Arnab Chaudhuri, 48, was one of Indian’s most prolific animation masters. A creative genius who mesmerised everyone with his sheer brilliance and wacky, fearless style of creativity, Arnab was the director of the only Indian animation feature to be longlisted for the Academy Award. An alumni of the prestigious National Institute of Design (NID), Ahmedabad, Arnab started his career as a young animation designer at Channel V in the mid 90's. He later shifted to Hong Kong to take up the role of creative and content head of Cartoon Network for South & South East Asia. There, he worked with some of the most iconic characters like Tom & Jerry, Dexters Lab, Scooby Doo,etc. He was also one of the key people who launched the POGO channel.

Arnab’s brilliance lied in the fact that he never let the medium restrict his creativity, and instead turned around the limitations to make it magical. Arjun the Warrior Prince (2012), Arnab’s masterpiece, was nominated for every single prestigious international animation festival at that time, besides being long-listed for Oscar. It was a labour of his love, blood and sweat. In 2013, Arnab set up his own studio, Banabo, where he continued working on various animation, live action and design projects, apart from creating and directing some spectacular short films. A true master who was also passionate about teaching, Arnab inspired everyone around him to give their best, and was much loved and admired by the people who worked with him. Arnab continues to live on through his work, and through all the artists, colleagues and disciples whom he has inspired.

Fabienne Rawley is one among the distinguished league of women film editors who have made the cut in a largely male-dominated discipline. Fabienne’s remarkable body of work, spanning over a career of 25 years, includes Academy Award winning animation feature Zootopia (2017) for which she also bagged the American Cinema Editors (ACE) Eddie Award, Academy Award nominated Ralph Breaks the Internet (2018) and Oscar and Golden Globes nominated Monster House (2006). Also a voice actor, Fabienne brought to life her namesake character `Fabienne Growley’ in Zootopia. Fabienne is a member of the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences as well as American Cinema Editors (ACE).
Ace cinematographer Ravi K Chandran ISC is a name to reckon in Indian cinema, having made his mark in both Bollywood and South Indian film industries. He began his career by assisting his elder brother, veteran cinematographer K. Ramachandra. Recipient of two Filmfare Awards and one Southern Filmfare Award, Mr Chandran has donned the role of Director of Photography in several acclaimed movies across languages. Most notable among them include Virasat (1997), Dil Chahta Hai (2001), Paheli (2004) and Black (2005) in Hindi; Minsaara Kanavu (1997), Kandukondain Kandukondain (2000) and Kannathil Muthamittal (2002) in Tamil; and Ekalavyan (1993), Punaradhivasam (1999) and Kannezhuthi Pottum Thottu (1999) in Malayalam. He is a founding member of Indian Society of Cinematographers (ISC) and is looked up to by aspiring cinematographers as a master technician and craftsman.
National Award winning music composer Shantanu Moitra is synonymous with innovative soundtracks, that are both edgy and melodic at the same time. He is best known for his scores in films like Parineeta (2005), Hazaaron Khwaishein Aisi (2005), Lage Raho Munnabhai (2006) and 3 Idiots (2009), and music albums such as Mann ke Manjeere and Ab ke Saawan. Shantanu Moitra received the National Film Award for Best Music Direction for the critically acclaimed Telugu film Na Bangaaru Talli. An avid traveller, Shantanu undertook a 100-day journey across the Himalayas in 2016.
Making cartoons was a childhood obsession for this young animator who shot to fame with his Academy Award winning work for the smash hit animated feature Inside Out. But Sajan Skaria, whose credits include Finding Nemo, Wall-E, Cars and Ratatouille, did not start out his career as an animator. Working as an engineer in a leading MNC, inspiration came in the form of a boss who encouraged Sajan to pursue his passion. And the rest is history!
Gaming expert Quentin Staes-Polet has truly unique and eclectic interests. His professional journey is proof to that. After working for a decade in the music industry in China, Quentin led the media and entertainment division of an IT giant in the APAC region. He then went on to found India’s first MMO game company, and also contributed to the growth of several other technology companies. Today, Quentin heads the India and South East Asia operations of a global company, that has made some epic disruptions in the gaming arena with Unreal Engine.
Cinzia Angelini is a master who has worked on some of the biggest animated features of our time. Her 25 year-long professional journey includes credits in projects such as Despicable Me 3, The Grinch, Abominable, Spider-man 2, Prince of Egypt and Mila among others. After working for some leading Hollywood studios Cinzia has now followed an independent path where she continues to collaborate with major studios for international projects. A TEDx speaker, Cinzia has an unbridled passion for all types of animation. She is currently directing an upcoming animated feature film for Cinesite.


Anu Sikka

Head - Content Creation, Channel Strategy & Research, Kids Cluster – Viacom 18

Ashish Kulkarni

Chairman of FICCI for Animation, Visual Effects, Gaming and Comics

Uttam Pal Singh

Head, Discovery Kids

Don Anderson

Head of Family & Learning Partnerships, YouTube APAC

Leena Dutta

Business Head - Sony YAY!

