Valerie Pinto, Ahmed Aftab Naqvi and Ashwini Deshpande join as Jury Chairs for ABBY

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Valerie, Ahmed and Ashwini join the 54th ABBY jury for PR category, mobile category, and design category respectively.

Valerie Pinto, CEO, Weber Shandwick, Ahmed Aftab Naqvi, Global CEO & Co-founder, Gozoop and Ashwini Deshpande, Co-Founder and Director of Elephant Design, join as Jury Chair for Public Relations category, Jury Chair of Mobile Category, and Jury Chair of Design category respectively, at The ABBY One Show Awards 2023.

Valerie Pinto is one of the youngest CEOs of a leading network agency in India. She collaborates with clients to change traditional communication models towards more integrated offerings focused on campaigns, creativity, and content.

Prior to her current role, Valerie has worked at UTV Software Communication, Taj Group of Hotels and Perfect Relations.

She is a nominated member of the board of Path in India, a not-for-profit organization. A TEDx speaker, Valerie enjoys mentoring students and young PR professionals. Interestingly, Valerie has also been a national-level athlete and is an accomplished pastry chef.

Ahmed Aftab Naqvi, Global CEO & Co-founder, Gozoop has been appointed on the Abby One Show Awards 2023 Jury to Chair the Mobile Category. Ahmed has been the driving force behind digital-led creativity.

Ahmed has worked on brands like Taj Hotels, Dell, Tim Hortons, Saint Gobain, British Council, Olympic Council of Asia, BIsleri, Air India, Ola, Bata, Mashreq Bank among others.

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While doing so he has helped deliver some campaigns like #AmiKKR for Kolkatta Knight Riders, #NoPlaceLikeHome for Asian Paints, #AntiRoteDay for Dell, #NextAtAsianGames for Olympic Council of Asia, #IamPositive for GNC and #HumHongeKamyaab for NITI Aayog.

Ahmed has been a jury member at Cannes, IDMA, DMA Asia, and FoxGloves among others.

Ahmed says “Abby One Show Awards are the gold standard of excellence. I am honoured to be selected as the Jury Chair for Mobile category. I look forward to awarding the best from the Indian advertising industry.”

Ashwini Deshpande, Co-Founder and Director of Elephant Design, joins the Abby One Show Awards 2023 Jury as Jury Chair of the Design category.

Elephant Design has been awarded Design House of the Year at Lexus Design Awards India & Specialist Agency of the Year by Social Samosa.  

Ashwini has been on the Jury at Cannes Lions (France), The One Show (USA), Jury President at D&AD (London), New York Festival (USA), Spikes Asia (Singapore), and Design for Asia (Hong Kong). and London International Awards.

Some of the international Awards won by Ashwini for Elephant Design are ReBrand100 (USA), A'Design (Italy), Worldstar (Germany), and AsiaStar (Singapore).

Ashwini says “It is an absolute privilege to be judging the Design category at Abby One Show Awards. India is a unique playground for brands and consumers. I define Design as a creative way of solving a challenge.  I am hoping to see great work based on real-life insights that solve a challenge in a delightful way.”

The Abby Awards will be held on the 24th, 25th, and 26th of May during Goafest 2023.

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