Panel

Panel members are recognised voices in the design economy sourced from leading studios, industry bodies and design commissioners. The panel members curate nominations, rate programs, contribute content and provide advocacy. 

The panel is broad based as the programs cover multiple markets and design areas. Additional panel members are appointed throughout the year to provide specialised input and ensure diversity. Our reachout is driven through the advocacy of the programs by the panel. Panel members do this though mentioning the awards via social media, advocating to partners and speaking about the awards at forums or during private conversations. 

Mike Anderson - Multi-platorm App Development, App Promotion, Productise App ideas, App Strategy
CEO & Founder, Chelsea Apps Factory

Mike is the founder of the Chelsea Apps Factory, which was launched in March 2010. His ambition is to professionalise the Apps space and bring order to the disorder by recruiting senior executives from commerce and blending them with world-class technologists. The Chelsea Apps Factory already has a number of blue chip clients, Vodafone, Telegraph, RBS and CNBC. Prior to going into the Apps space, Mike has run 4 national newspapers and been a director of the UK's largest newspaper companies, DMGT and News International. He has always championed new ideas and digital development, he has an entrepreneurial spirit that flourished within the corporate world, notably being on the launch team of Metro and convincing the Sun to launch online gaming with Sun Bingo.  


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Michael Arad
Partner, Handel Artchitects

Michael Arad’s design for the 9/11 Memorial at the World Trade Center site, titled “Reflecting Absence,” was selected by the Lower Manhattan Development Corporation from among more than 5,000 entries submitted in an international competition held in 2003. Mr. Arad joined the New York firm of Handel Architects as a Partner in April 2004 where he worked on realizing the Memorial design as a member of the firm. In 2006, Mr. Arad was one of six recipients of the Young Architects Award of the American Institute of Architects. In 2012, he was awarded the AIA Presidential Citation for his work on the National September 11 Memorial. In addition, he was also honored in 2012 by the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council with the Liberty Award for Artistic Leadership.   


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Navin Arora
Founder/Organiser, Appsjunction

Founder of Appsjunction and Apps Consultant at Phoenix Global Media Network­ - an award winning apps dev specialising in - Low Cost iPhone, Android, Blackberry, Win Phone, HTML5 Apps/Prototype Development for Startups  


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Jason Balls
Design Director, EPR Architects

Jason Balls is the Design Director at award-winning practice EPR Architects with over 15 years’ experience as a Chartered Architect (RIBA) specialising in workplace and residential developments. Jason’s focus for EPR Architects is to continually, drive an innovative approach to design through internal design reviews, achieving exemplar schemes that respond to both the individual context and the built environment. Jason is responsible for a number of significant projects including the re-modelling of St Georges House the former Nestle UK & Ireland Headquarters, Croydon, and the flagship headquarters building for Jacobs Engineering at Winnersh Triangle. Jason is currently Chair of the BCO Next Gen Committee; the committee’s role is to champion and foster a new generation of up and coming professionals in the office sector to be at the forefront of commercial design. Jason mentors Part 1 and Part 2 architecture students, passing on his passion for architectural education and his belief in the role of the Architect in creating meaningful places and spaces. Jason is also a BCO Main Board Member and a BCO Judge for the South West and Expert Assessor for the New London Architecture Awards   


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Peter Barna
Provost, Pratt Institute

Peter Barna is an engineer, author, designer, educator, entrepreneur, and administrator. His experience ranges from individual consulting to contract manager for a major construction company, from classroom teacher to academic adminstrator, from president of an international lighting design firm to magazine editor. He is presently Provost at Pratt Institute and Principal of the award winning New York lighting design consultancy Light & Space. Clients have included AT&T, GE, NBC, Guggenheim Museum, and the Smithsonian Institution.   


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Glen Barry
Founder + Creative Director, Genius Group

Glen is a Brand Identity specialists with over 16 years of Global Brand Experience working for the top tier branding consultancies in New York (Siegel + Gale), London (Interbrand), Sydney (Landor, IdeaWorks) & Melbourne (FutureBrand / FHA)  


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Jake Barton
Principal, Local Projects

Jake Barton is principal and founder of Local Projects, which is creating the media design for the 9/11 Memorial and Museum, the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum with Diller Scofidio + Renfro, and the Frank Gehry designed Eisenhower Presidential Memorial. Local Projects is a 2013 National Design Award winner for Interaction Design, and was named second of the top ten most innovative design firms by Fast Company Magazine for its redefinition of emotional storytelling. Jake is recognized as a leader in the field of interaction design for physical spaces, and in the creation of collaborative storytelling projects where participants generate content. Clients include SFMOMA, StoryCorps, GE, Johnson & Johnson, BMW Guggenheim Lab, Cleveland Museum of Art, Seaworld, Microsoft, the National Museum of African-American History and Culture, Paley Center for Media and the Sugar Hill Museum of Children’s Art and Storytelling.  


