Prahlad Kakkar is the Advertising Film Director for Genesis Film Production, one of India's oldest and foremost Ad film production houses since its inception in 1977. Prahlad founded Genesis in 1977 and virtually invented a genre of television advertising in India in the years that followed. He has ruled the advertising world with his brand of irreverent humor and memorable brand building campaigns. He has also created award-winning commercials for the most reputed corporates and agencies in India and the Asia Pacific region.
Known as the "Ad guru", Prahlad has been instrumental in changing the face of advertising in our country bringing in the appropriate "regional Indianness" and values into an urban context through his films, creative workshops, articles and interviews. Prahlad's passions include his Scuba diving school in the Lakshadweep islands and Andaman islands and his own brand of gourmet cooking.
Bhawana Somaaya has been a film critic for many years and has contributed columns to publications like The Hindu, The Hindustan Times, The Pioneer and The Sunday Observer.Somaaya is the Film Expert with radio channel 92.7 BIG FM and has a link of Bollywood updates every morning. She has a weekly show on Zee Cinema every Friday. She contributes a weekly column to The Hans India, Janmabhoomi Pravasi and is on the Advisory Panel of Censor Board of Film Certificate.
Bhawana is also the former editor of Screen and has authored eleven books on cinema. Mother, Maiden, Mistress is her eleventh book. Other books include biographies of Hema Malini and a trilogy on Amitabh Bachchan: The Legend (1999), Bachchanalia (2009) and AmitabLexicon (2011). She has two more books in the pipeline. Her books are a point of reference for students studying cinema at Whistling Woods and Manipal University.
Lily Paul is currently the Director for Community Development with Hippocampus Learning Centres, who are taking quality and joyful learning to rural India through education centers. Prior to that, she was the Director of the Entrepreneur to Entrepreneur program for Ashoka Innovators for the Public in India—creating a unique network of business people to support Ashoka's work with social entrepreneurs was also part of the global Ashoka team that partnered with the Lemelson Foundation to support technologies for societies.
Lily is also one of the founding members of Chrysalis—a training and counseling group that works with adults and children to build life-skills through workshops and counseling. Lily has also served on the advisory board in 2007 for SPW in India, an international development organization working in Africa and South Asia. Lily holds a post-graduate degree in Economics from Chennai University and is based in Bangalore.
Nutan holds a Masters in Career & Development Psychology and a P.G. Diploma in School Counseling. She is trained in Neuro-linguistic Programming and Rational Emotive Behaviour Therapy and has trained in two levels of Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) training, along with a number of other psychological counseling and skill-based courses and programmes.
Nutan has a private practice in Bandra where she offers psychological assessment and therapy to both children and adult clients, who may be psychiatric, school or self-referred. She specializes in treating clients with histories or ongoing traumas of varied intensities including domestic violence, childhood abuse, depression, anxiety and life-stresses. Her strength lies in using EMDR and a mix of other approaches in sessions and in empowering clients with tools and techniques to take the counseling process forward independently.
NARESH N SHAHANI
Naresh is one of the founders of Breakthrough Management Group India. In his current role, Naresh works with companies to drive innovation and organization growth.Naresh also extensively works with start-ups and coaches business owners as their businesses evolve on the four organizational interfaces of customer, people, process and money.
Naresh has worked on consulting assignments in over 15 countries and has worked with leading consultants such as David Hutchins, John Macdonald and Dr Phil Samuel.Prior to creating BMGI India, Naresh held a senior management position at Ador Welding where he was responsible for driving business excellence.