Ravi Deshpande

Ravi Deshpande is one of the most prominent creative leaders in the Indian and Global advertising world.

As Chairman and Chief Creative Officer he was at the helm of Contract India between 2005 to June 2013.

He has led the agency to win over 600 creative awards.

Under his creative leadership, Contract went on to win Agency of the year at the Advertising & Marketing national awards four times and Agency of the Year in Ad Club Bombay, in 1999. This resulted in Contract being the best creative force in the country.

He has been honoured as Creative Professional of the Year, twice as Art Director of The Year. And for ‘Outstanding Contribution to the Advertising Industry in India’.

He has been on the jury of international awards such as Cannes, D&AD, The One Show, Adfest, Dubai Lynx, Spikes Asia, The Cup and Clio.

He has crafted a theory “Grow Young” based on the belief that un-boxed ideas reverse the ageing process of brands making them younger and more desirable.

He has co-founded Ecole Intuit Lab in India, a school of graphic design and visual communication from Paris, France.

He has been honoured as one of six living advertising legends in the last fifty years, in India.

He has recently launched Whyness. An integrated communications agency for the new world.

Whyness is created with strategic alliance with Findability Sciences from Boston ( Big data tech company ) and with Seenk from Paris ( Branding and Design company )

This new company will address brand challenges with solutions that combine human insights, creativity, design and technology.

In his spare time paints, does photography.