viacom18, Saregama, Hungama etc. to help them create some of their popular apps in the OTT space.

Ninad’s foray into gaming began when he co-founded Indiagames Ltd. [now a part of Walt Disney (India) Pvt. Ltd.] and played a key role in building the organization to become a leading global mobile game publisher in its early days.

In addition to app development, Ninad also has extensive experience in creating and publishing games across platforms and has several award winning games to his credit.

Ninad is affiliated with associations like the NASSCOM Gaming Forum (NGF) and the FICCI Animation and Gaming Forum. He regularly speaks at conferences, both in India and internationally, on topics covering App Development, AR/MR, VR, and Gaming. At his day job, Ninad is a professional advisor to businesses in helping them formulate their Phygital strategies, and is a binge-watcher and semi-professional gamer in his spare time.

Uday Sodhi

Business Head – Digital Business

Sony Pictures Networks India Private Limited (SPN)

Uday Sodhi has been heading the digital and new media business at SPN for the SonyLIV platform since 2014. SonyLIV is SPN’s premium Video on demand (VOD) service providing multi-screen engagement to users on all devices. Launched in January 2013, it enables users to discover 22 years of rich content from the network channels of Sony Pictures Networks’ Pvt. Ltd.

SonyLIV refreshed its brand identity in December 2017. The renewed brand ethos “We LIV to Entertain” promises to make SonyLIV the ultimate destination for rich entertainment across genres, screen types and audience preferences. With the best sporting action line-up, this year from the cricketing extravaganza of India series, biggest football tournament like UEFA Champions League, UEFA Europa League, FIFA Under 17 Football World Cup along with other adrenaline sports like WWE, Moto GP, SonyLIV is all set to continue to enthral its audience.

At SPN, Uday is responsible for driving SPN’s OTT platform’s growth trajectory and revenue streams of the new media initiatives by broadening the networks’ horizons to digital and mobile businesses. He has over 27 years of experience across varied broadcast and digital business verticals.

Vijay Kolli

Head of Mobile Strategy, Asia Pacific and Japan

Akamai Technologies

Vijay Kolli is Head of Mobile Strategy and Market Development, Asia Pacific and Japan (APJ) at Akamai Technologies. In this role, Vijay is responsible for establishing business relationships, working closely with mobile network operators across the region and driving Akamai’s thought leadership throughout the region.

Vijay has been with Akamai for over 8+ years. Prior to this role, he built products focused on mobile experience, responsible for product management, business strategy and operations at Akamai. He has also worked at startups and established companies, including 3Com and Motorola in North America in the mobile ecosystem for the last 18 years.

Vijay earned a Masters in Electrical Engineering and a Masters in Business Administration from the University of Chicago.

Mujahid Rupani

Co-Founder & Global CEO

Cobx Gaming Pvt. Ltd.

Mujahid Rupani, popularly called Mojo, has always been a technology maverick who embarked on his journey in the burgeoning technology sector in 1999 and continued on a path that would see him found one of India’s most promising technology companies.

Mojo’s humble beginning as a webmaster enabled him to capitalize on the opportunity to sharpen and enhance his skills and work on one of the top 4 portals for the 1999 ICC Cricket World Cup, which helped launch his consulting career in infrastructure design for a prominent broadband network in Mumbai. After multiple projects in implementing complex network lines to keep pace with the new digital revolution in India, and with in-depth experience in the field, in 2001, Mojo along with Mr Madan Desai headed the Internet Service Division of Compulink India Pvt. Ltd. with the goal of providing seamless broadband services to the local market.

Compulink’s success enabled Mojo to expand into Telecom with the founding of Golden Tiger Telecom Pvt. Ltd. in 2003. The company rapidly grew from 8 clients to over 550 in a very short time with several successful projects with companies such as CEAT Ltd., Bayer Pharma and the Poonawallas. Having established a reputation for rapid and effective execution of projects, Mojo began consulting with Route Mobile Limited as the Chief Technical Officer and this brought him together with the Rajdip Gupta. Together, they identified a huge opportunity in the E-sports and Gaming industry and in 2017, Rajdip and Mojo founded Cobx Gaming Pvt. Ltd.