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Rick Bell - Architecture
President, Fredric Bell LLC

Rick Bell is an architect and urban strategist consulting to organizations and institutions on matters of design excellence, design build, sustainability, resilience, accessibility and urban design. He served as executive director of the American Institute of Architects New York Chapters from 2001 to 2015 where he helped create the Center for Architecture on LaGuardia Place. Previously Rick worked in the public sector at the NYC Department of Design & Construction, serving as Assistant Commissioner of Architecture & Engineering. He has also worked in the private sector in New York, France and Switzerland, and was a design partner at WBTL Architects & Planners. Elected a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects in 2000 for his work in public facility design, Rick has received numerous honors, most recently the AIA’s 2014 Kemper Award and the rank of Chevalier dans l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres from the French Ministry of Culture.  


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Mark Bergin
Founder & CEO, DRIVENxDESIGN - THE DESIGN 100

Courage is the root of all creative projects, courage of the sponsor, courage of the project team and courage of the creative team. design100 celebrates courage through 11 design awards programs. All programs are marketplace centric and offer an opportunity to recognise those that are defining tomorrow. When I'm not advocating or celebrating design, I work as an adviser to projects on the client side, providing expert input on how to structure projects, develop creative ideas and engage the best of market suppliers to deliver exceptional project outcomes. At the heart of my work is a focus on experience design. Always with one simple question - are we making something that is Made for People? Specialties: creative direction, experience design, project guidance, project direction   


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Ben Bickford
Consultant, Ecetera

Ben is a successful solution consultant, business strategist and software specialist with two decades of international experience across IT, communications and software solutions. As a passionate business and technology consultant, Ben enjoys analysing, creating, transforming and aligning information systems, people and processes with a proven track record for successful business and IT solutions, while meeting business and technical objectives. Working with leading companies around the world, Ben has applied innovation, information insights and IT solutions to achieve more effective decision making, develop new products and services, and deliver greater operational efficiencies for companies like Telstra, Australia Post, etc. Ben has extensive experience in solution consulting for Enterprise clients across complex IT projects and their operations including: • Content Management, • Web & Mobile Applications, • Digital Marketing & Strategy, • Business Intelligence, Reporting & Analytics, • Operational Intelligence, Big Data & Real-Time Monitoring Solutions. In addition, Ben is a regular host and commentator on digital strategy, applications and emerging opportunities in the Mobile industry through his leadership of Mobile Monday Australia, part of 120+ Mobile Monday chapters in 60+ countries, facilitating Mobile innovation through monthly networking events and connecting Mobile industry professionals worldwide. More recently, Ben has become an MLOVE Ambassador in the Asia Pacific region. MLOVE (http://mlove.com) is a global media publisher and event organizer that brings together CEOs, innovators and entrepreneurs from across multiple disciplines to share, learn and cross-pollinate ideas with an array of scientists, artists and other thought leaders. MLOVE events expose the mobile industry to the best minds outside of Mobile to maximize the opportunity of creating life-changing services and inspiring applications that can impact us all for the better.  


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Andrew Birt
Founder, Owl Ventures

Andrew Birt is an entrepreneur and Startup founder, focused on consumer electronics and health technology. He Founded WiFi lighting company LIFX and grew from concept to $20M+ in funding, and a distribution network in over 15 countries. Andrew, through Owl Ventures, now works with early stage IoT companies on product and business development.  


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Matteo Bologna
Partner/President, Mucca

Matteo is the founder and principal of Mucca Design. His multidisciplinary background in architecture, graphic design, illustration and typography facilitated his early business successes and inspired his decision to create a New York branding and design agency. As creative director, he oversees and inspires every project with energy, intellect, and a quick wit. Matteo is the Vice President of the Type Directors Club, and is frequently asked to lecture about branding and typography around the world.  


