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The Team

Divided by eccentricities. United by passion. Team Eggfirst is a mix of varied individuals who have come together in pursuit of a common vision.

Ravikant Banka


An engineer (VJTI) and an MBA (JBIMS), Ravi started his own venture after spending a few sharpening years in the corporate arena, first as a strategic planner and business development manager in California and then at AF Ferguson (now Deloitte). Surprisingly for an engineer, he didn't choose to start a factory manufacturing valves for irrigation equipment or dishwashers. Instead, he decided to establish a place that would help build beliefs. For brands. And Eggfirst was born. Behind the no-nonsense strategist, lies a Ravi who's extremely passionate about path-breaking creative. His ability to blend sensible strategy with mad creativity helps build beliefs and deliver results, more often than not. Add to it his unassuming simplicity... May be that's what charisma is.

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Nishith Bhandarkar

President and COO

University & State Level Badminton player and an avid photographer, Nishith KL Bhandarkar is an all-round marketing & media professional with total 21 years of experience in creative thinking, brand strategy & communication. In his long-standing career, he has handled the portfolio for many Indian and international brands while working with global creative agencies - Hakuhodo Inc & Havas Group (erstwhile Euro RSCG Worldwide) and global customer service research agency - Bare International as GM & Managing Director - India, ME & Africa. Entrepreneurial by nature, a startup enthusiast and able to see the ‘bigger picture’ and ‘Can do’ attitude identify opportunities and provide tactical business solutions. Nishith’s work has fetched multiple awards for his clients, including ‘Promax BDA’, ‘Consumer Superbrand’, ‘India Radio Forum Award’, and many more. He’s also an active board member at the Children’s Film Society, India (Under the ministry of I & B, Govt of India) and has been Grand Jury at FICCI BAF Award and ABCI Annual Awards for last 4 years. Last year he was felicitated with ‘Samaj Ratna Award’ for his community services. Nishith is known for his student mentorship and is a council member at Thakur Institute of Management Studies and Research and Durgadevi Saraf Institute of Management Studies, both Mumbai.

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Devendra Shrimal


A marketing and business veteran with over 2 decades of experience, Devendra Shrimal brings to the table acute awareness of the market's pulse and changing business dynamics. A Business Economics and Management degree holder, Devendra had been awarded with 'Inspirational Business Leader of New India 2013.' As CEO Bergner India, Devendra has been instrumental in establishing Bergner as the No.1 international kitchenware brand in India. A keen planner who focuses equally on brand visibility and profitability, Devendra has know-how aplenty to deal with the diversity of Indian businesses. He has also held key positions at Reliance Retail, Borosil, Milton and Asian Sky Shop.

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Manish Mishra

Sr. Vice President

Manish brings in full circle experience in advertising, print & digital media (mobile internet media). He started his career with advertising agencies moving to mainline dailies handling corporate communications & marketing and then with interactive & performance medium; he has practiced variety of media & marketing principles focusing on revenue growth. Manish’s work experience spans across emerging economies and European markets where he has acquired blended exposure with well-diversified Corporate houses, Family-Run Businesses & Start-up: cultures and environments. Before Eggfirst, Manish was spearheading revenue, marketing & sales operations of a Singapore headquartered global mobile advertising network.

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Rajat Basu

V P - Client Services

Rajat has about 30 years of experience in branding and has been instrumental in driving the marketing of reputable brands such as: Good Knight, HIT insecticides (Godrej Sara Lee), Real Good Chicken (Godrej Agrovet), Corelle (Corning), Peninsula Land (Ashok Piramal Realty) and more. A strategic thinker and articulate marketeer he brings incredible value to the brands we work for.

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Maanoj Choudhari

CD, Art

Maanoj's story is as creative as his designation. To fulfill what every child is expected to, Maanoj enrolled and also successfully completed Masters in Science (Silver medal). And while he was buried deep in the course, he managed to attend Raheja & XIC to pursue his true love, advertising. Science's loss became creative's gain, as Maanoj went on to lead many successful campaigns.

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Patanjali Patnaik

CD, Copy

Patanjali is a traveller of dreams and a nomad at heart. After discovering and rediscovering himself at various agencies, working on renowned brands such as The Aditya Birla Group, Birla Sun Life Insurance, The Indian Express, Times of India and Emami among others, he continues his journey at Eggfirst, ideating and building equally exciting brands. In between meetings and deadlines, he sometimes dreams of losing himself in the by-lanes of the Himalayas.

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