The global gaming industry is massive and India has tremendous opportunities in the segment where Mojo and Rajdip are working to bring awareness and organization to this nascent sector. Mojo’s expertise in Linux, virtualization, SAN technologies, routing, management and entrepreneurship make him one of the youngest, most promising tech talents in India today.

Mojo loves to indulge in his love for food and reading in his leisure time. His favourite dish is the Seekh Kabab and considers How To Kill A Mockingbird to be amongst the finest books ever written.

 Devesh Kabdwal

VP Media & Marketing

Cobx Gaming

Devesh started his journey in 2013 as a Front-end Developer at Twyst. During the subsequent two years, he expanded his role taking on additional responsibilities and transitioned from Accounts and Operations Manager to a Business Development Manager. As a result of developing competencies across multiple domains, Devesh’s options were wide open but being a gamer at heart, he saw the potential of the esports industry in India and followed his instincts and co-founded More fiction – a company which holds expertise in organizing esports events at a domestic front. They provide an environment of growth and opportunity for individuals and communities who partake in competitive gaming and want to take their passion for esports to a lucrative endeavour.

As a long time gamer, Devesh developed his ability to think on his feet, impressive decision-making skills and uncanny talent in accurately assessing others, which made him an adept player in the strategy games genre. From Age of Empires to Dota 2, he has been a formidable foe and feared by his opponents.

Leveraging his experience and knowledge in event organisation from college days where he handled the business end of LAN parties in computer labs and cafés to big college fests in India, Devesh has organized some of the biggest and most successful events in India. His ability to gauge talent and the desire to help grow the industry drove him to help a start-up esports company by building out their business model and market strategy

With More fiction, he successfully pulled off some of the biggest esports events in India in some of the most prestigious tier 1 colleges in India; from IITs to IIMs, Devesh was at the frontier of esports in India. To take it to the next level, by putting India on the esports world map, he joined Cobx Gaming and along with a small talented team and months of careful planning, Cobx was able to realise India’s largest international multi-title esports tournament, Cobx Masters which concluded this month. With an already existing expertise in esports, Devesh was handed the reins to head the project.

As a die-hard gamer, Devesh still spends his leisure time to play a few games. Be it a chill Dota game with his friends or arranging office CS matches, he always has time to have some fun. He is also an avid fan of cricket and a foodie at heart.

 Anurag Khurana

Head of Esports

Reliance Jio Infocomm Limited

Prior to joining Jio to head their initiative in esports, Anurag was Country Manager (India) for Riot Games. Riot is an American video game developer, publisher, and esports tournament organizer primarily known for League of Legends.

Anurag was also Executive Director of Newgen Holding Private Limited, an ICT solution provider for Smart Cities.

Before Newgen, he was CEO of RedOctane Technologies Pvt. Ltd. a 100% subsidiary of RedOctane, Inc. The company offered its interactive entertainment products, the “Guitar Hero” series.

During his early days of gaming in India, he was founder CEO of India’s premier game development company, Paradox Studios Limited (A Reliance Group Company). Paradox had developed 100+ wireless games,
over 20 multiplayer web based games, and released its maiden PC title, “BattleDust: The Championship. Anurag played an instrumental role in the development of India’s first multiplayer wireless game.

In the year 2000, Netillenium Technologies Pvt. Ltd. was co-founded by Anurag. He headed the company as its CEO, which launched India’s first web based multiplayer service, and India’s first gaming portal,

Anurag holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Science from Punjab University, with over fifteen years of experience in business consulting, project management and system design & integration, and ten years of experience in the gaming industry, heading development of games on more than five platforms.

Shashank Randev

Angel Investor and Advisor

Yuvin Esports

Shashank brings entrepreneurial and investment understanding with 15+ years of cross functional expertise. He has acquired a depth and breadth of experience from having worked in large companies, a startup (acquired by a Fortune 500 Company) and an early stage fund investing in technology-enabled startups.

He is currently a Member of the Executive Committee at People of Indian Origin Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PIOCCI) – an organization that works with reputed Indian diaspora entrepreneurs, investors, PIOs and associations across the globe. He is also an Angel Investor with a keen interest in B2B emerging technology startups.

