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international speakers

lutz leichsenring - club commission, berlin

Lutz Leichsenring is one of the world’s foremost authorities for protecting creative industries. Since 2009, he has been the spokesman & executive board member for the Berlin Club Commission. He has fought tirelessly for the rights of Berlin’s vast underground club scene by organizing demonstrations, conferences, workshops and by speaking at round tables & parliamentary committees. Lutz is one of the chief shareholders of a Berlin & London-based recrutainment company. His role with the Club Commission & the Berlin Music board has led Lutz into the city’s Chamber of Commerce, where he frequently votes on development issues that protect creative space affected by gentrification.

mirik milan - former night mayor of amsterdam

Mirik Milan is former Night Mayor of Amsterdam, and longtime creative director of some of the Dutch capital’s most celebrated events. His vast experience and familiarity with the Amsterdam scene made him the perfect candidate to head the city’s new nightlife office. Mirik was the figurehead and spokesperson for all things concerning nightlife in the Dutch capital. Mirik also launched the Nacht voor de Nacht, a citywide, multi-venue club festival where partygoers can go between 20 different nightclubs with just one ticket. In 2017, Mirik gave over 25 international talks to city governments and planners, advising them on how to better deal with their Night Time Economy and became a partner for the Creative Footprint with Lutz Leichsenring.

mathew hall - bar manager, hakkasan group, london

Matthew started his stint with the Hakkasan group in 2010 as the Head Bartender for Hakkasan Hanway for four years. In 2014, Matthew started spearheading the entire bar program of Asia while making Shanghai his home country. Currently, Hall is working closely with the Hakkasan India to develop their ‘Only At’ menu. Along with managing the bar at Hakkasan, Matthew is also one of the founders of a project called ‘The London Bartenders’ Association’. Over the last two years the association has managed to develop a contact base of around 40,000 London and international Bartenders, with a direct database of 50,000 UK industry contacts.

zeebra aka hideyuki yokoi - night ambassador of shibuya city, tokyo

Hideyuki Yokoi, also known as Zeebra, is widely known as a rapper and a top running Hip-Hop activist,representing Tokyo. He has collaborated with multiple world class artists throughout his career. For his career as an activist, he was selected as the Chairman of the Club and Club Culture Conference (CCC)in 2014. He was successful in making Fu-Ei-Ho, which is the National Law that prohibits night life's late night business hours, a rising issue in all forms of media. He also led the “Manner Campaign” for club goers, where people contributed in cleaning the clubs in the morning, which was adapted to a short film. In 2016, he was nominated as one of the official Night Ambassadors of Shibuya city.

hayan abou assali - general manager, cavalli club, dubai

A hospitality expert with over 20 years’ experience, Hayan is the International General Manager of Cavalli Club, and General Manager of Three Dots International FZE, the consultancy division of Pragma Group. He is working with Cavalli Club since 2011 after joining Pragma Group as Operations Manager.Under Hayan’s guidance the venue greatly exceeded its target of 100 million annual revenue, and waschosen as one of The World’s Finest Clubs. At Three Dots, Hayan managed the relationship between Pragma Group and its franchisees. In 2015 Hayan managed and supervised the opening of Cavalli Club, Puerto Banus. Upon successful completion of this project, Hayan was re-appointed as General Managerof Cavalli Club Dubai.


national winners

inca honour


INCA honours akbar sami as dj of the decade for completing 35 years in the music industry


INCA honours DJ Akhtar for his contribution to the Music & Nightlife Industry in India.