Jinko Gotoh

Producer & Animation Consultant

Jorge Gutierrez

Director, Writer, Character Designer & Voice Actor Consultant

Sascha Paladino

Writer & Executive Producer

Carl Harvey Greenblatt

Animator, Screenwriter, Producer & Voice Actor

Ramin Zahed

Editor in Chief of Animation Magazine

India’s pioneer in the field of Animation Education, Mr R L Mistry is the animator of the iconic Doordarshan logo the ‘DD Eye’. As an animation film designer and an educator from NID , he received the Indian President’s Award for the Best Director and Animation Film, “National Highway” at the 32nd National Film Festival of India, 1985. Being a man of few words with a very unique style of drawing he remains a pioneer of animation education in India.

He is involved as a Jury, and Visiting Faculty at several Animation Institutes like Satyajit Ray FTII, Kolkata; he was part of the faculty at NID; and also Professor and Head of Department of Communication Design in MIT, Pune.

Entertaining and engaging children is no mean feat and Anu Sikka has perfected it at Nickelodeon India. Anu’s objective was to set new standards for Indian animation and has brought to life characters like Motu Patlu, Shiva and Rudra that have emerged as category frontrunners . Her ahead of the game strategy by sanctioning production of shows like Motu Patlu and Pakdam Pakdai has contributed to Nickelodeon’s journey to Numero Uno. With over 22 years of work experience , prior to Viacom18 Anu was with Hungama as Creative Director and preceding that she was Executive Producer with Sab TV leading the Delhi bureau.
With close to 25 years’ experience supervising Visual Effects in Indian cinema, Srinivas Mohan is nothing lesser than a pioneer in India. He is the Co Founder and CEO of Indian Artists Computer Graphics Pvt. Ltd. and Srinivas has created magical entertainment experiences in around 50 feature films like Indian, Anniyan, Krrish, Enthiran, Baahubali, and his latest visual treat, Enthiran 2.0. Srinivas is a four-time winner of the National Films Awards, in the category of Best Special Effects.
With 20 years of experience, Vivek is an active member of the Indian animation community. A key part of his responsibility at Vaanarsena studios has been to bring high quality 2D and 3D animation, with engaging storytelling, back to the Indian consumer space. He has previously worked with Rhythm and Hues Studios and Dreamworks Animation on highly acclaimed Hollywood features such as Superman Returns, Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift, The Incredible Hulk to name a few.
Uttam Pal Singh has over 18 years of experience from content development and design, to directing and producing award-winning shows, developing IPs for Kids Networks to heading Discovery Kids Channel. He has worked with leading Broadcasters and Global Brands such as Cartoon Network, The Walt Disney, POGO, Channel [v], MTV, Star TV Leo Burnette and Ogilvy & Mather. Most recently, he spearheaded the transformation and lifted rankings of Discovery Kids India, with contrarian strategies and launch of new Super Hit IP – Little Singham.
Christian Schneider started his career as a tax accountant, even though his passion was music. He started composing and producing music in 1982. He created the cartoon character GUMMIBÄR (aka GUMMYBEAR) and oversaw the marketing strategy to introduce it to the world. He composed the song “I AM A GUMMYBEAR” and has produced most of GUMMYBEAR’s music videos to date. He has also worked with artists such as Tina Charles, Sash!, Blackblood, Gloria Gaynor, Bobby Womack, Gil Scott Heron, Rufus Thomas, Lambada and many others.
Pete Dodd is a Creator, Designer and Director par excellence with over 18 years’ experience in various roles from Concept Development, Animating and Directing across the whole spectrum of audiences from preschool to family, to narratives requiring a more serious tone. He has led animation on iconic feature films such as The Tale of Despereaux and animated on Tim Burton's Corpse Bride, Frankenweenie, as well as Wes Anderson’s Fantastic Mr. Fox, to name but a few. He was also Co-Director, Development, on the BBC / Netflix miniseries Watership Down.
Debra is an engineer, spokesperson, and one of the leading voices in the movement to encourage girls' interest in engineering. Debra developed GoldieBlox after noticing the lack of engineering toys targeted at girls. Debra launched a kickstarter campaign that raised nearly $300,000 after encountering skepticism at a New York Toy Fair. GoldieBlox is now available at hundreds of retailers including major stores like Toys "R" Us. She was named TIME's Person of the Moment and Business Insider's 30 Women Who Are Changing the World.
Mayur Puri is a renowned film-maker, screenwriter, lyricist, with more than hundred super Bollywood hits like "Om Shanti Om", "ABCD", "ABCD2" to his credit. As a songwriter, he has worked with top composers like A R Rahman. He is the first name Walt Disney, Marvel and Pixar trust when it comes to localizing content for India. His game changing Hindi Versions of Hollywood projects include "The Jungle Book" and "Avengers: Infinity War". His latest works includes the Hindi Version of "Avengers: Endgame". He is working on Disney's "The Lion King" next.
One of the most venerated pioneers of Indian animation, Shri V G Samant’s contributions are unparalleled. Born and schooled in a rural village of Konkan region, his strong passion for art and unwavering dedication eventually brought him to becoming the Chief Animator in the Films Division, Govt. of India. His creativity and vision gave birth to India’s first indigenous animated feature film ‘Hanuman’. One of the chief promoters of new and innovative creative techniques of animation, V G Samant received numerous national and international awards for his exemplary creative vision. During his long and illustrious career lasting 40 years in the industry, V G Samant has been a jury member at various national and international film festivals. Inspiring thousands of amateurs and veterans across the country, V G Samant is a legend in its true sense.
