Previewing GLOBALOCAL, the “Forum for Content” in India

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A matchmaking session from GLOBALOCAL 2014

A matchmaking session from GLOBALOCAL 2014

This February, GLOBALOCAL 2015 will host publishing executives from around the world for high-level discussions and workshops in New Delhi.

By Edward Nawotka, Editor-in-Chief

Now in its fifth year, the annual “forum for content” in New Delhi, India GLOBALOCAL, organized by German Book Office, New Delhi, (GBO) and the Frankfurt Book Fair, returns with a heady mix of roundtable discussions, training sessions, keynote presentations, and networking breaks. It will be held from February 12-13, just before the start of the New Delhi World Book Fair, which runs from February 14-22.


Among the highlights of this year’s GLOBALOCAL are a pair of “PowerPanels.” The first, entitled “The Upward Curve in Publishing,” will be moderated by Smita Jha, Leader Media and Entertainment Practice PwC, and will feature Himanshu Gupta, Joint Managing Director, Schand, India; V.K. Karthika, Publisher and Chief Editor, HarperCollins, India; Manuel Carcassonne, Managing Director, Les Ediitons Stock, France; R. Vivek, Head – Business Development, Trade Books for Flipkart, India; and Emma House, Director of Publisher Relations, UK Publishers Association. They will be in conversation discussing “the positive side effects of the enormous changes in publishing and allied industries,” at 10 a.m. on February 12.

A second “PowerPanel,” entitled “Higher Education in the New Age: Social, Global and Digital” features a variety of stars from academic publishing, including Ranjan Kaul, Managing Director, Oxford University Press, India; Dr. Ramesh C.Gaur, University Librarian, JNU, India; Vivek Mehra, MD and CEO, SAGE Publications, India; Michael Healy, Executive Director, Copyright Clearance Center, US; ad Nitasha Devsar MD, Taylor and Francis, India. The panel will take place on February 13 at 10 a.m. and will be moderated by Sesh Seshadri, Director, Lonely Planet, India.

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Coinciding with the panels will be a variety of workshops covering topics ranging from “Rights and Licenses in the Age of Transmedia,” “Rethinking Strategy & Monetization,” “Marketing for the Future,” and “Re-energizing the Brick and Mortar Bookshop.”

Among the international participants this year are Judith Habermas Rights Director, DuMont Buchverlag, Germany; Hasri Hasan Senior Manager, Perbadanan Kota Buku, Malaysia Kota Buku; Irina Prokhorova Editor-in-Chief, New Literary Observer Publishing House, Russia; Linda Vogt Editor, AB – Die Andere Bibliothek, Germany; Manuel Quirin Rights Manager, Suhrkamp, Germany; Peter Schoppert Managing Director, NUS Press Pte Ltd, Singapore; Renate Reichstein Rights Director, Verlagsgruppe Oetinger, Germany; Roberto Bertoli Riboli International Sales Executive, Eli Publishing, Italy; Sebastian Posth Managing Director at Publishing Data Networks GmbH (SPIEGEL-Group); Amit Rotbard General Manager, Babel Publishers, Israel;

A large constituency is also participating from Singapore, including:

Christina Lim Executive Director, Armour Publishing; Phil Tatham, Publisher, Monsoon Books; Phoon Kok Hwa, Publisher, Candid Creation; Ng Kah Gay, Director, Ethos Books; Thamotharan Vijayanand, Publisher, Crimson Earth; Shu Chiang Yong, Director, Bubbly Books; Syed Ali Bin Ahmad Semait, Publisher, Pustaka Nasional; Evelyn Chia, Publisher; Kenneth Quek, Deputy Director, National Book Development Council of Singapore; R Ramachandran, Executive Director, National Book Development Council of Singapore; and Catherine Khoo, Managing Director, Janus Education.

You can find more information at the following links:

Highlights GLOBALOCAL 2015

Workshops GLOBALOCAL 2015

About the Author

Edward Nawotka

A widely published critic and essayist, Edward Nawotka serves as a speaker, educator and consultant for institutions and businesses involved in the global publishing and content industries. He was also editor-in-chief of Publishing Perspectives since the launch of the publication in 2009 until January 2016.