One of the most awarded admen across the world, Raj started his career in the early 90’s at Enterprise Nexus/Lowe, Mumbai, where he went on to win half a dozen Clio Awards, along with being the first Indian to be nominated for D&AD in 1996.
Soon he was recruited by Sir Frank Lowe to join Lowe London, working on brands like Stella Artois, Unilever, Nestle and Saab, among many others. After 5 years in London, his itchy feet took him to New York as Creative Director at Lowe New York and later Global Creative Director at BBDO NY on P&G. His winning streak continued with several One Show Golds, Cannes Lions and D&AD Pencils added to his name.
After 15 years away from home, Raj returned to Mumbai in 2012 as Managing Partner of BBH India. But his entrepreneurial side got the better of him, and he decided to launch his own agency – Famous Innovations. Raj is also Director of Miami Ad School, India, a regular lecturer at institutes like Kellogg Institute of Management and Columbia University. He is part of a think tank with the Indian government to make India wi-fi enabled.
GVK spent his childhood traveling six states with his dad who was in government service, embracing and understanding different cultures.
He spent the first 18 years of his career in Marketing and Sales, leading large leading brands like Blue star, BPL Mobile, RPG Cellular, FoodWorld and Airtel. In 2007, he decided to switch sides and take up his true passion – advertising. He left his CMO role at Airtel to join Lowe Lintas. In his 9 years at Lowe, he grew the operation 6 fold with over 120 talent, led over 50 large brands and won 25 Effies.
Now his exciting journey continues as CEO, South at Famous Innovations.
GVK is a regular lecturer at leading Indian Universities like IIM, MICA.
Marketing and communication professional with 18 years' of brand building experience across India and South East Asia. Managed the largest offices of global agencies, digital transformation and relationships in most complex matrix organisations.
Built & nurtured powerful global brands in India that have won consumer confidence & delivered outstanding business results.
Intense exposure to a broad base of industry verticals, with specialist skills in telecom and FMCG marketing. Focused on creating innovative, integrated solutions across industries and geographies, including extensive use of digital marketing strategies. A proven ability to develop cross-channel strategic and creative solutions that build brands, nurture customer relationships and drive quantifiable results.
Yousuf is a traveller by mind, an explorer on foot and a nomad at heart. But he spends a lot of his time poking his nose into people's lives, figuring out how their thinking can be changed. Obviously, he gets slapped around in the process.
Inscrutably, over the past 13 years in advertising (10.5 of which he has spent as a strategist), Leo Burnett Mumbai, Y&R Singapore, BBH Mumbai, W+K Delhi, McCann Jakarta, The Bakery Jakarta and Bates Kolkata have found this useful.
So have brands and companies such as Axe, Land Rover, Bajaj Motorcycles, Star Bharat, Amazon Prime Video, Marico Ltd, Nescafe, Dalda, Acer, Nokia, Danone and Powerade among many others.
In the last 6 years, Yousuf has picked up 7 Effies, 6 trophies at the APPIES, and two WARC awards. Campaigns built on his briefs have also won at the D&AD Pencils, One Show, Cannes, Spikes, and the Abbys.
He has also been invited to speak at the Influencer Conference Mumbai 2012 and 2013, at the Godrej India Culture Lab and at the Pacific Youth Marketing Conference 2015 and 2016 in Singapore. However, talent and a real job continue to elude him.
To prevent himself from domestic abuse in the future, Yousuf mentions having worked as an amateur barista at Amici's Delhi. For backup career choices, he goes through the poetry, short stories, travel and food columns he has written, and the countless pictures he has taken so far on his travels. To broker peace when all else fails, he propagates his Indian-Pakistani origin.
Mithila Saraf joined Famous Innovations in 2012 before it had any employees, clients (or even laptops!) with the hope to make a real difference in the world of communications.
She studied Economics and Communications at New York University, and spent her early career across top media houses like NBC New York, CNN-IBN and Education Times. At Famous, she is deeply involved in strategizing growth for the brands Famous partners as well as for Famous as a brand itself.
Mithila represented India globally at Young Cannes Lions 2016 and 2017, winning against over 250 participants. She was also nominated as the South Asia Young Achiever of 2016 by Campaign Magazines. Among her diverse roles and experiences, her proudest piece of work remains her script for the Raymond - Being There film, which won the Laadli Media and Gender Sensitive Award in 2015.
