About Us

The PTPYP is a course initiated, designed and accredited by the German Book Office New Delhi and the Frankfurt Book Fair 2014. While the GBO has in the past co-organized the Publishers Training Programme at IIM –A and continues to organize GLOBALOCAL [an annual exclusive B2B networking conclave for the publishing & allied industry], the Frankfurt Book Fair is known for leading the publishing industry worldwide with its training and development initiatives conducted variously.

German Book Office (GBO), New Delhi is a joint venture of the Frankfurt Book Fair and the Foreign Ministry of the Federal Republic of Germany. Besides promoting German books and the activities of the Frankfurt Book Fair, GBO New Delhi serves as a contact point between the book industry in South Asia, Germany as well as the international book and media industries. Since the beginning of operations in India in 2008, GBO has initiated various projects related to content, publishing and exchange. GBO works with partners across the board, ranging from individuals to international agencies in the sphere of publishing, media, education and digital.

The Frankfurt Book Fair is the international publishing industry’s biggest trade fair – with 7,300 exhibitors from more than 100 countries, around 275,000 visitors, over 3,400 events and around 9,000 accredited journalists in attendance. It also gathers key players from other media, including the film and games industries. Since 1976, the Book Fair has featured an annual Guest of Honour country, which showcases its book market, literature and culture to attendees in a variety of ways. The Frankfurt Book Fair organises the participation of German publishers at around 20 international book fairs and hosts trade events throughout the year in major international markets. The CONTEC and STORYDRIVE conferences have both become established meeting places for the industry. The Frankfurt Book Fair also leads the way with training and development programmes like the St. Gallen Publishing Programme among others. The Frankfurt Book Fair is a subsidiary of the German Publishers & Booksellers Association.


Is a 2 day training programme tailored to deliver a comprehensive taught course module, integrating practice and group activities, and comprising national and international experts expanding on digital trends, media & marketing strategy, DRM solutions among other topics pertinent to the publishing and allied industries.

10:00 – 10:30
Welcome address

10.30 – 11.00
Digital Trend Showcase

The most talked about trend relates to digital today. Find out what then are the cutting-edge breakthroughs in this domain and get inspired.


11.00 – 1.00
Digital Strategy Warehouse

Specifications on developing digital products like Apps, Video, Mobile, eBooks


1.00 – 2.00
Lunch Break

2.00 – 3:30
Digital Rights Marketplace

Find out what DRM is, how it works and what the future holds


3.30 – 4.00
Tea Break

4.00 – 5:00
Interactive Group Exercise
10.00 – 11.30
Crossover Media Strategy

All about brand extension & expansion strategies, Social Media, Merchandising and e-commerce


11.30 – 12.00
Tea Break

12.00 – 1.00
Crossover Licensing: Book to Films

What is the experience of transforming a book into a motion picture and what are the licensing know-hows to be kept in mind?


1.00 – 2.00
Lunch Break

2.00 – 3:00
Crossover Marketing

With new market behavior challenging age old practices, what does it bode for the current marketeers? How do they cope with it? What will be the tactics and tools?


3.30 – 3.50
Tea Break

3.50 – 5:00
The Game Changer: Self-publishing

The requirements and costs of the publishing process, printing and distribution options, promotions etc.


The one week Management Development Programme held at IIM Ahmedabad’s campus is specially designed for CEO’s and senior managers within the publishing sector and affiliated industries keeping in mind their busy schedule. The publishing course also caters to international publishing professionals who want to develop a better understanding of the Indian publishing industry.

The publishing course provides industry leaders the opportunity to learn about market mechanisms prevalent in the publishing industry, imparts new business strategies in order to face the challenges of tomorrow and offers leaders a platform to exchange views and experiences with their peers in a friendly environment.

Designed and taught by the IIM Ahmedabad faculty and global industry experts, the publishing course looks to combine class room learning with real world experience while all along focusing on the publishing industry through case studies specially prepared on the publishing industry.

The subjects covered by the management development programme for publishers include:

  • Strategy and business environment
  • Customer and corporation
  • Leadership and change management
  • Innovation, IPR and protection
  • Financial management and control

The Student Handbook with all the necessary information for this year’s Publishers Training Programme can be downloaded from here: click here.

In future, the German Book Office and IIMA intend to have multiple management courses for the publishing industry targeted at publishing professionals across various career levels and functional areas.

Our Experts

Our Programme Leaders are area experts drawn from the trade itself. Nationally and internationally renowned subject experts with extensive experience will make this training programme a distinct one adding to exclusivity of the course itself.

Young Professionals programme Faculty

Carolin Ulrich

Creative Engineer, DiPubli, Germany

Carolin Ulrich is a creative engineer who holds a university degree in print and media technology. Work experience at a media company, an app agency and a startup provided her with multi-faceted knowledge of the publishing industry. Carolin is based in Berlin where she takes on various projects in the field of digital publishing.

Martin Jack

Senior Sales Manager, IPR License, UK

Martin Jack is Senior Sales Manager for IPR License, the official rights and licensing solution of Frankfurt Book Fair. He has over eight years’ experience in international sales in academic publishing with Taylor & Francis, having lived and worked in England, Singapore, China and Japan. Martin has extensive knowledge and experience in selling to libraries, institutions and academics across a range of global contexts, and is now responsible for global revenue-generating activity for IPR License, based in London.

Vivek Mehra

CEO, SAGE Publications India Pvt Ltd

Vivek Mehra is currently the Managing Director and CEO of SAGE Publications India Pvt Ltd, a chair he has occupied for the past 12 years. Besides a B.Sc. from SUNY, NY and an MBA from Columbia University NY, he holds a PG Certificate in Intellectual Property Law and a PG Diploma in International Business Law, both from the University of London.

Managing the future in cooperation with IIM- Faculty

Prof. Arvind Sahay

Faculty, IIMA

Prof. Arvind Sahay has special interests in the field of high tech marketing, pricing, international business and marketing strategy. He has published many articles in refereed international journals and has written 21 cases. He was awarded the University wide Outstanding Dissertation Award at UT, Austin for his Ph.D. thesis and is also the recipient of the Innovation in Teaching Award at LBS.

Prof. Mukund R. Dixit

Faculty, IIMA

Prof. Mukund R. Dixit has been teaching at IIMA since 1981. His teaching, research and consulting areas focus on Corporate and Competitive Strategies, Taking Charge and Leading Strategy, Innovation and Knowledge Management and Case Method of Learning. Additionally, he has been a member of the Board of Governors of private and public sector undertakings in India.

