Community Partners


Rajdeep Gupta

STC India Chapter 2011 - President

STC India Chapter
Rajdeep Gupta is the Business Dev Manager (South Asia) for Author-it Software Corporation. He is the President of the STC India Chapter for 2011. He has an MBA in Information Technology and a Bachelors in Communications.
Prof. Dr. Anil Rao Paila

Dean & Director, Bangalore Campus

WE School

Dr. Anil Rao's key areas of specialization are institution building and organization development, creating and marketing corporate image and enhancing brand development, design thinking & strategic implementation. He has 13 years of corporate experience as a Chartered Accountant and 10 years of teaching & research experience.

He was awarded the prestigious prize ‘The Chitragupta Award’ for obtaining the first rank in management accounting by Institute of Chartered Accountants, of India, New Delhi. His doctoral study on “Design and Development of Management Information System, in selected industries earned him a Ph.D. degree in MIS.

Dr. Anil Rao is also the Executive Council Member of NHRD, Bangalore chapter and Regional Vice President for Association of India Management Schools (AIMS) Southern Region and founder member of PMA, Bangalore chapter.
Apala Chavan

Chief Oracle and Innovator

Human Factors International (HFI)

Apala Chavan was responsible for starting up Human Factors International's (HFI) UX consulting operations across Asia (Mumbai, Bangalore, Pondicherry, Shanghai and Singapore) since joining HFI in 2000 as MD - India and VP - Asia. Apala is an award winning designer (International Audi Design Award) and specializes in the area of Cross Cultural Innovation and Design.

Apala and her Contextual Innovation team have helped designers, marketers, product managers and ethnographers in Fortune 500 companies apply her innovative techniques to develop exciting new concepts and products. She systematically guides the ideation process to uncover subtle patterns in ethnographic and market data to reveal the exciting breakthrough ideas that can drive business and generate more revenue and profit on the one hand and improve quality of life for users, on the other hand.

Recently, her focus has been on the emerging markets. She has written a book on this subject, Innovative Solutions: What Designers Need to Know For Today's Emerging Markets.

Her recent videos on emerging market ecosystems can be viewed at:

The Importance of Ecosystem Research with Apala Lahiri Chavan

Think locally, Win Globally - Designing for Emerging Markets with Apala Lahiri Chavan

Sarit Arora

Sarit Arora has more than 12 years of experience in the area of User Experience Design and Innovation. He is leading the Advertising Platforms Group’s UED team at Yahoo! Bangalore, working closely with product and engineering teams to come up with seamless user experience for platform products and online advertisements experience.

Before joining Yahoo, he was heading the Bangalore office of HFI, leading a team of  user experience designers. Before HFI, he was designing cars for Maruti Suzuki. One of his key projects was to redesign the Maruti 800, the smallest and the “people’s car” in India.

He employs contextual innovation methodologies to identify new opportunities, discover users through ethnographic studies and design breakthrough and engaging products and experience.

He has been closely associated in organising UX events in Bangalore like the World Usability Day, since 2007. He is also a visiting faculty at National Institute of Design, Ahmedabad and Bangalore.

Contributed to a book on Innovation in Emerging Markets – “Innovative Solutions: What designers need to know for Today’s Emerging Markets” – Edited By Apala Lahiri Chavan and Girish Prabhu, 2010.

He has a Bachelor’s degree in engineering from Delhi University (Delhi College of Engineering) and a Masters in Industrial Design
(Product Design) from the National Institute of Design, Ahmedabad. 
Kaushik T. Ghosh

Experience Design Lead 

Kaushik has over 10 years of experience in User Experience Design, Contextual Design, User Research & Ethnography in the field of strategic design research & innovation for IT & Communication products & services. Some of the major projects were handled for Media Lab Asia (Media Lab MIT), HP Labs Asia, Hewlett Packard, Intel Research & Microsoft Research, HSBC, Pepsico & Toshiba.

He is currently the Experience Design Lead at Intuit, India Development Center. He brings creative synergies among different technology, product & platform work groups that ultimately produce delightful experiences for the end customers of Intuit offerings across global markets. 

Sudhindra V.

Associate Creative Director - Experience Design

Sapient Nitro
Sudhindra V. heads the Experience Design for Sapient Nitro in India.

He has over 12 years’ experience in various roles and capacities architecting User Interfaces, having led several medium to large projects across Corporate Banking, Airline, News and Media, Drug Discovery, Healthcare, and IT Domains. He blogs at http://www.sudhindra.in.
Neha Modgil


Techved Design
Neha Modgil’s approach is to transform user and business needs into viable, usable and adorable product and interface solutions. She has spent 12+ years in designing and implementing creative and intuitive interface design for various domains like Ecommerce, Social Networking sites, Web based intranets, Banking and Finance applications etc. Her thrill is in analyzing data logs and interpreting them into user behavior patterns.

Neha is a co-founder of Techved Design - Usability, Design and Development consultancy based out of Mumbai with its branches in China and Australia.
Patrick Roupin

Managing Director

Patrick Roupin is the managing director and founder of Kovent, an Indian consulting company that provides business design tools and techniques since 2008. Kovent helps businesses to understand consumer’s needs, behaviors and desires through user research, design thinking and business design, and has clients in India, U.S., Africa, and France.