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Frederic Bonn
Executive Creative Director, JWT New York

Frederic Bonn was recently appointed Executive Creative Director JWT New York overseeing digital creative across the agency’s flagship New York office whose clients include PUMA, Nestle, Energizer personal care or Google. Prior to JWT Frederic was Executive Creative Director at Razorfish New York. During his tenure, he helped double the size of the creative department, and, in the process, helped Razorfish become the first digital agency to be featured on Advertising Age’s A-List two years in a row. He oversaw creative across all agency clients, including Mercedes-Benz, Citibank, UNIQLO, Ford, Smart Car and Morgan Stanley, and drove innovative efforts such as the world’s first tweet race for Mercedes-Benz and the first graphic novel written by and starring its readers for Axe Anarchy.  


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Greg Branson
Founder, Design Business Council

Greg has had 20 years experience in running a design studio, building it up from two people to 13. During that time he has assisted clients from organisations of all sizes and types to use design for a wide range of communication/marketing projects. In 2005 Greg established the Design Business Council to use his expertise in design management to train other designers and to help business owners use design more effectively. Greg, with partner Carol Mackay, has begun developing a series of eTutorials to take design management training online. Greg has extensive experience in developing design strategies and design audits. He has conducted design audits for a large number of public organisations such as TAFE institutes, service organisations and SME manufacturers. In 2010 Greg was given federal funding to show 12 design studios how to conduct design audits and develop design in business strategies. This resulted in 20 design audits being undertaken. Greg Is committed to design education. He is Chair of the Program Advisory Committee for Communication Design in the School of Media and Communication RMIT. In 2013 Greg, with his business partner Carol Mackay, commenced work on a design management publication that shows the best practice for a successful Australian design studio. The publication is due for release in August 2013. Specialties: Design management, design audits, design strategy, design thinking, design management online learning  


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Shala Burroughs
Founder & COO, CloudPeeps

Shala Burroughs is the COO and co-founder of CloudPeeps.com—a marketplace that connects businesses with experienced, remote, online community managers. Prior to CloudPeeps Shala was active in the startup world through Women Innovate Mobile, Quartz, and Lerer Ventures. She is a 2013 Startup Leadership Program Fellow, and a member of Barnard College’s Athena Management Masterminds. Prior to her foray into tech, Shala was a Senior Intelligence Officer with the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) where she coordinated the activities of 76 intelligence officers across the US. Working for the government was a natural extension of her earlier work as a Senior Consultant with Booz Allen Hamilton where she supported clients within Homeland Security while simultaneously pitching, building, and growing a Social Media Mentoring Program to pair social media experts with Senior Vice Presidents within the company. This idea brought her to the Aspen Ideas Festival to support Booz Allen’s emergence into new media platforms and her work was eventually published in one of the leading security industry professional publications. Shala Burroughs holds a BA in Government from Dartmouth College where she was a 2007 Rockefeller Center Leadership Fellow and continues to serve her alma mater as a member of Dartmouth’s Young Alumni Advisory Board.  


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Shannon Byrne
Chief Content Officer, Cloudpeeps

As the CCO of CloudPeeps Shannon is focused on optimizing the customer and Peep marketplace experience, creating educational content and forming unique partnerships to make it better each day. She is a passionate writer with a knack for connecting people and a desire to create an impact with her work. Her experience spans across content development + strategy, community design + management, social media strategy, PR, event coordination, and beyond. Shannon is also the founder of asongaday.co, a community of curators who hand-select a song based on your personal preferences daily  


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Sam Cannon
Executive Creative Director, North America, Razorfish

Sam oversees multi-disciplinary creative teams working on digitally born campaigns, products, and experiences for brands such as Kraft, Delta Airlines, Samsung Mobile, Target, AT&T, and Bridgestone Tires. Their work has been awarded at The One Show, Webbys, and Effies and covered by publications such as New York Times, Wired, Inc., Mashable, and Contagious. He has spoken at numerous conferences, judged the ADDYs and Effies, and conducted workshops at the Cannes Lions Festival of Creativity. Before Razorfish, Sam was Executive Creative Director at Organic, where he led award-winning work for global clients such as Jeep, Hilton Hotels, and Kimberly-Clark. There he also co-directed Camp Organic, a week-long boot camp in ideation and customer empathy, for over five years. A former music journalist, Sam still obsesses over discovering music – new and old – and sometimes writes about it at 3hive.com, a music blog he has been running with friends for almost a decade.   


