Prabhakar MundkurChief Mentor
Prabhakar Mundkur is an ad veteran and has spent over 38 years in the advertising business. Besides working in India, he has also worked across the African Continent while was based in Nairobi and Johannesburg and in Asia when he was based in Shanghai, China. He has been in senior management and CEO positions for the last 20 years with advertising networks like JWT, Havas, Y & R and Hakuhodo.
In 2012, he was awarded a finalist at the Cannes Lions, and is also the recipient of the prestigious Atticus award, an award for original writing in marketing communications from the WPP Group.
He is currently works as Mentor with the interactive arm of Hinduja Global Solutions where he advises the company's teams on Social CRM, Digital marketing and Online Reputation Management. He does a fair amount of voluntary work and is on the Advisory Board of Sol's Arc, a school for children with special needs. He is also a member of Whiteboard, a team of experts which help NGOs on a voluntary basis.
Prabhakar writes regularly for a variety of publications that include Agencyfaqs, Ad Age India, marketingbuzzar.com and kulzy.com which voted him one of the Rainmakers in the advertising industry. He is a very regular blogger on LinkedIn where he has crossed over a 100 blogs over the last 9 months.
In his spare time, Prabhakar is either listening to or playing music. He was a HMV and Polydor recording artist in his teens, and continues to play jazz guitar and do the occasional gig with his friends, because he thinks it is fun.
Sachin KarweerBusiness Head
As an industry pioneer, Sachin founded one of India's first dot com portals, forindia.com in the year 1999 along with a few others. It was soon acquired by the Hinduja Group and since then he has nurtured and grown HGS Interactive in to a full service digital agency, which started off with working for the Group Companies and then expanded to customers outside the HG domain.
With a strong background of BE (Electronics & Telecommunications) and MBA, Sachin has been groomed in to a fine business manager by industry leaders across various sectors of the HG companies. As the Business Head of HGS Interactive, Sachin believes in working towards 'making our customers more competitive'. As a firm advocate of innovation, cutting edge technology and robust processes - a winning combination in the digital domain, he is the crusader for one of our founders' principles – 'Advance Fearlessly'.
Ajay DarekarPractice Head
A software engineer by profession, Ajay Darekar was enchanted about the digital business right from the beginning of his career. Having worked in varied domains like Banking (Retail & Corporate), Manufacturing, E-Commerce, Web & Mobile Development etc. for about 13 years, Ajay realized that business analysis was his forte.
As the Practice Head at HGS Interactive, he masters the art of formulating a 360 - degree development cycle for every project we undertake. He is a great motivator and strongly believes in the 'Go- Get IT' mantra.
Subrat BishtHead Digital Strategy
Subrat Bisht heads strategy and planning at HGS Interactive. He comes with 12 years of rich experience in digital marketing, operations, technology, interactive strategy and analytics. In his prior stints he's worked with fortune 500 clients across CPG, retail, pharmaceutical, BFSI and automobile domains.
As a strategic thinker, he's been instrumental in setting up new digital capabilities and also leads the search and media planning function at HGS Interactive. He is an avid video gamer and loves working with upcoming technologies. In his free time subrat tinkers with microprocessors and loves listening to music.