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South Asian Voices in U.S. Entertainment! South Asians and Women in TV/Film Summit NYC 9/27-28

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Join for a wide variety of panels across digital media, marketing, Bollywood, India, launching start-ups and marketing to the South Asian market in the U.S. Panels include:

  • Building Killer Content Companies, from Machinima to ZeptoLabs
  • The India Opportunity: Film, Music and Sports
  • Reinventing Brands: From Xbox to P&G
  • Building Female Led Startups: The New Creative Class!
  • Desi who?: Helping Your Brand Engage South Asians

Priyanka Chopra

Priyanka Chopra

Actress and Singer
Priyanka Chopra is currently one of the most popular actresses in Bollywood. This summer, Chopra also made waves as a singer and performer as her single “Exotic”.   More…

Russell Peters

Russell Peters

Best-Selling Author TV Star Comedic Genius
Russell Peters’ comedy sheds light on racial, ethnic, class and cultural stereotypes. “I don’t make the stereotypes, I just see them!” Having performed with the likes of Dave Chapelle, George Carlin and Lewis Black, Russell has attracted a massive following enabling him to sell out the likes of Radio City Hall in 72 hours, and hundreds of shows globally   More…

Janina Gavankar

Janina Gavankar

Actress, Singer, and Musician
Janina is an actress on HBO’s “True Blood”, CW’s “Arrow”, and can be seen next on the upcoming season of “Vampire Diaries”   More…

Samata Narra

Samata Narra

Vice President, Comedy Development

FOX Network

Samata is currently the Vice President of Comedy Development at FOX where she is responsible for helping launch new live action and animated half-hour comedy series for the broadcast network.   More…

Amrita Singh

Amrita Singh

CEO, Founder

Amrita Singh Jewelry

Amrita draws upon the designs of India and the Mughal dynasty to create breathtaking Indian jewelry and accessories. In addition to her two contemporary and fine jewelry collections, Amrita’s lifestyle brand includes scarves, specially-designed bangle towers, jewelry and cosmetics cases, iconic handbags, and a wide range of home decor.   More…

Raj Sisodia

Dr. Raj Sisodia

Chairman & Co-Founder

The Conscious Capitalism Institute

Featured in the Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, Fortune, Financial Times, The Washington Post, and more, Dr. Sisodia has published over 7 books and over 100 academic articles on conscious capitalism, leadership and change management and recognized as one of the world’s ’50 Leading Marketing Thinkers’.   More…

Ritu Trivedi

Ritu Trivedi

SVP, Digital Strategy & Partnerships

MediaVest Worldwide

Ritu drives digital strategy upstream for more integrated digitized media solutions across all channels for clients such as P&G, Walmart, and Coca-Cola.   More…


Saneel Radia

Founder / EVP Product Innovation

Finch15 / VivaKi

Saneel Radia launched Finch 15, a VivaKi-incubated innovation firm which helps companies create and launch new products. By helping clients concept, prototype and launch digital businesses, Finch15 gives mature companies a hands-on understanding of their digital revenue opportunities.   More…

Keli Lee

Keli Lee

EVP and Head of Casting

ABC Entertainment Group

As the Executive Vice President of Casting for the Disney-ABC Television Group, Keli oversees casting for major hit series such as Desperate Housewives, Lost, Grey’s Anatomy, Private Practice, and Ugly Betty and is the producer of the Disney-ABC Television Group Casting Project   More…

Sterling Proffer

Sterling Proffer

Director of Platforms


Since joining VICE in 2009, Sterling has worked closely on developing VICE’s media properties, supporting the launch of Motherboard and The Creators Project, then leading the launch of Noisey in March 2011. Currently, Sterling focuses on globlan content distribution across VICE’s channels and the development of VICE’s new news platform.   More…

Premal Shah

Premal Shah


Premal Shah is the President of, a personal microlending marketplace for the world?s working poor. Prior to Kiva, Premal was a Principal Product Manager at PayPal, an eBay company, and drove a number of key initiatives including a yearlong project defining eBay?s role in economically empowering the global working poor.   More…

