Speakers invited to UXL'24

This year we bring to you an awesome speaker line up.
Get inspired and awed from the best of the UX & Tech industry globally.

Ansh Mehra is a multi-talented individual who bridges the gap between design and technology. With a background in computer science, he transitioned to UX design, leveraging his technical knowledge to create user-centered experiences. He currently consults with businesses, helping them harness the power of UX and AI to their advantage.

Beyond his design expertise, Ansh Mehra is a leading figure in UX/AI education in India. With a massive social media following exceeding half a million, he runs the country's largest YouTube channel dedicated to UX and AI learning. His channel offers valuable insights while his platform, HowToPrompt.in, makes AI approachable for everyone.

Ansh's expertise extends beyond online content. Over the past three years, he has conducted corporate trainings, workshops, and seminars for prestigious institutions and companies worldwide, solidifying his position as a sought-after authority in the field.



Design Consultant & AI Educator

Rupika is an experienced designer and innovation specialist with 15 years of expertise in insight-driven innovation. In recent years, she has developed a keen interest in exploring consumer research fueled by design thinking. Her portfolio boasts numerous end-to-end projects that showcase her belief in using design tools to create significant business impacts. Passionate about the hands-on approach design offers, Rupika excels in generating consumer insights and translating them into opportunities, bringing ideas to life through implementation.

Her approach begins with the question, "Why?"—a starting point that helps her understand the genesis of any phenomenon requiring probing. Rupika firmly believes in the power of the design thought process to enable businesses and brands to truly connect with their consumers. She advocates for articulating consumer aspirations through empathetic ideas as the pathway to radical and meaningful innovation.

Having worked with multinational companies like JWT, LG Electronics, Toshiba, and Whirlpool, Rupika has a proven track record of translating user needs and business goals into rich and delightful experiential solutions. She graduated from the National Institute of Design, Ahmedabad, and holds a Master’s in Sociology which enables her to delve deeper into the intersection of technology, design, and human behavior.



Head of Design
@ Studio 5b, Dr Reddys Lab.

As a design enthusiast and proud graduate of the National Institute of Design (NID), I embarked on a remarkable journey in 1997 by founding Fractal Ink, a venture that would pioneer India's digital design landscape. Over the years, my passion for design and commitment to excellence transformed Fractal Ink into one of India's foremost Experience Design Studios. The studio garnered prestigious accolades, including the title of Best UX Design Studio and the recognition as Microsoft's User Experience Champions.

The year 2011 marked a significant chapter as Fractal Ink Design Studio Pvt. Ltd. emerged through collaborative efforts, solidifying its position as a thriving entity. Subsequently, in 2016, the studio achieved another milestone by becoming a part of the Dentsu Aegis Network. My dedication to the design community extends beyond business, as I co-founded the ADI Mumbai Chapter and contribute to the education sector through being on the advisory boards of various design schools. Currently I am on the board of directors of Designup conferences

In 2017, I took a step back from Fractal Ink, allowing myself the opportunity to explore diverse interests. Beyond the realms of design, I find joy in embarking on adventurous road trips, immersing myself in the world of 3D animation, and capturing the beauty of wildlife through photography.

Living by the mantra "I am a visitor on this planet," my journey is an ongoing exploration, aimed at accumulating rich and diverse experiences that add depth and meaning to my life.



Co-founder @ Fractal Ink
Past President @ ADI

Suhrid brings a wealth of experience to his role as a Product Manager in the Azure AI Platform team at Microsoft. With a decade under his belt, he's equally adept at both product management and design. This well-rounded background allows him to effectively guide teams in integrating the power of AI into their applications and workflows.

Suhrid's career path has taken him through various organizations, each contributing to his expertise. He's honed his product management skills at companies like Myntra and Ola, while also flexing his design muscles at Zynga games. This blend of experience across different industries has equipped him with a strong understanding of user needs and the ability to translate them into AI-powered solutions within the Microsoft Azure platform.

In short, Suhrid's unique combination of product management and design expertise, coupled with his diverse industry experience, makes him a valuable asset in helping teams leverage the power of Azure AI to enhance their apps and workflows.



