Kern Culture is a creed

Built by putting together the personal credos of a like-minded team
We work in an entirely flat structure, ranks only being necessary for administration. Everyone owns their pieces of work and the owners are workers too. And within this paradox lies the passion - the passion to learn, the passion to excel and the passion to grow.


Founder & Managing Director

Shriya Nagi

A multi-cultural ethos from being brought up all over India; discipline, inculcated through being an Army Officer's daughter; and a highly evolved sense of her own grammar of life’s design, Shriya is like the CPU which tries to make sense of all the data that has been fed into it.

The data is the chaos of every sensory input she gets at every moment and her binary code is art & design. Once every experience has been filtered through this code, it becomes one more byte of information that is filed away into Shriya’s memory. And ends up being a part of her effort to comprehend the fundamental nature of the diverse visual languages that exist around her to which she contributes her share of creativity.

Her knowledge, however, is not just instinctive. Proper training has honed it into a keen edge. She pursued a Bachelor’s degree in Communication Design from Symbiosis Institute of Design (Pune) and has followed it up with over 10 years of professional work experience in some of India’s finest design agencies.

In that period she has also managed to be many other things:
Four times external Jury at Symbiosis Institute of Design, Pune
Guest lecturer on topics such as Branding Principles, Basic Graphic Design and Design Management at Symbiosis Institute of Design, Pune.
A jury member at India’s Best Design Studio Awards presented by POOL Magazine ( for the year 2015 & 2016 for the category ‘Best UI-UX Design Studio’, ‘Best Craft Design Studio’ & ‘Best Young Design Studio’.

Full of pep and joie de vivre, Shriya infuses the ambience and the people around her with energy in an effort to keep the atmosphere lively. Yet, she remains an easy-going person, building a team through friendship and a sense of community.

Neha Thakurdesai

Consultant, Design Research

Creating delight and designing great experiences – two sides to Neha’s personality. Luckily, both these go hand in hand to create what Neha calls her passion and her calling - ‘designing experiences that delight’. She has used her instinctive flair for this to help clients find connections between people, brands, products, and services.

This need to 'connect' things up took hold of Neha in her youth and she chose to train herself with a master’s degree in Design Ethnography from the University of Dundee, Scotland and a master’s degree in Communication Management from the Pune University.

Great! The theory part was now imbibed. What about the practical bits? That came from 12 years of enriching industry experience in research + strategy + design. In the process, she has found one useful question; ‘why?’ It helps her get to the root of everyday things, ‘contextually’. As an ethnographer, ‘why?’ has helped her see the world as a playground to understand how distinct users from diverse backgrounds, cultures, and beliefs co-exist in one basket. This interest being piqued while working on multi-national clientele like Unilever, Reckitt Benckiser, Pepsico, Coke, and BBC. When the ‘why’ joins 'context', it helps her understand the 'how'.

Currently consulting on ethnicity in design and global design trends, she has, in her past, headed INDI Research - an individual venture with INDI Design in Pune, worked as a Design Research Consultant with Nurun-part of Publicis Worldwide (Shanghai), BBC (Manchester), Matt&John, PDD (London), Titan (Bangalore); as a Research Manager with Quantum Consumer Solutions (Bangalore) and as a Design Researcher with Tata Elxsi (Bangalore) and Elephant Design (Pune).

Being about as curious as a cat about various ethnicities and ethnographic trends, she loves meeting people from different cultures and spends her free time sketching or creating some DIY stuff - a current project is a crochet blanket for her one-year-old nephew.

Specialities: User Research, Ethnography, Design Thinking, Design Research, Usability, Branding and Strategy, and Trends Research

Neha Arun

Consultant, Brand Strategy

When your heart, head, genes, training, and experience all come together in one glorious whole, what do you get? You get Neha Arun, a creator of emotional, experiential and pragmatic design for brands.
Most people inherit money. Neha inherited artistic sensibilities from her artistically inclined family. Having lived in an atmosphere dedicated to creativity, Neha naturally made it her life and work. From her upbringing at home to educating herself at the National Institute of Design was but a step. Her professional training at NID made her an expert in translating design language and visualizing out-of-the-box design solutions.

That’s not all though. Neha is constantly inspiring herself through exposure to varied new experiences of new cultures, music, and people she meets. Each new encounter finds some form of expression in her designs.

