Jury Members

Car Jury

Siddharth Vinayak Patankar
Siddharth Vinayak Patankar
Editor - Auto, NDTV Group & Director, World Car Awards

Award winning senior financial correspondent, primetime news anchor and Editor-Auto for the NDTV Group, Siddharth has worn many hats, and also conceived and heads all the automobile programming at the network. In the past he has also spearheaded India's biggest annual auto quiz, the Mahindra AQ. Siddharth is also now a Director on the Steering Committee for the prestigious World Car Awards (the first from India or Asia), and has served on that jury since 2010.

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Aditya Patel
Aditya Patel
Racer

One of Indias brightest young racers, Aditya has already made waves in the Indian motorsport arena. With several titles to his name, Aditya has been Audis only Indian driver in the ADAC GT Masters Series in Europe. He has also competed in the Polo Cup, Scirocco Cup, 24 Hours of Nrburgring and various national and international karting and racing championships. More recently, Aditya finished 2nd overall in the prestigious Blancpain GT Series in Asia. Aditya remains our youngest juror!

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Gul Panag
Gul Panag
Actor & Automobile Enthusiast

Known as much for being an auto enthusiast and biker, as her silver-screen avatar, Gul Panag, is now a familiar face in the motoring scene. Gul has been a regular juror with CNB since 2010. She has participated in the Polo Cup and is a regular at global auto events like motor shows or the Le Mans 24 Hours. Shes also a licensed pilot and the first Asian woman to test drive a Formula E car. Gul also makes a number of adventure trips in her 4X4 and loves biking on the weekends.

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Jens Meiners
Jens Meiners
Motoring Journalist & Vice-Chair, World Car Awards

Splitting his time between Germany and in New York, Jens is one of the foremost international motor journalists. Jens has covered the automotive industry from the business, product and technological perspective for the past 17 years. He writes for a number of highly respected global outlets and serves as the vice-chair on the Steering Committee of the World Car Awards. Jens owns a collection of classic cars of the 1970s and 80s back home in Bavaria.

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Rayomand Banajee
Rayomand Banajee
Racer & Mentor

Rayomand Banajee is an 8 Time National Formula Racing & Go-Karting Champion. He has also represented & won for India at an International level. Since he stopped racing himself, Rayomand has been actively involved in mentoring the next generation of Indian racing talent. His Academy & Team Rayo Racing, are the only Indian Team to have won International Karting Titles, besides creating numerous champions for India. In 2016 his company launched the IndiKarting National Series, to promote grass root motorsport. The series is already Indias largest karting series.

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BVR Subbu
BVR Subbu
Marketing Professional and Automobile Industry Veteran

Subbu is best known for conceptualising and successfully introducing the Tata 2213 - the first mass produced Heavy Commercial Vehicle, which metamorphosed the trucking industry in India. He is also known for Tata's push in the LCV market. In 1997 he helped establish Hyundai Motor India, joining initially as Director for Marketing & Sales, and was later President. Responsible for building Hyundai from an unknown name to Indias second largest car company in 6 months. Today he manages a boutique strategy consulting firm Beyond Visual Range'. He's a member on the Governing Board of the Shriram Institute for Scientific & Industrial Research, and also on the boards of KPIT Technologies, and International Tractors Ltd. He's written 'SANTRO - The Car That Built A Company', slated for release end 2017.

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Cyrus Behram Dhabhar
Cyrus Behram Dhabhar
Assistant Editor Auto, NDTV

Cyrus Dhabhar was born and brought up in a motorsport family and cars run deep in his blood. As a passionate founder and head of a classic car club in Mumbai and an avid part of the vintage and classic car scene in the country, Cyrus prefers his cars older and simpler. Luckily he takes this understanding into all that is new too in his senior role at NDTV carandbike.

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Two Wheeler Jury

Dr V Sumantran
Dr V Sumantran
Senior Industry Consultant

A career spanning many years spent at big names like GM, Tata Motors and Ashok Leyland, Dr Sumantran brings with him a mountain of knowledge and several years of experience working in the passenger car, commercial vehicle and defence space. He now consults the global industry, and in between all his travels has been a loyal supporter of the CNB Awards. Dr Sumantran has been with us since the very first year of the awards and heads the car and two wheeler juries. Dr Sumantran has recently released his book, Faster, Smarter Greener: The future of the Car and Urban Mobility.

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Kamlesh Patel
Kamlesh Patel
Former Rallyist

Former Rallyist and automobile enthusiast, Kamlesh is also a keen contributor to the development of Indian motorsport. Having been in the auto business, he understands what consumers are looking for in the market and has been on the CNB jury for several years now.

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Preetam Bora
Preetam Bora
Editor-Bikes, NDTV carandbike

Preetam is a seasoned motoring journalist with a specialisation in all that moves on two wheels - or should we now say 3 wheels given some of the concepts bikemakers are toying with! He has had experience in other outlets, honing his craft and has now been with NDTV for just over two years. Preetam brings his knowledge and experience to bear as he helps provide a key perspective to all two wheeler industry and product related stories, also mentoring others in the reporting team along the way.

