Moderator:Mr. Rajiv Bajaj
Mr. Rajiv Bajaj
CEO, Tourism Interface & Beyond Basix
Rajiv Bajaj is an Aviation & Tourism industry professional who has been in the trade for the last 25 years. He has worked for over two decades in the airline industry, including the National Carrier, and Air Mauritius Ltd, where he headed the Northern region for over ten years. He is now the Director & COO of a travel company that specialises in Representation of overseas tourism products and B2B marketing of tourism and travel related products.
He is also a trainer and a visiting faculty with several leading institutes. A keen web enthusiast and computer expert, Rajiv has an expertise in Social Media Marketing as well as development of web-sites. His web-based projects include his own blog, which has a large following all over the world, and Tourism Interface, a newly launched platform exclusively for tourism industry interaction and cooperation, apart from several other sites.
He has a deep understanding of the online platform and has closely been following its evolution and application in the tourism & travel industry.
Reasons For Joining Ayanaant
“Rarely does one come across “Out Of The Box” initiatives that genuinely strive to improve the industry as a whole, and Ayanaant, in my view is just such an initiative. Whilst there are several industry events held each year, Ayanaant is truly unique in that it is trying to bring together the best talent in the industry for exchange of valuable ideas and information, which will add great value to industry as a whole, and will help to bridge knowledge gaps. It is an opportunity to foster cooperation, an opportunity to learn from industry leaders, and an opportunity for making our industry a better place.
I would like to congratulate the team at Viva Voyages for coming up with this great initiative and am delighted to be a part of this event.
Ms. Meenu Sachdeva
Co Founder & Managing Director, TI Infotech Pvt. Ltd.
Meenu is a techno functional consultant with 24 years of experience in providing Technology solutions to the Travel, Tourism and Hospitality Industry. She started TI Infotech in the year 2005 with a focused approach to serve the Travel Industry using Information Technology as a business enabler.
Before taking over as Managing Director in TI InfoTech Pvt Ltd, Ms. Meenu Sachdeva served in senior positions as Sr. Vice President and Chief Technology officer in leading Travel and Tourism Companies including International Travel House, Makemytrip.com, SITA World Travel and Kuoni Travel India working as head of expansion, business development, brand and new business using technology tools.
Meenu is a Post Graduate from Delhi University with specialization in Computer, software engineering, as well as Project Management. She is an IT Solution Architect with an extensive experience in Strategic planning, budgeting, forecasting and Implementation for complex IT Infrastructure setups, business applications and E-Commerce solutions, rich diversified international business development, consulting, training, auditing and engineering experience in system and software engineering disciplines in multiple organizations.
She was awarded the CTO of the Year Award in 2005 for the service vertical. She has also been awarded in various industry forums.
She has an undying passion to excel in whatever job she undertakes and leaves no room for anything less than success.
Ayanaant is providing a great platform to connect the experienced starworts of the travel industry to interact and share knowledge of the latest trends in the travel industry. It will be a pleasure to be part of this conclave . My best wishes to the team of Ayanaant for putting together this initiative.
TI Infotech is a premier Travel Technology Solution provider company with a focused approach on delivering quality services. The Company has made inroads in the field of customized solutions for the Travel & Tourism domain, ERP Implementation and Support, Custom Application Development, IT consulting and E-Commerce Solutions. “We combine extensive real-time domain knowledge supported by stringent quality control processes to deliver business technology solutions across various technological stacks. Our innovative and in-depth tourism industry knowledge has helped us to create some comprehensive range of products.”
Mr. Nikhil Ganju
Country Manager, TripAdvisor
Nikhil Ganju is responsible for leading the TripAdvisor India business, where his mandate is to consolidate TripAdvisor’s position as a leading travel site in India and grow it to become the no. 1 destination for Indian travellers planning their holidays.
He has over 14 years of experience as a marketing professional, with 12 of those years spent in online businesses in India. Prior to being appointed Country Manager, Nikhil has been heading TripAdvisor India’s marketing efforts since the launch of India operations in 2008.
