Sanjay Shamdasani was raised in London (UK). He attended the City of London Boys School, earned a BSc (Economics) degree from the London School of Economics, and a Diploma in Fine Art from the Chelsea College of Art.
A pioneer in the digital design industry, Sanjay created some of the first commercial websites in the UK including the online presence for the Times Newspapers and HarperCollins Publishers. In 1997, he moved to San Francisco where he founded his first design agency, i-Socket Web Creative, which was acquired by a Canadian public company. He subsequently started Spring Studio, an experience design consultancy, which was acquired by Banco Bilbao Vizcaya Argentaria, S.A. (BBVA) in 2015. As a business leader, he has been responsible for designing world-class digital solutions for dozens of Fortune 500 companies including: American Express, Bank of America, Charles Schwab, Cisco Systems, FedEx, Gap Inc., Microsoft, Starbucks, BlackRock, Wells Fargo, Walmart, HP, Intuit, and Facebook.
As BBVA’s Spring Studio co-founder, Sanjay plays an integral role in the digital transformation of the bank. His experience innovation team is focused on creating exceptional customer banking experiences, conceiving disruptive FinTech product offerings, and introducing emerging technologies like AI (artificial intelligence) and VR/AR (virtual reality/augmented reality). Sanjay is a leader in design thinking who speaks regularly at industry and internal bank events, including TEDx talks.
Sanjay resides in Nob Hill with his wife and two children. While living in San Francisco, he has served as a director on the board of two luxury residential co-op buildings. He is actively involved in the school community of his children, chairing annual fund campaigns and serving on gala committees and senior staff search committees. He is a passionate soccer fan, supporting Liverpool and remains traumatized by the fact that his son and daughter support competing teams - Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur respectively! Sanjay has a keen interest in architecture and fine art, and when not playing with his children, he enjoys painting.