Jury Members

Car Jury

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!
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.
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.
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.
Jens Meiners
Jens Meiners
Consultant & Vice-Chair, World Car Awards
Splitting his time between Germany and in New York, Jens has worked in the industry for over 20 years. He 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.
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.
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.

Two Wheeler Jury

Aishwarya Pissay
Aishwarya Pissay
Racer
Aishwarya is a 22-years old racer and has been participating in rally events with the support of TVS Racing team for the past one year. She is the winner of Ladies Class at Raid De Himalaya 2017 edition. She has also won Dakshin Dare in 2017. She is currently leading the 2017 season of Indian National Rally Championship (INRC) in the womens class with a round to spare. Aishwarya recently won the TVS Ladies One Make Category for the 2017 Road Racing season.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.

Advertising/Marketing/Communications Jury

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.
Mukesh Kumar
Mukesh Kumar
Executive Director of HDFC ERGO General Insurance Company Ltd.
Mr. Mukesh Kumar is the Executive Director of HDFC ERGO General Insurance Company Ltd. He is an Arts graduate from Allahabad University. Mr. Mukesh Kumar has about 35 years of work experience in the Insurance Industry, covering functions such as Business Development, Underwriting, Claims, Human Resources, Quality Management and Marketing, including 21 years of experience at the National Insurance Company Limited. Mr. Mukesh Kumar was appointed Whole-time Director (designated as the Executive Director) of the HDFC ERGO General Insurance Company Ltd. for a period of 3 years w.e.f. June 1, 2014 and has been primarily responsible for Underwriting & Claims, Strategy, Human Resources and IT & Operations functions of the HDFC ERGO General Insurance.
Prahlad Kakar
Prahlad Kakar
Founder and Director - Genesis Film Production Pvt. Ltd., Co-Founder - Reefwatch Marine Conservation
Prahlad Kakar, Genesis Film Productions Pvt Ltd. Prahlad Kakar started his career in advertising in 1973 in ASP Delhi. He then moved on to gain experience in feature films with his mentor and leading filmmaker Shyam Benegal . After assisting him on renowned features like " Ankur", " Nishant" , "Manthan" and "Bhumika" between 1974 to 1977, he moved on to become an independent film director in the field of Advertising again. He is the Founder and Director of Genesis Film Production Pvt. Ltd., one of the leading production houses in India. Prahlad virtually invented a genre of television advertising in the years that followed. He has ruled the advertising world with his brand of irreverent humor, memorable brand building campaigns and has created Award winning commercials for the most reputed Corporates and agencies in India and the Asia Pacific region. "To tell a story in 30 secs in the most engaging way possible" remains Prahlads raison dtre for his continued passion for ad filmmaking, even 38 years later. Known as the "Ad guru" he has been instrumental in changing the face of advertising in our country bringing in the appropriate "regional Indianness" and values into an urban context through his films, creative workshops, articles and interviews. He has helped create memorable campaigns for brands like Pepsi "Yehi heh right choice baby! Aha" Gold spot "The zing thing", Maggie "2 minutes?" Britannia "ting ting ti ting", Limca "Zor ka Jhatka" and Maggi Sauces "Its different!". Some of his clients include: Pepsico (India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, The Philippines, Vietnam, New York), Levers (India), Nestle (India and Pakistan), Britannia Industries Limited, Nestle, United Breweries, Proctor and Gamble (India,Vietnam), Sony Entertainment Television, Mastercard, Visa international, Fab India. Through the years, these corporates have continued to communicate their brand stories with Prahlad making films that capture the dreams and aspirations of his target audience. Memorable campaigns which created history and to date remain in the hearts and minds of people who grew up watching these campaigns. Prahlad has won several awards for technical excellence, Innovation and creativity in advertising over the years . Genesis won both Gold and Silver awards including "Campaign of the Year" for the Pepsi commercials at AAAI . His Public service films for Ceat, won awards in the New York Festival of Advertising. Commercials directed by Prahlad have also been nominated for Lions at Cannes. Within 20 years of his career Prahlad Kakar earned himself a Lifetime Achievement Award by the IAAFA in the year 1999 and has got Genesis the top Production House for 2 years in a row for years 2003 and 2004 by Brand Equity. Prahlads aesthetics and sensibilities have found shape and form in the hundreds of films done over a career that spans over 38yrs.. His impeccable story-telling, centered around the product, has always been the key to his success. Prahlads passion for the Ocean initiated him to start Lacadives against all odds. It is the first Scuba Diving School established over 3 decades ago in Kadmat, Lakshadweep Islands in 1993. Years later Lacadives has established its presence in the Andamans islands. Today he is expanding into the adventure and wellness space as he sees this as an ever growing opportunity across the globe. Not without a conscience, Prahlad Kakar is the co- founder of Reefwatch Marine Conservation, which aims at creating marine-life awareness for students and adults across the sub-continent. Education, research, community outreach programs for the fragile eco systems. His passion for cooking led him to run restaurants and a tea lounge with his own brand of gourmet cooking .A staunch believer in living large, Prahlad Kakar has given shape to his myriad interests and effectively and converted many into profitable ventures. His passion for food and people has proved instrumental in his association with a variety of restaurants, enabling him to introduce diverse tastes and styles of dining to the city of Mumbai. Today the innovative corporate, Ad guru, Branding Strategist, Chief mentor, and Board member of many companies is involved in providing innovative 360 degree solutions consulting with Companies and brand building various products and services. Creative workshops, Motivational and Leadership interactive sessions for students, middle management and top management executives in providing marketing solutions and focusing on the Companys growth story. Including, SMEs, government agencies and individuals to deal with current issues and future challenges. Prahlad brings all these enriching experiences to his newest venture PKSBE (Prahlad Kakar School of Branding and Entrepreneurship) in which he is spearheading the organization of innovative education in the field of entrepreneurship, Media, and film making. This program encourages students to overcome fear and free their minds to develop creative strategies and perform to their optimum, embracing risk as an integral part of doing Business. A unique syllabus explored by none other in the field of education and entrepreneurship .He is the driving force behind single handedly creating focused, imaginative, successful professionals over the last 3 decades .Today he brings all his 38 years of experience and enthusiasm under one roof at PKSBE.
Prasanjeet Dutta Baruah
Prasanjeet Dutta Baruah
Head of Automotive, Telecom and New Business for India and South Asia at Facebook
Prasanjeet Dutta Baruah, heads the Automotive, Telecom and New Business for India and South Asia at Facebook, playing a key role in building and maintaining strategic relationships with key clients in the region. Prior to joining Facebook, he was Group Head Marketing of The Oberoi Group of Hotels. He started his career with Usha International, followed by retail leader Shoppers Stop, then leading multiple roles in financial services with Max New York Life and MetLife. Prasanjeet has been featured in the Campaign India A List of top 100 marketers and is also a member of a number of industry forums, on which he is a regular speaker and contributor. He is passionate about connecting people and offroading.
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.
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.