Program

Market overviews with eminent speakers, Bootcamps & Workshops.

Exhibition

Global service providers meet here for business. Know More.

Market Entry

For entrepreneurs and business owners looking out for the next growth opportunity. Know More.

Market Entry Platform
Apart from world-class speakers, panel discussions, workshops and an exhibition, the convention will once again feature the unique market place for entrepreneurs of the global event industry – WOW Market Entry Platform® With the exception of corporate / brand marketers and hotels, the global event industry largely consists of entrepreneur driven business. Exhibition Organizers, Experiential Marketing Agencies, Entertainment Production Companies, DMCs, PCOs, tech based solution providers, staging and event production companies all over the world are driven by enterprising entrepreneurs looking for the next opportunity to expand the business, both, geographically as well as through service portfolio. The past decade has seen umpteen numbers of mergers, acquisitions, JVs and organic geographic expansions of business and event brands. WOW Market Entry Platform® is designed to be a catalyst for this growth.
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THREE PRIME FOCUS AREAS FOR 2017
1. Event Intellectual Properties – Exhibitions, Tradeshows, concerts and other event brands looking to expand in Asia will be able to meet brand owners with similar skill sets in Asian markets.

2. Agencies – global and Asian agencies looking for partners in the Asian markets for expansion.

3. Service Providers – global and Asian service providers with unique solutions looking for channel partners for geographic expansion.
EXPRESS YOUR INTENT
If you have a specific ‘Market Entry / Expansion’ intent, write to us today! Over a thousand event professionals from around the globe will converge at the WOW Awards & Convention Asia. One of them maybe your next partner in business! Verified intents will featured in this space to facilitate one-to-one meetings at the convention. There is no extra charge for this service. This service is open to all delegates of the convention, Write to us at info@wowawards.com
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EVENTFAQS
India
About

Vishal Nagdev leads the business development and management function; and is the majority partner in EVENTFAQS Media Pvt Ltd. As part of the start-up team of the media company, servicing the experiential marketing industry in India, Vishal has been the power behind the concept and implementation of all the brands under the company. MaxiMICE, The WOW Awards, The LIVE Quotient Awards, and also special publications like Entertainer’s Connect and Experiential Venues have been initiated and modelled by him, making them prominent avenues of business for the company.

Vishal is also one of the four partners of tmf dialogue marketing India. Handling the business development function for this JV Company (in partnership with tmf dialogue marketing GmbH). Vishal liaises with and conceptualizes market entry and promotion strategies for global convention bureaus, business tourism
boards, DMCs, hotels and other service providers to the MICE industry in India.
Vishal has a degree in Mass Media and a Masters degree in International Business from the University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, Scotland.

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Vishal will be available at WOW, to meet with potential partners, exhibitors, sponsors, for the varied platforms under EVENTFAQS Media, including WOW 2017.

Meet Vishal Nagdev
At the wow convention
Business Head
vishal@eventfaqs.com
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C S Direkt
India
About

CSD is an independent communication and Event Management Company. Their expertise lies in offering strategy, creativity, and executions in the field of Exhibitions, Live Communications, Meetings, Incentives, and Activations. As the Director of C S Direkt group of companies, Anjali oversees the groups’ activities in the field of business development, human resources, client advisory, and quality control.

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Anjali is attending the WOW Convention 2016 and will be available for one-to-one meetings.

Meet Anjali Pasricha
At the wow convention
Director
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C S Direkt
India
About

Sanjeev started C.S. Direkt in 1994 and is responsible for creating vision for the organisation and constituting the blueprint of future growth for all the group companies. Under his leadership, the company has executed over 4000 projects across the globe. Over the next 3 years, the company is expected to double its revenue under his guidance. C.S. Direkt Group of Companies include C.S. Direkt Events & Exhibitions Pvt. Ltd (experiential marketing), Destination Direkt (destination and incentives & management), Design Matrix (exhibitions and retail), and Vision Direkt (films and corporate identity creation).

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Sanjeev will be at the WOW Convention 2016, as a panelist for the ‘Future Trends in Experiential Marketing Survey’ session on Day 1. He will be available for one-to-one meetings also.

