ACE 2014 Jury meet takes place in the scenic Udaipur


The Jury meet for Event Management Federation’s ACE 2014 awards ceremony will take place today in the historic capital of the kingdom of Mewar, Udaipur - founded in 1553 by Maharana Udai Singh. Udaipur or the ‘Venice of the East’, as it is often referred to is not just known for its scenic locations but for its culture and Rajput-era palaces.

Although ACE 2014 is an initiative by Gujarati event fraternity, the venue for its Jury meet in a different state altogether was a sheer display of friendship turning into a business opportunity. It is probably one-of-its kind where friendship has taken the experience of Jury to a new height. The close friendship that the president of EMF, Dr Jaydeep Mehta shares with the Maharaj Kumar - Prince of Mewar, Lakshyaraj Singh, resulted in the Prince of Mewar inviting EMF to host its ACE 2014’s Jury meet at the HRH Group of Hotels property in Udaipur. This also reflects the strong bond that the state of Mewar shares with Gujarat.

The esteemed Jury members will arrive at the culturally rich and scenic city to sort and vote for the best work executed by the various event organizations across Gujarat, from small to big - the result of which will be announced during the ACE 2014 awards ceremony.

The HRH Group of Hotels from Udaipur will host the Jury meet with accommodations being done   at the historic Fateh Prakash Palace. The day begins with a lunch at Shiv Niwas Palace for Jury members, following which, the Jury will begin the process of opening sealed nominations for voting. When the Jury is over, a special dinner has been arranged at the famous ‘Jagmandir’, which serves food from the same kitchen that caters to the current custodian of Mewar dynasty - Shriji Arvind Singh Mewar of Udaipur. The next morning breakfast will be served at the ‘Sunset Terrace’, Fateh Prakash palace overseeing the beautiful ‘Fateh Sagar’ lake.

The list of members who will form the Jury are well-known figures from media, entertainment, hotel and other industries. The list includes the CEO of Colors - Viacom 18, Raj Nayak and the Maharaj Kumar, the Prince of Mewar - Lakshyaraj Singh.

Jury Members

Raj Nayak – Jury Chair / Chief Executive Officer at Colors – Viacom 18

Raj Nayak is a media veteran with close to 25 years of experience in the media industry. He has handled some of the biggest brands in India like NDTV, STAR TV Network, ESPN STAR Sports, and many more.

Lakshyaraj Singh – Prince of Mewar, Executive Director of HRH Group of Hotels

Hailing from the Royal family of Mewar, Lakshyaraj Singh of Udaipur is the youngest child of Shriji Arvind Singh Mewar of Udaipur and Smt. Vijayraj Kumari Mewar of Udaipur. He is also the President of the Udaipur District Cricket Association and an Advisor to The President of Rajasthan Cricket Association.

Manu Seth – Marketing Head, HTC India

Manu Seth has over 15 years of experience working with telecom manufacturers such as Tata Indicom, BlackBerry Research in Motion and Idea Cellular. His key focus has been on marketing communications, marketing, brand management, strategic marketing alliances, media planning and budgeting and promotions.

Kavita Seth - Playback Singer

Kavita Seth is an Indian playback singer who has sung in many Hindi films. She is also a well-known performer of Ghazals and Sufi music, and has her own musical group called ‘Karwaan Group’, which comprises of primarily Sufi musicians.

She won the Filmfare Award for Best Female Playback Singer in 2010 for her classical Sufi rendition ‘Gunja Sa Koi Iktara’ for the film ‘Wake Up Sid’. The same song also won her ‘Star Screen Award for Best Female Playback’. Her group often travels across the world to perform Sufi music.

Manish Porwal – Managing Director at Alchemist Marketing & Talent Solutions

He is the MD of Alchemist. Prior to Alchemist, Manish has worked with Percept Talent Management (PTM) as CEO. After his MBA at NMIMS, he started his career with FCB Ulka and has worked with Everest , BBC World and Vijay TV. Additionally, he also held the position as CEO of Bollywood Corporation at PTM briefly. He created CelebTrackTM that measures celeb power across genres.

Navroze D. Dhondy, Founder and Managing Director, Creatigies Communications / Co-founder at Magiktuch Talent Management for the Blind

Navroze has been part of Indian advertising industry for over two decades now. His portfolio includes working for brands in India and for Indian brands in the UK, South America, Sri Lanka, and many other countries. He started his career with Lintas (Lowe), where he stayed for 8 years after which he moved to HTA, (JWT) and stayed there for nearly 5 years. He later became the CEO of TBWA / Anthem and Percept.

Gour Gupta, Managing Director- Clear Channel

He currently serves as the Managing Director of Clear Channels and takes care of day-to-day activity of Clear Channel, India.

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