Shanoo has a rich experience in design and design management, leading a Mumbai based design collective Eumo alongside co-founder Gary Grewal. She has helped shape the design narrative in India through participation as Chairperson, National Design Committee of ASSOCHAM and President of the Mumbai Chapter of the Association of Designers of India. She has also been part of eminent national and international design award juries and a speaker at design events.
Shanoo has an unerring ability to provide strategic design thinking, directing projects rare in scale and design opportunity. She has steered benchmark strategic and design projects winning prestigious awards such as the Rebrand 100, Designomics, Wolda, Best Brand and the CMO retail award on behalf of her Clients. Constantly questioning convention, she believes that design should escape the conformist confines of the craft and find expression across all dimensions. Her design company celebrates versatility and offers clients prolific expertise under one roof. She champions the conscious and thoughtful use of cultural metaphors in her work.
An Industrial Designer from the National Institute of Design, Ahmadabad, India, Ashish started his design entrepreneurship journey, 28 years ago, by co-founding India’s pioneering design practice, Elephant. Elephant today is present in India as well as Singapore.
Ashish leads Product & Retail Experience Innovation group and has lead projects ranging from consumer appliances related to air, water & energy, medical equipment, wearable electronics, automotive and retail. He & team at Elephant is recipient of several awards including Spark (USA), Greener Gadgets (USA), CII-Design Excellence and 5 products received the India Design Mark. His consulting experience spans start-ups, Corporates, MNCs from India, South-East Asia, Japan and Europe.
Ashish conducts workshops on Growth by Design & Product Innovation. Recently invited to speak at International Design Congress, Gwangju, he also delivered keynote at International Symposium, Naju Innovation City, Korea, 2016 World Eco-friendly Design Expo.
Ashish is President, Association of Designers of India, an active member of the Design Alliance Asia and has been on the jury of India Design Mark. He has served as appointed member of India Design Council and was invited to attend Good Design Mark Jury, Japan. This year Ashish has been on the Product Design Jury at Cannes Lions as well as Taiwan International Student Design Competition.
As an architect with over 30 years experience in the retail sector he has seen the retail sector transform exponentially beyond the physical realm into an integrated omnichannel experience.
Within a rapidly evolving retail landscape James has led rpa:group and its partners to educate its clients, providing creative solutions that address customer psychology and the effective application of technology to drive brand attachment.
James contributes regularly in the retail design press and speaks at international forums including Euroshop and Retail Design Expositions in London, Koln and Mumbai as well as curating rpa:group’s own annual retail gathering in Amsterdam.
is the owner and founder of Echochamber; a London based creative retail
intelligence agency, which travels the world tracking retail innovation and
evolving consumer trends.
has run Echochamber since 1999, developing it over the past 22 years into a specialist
trend consultancy with a global client base of retailers, developers and FMCG
regular keynote speaker at global retail conferences, in the days BC (Before
Corona) Matthew could be found pounding the shopping streets of the world with
his camera in hand!
provides global best practice and creative insight to clients across all retail
sectors, in order to help them benchmark best practice and improve their businesses,
by harnessing evolving global consumer and retail trends.
also offers Retail Safaris to the world’s best shopping cities, which are
designed to energise and inspire client businesses with new possibilities.
Matthew is looking forward to traveling again once restrictions lift!
has worked closely with Marks & Spencer, Wetfield and Tesco for more than a
decade, helping develop new concepts and keeping them informed of the latest
clients include global brands, such as Nike and IKEA, FMCGs such as Unilever
and Johnson & Johnson, as well as leading global shopping mall developers
and airport operators.
is an online magazine of global
retail innovation which frist went live in 1999, back in the early days of the
As Managing Director, Keith leads the Executive Board and manages strategic and in-house
initiatives to develop the business. He manages client service, business development and
contract negotiations for key client accounts, oversees the development of D&P’s teams and
skills, and the Finance, Commercial and I.T Departments ensuring statutory and legal
compliance across the company. Keith is actively involved in developing new business and
growing D&P’s presence in new territories
Internationally renowned Italian architect Giorgio Borruso is founder and principal of GIORGIO BORRUSO DESIGN, an award-winning multi-disciplinary design studio celebrated for its innovative architecture, interiors, and industrial design. The work of the Los Angeles-based studio has been featured in over 1500 publications, receiving over 225 international awards, including the 2019 American Architecture Award, 2018 Interior Design Best of Year Award, sixteen GOOD DESIGN Awards, and six RedDot Design Awards including Best of the Best 2012. Borruso’s work has been described as experiential, sculptural, streamlined, organic, constructed utilizing unusual combinations of materials and developing strong ties with the surrounding context, and his projects have been exhibited worldwide.
