About Us

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.

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Our Mission

To bring people closer in today’s digital world by providing an emotion-driven gifting & alternative messaging platform.

Meet Our CEO

Nakkyun Chong

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"

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.

Umeysh Ramalingachar

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

Nitish Kumar

Full Stack Developer

Has 3+ years of professional experience in software / IT industry. Has worked with start-up as well as MNC. Completed B.Tech in Computer Science from National Institute of Technology (NIT, Calicut)

Pankaj Kumar Pathak

Data Scientist

Has 4+ years of experience in the IT industry. He has working knowledge in various domains including AI, Web and Mobile technologies. Completed Masters degree in Computer Science from TMU, Moradabad

Sushant Gautam

Full Stack Developer

MERN Stack developer, having 3+ years of experience. Completed B.Tech. from Indian Institute of Technology (IIT, Jodhpur). Has a growth mindset, always looking to learn something new.

Preetam E S

UI Designer

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.

Puja Bhattacharjee

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.

Imran Pasha

HR Deputy Manager

Has 7 years of experience in human resource department completed MBA specialised in HR & finance. During 2015 passed a rifle audit in HR & compliance, worked as HR officer for 5 years in textile industry.

Upendra Singh

Backend Developer

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.

Sameer Shekhar

Frontend Developer

Having 2 years of work experience with Startups. Completed B-tech in Computer science of Engineering from National Institute of Technology (NIT, Calicut). Always open to learning new things.

Vitasta Pandita

UX Designer

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.

Kenneth Alphonso

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. 

Markijuh L Rymbai

Marketing Analyst

An MBA graduate from Indian Institute of Management (IIM, Kashipur) who is enthusiastic, motivated and passionate about marketing. A good learner and positive personality with a go getter attitude.

Manjunath S T

Category Executive

Having 4 years of experience as a category executive in FMCG e-commerce. Completed BCA from Sri Venkateshwara Educational Institution Bangalore.

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