If 90’s was the era of vintage, 2016 can safely be called a full-fledged digital era as the virtual world is evolving into social networks by shifting lives and businesses under it. As the world found its common ground under the shelter of internet, social media is churning out wizards who’re ruling the world of tweets, posts, and snaps, giving us social media amateurs an opportunity to absorb this talent.

On the occasion of Guru Purnima, Social Samosa takes up the opportunity to acknowledge these Social media Gurus.

Anaggh Desai

Blogger by talent and expert by experience, Anaggh Desai is an advisor at So What If and a Founder of Anaggh Desai Consults.

Ashok Lalla

A digital and marketing advisor to brands and agencies, Ashok Lalla is not just a social media expert, but a speaker, start-up mentor, and also holds an experience of being the Digital Head Infosys, Mindshare, Havas, and Taj Hotels.

Anand Halve

Currently working at Chlorophyll brand and communication consultancy, a multi-facet persona, Anand Halve is a brand and culture follower, author, poet, teacher, and also calls himself a student.

Prashanth Challapalli

Having a strong digital career, Prashanth Challapalli currently works with Contract India and holds a past experience of Jack in the Box Worldwide and The 120 Media Collective. Challapalli has been in the industry for almost 2 decades now.

Karthik Srinivasan

Being one of India’s 7 LinkedIn Power Profiles in 2015, Karthik Srinivasan is a social media professional with over 16 years of experience. Currently working with Ogilvy & Mather he has worked with big names such Flipkart.com, Edelman, and Text 100 in the past.

Nishad Ramachandran

Senior Vice President Digital Experience at Hansa Cequity, Nishad Ramachandran previously worked with iContract, SSC&B Lintas and Contract Advertising and is nothing less than a social media wizard.

Shakthi Vadakkepat

Shakthi Vadakkepat Founder, The Quill is a Social and Digital Branding Expert with more than two decades of experience in building highly successful global teams, developing new products and features, and consulting brands on their social media strategies.

Sanjay Mehta

Currently a joint CEO of Mirum India, Mehta has been a massive contributor to the digital marketing industry in India. He previously worked with Compare Infobase, TVC Skyshop, and Homeindia Online Services giving him a well-rounded perspective of the industry.

Gautam Ghosh

Consultant and Advisor to companies and vendors on social media Gautam Ghosh is currently working with Talent and Social Business; previously he has worked with Flipkart.com, Philips, and Social Wavelength. Ghosh played an integral role in shaping some great campaigns for Indian brands.

Apurva Chamaria

Currently working with Bloomsbury India, EDUGILD, HCL Technologies, Apurva Chamaria has been a pioneer of the digital world and has worked with HCL Technologies, Ranbaxy Laboratories and Trident prior to this. He has an intricate understand of the social world.

Haroon Bijli

Talking about the gurus of digital world, Haroon Bijli makes it to the list with his experience in digital marketing and eCommerce. He also holds previous experience in Philips and Tata Consultancy Services.

Chhaya Bhardwaj

Founder at Managing Director at BC Web Wise, Chhaya Bharadwaj has been reigning social media for her utter proficiency with digital marketing. She also possesses a previous experience of working with Business Today and Business World.

Charulata Ravi Kumar

CEO at Razorfish, Charulata Ravi Kumar is making a mark on the digital platform giving a tuff competition to her male counterparts in the industry. Currently CEO of Razorfish, she has worked with The Indian Express, Product of the Year and JWT before.

Manu Prasad

Been there, punned that says his Twitter bio, Manu Prasad is a brand marketer, blogger, columnist and a start up mentor. This multi-talented personality currently works with Times Group, Microsoft Ventures Accelerator and previously has worked with Urban Ladder, GroupM, Myntra Designs Private Limited.

Lakshmipathy Bhat

A Marketing Communication Professional, Lakshmipathy Bhat currently works with Robosoft Technologies, already laid his magic in the digital sphere, he has worked with CodConclave, FCB Ulka Advertising, Grey Worldwide before.

Vijay Sankaran

Director-Digital Strategy at Genesis Burson-Marsteller, Vijay Sankaran has got his name listed amongst the digital biggies of the industry. He holds a previous experience of working with Social Wavelength, Edelman and Nokia Siemens Netoworks.

Sachin Karweer

Business head at HGS Interactive, Sachin Karweer is one of the social media gurus one should not fail to acknowledge, especially if he’s hoping to bloom in the digital industry. He has previously worked with HTMT and forindia.com

These proficient personalities have left their footprints for budding entrepreneurs and social media enthusiasts to follow.  Social Samosa raises a glass to these teachers who’ve re-defined the very definition of social media.

While these are some of the names; the industry is vast and dynamic and has produced more Gurus than we can count. Write to us on [email protected] telling us about your social media guru and we shall add them to the list.

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