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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. 


Matt Wallaert

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

Rahibai Popere

Indian Farmer & Conservationist

Dibakar Banerjee

Indian film director, screenwriter, producer

Surya Vanka

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

Suresh Eriyat

Founder – Studio Eeksaurus, Indian Animator, Art & Film Director

Isabella Chow

Programme Director, DFA Awards & Design Exchange, HKDC

Isabelle Dechamps

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

Bo Linnemann

Founding Partner – Kontrapunkt Denmark; Chairman – Kontrapunkt Japan

Sarang Kulkarni

Type Designer & Co-founder at Ek Type

Satyajit Mittal

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

Allen Shaw

Indian Artist, Illustrator, Animator & Storyteller

Suresh Venkat

Anchor, Designer, Journalist, Media Trainer

Khushboo Gandhi

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

Santosh Khawale

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

Wasim Khan

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

Aditi Srivastava

President, Pearl Academy

Jonak Das

Senior Faulty; Design for Retail Experience (DRE), at NID Bengaluru

Aneesha Sharma

Head, Department of Design, IIT Delhi

Prasun Chakraborty

Cluster Head Foundation School of Design, UPES

Sachin Behere

Strategic Experience Design Consultant

Amita Deshpande

Founder at reCharkha - The EcoSocial Tribe

Rajesh Sangewar

GM – Product Design & Developement | Wipro Ent Pvt Ltd – C&I – Lighting & Seating

Kadambari Misra

Design Entrepreneur

Manas Ranjan Mishra

Professor, UPES

Upasana Nattoji Roy

Founder & Director, Switch Studio

Vivek Saurabh

Head – Design & Product Development, William Penn

Baarish Date

Co-Founder, Graphics Beyond

Sandeep Sangaru

Founder, Sangaru Design Objects & Sangaru Design Studio

Pinkish Shah

Founding Partner and Design Principal, S+PS ARCHITECTS

Phani Tetali

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

Anand Mahurkar

Founding Partner, AM Legal Associates


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

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