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Abhimanyu Ghosh
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It gives us immense pleasure to release the second edition of a herculean research effort ‘Asia’s Most Promising Brands’ 2013-2014’ – a research project par excellence, featuring the most promising 150 brands from the GCC, Indian Sub-continent and South East Asia. ‘Asia’s Most Promising Brands’ is based on secondary and primary research and the brands selected after careful research are invited to be a part of the feature. Globally the first initiative in print, online and other digital platforms, it strives to give the selected brand the respect that they so truly deserve.

At a time when the world economy is going through a transformation with a massive shift of power towards the Asian continent, ‘Asia’s Most Promising Brands’ brings to the fore the promising brands from this region. The selection of these 150 brands is a part of the Global Most Promising 500 Brands that WCRC has undertaken. The research has been divided into two parts. The Zone 1 comprises the Indian Sub-continent, GCC and South East Asia and the Zone 2 consists of the Far East, West and Central Asia. It’s truly inspiring to interview and read about the growth and achievements of the brands selected. Let there be no doubt that these are the most promising brands globally we are talking about. Should everything be right for them, these brands in all likelihood should attain the position of numero uno in a few years.

In an era where editorial sanctity is often in question along with transparency of research, we, at World Consulting & Research Corporation, are proud to have set an unparalleled credibility process. With KPMG in India as the process advisors and evaluators and a constellation of jury members from different regions of the globe, our commitment has been towards an unbiased process where only the meritorious get selected. ( January, 2015 WCRC Leaders Asia Magazine )


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Abhimanyu Ghosh
Editor -in-Chief

It gives me immense pleasure to present here India’s 100 Most Valuable Brands. Each of these brands has a fascinating story behind it, a story of dreams, a story of struggle and overcoming all odds, a story of an indomitable spirit of entrepreneurship and a story of futuristic planning. Without these elements, the story of the most valuable brands won’t be complete. We have tried to retell these stories behind these brands while peeping into the future to see the new milestones these brands could achieve a few years from now.

They say Rome was not built in a day. So weren’t these big brands. They have a history of struggle and it took decades of perseverance in carving out a niche for themselves in the market and, more importantly, in the mind of the consumers. Winning the consumers’ trust is not easy. And once you have won it, you are constantly faced with the challenge of living up to their expectations. These brands that we have listed here have won the trust of the consumers, and also several accolades down the decades. For decades, many of these brands have been an indispensable part of our lives. These brands have withstood the test of time.

There was a time not very long ago when doing business in India was not easy. And satisfying the consumers was still harder because cash did not flow in abundance and every penny meant a lot. People looked for value-for-money propositions in every product they bought and every service they subscribed to. It was in those trying times that these brands held their ground. Liberalisation and globalisation came with their own sets of challenges. Suddenly there was a lot more competition, a lot more choice available to the consumer and a lot more cash at the consumers’ disposal to spend on products and services. There was a lot more aggression in advertising and new players tried everything to position themselves in a fresh market. The existing players had to completely reinvent themselves to face this challenge. Those, who did, survived; those, who couldn’t, were relegated to the margins. A new age had begun with new rules of the game.

Our list of the 100 Most Valuable Brands comprise the ones who have survived these ups and downs over the decades and are growing stronger with every passing day. The selection has been comprehensive and rigorous. I am sure you will enjoy reading about these brands, their journey, trials and victories. I would rest my pen here.

Wish you all the merriest Christmas and a great start to 2015 in advance. Happy reading! ( December, 2014 WCRC Leaders Asia Magazine )


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Abhimanyu Ghosh
Editor -in-Chief

It gives us immense pleasure to introduce ‘India’s Most Promising Brands 2014’ and ‘Global Indian Icons & India’s Most Promising Leaders 2014’. While the first is a brand project par excellence, featuring the most promising brands from the largest democracy in the world, the second features those Indian and Indian-origin leaders who have carved out their place in the world and those who are in the process of doing so. The brand project draws on extensive secondary and primary research and only brands selected after meticulous research are invited to be a part of the feature. Globally the first initiative across print, online and other digital platforms, it strives to give the selected brands the respect that they so truly deserve.

