Faculty & Advisors

We have Faculty, Coaches & Advisors with 100+ years of experience in education, training, design & entrepreneurship. They will work with you to develop your capabilities and skillsets.

Dr Girish Prabhu

Girish is the Ex-Dean of Human Centered Innovation programs at Srishti Institute for Art, Design & technology. He is an expert in defining problems & opportunity framing, performing user research & designing for business.

Srishti, Intel, HP Eastman Kodak, L&T, Wipro, Kirloskar

Sudhindra V

Sudhindra is the Chief Design Officer at IBM IX India. At IfDE, he will guide the students to understand & implement principles of system & service design along with effective organisational management practices.

IBM, Sapient Nitro, Emirates Airline,

Samir Chabukswar

Samir is the Founder of YUJ Designs, UX Design Studio & UX Veteran with 20+ years of experience. His expertise is in defining systems, design processes, man-machine interactions & user experience.

Srishti, Intel, HP, Eastman Kodak, L&T, Wipro, Kirloskar

Apala Chavan

Apala is President, HFI – Middle East Asia, Africa and Australia. Spearheading cross-cultural design, innovation and strategy at IfDE.

HP Labs, Adidas, Nokia, Sony Ericsson, NCR, Intel

Prasadd Bartakke

Prasadd is the Co-Founder and Chief of Design and Research at YUJ Designs. At IfDE, he will help the students validate ideas & process with rapid prototyping for better UX & product design.

YUJ, Persistent, HFI

Atul Saraf

Atul is the Founder of DesignFold Consulting. He brings in 20 years of experience in creating strategic UX and delightful IXD. Atul helps students envision and create next-generation digital products and interfaces for web and mobile.

Citigroup, American Express, Xerox, Hindustan Unilever


Sriram currently works as a Design Director at IBM iX Bangalore Design Studio. He has been studying user behaviour and understanding user motivations with the goal of designing better experiences.

Samsung Electronics, Jana Bank, Idea, MetLife

Beena Prabhu

Beena currently leads research for the APAC region at PayPal. She brings 20+ years of experience in helping organizations understand the people they create products for and translate this understanding to compelling and sustainable products and services.

PayPal, Co-Founder DesignFold, Human Factors International, Siemens, HP, Intel, Intuit, Nokia

Kanwal Rai

He was Vice President and Head of Wells Fargo Start-up Accelerator in India before turning into an adviser on Innovation, IP and Entrepreneurship. He is an author of a book featured at HBS Working Knowledge and alumnus of DCE & IIM Calcutta.

Infosys Technologies, Wipro Technologies, Aspect Development, Capgemini

Dr Nikhil Varude

Dr Nikhil is the lead strategist at Circadian Comm & Analytics. He specializes in implementing growth-oriented marketing techniques that steers startup growth.

Vivian Gomes

Currently, the Board member of UXQCC (Austria). He is a Google Developer Expert in UX. Spearheading culture change transformation through Design across the world. He is a certified trainer from LUMA Institute.

Sabina Krishna

Director of HCD at Human Factors Research & Design. She is a strategic leader and HCD-UX specialist having played various roles as head of multi-million global projects across industries.

Sudhir Desai

Currently the co-chair for the UN Millenium Project (Southern and Western Region) and chairman for the Future of Work and Technology workshop. Sudhir is the founder of Living Enterprise, a firm that help’s clients identify, develop strategies and execute strategic growth initiatives.


Sreekumar is Gallup certified strength coach. He is an ardent believer in heart-centred servant leadership and studies organisations that are epitomes of excellence with an inspiring culture that make a positive impact in society.

Sangeeta Karmokar

Sangeeta is the Founder of Women Entrepreneurship Centre. She champions 18 years of education and research in New Zealand around design led entrepreneurship. Sangeeta’s expertise includes design thinking, digital innovation, entrepreneurial strategy, women entrepreneurship and working with the community.

Ajay Hiraskar

CEO of Success Alchemists, a firm which provides Mentoring & Scaling Up Coaching services to companies in USD 1 – 25 Mn revenue range. He has been associated with companies like DELL, IDEA Cellular, The Times of India & Reliance Infocomm for over 27 years.

Alok Nandi

Design director and innovation strategist at Architempo, Alok b. Nandi brings experiences in multiple media (film production, events org, exhibition design, interactive media publishing for Tintin’s publisher a.o.) as well as R&D combining tech and storytelling (AR, VR, MR). He is global president of IxDA, Interaction Design Association.

Stylianos Makridis

Stylianos is a serial entrepreneur in niche industries like alt. healthcare, international investments etc. He helps his students to understand the nitty-gritty of entrepreneurship.

Aman khajanchi

Aman Khajanchi is a performance-driven executive with 3 decades of sales experience in the Information Technology industry. He has strong solution and consultative selling expertise coupled with a deep understanding of business & technology

Oracle, Microsoft, HCL Technologies, Hewlett-Packard

Priyale Prasad

She brings 20+ years of experience in advising and working with Fortune 50 companies , across all Intellectual Property, Corporate and Technology, legal matters. She works extensively with start-ups re their legal requirements. Also serves as Visiting Faculty at PSG College of Technology.

Founder, Aleron Law

Tejas Wagh

Tejas has 7+ years of experience in Secreterial and Corporate finance matters. He helps SME companies to raise finance and enter into strategic JV partnerships and consult corporate finance investments.

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