Program Manager
@ Microsoft

Honey Bajaj is a formidable figure in innovation and design. Named "Inventor of the Year" in 2016, her decade-long career combines leadership and technical expertise, resulting in impactful products.

One of her most remarkable creations is the Embrace, a low-cost infant warmer that has saved over 200,000 babies across 22 countries. This invention exemplifies her dedication to using design for social good.

Honey's influence extends beyond product development. As a Design and Digital Craft Jury member at the prestigious Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity, she is recognized as a thought leader in the design industry.

Her educational background is equally impressive. With degrees in English Literature, Product & UX Design, and a Master’s in Engineering and Management from MIT (funded by Mr. Ratan Tata), she bridges creative vision and technical execution. Currently, she is pursuing a PhD in Design & Technology, further solidifying her commitment to the field.

Honey’s experience spans academia and industry. She has collaborated with notable organizations like Disney, BCG, and the Tata Group, applying her design expertise across various sectors. Her role as an Executive Member of the Women Entrepreneurship Network at Niti Aayog underscores her dedication to empowering women in business.

Currently leading the Design & Experience team at Accenture Song, Honey’s journey exemplifies the power of design thinking and innovation. Her story is a true inspiration for aspiring designers and entrepreneurs.



Head of Design
@ Accenture Song India

Shiva Viswanathan brings over three decades of true market experience in design. As an independent consultant for businesses, he specialises in Product definition, Brand strategy and User Experience Design. Brand communication as digital marketing across content marketing, e-commerce, mobile, social and advertising. He is the Co-founder and CMO of Catenate.io in Dallas,TX which focuses on creating AI-centric solutions for human challenges Shiva is a Director at DesignUp.io - a conference and a community. As a Design Head and Coach at Ogilvy Pennywise he is building, training and operationalizing a design team for technology products and initiatives. Formerly he was the Executive Director at Brand Union, Executive Creative Director at Ogilvy, Founder of Apparatus Media Lab, Consultant Creative Lead at Sapient, Director - Creative at Netkraft and Design Director at Ray+Keshavan Design.

He is an academic advisor and author of courses at BITS Design and ANDAcademy.com. He has been a visiting faculty at NIFT Bangalore/Kannur, UID Gandhinagar/NCR for Undergraduate/Postgraduate and IIM, Bangalore for Executive Education Program teaching creativity and design thinking to enterprise teams.



Head of Design
@ Catenate.io

A true self-made entrepreneur. Despite starting out with a limited education and working as an office boy, his burning passion for design wouldn't be contained. Dadasaheb didn't let his circumstances define him. He honed his design skills while working, eventually taking a leap into the world of business with DesignTemplate.io.

This platform offers high-quality design solutions, specifically catering to After Effects and Premiere Pro users. Dadasaheb's innovative approach is evident in the platform's focus on premium templates and illustrations. His dedication goes beyond just creating beautiful designs; he empowers businesses to craft impactful presentations that elevate their brand's visual identity.

Dadasaheb's journey is more than just building a successful company. He defied limitations and emerged victorious on the competitive stage of Shark Tank India, securing a substantial investment to fuel his vision. This accomplishment, along with his inspiring story of perseverance, makes him a motivational beacon for aspiring entrepreneurs in the startup community.




@ DesignTemplate.io

Ruchin is a strategist and designer with a proven track record of helping leading companies innovate and grow. He has collaborated with teams at frog, IKEA, IBM and more to develop new products, craft user experiences, and implement successful business models. His work has not only garnered international recognition but has also been instrumental in shaping the future of various industries.

Ruchin's expertise spans the entire product development cycle, from ideation to execution. He's passionate about creating disruptive experiences that revolutionize markets and influence user behavior. Due to the confidential nature of many of his projects, the specifics remain undisclosed.

Beyond design and strategy, Ruchin is a well-rounded individual who actively contributes through teaching, volunteering, writing, and even entrepreneurial ventures.



@ Ruch.in

Gurman Bhatiya is a data storytelling expert with a background in journalism and design. He founded Revisual Labs, India's first information design agency, to help clients communicate complex data clearly.

Bhatiya has a Masters in Journalism from Columbia University and over eight years of experience. He's passionate about using data, design, and code to create impactful stories.

