Darsana Nair is the Head of Category Planning & Activations, Gulf & New Markets at Mondelez International. In her current capacity, Darsana provides strategic leadership across Mondelez’s categories including chocolates, biscuits, powdered beverages, cheese, gum, and candy. In addition, she spearheads sales operations and drives sales capability across the region. Darsana is a seasoned FMCG professional. With more than 15 years of experience in the food & beverage industry across the Middle East, Africa, and Europe, Nair has specialized in strategy, business development, sales, marketing, while also gaining practical knowledge in category management, trade, and shopper marketing. Prior to joining Mondelez International, she worked across major blue-chip companies including PepsiCo, Mars Wrigley as well as Arla Foods. Throughout her experience, she became proficient in developing high-performing commercial organizations, and in leading world-class partnership with retailers. With an MBA from London Business School, Darsana Nair has honed her skills in commercial strategy and P&L management. As a thought leader of the food industry for more than a decade Darsana has been a popular face of various food forums as Keynote Speaker and has been quoted in the regional news publications including GulfNews and Khaleej Times.