Shaherose Charania

Shaherose Charania

CEO & Founder

Women 2.0

Shaherose Charania is the CEO and Founder of Women 2.0, a media company that offers resources to help guide current female entrepreneurs and investors of technology companies through content, community, and conferences.   More…

Bobby Sharma

Bobby Sharma

SVP, Global Basketball & Strategic Initiatives


As SVP of Global Basketball & Strategic Initiatives for IMG Worldwide, Bobby leads the growth of IMG?s basketball business interests around the world, as well as other strategic initiatives, including development, management, and ownership of professional sports, entertainment, and media properties.   More…

Jai Khanna

Jai Khanna

Executive Talent Manager

Brillstein Entertainment Partners (BEP)

Jai Khanna is a 15 year veteran at Brillstein Entertainment Partners (BEP), one of the premiere entertainment companies managing a roster of A-list talent including Brad Pitt, Jennifer Aniston, Adam Sandler, and also represents Bollywood heavy hitters such as Hrithik Roshan, Ajay Devgan, and Irfan Khan   More…

Nihal Mehta

Nihal Mehta

Founding General Partner

ENIAC Ventures & India Internet Group

Mr. Mehta is a serial entrepreneur having successfully started five startups that focus on the emerging adoption of mobile technologies for media properties and consumer brands, including ipsh!, (sold to Omnicom); and Local Response named to Forbes 2013 list as America’s Most Promising Companies.   More…

Dr. Mehmood Khan

Dr. Mehmood Khan

Chief Innovation and Science Officer

PepsiCo Wordlwide

Dr. Khan also leads a global team of experts in nutrition, medicine, research, science, marketing/branding, ingredient sourcing and product innovation representing over 22 different brands generating over $1 billion each in annual retail sales..   More…

David Taghioff

David Taghioff

Vice President, Corporate Development

Creative Artists Agency

A key agent in signing Creative Artists Agency’s (CAA) first Bollywood star, Priyanka Chopra, and expanding CAA into India by creating a joint venture with KWAN, the leading Indian talent agency, David has been instrumental in expanding CAA’s footprint in the South Asian world.   More…

Sanjay Sharma

Sanjay Sharma

EVP, Strategy and Business Development


A leader at the intersection of new and traditional media, Sanjay oversees strategy at Machinima, the next generation of video entertainment for gamers. Machinima properties are found across the largest global distribution platforms including YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, iOS, Android, and Xbox 360.   More…

Rahul Walia

Rahul Walia


The South Asian Spelling Bee

Rahul Walia is a cornerstone figure in the South Asian advertising industry in America. He currently runs Touchdown Media Inc. Walia also founded the South Asian Spelling Bee in order to provide the community with a platform where children could compete amongst their own peer group. Walia is the owner of 100.7fm and 104.7fm in New Jersey and has produced many TV commercials and shows for the South Asian audience.   More…

Vejay Lalla

Vejay G. Lalla


Davis & Gilbert

Recognized by The Legal 500 U.S. 2013 for his knowledge in the area of advertising and marketing, Vejay is a partner in the Entertainment, Media & Publishing; Technology, Digital Media & Privacy; Advertising, Marketing & Promotions and Intellectual Property Practice Groups of Davis & Gilbert.   More…

Anjula Bath

Anjula Acharia Bath


Desi Hits!

Featured in Wall Street Journal, Forbes, NY Times, VOGUE, BusinessWeek, Rolling Stone, Anjula is the founder/CEO of Desi Hits! And has partnered with Universal Music Group to create the first music label to nurture and develop global pop icons including Indian super star Priyanka Chopra.   More…

Priya Narasimhan

Priya Narasimhan

CEO and Founder

Yinzcam, Inc.