Shashank holds an undergraduate degree in Bachelor of Engineering from Nagpur University and an MBA from International Management Institute (IMI), New Delhi.

Kartikeya Behl

Competitive FIFA Player

NFG ESports

Kartikeya Behl is an early adopter of the eSports culture in India, behind the minds of planning and executing major gaming events in the Indian sub-continent, he made a switch from being an organiser to a full-time professional FIFA Player and caused learning amongst aspiring players to take up gaming as a career. He’s the only Indian to have won an International FIFA Tournament and the first to be signed by an International eSports Team.
The 21-year-old gamer from Delhi has been playing games since the age of 10. His first brush with success came when he won a local FIFA tournament in Delhi followed by participation in the (Asian Football Gaming Championship) in Thailand and the rest, as they say, is history. He took the entire nation by storm when he won the AFGC Championship in Thailand, becoming the first Indian to win an international eSports event. Behl has represented India in 3 International Tournaments and is currently signed by Leicester City’s Christian Fuchs in his eSports team (NoFuchsGiven)

Sharang Naiker


Yuvin Esports

Sharang Naicker is 25 years young and is BE ( Mech) from Anna University.

He was an avid football player and represented his school and college for tournaments. Sharang had been intense DOTA2 player for 5-6 years and retired from pro gaming in 2017. His retirement conincided with deeper engagement in esports in the form of building pro esports teams.

Sharang started his entrepreneurial journey in Mar 2017 with the launch of the 1st DOTA2 team. He has the vision to facilitate youth on their journey from passion to a rewarding profession. Building Esports Academy in India is core to this vision.

Dr. Rushindra Sinha


Global Esports

Ashwin Haryani



Ashwin Haryani, born in New Delhi and graduated from Amity University in B.Tech (E&T) in the year 2012. Started GamingMonk in November 2014 with Abhay Sharma with a vision to become India’s largest gaming portal. Initially started an e-commerce venture and then pivoted to a purely Esports firm. I currently head Tech & Marketing at GamingMonk and have over 6 years of experience in building tech projects and brands.

 Apollonia Hannah Hinds



Apollo realised she loved gaming at the age of 4 with CD-Roms and continued on playing AuditionSEA, GunZ , LoL and many more. She enjoys makeup and food as she describes “too much for her own good”. Born in England, raised in Singapore, she has now moved to Mumbai to join us. Apollo is ready to spend her time streaming and creating content in pursue of her passion for esports.

Apollo was also the previous captain of Girlaxy Singapore.

Apollonia past experiences with esports in Singapore was working with Razer, Acer, DXRacer and more.

Varun Bhavnani

Director & Chief Gaming Officer

Entity Gaming Private Ltd.

Raman Kalra

Partner/Leader – Entertainment, Media & Sports Advisory


Manish Agarwal


Nazara Technologies Ltd.


Manish Agarwal, CEO at Nazara Games has over 18 years of industry experience, most of it dedicated to the digital industry.

An alumnus of IIM Ahmedabad and NIT Warangal and worked on senior leading roles in Unilever, Microsoft, UTV, Rediff.com and Reliance Entertainment.

Manish today sees India entering into golden age of gaming across mobile , PC and offline and is working assiduously with local ecosystem to accelerate adoption and monetisation of gaming in India.

Piyush Choudhary

Director of Sales, Indian Subcontinent


Business development and operations professional with background in Sports, Gaming and Tech with experience in developing markets in Asia-Pac, EU and Africa. Brings an extensive network of global connections as well detailed understanding of business and technology especially in sports and gaming sectors. MBA from top-tier Business School with 8+ years of experience in consulting, business development and investment banking

Currently working with Sportradar to help them build a stronger footprint in the Indian Subcontinent

Sharan Tulsiani

Business Development at Google Play – Games and Apps


A gaming veteran since over 15 years, Sharan is currently helping android developers build fantastic apps and games and find success on the Play platform in India. He is passionate about startup ecosystem and creating value in mobile apps and gaming space. He specializes in business development, marketing and sharing best practices for app monetization and localization. Prior to Google, he has worked with game developers across India, South East Asia and Europe.

