Jury Members

Print entries shine on the Awards judgement day

We think the most demanding judge is your customer. Therefore, PrintWeek India will use a team of expert print buyers to form the judging panel. On board will also be print experts who will evaluate the print finesse. The panel is then split to allow each judge to concentrate on categories within his or her chosen field of print buying and expertise. In 2016, 1,500+ print samples from 132 print companies across India came under the spotlight of 34 discerning members of jury during the eight edition of PrintWeek India Awards.

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Amruta Nemivant - Goethe Institut / Max Mueller Bhavan

She is a post-graduate in History of Art from the University of York, UK. She designs shows, curates art galleries, and serves as studio manager for various artists. She was associated with Osian's Art Auctions, Project 88 and now Goethe Institut / Max Mueller Bhavan, Mumbai.

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Ajay Takalkar - Creative expert

A specialist in typography, Takalkar has worked with the top advertising agencies across India and in various communication disciplines, be it digital, brand activation, events or good old main line (ATL). In 2015 and 2016, the campaigns he has worked on won top accolades in Cannes Awards for advertising excellence.

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Ajay Bapat - Emcure Pharma

Ajay Bapat has put his 30 years of experience in the pharma packaging segment in practice at Lupin, SOL, and Wockhardt before joining Emcure.

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Amit Saurkar - Heinz India

A gold medallist from the Indian Institute of Packaging, the most recent achievement on Saurkar's list is the India Star Award 2015 for five product designs. The packaging professional has been contributing to packaging innovations and sustainability and value engineering initiatives for the past nine years.

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Ashwini Deshpande - Elephant Design

National Institute of Design alumnus, co-founder of Elephant, Deshpande creates and tracks design trends. ETBrand Equity ranked Elephant, her pioneering independent design consultancy as India's Best Design Practice (2012-2014).

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Alpana Parida - DY Works

The IIM(A) and Economics graduate has been dispensing her 30+ years of experience across the US and India in the luxury, FMCG and retail sectors. She adopts a culture-based approach for building brand belief.

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Deepti Kshirsagar - Wow Design

An alumnus of Sophia College with over a decade of creative experience working on various FMCG brands, Kshirsagar has balanced her creative prowess and design passion with a deep understanding of branding and business strategy. She believes in the ability to nurture and hone the new breed of designers, and has done so as a founder of Wow Design.

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Geetanjali Bhattacharji - Spatial Access

A marathon runner and jury member at the PrintWeek India awards since 2012, Bhattacharji heads Spatial Access and has over 20 years of managing marketer challenges. She is responsible for building accountability across marketer investments in traditional media and beyond. Under her aegis, Spatial Access has grown from a media audit firm to deliver digital audits, activation audit, PR and retail audits etc, to over 170 marketers.

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Huzefa Kanorwala - Ctrl M Print Management

Kanorwala has been working in the print management space. He holds a degree from the London College of Printing. He has laid the founding stone of HH Global in India, before he conceptualised CTRL M Print Management.

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K V Sridhar - Advertising veteran

The chief creative officer at Sapient is an advertising veteran (he stepped down from this role one day later). He has over 33 years of experience in building brands like Coke, Limca, ThumsUp, Fiat, Maaza, and Samsung, among others. He upholds visual stroytelling and says print is the key to advertising.

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Mayuri Nikumbh - Elephant Design

Nikumbh has more than a decade's experience in areas like, branding and communication design, packaging design, publication, digital media, interface design, film and video. She currently leads the visual communication design vertical at Elephant and works with some of the leading global and national brands like Microsoft, PepsiCo, Godrej, Tata, Paperboat, and many more.

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Manas Athanikar - Reliance Jio Infocomm

Athanikar has hands-on experience with print on the shopfloor. He has been a print buyer for the advertising and the FMCG segment for 16+ years. His current role at Reliance include product development, strategic procurement and business solutions for product marketing.

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Mukund Moghe - Tata Services

Moghe has over two decades of experience and has worked in various capabilities in prepress, advertising, and printing and graphic reproduction industry. Currently, he works with Tata Services as a print productionmanager and is responsible for implementing the Tata Group corporate identity across all the group companies and various brand building exercise and events.

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Naju Hirani - Marg Foundation

Hirani has been giving form and colour to the Marg Foundation publications for the last two decades. This includes the Group's title magazine, Marg, plus art books, brochures, diaries, calendars and all things print.

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Noel D'cunha - Deputy Editor, PrintWeek India

An amateur pugilist and RD Burman fan, Noel oversees process and designing of editorial content at PrintWeek India since its launch in May 2008. His interests include: digital print, wide-format print and ink formulations.

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Payal Khandelwal - Independent journalist

Khandelwal is an independent journalist. She runs a content studio, TFM Studio that works with art, design and travel brands, and also publishes thefloatingmagazine. com, an online publication that chronicles the lives and works of contemporary visual artists and communication professionals from Asia and Middle East.

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Pradeep Kumbhar - IDBI Federal Life Insurance

Kumbhar holds a diploma in printing technology and has an eye for detail and innovative ideas in print and production. He has been associated with PSL Erickson, Bates Enterprise, and RelianceGeneral Insurance and currently at IDBI Federal Life Insurance.

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Praful Akali - Medulla Communications

Akali started as a journalist. Today, he holds the Third Healthcare Agency title at the Cannes Health Lions 2015. He has a knack for understanding the big idea behind a piece of communique or print material.

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Prasad Gangurde - Haymarket SAC

A print technologist from GIPT, Prasad has over 15 years' experience in print production and has worked with some of the leading print firms in India. As the production in-charge, he ensures that the six titles of Haymarket magazines are on the stands on time, every month.

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Rachana Mistry - Spatial Access

Mistry is a BTL audit expert with specialisation in auditing and analysing print production - cost, quality and partners for marketers at Spatial Access. She helps advertisers revisit their BTL marketing investments from an objective lens, thereby ensuring efficiencies and effectiveness.

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Ramu Ramanathan - Editor, PrintWeek India

Ramu has been associated with the printing industry for 25 years. He is a playwright who says he has penned more plays than he should have. His book 3, Sakina Manzil And Other Plays, a collection of eight plays, has been published by Orient Blackswan.

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Rajnish Shirsat - R & S Enterprise

A strategist to the core, Shirsat brings to the table a vast experience in printing & publishing for book production, a wider network of vendor base, customer insights and relationship management at a global level.

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Saiprasad Karalkar - Wow Design

A print technologist from GIPT, Karalkar has a career spanning over 18 years in print-packaging and production. As the director of Wow Design, Saiprasad has been responsible to deliver results to many successful FMCG brands. His core competency lies in ensuring that an idea is executed seamlessly, irrespective of the medium of communications.

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Sheetal Dandekar - Lupin India

Dandekar's role involves strategy formulation and designing communicational platform for product promotion. Her everyday routine involves R&D with a variety of print forms like product packaging, brochure, literature, newsletters and banner designs.

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Shireesh Sabnis - Publicis Ambience

Silver medalist and a double diploma holder in printing technology from GIPT, Mumbai, Sabnis has more than 33 years of experience working with printing houses and advertising agencies. Over the years, he has handled clients like Citibank, Garnier, Bisleri, Vadilal, Lakme and Taj hotels. He is an avid cricketer and loves travelling, classical music.

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Soma Roy - Marico

A packaging specialist trained at IIP Mumbai, Roy has a keen eye for design and technical details in packaging. In her current role, besides handling design and development of packaging, she is also responsible for vendor development. This was her sixth stint as a PrintWeek India Award jury member.