Judging Panel

Co-founder, Director
Elephant Design Pvt Ltd

A 1989 graduate of National Institute of Design, Ahmedabad, Ashwini is co-founder of Elephant Design, India's largest independent integrated design consultancy, with offices in India & Singapore. Elephant has been consistently ranked as No 1 Design Agency in India by The Economic Times Brand Equity Agency Reckoner for over a decade.

Ashwini leads Branding & Communication Design at Elephant. She has been part of the award- winning work for global brands in diverse segments. Some of the awards include Global ReBrand 100 (USA), Worldstar (Germany), Lexus Design Awards, A’Design (Italy), DFA Design for Asia Awards (HK) and Best of the Best at CII Design Excellence.

She has been jury at marquee national & international events, such as the Cannes Lions (France), New York Festival Awards, The One Show (USA), Pentawards London, DFA Design for Asia Awards (HK) & Spikes Asia (Singapore). Ashwini was Jury President at the D&AD Awards in London, served as Jury President at London International Awards and at AdFest (Thailand) in 2024.

She was invited by the prestigious Rockefeller Foundation at their Bellagio Campus in Italy to participate in Global Social Impact workshop and by Danish Design Association to form the Copenhagen Co-creation Manifesto. She has lectured across more than 20 countries including ICOGRADA Design Week, Business of Design Week and International Design Congress.

As a key member of The Design Alliance Asia consortium, Ashwini has collaborated on award winning international projects including Colours of Asia Research project that spanned across 11 countries in Asia.

Ashwini is a founding member of Association of Designers of India and also, The Collective, an initiative by women creative leaders in India to create safe work-places. She is an advisor-mentor to the Indian Creative Women that promotes diversity in creative teams. She was a speaker at the Girl Up Bootcamp by United Nations Foundation.

Her work has been recognized on several notable platforms: Impact Magazine has featured Ashwini among 50 Most Influential Women in Media for eight consecutive years and she is also on the Campaign India’s A-List.

Ashwini mentors start-ups through the “Nurture” initiative of TiE - The Indus Entrepreneurs platform. She is part of several advisory boards including Indian Institute of Technology Guwahati and Gandhinagar and Pune University’s Design Masters Programmes.