Shekhar Deshpande

Head of Strategy, Global Clients, Facebook – United Kingdom

Shekhar leads strategy and thought leadership for Facebook’s Global Clients team, which includes the world’s largest and best marketers. His work involves helping clients and categories gain more success, helping them do better marketing, and helping marketing become better.

Previously Shekhar spent 19 years at J Walter Thompson, across London and Bengaluru in India. He has led global brand and communications strategy for large multinational clients. 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 Lions. He has also served on judging panels at Global, European and UK Effies.

Shekhar is deeply committed to helping young talent develop and grow. He has Mentored and trained for the APG, the IPA, the Marketing Academy, and the School of Communication Arts. He’s also taught at India’s most prestigious business schools, the IIMs.

Shekhar grew up in India but moved to London in 2006, mainly to play cricket in England. He’s a singer/ songwriter/ guitarist by hobby. His wife and he are relentless Harry Potter fans, a trait tragically not inherited by their 10 year old son.