Jacob Mathew

Industree Crafts Foundation

Mathew graduated in design from the National Institute of Design (NID), Ahmedabad. In 1985, in his final year at NID, Mathew, along with three batchmates, set up an independent design studio, Tessaract Design, in Bengaluru. He went on to collaborate with a brand and communications firm, Esign, and co-found a design-led furniture manufacturing company, Dovetail. In 2005, Tessaract and Esign were merged to form Idiom Design & Consulting Ltd. He is the co-founder of Idiom Design & Consulting Ltd. In 2011, he joined Spring Health Water India Pvt. Ltd, a social enterprise that provides clean drinking water in rural India. Two years later, in 2013, Mathew joined Industree Foundation as chief executive officer (CEO). The foundation, set up by his wife and fellow NID graduate Neelam Chibber, helps artisans develop their own businesses. Mathew also works as design principal of the Bengaluru-headquartered Srishti Institute of Art, Design and Technology, where he runs an accelerator lab that helps social entrepreneurs design effective businesses.