Balwant AHIRA

Creative Director | STUDIO AHIRA

As a creative director working in the fashion, beauty, design and luxury industry, I have worked with a variety of renowned brands internationally. My role includes developing brand strategies, campaign art direction, constantly rethinking the digital space, developing editorial strategies and the in-store experience. I have undertaken executive and consultant roles at brands such as Farfetch,  MAC cosmetics, ASOS, Anthropologie, BHLDN, Liberty of London, TK Maxx, Rue La La and Clippings Design. My career started in the world of publishing. Working alongside some of the leading editors and journalist in the industry,  helping shape the identity of seminal magazines such as Time Out, Arena, Elle Decoration, Nova and The Observer Magazine. I  also published my own journal, Essay magazine. Having lived and worked in the States, and travelled extensively for various assignments, has helped widen my knowledge and broaden my mind to the world around us. I am also proud to be involved in the Central Saint Martins School of Art and Design in London as a visiting lecturer.

questionnaire

1. What was your very first job?

Designer at the Sunday Times magazine.

2. Please describe, in your own words, what your job is and what work it entails.

Creative director of Studio Ahira. I work across the fashion, lifestyle, beauty, and interior design industry. My job is to help bring brands to life across all touch points, with a focus on branding, digital, photography and video direction.

3. How did you discover that the creative world was right for you? Was there a time in your life that you credit to this discovery? What was there train of events that brought you to where you are today?

My dream has always been to direct a feature film. My parents were huge movie fans. I grew up on a mix of the Bollywood and Hollywood big screen. Movies have always been the driving force behind my work. Whether its a photoshoot, a logo design or the design of a typeface, to me its all about being on a journey and telling the story.

4. In your constantly growing and expanding industry, how do you find inspiration to keep your work fresh, innovative and relevant?

Collaborate / Teach /  Travel / Constantly be inspired by different cultures.

5. If you had to pick one piece of work or project that you are most proud of, more for the creative work and innovation it required, rather than its recognition or industry “success,” what would it be?

Writing my screenplays with my two amazing writers.

6. What social media artist/account are you most influenced by?

So many! Person comes to mind right at this minute - the amazing singer, songwriter Yoni Wolf.

7. Which creative disciplines do you commission most, and are most interested in seeing more of? (ie photo, film, social, experiential, vr, etc)