Resul Pookutty, Asia’s most feted sound technician has etched his name in the annals of cinema history in a very short span of time. Pookutty truly a ‘Director of Sound’ is the leading proponent of sync sound recording in India. His work as a sound designer, production mixer, sound effects, foley editor and post-production re-recording mixer, has brought Indian cinema sound to a new level and international acclaim. Passionate about sound, he is the master of a multitude of techniques and equipments. His work in the film “Slumdog Millionaire” won him the prestigious - Academy Award of Merit, more popularly known as Oscars.
A game engineering genius with over a decade of high profile global experience, Arvind Neelakantan started his career as a game developer at uWink Inc, founded by the legendary visionary Nolan Bushnell. He went on to become the Senior Software Engineer at Nickelodeon Games, California where he developed on PC, mobile and web based MMOs on Unity. His strong belief that the Indian studios have the potential to produce high quality content brought him to his homeland in 2014 to Disney India where he led their engineering team and worked on mobile games, VR/AR experiences and on experimental technologies. Arvind currently works as a Unity Evangelist to encourage Indian developers and to enable their success.
Antoine joined YouTube’s Kids & Learning team in 2015 and oversees the platform’s strategic content partnerships across Latin America, based in Buenos Aires - Argentina. Prior to joining YouTube, he worked for 7 years at Exim Licensing Group, serving as Vice President of Strategy & Brand Management, from the Buenos Aires, Mexico City and Sao Paulo offices, handling the relationship with international IP owners and establishing licensing strategies in Latin America. Previously, he worked at the Paris-based production studio Gaumont Animation (formerly Alphanim) as marketing manager. Antoine graduated with a MS in Management, at EDHEC Business School, in France.
A graduate from the prestigious National Institute of Design, P C Sanath has been creating magic on screen with his amazing visual effects skills for the past two decades. Co-founder and Director of Firefly Creative Studio, Hyderabad, Sanath has been the VFX supervisor or creative director for numerous gigantic cinematic ventures including Baahubali, Robot, Pulimurugan, Magadheera, Arundhati, Linga and many others. Three time winner of the Andhra Pradesh Government Award and two time recipient of the prestigious National Awards for Best Visual Effects, Sanath’s creative genius is matched only by his relentless passion and humility.
Born in Trissur, the cultural capital of Kerala, Kiran Antony is an engineer by qualification and worked as a software engineer during the initial 2 years of his career. The defining moment of his career was when he joined Ogilvy & Mather as a copywriter in 2001 on the Orange telecom business. His illustrious tenure since then has been positively eventful and today Kiran is the Executive Creative Director of Ogilvy & Mather. He heads the creative team for Vodafone, Ceat tyres, Federal Bank, Akanksha Foundation and many others. Throughout his exemplary career spanning more than 15 years, Kiran has written over 400 commercials for several brands, directed a few and even acted in one.
A true creative entrepreneur, Vinod Chandar is the CEO and Creative Director of ChuChu TV, a multi-channel network with millions of fans around the world. ChuChu TV today is the No: 1 YouTube channel in the kids & family entertainment category and is one of the 25 most watched channels in the whole world with over 24 million subscribers and 20 billion views. ChuChu TV was awarded the Diamond YouTube play button, given to channels with over 10 million views. A visionary and a pure creative soul, Vinod Chandar's dream is to make ChuChu TV, the Disney of the digital age.
Vaibhav Kumaresh is an animation film maker and is currently Founder, Director at Vaibhav Studios, Mumbai. Founded in 2003, the studio has created some of India’s favourite animated content in the field of TV commercials and channel promos: the Amaron Battery ad campaign, Chulbuli for Clinic Plus, Buladi’s AIDS awareness campaign for the West Bengal government, the Vodafone Zumis, Simpoo the angry Sardaar math teacher on Channel [V] and Lamput the globally acclaimed micro short series for Cartoon Network to name a few. The studio is currently working on its maiden feature film titled Return of the Jungle.
With a vast kids and family media experience, Paul Robinson is a celebrated international media executive. In 2005, Paul founded KidsCo a joint venture with NBC Universal and built it into a global children’s linear & VOD network. Prior to KidsCo, Paul was Managing Director/Senior Vice President of Walt Disney Television International and Toon Disney. Paul has been Managing Editor of BBC Radio 1 and Head of Strategy for Radios 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5Live. He has a BSc Hons and MBA from Cambridge, Manchester and Bradford Universities and has won numerous awards include Baftas and Sonys and is a regular contributor to conferences, podcasts and TV and radio. He currently heads Imira Entertainment in Madrid.

Born in 1936, Bhimsain obtained his diploma in Fine Arts and Classical Music from Lucknow University. In 1970, he made his debut with his first animation short “The Climb” which earned him the Silver Hugo Award in the Chicago Film Festival.