Meet Sanjeev Pasricha
At the wow convention
Managing Director and CEO
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Kyoorius Group
India
About

Kyoorius is a group with diversified interests in the communication industry and more particularly in the event IP space within this industry.

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Rajesh will be attending WOW Convention 2016 to speak at the ‘Dubai Business Events’ session to be hosted during the Experiential Marketing Summit on Day 1. He will be available for one-to-one meetings to discuss opportunities for Kyoorius to expand and enhance its market.

Meet Rajesh Kejriwal
At the wow convention
Founder CEO
rajesh@kyoorius.com
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Dubai Business Events
UAE
About

As the director of Dubai Business Events – the official convention bureau of Dubai, Jakobsen is responsible for the promotion and development of Dubai into one of the world’s leading destinations for business events.

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Steen will be at the WOW Convention 2016 to the Experiential Marketing session on Day 1. He will be available for one-to-one meetings to discuss opportunities for Dubai Business to expand and enhance its markets.

Meet Steen Jakobsen
At the wow convention
Director
steen.jakobsen@dubaitourism.ae
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Fountainhead MKTG
India
About

Fountainhead MKTG, which is a part of the Dentsu Aegis Network – a market leader in the entertainment and experiential marketing business in India. The company is now in its 21st year with offices in Mumbai, Delhi, and Bangalore and is rated to be among the top experiential agencies in the country. Some of the very successful live events that Fountainhead MKTG has created under it’s brand Oranjuice Entertainment are the Mahindra Blues Festival, The Johnnie Walker Journey and the Celebrate Bandra Festival.

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Neale will be at the WOW Convention 2016 ​for ‘Brand Launches Knowledge Exchange session at ExM Summit and the ‘Large Scale Events’ session at the AVX Summit on Day 1.

Meet Neale Murray
At the wow convention
Co-Founder & COO
neale@fhevents.com
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Fountainhead MKTG
India
About

With over 25 years of experience in the Indian entertainment scene, and a formidable equity value that transcends event management, radio, music retail, and stage, Brian Tellis is the co-­founder of Fountainhead Promotions & Events –  one of India’s leading experiential marketing agencies, which for the past two decades, has been delivering cutting-edge brand experiences to some of the biggest brands out there. It has spawned several subsidiaries across India – Insignia Tourism Marketing, Oranjuice Entertainment, The Production Terminus, and Hot Box –  that explore both lateral and vertical business opportunities. In October 2015, Fountainhead Entertainment Pvt. Ltd became a part of the Dentsu Aegis Network, the leading global Marketing and Media conglomerate.

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Brian Tellis will be at the WOW Convention 2016 to moderate the ‘Dubai Business Exchange’ session at the ExM Summit on Day 1 and the ‘All Eyes on Live’ session at the LIVE Asia Summit on Day 2. He will be available for one-to-one meetings.

Meet Brian Tellis
At the wow convention
Director
brian@fhevents.com
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Promo Events DWC LLC
UAE
About

Promo Events & Exhibitions Solutions is led by an experienced and visionary senior management team that ensures a dynamic and progressive outlook, thus creating an environment of growth and creativity. It offers clutter-breaking and inspiring ideas in Event Production and a whole range of Exhibition, Retail Promotions, and other Event Services. Promo offers everything from initial space planning & design to total construction solutions and administration on a turnkey basis.

 

Sanjeev De, with an experience of 17 years working with various leading Advertising & Event Agencies in India, set up Promo Events & Exhibitions Solutions about 4 years ago. Together with his team, he has been having a good run in the GCC countries.

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Sanjeev De will be at the WOW Convention 2016 and is available for one-to-one meetings to synergies with companies interested in doing business in the UAE & other Middle Eastern Countries.

Meet Sanjeev De
At the wow convention
Founder & CEO
mailtosanjeevde@gmail.com
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LMB EVENT PLANNING
About
LMB EVENTS is a full service visionary event design and planning company focused on high-end, one-of-a- kind events, from luxurious weddings to milestone occasions to corporate affairs. LMB is located in Dubai-UAE, Business Bay, and travel to destinations around the world. Louay opened the doors of LMB EVENTS in 1994 to challenge the status quo and set out to create a company that was all about clients and what they dream about.