Borruso is a frequent lecturer at universities and conferences globally, speaking about innovation and experiential design. National Retail Federation’s special presentation, ‘Inside the Mind of Giorgio Borruso’, with an interview by Susan Szenasy, the editor-in-chief of Metropolis magazine, was presented at The Big Show 2010 conference in New York. Borruso is on the advisory board of Design:Retail magazine and has sat on the jury of numerous design competitions, such as GOOD DESIGN, AIA, IIDA, Architectural Record and Contract’s Interiors. Borruso has also been the subject of the television program Opening Soon: By Design and the featured guest on Designing Your Future.
Angela Kreutz is CEO at the office for architecture and interior design Blocher Blocher India, Delhi, since the foundation in 2008. Additionally, Mrs. Kreutz is partner at the German parent company Blocher Blocher Partners, Architecture and Design. The marketing expert studied Communication and Art in Germany and the USA. After various engagements in the media business she came to Blocher Blocher Partners in 2002; internationally, she is responsible for customer relationship, amongst others.
A rarity in the design industry, Carla is considered a retail and environmental branding specialist
with particular experience in designing shopping centres, retail destinations, beauty, wellness
and fashion brands, food experiences and cinemas. Her instinctive yet highly strategic design
expertise is the major force behind the work she has produced in North America, Latin
America, the UK, Asia and presently the Middle East.
Carla’s core strength is providing key brand strategy assessments that translate into results
driven design solutions. Having worked over a decade for one of North America’s top
branding agencies, Carla’s experience in the field is truly one that spans the globe and shows
impressive variety in terms of project scale and type. Her career has seen her design work
executed for major international brands and Fortune 500 companies. In 2011, she founded
Brand Creative which platforms multidisciplinary design thinking and currently has a team of
18 designers across 3 countries.
Carla was awarded design:RETAIL’s 2017 Top 40 Under 40 Retail Designers Worldwide as well
as being listed in CID’s Top 50 design influencers for the 5th year in a row. In recent years, a
number of Brand Creative’s projects have been awarded with top honours and shortlistings
from Commercial Interior Design, MEIDA, INDEX, IIDA, WIN Awards, Chain Store Age and A’
Sudhir, an Architect and a Founder of his new initiative at Nurture Ideaz strongly believes
the two mantras for improving the present and transforming the future are sustainability and
He has spent over 3 decades as an enterprising leader and a successful project professional
across Retail, Commercial, Industrial, Warehouse and Residential industries bringing
efficiencies & modularity for exponential growth of the organizations by implementing project
management best practices. As a passionate leader, he had demonstrated Sustainability
principles in Textile & Retail industries; aligning stakeholders with a unified vision and
executing roadmap to reduce organization’s CO2 footprint
Sudhir has been recognized for his contribution in various fields like retail design,
environmental initiatives and is a sought-after speaker who has addressed many respected
groups in the industry and B-Schools. He has worked for respected organizations like
Raymond, Shoppers Stop, Tata AIA, and Bovis Lend Lease.
SASIKUMAR RAMASWAMI, President, Store Design & Projects for Landmark Group,
India, has worked with Lifestyle International, India since 2013 and previously worked
with the core team at Max Fashion, part of Landmark group Dubai from 2002 till 2013
since its inception and Mr. Sasikumar has designed over 500 plus Stores across the
globe. Having an overall experience of 21 years, with an expertise in residential, interior
design, furniture design, project management, retails store & shop fitting designs.
