KV Nagendra Prasad has a degree in Mechanical Engineering, a post graduate degree in Marketing Management and CEM (Certified in Exhibition Management) certification from IAEE, USA. Mr. Prasad, has about 20 years experience in sales, marketing, business development and commercial operations in real estate, telecom, retail and trade fairs sectors. He has been associated with the exhibition industry since the year 2002 and has been involved in hosting and organising trade fairs and exhibitions. He is the Chief Operating Officer of HITEX Exhibition Center, Hyderabad, a purpose built exhibition venue promoted by the State Government under public-private partnership mode. He is responsible for the business and operations of HITEX Exhibition Center.
Mr. Prasad is currently the President of the prestigious Indian Exhibition Industry Association (IEIA) and also participates actively in various national and international industry forums.
Born in Cairo, Ravinder is the son of an Indian career diplomat. Having spent most of his early life around the world, he ended up doing his Bachelors in Economics (Hons) from Hindu Collage and Masters in Business Economics from Delhi School of Economics, University of Delhi.
He got into the exhibition logistics arena in 1977, and in 1986, established along with his wife, Kiran, R.E. Rogers India Pvt. Ltd. Beyond logistics, Ravinder and R.E. Rogers play a very active role, both in India and globally, in the overall exhibition industry.
He has been past-Chairman of IELA (the International Exhibition of Logistics Association); founder - member and presently on the Executive Committee of the IEIA (Indian Exhibition Industry Association), as Vice president; member of associations as the IAEE/AFECA/ etc. ; and, most important, member of the Executive Committee of the Board of Directors of UFI (the Global Association of the Exhibition Industry) - the only Indian to reach this post.
Rakesh Kumar is responsible for the promotion of Exports from India in general and small and medium sector in particular. Currently Executive Director of most premier Export Promotion Trade Organization in India i.e. Export Promotion Council for Handicrafts, having membership of more than 10,000 member exporters and one of the Board of Director of the India Exposition Mart, a first state of art project for the cottage sector. Mr. Kumar is also on the board of National Centre for Trade Information(NCTI) as a Director and Ex officio Member, Past President of Indian Exhibition Industry Association.
Mr. Singh (38) holds a degree in Economics from Delhi University. He is a post-graduate in Business Administration and a PGDBA in Marketing from the Indian Institute of Management in Calicut.
During the past 15 years, Mr. Singh has held various positions within the exhibition industry with a focus on project management, business development and strategic planning and implementation. He has been part of MesseMünchen India since its foundation in 2007 and has been responsible for trade shows such as LASER World of PHOTONICS INDIA, electronica India, productronica India, Intersolar India, India Lab expo, analyticaAnacon India, drinktec India to name a few.
Sudeep Sarcar is Vice President of M/s India Exposition Mart Ltd. (IEML) and oversees planning, marketing & management of events & venues with a focus on trade promotion. Mr Sarcar is in the MICE industry for nearly two decades. In his carrier, he has managed prestigious events of Government of India, The Institution of Engineers (India), IITs, ADB, World Bank, United Nations, Medical Council of India and Trade Associations etc. He has extensive experience in sales, marketing & operations management and turning around MICE related venues into profitable venture through tie-ups with international associations & exhibition organisers. His hands-on knowledge of role & functioning of Professional Conference & Exhibition Organizers; Industry Associations and Councils have been useful for event biding/conceiving/executing commercially & academically successful trade shows. Immediate past experience was as General Manager (Fairs & Exhibition and Epi Centre Management) at Apparel Export Promotion Council (AEPC), overseeing the entire trade promotion activities including launching of the Made In India Show, Source Zone through Government of India including promotion of the venue. Prior to AEPC, he was associated with BIEC (Bangalore International Exhibition Centre) & IMTMA (Indian Machine Tool Manufacturers' Association). He was Process Owner of IMTEX, (India International Machine Tool Exhibition) a multi budget event and has also launched Modern Machine Shop trade show.
Balasubramanian.S is the Executive Director & Chief Operating Officer of Indian Machine Tool Manufacturers’ Association (IMTMA) and Bangalore International Exhibition Centre (BIEC). IMTMA is the apex industry association for machine tools in India and BIEC is India’s preferred exhibition centre for engineering and industrial exhibitions.
