A 22 years in the industry veteran, Rahat is the Founder and Managing Director of Blue Ocean IMC in India. Previously, she headed one of India’s Top 10 communications firm as their COO and worked across 100’s of Indian and global accounts. She specializes in corporate affairs and financial services, retail, lifestyle, banking, real estate and entertainment media. She is respected across industry for her network, legal and crisis management acumen and skills. She continues helping India’s leading CEO’s with their overall market strategy.
In her previous stint, Rahat started from scratch, an operation that then went on to become India’s leading communication consultancy with over 65 practitioners spread across multiple locations in India in multiple with a network across the World. Her work in taking several organizations through successful IPO’s speaks for itself and this experience has led to her forming long term associations with India’s top MNC’s and business forums.
She is an active member of the Young FICCI Ladies organization helping build strong avenues for today’s women in their professional journeys and currently she supports several girl children through their primary education. She practices Buddhist meditation with a goal to develop mindfulness, concentration, supramundane powers, tranquility, and insight.
Dilip brings in 22 years of senior leadership and business turnaround experience, across small and medium enterprises. With specialization across software, finance, advertising and technology sectors, he is the co-founding COO at Blue Ocean. An Electronics Engineer from the 1991 batch of TSEC Mumbai, Dilip has held management positions at Axiom research as a co-founder, head of Effective Media and the CEO at Interpublicity. Dilip supports multiple clients in their business and marketing strategy including strategic planning across the media and advertising industries.
Kishore, has an experience of 18 years in Strategy & Marketing. He has worked with many Large Blue Chip and MNC companies like Lowe Lintas, Leo Burnett, Airtel, Landmark Group, Satyam in leadership roles and brings with him creative and analytical skills to look at every business from a fresh perspective. He has put this firm on a strong footing with his belief of believing in a disruptive approach in communications that is far different from the others. Kishore has an MBA from Dundee Business School, U.K. & also a Management Degree from INSEAD
Batull brings 25 years of hands-on experience in the third sector with a focus on resource mobilization and project management through creative and sustainable solutions. Coupled with her professional training in advertising, she has channelled her skills and expertise into the development of innovative enterprises to support client outcomes. From liaising with stakeholders across the rural grassroots to urban boardrooms, she has spearheaded strategic initiatives to ensure all participants are equal partners. She has represented the organisations she has worked with as a speaker on various international platforms to bring focus on India’s vast emerging development sector.
Batull has worked and consulted across multiple verticals within the domain such as Women & Children, Trafficking, Rural Healthcare and Education to list a few; with organisations like Impact India Foundation, Save the Children India, Parkinson’s Disease Foundation of India and Rainbow Foundation.
With more than two decades of core industry experience, Nikhil brings in his proprietary 6-C Consumer Insights Model in helping brands to reach their
Taking inspiration from Otto Kleppner, Nikhil is a curious mind in understanding human behaviour and aligning these insights to sound and robust business and communication strategy.
He is a firm believer in the paradox that it is within a deeper understanding of nature and these great travellers and their adventures, their psychosis, discovery and methodologies / systems lies the key DNA for the requisite discovery and application of new age disruptive interventions and strategies for new age consumers, companies and the booming start-up environment of today’s e-world.
From working in India and Internationally, across different growth phases of companies, variety of industry segments, and playing roles across different functions of each business enables Nikhil to hand-hold his client partners to reach their business and communication aspirations,simplicity and clarity.
He looks to advise and consult brands and take them on a journey of achieving their business aspirations with strategy resonating . He works with brands on a variety of interesting mandates from repositioning , business elevation , regional expansion and product diversification.
With over two decades of experience in Indian as well as global marketing and distribution, Yusuf specializes in digital and traditional film industry. He has worked across marketing, promotions and distribution of 100’s of filmed properties including in the global film festivals circuit. He has previously worked with Paramount, Columbia, Fox, Dharma Productions and is well regarded in the industry for his innovating and cutting edge solutions in film distribution thought process and strategy.
Lubna brings in more than 2 decades of rich experience in the business of fashion, lifestyle and luxury. Her multifaceted talent has taken her through the journey of being Creative Director for Zee Trendz and Zee Café for a number of years. Her repertoire in this space had earned her the place of the fashion choreographer for Madhur Bhandarkar’s blockbuster film ‘Fashion’.