city winners

LOUNGE KOKO Asian Gastropub The GRID Farzi Café Shiro Lord Of The Drinks Forum (Nehru Place) Paasha - JW Marriott Pune A Reverie 365 A.S. - Hyatt Regency Chennai
NIGHTCLUB Playboy Club M Bar Kitchen Fat Pigeon - Bar Hop, Block 22 CLOUDNYN - Sterlings Mac Hotel Kitty Su - The Lalit New Delhi Coco Sushi & Bar SinQ Nightclub Q Bar - Hilton Chennai
BAR IN HOTEL House of Nomad - Taj Lands End Mumbai Roxy - The Park Kolkata Season's Bar - Taj Krishna Hyderabad The Blue Bar - Taj West End Bengaluru Grappa - Shangri-La's - Eros Hotel, New Delhi Mix@36 - The Westin Pune Koregaon Park Rockpool - W Goa The Flying Elephant - Park Hyatt Chennai
BAR CHAIN Social N/A Heart Cup Coffee Social Social Effingut SinQ Nightclub N/A
BEER BAR Doolally Taproom The GRID Prost Brew Pub Toit The Beer Café Effingut Café Mojo N/A
Bar For Cocktails KOKO Asian Gastropub TFO - The Factory Outlet TiKi Shack - Rooftop Bar Sly Granny - The Community House Cocktails & Dreams, Speakeasy Elephant & Co. Koi Asian Dining & Bar Radio Room
Resto-Bar Olive Bar & Kitchen Monkey Bar Farzi Café Hard Rock Cafe Olive Bar & Kitchen Elephant & Co. Cohiba Bar & Kitchen Radio Room
Sports Bar The Irish House The Irish House Xtreme Sports Bar & Grill Xtreme Sports Bar & Grill SMAAASH Cafe Toons Cape Town Café Willows Lounge Bar, The Westin Chennai Velachery
Dive Bar Café Mondegar OlyPub TiKi Shack - Rooftop Bar Pecos Summer House Cafe High Spirits Cafe Taverna Radio Room
Open Air Bar Estella Ozora Farzi Café Bang - The Ritz - Carlton Bangalore Summer House Cafe Euriska Marbela Beach Restaurant Q Bar - Hilton Chennai
Bar Food KOKO Asian Gastropub, Slink & Bardot The GRID TiKi Shack - Rooftop Bar Social Social, Prankster The Urban Foundry The Black Sheep Bistro The Flying Elephant - Park Hyatt Chennai
Venue for Live Performances Khar Social Hard Rock Cafe Air Live Hard Rock Cafe The Piano Man Jazz Club High Spirits Cafe Cohiba Bar & Kitchen Bay 146 - The Savera Hotel
Bar for Wines House of Nomad - Taj Lands End Mumbai The Junction - Taj Bengal Kolkata Tre-Forni Restaurant and Bar - Park Hyatt Hyderabad Shiro The Wine Company, Gurgaon Boteco - Restaurante Brasileiro Capiz Bar - Grand Hyatt Goa The Flying Elephant - Park Hyatt Chennai
Concept Bar The Bar Stock Exchange Aura - The Sky Bar Prost Brew Pub Tipsy Bull - The Bar Exchange The Piano Man Jazz Club Social Showbar Radio Room
Café Bar Café Zoe Café Mezzuna Farzi Café Smoke House Deli Perch Wine & Coffee Bar Raasta Café AZUR - The Marriott Goa N/A
Debut Bar B Kitchen & Bar Pa Pa Ya Farzi Café Fandom at Gilly's Redefined Pra Pra Prank The Daily All Day The Lazy Goose Off The Record
Bar Interior Arth Gold - JW Marriott Hotel Kolkata Hard Rock Cafe 1Q1 Kitchen & Bar Prankster, Gurgaon The House of Medici, The Westin Pune Koregaon Park Soro - The Village Pub Radio Room
Bartender Rakesh Mulik, KOKO Asian Gastropub Uttam Singh, The Parking Lot Chapay Anand, Zero40 Brewing Tenzin Dayang, The Permit Room Chong Sherpa, PCO Joyal D'Souza, The Daily All Day Azhar Khan, Koi Asian Dining & Bar Akash Deeban, Radio Room
Mixologist Dimi Lezinska, KOKO Asian Gastropub Irfan Ahmed, TFO - The Factory Outlet Chapay Anand, Zero40 Brewing Rohan Matmary, Byg Brewski Brewing Company Yangdup Lama, Cocktails & Dreams, Speakeasy Jeet Rana, Arth Devi Singh Bhati, Peep Kitchen Velmurugan T., Radio Room
Restaurant/Bar Manager Rahul Raghav, The Bombay Canteen Shael Bhardwaj, The Astor Kolkata Sharad Arora, United Kitchens of India Ashish Dwivedi, The LaLit Ashok Bangalore Kriti Malhotra, Pling - Pullman New Delhi Aerocity Nilesh Ayyar, The Sassy Spoon Rishab Malhotra, Thalassa Zahir Naina, Radio Room
F&B Director Sharad Singh, The St. Regis Mumbai Rajnish Rao, The Park Kolkata Kulbinder Singh, Taj Krishna Hyderabad Ranveer Sabhani, Social Sumit Wahal, Sly Granny & Mamagoto Kshitij Rekhi, Paasha, Mi-A-Mi and Oak Lounge Tanveer Kwatra, W Goa Kunal Pawar, Hyatt Regency Chennai
Artist/Band Of The Year (Bollywood) Stebin Ben Wagah Road N/A N/A Akhil Sachdeva Fiddlecraft Bors Bey - Koi Asian Dining & Bar N/A
Artist/Band Of The Year (Non Bollywood) Mad Boy/Mink Underground Authority Threeory Best Kept Secret The Local Train Sohrab Nicholson A26 Sapta, The F16s
DJ of the city Nikhil Chinapa Rudra, DISTORT DJ Kan-i DJ Clement Arjun Vagale SEQU3L Ajit Pai VinayakA
Pop-Up Milkman N/A Playground Corona Sunsets warpcore N/A SOMA Project N/A
Stand-Up act Atul Khatri Anirban Dasgupta N/A Kanan Gill Papa CJ N/A Twisted Testicles Aravind SA