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25 Global Design Experts to Headline Design Dekko Musings

The two-day conclave starting October 30 to witness architecture and design experts discuss emerging trends and pressing issues of the industry

MUMBAI, India, Oct. 27, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Design Dekko, Godrej Group’s brand-agnostic platform for architecture and design has announced one of its biggest line-up of global speakers for its upcoming event Design Dekko Musings. The two-day digital conclave is scheduled for 30 and 31 October 2020, 4:30 PM (IST) on It will witness nearly 25 global architecture and design experts sharing the dais, and several of them will be making their debut on an Indian platform.

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On hosting Design Dekko Musings, Sujit Patil, VP & Head of Corporate Brand & Communications, Godrej Group, said: “As part of our direct communication strategy, our owned-media platform, Design Dekko, was established in 2019 as a community for architecture and design professionals, students and enthusiasts. In the last one year, we have worked with the design community to establish a platform that encourages a free exchange of ideas, promotes networking and mentoring, and helps the industry to collaborate with peers and brands in this space. Our first digital conclave, Design Dekko Musings will bring 25 Global Thinkers and Innovators on the platform to share their views that will redefine architectural and design trends of tomorrow and inspire the industry in the post-COVID era. In addition to these Global Personalities, Design Dekko Musings will also see brands from within the Godrej Group, like Godrej Interio, Script, Godrej Security Solutions and Godrej Properties, join in the conversation.”

On Day 1 (October 30), world-renowned ecologist, architect, and inventor of the Bioclimatic skyscraper, Dr Ken Yeang (Ecologist and Principal at TR Hamzah & Yeang) will deliver a keynote on how the industry must have a Future-Forward and a Looking-Inward approach to design. The session will be followed with keynotes by Rahul Kadri (Partner & Principal Architect at IMK Architects) and Saket Sethi (Founder – Archilogics Design who shall share his perspective on the subject.

The first power panel of the event will be on Social Design and Its Impact. The panel comprises Goonmeet Singh Chauhan (Founder & Partner at Design Forum International; Author – Invertonomics), Abhishek Nath (Managing Director & CEO at Ixora Corporate Services), Siddhanth Shah (Founder-Director at Access for ALL), and David Schwarz (Founding Partner at HUSH). During the session, the speakers will discuss how inclusive designs can influence behavioural and cultural change in an organization – and the nation at large.

The next panel will discuss the trend of ‘Nesting’. In this, Sakina Rangwala of Eztablish Design Communication will be in conversation with Rajat Mathur (Business Head – Script – Godrej & Boyce), Farah Ahmed (Co-founder at FADD Studio), Meena Murthy Kakkar (Design Head at Envisage).

The second and final day of the event will begin with exciting keynotes on Who moved my Park?by speaker Ankur Choksi (Principal at Studio Lotus) and Gerdo Aquino (Co-CEO, SWA). Both the speakers will share their perspective on how designers and citizens can power the movement in support of public spaces.

The first power panel of the second day, Break in the Code will see Anubhav Gupta (Founder at GPL Design Studio, Godrej Properties) in conversation with Sushant Jai-Amita Verma (Founding Partner at rat[LAB] Studio), Rodrigo Brenner (Co-Founder – FURF Design), Massimiliano Brugia (Co-Founder, Obicua), and Abdul Sater Wafai (Co-Founder & Chief Architect, Sipal-Wafai Architecture). The panel will discuss a list of architecture and design trends that expected to remain in vogue in the future. They will debate and discuss few trends they think are fads and others which they feel may outlive the projections and emerge as long-lasting trends.

The last session of the event, ‘Inside-out: The Cocoon Effect’, will touch upon the importance of home and health security. On the panel consisting Mehernosh Pithawala (VP, Godrej Security Solutions), Mitali Aharam (Founder at Crafted Spaces), Payal Karumbiah (Founder at The Baby Atelier) will discuss with Tanya Khanna, Founder & Director, Epistle Communications, why designers should consider security an essential part of the design brief.

To attend this free (by registration only) conclave, visit

Design Dekko Musings is powered by Godrej Construction, Godrej Properties, Godrej Interio, U&Us Home Design Studio, Script, India Circus, Godrej Locks & Architectural Fittings and Systems, Godrej Security Solutions and The Trees. The supporting partners for the conclave are Designers PRiyal, Eztablish Design Communication, Epistle Communication and The Information Company.