Soon after, he directed and produced several animation and ad films. “Na”, “Ek-Do”, “Fire”, ”Munni”, “Freedom is a Thin Line”, “Mehman”, “Kahani Har Zamne Ki”, “Business is People” are some of his prestigious works which won him National and International awards and acclaim. He further established his repute as a director and producer with his landmark animation short “Ek Anek Ekta”. This film got him another National Award in the same year and has had over 500 screening on Indian Television.

After being hailed as a pioneer in Indian animation, Bhimsain diversified into Feature film production. In 1976 his first feature film “Gharaonda” became an unprecedented success. Hailed as a milestone by the public and press alike it fetched more than 30 awards including 5 Filmfare awards. He himself received Best Critics award for the film. This was followed by two other successful feature films, of which “Doooriyan” bagged yet another Filmfare award. “Tum Laut Aao” won more accolades and rave reviews, which further strengthened his credentials as a sensitive filmmaker.

In 1985, Bhimsain ventured in T.V.serial production with a highly successful and popular sitcom “Choti Badi Baaten” based on superstitions. During the same period he also made several profound and purposeful documentaries like “Der Aaye Durust Aaye”, “Shaadi Shaadi”, “Jeevan Rahasya”, “Setu” and “Roshni”. His documentary “Kathni Karni Eksi” fetched him two National awards in 1990.

In 1991, he revitalized the Indian animation scenario by making India’s first computer aided animation series “Lok Gatha” based on folk tales. This path breaking series fetched him 3 National awards. Apart from this he also made India’s largest animation project till date in the form of a 26 episode series “Vartmaan” aired on Doordarshan.

Bhimsain also has the distinction of being the first Indian animator to jury 2 Int’l festivals- Annecy Animation Festival, France (The Cannes of Animation) & Ottawa Animation Film Festival, Canada besides being the Chairman of President’s National awards Jury – 2005.

He is also credited with the Internationally co-produced Indian animation films, ”Locked” and “Trade” with the National Film Board of Canada. His recent animation film ”The Prince and the Magician” won the 5th Mumbai International award for the best film in 1998. The same film has been selected for the screening purpose in Matita Film Festival, Italy, 1999.

In the last so many years Bhimsain has 16 National and 7 International awards to his credit, apart from bagging many prestigious popular awards. Recently he was awarded the Jurors Award at National Film Festival 2002 for his film Orchestra and Lifetime Achievement Awards by FICCI-Frames (2005) and Arena Animation Academy (2003).

Climb Media (formerly Climb Films) christened after his award winning animation film “The Climb” is a versatile film production company, which has been running successfully since the last 31 years and is still going strong.

Amy Blair, Programming Manager at YouTube Kids, is a children’s media professional with nearly 10 years of experience working with varying digital formats, including books, apps, games, and video. Amy began her career as a Managing Editor with Simon and Schuster Children’s Publishing, and has since held various roles in the digital media industry, including Sr. Merchandising Manager for Sony and Google Play.

Amy joined the YouTube Kids team in 2014, where she now focuses on Content Strategy for the YouTube Kids app. She is based out of YouTube’s headquarters in Northern California.

Lauren Glaubach has been working in Media & Entertainment her entire career, primarily in the children’s content space. A graduate of Princeton University and Harvard Business School, Lauren spent 5 years working in both strategic business development and brand management for The Walt Disney Company and ESPN. She joined YouTube in 2012, where her roles have included Global Strategic Operations Lead for the YouTube Spaces and Chief of Staff for the VP of Content and Operations. Lauren joined the YouTube Family & Learning team when the app launched in February 2015.

Lauren now runs the YouTube Kids Content Programming team, based in California.

A metallurgist by formal education, Abhijit got into advertising after a mixed bag of experiences that includes working in a steel plant, manufacturing textile dyes, trading in saris and a few miserable attempts at exporting playing cards and match-boxes from India.

He started out as a copywriter with Enterprise Nexus in 1997 and joined Ogilvy in 1999. Abhijit was the National Creative Director of Ogilvy India till January 2015. Some of the brands he has helped build over the years include Cadbury Dairy Milk, Fevicol, Asian Paints, Google, Star TV, Tata Sky, Bajaj Pulsar and Perfetti.

Abhijit has recently embarked on his new independent venture, Sideways Consulting, a creative problem-solving outfit that aims to infuse right-brain thinking into every aspect of a business.

Drawing from its multi-disciplinary team that comprises people from fields such as behavioral architecture, design, technology, engineering, branding, experience design, writers, artists, Sideways is currently working on projects around product innovation, service design, sales issues and of course, branding and communication.

More than anything else he likes to boast about his huge family (he has 35 first cousins!) and the fact that he has visited 23 out of the 29 states in India.

John has been heading animation studios and making animated feature films and television for over 25 years. He built and managed the Walt Disney company’s London studio, later built and ran Warner Bros.’ Feature Animation Division in London, delivering feature films and television episodes, and coordinating other London and European collaborators. His extensive global experience includes being based in the USA as Senior Vice President and General Manager of 20th Century Fox’s Animation Studios and independently producing projects in studios across the world including France, Germany, Canada, Australia, India, China, Vietnam and Singapore.

