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Speakers as on date, with more joining us soon from around the world

Inaugural and Keynote Speakers

  • Sri Siddaramaiah, Hon’ble Chief Minister, Government of Karnataka, India
  • Mr. Dinesh Gundu Rao, Hon’ble Minister of State for Food and Civil Supplies and Consumer Affairs Department, Government of Karnataka, India
  • Mr. Pratap Simha, Hon’ble Member of Parliament, Mysuru, India
  • Prof. K. S. Rangappa, Vice-Chancellor, University of Mysore; Conference President, 11th Global Communication Association (GCA) International Conference, Mysuru, India
  • Mr. Venu G. Somineni, Chairman, My Kingdom Holdings Pte Limited, Singapore
  • Prof. Dr. Yahya R. Kamalipour, Chairman, Global Communication Association (GCA); Professor and Chair, Department of Mass Communication and Journalism, North Carolina A&T State University, United States of America
  • Prof. C. Basavaraju, Registrar, University of Mysore, India
  • Mr. Krishna B. Mariyanka, Conference Curator and  Organising Secretary, 11th Global Communication Association, (GCA) International Conference; Former Advisor, Corporate Communications, Shell Technology India


Awards Ceremony and Keynote Speakers 

  • Dr. S. M. Krishna, Former Hon’ble Union Minister for External Affairs, Government of India; Former Hon’ble Chief Minister, Government of Karnataka; Former Hon’ble Governor of Maharastra; 
  • Sri D. K. Shivakumar, Hon’ble Minister for Energy, Government of Karnataka, India
  • Mr. Manish Tewari, Former Union Minister of State, Information and Broadcasting, Government of India; Public Affairs Lawyer, Supreme Court and Delhi High Court, India
  • Prof. K. S. Rangappa, Vice-Chancellor, University of Mysore; Conference President, 11th Global Communication Association (GCA) International Conference, Mysuru, India
  • Prof. Dr. Yahya R. Kamalipour, Chairman, Global Communication Association (GCA); Professor and Chair, Department of Mass Communication and Journalism, North Carolina A&T State University, United States of America
  • Mr. Krishna B. Mariyanka, Conference Curator and  Organising Secretary, 11th Global Communication Association, (GCA) International Conference; Former Advisor, Corporate Communications, Shell Technology India


Panel Discussion and Session Keynote Speakers (in alphabetical order)