 

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Louay will be at the WOW Convention 2016 for one-to-one meetings. He will also speak about “Why guests at an LMB event can’t stop talking about their experiences” at the Experiential Celebrations Summit on Day 2.

 

Meet Louay Mardam Bek
At the wow convention
Managing Director
louay@lmb.ae
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Flash Entertainment
About
Based in Abu Dhabi, FLASH Entertainment are the regions premier live events company, with a proven track record in delivering major events and live experiences for all ages, cultures and nationalities. In just over 7 years, Flash has successfully delivered some of the biggest and most memorable live events in Abu Dhabi’s history and in the process entertained over 6 million people.
Lee joined the newly founded FLASH Entertainment in 2008 as its Operations Director.Now, as the VP of Operations, he is accountable for all operational and technical elements for the company He is driven to deliver the best quality events and live experiences for all ages, cultures and nationalities and to share his vast experience with the next generation of event producers. In June 2016, Lee takes on the position of President of I.L.E.A (Middle East Chapter). The Mission of ILEA is to educate, advance and promote the special events industry and its network of professionals.
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Lee will be at the WOW Convention 2016. He will deliver the Key Note Address at the Audio Visual & Experience Summit on Day 1 and will be available for one-to-one meetings.

Meet Lee Charteris
At the wow convention
Vice President of Operations
lee@thinkflash.ae
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Sensation Amsterdam (ID&T)
About

Sensation commenced in Amsterdam in 2000, and since then about two million people across the world have experienced one of the most spectacular dance and music phenomena in the world. World-renowned DJs take to the Sensation decks during each nightlong spectacle of extraordinary stage shows, acrobats, actors, state-of-the-art lightshows, lasers, fireworks and other special effects. Sensation has expanded beyond Amsterdam, with shows on all continents in over 30 countries across the world so far.

 

Brenda has been working for ID&T, the biggest electronic music events company in Europe, for over 12 years. She was part of the international expansion of Sensation since its start in 2006. Starting as a Project Manager, moving into Business Development and now as the General Manager. She attended 92 Sensations in over 30 countries worldwide.

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Brenda will be at the WOW Convention 2016. She is participating as speaker for the “Entertainment IPs – To Build? To Borrow? Or Just Be Inspired!” session at the LIVE Asia Summit on Day 2 and will be available for one-to-one meetings.

Meet Brenda Munsterman
At the wow convention
General Manager
brenda.munsterman@id-t.com
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George P. Johnson Experience Marketing
About

Trained in statistical marketing analysis, Tulloch is a 35-year veteran of the direct, experiential event, and entertainment marketing industries. Prior to working for GPJ in Detroit, John has lived in Washington DC, New York, and London and has represented brands including Coca
Cola, Jeep, Time, Life Books and the Statue of Liberty Ellis Island Restoration Foundation. He is also the co-founder of G7 Entertainment Marketing in Nashville, Tennessee. In 2014, John visited India to impart knowledge and provide training to GPJ India’s client services, creative and operations team working for automotive clients. Earlier last year, he was also part of the team that designed and delivered a world class showcase for Fiat Chrysler at the India Auto Expo 2016.

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John Tulloch will be at the WOW Convention 2016 for “The Experiential Dictate for Auto Brands” session on Day 1. He will be available for one-to-one meetings to discuss how to is find order and embrace defined business practices within the chaotic and ever changing world of live consumer engagement events.