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Siddharth Vinayak Patankar
Siddharth Vinayak Patankar
Editor - Auto, NDTV Group & Director, World Car Awards

Award winning senior financial correspondent, primetime news anchor and Editor-Auto for the NDTV Group, Siddharth has worn many hats, and also conceived and heads all the automobile programming at the network. In the past he has also spearheaded India's biggest annual auto quiz, the Mahindra AQ. Siddharth is also now a Director on the Steering Committee for the prestigious World Car Awards (the first from India or Asia), and has served on that jury since 2010.

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Gul Panag
Gul Panag
Actor & Automobile Enthusiast

Known as much for being an auto enthusiast and biker, as her silver-screen avatar, Gul Panag, is now a familiar face in the motoring scene. Gul has been a regular juror with CNB since 2010. She has participated in the Polo Cup and is a regular at global auto events like motor shows or the Le Mans 24 Hours. Shes also a licensed pilot and the first Asian woman to test drive a Formula E car. Gul also makes a number of adventure trips in her 4X4 and loves biking on the weekends.

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Rayomand Banajee
Rayomand Banajee
Racer & Mentor

Rayomand Banajee is an 8 Time National Formula Racing & Go-Karting Champion. He has also represented & won for India at an International level. Since he stopped racing himself, Rayomand has been actively involved in mentoring the next generation of Indian racing talent. His Academy & Team Rayo Racing, are the only Indian Team to have won International Karting Titles, besides creating numerous champions for India. In 2016 his company launched the IndiKarting National Series, to promote grass root motorsport. The series is already Indias largest karting series.

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Advertising/Marketing/Communications Jury

Sam Balsara
Sam Balsara
Chairman & MD, Madison Communications

With over 40 years of experience in marketing, advertising and media, Sam is one of the most influential agency heads in the media agency business. He is also the recipient of the Advertising Agencies Association of Indias Lifetime Achievement Award and the Ad Club of Kolkatas Hall of Fame Award, besides also getting featured in Campaigns Global Power List 2010. Sam is currently the head of the completely Indian owned Madison World, which has 26 units across 11 specialised functions in Advertising, Media, Business Analytics, Outdoor, Activation Events, PR, Retail, Entertainment, Mobile and Sports. Over the past 27 years, Madison has grown to become a Rs. 37 billion+ company, employing over 1,000 communication experts, with offices in India, Sri Lanka and Thailand. The agency handles blue chip clients like Godrej, Mondelez (Cadbury), ITC, Marico, Raymond, McDonalds, Snapdeal and many others.

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Prema Sagar
Prema Sagar
Vice Chair, Burson-Marsteller, Asia Pacific & Principal/Founder, Genesis Burson-Marsteller

Prema founded Genesis PR in November 1992 when the public relations industry was at a nascent stage. Over the last two decades, she has led the company through this entire formative period. Today, Genesis Burson-Marsteller www.genesisbm.in, is a full-service integrated communications firm, delivering innovative and integrated solutions across multiple geographies and practices. Prema is also Vice Chair for Burson-Marsteller Asia-Pacific as well as a member of the Burson Marstellers Global Leadership Team. She is the Founder-President of the Public Relations Consultants Association of India (PRCAI), an organisation that encourages the sharing of best practices in the industry. Named by PRWeek among the 50 most influential people in PR in their Asia Power List 2014 and by the Impact magazine among the 50 most influential women in India in the field of media, marketing and advertising, Prema was invited as the only Indian on the global jury for the first ever PR Lions at the Cannes Lions International Advertising Festival 2009.

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Kushan Mitra
Kushan Mitra
Managing Editor, The Pioneer

Kushan Mitra is the Managing Editor of The Pioneer. Starting out with The Hindustan Times, he moved on to Business Today, as a features writer and wrote stories on virtually every sector of the Indian economy as well as Indian polity and rose through the ranks in nine years ending up as an Senior Associate Editor. He then moved to The Pioneer, India's second-oldest English daily, to write on various sectors, look after digital initiatives as as looking at extending the brand. In addition to writing stories on Indian business, he is a long-time motor-head and a motoring journalist, although he prefers the term 'motor noter' and has been reviewing life on four wheels for his publications and others over the years.

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Siddharth Vinayak Patankar
Siddharth Vinayak Patankar
Editor - Auto, NDTV Group & Director, World Car Awards

Award winning senior financial correspondent, primetime news anchor and Editor-Auto for the NDTV Group, Siddharth has worn many hats, and also conceived and heads all the automobile programming at the network. In the past he has also spearheaded India's biggest annual auto quiz, the Mahindra AQ. Siddharth is also now a Director on the Steering Committee for the prestigious World Car Awards (the first from India or Asia), and has served on that jury since 2010.

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