Ahmed Aftab Naqvi - Jio Institute
Ahmed Aftab Naqvi

Ahmed Aftab Naqvi

Global CEO & Co-founder, GOZOOP Group

A distinguished pioneer of the advertising & marketing Industry in India as well as Middle East, Ahmed Aftab Naqvi has enjoyed building GOZOOP from very humble beginnings in a small Mumbai garage in 2008 to becoming one of India's leading and largest independent home-grown global advertising group.

With Mr. Naqvi on the forefront, GOZOOP Group leads the trends that have shaped the industry. Under his leadership, the group has gained momentum to diversify the company's service offerings, enable strategic acquisitions, identify new markets for international expansion and build emerging leaders.

“Sometimes, it is not enough to just think outside the box but to break it”, with this guiding philosophy #BREAKTHEBOX, Ahmed has helped accelerate GOZOOP Group into not just one of the leading independent marketing group in India but also an organization that is widely regarded as one of the best places to work at. 

With over 15+ years of experience focused on creating and executing award-winning campaigns that sit at the intersection of content, design, and technology, Ahmed is a thought leader in the digital space with over 300+ marketing experts across India, Dubai, Singapore, and New York, serving 250+ of the world's best brands including Dell, Bisleri, Tata Steel, Parle Products, Asian Paints, TAJ Hotels, Star Bharat, Olympic Council of Asia (OCA), Aditya Birla Group, Mahindra Lifespaces, Mumbai City FC, Mumbai Indians, Viacom 18 among others. 

He further contributes to the digital marketing industry by guiding and mentoring young talent to build their careers in the industry. 

From his experience and learnings, Ahmed is also the founder of his own venture capital and advisory firm, Sparknext - a hybrid venture studio. Fueling his passion for emerging business, he helps build and invests in consumer internet, enterprise, and mobile startups like Ace Blend, Fankind, ZOZOLO, Happy2Refer, Campaign Stars, Adfluence and more.

Mr. Naqvi has been nominated by the Hon’ble Prime Minister of India, Shri Narendra Modi as a “Champion of Change” and is a part of the team that presents its thoughts for a new India to NITI Aayog - the policy think-tank of the Indian Government.