Meet John Tulloch
At the wow convention
Global Account Director & Senior Vice President
John.Tulloch@gpj.com
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Geometry Global Asia Pacific
About
With more than 20 years in advertising, Dani’s career has spanned 4 countries (Argentina, Vietnam, Malaysia, Singapore) and virtually every industry from FMCG to telcos, airlines and banks. In 2010, foreseeing how brands were leaning towards activation, digital, and non-traditional channels, he took on the creative leadership of OgilvyAction in Asia. His work has won multiple awards, including Cannes, Clio, London International and more. He is passionate about engaging consumers to interact with the brands in new and more personal ways.
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Daniel Comar will be at the WOW Convention 2016 to conduct the Key Note session – “Endless Possibilities; Unlimited Effectiveness: The True Potential of Experiential Marketing” – on Day 1.  He will be available for one-to-one meetings to discuss the endless possibilities of an experiential campaign and more.

Meet Daniel Comar
At the wow convention
Regional Executive Creative Director
daniel.comar@geometry.com
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WeekendPro Media Services
India
About

Weekendpro.in is a soon to-be-launched web platform, highlighting India’s most unique and curated travel experiences, events, hobbies, and other forms of entertainment. The platform will be a combination of eventful news, inspiration, and a booking mechanism for users to attend/participate in highlighted events. These stories/news/updates largely come from travel/event curators who are looking for a promotional platform that also helps them build conversations, identify users/participants or build ROI’s. Coming from the most experiential tour and event operators, makes it a unique playground for the travel and events space.

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Arnob Banerjee will be at the WOW Convention 2016 for one-to-one meetings, looking to connect with travel and event operators to collaborate and assist building this offering, for the larger interest of the industry

Meet Arnob Banerjee
At the wow convention
Founder & C.E.O
arnob@weekendpro.in
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Meeting Design Institute India
India
About

We all know how wasteful and unengaging meetings can be. But not necessarily! Launching at the WOW Awards and Convention Asia, the Meeting Design Institute India (MDII) is a not-for-profit education provider for the new age meeting planner. A joint venture between the award winning Amsterdam based agency Mind Meeting, the new kid-on-the-block SEES, and the agency making waves down South with its engaging community activation programmes – Identicity, MDII will provide a membership programme focusing on imparting education to meeting & event planners employed by Agencies / Corporate or Independent through its unique workshops and introduce the Indian market to Meeting Design. Mike van der Vijver, Co-Founder and Director – Mind Meeting & Director – MDII is an internationally recognised face, having pioneered the concept for over 15 years across the globe and authored a book, ‘Into The Heart of Meetings’.

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Mike will be conducting multiple sessions on Day 1 and a Workshop especially curated for Emcees & Moderators on Day 2. If you are a Corporate or Agency wanting to know more about meeting design concept & how MDII can help use proven methodology to improve your meetings, big and small, in designing effective and engaging meeting programmes or if you are an Industry professional wanting to know more about how to become a member of MDII & its benefits, kindly check the programme schedule before requesting for a one-to-one meeting.

Meet MIKE VAN DER VIJVER
At the wow convention
DIRECTOR
mike@mindmeeting.org
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Strategic Engagement & Event Solutions
India
About

Featuring at WOW 2016 as the Technology Partner, SEES is India’s only agency focusing on making meetings effective™. With an array of best-in-class International Event Technology providers featured in the SEES-hub, it is living up to its role of a Tech Enabler for Indian Meeting Planners, Agencies, & Clients across Institutional, Corporate, and Governmental domains. An Industry leader, Lalit is the only mainstream CMP (Certified Meeting Planner) in the country and has previously led Congress Management Divisions of leading MNCs. As Co-Founder and Chief Curator of SEES, Lalit is focused on strategy, sales, and new product development, besides championing the cause of education, professionalism, and ethics in our Industry.

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If you are an Indian agency and want to know more about the meeting design concept and latest Event Technology to alleviate Attendee Engagement for your Clients’ events; or

If you are an International agency / Technology provider looking for a strategic India partner with an objective to enter or expand in the India market; or

If you are a budding National Technology provider wanting to understand the Indian Meetings-scape and looking for the right consulting / partner; or

If you are a meeting planner / Industry professional and would like to know more about the International CMP designation and how to obtain it;
you would like a one-to-one meeting with Lalit, who will be available at the WOW Convention through both days; mostly at the EvenTUAL Tech zone and at the various sessions powered by SEES (Refer Program).

