The 2019 edition of the India Football Forum was successfully held on Thursday, December 5 at the Novotel Juhu Beach in Mumbai.
After opening remarks for Jonathan Rego, who set the tone for the day, it was the first session titled ‘The Road Ahead For Indian Club Football’ featuring Sunando Dhar (I-League CEO), Indranil Das Blah (Mumbai City FC CEO) and Arunava Chaudhuri.
It was an interesting discussion on where the Indian Super League, I-League and Indian football in general stands.
After presentations from Jose Antonio Cachaza (LaLiga India head) and Sunando Dhar (I-League CEO), it was the turn of the second session titled ‘Building Talent Pool from Ground Up’ featuring Sunando Dhar, Jose Antonio Cachaza, Henry Menezes (WIFA CEO), Jitendra Joshi (Co-Founder Director, Sportz Village Xp) and Nilesh Kulkarni (Founder & Director, International Institute of Sports Management – IISM).
After lunch the forum restarted with apresentation by Nilesh Kulkarni about the International Institute of Sports Management and then another one by Kevin Sim (Head, APAC – Bundesliga International). Thereafter the third session titled ‘Securing The Fan Experience’ featurng Kevin Sim, Supratik Sen (CEO and Co-Founder, U Sports), Neel Shah (Head of Sports Education & New Business, India On Track) and Arun Raghu (Co-Founder, Fans on Stands Sports).
The last industry presentation came from Joseph Eapen (Senior Vice-President / Director – India at SMG Insight / YouGov), while the fourth and final session had ‘Preparing For The Digital Age’ as its topic featuring Joseph Eapen, Subhamoy Das (ESP Properties), and Chiraag Paul (Founder & CEO – Proem Sports Analytics).
Thereafter Thomas Abraham (Co-Founder & Editorial Director, SportzPower) ended the day with a summary of the topics discussed.
The India Football Forum will be back in 2020!