The chairperson of the newly elected governing council is Harsh Jain, co-founder and CEO of Dream Sports. Rajesh Magow, co-founder and group CEO of MakeMyTrip, and Satyan Ganjwani, vice chairman of Times Internet, have been elected vice chairman and treasurer of IAMAI. They join IAMAI president Subho Ray to form the association’s executive council.
According to a report by Money Control, start-ups had accused IAMAI of aligning with Big Tech’s interests and acting as their mouthpiece. The domestic digital players strongly opposed the policy stance taken by Big Tech firms on issues such as digital competition policy and regulations for digital firms.
According to media reports, Meta’s public policy director Shivnath Thukral made an unsuccessful bid for council membership. At the same time, Google Cloud India’s managing director, Bikram Bedi, contested the election in place of the country head & vice president of Google India, Sanjay Gupta.
What is the IAMAI?
The IAMAI plays a crucial role in advocating for favourable policies and regulations that promote the growth of the digital industry. It works closely with the government, regulatory bodies, and other stakeholders to provide inputs on policy matters, industry standards, and best practices. The association also organises conferences, seminars, and events to facilitate knowledge sharing and networking among its members. The website boasts of being the “only platform solely focused on the internet sector, run by and for the internet companies in India.”
The IAMAI has a diverse membership base comprising various segments of the digital industry, including e-commerce companies, digital content providers, social media platforms, mobile app developers, payment service providers, and online advertising agencies, among others. It has more than 500 Indian and multinational corporations, including major start-ups such as Paytm, Ola, Unacademy and many more.
Any internet company can apply for membership through the official IAMAI website. They have a 24-member governing council with elections held every two years.