Arun Mohzi Varman

Operations Heads


His experience playing as an esport athlete from 1999, More specifically from 2001 to 2013 in the national circuit for counterstrike, DOTA and FIFA titles in tournaments like the WCG, ESWC, TCS Olympiad and so on.

He have organised cs, csgo tournaments across the city and as well hosted India’s first Halo championship back in 2003 for Microsoft India.

And He have done his BE with Anna university and MS in software systems from BITS, Pilani with around 13 years of corporate experience.

John McRae

MD – VADR Media

Founder – LPL

VP – New Zealand Esports Federation

John McRae is a 20-year veteran of the events and broadcasting industry and has developed programming for free-to-air, cable, pay-per-view, OTT, and online platforms. In 2018, he was named by New Zealand Marketing Magazine as the Media Visionary of the Year. From promoting large scale sports to music events, he has always sought to embrace disruption, technology, and capitalise on niche interests. In 2016, VADR Media launched LPL and has grown it into Australia and New Zealand’s largest independent esports provider. LPL is the only provider in the region with a full-time direct-to-TV esports studio and tournament platform. During this time he has worked with sports brands including the All Blacks, New Zealand Football, and the NRL to develop esports engagement strategies. John has also established high school esports programmes and delivered more than 80 linear and 200 online amateur and pro league broadcasts. He is a strong advocate for the esports industry and serves as Vice President of the New Zealand Esports Federation.

Pranab Punj

Chief Marketing Officer

Kinsane Digital

Pranab Punj is the Chief Marketing Officer for Kinsane Entertainment Inc. As a seasoned marketing
professional with 16 years of global experience in building brands for the media, entertainment, and
digital industry, Pranab leads the efforts to take Kinsane’s fun characters to kids across the world.

Before Kinsane, Pranab was Vice President – Global Marketing at Vserv, managing its brand and driving
communications, research, events and digital marketing. Earlier, as Director of Digital Media at Viacom
18, he led marketing and the web business for regional language channels and brands, such as
Nickelodeon, VH1, and Comedy Central. Pranab was instrumental in building the digital media business
of Turner Broadcasting Systems from scratch. He also spearheaded the launch of India’s top online
gaming portal and award-winning brand Zapak across platforms.

Pranab’s contribution in this area has been recognized through several awards, such as Top 100
Marketing Leaders, ‘Best Digital Marketing Professional’ at Mobbys, and ‘Digital Media Campaign of the
Year’ at CMO Asia. He is on the jury of several noteworthy industry awards and events, such as E4M Ink
Awards, DMA Content Marketer of the Year, and Government of Karnataka and IAMAI Mobile 10X
Hackathons. Pranab is also a regular speaker at industry events such as DMAi, IAMAI, and IIT Kharagpur.

Pranab has a postgraduate degree in management from Symbiosis Institute of Management Studies.
Pranab is a die-hard Batman fan, and he loves immersing himself in comics. If he were to look back at his
11-year-old self, his advice to himself would be to make the most of those carefree years – be curious,
explore, have lots of fun, and read lots and lots of comics.

Sidharth Kedia

Head – Strategy and Data Sciences


An Economics graduate from Delhi University and a Chartered Accountant, Sid as he is known, is also an alumnus of TRIUM – a global Executive MBA program run jointly by the London School of Economics, Stern – New York University and HEC – Paris. Sid started his career in Information Systems Advisory with Ernst & Young in 1998. He joined General Electric’s prestigious global Finance Management Program (FMP) in 1999 and post successful completion of the program, moved to a Black Belt (6 Sigma) role in GE Consumer Finance in Mumbai in 2002.

Sid then went to work in the startup ecosystem, with Warburg Pincus funded fin-tech startup – Venture Infotek in Mumbai, as Head of New Product Introduction. Over the next 4 years doing his various stints in the ITeS industry, ranging from Sales at New York-based eFunds Corporation, Multi-lingual transition and solutions for Genpact in Hungary and building the analytics (data science) practice at Aditya Birla Minacs, Sid developed an extremely diverse set of skills across operations, sales and technology.