About Design Dekko:

Design Dekko is an initiative by the Godrej Group. Announced in 2019, Design Dekko is a brand agnostic platform for architecture and designer professionals and students to network, engage and collaborate with peers and brands. In the last one year, Design Dekko has become a community of over 24,000 architecture and design professionals and enthusiasts from various parts of the country through its platform, social media and events.

About Godrej Group:

Established in 1897, the Godrej Group has its roots in India’s Independence and Swadeshi movement. Our founder, Ardeshir Godrej, lawyer-turned-serial entrepreneur failed with a few ventures, before he struck gold with a locks business. Today, we enjoy the patronage of 1.1 5 billion consumers globally across consumer goods, real estate, appliances, agriculture and many other businesses. In fact, our geographical footprint extends beyond Earth, with our engines now powering many of India’s space missions. With revenues of over USD 4.5 billion we are growing fast, and have exciting, ambitious aspirations. For us, it is most important that besides our strong financial performance and innovative, much-loved products, we remain a good company. About 23 per cent of the promoters’ holding in the Godrej Group is held in trusts that invest in the environment, health and education. We are also bringing together our passion and purpose to make a difference through our Good & Green strategy of ‘shared value’ to create a more inclusive and greener India. At the heart of all of this, are our people. We take much pride in fostering an inspiring workplace, with an agile and high performance culture. We are deeply committed to recognizing and valuing diversity across our teams.

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IAB Tech Lab Expands Presence in APAC

Shivendra Misra to Focus on the Asia-Pacific Region and Local Efforts

NEW DELHI, Dec. 3, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — IAB Tech Lab (Tech Lab), the digital media and marketing industry’s global non-profit research, development, and technical standards-setting consortium, announced that Shivendra Misra has been appointed to represent the organization in the Asia-Pacific (APAC) region (Southeast Asia, India, China, and Japan). As IAB Tech Lab’s APAC Director, Misra will oversee key aspects of operations in the region, and will be based in New Delhi, India.

IAB Tech Lab aims to strengthen local cooperation in the Asia-Pacific region for advertising technology through relevant stakeholders, including advertisers, agencies, publishers, advertising technology companies, local IAB chapters, and other trade organizations. Misra’s initial focus will be to increase awareness of IAB Tech Lab in the region. He will mobilize member companies and partner organizations, setting up collaborative working groups for local experts to devise regionally relevant strategies and priorities, while supporting implementation of technical standards and best practices. This will also provide a robust feedback loop to inform future development of Tech Lab’s advertising standards.

“APAC and India are the biggest growth drivers for the digital advertising industry. The region already has the most internet users in the world, most via mobile devices,” said Dennis Buchheim, President, IAB Tech Lab. “Tech Lab has seen solid local adoption of many of its global standards, notably Open Measurement SDK, which has been deployed by over 20 APAC companies to support mobile app measurement. By engaging with product and operations teams in the region, we can help more companies benefit from the interoperability, efficiency, and increased innovation enabled by our standards and can ensure we are supporting them effectively.”

“The APAC region has also become a prime focus for IAB Tech Lab member companies, and it is crucial that Tech Lab connects regularly with more local companies to better understand their needs, share new developments, and facilitate standards adoption,” said Shivendra Misra, Director, APAC, IAB Tech Lab.

Misra has significant experience in the digital industry, initially building internet gaming and healthcare platforms, and was also part of the Indian e-commerce wave. He also served as a management consultant, defining digital strategy for one of the biggest Indian corporations, as well as several small and medium enterprises. Misra’s varied background has prepared him well to support Tech Lab interests in the region.   

Tech Lab’s investment in the Asia-Pacific region builds on other collaborative work around the world. Since 2018, IAB Tech Lab has been working closely with IAB Europe in the development of the Transparency and Consent Framework (TCF), the flagship technical implementation for the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) in advertising technology. Tech Lab has also collaborated with international IAB chapters to facilitate global input and feedback on Project Rearc, which is focused on the future of addressability as the use of cookies and other identifiers becomes limited.

Product managers, engineers, ad operations staff, and other professionals in the digital media industry in the Asia-Pacific region who wish to get involved in IAB Tech Lab’s initiatives can learn more and participate in the upcoming webinars, here.

