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SUJATA KESHAVAN Sujata Keshavan was the first Indian woman to obtain a post-graduate degree in Design. She graduated from Yale University with a Master of Fine Arts degree specializing in Graphic Design in 1987. Her undergraduate degree was from the National Institute of Design, Ahmedabad. In 1989, Sujata founded Ray+Keshavan Design, widely regarded as India’s most influential design firm and consistently ranked by The Economic Times as India’s No 1 company in the area of Brand Design. Her company was acquired by the WPP group in 2006 and is now part of the Brand Union network. Sujata is regarded as a pioneer in developing the brand design industry in South Asia. Working across sectors from technology to telecom, healthcare to banking, infrastructure to consumer products, she has played a pivotal role, after liberalization, in enabling Indian industry to create vibrant brands that can compete in the global business environment. A strong advocate of the transformational power of design, Sujata has brought design into the boardroom by demonstrating through her practice that design can be used to tangibly alter the fortunes of businesses. In her career of 25 years, Sujata has received numerous awards, been a speaker at international design conferences, and served on the jury of design competitions around the world, including the Cannes jury in 2010. She has been named one of India’s 30 most powerful women by India Today and recognised as The Outstanding Woman Professional of the Year by the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI) in 2007. She is ranked No. 18 on Fortune India’s list of the most powerful women in business. Sujata has served on Yale University’s Global Council on reputation and is currently on the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on Design and Innovation. A quarter of her work each year has been pro-bono for foundations working in the areas of education, health, art, culture and other democratic citizen’s initiatives.