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18th Pune Design Festival 2024

Versus: Unveiling Design’s Multifaceted Brilliance
Design thrives on navigating a rich landscape of possibilities meticulously weighing multiple solutions, exploring the bounds, and ultimately, drawing insightful comparisons. A deliberate dance of contrasts, and thoughtful examination. 

This year’s theme “Versus” embraces this very essence. Prepare for vibrant discussions and debates that delve into the power of divergent perspectives to ignite clarity. We celebrate the understanding that sometimes, the path to the best solution lies not in singular spotlights, but in strategically crafted shadows of comparison. Design excellence isn’t a lone peak to conquer, but a dynamic terrain where the most suitable path emerges from a multitude of promising possibilities.

This theme will bring forth discussions, debates, case studies and workshops that showcase the insights from our changing times for a better tomorrow and we look forward to your session. 



Isabelle Dechamps

Social Design, Co-Creation, Design Thinking, Transformation Design

Sandeep Sangaru

Founder, Sangaru Design Objects & Sangaru Design Studio

Praveen Nahar

Director, National Institute of Design Ahmedabad

Aditi Shrivastava

Co-Founder at The Arc | Journalist

Phani Tetali

Dean and Professor at University of Petroleum and Energy Studies (UPES) Dehradun, India

Anisha Sharma

Head, Department of Design, IIT Delhi

Satyajit Mittal

Founder, Aretto - Footwear Tech Startup | Founder Sanotion & SquatEase | Forbes 30 under 30 Asia

Santosh Khawale

Director, Dhenoo | Founder, DesiColab | Entrepreneur | Strategic Designer | Mentor of Change AIM NITI AYOG

Khushboo Gandhi

Sustainable Packaging Consultant | Strategy + Design | Material Researcher at Go Do Good

Sarang Kulkarni

Type Designer & Co-founder at Ek Type

Isabella Chow

Programme Director, DFA Awards & Design Exchange Hong Kong Design Centre

Allen Shaw

Indian Artist, Illustrator, Animator & Storyteller

Amita Deshpande

Founder at reCharkha - The EcoSocial Tribe

Sachin Behere

Strategic Experience Design Consultant

Vivek Saurabh

Head - Marketing, Content & Design at William Penn

Baarish Date

Co-Founder, Graphics Beyond

Wasim Khan

Director at Lemon Design Pvt Ltd. & Partner at Change By Design LLP

Surya Vanka

Founder, AUTHENTIC | Chair-Elect, IDSA Board of Directors | Founding Advisor, Global Impact Collective

Radhi Parekh

Founding Director, ARTISANS'

Bo Linnemann

Founding Partner – Kontrapunkt Denmark; Chairman – Kontrapunkt Japan

Matt Wallaert

Behavioural Scientist; Founder, | ex-frog | ex-Microsoft

Rahibai Popere

Indian Farmer & Conservationist


Hyatt Regency, Grand ballroom
Hyatt Regency, Viman Nagar, Pune

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