In May 2007, Sid co-founded Ambit Pragma Ventures – a Private Equity fund, focused on providing growth capital to SMEs in India. He set up the Media and Entertainment practice for the fund. Besides being a part of the investment committee, he also worked closely with the portfolio companies in both formulating their growth strategies and helping them execute them by designing POCs and aiding in hiring for growth.

Sid then joined RIL in Mumbai in August 2015, as CEO – Digital (Non-News) and Head – Corporate Strategy for Network 18 Group. In this role, he worked closely with the board of Network 18 and Chairman’s office of Reliance Industries Limited.

In May 2017, Sid moved to Viacom18 as Deputy Chief Commercial Officer. Given his unconventional and analytical approach and his penchant for taking calculated risks with a good blend of strategic foresight and tactical skills, Sid’s portfolio was augured to head Strategy, M&A, Data Sciences, Startup Engagement, and incubate eSports for Viacom18.

Sid is an avid mountaineer and when he’s not scaling Mount Everest, he likes to capture the wildlife through his lens.

Sonali Patankar


Ahaan Foundation

Mrs. Sonali Patankar is a professional social worker with a Bachelor’s degree in Social Work from Nirmala Niketan – College of Social work. She also holds a diploma in school counseling from SNDT ‐ Churchgate. She has to her credit more than 22 years of professional experience and has worked with eminent organizations such as CRY- Child Rights and You, Public Concern for Governance and Trust – a Police Reform organization, IL&FS Education. Salaam Bombay Foundation and with Mumbai and Thane Police.

Currently, Sonali is the founder president of Ahaan Foundation a trust registered in April 2012. She has conceptualized and initiated the first movement of its kind called ‐ Responsible Netism. The Movement Responsible Netism is the only non- profit initiative in the state advocating for Child Online Protection and cyber wellness since 2012. The programme Being Responsible Netizens educates children and adults about constructive and creative use of technology to promote responsible online behavior. Dealing with gadget, gaming, pornography dependency in very young children is a cause of great concern leading to an epidemic of sleep deprivation and social isolation. Empowering adults as digital guardians and equipping children and adults to strike the right balance in cyber space to ensure psychological well-being is a challenge the initiative aspires to fulfill.

The team has successfully sensitized over 8.5 lakh students and adults in over 800 educational institutions since inception and has also hosted 2 National Cyber Psychology Conferences in 2017 and 2018, the topic of Cyber Psychology has been introduced in India by us for the first time. This conference aims at formulating polices on Cyber Hygiene and implementing a Culture of Cyber Hygiene within school eco systems across the state.

We strongly believe Child online protection and safety is every child’s right and every adults
responsibility, we aspire to collectively build a cyber safe world for our children and ourselves.

Robert Kalbarczyk


Kinguin Lancom Esports Venues

Enthusiast of esports, entrepreneur, investor, startup, and management board advisor in the field of strategic transformation. Board member in commercial and non-profit organizations. Director of transformation with achievements in the public (Ministry of Digital Affairs), banking (Citi, RBS), IT (MC2 Solutions), telco (Vodafone) and gas sectors (AmeriGas).

In 2018 Robert joined Kinguin as VP for Business Development and is responsible for the development of the international ecosystem and infrastructure of electronic sports: esports arenas, performance centres for players, education and development centres for children and youth, globally.

Aparna Shanker

Parent of Esports Athlete/ Esports Business Owner

Aparna Shanker has valuable experience of more than 27 years in the Mutual Fund industry in India. She started her career with Unit Trust of India in 1989. She has extensively worked in the areas of equity research and funds management. Her current stint with SBI Mutual Fund has been 11 years long. She joined SBI MF in 2007 as Equity Research Analyst and has been responsible for managing equity investments since 2012. She was co-managing International Institutional PMS till March 2018. She is heading and managing Equity PMS from its launch in July 2016. In Mar’19 she was felicitated to be among ‘Top 100 Women in Finance’ by Association of International Wealth Management in India.

Aparna holds Bachelors’ Degree in Science and General Law, MBA Finance and PG Diploma in Forex and Treasury Management. She has completed the Management Development Program and is an Alumni of IIM Ahmedabad.