Meet LALIT CHADHA, CMP
At the wow convention
CO-FOUNDER & CHIEF CURATOR
lalit@sees-on.com
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Event Management Development Institute
India & UAE
About

Nowshir Engineer is the Founder of EMDI, an Events, Media and Design Institute established originally in India and now with centres in Dubai, and Uganda.  Nowshir bases himself out of Dubai to focus on EMDI’s global business with a network of over 400 agency contacts across Events, Advertising & PR companies. With a pulse on both the Indian and UAE experiential marketing industry through his work in EMDI, Nowshir has great knowledge and experience on the dynamics of each market. He is also is the Vice President of The International Special Events Society – ME chapter and also provides consultancy to agencies via a division called EMDI Solutions.

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Nowshir will be present at the WOW Convention for one-to-one meetings with Indian event agencies looking to tie up with Dubai based companies for projects/IP’s or just general business setup.

Meet Nowshir Engineer
At the wow convention
Director - EMDI
nowshir@emdiworld.com
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Candid Marketing
India
About

Atul Nath will be available at the WOW Convention during the session on ‘Market Insight – Trends of the future and their effect on experiential marketing’. Shortly after completing his MBA from IIM Bangalore, Atul set up Candid Marketing, which boasts of being one of India’s finest and most awarded brand promotion agencies in today’s date. Atul has served on the Promo & Activation jury at Cannes Lions, Spikes Asia and has been on the Campaign India A List for several years.

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Atul will be present at the WOW Convention for one-to-one meetings with companies seeking consultation for building Internet & Experiential Activation Properties.

Meet Atul Nath
At the wow convention
Founder & Managing Director
Atul@candidmarketing.com
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Platinum World Group
India
About

Sushil Shamlal Wadhwa will be available at the WOW Convention during the session on ‘The four key elements involved in managing a successful destination wedding’. Sushil is the Founder & CMD of Platinum World Group, a conglomerate offering quality solutions for MICE (Meetings, Incentives, Conferences & Events), High End Weddings, Luxury Holidays, TV & Movie Production. Under Sushil’s stewardship, the group today, has an associate network spread across 200+ destinations in 80+ countries that collectively handles a business of over USD 3.5 Billion. The group also became the world’s first company in it’s industry to get the ISO 9001-2008 certification.  He has to his credit, the honor of being the first Indian to be a part of the Starwood Hotels Asia-Pacific MICE Advisory Board. He has been regularly featured in National & International media for his expertise and is regularly invited to speak at various industry forums.

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Sushil will be present at the WOW Convention for one-to-one meetings with corporates looking to enhance their stakeholder engagement programs or are simply looking for an expert host for their conferences. Sushil also is open to meet entrepreneurs in India and abroad that would be interested in franchising the Platinum World Group brand and services in their city / region.

 

Meet Sushil Shamlal Wadhwa
At the wow convention
Founder & CMD
sushil@platinumworld.net
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Encompass, Kommune
India
About

As the Founder and Managing Director of Encompass, Roshan has led the agency with his passion and creativity, to be amongst India’s best experiential marketing companies. Roshan is also a seed investor in Global Superangels Forum India, which has a portfolio of 14 companies. Little Eye labs a startup from its first batch was bought by Facebook in 2014. Roshan continues to advice on the accelerator programme and mentors these startups for GSF. Earlier this year, Roshan started a community story-telling group named Kommune, that seeds creative performance art ideas.

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Roshan will be available at the WOW Convention during his session on ‘PR-Management for Artists’ and also for one-to-one meetings to consult with on startups, funding, new experiential marketing ideas / properties and creative ideas for artists.

 

Meet Roshan Abbas
At the wow convention
Founder & Director
roshan.abbas@encompass.in
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Event Capital
India
About

Introduced the novel concept of a funding company for Experiential IPs with Event Capital.

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He is looking to meet regarding interesting / unique IP concepts / partnership in IPs. Also, seeking geographical expansion by investing in IPs across Asia. First step towards this has been with Kyoorius Exchange and the introduction of the Designyatra IP in Dubai.