Sasikumar has worked interiors for restaurants, residential, commercial & office spaces
and retail store design for brands such as Raymonds, SKC, Tanishq & TVS .
He has been involved as Design Principal for Max Fashion, Design Evaluation for
Lifestyle India, Mélange ethnic brand store, Max Fashion youth format store, where his
scope of work spanned across – Easy Buy store design, shop fitting, lighting, shop front.
As a Member of AIIA- All India Institute of Architects & CA-Counsel of Architecture,
Member of IIID, Sasikumar is a Gold Medalist & Rank holder in Architecture- B.Arch and
Ravish Mehra is an architect with a Bachelor's Degree in Architecture (B. Arch.) from School of planning and Architecture (SPA) New Delhi. He passed out in 1978. He is a member Of Council Of Architecture since 1979 (MCA) and also of Associate Of India Institute Of Architects (A.I.I.A).
Post his education, he set up an architectural practice in the name of "Ravish Mehra & Deepak Kalra" in the year 1980. He started handling architecture, interior design and remodeling oriented projects all over the country and was extensively involved with retail design, corporate design, hospitality design and creating corporate identity system. His current projects include work for B.P.Os and K.P.Os for various telecom companies in India, Africa and South East Area. He is also involved with I.T. sector projects in North and South India.
As for his teaching experience, he has been a visiting faculty at School Of Planning And Architecture, New Delhi (SPA) since 2007. He was also a visiting faculty at Sushant School of Art & Architecture 2004-2006 as well as 2011-2013 and Vastukala Academy in Delhi in 2007.
To mention his various other connections with the industry, he is a member of the Panel of Council of Architecture for Inspection and Accreditation of Architectural Institutions since 2002. He is a member of various committees constituted by COUNCIL OF ARCHITECTURE 2002-2004 and also a member of Technical Advisory Committee for appointment of consultants for India Institute OF Management, Rothak (IIM-R).
Creating human engagement - capturing imagination, turning visitors into
customers, customers into advocates, making people fall in love with brands
and making brands successful businesses. This has been Antony’s passion for
the past 24+ years offline to online creating memory making emotional
experiences with multiple awards his KPI.
Antony’s experience has taken award winning creative pedigree to the
nuances of many global markets including Europe, Russia, China, Middle East,
U.S. and India.
Key award winning clients include Selfridges, Nicole Farhi, Vodafone, Nokia,
TATA Trent, Infosys and Rockar.
Antony is a regular speaker on brand experience and a recognised judge for
leading industry design award programs.
Julia brings a creative mind and a love of ideas to her role as Honest founder and CEO. Her
strategic thinking helps her to map a client’s journey, translating ideas into business models
and into action
Julia is endlessly curious about the world and about new ways of thinking and doing
Having founded two agencies from start-up to working with some of the world’s most
recognisable brands including Porsche, Unilever, Nokia, Vodafone, Virgin, Waitrose, HSBC,
and Lloyds Banking Group, Julia’s has a broad view of how brands and business can grow
As an ambassador of the cancer fundraising charity Future Dreams, Julia believes that
every person - and every business - can use their time and gifts to drive change and help
society. The boldest idea she has helped with will come to life in the 2021 opening of the
Future Dreams House, in London. This will be a compelling, healing place for those
suffering from cancer – a critical illness which affects so many of us.
Craig Phillipson is managing director of international retail design consultancy, Shopworks, offering shop design, floor planning, consumer research, category management and shopfitting services to retailers and manufacturers worldwide.
Craig is also managing director of Officeworks an office design consultancy focused on increasing office productivity and creating healthier workplaces with employees at the heart of the office design process.
Craig began his career in retail marketing almost 25 years ago, working in senior management positions for large, multi-national organisations such as BP and Kodak. He played a pivotal role in the development of a new business case for BP, which resulted in BP’s decision to implement a series of commercial truck stops across Europe; and as franchise manager for Kodak Express, Craig achieved major sales increases across the organisations 300-strong UK and Ireland network.
Over the last 20 years, Craig has led Shopworks through a period of major growth, so that today, the company operates from London, Paris, Shanghai and Moscow.