At a time when the world economy is still in the process of taking cognizance of the rise of India, India’s Most Promising Brands brings to the fore those brands who will contribute to the next phase of India’s growth story.

In an era where editorial sanctity is often in question along with transparency of research, we, at World Consulting & Research Corporation, are proud to have set an unparalleled credibility process. With Ernst & Young LLP India as Process Advisor and a credible Jury, our commitment has been towards an unbiased process where only the worthy get selected.

Keeping the significance of India’s rise as a major player in the world, the right destination had to be chosen. This brings us to London. Apart from the obvious historical connection, London has always been the global banking and business hub.

We would like to thank Ernst & Young LLP India for working tirelessly to ensure that no stone is left unturned in bringing out an authentic, unbiased and accurate selection of brands. The members of the Jury deserve a special mention. They have gone through the entire selection process in detail, covering all the documentation relating to research and other parameters to ensure that the most genuine results come out. Last but not the least, this project would not have reached fruition without the immense hardwork of the entire team at World Consulting & Research Corporation. They walked the proverbial extra mile and burnt midnight oil to ensure that perfection was achieved towards the purpose of the project. On behalf of each member at WCRC, I would like to take this opportunity to congratulate each of India’s Most Promising Brands.    ( July-August, 2014 WCRC Leaders Asia Magazine )


A tribute to the success of Asian women…

Abhimanyu Ghosh
Editor -in-Chief

The Global Gender Gap Report 2013, published by the World Economic Forum, reveals a stark reality about India and the fragile status of its women. It has been ranked 101 out of 136 nations surveyed on gender-based disparities in economic, political, education and health parameters. It lies at the bottom of the pile among BRICS nations with South Africa leading at 17, followed by Russia (61), Brazil (62) and China (69). Even Bangladesh (overall rank 75) has a higher percentage of women account holders (35 per cent) in a formal financial institution compared to India (26 per cent). The report reveals another interesting indicator. India has a dismally low percentage (9 per cent) of firms with female participation in ownership, compared to neighbouring Sri Lanka (26 per cent), which leads India in the overall ranking (55) as well. The only positive takeaway from this report is the political empowerment index which ranks India at 9, way ahead of most BRICS nations. Only South Africa ranks marginally better at number 8.

The statistics above leaves a lot to be desired from our legislators and policymakers. As one of the youngest democracies, yet the largest, the country’s quest to attain gender equality seems like a utopian dream. As part of the cover story in this issue, we have reached out to some self-made Asian women, who have stood their grounds in the face of adversities or have fearlessly challenged the norm and taken the plunge. The women we have featured shared with us various aspects, covering their early years of struggle to how they attained success in their current avatar, their take on gender-based reservation to how others can emulate their success. To build up the tempo, we got an introductory article from one of the best known women journalists in the Middle East (where countries are ranked amongst the lowest in gender equality) on three women who broke free from the shackles of a patriarchal society to lead by example. Through our cover story, we wanted to raise a toast to the success of these lion(ess) hearts. We hope many others follow their pugmarks. As the world celebrated the International Women’s Day in early March, we found it important and pertinent to celebrate their success.

This issue also has a special focus on Asian real estate. Our research division conducted a survey on ‘Asia’s Best Real Estate Projects & Properties To Look Out For’. The survey finding has been published in this issue in the form of a colourful feature comprising some of the iconic and best real estate projects from across South East Asia, South Asia and the GCC member states. A section on some of the best projects to look out for in the coming years has also been featured. The official tabulators for this project are Ernst & Young LLP (India).

Our magazine will continue to bring forth international perspectives, voiced by leaders across social, political and business domains. We would strive to present you a product where the stories, design and the voices would be fresh yet in perfect sync with each other. We would be back with some more special issues in the coming months. Till then, happy reading.    ( March-April, 2014 WCRC Leaders Asia Magazine )


A toast to 2014, the year of the Asian tiger…

Abhimanyu Ghosh
Editor -in-Chief

With 2013 already behind us, the shining promise of a brand new year and resolutions reverberating across the planet – some professional and personal, others political and societal – I believe it’s an opportune time to lend fresh years to the ubiquitous roar of the global colossus that is the Asian tiger.