Priya is the CEO and Founder of Yinzcam, Inc. which works with 40+ professional NFL, NHL, NBA, MLS teams and venues to provide unique mobile applications that include in-stadium live streaming videos, mobile replays, as well as out-of-stadium live stats, media, news, and more.   More…

Gotham Chopra

Gotham Chopra

Co-Founder & Filmmaker

Graphic India

Gotham Chopra is a filmmaker, entrepreneur and the co-founder Graphic India – the premiere comics and animation company in India.   More…

Anu Duggal

Anu Duggal


F Cubed

Named in 2012 as one of Business Insider’s top angel investors in New York, Anu is the founder of a seed-stage fund called F cubed focused on investing in female-founded start-ups like and Artstar.   More…

Rohan Oza

Rohan Oza

Cultural Entrepreneur
Rohan Oza is a cultural entrepreneur who utilizes innovative marketing techniques for power house like Coca-Cola, Vitaminwater, and Smartwater. His first big career move was to The Coca-Cola Company where he ended up leading the Sprite brand for youth and African-American consumers.   More…

Gautam Gandhi

Gautam Gandhi

New Business Development

google India

Gautam Gandhi leads new business development efforts for Google India where he works with product and engineering teams on incubation-exploratory efforts which include technology, content licensing and strategic partnerships. Prior to Google, Gandhi co-founded ClearCount Medical Solutions, a Draper Fisher Jurvetson backed company.   More…

Jennifer Winberg

Jennifer Winberg

Social Media Strategist

Momentum Worldwide

Jennifer Winberg began her career in PR for film and television. Throughout her career she has aided in promoting multiple non-profit and small business organizations such as AFI Dallas, Women in Film, and FUNimation Entertainment. Winberg moved to Los Angeles in 2009 developing the Social Media Marketing team for the shoppermarketing agency, Lunchbox (JWT), focusing on social media and digital strategy for large CPG brands and retailers such as Walmart, Unilever, Kimberly Clark, and Johnson and Johnson.   More…

Dr. Srikumar Rao

Dr. Srikumar Rao

Author and Creator

Creativity and Personal Mastery Course

Dr. Srikumar Rao is a speaker, former business school professor, and head of The Rao Institute, based out of New York. He has done pioneering work in motivation and helps senior executives become more engaged in work and improve professional and personal effectiveness. His talks are hosted on many sites including and Thinkers 50 Interview.   More…

Sruta Vootukuru

Sruta Vootukuru

Director of Programming

Dish Network

As a Director of Programming for Dish Network, Sruta overseas multicultural programming and locals broadcasting for all the satellite paid TV business. Sruta’s responsibility includes international content acquisition, deal negotiations, and programming trends.   More…

Rick Song

Rick Song

EVP, national Digital Sales

Clear Channel Media & Entertainment

Rick is a 20+ year media sales and management veteran with the last 16 years in Digital. As EVP, National Digital Sales, Rick oversees Clear Channel’s digital sales and sales strategy, working with national divisions including Strategic Partnerships, Programming Platforms, Advertising and iHeartRadio.   More…

Neeraj Chandra

Neeraj Chandra


Tiger Global Management

Neeraj Chandra is a Partner at Tiger Global Management, a $10bn investment firm based in New York, where he leads the Firm’s Technology & Consumer investments.    More…

Rohit Bhargava

Rohit Bhargava

Best Selling Author & CEO

the Influential Marketing Group

Rohit Bhargava is the bestselling author of 4 marketing books, a two-time TEDx speaker and CEO of the Influential Marketing Group. He is the former co-Founder of the award winning social media group at Ogilvy and spent 15 years leading digital strategy for dozens of global brands prior to starting his own “concierge marketing” consultancy in 2013.    More…

Danielle Cherry

Danielle Cherry

VP, Human Experience Strategist

SMG Multicultural

As a Human Experience Strategist for SMG Multicultural, Danielle Cherry leads understanding about cross-cultural communities and how those insights impact experiences with brands and categories.   More…

Sharad Devarajan

Sharad Devarajan

CEO & Co-Founder

Graphic India

Sharad is the Co-Founder and CEO of Graphic India Pte. Ltd., a character entertainment company focused on creating leading characters, comics and stories for the Indian youth market through mobile and digital platforms, which is owned by Liquid Comics and CA Media LP, the Asian investment arm of The Chernin Group, LLC (TCG).   More…

Salman Igbal

Salman Igbal

Founder, President & CEO

ARY Digital Network

Salman Iqbal is a titan of Pakistani media and the force behind ARY Group’s global triumph. His work in all media sets the standard for both journalistic excellence and financial success.   More…

Anurag Harsh

Anurag Harsh


Ziff Davis, Inc.