As an international retail expert, Craig has also worked worldwide with large, well known retailers and manufacturers such as Shell, Costa, Audi, Swarovski, Sky, Majestic, Apple, Sony Ericsson, The Carphone Warehouse, Boots, Nike and 20th Century Fox.
Craig Phillipson is a regular contributor to trade magazines and keynote speaker at many leading retail events across the world including: The Retail Design Exhibition (London), EuroShop (Dusseldorf), Franchise India Conference (New Delhi), The Asia Retail Conference (Mumbai), The International Russian Retail Conference (Moscow); In Retail Seminar (Dubai), The Global Retailing Conference (Arizona), Nokia Worldwide Retail Conference (Scotland), Popai Retail Marketing and Instore Communications Conference, London.
In 2009 Craig was presented with an award for his contribution to Indian retailing.
As a keynote speaker, Craig is able to speak on a range of retail-related topics according to the needs of the audience. He is an experienced speaker and has presented on subjects such as:
In his spare time, Craig is a keen cyclist and an under-9s rugby coach, having previously played rugby himself for Flanders and Chile. He also enjoys mentoring aspiring young entrepreneurs including students participating in the Young Enterprise Scheme.
Tim is Founder of VM-Unleashed Ltd, based in the UK.
His expertise comes from 30 years of working with a wide variety of international brands and retail businesses across creative & commercial retail propositions.
He works in physical and online stores to develop best practice in the areas of retail strategy, buying & merchandising, assortment planning, space planning, store layout and site architecture, store and site design & refreshment, visual merchandising, visual communication, retail calendar development, events & sales promotions
It has been his pleasure to work with a host of different businesses from new retail start-ups to established retail chains and recognised brands, from suppliers and manufacturers to shopping centres and town centre retail.
recent clients include…
Halfords, Bialetti, Jack Jones, Bestseller, Ladbokes, Boots, Walgreens, Allsaints, Marks & Spencer, Carrefour, Primark, Cortefiel, Otto Versand, Sonae, Adidas, Sony, Clarks, Benetton, Ferrari, Real Madrid, Nespresso, Luxottica, Ray Ban, Carrera, Gruppo Vestebene, OVS, Marella, Camper, Bally, Koton, Sainsbury, Eroski, Imaginarium, KappAhl, Sprinter, Porcelanosa, Trucco, Continente, Baltika…
Tim speaks at international events, discusses retail issues on radio and in the press, is a panel judge for the World Retail Congress in India & Asia and has been a course advisor at the London College of Fashion.
Joachim has gained through his 20 years of experience through extensive collaborations with many creatives in the design industry. He leads a team of designers in our design studio developing new concepts for clients, local and international. He constantly challenges the brief to redefine new experiences. With his diverse portfolio, he is able to think differently to add value to each client's specific needs. Apart from his creative pursuits, Joachim engages constantly with his team of designers on industry insights to instill creative confidence and knowledge.
Satish has more than two decades of experience and is known for his creative design approach,
innovative problem solving and exceptional client service. He approaches difficult design challenges
by giving emphasis to an idea and then following a step-by-step approach to discover simple
technical solutions. Satish’s design process includes Discover, Define and Design. He believes in
sustainable architecture, and in blending both art and technology. He uses his strong communication
and managerial skills to steer design teams and build consensus among clients, stakeholders and
With a B. Arch. degree from NIT Bhopal, and an MBA from Fore School of Management, Satish has
immense experience in the field of architecture, interior and retail—designing corporate offices, highend residences, hotels, department stores, food & beverages outlets, airport retail facilities, etc. In
previous avatars, he has worked with Dutt Designs, Jones Lang Lassalle, ITC Hotels, Barista Coffee
Co. Ltd. and Shoppers Stop Ltd.
Anees is a versatile Product Designer and Architect, who incubated and led the Strategic Creative functions at Aditya Birla Group's MORE stores as Head of Design, and previously at Planet M, Times of India Group, and at Marico, across VM, Store layouts, Packaging, Events, Advertising, and now consults with Design Express, a branding and communication studio.
He has been a member of the CII National Committee on Design.
