Founder of INDI Design, India. Founder and president of ‘Design India’ (India’s largest social community of professional designers); and Chief Editor of POOL Magazine (for Design, Innovation and Art).
Rajesh is an engineer by education, entrepreneur by profession and design evangelist by passion.
A mechanical engineer from Bangalore University, Rajesh started his career in 1999 with a tea production company in Bangalore and since then, has diversified into paper, plantations, live events and brand consultancy.
Since 2004, Rajesh’s diversified group came under the banner of Kyoorius Group and he now heads a group of niche businesses with over 17 offices across the globe.
In 2005, Rajesh started a platform to fuel a design movement in India. Kyoorius Designyatra, hosted and curated by Rajesh, is now India’s largest design conference and has been rated as the best curated annual conference in the world since 2013.
Kyoorius, then, launched the Kyoorius Awards, which has since become the most credible awards for the advertising, digital, media and design community in India.
Rajesh now hosts and curates another initiative called MELT – a conference at the unique convergence of marketing, media, advertising, digital with a unique focus on technology. In its fifth year, MELT is a unique format with parallel tracks, expos, seminars, workshops and networking. MELT has also expanded into a magazine and portal, launched in 2017 which explores the business side of advertising and marketing.
Rajesh has worked actively with the Netherlands government to help build Indo- Dutch design collaborations. He has also frequently worked with The British Council and the Design Council of UK in similar endeavours.
Rajesh is the Founder CEO of Kyoorius Group and a global director at Saffron, a brand consultancy founded by Wally Olins and Jacob Benbunan. He is a global partner at Addikt, a design boutique dedicated to motion and digital design, specializing in storytelling and consumer engagement in this age of connectivity. Rajesh has been on the managing committee of industry forums, speaker panels and jury sessions at various festivals and awards.
Rajesh works tirelessly to represent India on the international stage and to build strong and enduring country relationships in the domain of design and creativity.