Dr. Annurag Batra
Dr. Annurag Batra is a serial entrepreneur, media mogul, a journalist and an eternal optimist rolled into one. He is a B. Tech in Computer Sciences, a degree, which he acquired before joining Management Development Institute (MDI), Gurgaon. He is a first generation entrepreneur and currently the Chairman of BW Businessworld- the iconic 36 year old business media and magazine brand. Since taking over BW Businessworld, Mr. Batra has expanded the media organization into digital, events and BW communities and has taken into its fold digitalmarket.asia and everythingexperiential.com. He also launched BW hotelier in partnership with hotelier international. Besides this he has launched several other communities, which cater to niche audiences in different sectors, under the BW Umbrella. At present, Mr. Batra is building the BW Businessworld business aggressively and taking it to new heights.
Dr Batra also founded the exchange4media group, where he serves as the Chairman and Editor-in-Chief. e4m is India’s leading media industry company which houses several brands under its fold. The brands include- PITCH – India’s only Advertising, Marketing and Media Magazine; IMPACT – The Marketing Weekly; Franchisee Plus – Business Opportunity Magazine; Realty Plus – India’s leading monthly real estate magazine and samachar4media.com – leading media industry website in Hindi.
Dr. Batra is also appointed by Government of India as the Chairman of an industry committee formed to come up with a vocational training framework for the media, communication and entertainment industry. He mentors many budding entrepreneurs and enjoys the process of reverse mentoring, as in what he learns from these young entrepreneurs. At BW Businessworld BW Accelerate is an initiative to provide a structured platform to entrepreneurs for mentorship and growth.
He is an honorary advisor to stylekandy.com, a household name in the fashion industry and also cofounder of the auto website wheelsunplugged.com which he exited three years back after selling the venture to Helion backed Trivone
He is also a regular speaker on National and International Conferences on Media, Internet, Television, Media policy and Entrepreneurship. As a member of the Sales & Marketing committee of the Delhi Management Association and President of the Franchising Association of India, Northern chapter, he has a vital role to play in the decision-making processes of many industry circles. He is passionate about Magazines and is on the Executive Committee of the Association of Indian Magazines (AIM). He also wants to give back to the industry and his love for teaching comes into play in his position as the Chairman of the Advisory Board of FMCC (Futuristic Media Communication Centre), a leading Media and Communication School in India. In 2006, the prestigious Management Development Institute (MDI) and Mr. Batra’s Alma mater awarded him the “Most Distinguished Alumni of the Decade Award”.