‘PowerBrands Rising Stars 2012-13’ launched in Dubai

DUBAI — Business tycoons, bollywood icons, celebrities and socialites from India and the UAE descended on the Jumeirah Emirates Towers to witness the launch of ‘PowerBrands Rising Stars 2012-13’ at the PowerBrands International event on Wednesday.

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Published: Fri 31 Aug 2012, 11:13 PM

Last updated: Tue 7 Apr 2015, 2:35 PM

An initiative by Planman Media, the PowerBrands Signature Series event was supported by Shaikh Nahyan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research.

On his behalf, Reem Ibrahim Al Hashimi, Minister of State, graced the evening as the chief guest. Special guests included Mohammed Ahmed bin Abdulaziz Al Shehhi, under secretary, UAE Ministry of Economy, M.K.Lokesh, Indian Ambassador to the UAE and Sanjay Verma, Consul General of India in Dubai.

Prof. Arindam Chaudhuri, Editor-in-Chief Planman Media and Honorary Director IIPM Think Tank, said: “It was amazing to have some of the fastest growing brands and their brand leaders at the event. The event celebrated the coming-of-age-of Indian brands and the steady gains that they have made in the global market-place. These remarkably gripping brands represent the changing face of contemporary India. On behalf of the entire Planman Group, I congratulate all the brands that are a part of the book. I wish luck and success to the brand guardians. The event also marks the launch of one of our most ambitious projects ‘PowerBrands - Middle East’. We are confident that like in India, PowerBrands - MiddleEast too will rise to become the brand bible of the region.”

Deepak Kaistha, chief executive officer, PowerBrands, said: “The event was a great success both in terms of achieving the objective of celebrating the brands as well as that of encouraging brands form both our country and from across the globe, in order to elevate the brand playing field to a new level of creativity and innovation. It was also a proud moment to be present at the launch of PowerBrands -Middle East, a project that we are very excited about! I also take this opportunity to thank the great city of Dubai and its people for the tremendous warmth and generosity with which they have greeted us.”

The event was attended by Paras Shahdadpuri, chairman, Nikai Group of Companies; Rizwan Sajan, chairman, Danube Group; Dr Ram Buxani, President, ITL Cosmos; Anirudh Dhoot, director, Videocon; Dr Rana Kapoor, founder managing director and CEO, Yes Bank; D. Shivakumar, senior vice-president (Sales) India, Middle East and Africa Region, Nokia; Rajeev Kakar, CEO, Dunia Finance; Kulwant Singh, MD, Lama Tours; Yogesh Mehta, managing director, Petrochem Middle East; Avi Bhojani, CEO of Bates PanGulf; Vandana Luthra, founder, VLCC; Uma Ghosh Deshpande, founder Queen Bee Production; Vasu Shroff, founder chairman, Regal Group of Companies; Sanjeev Agarwal, Al Habtoor Group, amongst many others. Backed by their rich experience, some of these renowned personalities shared their views on the Indian and UAE markets.

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