Her last stint was as an Executive Creative Director with McCann New York, her favorite piece of work helps girls explain why their boobs get in the way of coding. Year before last, she was on Adweek's Creative 100 list.
Before she learned to spell favorite without the ‘u’, she spent many years working across various agencies in Asia, as well a short stint in Africa. She has lived in 3 continents, 4 countries and 8 cities - if the travel doesn't give you perspective and make your work better, it definitely gives you a strange collection of unusable air miles.
As Executive Creative Director at JWT Delhi, she led the agency to its first Cannes and Clio Gold in its 100 year history. In the same year, the network picked up Agency of the Year at AdFest and she was ranked No 13 in the Asia Pacific ECD Creative Rankings carried out by Campaign Asia. The Fujifilm campaign that contributed to this was ranked one of the top 20 most awarded print campaigns in the world, according to the Gunn Report.
She loves ideas, in advertising, theatre, stand up or film. She enjoys busting stereotypes, whether gender, racial or cultural. Her work is always better when she believes in it, and the it doesn’t have to be a cause.
Kamal has over 20 years of experience in the area of Accounts. This includes extensive international experience in formulating accounting and administrative procedure in the Advertising Industry.
Before Famous, he worked as Commercial Manager at McCann Erickson India from 2007 to 2011. He has also been Commercial Head at Mudra Communications and Commercial Manager at Commonwealth (joint venture with Goodby Silverstein and Mccann Worldwide). As an independent, Famous is an exciting and refreshing environment, and Kamal is glad to be working with a young, enthusiastic team.
If you met Ayushi, it’s hard to believe she wasn’t always a people’s person. Then again, life’s full of surprises.
Having spent the last 6 years in the field of HR space, she has perfected a variety of HR practices ranging in organizational development, talent and performance management, employee engagement.
Her tryst with advertising happened in 2016 when she joined FoxyMoron and it made her realize she thrived in a creative environment. It wasn’t long before she joined Famous Innovations where she continues to build great teams and ensure great work culture across all 3 offices of the agency in India.
She is driven by her love for discovering human insights that can be utilized to create frameworks and programs for a sustainable work environment. After all, there’s more to HR besides making rangoli.
A graduate and gold-medallist from Mumbai's prestigious JJ School of Arts, Ajmal's career spans 16 years and 7 agencies. During that time he has grown iconic brands like Axe, Fevicol, Fiat, Heinz, Hindustan Times, Kotak Mutual Funds, Marico, Philips, Raymond, Skoda, Uber, Vaseline, Vespa, Volkswagen, and more. He has created and creative directed campaigns that have won at Cannes, The One Show, London International Awards, Communication Arts, Asia Pacific Adfest, Kyoorius D&AD, Mirchi Kaan Radio Awards and The ABBYs. He is a strong believer in the maxim that good creativity must be extremely effective.
Hayden Scott brings with him over 12 years of experience at Ogilvy & Mather, DDB Mudra, Percept/H, and now Famous Innovations. He has crafted memorable and award winning campaigns for brands like Vodafone, Volkswagen, Big TV, Axis Mutual Fund, Zoom, DB Realty, Platinum Guild of India, FedEx, JSW, National Geographic, Ezeego.com among others. Over the years he has accumulated over half a dozen Abby’s including mentions in a number of prominent advertising annuals. Hayden was awarded Copywriter of the Year at Campaign for Dignity Awards 2015. Besides advertising, he is also a regular faculty member at Miami Ad School Mumbai.
Sumit is a one-of-a-kind art director in the industry who comes from a business background. This unique combination gives him the soul of an artist with the vision of an entrepreneur. One of the founding employees of Famous, he comes with a total experience of over 10 years. Art Direction is his passion, which he first explored at Cliché Rebel, Mumbai as a Creative Designer. There he worked on brands like GoAir, SBI DFHI, Godrej Properties, Bombay Dyeing. From there, he was nabbed by Mode Advertising and Communication, where he was an Art Director for clients like State Bank of India, Central Bank of India, MTNL, NHAI, etc. Sumit is a creative genius who excels in both branding and communication. Addicted to Instagram, in his free time he enjoys photography, Bollywood and travel.