With almost two decades of experience in the industry, Ronojoy Chakraborty’s illustrious career started as a trainee promo director in ZEE Cinema channel in 1998. He went on to become producer for Eenadu Regional Network(ETV) from 1999 till 2004. Then for almost 10 years, he was at Nickelodeon creating and curating content. Presently VP& Programming head for Kid’s channel at SPN, Ronojoy has been creative director for over 850 episodes of locally produced animation products. An independent creator and writer by passion, Ronojoy believes in shows with a soul.

A well respected veteran, Dong-Su Jung has been involved in a variety of streams in the industry. He is currently the Director of Business at ICONIX Entertainment, Korea. Before joining ICONIX, Dong-Su worked as the Marketing Director for the #1 gaming company in Korea. He has played instrumental roles in the marketing and advertising activities for some of the most celebrated brands including game collaboration with DreamWorks Animation, KBO (Korea Baseball Organization) sponsorship and the biggest and oldest women’s wear brand in Korea.

In the world of ads and branding, V.A. Shrikumar is the man with the golden touch. As Managing Director and CEO of Push Integrated Communications, a creative agency, he works with brands that are household names today. Shrikumar is associated with the most iconic names of Indian cinema, having created advertisements with the likes of Amitabh Bachchan, Aishwarya Rai, Sushmita Sen, Mammootty, Mohanlal, Akshay Kumar, Nagarjuna, and many others. He is currently in the preparations for his first feature film, ‘Mahabharat’ the most expensive film to hit the Indian screens.

Veteran screenwriter, Anjum Rajabali has been entertaining movie lovers across the Indian subcontinent for the last 25 years. He has written some of the most popular films including Drohkaal, Ghulam, Pukar. The Legend of Bhagat Singh and Rajneeti; and consulted for Gangaajal and Apaharan. In 2004, he concieved the Screenplay Writing Department at the Film & TV Insititute of India and was its honorary Head until 2016. He has been the founder-head of Screenwriting at Whistling Woods Innternational, Mumbai. Anjum regularly conducts screenwriting masterclasses, workshops, conferences and seminars in India and abroad.

Jean-Marie Olivier is the legendary creator/director who is venerated across the world for his iconic animated TV series 'Oggy and the Cockroaches'. The supremely talented French animator set a new benchmark in visual comedy thereby winning the hearts of millions of kids and adults across the world. Oggy and the Cockroaches - the movie directed by Olivier made the characters a household name transcending boundaries. 'Zig and Sharko' is another sensational show given to the world by Olivier's creative genius. Working with the renowned Xilam Studios, Jean-Marie Olivier continues to entertain the world and inspire the artistic community with his unparalleled creativity.

A legendary name in Indian cinema, Sabu Cyril is the epitome of art direction. An alumnus of the Madras College of Arts, this master born in God's own Country Kerala is a four time National Award winner for the Best Production Designer and 5 time Filmfare recipient. His work for the national blockbuster Yenthiran (Robot) brought him many International laurels. Kalapani, Om Shanti Om, Yenthiran, Bahubali are only a few among his most iconic works. Sabu Cyril's repertoire ranges from thousands of ad films, to TV serials to mega budget feature films to world renowned stage shows. With over 25 years of professional excellence, Sabu Cyril continues to amaze us with his unparalleled visual magic.

Charuvi Agrawal is a practicing artist in the domain of animation and fine arts. She graduated from Sheridan Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning, Canada. Charuvi founded Charuvi Design Labs in 2010 and she has been instrumental in CDL's rise from an award winning design lab to a renowned animation studio based in New Delhi. She is inspired by the nuances of human senses and experiments with them in her work, notably her charismatic 3D animated rendition of Shri Hanuman Chalisa. Her initiative today has blossomed into a think tank where she support and guide creative artists and designers.She is a gold medalist in fine arts from the College of Art, University of Delhi. In her pursuit of creativity she has amassed expertise in painting, sculpting and creating interactive art installations. She has delivered lectures, conducted workshops at prestigious events such as SIGGRAPH, Google, India Design Forum and Indian Institutes of Technology (Delhi).

Arnab Chaudhuri directed the 2012 animated action movie Arjun: The Warrior Prince, co-produced by UTV Motion Pictures and Walt Disney Pictures. He trained as an animator at India’s National Institute of Design and has been in the media business for over 20 years. He has held diverse roles spanning animation direction, creative direction, graphic design, on-air promotions, programming and general management across markets in Hong Kong, South East Asia, Australia, Philippines, India and Pakistan for Star TV, The Walt Disney Company and Cartoon Network.

Rajiv is the Founder & CEO of Green Gold Animation. He has created and built India’s Largest Animation Brand “Chhota Bheem”, which currently has a viewership of over 40 million children, and is the first ever Indian animation character to have its own line of branded merchandise. Over the past Fourteen years, Rajiv’s leadership and creative abilities took Green Gold to become India’s largest producer of domestic content having produced over 400+ episodes of animation content, 50+ television movies and 3 theatrical movies. He also ensured that the company would setup its own Licensing & Merchandising Division, exclusive stores, and distribution network across India

Don Anderson, Head of YouTube Kids & Learning, APAC, is an imposing name in the media industry. With more than two decades of media and digital experience, Don has adorned top positions in various companies including 'We Are Social', FleishmanHillard, Turner Entertainment Networks Asia, CNNGo and ESPN Star Sports. A Canadian by birth, Don is a former teacher and believes that together we can make a positive difference in the world.

