Giftiicon is a first of its kind personalised gifting app that brings people closer in today’s digital world and aims to provide an emotion-driven gifting and alternative messaging platform. Inspired by Gifitiicon’s business model in South Korea that has proven to be hugely successful with over 20 million users using its e-gifting facility and over 13 million transactions taking place every month, the app is all set to launch in India. It aims to establish a significant presence in the e-gifting culture among smartphone users in India.
Giftiicon helps bridge the gap between people and their loved ones. The app helps people express their feelings conveniently and thoughtfully to their loved ones.
To bring people closer in today’s digital world by providing an emotion-driven gifting & alternative messaging platform.
Meet Our CEO
Founder & CEO
A visionary and a giant in the field of e-commerce, with almost 3 decades of experience in business development and management, Mr. Nakkyun Chong has set up businesses across the globe.
He has set up 8 companies with an investment of U$ 1 billion and managed 10+ M&As with SK Telecom and Hyundai in Korea (also helped setting up Gifticon Korea and 11st.co.kr in Korea and n11.com in Turkey, which are valued at more than U$ 10 bn combined). Now, he is bringing his proven expertise on how to succeed in this instant social gifting & alternative messaging platform into India.
An alumnus of some of the world's renowned universities such as Hanyang University, UCLA, California Polytechnic State University, SLO, and KAIST (Korea Advanced Institute of Science & Technology), Mr. Chong has attained degrees in urban engineering, public administration, urban and environmental design, advanced technology & media management.
While not working, Mr. Chong loves to cook Mexican food, garden small flowers and indulge in practicing yoga.
Meet Our Team
Ji Hyun Chong
Co-Founder & COO
A young entrepreneur with Industrial design background is now designing the business and leading the team of Giftiicon. She is a design thinker who connects design, marketing, and IT, oversees overall operations, and develops the team's culture and vision. She has worked for small to large organizations such as Slash Objects, Knoll, and NASA. Ji Hyun is a graduate of Pratt Institute, New York, and University of the Arts London - Central Saint Martins holding a BA Industrial Design & MA Design.
Shailesh D. Makwana
Chief Financial Officer (CFO)
A seasoned professional and finance enthusiast. With a career span of 12 years largely with the Big 4 Accounting and Audit Firms, he brings with himself a rich experience to lead Giftiicon's Finance and Accounts team. Fun-loving and a foodie, Shailesh is a qualified Chartered Accountant and also a Law graduate. He strongly believes in one simple mantra of life - "unclutter"
Technical & Product Advisor
A technology leader with 22+ years of experience in Banking, Media, Digital & Financial of which the last 12 years were in CTO / CPO positions. He has worked with large conglomerates like Reliance JIO, HT Media, Sun Microsystems, IndiaMart.com & DE Shaw, and start-ups like Guavas, eComServer, OAT, OptionTown, Reward360 & Eko. Harish is an alumnus of IIT Bombay and is passionate about developing innovative products, building teams, Big data technology, Machine Learning, and Data Science, Blockchain, and large scale systems.
Jong Ho Chong
Strategy Advisor to the CEO
Has researched consumer behaviour and corresponding firm strategy under market imperfection by completing MSc Econometrics & Mathematical Economics in the London School of Economics and Political Science and BA Economics in University of Cambridge. Through his solid understanding of economic decision making and quantitative data analysis, he strives to provide a wider perspective for the business.
Gaurav K Punjabi
Strategic Partner & Advisor
Brings over 18 years of industry knowledge from IT, ESDM, Startups, Ed-tech, Events, Catering & Finance. He is passionate about the local markets and sees himself as a growth enabler with biz partners. Some of his key strengths are strategy, marketing, customer relationship, finance & networking.
Strategic Partner & Advisor
Has been closely associated with the startup ecosystem for over a decade now and have donned multiple hats in various capacities - (Sales, Marketing, Branding, Partnership / Alliances, Crowd-funding and VC funding) in AI, Travel-tech, Big Data Analytics, Media / Video production and well funded startups
Preetam E S
Passionate designer with 7+ years of experience in overall designing functions with various industry verticals which includes healthcare, automobile, IT, food, retail, and eCommerce. Skilled in conceptualizing innovative ideas for online as well as offline campaigns, always been inspired by art and design as methods of problem-solving and making those solutions visually aesthetic.
Head of Legal & Compliance
Qualified Company Secretary and LLB graduate, with 6 years of extensive experience in Company Secretarial and legal profile in diverse industries including Infrastructure, Hospitality and FMCG etc. Have a flair in handling corporate secretarial, legal and corporate compliance related aspects and implementing corporate governance norms in organization.
He is trying to make more possible while learning how to do that. Pursued a CS degree from the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT, Jodhpur). Intrigued and curious about things that make our lives even a little bit simpler. Messi fan, football fanatic, nature lurker, and humble.
Every brand has stories to tell that will not only engage, inform, surprise, delight and impact their audience, but that will also deliver on measurable business goals, and she is the conduit between brand and consumer. Pass out of J.J College of arts Mumbai, helping brands find the subject and medium that best fits their unique identity, to delivering-quality visuals that meets their objectives.
Business Development Manager
A former Jet Airways cabin crew who moved to the world of E-commerce. He graduated from IHM and has 7 years of experience in various industry verticals like retail, hospitality, aviation, and now e-commerce. His key strengths are customer relations, business strategy, and networking.