The Asian growth story over the past two decades has been redoubtable to state the least. The world has stood up and taken cognizance of its blaze of glory. The year of 2013 has presented in its wake a mixed bag of triumphs and tribulations. While the growth of the Chinese, Indonesian. Malaysian, Philippine and Thai economies saw diminishing projections by the World Bank and other agencies due to factors related to internal government debt, reduced FDI inflows and international commodity costs, there was equal reason to cheer. Prime among them has been the metamorphosis of the Asian continent from a conventional ‘supplier’ of resources and services to the advanced world economies to a robust ‘provider’ and veritable patron of wares now delivered to Asian nations by the developed world – be it raw material, energy, machinery, chemicals or food items. Add to this the far-reaching ramifications of the impending Trans-Pacific Partnership that would set into motion a brand new paradigm of free trade; the interplay with the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) within Asia and it’s free trade associates; and you have the full measure of the potential for change – a change that can impact companies and brands worldwide!

Speaking of leaders and the strains of thought inspiring their processes and actions in 2014 – one of my most cherished subjects – clearly, the transitions they spearhead in the year forward will need to focus on the ideas presently redesigning the contours of the manner in which organisations interact with consumers across markets – for instance, rising above a simplistic adoption of the virtual marketplace to actually gleaning and efficaciously utilising it to tap into the throbbing pulse of the Asian denizen or identifying newer avenues of growth fuelled by innovation and the desire for change. And these are certainly not limited to online pathways. Take the story of the retail boutique in Chelsea, New York as an example where the ultimate connect between the consumer and the company springs to life every month as the store undergoes an iconic change in product offerings, theme, form and function to market variegated concepts. Who said on-ground retail has already reached saturation? And while these are just instances to capitalise on valuable lessons, I’m confident in good measure that the leaders of today will make the glorious leap into tomorrow to meet the new challenges with due intelligence, relevance and earnest governance. It will drive the epic Asian progress saga further.

We, at WCRC Leaders – Asia, will partner with and showcase the very best of this brilliant constellation of leaders as they forge their way. The magazine will strive to highlight the best in leaders from every domain of industry and life. At the end of the day, every company and society is a reflection of its leaders who are the true catalysts for development. Leaders make things happen and WCRC Leaders – Asia magazine is our honest endeavour to recognise their accomplishments as they take giant strides towards a super 2014.    ( January, 2014 WCRC Leaders Asia Magazine )


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Abhimanyu Ghosh
Editor -in-Chief

Real estate has been one of the drivers of Asian economy. It is one sector that literally employs millions of people while contributing to the residential, commercial and economic infrastructure of Asian nations. The global meltdown of 2008 and the overall atmosphere of pessimism have pitted this sector in front of huge challenges.

But some companies, ably shepherded by some outstanding leaders, have swam against this current and have emerged stronger. This publication is a toast to the grit and gumption of these trailblazers who defied all odds and emerged triumphant.    ( WCRC Leaders Asia Magazine )


Abhimanyu Ghosh
Editor -in-Chief

It gives me immense pleasure to present to you the first edition of Asia’s Most Promising Leaders 2012-2013, a project par excellence, featuring the Most Promising Leaders from Asia’s Most Promising Countries for Business. Asia’s Most Promising Leaders is based on secondary and primary research, and leaders selected after research are invited to be a part of the feature. Globally the first initiative in print, online and broadcast format, this endeavour will continue in the path of excellence and strive to put forth new Asian leadership thoughts and perspectives that will revolutionise not only Asia but the World. Asia’s Most Promising Leaders promises to be the most prolific platform to bring together leaders from across the region, a platform that will foster new ideas and nurture future talent.

The justification for the present edition is nothing less than a passionate effort to make sense of the dynamic world of leadership as Asia strides towards becoming the most important player in the global economy. We intend to take in the landscape, recording and bringing attention to the local and global management and leadership issues as they evolve. Leaders and readers can be assured that the content will be engaging and impactful.