Her experience, too, has been vast and multifaceted. Prior to becoming a consultant at Kern Culture, she led the design team of a well-known international branding consultancy in Bengaluru where she created design strategy for clients in the jewellery, food and furniture industries.

The desire to follow her own design philosophy, creativity, and spirit led her to start a niche design firm, based out of Pune, where she undertook product design, graphic design, and branding projects. Alongside doing all this, she continues to teach; building a great rapport with her young students. This interaction with young minds keeps her design thinking youthful, fresh and vibrant, helping her understand the beat of the modern Indian consumer.

On a more personal note, Neha is a fun-loving and free-spirited person with art and music in her blood. Constantly looking for new experiences, she is also a good mixer, becoming the heartbeat of every group with her vivacity. Her observation and imitation skills are extraordinary. Which means, any personality traits or behavioural quirks you have will soon appear in her social set – and you will have an alter ego.

Pooja Cornelius

Lead Digital Marketing

A theatre artist, traveller and an award-winning photographer…. Marketing professional by the day and a gypsy soul by the night, Pooja was born and brought up in the city of oranges, Nagpur. She has spent her early years there and has been in cities like Bangalore, New York, Auckland and now in Pune.
She has completed her Master’s in Digital Marketing from Unitec Institute of Technology, New Zealand and has been associated with a few fortune 500 companies in various capacities to make sure they achieve their Digital Marketing goals. After embracing the corporate life for 11+ years, Pooja has moved on to explore her creative side and is now associated with Kern Culture.
Data is the new gold mine and many organizations are comfortably sitting on it not knowing what to do. Data is divisive because it can tell so many variations on one story. Writing the story that goes with that data requires special expertise and focus. With 10 plus years of experience in Digital Marketing &Content Management she is the perfect story teller.
P.S: She is obsessed with Tattoo art…

Aishwarya Hulyalkar

Design Manager

A born dreamer, as a kid, Aishwarya loved sitting in one corner doodling, dreaming and channelling her energy into art. Always smiling and chattering, she is a very warm person and the agony aunt for all of us! She is a great listener-needless to say.
Aishwarya is a team player and loves interacting with everyone, whether the digital team, human resources or the design ninjas at Kern Culture. Her mantra is, “a good team can achieve even the impossible.” She is also very analytical in her approach towards work and thought process.
Aishwarya comes with 9+ years of corporate experience, specializing in Design for Retail Experience. Having worked with some of the best-known organization across various industries, Aishwarya now looks after the entire design efforts at Kern Culture.
Aishwarya loves fashion and decor and is always a keen observer of spaces. In her spare time, she loves reading books, immersing herself in nature and spending quality time with her family. Aishwarya adores her pet dog.
If you wish to gift her anything on her birthday-books, plants and anything related to décor will be a good choice!

Debangshu Kerr

Creative Director

AKA Dodo, he has over 27 years of experience in copywriting and ideation. He has worked at agencies like Mudra, McCann, Saatchi & Saatchi, TBWA Anthem and Ogilvy as a Creative Director. He brings to the table an ability to think through brands and find innovative ways to tell compelling stories about products as well as companies.

Laxmi Gupta

Associate HR and Assistance

Laxmi is a B.Com graduate from Mumbai University. A working professional for the past 8 years, she has worked in multiple roles, including Sales, Financial Consultant, Store Operations. Currently, she is an associate HR and Assistant at Kern Culture.

Shahan Karanjia

Lead Consultant, Content & Copy

After almost a decade of experience in advertising, it's safe to say Shahan has a clear understanding of the industry and the standards required to meet clients' demands. Rustomjee Builders, Jumjoji the Parsi Diner. Moglix Solutions and Citi Bank are just a few clients he has worked on, along with a host of Public Sector Banks. He continues to be a student of the art while adapting to the ever-changing world of advertising.

Uday Apkar

Production Manager

25 years of experience across different verticals like printing, packaging, graphic designing, etc. have given Uday enough expertise in these fields to be able to provide your brand with unique solutions for complex problems. Uday is also a virtuoso in the art of creating dummies for brochures and 3-d mailers, taking care of the issues of production while retaining the creative excellence of the idea. He has worked across many of India’s largest agencies and also managed the in-house studios of MNC clients creating clutter-busting work in the process. This studio management experience makes him an indispensable asset to our team as we grow.

