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About Akqa, Inc.

This alphabet soup-named agency helps get clients on the gravy train. AKQA, an independent Web design and interactive marketing agency, offers online and digital media development and consulting for branding, marketing, e-commerce, and interactive technology. Its roster of enviable clients -- which includes big names such as Nike, Coca-Cola, and McDonald's-- makes it one of the most successful independent agencies in the world. AKQA has offices in Amsterdam, Berlin, London, New York, San Francisco, Shanghai, and Washington, DC. It was founded in 2001 by Ajaz Khowaj Quoram Ahmed (his initials make up the company's name).


AKQA offers services such as Design which offers digital, spatial, and industrial design; Communication helps organisations to shape and amplify their purpose, and create audience engagement by developing imaginative narratives and authentic activations that inspire, entertain and improve lives; and Technology that build, operate and improve robust and scalable architectures in an agile way. Maintaining an agnostic strategic view on technology enables always to put customer and business problems ahead of technical capability. The teams finds new ways to elevate performance through data and analytics.

Geographic Reach

AKQA operates through offices in the US (Atlanta;  Portland, Oregon; San Francisco (headquarters); New York; Washington, DC), Europe (Aarhus, Auckland, Berlin, London, Paris, Amsterdam, Berlin), and Asia (Shanghai).

Sales and Marketing

AKQA clients include BBC Studios, Levis, HP, Amazon, LOEWE, Oakley, H&M, NIKE, Google, and Netflix, among others.


AKQA has been expanding its reach and winning new clients through the opening of offices in key metropolitan centers. It opened an office in Paris with shoe giant NIKE as its client. It also launched offices in Atlanta and Portland, Oregon, which extended its domestic reach to five locations in North America.

In addition, AKQA partnered with Adobe and opened a new engineering center in Gurgaon, India. The firm also opened an office in São Paulo in recent years.

AKQA is committed to helping its team develop into the best possible practitioners, providing unparalleled opportunities to rapidly acquire leadership skills and build a formidable foundation for their career. Its employees benefit from the trusted long-term nature of its client relationships as well as the cultural alignment between the client and its organization. Its team works as a single firm, without geographic division, enabling us to utilize resources from across its studios and network to provide the best solutions for its clients. Over 70% of our clients work with our teams in multiple regions.

In addition to its own Future Lions initiative, it has formed partnerships with many schools and universities. It combines youth and energy with maturity and experience to develop a community that has a diversity of knowledge, exceptional competence and professional judgment.

Akqa, Inc.

360 3rd St Ste 500
San Francisco, CA 94107-2165
Phone: 1 (415) 645-9400

Firm Stats

Employer Type: Privately Owned
CEO: Ajaz Ahmed
CCO: James Hilton
CTO: Ben Jones
Employees (This Location): 400
Employees (All Locations): 535

Major Office Locations

San Francisco, CA

Other Locations

Washington, DC
New York, NY
Portland, OR