Ian Schafer

CEO, Co-Founder, Kindred

One of the most influential voices in the media, marketing, and culture, Ian Schafer has been at the forefront of media, content, advertising and marketing since 1997.  He was inducted into the American Advertising Federation’s Hall of Achievement in 2015, the winner of its esteemed Jack Avrett Volunteer Spirit Award, and named one of “100 People Who Make Advertising Great” by the 4A’s in 2017.

Ian co-founded Kindred in 2018 to accelerate social movements through the power of popular culture. Prior to Kindred, Ian was the founder, CEO, and Global Chairman of the influential advertising agency Deep Focus, winner of numerous industry accolades including Cannes Lions, Webby, and Emmy Awards. After stepping aside from Deep Focus in 2017, he become parent company Engine’s Chief Experience Officer.

Prior to founding Deep Focus, Ian served as Vice President of New Media at Disney’s Miramax Films. Ian is also an active investor and advisor, working with startups to help build their businesses while making a positive impact on the world.

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