Jury Members for Exhibit Tech Awards 2019

BRIAN BADE – CEO of Reliance Digital Ltd (RDL)

While many are astonished by Reliance Digital’s pace of expansion, it seems quite natural and expected with Brian Bade leading the segment. Since taking over as CEO of Reliance Digital Ltd (RDL) in 2010, Brian has focused on driving sales and crafting strategies. His hands-on experience spanning 22 years in the consumer durables, electronics & IT sector and acumen helped him map out strategies for RDL when it broke fresh ground in the country. He has been successfully mentoring and spearheading the growth of RDL, taking it from 23 stores to more than 2000 stores across 700+ cities today. His leadership is reflected in the relentless enthusiasm of his team. RDL has now poised as India’s largest electronics retail chain and Tech Experts.

RAKESH BIYANI – The Joint Managing Director of Future Retail Limited

Mr Rakesh Biyani is the Joint Managing Director of Future Retail Limited and leads the management and expansion of the company’s flagship formats like, Central, Big Bazaar and Food Bazaar. He has been one of the founders of Future Group. Mr Biyani is actively involved in Category Management, Retail Stores Operations and Information Technology. He is a Non-Executive Director of Future Lifestyle Fashions, and has been associated with Future Group ever since its inception. He has done an Advanced Management Program course from Harvard Business School and is a commerce graduate from HR College, Mumbai. Mr Biyani also shares a deep passion for humanitarian efforts, as a Philanthropist. He founded the ‘Have a Heart Foundation’, Mumbai, to help eliminate Congenital Heart Diseases for under-privileged children of age groups 0-18, across India. This three year old foundation has already provided medical assistance for more than 750 children.

RAMESH SOMANI – CEO & Chief Editor at Exhibit Group

Ramesh Somani, an MBA from Fore School of Management & Nottingham Trent University, UK, started his career with Amet & Ladoue, an Indo-French Brand as a Brand Manager. There, he was responsible for expanding the brand presence in Europe and America. But being a techy at heart, he soon jumped into entrepreneurship at a young age of 23 with Mobile charging stations. Over 5,000 charging stations were sold and set up in mid to large corporates sectors and public utility areas such as Airports, Clinics, Shopping malls across India. Some media space were also monetized.

Furthermore, he started “Exhibit Technologies Pvt. Ltd” in May 2005, a company under which he launched “Exhibit Magazine” which is today India’s Premier Tech Magazine along with thetechy.comthewheelz.com, Exhibit Talents & Production and other IPs like “Tech Fashion Tour”, “Tech Awards”, “Leaders in Tech”, “100 Hottest Start-ups” and  “Blockchain Ecosystem India”.

Somewhere between a Petrolhead and a geek fuelled by entrepreneurship flair, he lives his passion to work – Almost daily.

AVINASH GOWARIKER – India’s leading Fashion & Bollywood Photographer

Avinash Gowariker committed to the craft of photography at the age of 19, since then he has established himself as a renowned celebrity photographer. Avinash enjoys creating the drama inherent in shooting genres like Film Posters as well as Portraiture, Editorial and Fashion where human beings are carefully “arranged”. By nature outgoing and always true to himself, Avinash savours his relationships with people always trying to understand what makes them tick, what makes them comfortable. He is also extremely knowledgeable about the equipment and gadgets pertaining to his field and more – using the best of tech to make an experience out of the photoshoot.

SIDDHARTHA SHARMA – Consulting Editor for Technology & Automobiles at Dainik Jagran

Siddhartha Sharma is the Consulting Editor for Technology & Automobiles at Dainik Jagran. He was the former Editor for Technology and Automobiles at News18.com and Editor – Technology And Automobiles at The Quint. He’s the creator of the selfie interview and also the first in India to experiment with Mobile Video Filming, Periscope, Facebook Live’s and 360-degree videos for communicating with audiences. He has also worked with India Today’s Television division, spearheading their technology vertical. He was the creator and face of, the Gadgets & Gizmos Show on Headlines Today and TechnoDilli on Dilli Aajtak. Siddharth comes with a total experience of 8 years being associated with the media industry in the field of Technology and Automobiles. He holds a Bachelors of Mass Communication in Journalism from IP University, New Delhi and an MBA in Advertising from SIMC, Pune.

 DJ AQEEL – India’s leading DJ 

One of India’s leading Dj’s who, since the last decade, is continually going stronger by the second and rocking dance floors around the globe, making everyone successfully dance to his tunes.

AMIT BHAWANI – A passionate technology blogger

A passionate technology blogger, Amit Bhavani launched PhoneRadar with the aim to report technology stories in the deepest, unbiased and simplest way. With up-to-date information on the latest phones in the industry he has made PhoneRadar as a resource for any phone enthusiast to learn about the present, the past and the expectations for the near future in the world of mobile phones.

ANISHA SINGH

One among India’s most successful women entrepreneurs, Anisha Singh has founded and built two profitable tech companies. She has also been listed by Crunchbase as one of the top 7 CEOs outside US in 2018.

Jury Members for Exhibit Tech Awards 2016