Balasubramanian has been associated with IMTMA since 2007 and is leading its flagship machine tool exhibition IMTEX. He has played a pivotal role in taking IMTEX to next level besides supporting the association to introduce new shows in various regions of the country. He heads sales, marketing, facility, operations and corporate communications within the association and plays an enabling role for the brand building of trade fairs and BIEC.
He comes with more than two decades of rich experience in exhibition industry. Prior to joining IMTMA he was associated with Informa group - Singapore, INTECH Exhibitions, Wisitex Foundation. Presently is the Executive Committee member of Indian Exhibition Industry Association (IEIA).
Mr. Max Fernandes has been promoted to Director - Operations at UBM India Pvt. Ltd. Prior to this role, Max was Head - India Operations, with UBM India for two years. Max, started his career in the advertising & exhibitions industry in 1990 and along this journey has acquired a rich experience of below the line advertising, exhibitions displays and now into operations of organizing exhibitions.
An eye for detailing and meticulous planning being his forte and the combination to seamlessly gel around, his focus is to streamline the working in the exhibitions industry to create a safer working environment for all.
Speaking about his new role, Mr. Max Fernandes, Director - Operations, UBM India Pvt. Ltd. said, “It has been a long and fruitful journey over 10 years with UBM and the new role comes with greater responsibility of executing and delivering safe events for UBM India. I am extremely delighted on taking up this role and look forward to taking operations at UBM India to a higher level.”
Gaurav Juneja, Director of MEX Exhibitions Pvt. Ltd an experienced & qualified exhibition industry professional who entered the exhibition industry at the age of 21 and was instrumental in organizing one of the big bang & most successful show for the sign & advertising industry Mediaexpo in 2003 which is now acquired by MF and running very successfully. He also brought many reforms in this sector by focusing on aesthetics & extensive show promotion campaigns, improvised services for both exhibitors & visitors.
He was also instrumental in giving LED technology its due focus & attention in the country when it was at a very nascent stage in India by organizing the very first LEDexpo in India in 2009.
Not only India, he has organized successful international shows in Singapore, Dubai & Thailand by getting participations from across the globe with some of them being UFI approved. Besides this he has been actively involved in trade publications for signage & LED industry.
Having previously acquired his degree in Business management from Symbiosis, he put forward all his learnings to help develop this industry in India. He has also been honoured as the REGIONAL CHAIRMAN FOR INDIA REGION FOR ASIA SIGN Association. Besides his professional & allied activities, he enjoys travel & spending quality time with his family.
Ms. Sonia Prashar, IEIA, EC Member working in the Trade Fairs Industry for more than 21 years. Present positions includes Deputy Director General, at the Indo-German Chamber of Commerce (the largest bi-national Chamber in the world) and recently appointed as Chairperson of the Board & Managing Director NuernbergMesse India Pvt. Ltd. (100% subsidiary of NuernbergMesse GmbH. NürnbergMesse is one of the 20 largest exhibition companies in the world and among the Top Ten in Europe. The portfolio covers some 120 international exhibitions and congresses at the Nürnberg location and worldwide).
A Science Graduate, with specialization in Education & German Language, responsible for Chamber’s very active role at Indian Trade shows in all regions, promoting “Trade Fairs” as an effective tool for marketing, while looking out on new possibilities and making a judicious selection in the changing market. Since the inception of this activity have handled the German Participation at more than 150 shows (Automotive, Electrical, Engineering, Chemicals & Pharmaceutical, Machine Tool, Analytical Instrumentation & Biotechnology, Aero, Defence & Aviation, Beauty , Home Care & Personal Care etc.).
NuernbergMesse India under the leadership of Ms. Prashar, is today one of the fastest growing Trade Fair company in India. Current portfolio includes 9 shows spread across various industry verticals and occupying leading positions.
The 3rd generation disciple of Lallooji & Sons, the simple but talented visionary Mr. Vipul Agarwal, is the mascot of Expro Events & Exhibits. During his early years in the industry, he felt the need to focus on an important aspects of the event infrastructure “outdoor sets-ups”, which was missing in India. He did extensive research on how things were done globally and today the initiative of exploring and investing in the most modern and reliable outdoor solutions has become a benchmark for the industry. Investment in technology is at par with international standards and can be created throughout the length and breadth of the country. Expro today's specialises in providing complete outdoor event set up solution of truly international standards across the country through its pan India presence. The client list include not only world’s most famous brands i.e Formula 1, Avantha Masters, India Art Fair, Lakme’ Fashion Week, IPL, India Design Show, Index, Auto Expo.