Dr. H. Anil Kumar

Librarian and Head NICMAN, IIMA

Dr. H. Anil Kumar has a doctoral degree in Library and Information Science from the M.S. University of Baroda, India, and Master’s and Bachelor’s degree in Library and Information Science from Bangalore University. He has two decades of professional experience gained in nationally reputed institutions. Dr. Kumar is the President of Management Libraries Network. He is also a course in-charge 

Prof. Piyush K. Sinha

Faculty, IIMA

Dr. Piyush Kumar Sinha is a faculty member in the area of marketing and retailing, as well as the chairperson of the Centre for Retailing at IIMA. He has more than two decades of academic and industry experience. Dr. Sinha has consulted companies in the areas of retail efforts, service management, marketing strategies and marketing communication

Prof. Shailesh Gandhi

Faculty, IIMA

Prof. Shailesh Gandhi has more than 28 years of experience in consultancy, industry and academics. He specializes in accounting, management control and performance measurement and management. His research interests and publications are in developing financial and non-financial performance measurement tools, accounting issues and impact on financial reporting and governance.

Prof. T.V. Rao

Chairman, T V Rao Learning Systems Pvt. Ltd. & Adjunct Professor, IIMA

Dr. T. V. Rao is currently Chairman of T V Rao Learning Systems Pvt. Ltd. and Adjunct Professor, IIMA. He was Professor at the IIMA for over 20 years. Dr. Rao has worked as a short-term consultant to UNESCO, Ministry of Health, Indonesia,
National Entrepreneurial Development Association, Malaysia and the Commonwealth Secretariat, London.


Akshay Pathak

Writer & Independent Publishing Consultant

Akshay Pathak loves a good story: to read or to listen or to tell. He also loves and is active in theatre. He was active as a journalist for various daily papers cultural and trade journals like the Boersenblatt, die Tagezeitung, Zeitschfrift fuer Kulturaustausch, Business Standard, The Hindu, Himal, Open, Outlook, among others. His essays have appeared in some anthologies as well. He has had wide experience in cultural management and market studies (especially world trade). He has worked for Goethe-Institut India, the Biennale Bonn, Na¬tional School of Drama, New Delhi, and Pro Helvetia, New Delhi. He was most recently the Director of the German Book Office, New Delhi, an office of the Frankfurt Book Fair. He is currently an independent publishing consultant. Apart from giving regular lectures and talks, he is also working on his first book.

Ameet Datta

Partner, Sai Krishna Associates

Ameet Datta is an IP litigator with specializations across the media & entertainment industry, licensing, content aggregation & acquisitions, film production and licensing, music licensing. Ameet has advised leading industry clients ranging from media houses, broadcast sector clients, artistes / talent. Ameet’s litigation 15 years as an IP lawyer has included strategizing & leading various innovative IP protection and enforcement litigations including securing Anton Piller orders, John Doe orders, India’s first internet streaming order against cable operators, first texture trade mark case. Ameet also specializes in data security, trade secrecy litigation and advice, especially in relation to the employer-employee relationship, format rights, defamation, right of publicity, Information Technology Act, 2000, and other related areas.
Over the last four years, Ameet has engaged in policy reform around the copyright sphere and is part of the Policy Reform, Advocacy & Development Group at the Firm.
Ameet has been ranked as a recommended lawyer for IP Litigation as well as telecoms, media & entertainment by ‘PLC- Which Lawyer’ & Legal 500 as a recommended lawyer for IP litigation. Chambers & Partners lists Ameet as having an impressive IP litigation practice, with sources singling him out as ‘a very strong copyright lawyer in the country today’

Ananth Padmanabhan

VP- Sales, Penguin Books India

He began his career in publishing in ’92 as a bookseller with Landmark bookstores, based in Chennai. He joined Penguin Books in ’97 as a Sales Representative for South India and is currently a Vice President in the Management Team at Penguin Books, responsible for Sales. During the course of his career with Penguin, besides managing sales and distribution for Penguin’s portfolio of Publishers, he has project managed Penguin India’s first Website, its Mobile Application and its unique Distribution MIS, the Advantage Program. He is also responsible for Penguin India’s Digital Strategy, including publishing, distribution and sales of digital properties globally, across channels and partners.
He is a graduate from the University of Madras, has studied publishing from Stanford University and has completed a mid-career senior management programme in General Management from IIM Ahmedabad.
Ananth is deeply passionate about books, is a dog lover, respects nature and wildlife and believes animals can teach us a lot more than humans can. He is also a professional photographer and has done many personal and professional projects, one of which, on publishing, called Calcutta: Walking in the City, can be seen on www.ananthpadmanabhan.com.
He is married to HemaliSodhi, who heads Marketing and Corporate Communications at Penguin Books. They live in Gurgaon with their Labrador and two Boxers.

Dahlia Sen Oberoi

Co-Founder & Partner, Sen-Oberoi Attorneys-at-Law

Dahlia Sen Oberoi is a Law Graduate from the Campus Law Center, University of Delhi and was enrolled in the Bar in the year 1992. Co-founder and Partner of the Law Firm, Sen-Oberoi Attorneys-at-Law, Dahlia has been specializing in Intellectual Property Law for more than twent one years now. Anti-Counterfeiting and Anti-Piracy operations are her forte and besides Intellectual Property related matters, Dahlia also specializes in Defamation and Right to Privacy cases. In her role as the legal representative of the Indian Publishing Industry, Dahlia has declared war on the pirates and has successful programs running in major cities of India attacking printing and sale of pirated copies of bestsellers.
Dahlia has been engaged as a specialist intellectual property consultant by leading Indian companies and has also been advising the Indian Government on intellectual property issues. Dahlia has been advising the Indian Entertainment Industry on copyright issues and has represented many Indian artistes in Court. Over the years she has had the opportunity of being Counsel in litigation evolving in landmark decisions and has appeared in Courts all over India in trade mark, copyright, patent and design infringement/passing off matters; besides defamation and right to privacy matters. Dahlia is an active member of the Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee of the International Trade Mark Association (INTA).
She is a poet and a song writer (and hence copyright is an issue close to her heart!), with many published songs to her credit. A trained Kathak dancer having performed several times, she is also writing her first book.

Gita Wolf

Publisher, Tara Books

She has written over a dozen books for children and adults. Considered one of the most original and creative voices in contemporary Indian publishing, she has pursued her interest in exploring and experimenting with the form of the book and its status as a revered cultural object. Several of her children’s books have won major international awards.
She was an academic by training before she moved into publishing with Tara Books- an independent publishing house of prominence – and her research focus was on comparative literature. She continues to pursue her interest in exploring and experimenting with the form of the book and its status as a revered cultural object.

Hemal Majithia

Founder & Chief OktoMind at Oktobuzz

In a short span of seven years, he has emerged as an expert on digital marketing and social media in India. Mr Majithia is currently in the process of establishing his new venture, OKTOBUZZ, a start-up that will seek to challenge the existing dynamics of digital marketing and will also consult companies to create impactful marketing Campaigns. Realising the critical role of an internal digital & social media team for corporates, Hemal will also be assisting companies & traditional media agencies to incubate their digital teams in-house. In his previous stint, Hemal had initiated & headed the business of the social and digital media division of ThinkWhyNot Integrated Communications where he worked with some of the bestselling books in India like the Shiva Trilogy, The Bankster, Chanayas Chant, the Devotion of Suspect X & more. He loves talking about Cinema, Ground Breaking Technology, Augmented Reality, Company Cultures, Human Capital & Travel. Overall he strives to create Remarkable Work that Works.

