Goafest to be back, from April 7 to 9, 2022

13 Dec,2021

By Our Staff


The Indian marketing ecosystem’s premier event Goafest 2022 has announced its 15th edition. The event presented by the Advertising Agencies Association of India and The Advertising Club will be held in Goa from April 7 to 9, 2022


The three-day grand event will be helmed by Jaideep Gandhi as Chairman of the Goafest 2022 Organising Committee. Havas India chief Rana Barua has been elected Chairman of the Awards Governing Council for ABBY Awards 2022.


Anupriya Acharya

Speaking about the 15th edition of Goafest,  Anupriya Acharya, President, AAAI, said: “Goafest is the definitive festival for the advertising, media and marketing industry in the sub-continent. This time the festival is coming after a gap of two years and so one can imagine the anticipation the industry professionals will have! We also expect a lot of first timers this time given a lot of new young talent has joined in these two years. Goafest 2022 will be a good platform to celebrate our industry’s resilience as well as the potential.” On  Jaideep Gandhi’s appointment as the Chairman, she further added, “Jaideep is a seasoned industry professional with vast experience on Goafest. Certainly, it will translate into a delightful and engaging festival experience for all.”


Partha Sinha

Partha Sinha

Said Partha Sinha, President, The Advertising Club and President, Times of India said, “The return of Abby and Goafest not only mark the return of normalcy in the advertising, marketing and media landscape of India but it also underlines the reason for which most of like this profession – the celebration of excellence. The Abby is the highest honour in this country for excellence and we wanted to ensure that we bring the big one back with all its glory. We have used the hiatus to our advantage and the award will witness some big forward movements in this Goafest. Watch this space for more details.” On Rana Barua’s appointment as the Chairman, he added, “Rana has first-hand experiences of organising and winning both creative and media awards. His experience will be hugely beneficial as the Chairman of the Award Governing Council. It’s a complex job and we had to entrust the right person with that job.”


Jaideep Gandhi

Jaideep Gandhi

Added Gandhi: “It’s the illustrious return of Goafest 2022, with its 15th edition, where recognition, innovation, collaboration and celebration all happen under the same sky. Ensuring all safety protocols that’re necessary in a post-pandemic world, I believe it’s time for the industry to rediscover the power, joy and magic of connecting once again in the real world. I’m grateful to the previous Chairmen Mr Nakul Chopra and Mr Ashish Bhasin for the learnings I received from them and thankful to the President of AAAI – Ms. Anupriya Acharya for her continuous support and encouragement.”


Rana Barua

Speaking about the forthcoming Abby Awards, Rana Barua, Group CEO, Havas Group India and Vice President, The Advertising Club and AGC Chairman, said, “After two extremely tough years for the industry, I am extremely happy to say that Abby is back. The Abby has always been recognised as the best in creativity for our industry and winning Abby will continue to be an inspiration and motivation for the new generation of marketers, agencies and brand custodians. Since the period of entries will be from February 16, 2019 to February 15, 2021, I encourage all to come forward and celebrate their best work.”


The Awards Governing Committee for ABBY’s Awards includes:

1. Rana Barua, (AGC Chairman), Group CEO, Havas Group India

2. Jaideep Gandhi, (Chairman – Goafest Organising Committee), Founder, Another Idea

3. Partha Sinha, President, Times of India

4. Shashi Sinha, CEO-India, IPG Mediabrands

5. Ajay Kakar, Chief Marketing Officer, Aditya Birla Capital Limited

6. Ajay Chandwani, Managing Committee Member, The Advertising Club

7. Malcom Raphael, Senior Vice-President, Times Response

8. Anupriya Acharya, CEO South Asia, Publicis Groupe

9. Prasanth Kumar, CEO-South Asia, GroupM Media (India) Pvt. Ltd.

10. Sam Balsara, Chairman and Managing Director, Madison Communications Pvt. Ltd.

11. Rohit Ohri, Group Chairman & CEO, FCB Group India

12. Hephzibah Pathak, Vice Chairperson & Chief Client Officer India, Ogilvy & Mather Pvt. Ltd.

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