The Design Village has been initated by creative design entreprenuers, with the sole intent of uplifting the design quotient of the country – honing the best talents and providing an inspiring platform for design discourse.
Navneet Garg, spent the last two decades in a global impact-driven business, as Chief Operating Officer of Vestergaard’s global water business, which works towards innovating life-saving products and millennium development goals. With an inspiration to create a pipeline of social innovations for India, Navneet set up Caya Constructs. The idea behind Caya was to innovate at a scale which creates an impact and steers India closer to sustainable development goals. TDV is Navneet’s passion project. He believes design can solve problems at all levels, specially at a social level in the country. TDV will work towards inculcating design thinking for social innovation, which can make designers have the power to question and proclaim the essential challenges of today and tomorrow for India and for the world.
Rishi Aggarwal, is the Managing Director, JCBL group. Under his leadership, the group has grown substantially in last 20 years. JCBL’s biggest enabler for growth has been it’s strength in design. Conceptualizing, designing and building customized solutions like motor homes, election campaign vans, luxury coaches and much more has made JCBL the largest mobility solution provider in the country. Rishi believes, design is to business what evolution is to nature and understanding the gap of interdisciplinary and industry-centric design education in India accompanied with a dearth of design engineers, which can take Indian brands to the top, was his inspiration to start ‘The Design Village’.
Sourabh Gupta attended the school of architecture, CEPT University in Ahmadabad, India and graduated magna cum laude. He also spent a year at the architecture faculty of TU Delft, Netherlands. Driven by a compulsive need to design, travel, and explore, Sourabh started his professional design practice – Studio Archohm in 2000. Sourabh has a comprehensive vision and understanding of the impact design can have on society. For him, TDV was born out of the need to create an ecosystem that was completely dedicated to design and its application. A holistic environment – that allows co-creation with some of the best design professionals and practitioners in the field that will definitely help students to thrive and become all-round designers.