Academic Deans

Prof. SM Kulkarni is a graduate of Sir J.J. School of Arts, Bombay, post graduate from College of Fine Arts, Baroda and a second post graduation from National Institute of Design, AHMEDABAD. Prior to joining WUD, he was the Dean of Sushant School of Design at Ansal University. He has also taught at NIFT, IICD, FDDI and Banasthali University, Rajasthan. Besides teaching, Prof. Kulkarni has over 30 years of consulting experience. Some of his prestigious assignments include the Golden Eye Exhibition at Copper Hewits Museum New York, as part of Festival of India; Apana Ustav (New Delhi); Timeless art Exhibition for Times of India Centenary Celebration; Muzaffar Ali for film Zooni etc. The repertoire of clients also includes Ritu Kumar, UNDP, SEWA, Findia Foundation, NCJD & Ministry of Textiles.

Devender is a Fashion Design graduate of NIFT and a post graduate of London College of Fashion, UK. His Graduate collection is part of the University of Arts archive and is being used by the university as a benchmark for its Masters Programme. Kharb has over 3 years of experience in academics and over 12 years work experience as a Buyer, merchandiser and designer of luxury fashion goods in Europe's design houses and high street suppliers in South Asia. He is also one of the founders and the creative head of 'The Infusion Store', an e-commerce platform for contemporary Asian fashion in Europe.

Shaleen Sharma has been a practicing Architect for over 18 years and had been actively involved in academics on visiting basis with reputed institutions like University School of Architecture and Planning (USAP) Delhi and Kamla Raheja Vidyanidhi Institute for Architecture and Environmental Studies, Juhu, Mumbai. Shaleen is also known for exploring the medium of film in the context of Architecture. He has made several documentaries for UGC on the subject of Architecture.


Sanmitra Chitte School of Management at WUD

Sanmitra has a multidisciplinary educational background with a Master’s in Strategic Design Management from NID, Ahmedabad; a bachelors degree in Commercial Arts and another in Broadcast Journalism. Sanmitra has extensive experience in Innovation Management, Design Management, Marketing & User Experience, Start-up guidance, Design Strategy, Business Development, Design Research, and User Experience Design. During her years in the design and innovation industry, she conducted numerous design thinking workshops for the Information Technology, Banking, Finance and Insurance, Pharmaceutical, Manufacturing and Logistics domains.
A Global Design Ambassador with regards to User Experience Design, Sanmitra is a trained Z- MET (Zaltman Metaphor Elicitation Technique) Interviewer and Analyzer.

SwatiI Rao School of Communication Department Dean At WUD

Swati has a bachelor from College of Art, Chandigarh and a masters in graphic design (visual communication) from NID. In an enriching career, Swati has worked on wide ranging projects including Jaiprakash Narayan Museum, Luchnow; Bihar Museum Project; Raja Ravi Varma Hertage Foundation; Manna Trust, Danone Yogurt, Emantra, Comprehensive Prosthetics & Orthotics etc. She was working as a design consultant with the Design Factory before joining WUD.


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