Maithilee Bandekar

Assistant Manager, Branding and Communication

Hi! my name is Maithilee, and I like to turn ideas into reality. Whether it’s turning a blank canvas into a painting or a concept into a brand!
I decided to take the plunge into the digital world to compliment my creative side. I am a digital marketing intern at Kern Culture and loving the new laptop lifestyle! I enjoy experimenting when it comes to Marketing Campaigns and Setting Up Digital products! Prior to Kern Culture I was managing sales & marketing strategy at Raheja Universal. During my tenure at Raheja, I helped the company with sales strategy, market research and managed branding activities.
My current areas of interest are eco-friendly living, human-centred design, and branding. I love painting and gardening, and currently addicted to audio books! I have three cats and if you call me ‘crazy cat lady’, I take that as a compliment!

Sushant Pawar

Sr. Graphic Designer

Imagine the ocean on one side. And verdant green hills on the other. Nestled in valleys between them is your home. If this doesn’t inspire you to the heights of creative endeavour, what will?

That is exactly how the lovely Konkan region is on India’s western coast. And that is where Sushant Pawar, our – Sr. Graphic Designer comes from. The region is famed for breeding artistic capabilities in every nook and corner and Sushant is no exception. Growing up in a fishing village in the Ratnagiri district of the Konkan belt, Sushant started off unleashing his imagination in sketches. As he grew to maturity, his passion became his obsession and he decided to make a career out of it.

Over the last 14 years, Sushant has given full reign to his capabilities as a Designer and Illustrator. Stints as a full-time art director, art consultant and freelance illustrator for digital art have polished him into an accomplished designer who understands what brands need. The evidence is that multinational companies including CNN, Haymarket, Barclays Bank, Unilever & Vodafone have chosen to work with him.

Illustration, identity design, packaging design, website design, communication design- you name it, he does it. Sushant believes he can showcase his skills at KC with unfettered joy.

Tejal Jadhav

Graphic Designer

Inspired by the great Salvador Dali, Tejal planned to make a career that would fulfill her professional and personal life. As a student of Sir JJ Institute of Applied Arts, Tejal’s passion for art is visible in her work.
She often perceives art in everything that she sees and that is reflected in her sketches & photographs. Tejal aims to be a best designer and she is adamant on achieving her goal. Working at Kern Culture, has been an enriching one for Tejal. Within a short span of time, she has learnt different aspects of art and designing.

Ketan Kulkarni

Lead Designer, Motion Graphics & Animation

An Indian with an eye for the finer details – that is Ketan, our Head of Motion Graphics Design and Animation.
One of the few people we know who will not let anything go until it has reached an idyllic perfection, he embodies the gung-ho spirit and ‘do-it-yourself’ attitude of the true entrepreneur.

A post-graduate in Design Management from the University of Dundee, UK, Ketan has over 12 years of graphic design experience and primarily works in motion graphics design, animation, and creative direction. He has worked as a Sr. Motion Designer for Breakfast of Champions, one of the leading motion design studios in London, UK, for more than 8 years.

More than just getting the work done, Ketan loves building brand stories; giving brands and products a life through motion graphics and animation. His storytelling instincts have brought him to India where he believes there are a million stories to be told filtered through the lens of a unique culture that’s thousands of years old.

Isha Javkhedkar

Lead Designer, UI-UX Design

Indian by instinct and British by process orientation – these are the two qualities that make Isha a great award-winning UI/UX designer. And one who is the right human to create web experiences for the Indian consumer.
The web is not the place to make mistakes – there’s so much content that you make one mistake and your audience is gone elsewhere.

Our filter for a ‘no-mistakes’ web experience for your clientele, Isha, uses technology awareness and communication thinking to create this experience.

Having worked in the UK and currently consulting for clients based in the US, she boasts extensive global experience in the field of UI and UX. She is extremely process-oriented and stern in her reasoning, courtesy her British education and training, and yet flexible in her attitude to creative navigation, courtesy of her Indian roots. Bang in the middle of this lies the understanding of Indian consumers and their user scenario for building a user navigational architecture and developing the best possible design language for any product.