Manu Midha

VP, Strategy & Planning, Infibeam

In his current role, he handles the strategy and operations at Infibeam. Prior to Infibeam, he worked as an investment banker with JP Morgan and in a technology profile with Qwest Communications. Being an Entreprenuership enthusiast Manu had also co-founded NCoreWebservices, where he also served as it COO.
Manu is an alumnus of Red McCombs School of Business at University of Texas, a management graduate from IIM- Ahmedabad and a technology graduate from IIT- Kharagpur.

Rahul Srivastava

Director, Simon & Schuster India

He is presently the Director: Sales & Marketing at Simon & Schuster India. He is about to complete 20 years in the Indian book publishing industry.
Having set up S&S India in New Delhi, he is involved in every process and running of this prestigious global publishing house. As an industry veteran, he also has the experience of having started his own venture – Rave Media. With his stints at the leading publishing houses in India, Rahul Srivastava is our industry expert for the session on Strategy: Mergers & Acquisitions.

Sangram Surve

Founder & Director, Think Whynot

He is an HR trainer, a Dotcom Survivor, to whom advertising was a pleasant accident. He plays the role of an evangelist for ideas, advertising and otherwise, while keenly dabbling in strategy &creatives. He loves mountains, T-shirts, reading everything from history to world politics and above all, this 24×7 excitement called Think WhyNot.
With Shiva Trilogy, this agency created the biggest case study in the Indian publishing industry. Thereon establishing itself as the only agency focused on ‘innovative & unconventional’ marketing of books. Subsequently they followed it up with record breaking case studies for leading publication brands like Westland, Penguin, Rupa& Hachette.

Urvashi Butalia

Publisher, Zubaan

She is a writer, publisher, feminist and historian. She began her publishing career at the production department in Oxford University Press and later went on to become an Editor. Later, she taught a professional course in book publishing at the University of Delhi. In 1982, she joined Zed Books, London, and helped set up their Women and Gender list, before returning to Delhi in 1984 to co-found Kali for Women, India’s first feminist publishing house. Butalia is now the Publisher of Zubaan Books, which she founded in 2003, and which is an imprint of Kali. One of her books, The Other Side of Silence, is one of the most influential books in South Asian Studies in the past decade, which won the Oral History Book Association Award in 2001. She was also awarded the Nikkei Asia Award for Culture in 2003, both for her book and for her work with women, women’s writing and publishing. Her writing has appeared in several newspapers including The Guardian, The Statesman, the Times of India and several magazines including Granta, Outlook, the New Internationalist, India Today and Lettre International, Berlin

Our Alumni

Young Professionals Programme

Mr. Amit Kumar
Manager (Commissioning), SAGE Publications


Mr. Aritra Ganguly
Assistant Manager – Product, Harper Collins India


Mr. Chitresh N. Bhatt
Assistant Territory Manager (Sales – Global Academic Business), Oxford University Press


Mr. Debashish Subudhi
Sr. Project Manager (Editorial), MBD Group


Mr. Dhruv Gupta
Senior Executive – Production, Harper Collins India


Mr. Manoj Kumar Sharma
Production Executive (Global Academic Business), Oxford University Press


Mr. Praveen Kumar Sinha
Senior Development Editor (Hum.,Soc.), Oxford University Press


Mr. Rahul Agarwal
Executive – Demand Planning (Global Academic Business), Oxford University Press


Mr. Rajesh Dey
Deputy manager (Commissioning), SAGE Publications


Mr. Saurabh Chandrasekhar Garg
Senior Designer (Editorial), Harper Collins India

Mr. Siddhartha Jagannathan
CEO, Jessi Publications


Mr. Sumanth Bajaj
Director-Marketing, Bajaj & Co.


Mr.Abhishek Chakraborty
Assistant Editor (School Editorial-Maths), Oxford University Press


Ms. Amrita Talwar
Senior Manager – Marketing, Harper Collins India


Ms. Ananya Bhatia
Assistant Acquisitions Editor (Commissioning – Global Academic Business), Oxford University Press


Ms. Anuradha Das Gupta
Manager – Education Marketing , Scholastic India


Ms. Anuradha Mukherjee
Assistant Manager – Marketing (Global Academic Business), Oxford University Press


Ms. Bidisha Srivastava
Senior Copy Editor & Backlist Manager (Editorial), Harper Collins India


Ms. Manisha Mathews
Sr. Manager (Commissioning), SAGE Publications


Ms. Mitia Osman Tisma
Director , Agamee Prakashani

Ms. Monika Negi
Manager Planning & Coordination (Marketing), Wiley India Pvt. Ltd.


Ms. Payal Malhotra
Head: Curriculum and implementation , Scholastic India


Ms. Priyadarshini Bhattacharya
National Product Manager (Marketing _ School Education), Oxford University Press


Ms. Rashi Mall Bhambri
Assistant Manager – Marketing, Harper Collins India


Ms. Sangeeta Das
Assistant Commissioning Editor (School Editorial-Hum., Soc) , Oxford University Press


Ms. Shilpa Saxena
Senior Manager – Digital Publishing (Editorial), Harper Collins India


Ms. Shreya Lall
Senior Editor (Editorial – Global Academic Business), Oxford University Press


Ms. Supriya Das
Asst. Manager (Commissioning), SAGE Publications


Ms.Akriti Singh
Editor (School Editorial-ELT), Oxford University Press


Ms.Vidhi Bhargava
Senior Editor, general books , Scholastic India

Abhinit Khanna
Business Manager and Creative Associate, Motherland Magazine


Aditya Goel
Director, Biblia Impex Pvt. Ltd.


Aldeena Raju
Editor, Orient BlackSwan


Anuj Puri
Editor, New Saraswati House India Pvt. Ltd.


Bhavana Singh
Editor/Designer, Freelancer


C.Gokul Kumar
Deputy Manager, HarperCollins Publishers India


Debasish Subudhi
Sr. Project Manager, MBD Group


Gurpreet Sharma
Editor, New Saraswati House India Pvt. Ltd.


Joeanna R Fernandes
Assistant Editor, The Times of India


Kshiti Bhanu Singh
Editor, New Saraswati House India Pvt. Ltd.

