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Mr. Chamaria

Apurva Chamaria

Chief Revenue Officer, RateGain

Apurva Chamaria is the Chief Revenue Officer of RateGain, one of world's leading SaaS company's serving over 12,000+ customers in the travel and hospitality industry across 100+ Countries. In his role, he leads sales, marketing, alliances & customer success across the world.

Prior to RateGain, Mr. Chamaria was the Global Head of Corporate Marketing for HCL Technologies, a US$8-Billion global IT major. Under his leadership HCL became the fastest growing brand in the Interbrand top Indian brands list for 2 years in a row (No. 17 in 2016) and was ranked at No.378 and valued at US$4.4 Billion in the Brand Finance Global 500 2017 league table.

In 2016, Mr. Chamaria was awarded the "Marketer of the Year" by World Leadership Forum, "Digital Marketer of the Year" by IAMAI and "B2B Marketer of the Year" by Paul Writer. He was recently featured in Pluralsight Digi100 List Powered by Paul Writer, the recognition for the top 100 Digital Marketers in India. He also earned a spot on prestigious Campaign Asia-Pacific 40 under 40 in 2018.

Prior to HCL, Mr. Chamaria was the youngest country manager at Ranbaxy Laboratories (now Sun Pharmaceuticals) leading the business in Australia & NZ. He is Recognized by The Economic Times as amongst the top 10 angel investors in India in 2018. Investor at large helping exceptional founders scale companies in Fin-Tech, Global Services, AI, M2M, VR/AR/MR, Content etc & is a investor in companies like Witty Feed, Inc. 42, Josh Talks, Funlockar, Sponsify me, CubeRoot , Chq Book (Fin-Tech), Innov8 (Co-Working), Ahaa & Simulanis (AR/MR/ VR), Lucideus Tech (Cyber-Security) etc.

Mr. Chamaria is also a charter member of TiE, New Delhi. He is a columnist for the Pitch and Digital Market Asia magazines. His book "You are the key - unlocking doors through Social Selling" (Bloomsbury) hit#2 in the Amazon India Best-Sellers list* within 20 days of being launched in Jan 2016 and is currently a best-seller on the WH Smith best-seller list as #1. It was also recognized by Prime-minister Narendra Modi for contributing to Digital India.

Mr. Chamaria is regarded as a thought-leader on "digital transformation" and is regularly quoted in publications. He's a sought after speaker and has key-noted at TED x, IAMAI MarCon, DMAI GMAW, Oracle Cloud World, LinkedIn Tech Connect, Microsoft Ignite, Paul Writer GIIMS, Hindustan Times Top 50 Brands, Exchange for Media Pitch Top 50 Brands etc.

Please visit http://www.rategain.com for more information.

Mr. Chamaria can be contacted at +91 956-062-2700 or apurva@rategain.com

Coming up in September 2019...

Hotel Group Meetings: Uncommon Destinations

The last few years have been good to the Hotel Group Meetings industry and that trend is expected to continue into 2019. Planners are brimming with confidence due to an expanding economy and increased job creation, which typically results in a boost in corporate meetings. Given this promising outlook, planners are trying to outdo themselves to satisfy the high expectations of their clients. One notable trend is to integrate unusual settings into the meeting experience, hosting groups at local zoos, aquariums, museums, event centers, or other outdoor facilities. The goal is to embrace uncommon destinations, rather than a typical hotel conference room, so that meetings can be memorable, unique and stimulating. This is also part of another trend which is to support all things local - from hosting events at landmark city venues; to catering through local restaurants, food trucks and microbreweries; to hosting off-site excursions like agri-tours, athletic events or scenic 5k routes. However, though the setting might be spectacular, there are still some bedrock components that must be provided to ensure a successful meeting. Free, high-speed Wi-Fi is still one of the most requested services. Planners have to make sure that a comprehensive communication infrastructure is in place so clients can easily connect - and stay connected - to the network throughout the entire meeting experience. Also, technology tools can be used to streamline the booking, registration, and check-in process, and Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) materials can be utilized to ensure seamless access to conference events. There are also numerous software tools that encourage audience participation, as well as integrating polls, Q&A, surveys and games into speakers' presentations. The September Hotel Business Review will examine issues relevant to group meetings and will report on what some hotels are doing to promote this sector of their operations.