Cedric Petitpas is an EDHEC Business School graduate. After his first work experiences in feature film production, International Sales and Home Entertainment in France (StudioCanal) and Germany (Kinowelt), Cedric worked 10 years at Paris-based animation production studio Gaumont Animation (formerly Alphanim) successively as Business Affairs, Marketing & International TV Sales Director and VP of Consumer Products & Business Development. He joined YouTube Kids & Learning team in 2014 as Strategic Partner Manager for Northern Europe, based in London.

Over the last 8 years he as turned his studio into one of New Zealand’s leading Design and Pre-Production companies, while successfully delivering; Disney’s Talking Friends Digital Series, Marvel’s Avengers Assemble TV Series, Marvel’s Hulk and the Agent’s of S.M.A.S.H TV Series, Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy TV Series, and Marvel’s Frost Fight Netflix Movie. The company is 50 crew and growing, having produced around 250 Television episodes and 2 direct to video Films.

With over twenty years of experience as an Executive in the global media business, Angus Fletcher has touched every aspect of children’s and family programming. He has won the British Academy Award (BAFTA) and his programmes have won numerous awards including Canada’s Geminis and US Int’l Emmys. Fletcher was President of the Jim Henson Television Group; the home of puppetry, Muppets, Sesame Street, The Hoobs and many others.Fletcher is also working with famous media names like Toonz Animation India, The Flying Circus, Cosmic Pictures and many others. Fletcher’s works and the projects he was involved with have been aired by all the major broadcasters and channels across the globe. He has been the advisory board and jury of all major global event including Kidscreen, USA and Mipcom, Cannes. Besides being a splendid writer, analyst and strategist, Fletcher is a captivating orator.

Suresh Kumar Eriyat aka Eeks revolutionized the art of animation ad making in India with his ground breaking innovations. With NID as his alma mater Eeks touched all aspects of animation styles including 2D, 3D and clay/stop motion and turned them into gold. Renowned for his spectacular ad making styles, Eeks has ventured successfully into everything including TV commercials, short films, music videos and long format feature. With over a staggering 300 films in his repertoire, Eeks stuns the audience every time with a distinct visual treatment. Founder and Creative Director of Studio Eeksaurus, he travels the world giving lectures, judging movies and sharing his priceless wealth of knowledge. A musician, a thinker, a philosopher and a yogi, Eeks is the perfect amalgamation of art and heart.

A self-taught animator, spectacular illustrator and thought provoking film maker, Gitanjali Rao graduated from the famous Sir J.J. School of Applied Arts. ‘Printed Rainbow’ – a short film she independently produced, directed and animated in 2006, went on to win 3 awards in the legendary Cannes and also bagged 25 other international laurels. ‘TrueLoveStory’ also premiered in Cannes Critic’s Week 2014, It has been screened at various International Festivals and won three Awards. Besides being the jury member of various prestigious panels and giving enlightening talks, Gitanjali is a fascinating example of how passion can give birth to sublime creations even if it is a one wo(man) show! Gitanjali’s works reflect a surreal and soulful emotion which is not found elsewhere.

The founder of NWES (Northern World Entertainment Software Inc.), Toronto, Canada; Kelvin Ali is a post graduate with honours in Digital Design and Game Design from the prestigious George Brown College. With several fantastic gaming projects in progress, NWES believes in the sublime mandate of developing ‘Just Good Games’. Besides being an impeccable businessman, Kelvin is known for his humanitarian values. His charismatic charm and his incessant yearning to build up everyone around him is a virtue of rarity. A uniquely pristine educationalist, Kelvin’s style is absolutely entertaining. His ideology of transforming entertainment medium into meaningful social applications is commendable. His versatility is gloriously visible in the wide gamut of arena he has conquered. Besides being a captivating orator, Kelvin is a philosopher and a theologian.

A High-Honours graduate from the legendary Sheridan College, Canada; Kireet is the son of Bhimsain Khurana– One of the pioneers of Indian animation. He is the conceptualiser, director and co-writer for India’s first live action & 3D animation combo feature film Toonpur ka Superhero starring Ajay Devgan and Kajol. Kireet has won numerous prestigious awards including 6 Presidential National Awards and 7 International awards. Kireet directed award-winning shorts on ‘Child Rights’ for National Film Board of Canada co-produced with UNICEF for prestigious ‘Rights From The Heart’ series. He is the curator of Animation packages for the renowned ANNECY Fest, France, Forum De L’Images. Besides being a spectacular artist, animator, writer and director, Kireet’s unparalleled sense of social commitment resounds profoundly in most of his works.

Madhu Sudhanan is one of the pioneers of the Indian Visual effects and computer animation industry. He earlier produced several TV Commercials and Corporate Films before he started working on motion pictures. He is serving the global visual effects and animation industry for the past 19 years.