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Melville Carrie
Head of Mobile (and IoT), Capgemini UK

Melville is a Subject Matter Expert in Cross-platform User Experience, Mobility (Mobile products / Mobile industry), the IoT, and Technology Innovation, he is a Digital Disrupter, Strategist and for the past 12 years was a start-up Entrepreneur. He is a Technology executive and Thought Leader; a champion of the “User", an evangelist of "Lean”, and a life coach in “Living in Beta” - how to Test, Fail and Learn; always at the forefront of the technology revolutions: IoT, Social, Mobile, Analytics and Cloud. Believing life is for living, he continuously explores new and innovative way of working, user engagement and technology, as well as exploring music, food, wine, whisky and chocolate in a healthy balanced manner; and to keep healthy he rows, cycles and runs.  


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Chris Castle - Commercial and Sustainability
Managing Director, EPR

Chris became Managing Director of award-winning practice EPR Architects in 2015. In this role his primary focus is to ensure that exemplary design quality and delivery continue to be at the heart of every project. Chris joined EPR in 1997 and has extensive experience in designing and delivering large workspace, residential, retail and mixed-use developments. He has developed exceptionally strong design, project leadership and management skills and is qualified as an Architect (RIBA) also having an M.A. in Architecture with distinction, Project Manager (MAPM) and has an MBA in Real Estate in which he graduated top of his year. Chris has a particular interest in sustainability stretching back to 1994 when his design for a naturally ventilated library was presented to the PLEA conference ‘Architecture at the Extremes’. He established EPR’s Sustainability Working Group and he continues to promote sustainable best practice throughout the firm. Chris is responsible for an impressive array of award winning buildings, including the Ram Brewery development for Greenland Group (previously for Minerva and Delancey), 100 Cheapside for Quadrant Estates, York House for British Land, One John Street for American Express in Brighton and Winnersh Triangle for Patrizia (previously for SEGRO). These projects have evolved from a commitment to deliver sustainable, contextual buildings and places which balance art, functionality and commercial success. Chris is currently a member of the Wandsworth Design Review Panel and is a judge for the World Architecture News Awards.   


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Lucas Challamel
Technology Director, The White Agency

Lucas has over 18 years experience selling, managing and delivering professional services and technology in the digital and online space both in Australia and abroad. With sound credentials in both the Business Development and Marketing arenas, Lucas has run his own web agency for more than 10 years in France before moving to Australia in 2009. Specialties: Engineering. Enterprise Content Management systems, ECM, CMS, web content management, WCM, ECM, software development , e-business, e-commerce, digital, online communications, online marketing. Mobile web publishing. iOS and Android mobile apps creation development and publishing.   


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Paul Charlwood
Director, Charlwood Design

Passionate about design in all its facets, he has engaged with many areas of design culture during his career. He established his versatile industrial design consultancy Charlwood Design in 1993, and has since developed a reputation among clients and peers for his innovative, simple yet elegant design solutions for consumer, medical and capital applications. Consequently, the consultancy has collected a raft of design prizes and accolades, among them multiple Premier's Design Awards, 'Gold' at NeoCon, and a Good Design Award from the Chicago Athenaeum and Australian International Design Award, as well as being admitted to the Australian Manufacturing Hall of Fame. Perhaps the most visible Charlwood Design creations were the Queen's Baton for the 2006 Commonwealth Games. Always eager to support Australia's design culture, Paul has been state President of the Design Institute of Australia and Director, where he co-authored the DIA education policy and contributed to policy and strategy for industry and government. In 2006, he founded the ‘best-selling’ Melbourne Design Guide, a 350 book on local design culture and Sydney Design Guide, and has been a key driving force in establishing the Design for Sustainability working group and the Greenfly lifecycle online tool. His design work has been featured in the National Design Triennial: Why Design Now? The Smithsonian Institution’s Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum, New York.   


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Matt Coleborne
Managing Partner, three of a kind/Mobile Advertising Solutions

Matt is an experienced marketer who has worked across just about every industry and category there is. From the business next door to some of the most popular brands from around the globe. In the last couple of years he has also become fascinated with emerging technology and sought after ways to use or create new technology to improve the way we do business. This passion has seen him involved in the development of a variety of new digital products in the marketing technology landscape. Matt has always loved doing things with others and which has led him to hold several Board positions and multiple Directorships. He is currently a co-founder and shareholder in a number of businesses and consults to others on a monthly basis, including tenure with The Lost Dogs Home as a member of its Board.  