Kunal Jalali
Assistant Manager (Marketing – SSET), Orient Blackswan Private Limited


Lalit Gupta


Manasvi Vohra
Editor, Oxford University Press, India


Moutushi Mukherjee
Assistant Commissioning Editor (SSET), Orient Blackswan Private Limited


Parama Majumder
Sr. Editor, Macmillan Publishers India Pvt. Ltd


Parichay Jain
Sales Manager, Dev Publishers & Distributors


Parinay Jain
Sales Manager, Dev Publishers & Distributors


Prashant Pathak
President, PrimaDigi


Priyanka Khot
Project Editor–Digital, Oxford University Press India


Puja Sood
Executive Assistant, Editorial, Full Circle

Editorial, Orient Blackswan Private Limited


S.V. Shalini
Rights and Acquisitions Editor, Kalachuvadu Publications Pvt. Ltd.


Sachin Pandey
Marketing Manager, Springer (I) Pvt. Ltd.


Sahil Gupta
Director, V&S Publishers


Sarbani Mandal
Editor, Macmillan Publishers India Pvt. Ltd


Seema Gupta


Smriti Srivastava
Assistant Acquisitions Editor (STMM), Orient Blackswan Private Limited


Sreemoyee Sarkar
Sr. Editor, Macmillan Publishers India Pvt.


Tanvi Mangla
Editor, New Saraswati House India Pvt. Ltd.


Urvashi Yadav
Editor, New Saraswati House India Pvt. Ltd.

Aditi Maheshwari
Director, Copyrights and Translation, Vani prakashan


Ambili Anand
Senior Manager – Business Development, Penguin Books India Pvt Limited

Anant Misra
Assistant Commissiong Editor, History, Phil. & Religion, Oxford University Press Global Academic Publishing

Ananya Sharma
Editorial Assistant, Ratna Sagar Pvt Ltd

Anita Jalan
Manager, Dreamtech Press

Ankit Pahwa
Vendor Manager,Kobo Inc, India

Senior Copy Editor & Asst. Editor, FEEL Books Pvt. Ltd.

Bhavana Yadav
HOD, Dorling Kindersley Publishing Pvt Ltd

Devalina Mookerjee
Development Editor, Jadavpur University Press (Publications)

Dhruv Gupta
Production Executive, HarperCollins Publishers India ltd.

Divya Chawla
Product Manager- Marketing, Elsevier India

Senior Copy Editor & Asst. Editor, FEEL Books Pvt. Ltd.

Kuldeep Goyal
Director, Neelkanth Publishers Pvt. Ltd.

Assistant Director, National Book Trust, India

Lakshmi Rao
Sr.Editorial Manager,Dorling Kindersley Publishing Pvt Ltd

Lovleen Banga
Editorial Manager – Maths & Digital, Oxford University Press

Madhavi Singh
HOD, Dorling Kindersley Publishing Pvt Ltd

Madhula Banerji
Senior Editor, Literature & Trade, Oxford University Press Global Academic Publishing

Malavika Talukdar
HOD, Dorling Kindersley Publishing Pvt Ltd

Manjari Hooda
HOD, Dorling Kindersley Publishing Pvt Ltd

Mohammad Imranul Haque
Deputy Director, National Book Trust, India

Naval Verma
Associate Marketing Editor, Ratna Sagar Pvt Ltd

Pooja Yadav
Project Coordinator, Reed Elsevier, India


Priya Gupta
Asst Manager- Marketing, Elsevier India

Priyanka Sabarwal
Manager – Online Marketing, Penguin Books India Pvt Limited

Pulkit Ahuja
Marketing Editor, Ratna Sagar Pvt Ltd

Rajeev Chaudhry
Assistant Director, National Book Trust, India

Rashmi Verma
Planning & Co-ordination, Wiley

Richa Sharma
Manager – Online Marketing, Wiley

Ronak Shah
Partner, Navbharat Sahitya Mandir

Saishah Joseph
Oxford University Press Global Academic Publishing

Satadru Mukherjee
Marketing Manager, Scholastic India Pvt Ltd

Saurabh Pratap
DGM- Technical, Penguin Books India Pvt Limited

Shailee Chauhan
Sr Marketing Executive, Scholastic India Pvt Ltd

Suman Sharma
Associate Editor, Ratna Sagar Pvt Ltd

Vaarunya Bhalla
Senior Manager, Penguin Books India Pvt Limited

Vaishali Mathur
Executive Editor,Penguin Books India Pvt Limited

Managing the future in cooperation with IIM

Anoop Dewan
Director, Monograph Publishing ([email protected])

I am from New Delhi and have had the privilege excellent schooling and education. My lifetime desire is to complete a travel trip to Kailash Mansarovar and read more books. On a professional front, I am a professional trader and investments consultant. Over the last decade, I have earned my living as a financial broker and a trader of financial derivatives. Though, I started my work life trading books and importing technical standards for the automotive industry. I had decided back then, that I shall set up my own publishing enterprise when the time is right and I am absolutely ready to unleash myself with Monograph- my venture.

Arpan Sharman
Director, Nepalaya ([email protected])

I am a go-getter by nature. I work hard to the core to acquire anything significant. I come from a journalistic and publishing family. My father used to be a journalist and ran a daily newspaper and owned a small publishing house of his own. My initial interest in publishing comes from home. Though I was involved in the electronic media for a long time, print media in one form or the other has always been close to my heart.

Ganesh Venkatesan
Head – Electronic Production Department, Reed Elsevier India ([email protected])

I have 31 years of experience in managing operations in different industry sectors and also have experience in setting up sites from scratch, including formulating and implementing strategies, policies and workflows. Besides, I gained experience in the operational management of multi-functional teams and therefore can identify work that can be offshored to new sites as well as training needs for new work off-shored to the sites. I also have experience with hiring and retaining of talent with the lowest attrition rate over five years and I have brought on a culture of performance in the various organisations that I have worked for. Furthermore, I attended many training programmes, for example, Extraordinary Leader, Elsevier Management programme and L6S Champion.

Katherina Rapp
Personal Assistant to the CEO, Ausstellungs- und Messe GmbH des Börsenvereins des Deutschen Buchhandels ([email protected])

I have been working since 2012 as the Personal Assistant to the CEO of the Frankfurt Book Fair and support the Management in all strategic and relevant topics. Before that, I was a Project Manager at the Frankfurt Book Fair and have gained experiences in different projects as well as in contract design, contract management, reporting and general administration. I studied publishing and book trade management at the University of Applied Science in Leipzig, and finished in 2008 with my diploma thesis about eBooks. After that I spent 6 months working for Hurst, an independently owned non-fiction publisher in London. Originally, I started my career in the industry with vocational training as a bookseller in a small bookshop and worked afterwards for Thalia, one of the major German retailers. I am an open-minded, sociable, friendly and analytical person with strong organizational skills, good knowledge of the German publishing industry, general industry development, eBooks with keen interest in new developments, innovation, social media etc.