Film / Photography / Writing

jury

Creative Director | STUDIO AHIRA
Head of Inhouse Agency | E. BREUNINGER
Executive Creative Director | JUNG VON MATT
Marketing Director | STRELLSON
Head of TV | HAVAS WORLDWIDE
Prod Operations Mngr. I OLIVER AGENCY
Managing Creative Director | HAVAS MUNICH
Sen. Art Director | DONKEY COMMUNICATION
Managing Director | BEHIND THE SCENES
Senior Creative | AKQA
Head of Art Buying | JUNG VON MATT
Senior Creative | BBDO
Creative Director for Mercedes-Benz | ANTONI
Head of Creative Services | ESCADA
Founder | BUREAU BRAUNE
Head of Integrated Marketing | HUGO BOSS
CEO | AUBADE
Global Marketing Director | BORGWARD
Executive Creative Director | THJNK
Sr Director Communications | LUFTHANSA
Creative Director | GRABARZ & PARTNER
Senior Creative | INNOCEAN
Creative Director | LUKAS LINDEMANN ROSINSKI
Senior Creative | INNOCEAN
Brand Experience & Brand Design Strategist | VOLKSWAGEN
Senior Creative | SERVICE PLAN
Head of Production | ABOUT YOU
Head of Art Buying | OGILVY & MATHER
Art Director | WORMLAND
Lead Producer | HAVAS
CEO | HESSNATURE
Executive Creative Director | WUNDERMAN
Digital Director | PWC
Creative Director | MUTABOR DESIGN
Head of TV | SELECTWORLD
ECD | PAHNKE MARKENMACHEREI
Executive Creative Director | ANTONI
Creative Head & Publisher | MFK PUBLISHING
Creative Director | KALTES KLARES WASSER
Creative Director | KOLLE REBBE
Exec. Prod. & Head of moving images | ANTONI GMBH
Art Buyer | OTTO
MD & partner | SERVICEPLAN Berlin
Creative Director | JVM
Creative Director | METAPULSE
Senior Creative Manager | SERVICE PLAN
Creative Director | SERVICE PLAN
Executive Creative Director | ANOMALY
Executive Creative Director | ACHTUNG
Group Creative Director | KOLLE REBBE
Director Brand Strategy | VOLKSWAGEN
Sr. Director Creative | UNIVERSAL MUSIC
Advertising Manager | FERRERO
Executive Creative Director | LA RED
Creative Director | HONEY
Executive Producer | PAHNKE MARKENMACHEREI
Sr. Art Dir | LUKAS LINDEMANN ROSINSKI
ECD | ZHOI HY CREATIVE STUDIO
Creative Director | SELECTWORLD
Creative Director | BB 235
Creative Director | DDB BERLIN
Creative Director
Brand Director | HIGHSNOBIETY
CMO | WORMLAND
Creative Director | WE-ARE-OPEN
Creative Director | GGH MULLENLOWE
Creative Director | KEMMLER KEMMLER
Creative Head Marketing | S. OLIVER
Executive Creative Director | KOLLE REBBE
Head of Art Buying | PRODIGIOUS
Head of Art Buying | TRACK
Founder | CFS KRUG
Creative Director
Senior Art Director | FISCHER APPELT
Art Director | AEYDE
Brand Strategist & Mktg | ANDREAS MURKUDIS
Creative Director | MARIO LOMBARDO
Creative Director | RIEGG & PARTNER
Creative Director | ANOMALY
CCO | GREY
Creative Dir. | Deutsche Fussball Liga
Creative Director | MINI - BMW GROUP
Creative & Art Director | INNOCEAN
Head of Brand Marketing | MYKITA
Senior Art Buyer | FCB Hamburg
Sen. Art Director | WORMLAND
Creative Director | ÜBERGROUND
Marketing Director | ELECTROLUX
Head of art buying | SCHOLZ & FRIENDS
Creative Director |
COO & Executive Producer | KURZGESAGT
VP Marketing Director | LILIUM
Creative Arts Consultant | HEIMAT
Art Producer
Creative Director | GRABARZ & PARTNER
Head of Agency Producing | WIRZ
Head of TV & FILM | JUNG VON MATT
Creative Director | MYTHERESA
Executive Creative Director | THJNK
Executive Creative Director | WIRZ
Creative Director | KOLLE REBBE
Creative Director | KOLLE REBBE
CCO | PAHNKE MARKENMACHEREI
Head of Marketing | ZINO DAVIDOFF
Managing Director | ROSENDAHL BERLIN
Executive Creative Director | STRAIGHT
Creative Director | STUDIO CHRISTIAN RUESS
Executive Creative Director | RUSKA MARTIN
Creative Director
Executive Creative Director | TERRITORY
CD & Founder | DONALD SCHNEIDER STUDIO
Director | SCHOBER DESIGN
Chief Creative Officer Germany | HAVAS
Head of Art Buying | PHILIPP UND KEUNTJE
Brand Marketing Mngr. | MYKITA
Managing Director | PRISM
Art Buyer | FREIESARTBUYING
ECD | SERVICE PLAN
Creative Director | OLIVER AGENCY
Marketing Dir. & Art Buyer | WORMLAND
Creative Director | CONDENAST
Creative Director | HONEY
Senior Art Dir.| DONKEY COMMUNICATION
Creative Director | GRABARZ & PARTNER
Creative Director | FRANCES UCKERMANN
Head of TV | JUNG VON MATT
Head of Brand Marketing | EBAY
Lead Creative | APPLE
Senior Art Buyer | GRABARZ & PARTNER
Marketing & Communication Advisor
Creative Director Art | ÜBERGROUND
Director of Photography | LOVED
Head of Art Buying | HEIMAT
Executive Creative Director | HEIMAT
Executive Creative Director | SERVICE PLAN
Head of Marketing | SIEMENS
Owner/Partner | SOLOMON WINTER
Art Buyer | TRACK
Hd. of Creat. Concept & Com. | THOMAS SABO
Creative Director | OTTO
Managing Director | THJNK