Kovent's main contextual innovation design process known as Target Point has been utilised in fields such as FMCG, educational development and energy distribution.

Patrick has worked in the largest French clothing retailer Decathlon, Faurecia a leading automobile company, and Human Factors 
International. He has handled various usability projects at international level from banking to online retailing and gaming. Patrick has a Master’s degree in Product Engineering design from the Institut Supérieur de Design (ISD) - Supinfocom Group in Valenciennes and won the prestigious Victor PAPANECK Prize known as “Designer for Real World” in 2004.  Patrick regularly blogs at http://innovindia.blogspot.com/.
Prof. V Mohan Chandra

Head - Business Design & Innovation

WE School
As a faculty member of Business Design at Welingkar, Prof. Mohan Chandra engages in teaching and mentoring students in aesthetics and design methods, concepts of innovation and creativity, and techniques and tools for design thinking for business management.

Before joining academics, he served with Keltron, ER&DC, C-DAC, and ASL Advanced Systems Ltd, where he was head of the respective Industrial Design Groups. His areas of professional work included industrial design, ergonomics, production processes, and systems engineering. His design domains include consumer electronics,
computers and communication, medical electronics, power electronics, and GPS. He is conversant with type qualification and certification standards for product design of military and aviation electronics.

Prof. Mohan Chandra is a qualified Industrial Designer with PED ID and MDes degrees from National Institute of Design, Ahmedabad, and Industrial Design Centre of Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay. 
Pradeep Joseph

UXD Manager

Juniper Networks
Pradeep Joseph is a designer by profession and a designer by passion. Currently he earns his livelihood from Juniper Networks from being a UXD Manager at the Bangalore office. He has a diverse career with Consumer Goods, FMCG Packaging, Automotive, Consulting and Semiconductor companies.

Pradeep likes to sketch, read, listen to music, drive his car and sleep (not at the same time though). He is an avid Toastmaster too.

Mitul Bhat

User Experience Design Lead

Mitul Bhat is a user experience design lead at Nokia, in the Strategic Projects group. He is also actively involved with Nokia’s university collaboration team, conducting research activities with design and engineering institutes in India.

A graduate in Visual Communications from National Institute of Design, he has rich industry experience, having worked at Dubai Media City, D E Shaw and Human Factors International. His latent passions lie in filmmaking and teaching. His interests include film studies and doodling!
Harshit Desai

Chief Experience Officer

Pure IT - Usability Research

Harshit Desai is a first generation entrepreneur and founder of Pure IT - Usability Research, a User Experience Consulting company. As the Chief Experience Officer, user experience strategy is his passion and is also a founding member of UPA-India. He has recently being awarded the Rajiv Gandhi Young Entrepreneur of the Year.

Pure IT has taken the onus of changing the banking landscape in India and does consulting to Citibank, ICICI Bank, HDFC, Bank, IndusInd Bank, Axis Bank to name a few.

He is qualified as BE (E&TC), ISB alumni, distinguished fellow of IEEE, TED & TiE. He also occupies a advisory Board member position in Symbiosis Institute of Telecom Management and devotes time as visiting faculty at Wellingkar Institute, MIT School of Design and Indira Institutes, Pune.
Aashish Solanki


NetBramha Studios

Aashish Solanki is the founder & principal designer at NetBramha Studios. He has about 8+ years’ experience in digital design, product UX and lean start-up ideas. He has consulted and worked with several Fortune 500 companies as well as promising product start-ups.

His UX mantra is 'Tend towards perfection' and is a big fan of simplicity. He has spoken at various design events and is absolutely passionate about design. At 'NetBramha' he and his team are on their way to 'simplifying digital experiences' for their customers and partners.
Saurabh Kudesia

Documentation Manager

Nokia Siemens Networks
Saurabh Kudesia is a Customer Documentation Manager at Nokia Siemens Networks, Bangalore.

He was part of the review panel to formalize ISO/IEC 25612 standards for International Standards Organization (ISO) and has made significant contributions to CLDR (Unicode Common Locale Data Repository) project.  He has contributed research papers in prestigious publications of University of Chicago, Carnegie Mellon University, University of Illinois, Institute of Scientific and Technical Communicators, Simon Fraser University and Bhabha Atomic Research Center.

In addition to holding an engineering degree in Electronics, Saurabh is a Certified Scrum Master (CSM) and an alumnus of Symbiosis institute, Pune, and Indian Institute of Management (IIM), Bangalore.
Kshitiz Anand

Design Strategist

Kuliza Technologies
Kshitiz Anand is the Design strategist at Kuliza Technologies, a social media technology company.

Prior to this Kshitiz worked as a UX consultant, and at different companies like Infosys and Motorola. He has a graduate degree in Communication Design from IIT Guwahati and a post graduate degree in Interaction Design from Indiana University. He puts his thoughts and works on kshitizanand.com.