Aparna loves reading, trekking and long distance walking. She started participating in marathons at the age of 45 and has completed 6 of them till now. She, with her school mates, supports more than 25 students coming from the weaker section of society.

Nirav Bakshi


Skyline Legal

Nirav Bakshi is a young and dynamic lawyer with experience in disruptive technologies at Nishith Desai Associates (India) and Mitry Lawyers (Australia). He has dealt with a plethora of legal issues surrounding blockchain applications and cryptocurrencies. His contributions in the blockchain and cryptocurrency space include consultation papers, structuring of transactions and legal implications under present Indian laws. Nirav also has experience in international commercial dispute resolution matters with a focus on arbitration and mediation. He has also worked extensively on IPOs, Revenue Sharing Agreements, Company Affairs and Acquisitions at Stephenson Harwood LLP (U.K.). He is currently a part of the eSports Working Group which has been set up by Mr Shaun Star and Dr Nicolas de Zamaroczy. The primary research focus of the group is governance, regulation and the overarching eSports policy in India. He is also a Research Fellow with the Center for India-Australia Studies. Nirav’s articles and papers have been published in online and peer-reviewed journals in India and abroad. His works include discussions on the legal landscape with respect to Esports in India, discussion of authors rights in the dissemination of information, comparative study of the principles of good faith & faith dealing between the Indian Contract Act and Principles of International Commercial Contracts. Furthermore, he has given talks on “The Applicability of Blockchain in Vehicular Telematics” and “The Regulatory Challenges: Cryptocurrency and Blockchain in India” at Blockchain India which discussed the nuanced aspects of the technology and legal issues which can arise. Nirav holds a B.Sc Banking & Finance from the London School of Economics and Political Science, Graduate Diploma in Law from the University of Law (U.K.) and an LL.B from O.P. Jindal Global University. He is also an accredited International Civil-Commercial Mediator from ADR-ODR International Ltd.

Vinit Karnik

Business Head – Entertainment, Sports & Live Events


Radhakrishnan Sreenivasan

Sports Presenter/Commentator

Star Sports

Radhakrishnan Sreenivasan (R.K as he is addressed) is a Sports Broadcaster. A Physics graduate who later pursued his MBA, RK found his true calling behind the microphone. As someone who was always fond of elocution and debates from his early schooling days in Chennai, RK believed he needed to take the plunge into the world of media. Therefore, armed with passion and passion alone, RK set about carving a career path. Today he is one of the very few Presenters in the country that have hosted a variety of Sport. From Cricket World Cup to Champions League football to Pro Kabaddi League, RK simply loves sport and therefore is comfortable switching from one sport to another.

His first break came in the year 2002 when he joined as a Reporter for ESPN STAR Sports in New Delhi. A year post that he covered the ICC Cricket World Cup in South Africa. Impressed with his work, RK was asked to join ESPN’s Singapore office where he was one of the producers of award-winning Sports bulletin – SportsCenter.
He moved back to India as the lead Presenter/Sports Editor for Neo Sports. As the face of the channel, RK was fronting the cricket broadcast for the Indian subcontinent and the Middle East for the next five seasons where he has had the privilege of working with some of the biggest names in the world of cricket.

From purely an Editorial role, RK moved into management where he headed Football Production for Ten Sports in New Delhi. His role hence wasn’t limited to editorial matters but also extended to maintaining a healthy balance sheet for the organization.

Currently based in Mumbai, RK is exclusively contracted as a Senior Presenter with STAR Sports. In his current role, he has hosted the Indian Premier League, India cricket, the Indian Super League and the Pro Kabaddi League. It has been a good ride over the last 16 years in the world of media for RK who continues to evolve with the one degree he values the most – passion.





Panel Discussions







The video gaming industry is one of the fastest growing industries in the world and in India. Esports is now bringing a new dimension to the gaming and entertainment industry.


The Summit will provide the platform for the leaders and key stakeholders in this industry to share their insights on the opportunities and challenges of Esports in India and explore its future impact.