Meet Deepak Choudhary
At the wow convention
Director
deepak@eventcapital.in
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Team Rustic
India
About

High-end conference and MICE organiser, with expertise in exclusive wedding / social events.

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Looking to expand through strategic alliances / acquisition in the UAE market. Also interested in strategic tie-ups with technical / technology / digital / creative outfits to enhance existing Experiential programmes.

Meet Vinod Janardhan
At the wow convention
Director
vinodj@teamrustic.com
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Cineyug
India
About

Mohomed Morani will be available at the WOW Convention during the session on ‘Market Insight- International Event Safety and Standards’. Having started his career in the family business of fireworks and then introducing modern technical innovations, Mohomed made his family legacy the pioneer in the 57-year old Cineyug, thereby carving a veritable niche for himself. Since 1989, Cineyug has completed over 2000 stage shows and events across the world. His continual desire to innovate, break the mould and raise the bar with each production has made him a stalwart in the Entertainment industry.

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Mohomed will be present at the WOW Convention for one-to-one meetings with companies wishing for innovative and out-of-the-box technical productions. He specializes in stage shows and events and has a flair for detail.

Meet Mohomed Morani
At the wow convention
Director
mohomed@cineyug.com
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Motwane Entertainment and Weddings
India
About

Aditya Motwane, Founder, MEW, will be discussing elements involved in managing a successful destination wedding as a panelist in a knowledge exchange sessions on ‘Successful Destination Weddings’. He is credited with vitalizing some of the most prominent events in India and internationally, with great personal flourish, originality and inimitable flair. He enjoys unparalleled experience stretching over 15 years in the high-end wedding and concept entertainment business. The MEW team is well-seasoned and artfully-honed to deliver bespoke larger-than-life experiences. They excel in crafting large format events in the fields of lifestyle, entertainment, sports and beyond.

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Aditya will be present at the WOW Convention for one-to-one meetings with suppliers catering to the weddings and social events arena. He will also be looking forward to meeting representatives of international destinations and high-end décor designers who MEW can collaborate with in executing luxury weddings across the globe.

Meet Aditya Motwane
At the wow convention
Founder/Director
aditya@motwane.co
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7ty7 Entertainment, 9ty9 Travel, Var Vadhu
India
About

Multi-functional group of companies, including Travel, MICE, Special Events and Wedding specialities.

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Looking to explore expansion of group companies (corporate and special event offering) in Africa. On the lookout for newer destination options and creative / unique solution within international destinations to enhance MICE and destination wedding programmes under 7ty7 and Var Vadhu (wedding / social events division). Open to strategic partnerships with International DMCs for the Indian market.

Meet Manoj Gopalani
At the wow convention
Director
manojg@7ty7.com
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Polo Marco Experience
London
About

Polo Marco Experience (PME) created and introduced the “MADE FOR INDIA” concept in the MICE sector, in fact PME is the first and only European travel organization (London based) specifically conceived to help/support Indian Corporates and Indian Event Planners/Agencies to stage their incentive travel or special events, including weddings, in any European destination.

Claudia is the COO and a co-founder; she is an expert in incoming tourism to Europe from Asian countries (from Middle East to Far East); being among the few non-Indian people with greatest experience and knowledge of the Indian tourism market, she is requested by several European institutions and private companies to give her own advice on how to best welcome Indian guests both from MICE and luxury FIT segments.

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On the top of attending the WOW, Claudia will also organize a FREE Training Seminar (@ Holiday Inn Airport hotel, TBC) about 4 destinations/itineraries in Europe (preliminary list: 1.Serbia & Montenegro; 2.Baltic States & Poland; 3.Four countries in 4 days-Italy: Austria, Slovenia and Croatia; 4.Georgia & Armenia). All those who are interested in receiving practical advice (what can be done, what not, what could be particularly attractive for Indian corporates, which are the options in the “surroundings”, pros/cons, risks, time of the year, accessibility…) on the above, or on further destinations, itineraries, venues in Europe can leave a request using the “Set a meeting” button as well.

Meet Claudia Cocolin
At the wow convention
COO & Co-Founder
claudia@polomarcoexperience.com