Throughout his career, Bhatiya has worked with a variety of organizations including Reuters, Hindustan Times, the United Nations, and Greenpeace. These collaborations have resulted in award-winning data-driven projects and reports.

Bhatiya is also committed to teaching others. He has trained over a thousand people in data storytelling and information design, empowering them to make better decisions and advocate for their ideas using data. His goal is to make data literacy accessible to everyone in India and transform data into a tool for clear and memorable communication.




@ Revisual Labs

Biju Neyyan leads a talented team of designers at Samsung Research Bangalore, focusing on Voice and Multimodal Interactions. He has been instrumental in designing conversational experiences for the Samsung device ecosystem, enabling users to interact with technology through natural language.

Prior to his tenure at Samsung, Biju honed his skills at Mudra Communications in Mumbai, where he focused on design strategy and advertising. He also worked as an architect at SOBHA Developers in Bangalore, blending his architectural expertise with design innovation.

Biju’s educational background is impressive, with a Bachelor’s degree in Architecture from the School of Architecture, GEC Thrissur, and a Master’s degree in Visual Design from IDC, IIT Bombay. He further enriched his design perspective by participating in the 2008 DIMI (Design Innovation Made in Italy) scholarship program at Politecnico di Milano.

Throughout his career, Biju has demonstrated a unique ability to merge design strategy with practical implementation, driving innovative solutions in various industries. His work at Samsung Research Bangalore is a testament to his expertise in creating user-centric designs that enhance the interaction between users and technology.

With a deep understanding of both architectural principles and visual design, Biju continues to push the boundaries of design, contributing significantly to the advancement of user experience. His leadership at Samsung Research Bangalore reflects his commitment to fostering innovation and excellence in the field of design.



General Manager
@ Samsung India

With over 25 years of experience, I am a seasoned design leader continually expanding my knowledge across diverse fields such as AI, cloud computing, IoT, robotics, healthcare, retail, semiconductors, networking, FMCG, automotive, and consulting. Throughout my career at Intel, Bosch, Honeywell, and now Google, I have been fortunate to establish, nurture, and advance User-Centered Design practices within these organizations.

My journey has been marked by a commitment to integrating user-centric approaches into various industries, driving innovation and enhancing user experiences across complex technological landscapes.



General Manager
@ Samsung India

Kavan Antani's passion for creation started young, leading him to explore design, animation, and even launching his own startup in high school. Driven by a desire to challenge the idea that freelancing is a lesser career path and the misconception that Indian creatives lack quality, he founded IndieFolio at 17.

His own successful freelance experience from a young age, combined with the changing work landscape post-pandemic, fuels Kavan's belief in the future of independent professionals. IndieFolio is his answer to the shortcomings of traditional creative agencies.

Traditional agencies often struggle with speed, variety, and scalability. IndieFolio tackles these challenges by building a network of thousands of talented freelancers and studios. Brands can leverage this platform to assemble custom creative teams for specific projects, benefiting from dedicated project management and efficient processes. This allows for agency-quality work at a faster pace and a more competitive price point.

Kavan's passion extends beyond his company. He actively engages with students, participating in design juries, portfolio reviews, and workshops at prestigious institutions like NID and Srishti.



@ IndieFolio

Achyutha Sharma brings over 18 years of expertise in research, strategy, and design, having led large teams in User Research (UR) and User Experience Research (UXR). His extensive experience includes close collaboration with leadership teams to drive significant business impact.

His work spans both the social and commercial sectors, where he has developed a deep understanding of research and strategy, particularly within the billion-user demographic. Achyutha's contributions to sectors such as livelihoods, education, water and sanitation, B2C products, and health underscore his commitment to impactful design. His commercial sector experience has provided him with valuable insights into Indian consumers and B2B markets.

Achyutha’s insights and contributions have been recognized in publications like Feminist Futures and History of UX Research in India. Additionally, he is the founder of User Research India, a platform dedicated to educating and engaging technology stakeholders on the importance and impact of user research.



Research Expert

@ User Research India

Bhushan Patil is an accomplished leader with 25 years of experience in product and business management across India, the US, and Southeast Asia. An alumnus of IIT Mumbai, Bhushan has a distinguished track record in the fintech and consumer tech sectors. Over the past nine years, he has focused on investing in early-stage startups within these domains, operating in both Indian and US markets.