About IAB Tech Lab

Established in 2014, the IAB Technology Laboratory (Tech Lab) is a non-profit consortium that engages a member community globally to develop foundational technology and standards that enable growth and trust in the digital media ecosystem. Comprised of digital publishers, ad technology firms, agencies, marketers, and other member companies, IAB Tech Lab focuses on solutions for brand safety and ad fraud; identity, data, and consumer privacy; ad experiences and measurement; and programmatic effectiveness. Its work includes the OpenRTB real-time bidding protocol, ads.txt anti-fraud specification, Open Measurement SDK for viewability and verification, VAST video specification, and Project Rearc initiative for privacy-centric addressability. Board members/companies are listed at:

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Integral Ad Science Expands Business Operations in India, Appoints Mehul Desai as Country Head

MUMBAI, India, Dec. 3, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Integral Ad Science (IAS), the global leader in digital ad verification, today announced the appointment of seasoned technology leader Mehul Desai as Country Head, India to lead product innovation and business operations locally. Mehul will be based in Pune.

Integral Ad Science Expands Business Operations in India, Appoints Mehul Desai as Country Head


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“We’re continuing our expansion across APAC, and welcoming Mehul to the IAS team will help fuel our innovation and growth for the region,” said Laura Quigley, SVP APAC, IAS. “Brand safety, ad fraud, and viewability have become even more critical in a complex regional advertising ecosystem. IAS’s growth in India will enable us to bring much-needed transparency to brands placing their digital investments in the region, helping them safeguard the brand reputation and maximize campaign performance.”

Mehul brings more than 20 years of experience in building and leading innovative technology businesses to his new role at IAS, along with immense experience in engineering and R&D. He will help supercharge IAS’s product innovation and growth mandate in India, driving adoption of the company’s best-in-class measurement and verification solutions. Mehul will lead a team of ad-tech experts at IAS to establish strategic relationships with brands and agencies, helping them maximize their investments and media quality for their digital advertising efforts. Most recently, he was the Chief Operating Officer at Scan-IT, where he led technical and business operations. Previously, Mehul was the Director of Software at Fiserv, leading the delivery unit of the company’s Technology Centre of Excellence. He also previously worked at Avaya as Senior Engineering Manager.

“As IAS continues its global growth, India has experienced a huge rise in digital media consumption, along with strong interest from advertisers for independent media quality and performance measurement across their campaigns,” said Mehul Desai, Country Manager, India, IAS. “Joining IAS at this pivotal time, I look forward to advancing the company’s product innovation roadmap by hiring the best talent, including top engineers, to provide industry-leading verification solutions to advertisers in the Indian market and beyond.”

About IAS

Integral Ad Science (IAS) is the global leader in digital ad verification, offering technologies that drive high-quality advertising media. IAS equips advertisers and publishers with both the insight and technology to protect their advertising investments. For more on how IAS is powering great impressions for top publishers and advertisers around the world, visit

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Leading fine-art logistics specialist hasenkamp and 4ARTechnologies launch strategic cooperation to revolutionize global art handling

ZUG, Switzerland, Dec. 2, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — 4ARTechnologies and hasenkamp are joining forces to set new standards for the global landscape of fine art transports and art handling.

The digital art market tools developed by the Swiss Art & Tech expert 4ARTechnologies are already being used by over 30,000 people in 65 countries. Now, renowned European logistics specialist hasenkamp, who handles works by Da Vinci or Gerhard Richter and serves clients like the MET in NY, is providing over a century of expertise and their own developments to define the next generation of fine-art handling services for the industry.


Leading fine-art logistics specialist hasenkamp and 4ARTechnologies launch strategic cooperation.


The immediate goal of the cooperation is to combine 4ARTechnologies’ first-of-it’s-kind art handling tools, including fully digital artwork passport, condition reports and process track & trace with hasenkamp’s leading full-service approach and over 100 years of fine-art logistics experience.

Dr. Thomas Schneider, General Manager of hasenkamp, is enthusiastic about the partnership: “As a specialist for the logistics of high value and sensitive goods, the entire hasenkamp group always focuses on the customer. With our worldwide network, we guarantee the quality of our services and ensure the highest standards of fine-art logistics. We always serve our clients in the best possible way to meet their requirements. Through the cooperation with 4ARTechnologies, we create a further step towards transparency and security for our customers and their artworks.”

“Partnerships with industry leaders like hasenkamp are key to 4ARTechnologies’ success,” notes Niko Kipouros, 4ARTechnologies AG Founder and CEO. “We are excited and proud to cooperate with hasenkamp, as their immense know-how and process experience are fundamental in building an integrated logistics solution that is a further step towards the standardization of a larger art market ecosystem.”

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