Lubna has worked on conceptualizing and executing set designs and other event aspects with various production houses that she closely works with. She has also directed numerous Fashion Weeks and Pageants over the years including Lakme India Fashion Week, Amazon India Fashion Week, India Resort Week, India Jewelry Fashion Week, India Beach Week, India Bridal Week, Dubai India Fashion Week, Miss India, Elite Femina Model Hunt, Miss World, Mrs World, I am She Miss India Universe Pageant, etc. Her internatonal experience covers fashion choreography and direction for events across the globe, NewYork/Washington/Chicago/Houston, London, Versailles Museum-Paris, Istanbul, World Economic Forum in Davos- Switzerland, Dubai, Bahrain, Muscat, Bangkok, Singapore, Johannesburg-South. Africa, Nairobi, Lagos. Its not just fashion but she also has been associated with the launch of international lifestyle and luxury brands across categories such as Beetle Volkswagon, BMW, Filmfare Awards, IIFA, TOIFA, YPO, Jabong Online Fashion Week, Jacques Fath-Paris, The Collective, Gant, Ganjam, Anmol, Gehna, Zoya, Tanishq, Loreal, Omega Constellation watches, Reliance Jewels, World Gold Council, Kazuo Ogawa-Japan, Kimaya, Blackberry etc.
Her working relationship with key designers include Abu Jani-Sandeep Khosla, Manish Malhotra, Tarun Tahiliani, Shahab Durazi, Rajesh Pratap, Shane & Falguni Peacock, Raghavendra Rathore, Suneet Verma, Nirav Modi, Varuna Jani, Karan Johar & Varun Bahl, Amit Agarwal, Arjun Khanna, Neeta Lulla, Pallavi Jaikishen, Wendell Rodricks, Kunal Rawal, Anju Modi, Sabyasachi, Rocky S. Lubna has extended her support to the social cause through working with Pratham Charity, Cancer Patients Association, Mijwan amongst others
Arunisha has over 17 years of strategic communications and global brand positioning experience. She specializes in building corporate reputation, maintaining government relations, crisis and events across tourism, hospitality, real estate, FMCG and the fashion industries. Her skills in maintaining the highest standards of best practices and international standard of client servicing has been her focus throughout an illustrious career where she has been associated with J Walter Thompson, Tops and one of India’s Top 10 communication, events and advertising agencies. In her free time, Arunisha takes Fire Yoga classes which teaches how to use fire as a tool of meditation.
With more than 17 years of experience in the lifestyle media, Priyanka brings with her vast experience in luxury and lifestyle writing, marketing, sales, events, brand building and positioning as well as brand content and solutions.. Building alliances with brands, curating events and creative solutions are a part of her vast repertoire of work.
Editor & CEO of The Exquisite Edge, a luxury and lifestyle bi-monthly, luxury is a part of Priyanka’s DNA. Having started her career with The Times of India, Priyanka went on to spend more than 13 years as Vice President-Marketing & Sales at Verve magazine. Here she pioneered various brand extensions, properties and events, along with heading sales.Post that, Priyanka was also part of the Business Traveller India launch. With International luxury exposure, Priyanka’s expertise is unparalleled..
Meenakshi comes with more than 18 years of experience in the field of Marketing and Communications. Her experience includes senior leadership engagement, media relations, product positioning and launch, change management, developing thought leadership, content, events, employee communications and engagement. Meenakshi has worked with UBS- BSC Pune, Deutsche Bank Group, Standard Chartered Bank and Kotak Mahindra Bank .
She has comprehensive communications experience which includes building and maintaining internal and external branding, developing strategic communications, senior management thought leadership, change management and in addition has handled portfolios that covers brand launches, product and service promotions and crisis management internally.
In addition to her excellent communications and writing skills, she has operational competence: and has handled multiple tasks/projects simultaneously. Meenakshi holds an MBA in Marketing from NMIMS and has completed her certification course from IIM – Bangalore on Strategy Consulting. She has completed her post graduate studies in English Literature from Madras University.