Goafest 2009 keynote speakers announced

The Advertising Agencies Association of India (AAAI) and The Advertising Club Bombay has announced the list of world-renowned keynote speakers for Goafest 2009. Inspirational and legendary icons, such as Sir John Hegarty, Sean Finnegan, Dan Wieden, Jean Marie Dru and Neeraj Nayar from the global advertising industry will address the participants at Goafest 2009.

The final list of keynote International speakers at Goafest 2009 includes: Sir John Hegarty, Chairman & Worldwide Creative Director of Bartle Bogle Hegarty (BBH) , Jean-Marie Dru, Chairman, TBWA , Sean Finnegan, Chief Media Officer, Vibrant Media , Dan Wieden, Founder, Wieden+Kennedy , Neeraj Nayar, President, Contagious Communications, India

Speaking on the occasion Colvyn Harris, Chairman, Goafest 2009 & CEO, JWT, said, “Goafest has evolved into multi-faceted convention for the advertising industry and this year the Goafest committee has ensured that knowledge and learning takes precedence. The Indian advertising industry is hitting new milestones and keeping this in mind our effort was to invite the best of international speakers. The endeavour is to infuse global best practices and insights amongst emerging talent in the industry. We are confident that every individual in the field of advertising and marketing in India will not want to miss this opportunity to interact with such inspirational speakers.”

Goafest is Asia’s most prestigious festival for marketing and advertising professionals and a powerful platform to celebrate the work and the people in Indian advertising. Scheduled for April 2, 3 and 4, 2009, the Goafest 2009 theme for this year is “Why Waste a Good Recession?”

Day 1 starts with the Discovery Industry Leadership Conclave where keynote speakers from across the globe reflect and debate issues and challenges facing advertising and marketing and share their learning’s and thoughts on the future. Day 2 and 3 have the SBI Knowledge and Learning Seminars followed by the prestigious Abby Awards – Media on Day 2 and Creative on Day 3.

Sir John Hegarty, Chairman & Worldwide Creative Director of Bartle Bogle Hegarty (BBH):

Sir John Hegarty, Chairman & Worldwide Creative Director of Bartle Bogle Hegarty (BBH) began his career in advertising as a junior Art Director at Benton and Bowles, London, in 1965. He next worked with a small agency, John Collings & Partners.

In 1967 he joined Cramer Saatchi consultancy which later became Saatchi & Saatchi in 1970, where he was a founding shareholder. A year later he was appointed Deputy Creative Director.

Sir John left Saatchi & Saatchi in 1973 to co-found TBWA, London, as Creative Director. The agency was the first to be voted Campaign magazine’s Agency of the Year in 1980.

He left TBWA in 1982 to co-found Bartle Bogle Hegarty. Four years later in 1986, BBH was voted Campaign’s Agency of the Year, and won the title once again in 1993. In addition, BBH became the Cannes Lions Advertising Festival’s very first Agency of the Year in 1993. It also won the title again in 1994.

Hegarty has been responsible for numerous accolades for the agency. Hegarty has won over 15 Clios alone, and his Levi’s 501 work is in the Clio Hall of Fame. Since its inception in 1982 BBH has been named Agency of the Year more than six times, most notably by Campaign magazine, who also named BBH as their first-ever Network of the Year in 2004.

Currently in its fourth year, Goafest is India’s most prestigious national advertising awards festival, organized by The Advertising Agencies Association of India (AAAI) in association with The Advertising Club Bombay. More than 3000 delegates from the advertising and allied industries attend the event to witness the high-profile seminars, workshops and listen to keynote speakers from across the globe. Over 4500 ads from all over the country are showcased and judged at the Festival. Goafest is India’s largest intellectual & information exchange in the world of Advertising & Media and provides an opportunity for professionals in marketing and advertising to meet, exchange ideas and recognize creative talent.

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