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Dipankar Mukherjee: Cross-Disciplinary Creative Leader Driving Innovation & Cultural Shift

Dipankar Mukherjee: Cross-Disciplinary Creative Leader Driving Innovation & Cultural Shift

 Dipankar Mukherjee,   Chief Innovation Officer

Dipankar Mukherjee

Chief Innovation Officer

In todays ever-evolving business landscape, the role of a Chief Innovation Officer (CIO) is pivotal. They lead in embracing technological advances and market trends, facilitating rapid adaptation and opportunity capture. A CIO acts as a guiding light, aiding companies in navigating uncertainty with agility, proving indispensable for success.

In the dynamic realm of technology and innovation, Dipankar Mukherjee assumes a pivotal role as a leader in shaping the future. His career reflects a captivating odyssey characterized by an unrelenting pursuit of ideas. Spanning advertising, product design, experiential tech, and more, Dipankar's multifaceted background ultimately converged into the realm of tech innovation consulting. Throughout his professional journey, Dipankar's central focus has been unraveling the intricacies of human behavior, a fascination transcending various disciplines. His extensive travels and a strong belief in ‘change being the only constant’ have honed his adaptability and versatility, traits invaluable in addressing diverse challenges with a human-centric approach. Dipankar continues to steer Nihilent to greater heights, addressing complex challenges in the ever-evolving landscape of technology and innovation. In an exclusive interaction with CEO Insights, Dipankar Mukherjee sheds light on his professional attributes and provides insights into Nihilent.

Brief us about your professional back ground and experiences.
I started out as a copywriter several decades ago. I have worked as a Creative Director at Leo Burnett, JWT, and other agencies in India and Singapore. In 2010, I ventured into entrepreneurship by establishing my own product design and custom manufacturing studio. This led me to collaborate with the most prestigious names in luxury hospitality. We also built India’s first e-Commerce platform for ‘slow fashion’, show casing independent designers from around the world.
Following a successful exit from my entrepreneurial venture in 2014, I found a challenging role at Reliance Industries drive brand innovation & retail experience for Jio.

After the ground breaking launch of Jio, I joined hands with advertising guru, KV Sridhar ‘Pops’ and helped him build Hyper Collective, a collaborative digital innovation studio. This journey reached a significant milestone in 2020 when Hyper Collective became part of Nihilent a global tech innovation consultancy.

I have since then continued with Nihilent as their Chief Innovation Officer.

My Daily Motivation Is Fueled By The Pursuit Of New Ideas & Challenges

What is the motivation that fuels your daily routines?
My daily motivation is fueled by the pursuit of new ideas and challenges. I find immense satisfaction in problem-solving, whether for individuals, businesses, or communities. In my current tech consulting role, I encounter diverse and intriguing issues across different client sectors daily, which keeps me engaged and driven. What sets me apart in addressing these challenges is my people-centric focus. Human problems, irrespective of the industry, remain consistent. I approach problem-solving through branding, communication, technology, and innovation, driving my daily pursuits with a holistic blend of strategies.

How would you define Nihilent as an organization and its current position in the market?
Nihilent is a global technology and innovation consultancy with a human-centric approach to solving business problems. We have a presence in several countries, including the US, UK, Sweden, South Africa, Australia, and India. Over the past 22 years, we've helped deliver digital transformation and innovation to prestigious clients like British Petroleum, Newsweek, Major League Baseball, Twinings, Nestle, Starbucks, and more.

Tell us about your flagship offerings, including the value additions that customers can expect from your offerings.
We take pride in our three state-of-the-art laboratories, strategically
located in Pune, South Africas Johannesburg, and Dallas in the United States. These labs, known as our design and user experience labs, set us apart due to their integration of cognitive technology and human-centric processes.

Our Emotional Analytics Platform uses proprietary AI models to identify emotional responses in viewers through facial, ocular, and body movements. Our Immersive Web VR Commerce Platform is one of the fastest ways to take your e-commerce business into the metaverse. Additionally, our focus on generative AI content development has yielded remarkable results. We recently developed a path breaking video featuring India’s freedom fighters singing the national anthem. Broadcast on AajTak and screened at PVR theatres, the video went viral around the world.

In light of your strong experience within the industry, what advice would you give to the upcoming leaders?
To emerging leaders, my advice is anchored in continuous learning and adaptability. In this fast changing world, technology like AI and immersive media is here to stay. Stay updated, irrespective of your field, to avoid becoming redundant. Empathize with your team and foster a two-way dialogue. Listen to your hires, respect their thinking, and learn from them. Collaboration and ongoing learning are the linchpins of successful leadership in our ever-evolving world.

Dipankar Mukherjee, Chief Innovation Officer, Nihilent
Dipankar Mukherjee, the Chief Innovation Officer of Nihilent is a multifaceted leader with a diverse professional journey. Starting as a copywriter, he advanced to creative director roles at agencies like Leo Burnett, JWT, and Red Cell. His entrepreneurial venture in product design led to luxury hospitality collaborations and India's e-commerce pioneer. He played a pivotal role in India's digital revolution at Reliance Industries, contributing to the Jio launch. Dipankar's greatest fulfillment stems from his seven-year tenure with Hyper Collective and Nihilent where he focuses on human-centric problem-solving.

•Hobbies:Writing Poetry & Making Art
•Favorite Cuisine:Japanese & Indian
•Favorite Books:Guns, Germs and Steel by Jared Diamond
•Favorite Travel Destination:
Istanbul & Goa

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