Currently, Bhushan is the founder of Multiply Ventures, a Bangalore-based venture capital firm dedicated to nurturing innovative startups. His extensive background includes pivotal roles such as President at Paytm and Paytm Mall, where he played a key role in driving growth and overseeing operations for one of India's leading digital payment and e-commerce platforms. Additionally, as Director of International Business at Alibaba, Bhushan was instrumental in developing and launching products for users across 46 countries, significantly contributing to the company’s global expansion.

Earlier in his career, Bhushan led Products Leadership for Platforms at Yahoo, where he managed operations across 22 countries, including the US, India, Southeast Asia, and Europe. In this role, he focused on enhancing user experiences and driving the success of Yahoo’s products.

Beyond his corporate achievements, Bhushan actively engages in mentoring founders and serves as a board advisor for several esteemed Indian institutes. He is committed to nurturing young talent and helping them align their career interests with industry needs. Bhushan is also involved in various projects aimed at promoting design, entrepreneurship, and increasing awareness about the impact of new technologies on traditional businesses in both India and emerging markets.



Founder & Investor

@ Multiply Ventures

Chiraayu Pandya is a seasoned leader in the tech industry, boasting over two decades of experience. A distinguished alumnus of the Indian Institute of Management Ahmedabad (IIM A), his impressive career has seen him navigate renowned brands like Hewlett-Packard (HP), Intel, Lenovo, and Samsung. Currently, he leverages his expertise as a category head at Logitech, a company driven by enhancing people's lives. In this role, Chiraayu oversees the marketing of products that seamlessly blend innovation, design, and functionality, ultimately boosting user productivity.



Category Head

@ Logitech

Poorva Lavate is a design leader with over 15 years of experience. Her background is unique, combining training in architecture with a master's degree in Industrial Design from the prestigious Indian Institute of Technology Bombay (IDC). This blend of technical expertise and user-centered design thinking allows her to approach challenges from both a strategic and practical perspective.

Poorva's career has spanned various design disciplines, including physical and digital products, research, service design, and design strategy. She has tackled complex projects across a wide range of industries, from wealth management and manufacturing to e-commerce and consumer goods. This diverse experience gives her a deep understanding of different business needs and user behaviors.

Currently, Poorva holds the position of Lead Experience/Service Designer at ThoughtWorks. In this role, she is leading a multi-team, multi-vendor project focused on transformation. Her skills in design thinking and leadership are undoubtedly crucial for navigating the complexities of such an undertaking.



Lead XD

@ Thoughtworks

Dr. Sandeep Athavale is a leading figure in the field of applied games research. He heads the Applied Games lab at TCS Research, where he explores the potential of games to create positive impact across various sectors.

Dr. Athavale's expertise lies in designing and implementing games for educational, health-related, sustainability, industrial, and social purposes. He holds a Ph.D. in Educational Game Design from the prestigious Design School (IDC) at IIT Bombay.

Beyond his research role, Dr. Athavale actively mentors and guides the next generation. He serves as the Chief Mentor for the Educational Game Business at TCS and holds an adjunct faculty position at IDC, IIT Bombay. His influence extends further as he sits on the advisory panel of the INAE-SERB Digital Games Initiative and is a visiting faculty at NID for MDes and PhD programs.

Dr. Athavale's contributions are not limited to India. He frequently shares his knowledge as a speaker at international conferences like CHI and has been a panelist at industry events like NASSCOM and the India Game Development Conferences.

His passion for applied games extends to professional organizations, where he has served as an advisor to PMI India. He actively participates in faculty development programs and guides student projects in collaboration with AICTE and IEEE.

Dr. Athavale's impressive background includes a Bachelor's degree in Electronics Engineering, a Master's in Business Administration, and extensive experience in the IT industry before dedicating himself to research. He brings a unique blend of academic rigor, business acumen, and practical experience to the field of applied games. With his publications, patents, and ongoing research, Dr. Athavale is a key figure shaping the future of games for positive change.

Dr. Sandeep


Principal Scientist

@ TCS Research

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