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Association of Business Communicators of India Presents

ComFest -10 10th & 11th NOVEMBER, 2010

The Communicator as Change Leader


he Association of Business Communicators of India (ABCI) was formed in 1956 with an aim to promote excellence in Business Communications. ABCI, as it is famously known, has since then organized various workshops pertaining to Print & Electronic Media, its usage and its utility value. ComFest10 is a festival of ideas. In the true spirit of a festival, it is going to be a departure from the everyday. So ComFest10 will not affirm conventional wisdom. Rather, it will question the given. It is about undermining the status quo, turning ideas on their heads, reexamining certainties, and navigating the way forward in a world where conventional maps are rapidly losing relevance. For professional communicators, this is a platform that will compel us to look ahead, look around and, most importantly, look within. We cannot claim that after attending ComFest10, you will be able to pin down that flitting, fluttering butterfly we call change. We promise you, however, that you will step out of a cocoon of untested certainties – and emerge with flying colours. `Discount the obvious, bet on the unexpected`.


10th November 2010

Registration : 9am to 9.30am Inuagration of ComFest 9.30am to 10.15am



10.15am to 11.00am

DR. MATTHEW HIBBERD Director, Department of Film, Media and Journalism, University of Sterling, Scotland, UK

Matthew is Director of the MSc in Public Relations by Online Learning, and has teaching responsibilities both on the MSc in Media Management and with supervising PhD students. He attended academic panel meetings as part of the recent UK Government-funded Byron Review on Children and New Technology. Matthew was awarded 2008 Best International Business Communications Trainer by the Public Relations Council of India and also the 2008 Global Business Communicator Award from the Association of Business Communicators, India.



11.00 am to 11.30am

Can Change in Communication Education Produce Effective Communication Leaders?

DR. UDAY SALUNKHE Director, Welingkar Institute of Management Development & Research, Mumbai

An educationist with the qualities of a Leader, his vision and result orientation have been the guiding force in making Welingkar a name to reckon with, not only in India but also globally. Prof. Dr. Uday, a Mechanical Engineer with a Management Degree in “Operations” pursued his Doctorate in “Turnaround Strategies”. In his pursuit for excellence in academics, he has tried to synergize the best of the Indian Management ideologies with the modern day Management theories. He is a member of the Executive Board of Association of Management Development Institutions in South Asia (AMDISA).

Can Change in Communication Education Produce Effective Communication Leaders?

Tea Breaks : 11.30am to 11.45am



11.45am to 1.00pm

DR. NARENDRA JADHAV * Member, Planning Commission GOI, Member, National Advisory Council GOI,

Dr. Narendra Jadhav is a leading educationist, eminent economist & policy maker, well-known social scientist and best-selling author. Dr. Narendra Jadhav is currently serving as a Member, Planning Commission, Dr. Jadhav's sectoral responsibilities include Education, LabourEmployment-Skill Development, Sports & Youth Affairs, and Social Justice and Empowerment. In addition, Dr. Narendra Jadhav has also been appointed as a Member, National Advisory Council (NAC), chaired by Smt. Sonia Gandhi, with effect from May 31, 2010. Served the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) for 31 years,as Principal Adviser and Chief Economist (in the rank of Executive Director).

Financial Communications - Are we ready for India as a Global Economic Superpower?

Lunch Break : 1pm to 2pm



2.00pm to 3.30pm

MR. MANZER HUSSAIN Group Director Communications, Tata Steel Group

Mr. Manzer Hussain, Group Director Communications, Tata Steel Group, as a part of the new global organisation being put in place to process the integration of Corus Plc into the Tata Steel Group which is amongst the 10 largest producers of steel in the world. Mr. Manzer Hussain, who has been with the Group for the last 32 years, elaborates on the Tata Steel Group's business plans in the country. He is the man in-charge for handling Media Relations that largely deals with external stakeholders and currently dealing with the re-branding of Corus plc. with the Tata Steel Group.

Business Journalism - Can it Change and reshape the Economy? Future trends in Business Jurnalism

Tea Break : 3.30pm to 3.45pm



3.45pm to 5.00pm

MR. PRITISH NANDY Journalist, politician, television personality, and film producer

Pritish Nandy is a poet, painter, journalist, politician, television personality, animal activist and film producer. He was member of Rajya Sabha. In 1982 Nandy became a full-time journalist. He was publishing director of The Times of India from 1982 to 1991, and editor of The Illustrated Weekly of India from 1983 to 1991. He has also served as the editor of The Independent and Filmfare. He served concurrently as the publisher of The Illustrated Weekly of India, The Independent, Filmfare, Femina, Science Today, Dharmayug and Madhuri. He is currently a columnist with The Times of India and Dainik Bhaskar.

* Confirmation awaited

Entertainment Media- Can social messaging create a better impact on society?

DAY 2 1st


10.15am to 11.30am

11th November 2010

DR. DINESH KESKAR President of Boeing India and VP of Boeing International Trading

Dr. Dinesh Keskar is President of Boeing India and VP of Boeing International Trading. In his role, he is responsible for marketing all types of aircraft,owned by Boeing, to customers worldwide. Dr. Keskar received his bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering from Visvesvaraya National Institute of Technology, Nagpur(India) with a Gold Medal in 1975. He received his master's and doctorate degrees in aerospace engineering from the University of Cincinnati in 1976 and 1978, respectively.

Brand India as an Emerging Global Leader

Since joining Boeing in June 1980, Dr. Keskar has held senior positions in engineering, marketing and sales.

Tea Breaks : 11.30am to 11.45am



11.45am to 1.00pm

MR. SAM PITRODA Advisor to the Prime Minister of India on Public Information Infrastructure & Innovations

Sam Pitroda is an inventor, entrepreneur and policymaker. Currently Advisor to the Prime Minister of India on Public Information Infrastructure & Innovations, he is also widely considered to have been responsible for India's communications revolution. He has served as Chairman of the National Knowledge Commission (2005–2008), a high-level advisory body to the Prime Minister of India, set up to give policy recommendations for improving knowledge related institutions and infrastructure in the country. He has also served as an advisor to the United Nations and in 1992. As technology Advisor to the Prime Minister, Rajiv Gandhi in the 1984s. Mr. Pitroda heralded the telecom revolution in India.

Golden Jubilee Annual Awards Nite on th 11 November 2010

Creating and Leveraging Communication infrastructure for Global Leadership


10th & 11th November 2010


Rendezvous, Taj Mahal Hotel, Arthur Bunder Road, Gateway of India, Colaba, Mumbai 400 005.

REGISTRATION CHARGES : For Members Rs. 10,000/and Non Members Rs. 12,500/- (which includes Conference Kit, Conference Entry Charges, Lunch, Annual Awards Nite Entry and Dinner) For registration and any queries please contact

Mr. Kirit Varma on 9820717858 or mail ABCI reserves the right to change the Speakers at the Conference should circumstances require.

ABCI Comfest 2010  

Brochure of ABCI's Comfest 2010