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Sameer Deshpande Associate Professor, Social Marketing, Griffith University, Australia

Sameer Deshpande, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor of Marketing in the Faculty of Management and a member of the Center for Socially Responsible Marketing at the University of Lethbridge, Canada. Sameer grew up and completed his initial schooling in Mumbai. He completed his undergraduate in R.A. Podar College of Commerce and Economics, University of Mumbai, and Post Graduate Diploma in Advertising and Communications Management at the Narsee Monjee Institute of Management Studies. After working for a couple of years in Trikaya Grey advertising as a media planner for various brands including Pantene shampoo and Old Spice aftershave of Procter & Gamble, he moved to the United States to complete his M.A. and Ph.D. in communication at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. During his Wisconsin days he was exposed to the world of social marketing thanks primarily to the guidance offered by the marketing professor, Michael Rothschild.

Over past 15 years Sameer has worked on numerous social marketing research projects. These have included understanding application of marketing principles to promote a variety of behaviors including responsible alcohol use among college students, alternative rides to reduce driving after drinking among young adult men, alcohol abstinence among pregnant women, hand hygiene among health-care workers, and condom use among men of reproductive age. In addition to conducting research and publishing its findings in academic journals, Sameer has also conducted training programs and offered consultancy on social marketing topics to nonprofit, government, and corporate sector in India, Canada, Australia, United States, and United Kingdom.

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