Leonard Jensan Fernandes
Director, CinnamonTeal Publishing ()

I am trained in Mechanical Engineering but all my corporate work experience has been in software development. Having spent 5 years in the US at BankOne, later JPMorganChase, having finished there as a Business Analyst, and having completed my MBA at the Ohio State University, I was almost desperate to start something of my own. In 2005, my wife and I founded dogearsetc.com, an online bookstore, inspired by my days as a student during which we bought second-hand books through Amazon Used Books, and later started CinnamonTeal Publishing- a provider of self-publishing services. Through these two organizations, as also through Publishing Next [an annual conference on publishing we organize each September], we seek to explore how the boundaries of publishing can be further pushed to realize its potential, both to make books accessible and that too in a way that the reader prefers. After work I enjoy reading, watching sports on television and playing with our two dogs.

Mandira Sen
Director, Stree-Samya ([email protected])

I had eight years of education in the UK, ending with an MA in Area Studies, South Asia, University of London, and returned to India in 1970. Two years later, married, I accompanied my husband to Boston, where he was a PHD student at MIT and I started at the bottom of the publishing industry, as a receptionist and general dogsbody, then editorial assistant (Little, Brown), and copyeditor (Houghton Mifflin). We returned to Kolkata in 1978 and I found a job at Orient Longman as their regional editor. It was a valuable experience for me, getting adjusted to India and to new ways of working. In 1984, I started to publish on my own, first in ‘Mandira’ (children’s books and social sciences), and then in 1990 the joint venture with the Bhatkals of Popular Prakashan started: ‘Bhatkal and Sen’, two imprints, Stree (women’s studies), in Bengali and in English; Samya (1996) to publish on social change, caste, writings of dalits, giving social sciences a radical twist. We are based in Kolkata, are six people, and publish high quality books, about ten new ones, and reprint about 6 old ones every year.

Manish Purohit
Chief Executive, Popular Prakashan ([email protected])

I have over nineteen years of experience at senior management positions in media, entertainment, education and publishing domains. I have undertaken assignments in Indian and multinational organisations, start-ups and established environments, across a multitude of formats (online, mobile, print, e-books and electronic) and languages (English and other Indian languages). My experience spans strategic and operational responsibilities, setting up businesses and collaborating in multi-cultural environments. I have worked with leading brands in setting up and building business in South Asia. I have worked with The Times Group, Business Standard, Encyclopaedia Britannica and Disney Publishing Worldwide in his previous assignments. Presently I am the Chief Executive of one of India’s leading book publishing house, Popular Prakashan. I am excited about digital developments and the immense avenues it opens in publishing and education. I am a graduate in science and have a post graduate degree in management. I live in Gurgaon, India.

Naresh Kumar Khanna
Managing Director, IPP Catalog Publications ([email protected])

One of midnight’s children- born in Bombay in 1949, grew up in Delhi and New York. Anti-war and anti-racist activist, publicist, computer programmer IBM 360, engineering and arts student. Summer jobs as messenger and printer and fisherman. An anti-war movement printer in the 1960’s. Printer, bookshop staff in Manhattan. Returned to India in the 1970’s. Learnt Hindi at the Max Mueller Bhavan. Worked for Thomson Press and Mehta Offset Works. Wrote post emergency book “The Miracle of Democracy in India” published by Interprint. From 1979 onward, ethical technical consultant to the periodical publishing and print industry. Participated in developing computerized typesetting for Indian scripts. Founded Indian Printer and Publisher B2B magazine in April 1979.Consultant to Thomson Press, Tata Press, Malayala Manorama, Unicef India, Unicef Bangladesh and many others. Visiting faculty at IDC, IIT Powaii. Owned bookshop in Chandigarh. Living with an extremely outspoken woman political journalist since 1984. Organised technical and user conferences since 1994. In 2001 founded IppStar and conducted research and wrote the subscription based 2003 IppStar Survey Report on the Indian Printing Industry. Founded packaging B2B magazine in 2007. Research presentations USA 2007; India 2010; Germany 2012.

Ritu Sharma
Publishing Manager, Reed Elsevier ([email protected])

Telling about myself always interests me as I believe if you know yourself well, then you can understand the world better. I am quite passionate, sometimes over passionate, about whatever I handle which is within my area of interest. I love to meet and interact with people. I like accepting challenges. As professional, I am a hard core publisher; love to see my books selling like hot cakes. I thoroughly enjoy my work and am passionate about each and every process associated with book publishing. I like to experiment on new products; love to get feedback and suggestions and I like to travel and see the world.

Sahil Gupta
Director, V&S Publishers ([email protected])

I would like to introduce myself as a young, dynamic publishing professional who intends to make a contribution to the publishing world and society at a large through the only thing he knows well, and that is publishing good quality books for the layman. Personally, I am a very sensitive yet practical person who loves hanging out with family and friends. I am a big foodie and very fond of music and writing.

Sakshi Jain
Art Director, Katha ([email protected])

A Visual Communications Designer, I graduated from National Institute of Design in 2008, with specialization in Animation Film Design. Colours are my joys and sorrows, just like that of light. I aspire to be a better storyteller every day. Different mediums of communication fascinate me. My love for children’s books is borne from the fact that it brings art, literature and children together. Over the years, I have had the pleasure of writing and illustrating for children, working on television content, making an awareness animation film for rural Gujarat, doing projects with contemporary and regional artists from India and abroad, leading international searches for excellence in illustrations, setting up bookshops, drawing marketing and publishing strategies, doing workshops with children and adults, interacting and working with underserved communities of Delhi – the list is long and varied. And this time right now is that of infinite possibilities. I revel in the process, and rejoice in the fact that the end of each book is the beginning of another, whether you are creating or reading. I make children’s books to celebrate the multicultural linguistic diversity we live in.

Sameer Suresh Mahale
DGM Sales, Harper Collins Publishers India ([email protected])

I was born and brought up in Nasik. I graduated from BMCC, Pune and did my MBA from NIM College in Pune University. I have a total experience of 12 years in book publishing, 10 years at Mumbai and the last 2 years in Delhi. Currently, I am head of Sales at Harper Collins India. I will be completing 7 years of service at Harper Collins India next month.

Shabnam Sudha Srivastava
Manager: Sales & Marketing, German Book Office ([email protected])

Having been a student of literature and media studies, publishing has been an area of more than just interest. After a short stint with Leo-Burnett India, I shifted to Random House India as a Publicist. Drawing campaign strategies, social media activations, promotional events, communication and relationship management are skills I honed while in my erstwhile position. Wishing to swim the big seas and to actually learn the groundwork, I took to a Sales & Marketing position at the German Book Office India. I love the digital ‘revolution, so to say, in publishing and hope to meet and learn more as the changes takeover.