These are surely difficult and tumultuous times for the world economy. We have over the years seen a shift of the economic power centers from the West to the East. We are also witnessing a global transition in social and business leadership, as a young, ambitious, and capable Asian workforce takes its place at the forefront of the global talent pool. These leaders are not only taking Asian companies to greater heights, but are also taking up leadership roles in Multinationals that are Western by origin and culture. The Rise of Asia and Asian Leadership has become an undeniable fact of our existence.

A business leader’s job is dramatically stressful. Background, experience, education, and talent are not enough to prepare a manger for leadership at the top. No wonder about 40 percent of CEOs fail within 18 months. Demands on leadership and increased accountability, alongside the need for sustainable and inclusive growth is making an already stressful job even more difficult. Asian leaders will not have it easy in a world economy that faces multifarious challenges, from the European crisis and a slowing growth rate to an increase in environmental threats, that as we have seen, can wreck an economy in a jiffy. We are sure that Asia’s leadership will rise to the occasion, and lead the way in the revival of the global economy.

Along with Asia’s Most Promising Leaders we are also launching ‘Leaders Asia’, a quarterly magazine that will transform the leadership publications platform. The next edition will be a mammoth special issue in December, from when the magazine will be a monthly edition. What we hope to offer you is unrivalled coverage of the leadership scenario in Asia (unrivalled in the sense of being the best but also in the sense that no one else is covering it), and to bring insights from the world outside. It is a lot of effort and late nights for the team at WCRC, but we have unbridled joy in bringing this edition to life and, it is because we speak directly with those of you, who toil at the leading edge of industry, breaking new grounds. The journey has begun, and we promise it will be exciting.    ( Asia’s Most Promising Leaders 2012-2013 )


Abhimanyu Ghosh
Editor -in-Chief

It gives us immense pleasure to introduce ‘Asia’s Most Promising Brands’ & ‘Leaders 2012-2013’. A brand project par excellence, featuring the most promising brands and leaders from Asia’s most promising countries for business. ‘Asia’s Most Promising Brands’ is based on secondary and primary research and brands selected after careful research are invited to be a part of the feature. Globally the first initiative in print, online and other digital platforms, it strives to give the selected brand the respect that they so truly deserve.

At a time when the world economy is going through a transformation with a massive shift of power towards the Asian continent, ‘Asia’s Most Promising Brands’ brings to the fore the promising brands from this region. The selection of these 200 brands is a part of the Global Most Promising 500 Brands that WCRC has undertaken. The research has been divided into two parts. Zone 1 comprise the Indian Sub-continent, GCC and South East Asia and Zone 2 consists of the Far East, West and Central Asia. It’s truly inspiring to interview and read about the growth and achievements of the brands selected. Let there be no doubt that these are the most powerful brands we are talking about.

In an era where editorial sanctity is often in question along with transparency of research, we, at World Consulting & Research Corporation, are proud to have set an unparalleled credibility process. With KPMG in India as the process advisors and evaluators and a constellation of jury members from different regions of the globe, our commitment has been towards an unbiased process where only the meritorious get selected.

Keeping the magnitude of the project in mind, along with the objective to salute the growth that these companies have achieved, the right destination had to be chosen. This brings us to Dubai. Very few places on the map have redefined the way business is conducted over the last one decade as Dubai seems to have done. Its cosmopolitanism, open environment for business, its emergence as a financial and tourism hub and its location makes it only logical that ‘Asia’s Most Promising Brands’ should make its debut in the world’s most promising city. The story of the emergence of Dubai is absolutely fascinating to say the least.

We would like to thank KPMG in India for working tirelessly to ensure that no stone is left unturned in bringing out an authentic, unbiased and accurate selection of brands. The members of the Jury deserve a special mention. They have gone through the entire selection process in a detailed manner covering all the documentation relating to research and other parameters to ensure that nothing but the most genuine results come out.

Last but not the least, this project would not have reached fruition without the immense hardwork of the entire team at World Consulting & Research Corporation. They walked the proverbial extra mile and burnt midnight oil to ensure that perfection was achieved towards the purpose of the project.

On behalf of each member at WCRC, I would like to take this opportunity to congratulate each of the 200 ‘Asia’s Most Promising Brands’.     ( Asia’s Most Promising Brands’ & ‘Leaders 2012-2013 )


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