Sanjay draws upon more than 29 years of experience as an architect, consultant, designer and project manager. He has helped many clients, successfully define their goals and requirements for a range of complex projects including large scale mixed-use developments, and high-performance buildings in commercial, office, hospitality, residential, corporate interiors and other market sectors. In his capacity as Principal and Managing Director for Gensler Bangalore & Mumbai, Sanjay is a strong proponent for advancing Gensler’s presence in India. In addition to bolstering the company’s ability to deliver sophisticated design services to clients, he is also responsible for driving employee engagement and delivering business results. Before joining Gensler, Sanjay held multiple roles at AIG Global Real Estate in India from 2008 through 2012. Sanjay has held regional leadership positions for the project management team for Jones Lang LaSalle in India from 2004 through 2008. During this journey, Sanjay helped to set up best practices, project quality-assurance processes and talent management initiatives. He developed expertise in helping revitalise organisations as well as enabling them to enhance profitability and growth.
Founder, Design Ideator, Studio IAAD https://iaad.in/
Co-Founder, Strato Luxury http://www.stratoluxury.com/
Rachna Agarwal is the Founder and Principal Architect at Studio IAAD (It’s All About Design), an architectural firm established in the year 2007, and the co-founder of Strato Luxury, a studio that brings together stylishly curated layers of furniture, art and accessories to create exclusive and extraordinary spaces. With over 25 years of experience in the realm of spatial design, Rachna’s professional journey is an ensemble of ingenious design projects completed under her adept mentorship at esteemed architectural studios, before embarking on the journey of founding Studio IAAD and Strato Luxury. Her role as the lead in a plethora of design ventures, coupled with her capacity as a lead aesthete in providing exceptional layering design solutions at Strato, has nurtured her design acumen and penchant for entrepreneurship at an intrinsic level.
A torchbearer of the DNA that the practice exemplifies, Rachna crafts opuses perfectly epitomising avant-garde design narratives that conjure a sensorial and memorable spatial experience — one that finds its origins in the purity and integrity of design values. Under her capable superintendence, IAAD as a boutique studio has been recognised as a pioneer in the discipline with its illustrious body of work ranging corporate offices for leading business houses, expansive resorts, hospitality spaces, educational institutes, high-end retail stores, housing developments, showcase apartments, independent villas and a vibrant array of multiplexes, making the latest technologies and renewed perspectives the cornerstones of their design process. Her leadership has honed the design practice to undertake all the encompassing services of any project, creating architectural and interior design solutions with a distilled spirit of balance amidst the past, present and the future, endowing them with a timeless character. Her approach towards design envisions the clients as key collaborators, wherein their aspirations are respected and meshed ubiquitously into the construct and narrative of any space. With a keen eye for detail and the ardour for creating evocative spaces, Rachna personally ensures that every project witnesses the amalgamation of strong aesthetics, inventive material utilization and the inclusion of sustainable practices at its core through a responsible and biophilic design approach.
Post the completion of her Bachelor’s Degree in Architecture from the TVB School of Habitat Studies - Delhi, her early years of reflective learning were hands-on training at the Auroville Earth Institute, where she shadowed the virtuoso and Director Satprem Maïni himself. She was also bestowed with the honor of winning the Architecture+Design - 'Best Designer' award for the design of open spaces in 1996, following which she has won many accolades for her work at Studio IAAD, including Global Architecture and Design Award, Delhi Architecture Festival, multiple IIID awards, Young’13 Designers etc. Her work has also been widely featured in leading publications like Architectural Digest, Elle Decor, Livingetc, Indesign, India Today Home, Times Property, Times of India, The Pioneer, Construction World and many more. Rachna Agarwal was awarded the Realty+ Women Icon Awards 2021 for the category 'Women Achievers in Leading Flexispaces’
Staying true to the acronym of the studio’s name, Rachna embraces every creative challenge with grace and enthusiasm to set elevated benchmarks and define a new yardstick in the field of design. Her knowledge, philosophy and passion for all things design is inspired by her unwavering vision to make experiential built spaces accessible, environmentally-conscious and engaging to every end-user; design that is emblematic of bespoke simplicity and an impactful visionary ethos.
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