Shantanu Ray Chaudhuri
Managing Editor, Harper Collins Publishers India ([email protected])

I am a commerce and finance person who made a shift to editorial at the age of 33. After my PG in commerce & ICWA, I worked in finance & accounts in many organisations. I shifted to media & publishing after a course in mass communication from XIC, Mumbai. I joined publishing in 2001/2002 as proofreader and have moved up to managing editor. I have written two books which have been published: ‘Whims’ (a book of poems) and ‘Icons from Bollywood’ (Penguin Books). At Harper Collins India, I manage the editorial schedule and commission books, primarily books on cinema – two of which have won National Awards for Best-Book on Cinema.

Supreeth Sudhakaran
Associate Editor, Haymarket Media India ([email protected])

I am a journalist with five years of experience working with print publications and dot coms. I have worked in various capacities in leading media houses such as Planman Media, Dainik Bhaskar and Indian Express, among several others. I am a lover of the new generation cinema, especially Malayalam, Tamil and Hindi.

Suresh Goyal, Director
Goyal Brothers Prakashan ([email protected])

Publishing is our family business and Goyal Brothers Prakashan’s market status bears testimony to this. I am a science graduate from Delhi University and joined the family business two decades ago. I am looking after the editorial and printing activities of Goyal Brothers Prakashan. We have over 700 titles in circulation. I am involved in all pre-press work of the organization and I am responsible for all product profiles. We have been the pioneers in bringing out curriculum based books as and when required as per specific time schedule.

Vijitha Yapa
Chairman, Vijitha Yapa Publications ([email protected])

I am a journalist since 1965 and the director of the first full length feature film ‘Fridom’ in the pidgin language in Papua New Guinea. I worked with Himmat Weekly in Mumbai from 1972-75 as Administration Manager. Then I became a freelance journalist with articles and photographs appearing in many well-known international publications including The Times UK, Gulf News Dubai, Far Eastern Economic Review Hong Kong, International Herald Tribune, Asian Wall Street Journal, etc. I am also an author of four books on Sri Lanka and the Maldives, published in Singapore and Hong Kong. Besides, I am the founder editor of three national newspapers in Sri Lanka. Currently, I am the President of Sri Lanka Book Publishers’ Association and Vice President of Asia Pacific Publishers Association. My books have been in publication since 1991 and have published nearly 400 books. Currently, I am also the Chairman and Managing Director of the Vijitha Yapa Group of Companies which includes 12 bookshops, a Public Relations Company and Sri Lanka’s largest subscription agency while the publishing arm is the largest publisher of books in English in Sri Lanka.

Amit Abrol
General Manager – Finance and Commercial, Harper Collins Publishers India Ltd.

Amit is a chartered Accountant by profession and has been working in the publishing industry since 1999. He has had very a satisfying experience in the industry and has worked for several publishers in the past such as Sage Publications, Penguin, Parragon and Hachette.

Amit Sharma
DGM – Production, Harper Collins Publishers India Ltd.

Amit is a printing technologist by profession with over 10 years of experience in the book and newspaper manufacturing industry. He has handled various roles like press room operations, production coordination, quality assurance, managing press units and buying print services. He holds a B-Tech in Printing Technologies from Guru Jambheshwar University and as of 2012 is in his final semester of M. Tech in Print and Graphic Communication. He is also on the panel as a guest lecturer with two universities for teaching courses in printing technology.

Anil Kumar Pandey
Executive Director, Cambridge University Press India Pvt. Ltd.

After completing his graduation in commerce from Calcutta University & PGDCA, Anil joined the publishing industry as a sales trainee. Although he joined the industry by default he has enjoyed working in the industry since the very beginning and as of 2012 has spent 21 years in the publishing industry. He is always eager to learn about new trends in publishing and generally keep himself updated about industry news. Anil looks after the business of Cambridge University Press in Western and Southern India and also leads the journal team.

Ankur Verma
Financial Management and Control, Diamond Publication

Born and brought up in a publishing family, Ankur is fascinated by the world of books. He is involved in the financial management and distribution of products for the family owned publication. Ankur also loves to travel around the world, meeting and sharing experiences of different people and lands.

Ankush Goyal
Director – Online Publishing Division, Goyal Brothers Prakashan

Ankur is a qualified business management professional from Sydney, Australia and works in his family owned publication. His primary involvement is in the group’s strategic planning and he oversees the production of all the group publications and also leads the organisations new product development team. His focus is also to implement the industry’s best practices in all areas of operations like production, editorial, logistics, etc.

Dr. Devashree Chattopadhyay
Vice-President Publishing, Cambridge University Press India Pvt. Ltd.

Deepa received her Masters and Doctoral degrees in Applied Linguistics and Teaching of English as a Second Language from the State University of New York at Stony Brook. Soon after, she went on to teach the same at California State University in Sacramento for 2 years. She then returned to India and took up publishing as a career. Although her main focus in publishing has been in the editorial department, her interest remains in providing well-planned books to learners of English in India, both at the school level as well as adult learners.

Gadicherla Siddhartha
Product Manager, Harper Collins Publishers India Ltd.

Gadicherla has been in the book industry for the last 16 years. Since 2009 he has been working as a Product Manager with Harper Collins in Delhi. He manages the P/L for UK titles in India, either as a reprint or as import.

Gaurav Goyle
General Manager – Sales, Ratna Sagar P. Ltd.

Gaurav is a fun loving person who likes interacting with people. He has a keen interest in marketing and receive his MBA in sales and marketing. He started his career with Scholastic Inc. which coincided with the company’s inception in India and played a key role in setting up the company’s operations. Currently he is leading the sales team of Ratna Sagar and his job includes sales, market development, promotion etc.

Gopalakrishna K.
General Manager – Marketing, Prism Books Pvt. Ltd.

Gopalakrishna, a graduate in the Sciences with a Masters in Marketing from BVB, started his career in the Pharma industry as a Management Trainee in 1994. Since then he has worked in number of different industries like Pharma, Financial Services, FMCG and Print industry. In 2005, with a background in marketing diversified products and strong affinity towards books and education, Gopalakrishna decided to join Prism Books as a Marketing Manager. He strongly believes that hard work and ethics are key to making a successful career path.

Jitender Nangia
National Marketing Manager – Academic, Cambridge University Press India Pvt. Ltd.

Although born and brought up in Delhi, Jitender feels his roots are in Punjab. After finishing his schooling and college in Delhi Jitender joined the publishing industry and has been part of the industry ever since. He has worked for various types of publishers ranging from children’s’ books to specialized medical books. In 2009 he joined Cambridge University Press (CUP) as National Marketing Manager and is responsible for sales & promotion of both CUP & WSP Academic list.

Limajungla Rongsen
Asst. Publishing Manager, Cambridge University Press India Pvt. Ltd.

Limajungla describes herself as is a sincere, hardworking and solution-oriented publisher at Cambridge University Press. She is always open to new ideas from her colleagues and team members and embraces change. She also enjoys mentoring fresher’s who are keen to learn more about the publishing industry.

