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Shekhar Deshpande
Speaker Shekhar Deshpande Global Strategy, Facebook

Shekhar leads strategy and thought leadership for Facebook’s Global Clients team, which includes the world's largest and best marketers.

Before Facebook, he spent nearly two decades at the creative agency J Walter Thompson, across Bangalore and London. He led global brand and communications strategy for large multinational clients, working across different markets. He has worked in Europe, North America, China, South East Asia and of course, India, where he’s from. Some of his work has been awarded at the world's leading festivals, including Cannes Creative and Effectiveness Lions. He also performs judging duties at a few strategy awards, the global Effies being the most frequent ones.

Shekhar is deeply committed to helping young talent develop and grow. He mentors and trains for the APG, the IPA, the Marketing Academy, and the School of Communication Arts. He was one of the recruiters and Mentors for WPP’s elite Fellowship Graduate programme, and has also taught at India's most prestigious business schools, the IIMs.

He grew up in India but moved to London in 2006, mainly to play cricket in England. He’s a singer/ songwriter/ guitarist by hobby.

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