Anurag Harsh has helped lead the growth for Ziff Davis from just 4 Million visitors a month 3 years ago, into the world’s 30th largest digital powerhouse,    More…

Ruma Bose

Ruma Bose

Consultant, Serial Entrepreneur and Author
Ruma has received global media recognition for her achievements including features in Fast Company, The Economist, Wall Street Journal, Financial Times, Los Angeles Times, Bloomberg and Smart Company. She has delivered addresses to Head’s of States and Governments, and CEO’s and executive teams of multinational companies and at elite academic institutions and also spoken at UN.   More…

Shahid Khan

Shahid Khan

Chairman and Co-Founder


Shahid Khan is an acclaimed thought leader in Media and Cable industries, with a tremendous track-record of working with leading TV Networks, Publishers, Cable MSOs and Device companies to identify opportunities and launch cross-platform media plays across Over-the-top Video, Digital Music, eBooks and emerging TV Networks.   More…

Jimmy Soni

Jimmy Soni

Managing Editor

Huffington Post

Jimmy Soni is the Managing Editor of The Huffington Post Media Group, a position he was appointed to at age 26. He is the co-author of critically acclaimed book called Rome’s Last Citizen, a biography on the life of Cato the Younger, the arch nemesis of Julius Caesar.   More…

Seema Mody

Seema Mody



Seema Mody joined CNBC in July 2011 as a reporter focusing on market-moving stories that impact Wall Street. Mody also hosts a “Trading the Twicker” segment for “Fast Money” monitoring stocks that are trending and moving due to social momentum.   More…

Raj Girn

Raj Girn



An award-winning innovator in the field of South Asian crossover content and multi-national client integration, Raj Girn founded ANOKHI magazine in 2002 as the first installment of the well-known ANOKHI MEDIA multi-platform lifestyle brand. This high gloss, quarterly publication targeted the western born South Asian, and was the first and only media in North America to focus on this integrated, crossover profile as its core mandate.   More…

2013 SAMMA SUMMIT PROGRAM (as of 9/24)

Friday, September 27th

Opening Night Cocktail Reception


Join us at the Park Café at Time Warner at Time Warner Center to kickoff SAMMA Summit 2013.  Registered Attendees and Speakers Only. Cocktails and hors d’oeuvres served.

Saturday, September 28th

Continental Breakfast


Registration and Networking Breakfast

Arrive early to minimize check-in delays.

Morning Session I


Welcome and Opening Keynote

Join SAMMA as we welcome Priyanka Chopra, one of India’s most celebrated actors and aspiring global singer as Opening Keynote Speaker.

Doors close at 9:50am sharp. Please be seated.

Morning Break


Morning Networking Break

Columbus Lounge

Morning Session II


Creativity Unleashed:

Three creative forces from U.S. to India, one stage. Ready to think differently?

Saneel Radia, EVP, Product Innovation, VivaKi

Raj Sisodia, Best Selling Author, Conscious Capitalism

Sharad Devarajan, CEO, Graphic India

Lunch Session


Luncheon Keynote:

The Changing Face of Television

Keli Lee, EVP & Head of Casting, ABC Network

With Special Guest: Janina Gavankar, Actor, HBO’s “True Blood” and CW’s “Arrow”

Afternoon Session I


Mini Break


Afternoon Mini Break

Columbus Lounge

Afternoon Session II


Afternoon Break


Afternoon Networking Breaks

Columbus Lounge

Closing Session


Closing Keynote: Unleashing the Innovation in You

Dr. Mehmood Khan

Chief Innovations & Science Officer, Pepsico

Gala Reception


Summit Closing Gala Reception

583 Park Avenue


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