Madhu has produced visual effects for more than 70 Indian motion pictures and several TV commercials. He was instrumental in highlighting India’s artistic skills by supervising few shots in The Lord Of The Rings – The Return of The King which ultimately won Academy awards for best visual effects. His recent work on Vishwaroopam created waves and currently filmed Vishwaroopam 2 and Uttama Villian for the legendary star Shri.Kamal Haasan.

Madhu has very rich experience in Hollywood, UK, Australia and New Zealand film industries.

Philippe Gluckman is currently Creative Director for the Dreamworks Dedicated Unit, a position he’s occupied since relocating to India in October 2008. As such, he oversees the creative and technical execution of the projects produced within the unit, most notably Dreamworks Animated Feature Films such as Puss in Boots, Madagascar 3 and Rise of the Guardians. Most recently, he was the Visual Effects Supervisor for The Penguins of Madagascar, the first Dreamworks Feature Film to be principally produced in India.

Prior to this, Gluckman acted as Visual Effects Supervisor for DreamWorks Animation’s 2008 animated feature Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa, a role he previously also held on such animated hits as Shrek the Third and the original Madagascar.

He began his career as a traditional 2-D animator, as a partner with Storyboard and as an assistant animator at Cartoon Farm, both located in Paris. Gluckman studied graphic arts at the Ecole Nationale D’Arts Appliques, Paris.

Shilpa Ranade - an alumnus of Industrial Design Centre (IDC) now teaches Animation at IDC, IIT Bombay, a discipline she has helped establish in 2006. She did her MPhil in Animation from the sagacious Royal College of Art, London. She has directed short animation films for Channel 4, UK and her works have travelled the world bagging numerous accolades. She is a founding member of Damroo, a project involved in creating content for children. She created an animated feature film for the Children’s Film Society of India, ‘Goopi Gawaiya Bagha Bajaiya,’ based on the original text by Upendrakishore Raychowdury. A true artist with a strong and enlightened social view, Shilpa believes that art is the means of expression of an individual and her enchanting works emanate her vast world view through artistic eyes!

Anil Wanvari is a trade analyst turned media entrepreneur who has many pioneering initiatives to his credit. On the internet front he has set up,, and All are successful properties.

Wanvari started Indias most credible television awards The Indian Telly Awards which are in their 13th year. He is a board member of The International Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, New York and has been hosting the judging of the International Emmy awards semifinals in India for the past SIX years.

He has been at the forefront at trying to push the Indian television industry globally. Wanvari is currently driving his group into the event activation and audio-visual content production space.

He has been a speaker and moderator at many Indian and international forums. Wanvari is passionate about photography, reading, learning the internet and technology, travelling and spending time with his colleagues at work, his father and his beautiful wife and two children in India.

An alumnus (1998) and former Member of the Faculty of the National Institute of Design, Ahmedabad, Prosenjit has served as Director of Special Projects, with Toonz Animation India (2002- 2009) creating award-winning animation properties for international broadcasters. His short films have been showcased at prestigious film festivals in over 15 countries, winning several international awards and nominations.

Regularly invited as a speaker at prestigious festivals and forums that include, TEDx, Anifest India, Hamburg Film Festival, Asifa India amongst many others, he is also a visiting faculty at premier Design Schools that include NID, MIT Pune, DJ academy of Design, Symbiosis Institute of Design and Cept University.

His 'Living Animation' series of Ideation and Story Design Workshops have been attended by hundreds of participants from Design Schools, prestigious organizations and top studios like Electronic Arts and Toonz Entertainment.

Presently his projects include Story & Screenwriting for Animation Cinema and Television, Product Development for Animation Studios, Concept Art, Illustration, Stop motion Animation, Short films and Voice direction. The Studio also conducts story and design workshops for Children and Specialized Workshops for Students and professionals.

Devdutt Pattanaik – is an Indian author known for his work in mythology and interpretations of ancient Indian scriptures, stories, symbols and rituals. He has incorporated Vedic knowledge into human resource management. His books include Myth = Mithya: A Handbook of Hindu Mythology , Sita: An Illustrated Retelling of the Ramayana, Business Sutra: An Indian Approach to Management, , Leader : 50 Insights from Mythology uses myths and legends to arrive at wisdom that is both time-worn and refreshingly new, on what makes a good leader. He was the former Chief Belief Officer of Future Group, one of India's largest retailers. He writes columns for Mid-Day, Times of India, Swarajya, CN Traveller, Daily O] and In 2014, Pattanaik was listed in the top category of bestselling Indian authors.

Ajit Rao started his career working with renowned architect B V Doshi in Ahmedabad in 1983. Ajit’s added passion for the art of cartooning got him to explore diverse skills in varied mediums of communication. Today Ajit is at equal ease in his roles as architect, sculptor, painter, designer, cartoonist, caricaturist, comic-book artist and animation trainer. He has headed various animation-training programs at leading studios and has been a visiting faculty at premier design and architecture institutes in India.