Loganathan Govindan
National Sales Manager, Higher Education & PTG, Pearson Education

Loganathan has been in the publishing industry for over 15 years and has worked his way up from an entry level position the position of National Sales Manager which he currently holds. One of the most fulfilling aspects about his job is to devise sales strategies and demonstrate how one can use sales & business development activities to increase market share. He enjoys the challenges involved in developing good client relations and thrives under pressure. His main strengths are his ability to lead and motivate teams to deliver on their targets.

Manish Verma
Director – Publishing and Marketing, Diamond Publication

As a 3rd generation publisher, Manish got introduced in the creative world of publishing quite early and naturally. He loves the feeling of working together with authors and other creative people to create new characters and stories, and entertaining the country through the medium of with books, comics and magazines. He is looking forward to spearheading the challenge of innovating and adapting to new technologies and deliver content through new mediums and platforms.

Pankaj Kumar Jhunjhunwala
Director, E-Edit Infotech Pvt. Ltd.

Pankaj is an entrepreneur and before venturing into the world of digital publishing services, he was already involved in a real estate business. He uses his commercial awareness and business strategy acumen to help drive the company’s goals forward. He holds a MBA from Cardiff University along with a second Diploma in Real Estate management.

Raghunandan Malik
Senior Manager – Marketing, Eastern Book Company

Raghunandan is a MBA graduate from National University of Singapore and Vanderbilt University. He has worked on number of assignments at several MNC’s including The Economist Group in Singapore and Nashville Public Television in USA where he gained substantial experience in the publishing industry. He later joined the EBC Group of Companies as Senior Manager (Marketing). At EBC, he currently handles strategic planning and execution, systems development, exports, and marketing of internet and print products among other activities.

Shivani Chandra Garg
Commissioning Editor, PHI Learning Private Limited

Shivani is a senior editor with PHI Learning and has more than a decade of editing experience. She is responsible for the administration of publishing process and techniques of publishing books in various formats.

Akhil Goyal
G.M. – Marketing, Goyal Brothers Prakashan

Akhil Goyal is a qualified publishing professional and has led his company’s market penetration efforts in Africa, Middle East, South East Asia and India and has tailor-made over 100 publications for these territories. He is involved in strategic planning, budgeting, forecasting and reviewing business projections. Akhil has played a stellar role in business promotions, recoveries and reducing overhead expenses. His company has been involved in an e-testing portal called Testlabz.com for educational boards across India

Alaham Anil Kumar
Director – Circulation, Sales & Marketing, Creative Work Limited

Alaham Anil Kumar did his schooling in Bangalore High School and attended college in SSMRV Bangalore. After graduating from college, he joined The India Today Group in March 1997 as a Sales officer and went on to become Area Sales Manager. In 2008, he joined Creative Work Limited as Director – Circulation, Sales and Marketing to launch what has become Asia’s number one literary magazine Asia Literary Review. The experience of setting up distribution, sales and marketing activities worldwide has been an enriching experience for Anil.

Anil Ahlawat
CEO, MTG Books

Anil Ahlawat is B.E. Civil, MBA Finance and has been in this industry since 1992. He is into educational publishing, reaching out to school students and also preparing aspiring engineers and doctors. MTG Books publishes India’s largest-selling monthly educational magazines for students, namely ‘Mathematics Today’, ‘Chemistry Today’, ‘Physics for You’ and ‘Biology Today’.

Anil Kumar Shah
Director, BSP Books Pvt. Ltd.

Anil Kumar Shah has a B.Sc. and B.L.I.S. from Osmania University. In 1985 he joined the Book Syndicate, now a unit of Shah Book House (P) Ltd. One of the oldest reputed book stockists and suppliers, their customers include all major R&D labs, universities and higher learning institutions. In 1999 they started their publishing programme, now called BSP Books Pvt. Ltd. BSP Books publishes textbooks and reference books on areas including engineering, technology, mathematics and science.

Ankit Gupta
Director, Good Luck Publishers Limited

Ankit Gupta is the Director of Good Luck Publishers Limited. Schooling from Lawrence School Sanawar and a BA (Hons) in Print Media Management from the London College of Communication have moulded him into a flexible and on-time performer. Ankit loves to meet people from different environments. He believes that the need of the hour is to create globally aware citizens and that there is no such thing as the impossible – if we do our homework well, we can always crack it.

Biju Ganesan
Tata McGraw Hill Education, Marketing Manager

Biju Ganesan was born in Kerala. He did his schooling in Chennai and his graduation (B.Sc. Ed-PCM) and MBA at the University of Mysore. Although he was trained to be a teacher, he eventually found his calling in the publishing industry. Tata McGraw-Hill gave him his first and only job to date – he started there in 1999 as a sales representative and is now the Marketing Manager. The opportunity to rotate between departments has enabled him to look at publishing in a holistic way.

Chandra Sekhar Ramachandruni
Executive Publisher: Professional, Tata McGraw-Hill Education Private Limited

Chandra Sekhar Ramachandruni leads publishing initiatives for the Professional Division of Tata McGraw-Hill Education. He has been with Tata McGraw-Hill for 12 years and has published over 350 trade business, science and technology and computing titles. A graduate in History from Delhi University, he holds a Diploma in Marketing and Advertising from Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan and an MBA from IMT-DLP. He is an enthusiastic golfer and loves reading.

Debarshi Mandal
Consultant, Tata Consultancy Services

Debarshi Mandal holds a B.E. degree from Bengal Engineering College and has over 11 years of IT industry experience. He is currently working as Presales Lead for the Publishing and Information Services segment under the Media and Information Services industry vertical within TCS. Working in this industry vertical for more than ten years, Debarshi has helped win customers and successfully completed DD discovery and information architecture for several huge initiatives.

Koushik Chakraborty
Tata Consultancy Services, Senior Consultant

Koushik Chakraborty is currently working as Client Partner for a large US-based trading book company. He has 15 years of experience in the industry (with Tata Consultancy Services), including seven years in the publishing domain. Koushik was also fundamental in establishing TCS as an innovation partner for its customers, providing many cutting-edge digital and cloud solutions in the digital publishing domain.

Krishan Chopra
Chief Editor& Publisher, Harper Collins Publishers India

Krishan Chopra began his career as a journalist with The Times of India in 1978, saw the corporate side of things at Wimco and later at Penguin Books; and now Harper Collins have made good use of these learnings for some good, in-depth non-fiction and business titles. As a person born and bred in Delhi, Krishan says the changing face of the city, its evolution and challenges are fascinating from the perspective of the ordinary citizen.

Lipika Bhushan
Marketing manager (Head of Department), Harper Collins Publishers India

Eight years of work experience after completing her MBA in Marketing and Sales have helped Lipika Bhushan evolve not only as a professional but also as a person. Her career in Brand Consultancy and then White Goods gave her an opportunity to work closely with sales teams and across industries.