150+ Leaders & Executives in Gaming & Esports, including Game publishers, Esports Enthusiasts, Esports Heads, Sports & Esports federation, Marketing and merchandising strategists and Esports Athletes.


Discover the innovative technology solutions to give new ideas to your development team and enhance the experience of your target audience and the Esports athletes.


This is the first of the kind conference event on Esports in India, which highlights the key concerns in Esports with the participation of the key players in gaming and Esports.


Be at the forefront of the branding opportunities that are opening up in Esports and showcase your solutions to the major players in the industry.



09:30 AM

Welcome Note by CEO Dveo Media

10:15 AM


By Manish Agarwal, CEO, Nazara Technologies

10:20 AM

Panel Discussion 1: The growth drivers of the gaming industry in India

Sharan Tulsiani – Business Development Manager – Google Play
Ninad Chhaya – COO – WITS Interactive
Vinit Karnik – Business Head – Entertainments Sports & Live Events – GroupM
Lokesh Suji – Director – Esports Federation of India
Arun Mozhi Varman – Head of Esports – Skyesports (Chennai)

10:40 AM

Presentation: Esports Infrastructure

By Robert Kalbarczyk, COO, Kinguin Lancom Esports Venues

11:20 AM

Coffee Break

11:35 AM

Panel Discussion 2: Leveraging the growing importance of Esports in global markets

Ashwin Haryani – Co-Founder – GamingMonk
Anurag Khurana – Head of Esports – Reliance Jio Infocom
Devesh Kabdwal – Vice President of Media and Marketing – Cobx Gaming
Robert Kalbarczyk – COO – Kinguin LANCOM Esports Venues (UK)
Dr Rushindra Sinha – Founder – Global Esports

11:55 AM

“Esports – Playing in the Big League”

By Vijay Kolli, Head of Mobile Strategy, Asia Pacific and Japan, Akamai Technologies

12:35 PM

Panel Discussion 3: Investing in Esports: Why and how?

Manish Agarwal – CEO – Nazara Technologies
Sidharth Kedia – Head – Strategy&Data Sciences, Viacom18
Robert Kalbarczyk – COO – Kinguin LANCOM Esports Venues (UK)
Mujahid Rupani – CEO Cobx Gaming
Shashank Randev – Angel Investor – Advisor Yuvin Sports

12:55 PM


13:35 PM

Panel Discussion 4: Can Esports impact on the organization and broadcast of key sports events?

Uday Sodhi – Business Head Digital Business – Sony Pictures Networks India
John McRae (MD, VADR Media, Founder, LPL, VP New Zealand Esports Federation)
Raman Kalra – Partner, Leader – Entertainment, Media & Sports Advisory – PWC
Radhakrishnan Sreenivasan – Sports Presenter/Commentator – Star Sports

14:35 PM

Panel Discussion 5: Optimizing on marketing, merchandising & advertising opportunities of Esports

Ashwin Haryani – Co-Founder – Gaming Monk
Anurag Khurana – Head of Esports – Reliance Jio Infocom
Pranab Punj – Chief marketing Officer – Kinsane Entertainment
Raman Kalra – Partner, Leader – Entertainment, Media & Sports Advisory – PWC
Piyush Choudhary – Director of Sales – Indian Subcontinent at Sportradar

15:15 PM

Panel Discussion 6: Managing video game addiction

Sonali Patankar – Founder – Ahaan Foundation
Aparna Shanker – Parent of Esports Athlete/ Esports Business Owner
Ninad Chhaya – COO – WITS Interactive
Reuben Pereira – Business Development Manager/ World No5 ranking FIFA WCG 2008

15:55 PM

Panel Discussion 7: Young, highly skilled Esports Athlete and ready to make it big!

Kartikeya Behl – Competitive FIFA Player
Sharang Naicker – Founder Yuvin Esports
Apollonia Hannah Hinds – Founder Girlaxy India
Varun Bhavnani – Director/Chief Gaming Officer – Entity Gaming
Nirav Bakshi–Founder – Skyline legal

16:15 PM

Networking Cocktail

16:45 PM - 18:15 PM




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Can I get a refund on my tickets?

All tickets are non-refundable unless the event is cancelled by us, in which case we will always make a full refund.


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