About Nina

Nina Sabnani is an artist and storyteller who uses film, illustration and writing to tell her stories. She graduated in painting from the Faculty of Fine Arts, Vadodara and received a master's degree in film from Syracuse University, NY, which she pursued as a Fulbright Fellow in 1997. Her doctoral research at the IDC focused on Rajasthan's Kaavad storytelling tradition. After teaching for two decades at the National Institute of Design, Ahmedabad, Nina has made Mumbai her home. Currently she is Professor at the Industrial Design Centre, IIT Bombay.

Nina's research interests include exploring the dynamics between words and images in storytelling. Her work in film and illustrated books, seeks to bring together animation and ethnography.

Academic Background

2011, PhD Industrial Design Centre, IIT Bombay, Mumbai, India

1998, M.A (Television, Film, Multimedia) S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications Syracuse University, New York, USA

1982, Certificate in Animation Film making, National Institute of Design, Ahmedabad

1979, BFA (Painting) Faculty of Fine Arts M. S. University, Baroda



2014 onwards, Professor, Industrial Design Centre, IIT Bombay, Mumbai

2007-2014, Associate Professor, Industrial Design Centre, IIT Bombay, Mumbai

2006-2007, Visiting Faculty, Industrial Design Centre, IIT Bombay, Mumbai

1985-2006, Design Educator, National Institute of Design

1983-84, Teaching Assistant, National Institute of Design


Administrative Responsibilities

2011 - 2014 PhD Coordinator, IDC, IIT Bombay

2004 - 2006, Centre Head, NID P G Campus, Gandhinagar

2002-2004, Vice-Chairperson, Education Head, Communication Design, NID

2001-2002 Coordinator, New Media, NID

1995-2002, Coordinator, Animation Design Programme, NID

1991-1994 Chairman, Outreach Programmes, NID
Planning, coordinating and monitoring of training and awareness programmes in all areas of design, at Ahmadabad and NID cells at Bangalore and Delhi