Akshay Gurnani - Jio Institute
Akshay Gurnani

Akshay Gurnani

Co-Founder - CEO, Schbang

His 11-year long journey started rather unexpectedly with a 6 month stint as a Financial Analyst. After which he moved on to making waves in the marketing world at a small but growing digital marketing agency. 2 years was all it took for him to move from being a content writer/ account executive to being a team lead with 15 people under him with some well-known brands. At a young age of 23, he was heading the North India division. 
In 2015, he joined hands with Harshil Karia and Sohil Karia to form Schbang and went on to work with several domestic and international brands like the Godrej Group, Pidilite, Castrol, Asian Paints, Baskin Robbins, L’Oreal and Philips, to name a few with a team of over 800 talented, young minds across Mumbai, Delhi and Bangalore. He and his team have given birth to some successful and out-of-the-box campaigns for Kaya, Pidilite, BBLUNT, etc.That’s not all; he also is a recipient of the Social Samosa 30 Under 30 Award 2018, Impact Magazine 30 Under 30 2019 and featured in the ‘Top 50 Content Marketing Professionals In India’ list, with Schbang recently featuring in LinkedIn India’s Top Startups List 2018, #12 on Brand Equity's list of Top Digital Agencies in India 2019, Financial Times High Growth Companies of APAC 2020 and many more. 
He believes, and is living proof of the fact, that age is only a number when the drive to do good work precedes everything else. While he spends most of his time behind his laptop, he also is quite passionate about photography having won numerous awards - his biggest achievement coming when he won the Canon PhotoMarathon 2015, which is India's largest live photography competition and has displayed his work across numerous exhibitions across the country. He is also passionate about teaching and conducts talks and workshops across various institutions in India, while for now, he's busy teaching on Zoom calls!