Kalpesh Patankar

Kalpesh Patankar

Chief Creative Officer at Leo Burnett
Dubai, United Arab Emirates

About me

Kalpesh started his career in June 2000 at Saatchi & Saatchi in Mumbai, India. Soon after, his work on Ariel elevated him to be ranked No.1 Creative in India by Campaign Brief Asia.

In August 2004, he joined McCann Erickson, Malaysia, and in December the following year, moved to Ogilvy Singapore, winning several accolades.

Two years later Kal moved to the Middle East and brought the region its first double Cannes Gold Lions, along with a Grand Prix at the Dubai Lynx.

Kal, working along side Shahir Zag, was instrumental in helping Y&R Dubai became the most awarded Middle East agency in Cannes Lions history winning 4 golds, 4 silvers and 4 bronzes at Cannes Lions 2013.

He also helped Y&R Dubai win Dubai Lynx Agency of the Year for 3 years in a row from 2011 – 2013. The award included the first ever Design Grand Prix among other accolades.

Kalpesh’s work has been honored at many international award shows like D&AD, One Show, Dubai Lynx, Clio, London International, Spikes Asia, New York Festivals, Adfest, Young Guns, EPICA, Loeries and Abbys.

Among them, are 6 Cannes Lions gold and 2 coveted gold Andy Awards.
Kal has served on the jury at the Art Directors Club Awards, The New York Festivals, The Loeries, Mena Cristal and Adfest 2013.



Chief Creative Officer (CCO)
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
2021 - Present (2 years 11 months)
Art Director
Team / Y&R Dubai
Dubai, United Arab Emirates

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