Dhimant Vyas is a veteran Animation Film Designer who has worked on famous Shaun the sheep series two and Purple & Brown with multiple Academy Award winning Animation Studio - Aardaman Animation Ltd U.K. He has a vast experience in creating animation using various techniques like Stop Motion, 2D Classical, Cut Out, Material, Sand, Pixilation and Flash. His works also include the title animation sequence for the highly acclaimed Hindi feature film 'Taare Zameen Par', which was directed by Bollywood superstar Aamir Khan. He has worked with brands like BBC, UNICEF, FCB ULKA, Zee TV, MTV, Cartoon Network and Nickelodeon, to name just a few.

Sanjiv is a commercial art graduate (specialising in illustration) from the LS Raheja School of Art (Mumbai). The son of late Shri. Ram Waeerkar, his interest in animation was fuelled by his father’s illustrations for Tinkle comics. Sanjiv has won various domestic and international awards. As a director he has worked on animation production with companies from across the globe including the famous ‘Meena’ and ‘Sara’ projects for UNICEF. Sanjiv has personally trained many animators and has been instrumental in setting up one of the larger animation companies in India.

Nina Sabnani is an artist and storyteller who uses film, illustration and writing to tell her stories. She graduated in painting from the Faculty of Fine Arts, Vadodara and received a master’s degree in film from Syracuse University, NY, which she pursued as a Fulbright Fellow in 1997. Her doctoral research at the IDC focused on Rajasthan’s Kaavad storytelling tradition. After teaching for two decades at the National Institute of Design, Ahmedabad, Nina has made Mumbai her home. Currently she is Professor at the Industrial Design Centre, IIT Bombay. Nina’s research interests include exploring the dynamics between words and images in storytelling. Her work in film and illustrated books, seeks to bring together animation and ethnography

He has worked in various fields of Communication Design and joined NID in 2002 as a faculty in Animation Film Design. Since 2003, Sekhar has been heading Animation Film Design and mentoring the future generation of Indian graphic storytellers. He organises an international students’ animation film festival called Chitra Katha at NID. Sekhar regularly contributes two comic strips for the Sunday cartoon column in Ananda Bazaar Patrika, a leading newspaper published from Kolkata. In May 2009, he received the CNBC-Aptech award for his outstanding contribution to animation education in India. He is also on the editorial board of Animation: An Interdisciplinary Journal, published by Sage Publications, UK.

Prosenjit Ganguly studied Visual Communications [Animation] at NID in1998, Ahmedabad. He has also worked as Director of Special Projects, with Toonz Animation India (2002-2009) creating award winning animation properties for international broadcasters. His short films have been showcased at prestigious film festivals in over 20 countries, winning several international awards and nominations. Prosenjit is regularly invited as a speaker at prestigious festivals and forums that include, TED x, Anifest India, Hamburg Film Festival, Asifa India amongst many others. His ‘Living Animation’ series of Ideation Workshops have been attended by hundreds of participants from Design Schools, prestigious organizations and top studios like Electronic Arts.

Chetan Sharma is an award-winning animator and co-founder & director of Animagic, one of India's most reputed independent animation studios. A self-taught artist, he started in animation at the age of 15 and has become one of India's champions of 2d animation. His studio's commitment to making original content has given Indian animation some of its finest and most diverse award-winning films. His work on the design & storyboarding of the Cannes Silver winning Happy dent & Xbox 360 TV Commercials and Bollywood Feature Films: Mission Kashmir (2000) and Eklavya (2007, India’s official entry to the Academy awards 2007) for which he also designed and animated a 3 min long Title/prologue sequence, has been acclaimed widely. He has illustrated over a dozen children's books the most popular being those for 'Karadi Tales' series which won the coveted Parents choice award.

Vaibhav Kumeresh is the man behind Simpoo Singh, the famous 30-second cartoon series featured on Channel V, which tickled millions of Indians. Almost two decades later, Vaibhav is as enthused about animation and storytelling, as he was in his early days. Over the last two decades, he has contributed to some of arguably India’s favorite animated content in the field of TV commercials and channel promos. Whether it’s the Amaron Battery ad campaign, or Chulbuli for Clinic Plus, or the Vodafone Zumis, Vaibhav’s work has been bang on.

She is an independent animator who has had the rare distinction of doing an internship at Walt Disney Studios, Florida sponsored by UNICEF where she grasped the spirit of classical animation which she passed on to her hungry for knowledge colleagues back in India. One of the founders of Animagic, Gayatri also pioneered stylised animation commercials in India and directed the animation for Mahakapi, a film based on the Jataka tale of the Monkey King, for CFSI, which won the prestigious UNESCO Award in 1998.

He was graduated from the National Institute of Design (NID), Ahmedabad in 1994. Her expertise lies in the area of in e-learning, experience design and animation. She is also the Chairperson for Applied/Serious Games SIG, NASSCOM. Over the years, she has lead the design on several e-learning programs, experience design projects, games and simulations for audiences across age groups and industry verticals. The projects she has been involved in have won several international awards for innovation and design. She is focused on using emerging technologies including AR/VR, Holograms etc. and other engaging tools for enhancing learning effectiveness.

The Author of - The Art of Animation Production Management , Creative Producer, Animation Director and Founder Trustee of TASI is an absolute livewire who keeps the energies running by setting examples from the front. He encourage and mentors upcoming animation talent by conducting masterclass on animation design and film making thus bridging the gap between animation training and education.