  • Ms. Adina Borcan, Electoral Observer, European Commission, Brussels, Belgium
  • Mr. Ajay Kavishwar, Head of Communications, Akshaya Patra Foundation, Bengaluru, India
  • Mr. Ali Akbar Abdolrashidi, Journalist and Writer; Translator and Public Relations Advisor, Tehran, Iran
  • Mr. Anurag Batra, Chairman and Editor-in-Chief, BW Business World and exchange 4 media Group, New Delhi, India 
  • Mr. Balaji Krishnaswamy, Head, Corporate Communications, Hindustan Power, New Delhi, India
  • Dr. R. Balasubramaniam, Founder and President, Swami Vivekananda Youth Movement, Mysuru, India
  • Mr. H.S. Balram, Director, National School of Journalism; Former Resident Editor, The Times of India, Bengaluru
  • Dr. Banu Akdenizli, Associate Professor, Department of Public Relations and Publicity, Yeditepe University, Istanbul, Turkey
  • Mr. Bharat Bhushan, Editor, catchnews.com; Founding Editor, Mail Today; Former Editor, Hindustan Times; New Delhi, India
  • Mr. R. Bharathadri, Officer-In-Charge, Media and Public Relations, NITTE Group Of InstitutionsBengaluru, India
  • Mr. N. Bhaskara Rao, Founder-Chairman, Centre for Media Studies, New Delhi, India
  • Mr. Dayananda Bannikal, IPS, Commissioner of Police, Mysuru, India
  • Mr. M. A. Deviah, Correspondent, FirstPost; Consultant Editor, World Bank Group, Bengaluru, India
  • Mr. Girish Nikam, Consultant and Anchor, Rajya Sabha TV; Columnist and Journalism Educator, New Delhi, India
  • Mr. Girish Ranade, Bollywood Film Producer & Talent Manager, Mumbai, India
  • Mr. Hemant Gaule, Co-Founder & Deputy Dean,  SCoRe Indian School of COmmunication & REputation, Gurgaon, India
  • Mr. Himanshu Arora, Co-founder, Social Panga; Lead Trainer, Digital Vidya, Bengaluru, India
  • Ms. Janaki Murali, Writer;  Former Journalist, The Hindu Business Line and The Economic Times; Bengaluru, India
  • Mr. Kamlesh Sharma, Director, Public Affairs and  Communication, Coca-Cola India and South West Asia, Gurgaon
  • Ms. Malavika Avinash, Lawyer, Actor and Social Activist, Bengaluru, India
  • Prof. Dr. Mike Friedrichsen, Full Professor, Media Economics, Research and Innovation, Stuttgart Media University; Founding President, Humboldt School of Digital Management; Berlin, Germany
  • Ms. Moushumi Dutt, Senior Director and Head of Corporate Communications, Philips India Limited, Gurgaon
  • Mr. K. S. Narahari, Senior Consultant, The Practice; Former Director, Corporate Communications, Texas Instruments India, Bengaluru
  • Mr. A. S. Panneerselvan, Readers’ Editor, The Hindu; Adjunct Faculty, Asian College of Journalism, Chennai, India
  • Mr. Peter Yorke, Chief Executive Officer, Yorke Communications, Bengaluru, India
  • Mr. Prakash Belawadi, Founder, The Suchitra School of Cinema, and Dramatic Arts; Columnist, Banglore Mirror; Former Journalist, Indian Express,  Bengaluru
  • Mr. Prakash Dubey, Group Editor, Dainik Bhaskar, Nagpur, India
  • Ms. Preethi Nagaraj, Independent Journalist; Columnist, Prajavani, Mysuru, India
  • Ms. Radha Radhakrishnan, Communications Consultant; Former Head of Communications, Azim Premji Foundation and Wipro Limited,   Former Journalist, The Hindu, Bengaluru, India
  • Mr. Raghavendra Rao, Independent Communications Consultant; Former Head, Corporate Communications, JSW Limited, India
  • Prof. M. V. Rajeev Gowda, Hon'ble Member of Parliament, Rajya Sabha, India
  • Mr. Ramakrishna Upadhya, Conference Coordinator, 11th Global Communication Association (GCA) International Conference; Consulting Editor, TV9; Former Senior Editor, Deccan Herald; Bengaluru, India
  • Mr. Romesh Kumar Mattoo, Senior Journalist; Former Chief of Bureau, The New Indian Express, Bengaluru, India
  • Ms. Saba Naqvi, Columnist, Author and Political Commentator, New Delhi, India
  • Mr. K. S. Sachidananda Murthy, Resident Editor, Malayala Manorama and The Week, New Delhi, India
  • Mr. D. P. Satish, Senior Journalist, CNN-IBN, New Delhi, India
  • Prof. Dr. G. P. Shivram, Department of Mass Communication and Journalism, Mangalore University, India
  • Mr. Srimal Fernando, Journalist, International Affairs Expert; Global Editor for Foreign Exchange Diplomatic Society of South Africa; Columbo, Sri Lanka
  • Mr. Sujit Patil, Vice President & Head, Corporate Communications, Godrej Industries Limited & Associate Companies (GILAC), Mumbai, India
  • Ms. Sumathi A. Rao, Director, Brand, Communications and Digital, Philips India Limited, Bengaluru
  • Mr. Suresh Heblikar, Film Maker and Environmental Activist, Eco-Watch, Bengaluru, India
  • Dr.  Usha Rani Narayana, Ph.D, Professor and Chief Coordinator, University with Potential for Excellence(UPE), University of Mysore, Mysuru
  • Mr. G. Ulaganathan, Editor-in-Chief, JustExplore; Adjunct Faculty, Symbiosis School of Media and Communication, Bengaluru, India
  • Ms. Vasanthi Hariprakash, Radio and Television Journalist; Former Special Correspondent, NDTV 24X7, Bengaluru, India
  • Ms. Vandana Rathore, Communications Advisor, Bengaluru, India
  • Mr. Venkatesha Babu, Deputy Editor, Business Today, Bengaluru, India
  • Mr. Vikram Sampath, Director, Symbiosis School of Media and Communication; Founder, Bangalore Literature Festival and Archive of Indian Music, Bengaluru
  • Mr. Vinod Sharma, Political Editor, Hindustan Times, New Delhi, India

... and more joining us soon!


Note: The above is a list of speakers confirmed as on date, which may be subject to further changes without notification, owing to final availabilities of the speakers closer to the conference and at the discretion of Global Communication Association (GCA) and the organisers of the conference.