Nikhil has overseen a period of rapid growth of TripAdvisor’s presence in India – from 2008, where a few hundred thousand Indian’s were using the site, to now, when it is consistently within the top 5 travel sites in the country (in terms of traffic), just behind the top OTA’s. During Nikhil’s tenure, TripAdvisor India has become India’s no 1 travel planning site, and more importantly, has become the de facto destination for Indian’s seeking user generated travel content on hotels, attractions and restaurants. TripAdvisor India’s content offering has also grown significantly and the site now features more than 20,000 Indian accommodations with by far the largest pool of reviews on them, so that no matter where in India you are travelling to, there are real traveller reviews to help. Nikhil also oversaw the introduction of unique and very successful promotions with very relevant travel audiences such as airline frequent fliers, aimed at getting Indian travelers into the habit of contributing reviews. Partnerships with leading travel brands has been another area where TripAdvisor India has made major strides, ensuring that no matter what leading travel site travellers are on, they view TripAdvisor content on it as well – some examples being the content partnerships with MakeMyTrip, Cleartrip, Jet Airways etc.
Nikhil’s mandate is to make TripAdvisor India the leading travel site in the country as well as the leading and most comprehensive hospitality database in the country with the largest pool of content on it and he will continue to direct his attention on these ambitious goals.
Before TripAdvisor, he was Marketing Director at Expedia India from October 2007 onwards. Nikhil has almost always worked within the internet space – starting with being a part of the very first team at baazee.com, staying with them until the site was acquired by eBay in 2004. He has also worked with Airtel, where he was marketing broadband services and Indiatimes.com, where he was heading Online Shopping.
Nikhil holds a Post Graduate Diploma in Management from the Symbiosis Institute of Management Studies, Pune (1997), graduated from the College of Business Studies, Delhi University (1995) and went to school at the Modern School, Vasant Vihar in Delhi.
He lives in Gurgaon, on the outskirts of New Delhi, and is an avid photographer, reader (some of his favourite reads are ‘What should I do with my life’ by Po Bronson, ‘The World according to Garp’ by John Irving, most of Murakami’s novels and he also likes reading the Gita almost on a daily basis), inveterate traveller and outdoor enthusiast, recently trekking alone to the Everest Base Camp in Nepal. One of his favourite quotes is –‘Leap…and the net will appear’.
Mr. Ram Mohan KM
Head IT, Kuoni India
Ram Mohan K M is a Computer Science Engineer from “College of Engineering, Pune”, with over 12 years of technology experience. Post his engineering, he got together with his college friend and created “TAXHELP”, a quick search tool for direct taxes. Regional Income Tax departments, adopted the tool for its user friendliness and quick response times.
He moved on to Head Technology and was the Chief Architect at Traveljini.com, where he was first exposed to the travel domain. Its kept him excited till date. He also had an entrepreneurial engagement with SourceFuse India, where he worked as Co-Founder and Head of Operations & Engineering.
In his current assignment with Kuoni Travel India, he heads Technology & Business Applications. Additionally, he now heads the eCommerce initiative and is working overtime to get over the learning curve of understanding the business. The journey is a lot of fun and opportunities in scale and ability to take data led decisions is what excites him the most. He believes in “idiot proofing” user experiences and the current business model allows him to take a fresh look at both online and offline business processes.
Mr. Vikram Malhi
General Manager Expedia South Asia
Vikram has over a decade of business strategy and marketing experience. Prior to his role in Expedia, he was a Director at Expedia’s Hotels.com brand in the US overseeing global marketing and strategy. In addition, he has a strong business consulting background and has worked with well known brands like IBM, Wrigley Jr. Company, Hersheys, Anheuser Busch, Ford, General Motors and Citibank. He has a Masters in Business Administration from the University of Chicago, Booth School of Business and also holds a degree in engineering from Nagpur University, India.
Mr. Vinay Gupta
Vinay Gupta is the founder of Via.com, a travel aggregator with more than 20,000 partners across 1,000 cities in India. Vinay led Via.com from a startup to a 600 to 700 million company in just 5.5 years. “The challenges have been inspiring, I believe that honest desires, and honest efforts create great results. When the ‘I’ melts into the Team and the passion becomes a goal, the journey becomes fun.”
He was awarded the ‘Rashtriya Udyog Ratna Award’ by NHREDO in September 2011 for excellence in building a large, profitable and respectable company, that is a model for others to emulate. He has also been awarded ‘Entrepreneur of the Year’, by Franchise India Holding Limited, Awards for excellence in franchising and retail.