N Krishnan Sreeram
Assistant Regional Manager, Cambridge University Press India (P) Ltd.

N Krishnan Sreeram loves Carnatic music and meeting people. He follows a self-learning approach and believes in teamwork. He loves creating business plans and strategies and working towards challenging responsibilities.

Naman Choudhary
General Manager – Finance & Accounts, Cambridge University Press India (P) Ltd.

Naman Choudhary is a chartered accountant by profession and has more than six years of work experience. He graduated in management from DAVV, Indore.

Naroor Sri Krishna
Director Sales & Operations, Harper Collins Publishers India

Naroor Sri Krishna graduated from Osmania University in 1991 with a B.Sc. in Maths, Physics and Chemistry. He has more than 16 years of experience in publishing within sales, marketing and operations, having worked with several reputed international publishers. He was awarded the “Best Performer Award” by Pearson Education at their pan-Asia conference held in Bali in 2000.

Naveen Rajlani
Vice President – School Division, Pearson Education

Naveen Rajlani is 38 years old and has 16 years of work experience. Naveen joined Pearson Education in 1999 and started the School Division in 2000. He was able to successfully establish the business and now leads a team of more than 100 people. His interests include travelling, theatre and adventure sports. He is also part of the Pearson cricket team.

Neeraj Jain
Director – Finance and Operations, Scholastic India

Neeraj Jain is a qualified chartered accountant and has also done two certificate courses at the Institute of Management Accountants, USA. He has over 15 years of work experience during which he worked in media, direct marketing and publishing. He currently works as Director of Finance and Operations which involves heading Scholastic’s school sales, operations and finance.

Paul Vinay Kumar
Editorial Director, Westland Ltd.

Paul Vinay Kumar stumbled into publishing quite by chance. After completing an MA in Political Science from the Central University of Hyderabad, he heard that Penguin Books was looking for an editor. Today, he heads the publishing operations for Westland Ltd. as Editorial Director.

Piyush Kumar
Director, Prabhat Prakashan & Ocean Books

Piyush Kumar has an MBA from National Productivity Council, New Delhi and an LLB from Agra University. Since Piyush joined Prabhat Prakashan in 2005, they have published more than 150 books every year for the masses at low prices. They got ISO 9001:2000 certified in 2006 for quality publishing, a first in Hindi publishing.

Prateek Dhanuka
General Manager – North India, Cambridge University Press

Prateek Dhanuka has a PBDGM from the Institute of Productivity and Management, Lucknow. He joined CUP in 2001 as Assistant Manager – Sales. He has always been a people’s man, very strongly believes in the policy of teamwork and always makes decisions in conjunction with the team.

Rajdeep Mukherjee
Sales & Marketing Director, Harvard Business School Publishing India Pvt. Ltd.

A Commerce graduate from Delhi University, Rajdeep Mukherjee was born and brought up in Delhi. Working as a sales and marketing professional with 20 years of experience in publishing, he has been associated with successfully setting up two reputed international publishing houses in South Asia in the past 13 years, along with the launch of a very prestigious list of Indian authors through Picador India.

Rajeevan Karal
Senior Vice-President, Publishing, Cambridge University Press

Rajeevan Karal had a 30-year-long exciting teaching career before he joined the publishing industry in 2003. More than half his teaching career was with the English and Foreign Languages University in Hyderabad, and his entire stint in publishing has been with Cambridge University Press India. He is directly responsible for managing the publishing done from the India branch.

Ravi Deecee
Chief Executive Officer, DC Books/EC Media International

Ravi Deecee is the CEO of DC Books, Chief Facilitator of DC School of Management and Technology, promoter of EC Media (International) Pvt. Ltd., and the Managing Director of Current Books India Pvt. Ltd. Ravi’s innovative ideas and the expertise he inherited from his father, Late Shri D.C. Kizhakemuri, have helped DC books and its associated firms scale greater heights through expansion and diversification.

Sachin Suresh Shah
Partner, Tech max Publications

Sachin Shah is an electronics engineer from University of Pune. He started his own publication in engineering in 1997. Today, his company has more than 1000 titles for students of various technical universities in India.

Sanjoy Roy
Vice-President – Marketing, Cambridge University Press

Sanjoy Roy has an Executive Masters in International Trade from IIFT and a postgraduate degree in Business Management from University of Calcutta with a specialization in Marketing. He has more than 20 years of experience.

Sayoni Basu
Director, ACK Media

Sayoni Basu is one of those lucky people who get paid for doing what they really like doing! She studied English Literature at Presidency College, Calcutta, and medieval English and French literature at University College, Oxford. Sayoni taught briefly at Oxford and Brabourne College, Calcutta, before joining publishing in the expectation that it would be all about free books and free coffee. She is primarily an editor and creating an interesting book gives her a complete thrill.

Shobhna S. Kumar
Director, Queer Ink

Shobhna S. Kumar worked as a social worker for over 20 years and changed careers in 2009 to concentrate on providing a platform for non-mainstream publications. During her consultation projects within the LGBTQI communities in India, she found that these communities did not have access to literature on queer issues and themes. She therefore developed Queer Ink as a social enterprise, whereby the online e-commerce site would be used to earn revenue to sustain the publishing and marketing of non-mainstream literature.

Sonavi Desai
Publisher and Editor, Indus Source Books

Sonavi Desai is a writer, editor and publisher based in Mumbai. In 2003 she founded Indus Source Books, a publishing enterprise with a focus on spiritual literature, which she started by writing ‘Spiritual Masters: Sai Baba’ on the saint of Shirdi. Indus Source has since grown into a niche publishing house and publishes a few titles each year in the areas of spirituality, history and Indian culture.

Subimal De
Senior Consultant, Tata Consultancy Services

Subimal De has an M.Tech in Electrical Engineering from IIT Kharagpur. Subimal joined TCS after college as a developer. Today, he manages the complete delivery of the McGraw-Hill account with full responsibility of customer satisfaction, account revenue, cost and associate satisfaction.

Sugat Jain
Director IT, Ratna Sagar P Ltd.

Sugat Jain has a Master of Science degree from the University of Texas at Austin, USA. He also did research at AT&T Research Labs in New Jersey for a year. Sugat is glad to have joined the publishing industry and to be a part of the big change that is happening. He hopes to be able to make the best use of his technology background when technology is overhauling publishing.

Sumita Roy
Head – Language Publishing, Rights and Contracts, Pearson Education

Sumita Roy is a commerce graduate from Delhi University and joined Pearson Education in 2003. She took over the contracts department in 2007 and ventured into rights selling in 2008. In 2009 she noticed there existed a good market for Pearson’s titles in Indian languages and Pearson entered the vernacular market. Pearson translated some of the bestsellers into Hindi, Marathi, Tamil ad Bengali in the first year and expanded the list in 2010.




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