IAA Young Turks Forum to host Nihal Kaviratne

09 May,2014

By A Correspondent


The International Advertising Association (IAA) India Chapter has announced its next important initiative – IAA Young Turks Forum – which is focused on young executives who are keen to interact and learn from industry leaders. This will be a bi-monthly series and for the inaugural one, Nihal Kaviratne, CBE, Chairman, Akzo Nobel India has agreed to meet the young professionals to address as well as mentor them. Nihal Kaviratne will initially present an analysis of consumption trends in Asia and then interact with the audience on leadership in turbulent times.


The series will be held on Tuesday, May 13 at 5 pm at the Hall of Harmony, Nehru Centre, Worli. HBO South Asia is the Presenting Partner for IAA Young Turks Forum.


Kaviratne was cited in the Queen’s 2004 New Year Honours List in the UK and was awarded as the Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (CBE) for services to UK business interests and for sustainable development in Indonesia. In January 2004, he moved from being Chairman of Unilever Indonesia to a regional role in the Unilever Asia Business Group based in Singapore as Senior Vice President – Development & Environmental Affairs. In January 2005, he assumed additional responsibility as Chairman of Unilever’s US$2.5 billion Home & Oral Care business in Asia.


Today, Kaviratne is Director of DBS Group & Bank, StarHub, Singapore Airport Terminal Services Limited (SATS), Wildlife Reserves Singapore, GlaxoSmithKline Pharmaceuticals Limited. He is a member of the Governing Board of Bombay Mothers & Children Welfare Society.


Srinivasan K. Swamy

Srinivasan K. Swamy, President, IAA India Chapter & Vice President Development Asia/Pacific region of IAA said, “IAA has been thinking of doing something for young executives who are the backbone of industry tomorrow. With the launch of IAA Young Turks Forum, we hope to fill this gap. We are delighted to have someone like Nihal Kaviratne who has rich global experience to be our guest at the inaugural IAA Young Turks Forum series. We are sure young professionals will take full opportunity to learn from his insights on whatever he expounds.”


Manish Advani, Head – Marketing and Public Relations, Mahindra Special Services Group, who is also Chair of the IAA Young Turks Forum series added, “The IAA Young Turks Forum is a unique effort to bring together international gurus and young professionals face-to-face. We are confident in presenting top notch leaders every two months to this young audience”.


Meanwhile, in an attempt to generate interest in the topic, the IAA (India Chapter) has invited Young Turks to send their thoughts on “Asia, Who’s Consuming” or “Leadership in Turbulent Times” in about 500 words to iaaindiachapter@gmail.com. The chosen best article will win a Nokia cellphone along with a Certificate from the International Advertising Association.


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