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Caroline Collett - PR & marketing for creative industries
Founder, Caroline Collett PR Ltd

Caroline Collett is one of the UK's leading creative industries' publicists and media strategists. She specialises in turning companies - most often design and architecture studios - into brands, adding the requisite three-dimensionality associated with strong and enduring identities - from personality and individuality to a set of recognisable values, standards, ideas and achievements. After five years as a television journalist and director, Caroline started working in design in 1993 as the PR Director of Fitch worldwide (under the direction of the charismatic design visionary Rodney Fitch) and has since represented some of the biggest and most creative names in the field - Seymourpowell, Brinkworth, MET Studio, SHH, EDGE and Blacksheep. Caroline - an Oxford University MA - is also a leading copywriter and has turned her skills to name generation for products and venues, as well as copy for brochures, newsletters, articles, speeches and award-winning websites.   


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Steve Cornwell
Creative Director, The Howard Hughes Corporation

Steve Cornwell was CEO and Founder of Cornwell Design one of Australia's leading desgin studios. After working with Steve at Cornwell Howard Hughes Corporation made the decision to launch their own in-house design studio, appointing Steve as the Creative Director. HHC Studio is now the corporation's in-house design, marketing and branding group.   


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Derek Craig
Strategic Partner, 10 feet tall

Holding international creative leadership and brand management roles in global agencies and wholly owned partnerships, Derek has worked across virtually every brand category and communications channel. Most recently a founding partner of 10 feet tall in Melbourne, he has won hundreds of awards for creativity and effectiveness, including: LIA, Clio, New York Festivals, Mobius, FAB, Cannes and Asia Pacific.   


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Penny Craswell
Communications & Business Development Manager, Bijl Architecture

Penny is a design editor, writer and communications specialist, who works with organisations to strategise, develop and deliver content and brand messaging in line with business objectives. As a well-respected voice in Australia’s design industry, she also has her own blog - www.thedesignwriter.com.au, writes regular articles, moderates panels as well as being a regular speaker and curating events. Her freelance work includes positions as contributing editor of Belle and Architectural Review Asia Pacific magazines as well as consulting and freelance writing. A former Editor of Artichoke magazine, she has contributed to over 20 publications, including Glass: Art Design Architecture (2015), Phaidon Archive of Graphic Design (2012), Indesign, Frame, Architecture Australia, Mark, Habitus, Urbis, Houses and Australian House and Garden magazines.   


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Neal Cross
Vice President of MasterCard Labs - Asia, Middle East and Africa, MasterCard

Neal is an acomplished industry thought leader specializing in innovation for Banking, Insurance and Capital Markets with experiencein the management of new innovative payment solutions from ideation through to commercialization. Specialties: Industry thought leadership, sales strategy, technical acumen, accomplished presenter, architecture, sales, invention, innovation process management, payments, consumer behaviour Regular presenter at: Asian Banker Summit Next Bank Asia Microsoft TechED Asian Banker Indonesia EFMA roundtables Vietnam Finance FST  


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Mark Dando
Head of Online and Mobile, Australian Broadcasting Corporation

A digital business manager for some of the largest players in the media industries including the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, Fairfax Media, Ninemsn, and British Telecommunications. Leading a team of talented product managers, producers, designers, editors and writers in ABC Innovation. You might recognise their work on abc.net.au, in the new flagship ABC apps or speaking to you via ABC social media @abcaustralia.  


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Grant Davidson
Managing Director, Davidson Branding

Graduating from Swinburne International School of Design in 1989, Grant has pursued his love for ideas beginning his career as an Art Director at Ogilvy & Mather. It was there that Grant was presented with the opportunity to accelerate his skills in strategic and creative thinking. After a couple of years of intensive training, a desire to revel in the detail and craftsmanship of design and an entrepreneurial attitude; Grant saw the opportunity to form his own business which brought these disciplines together: strategy, creative thinking and craftsmanship – a vision that combined the best of all worlds. Over the past 20 years Grant has built a multi-award winning branding business, attracting some of the best talent from around the country and across the globe. A self-confessed knowledge junkie, Grant is passionate about acquiring and sharing knowledge. As such Grant is an esteemed lecturer at RMIT, Swinburne, Victoria University and the Australian Federation of Advertising as well as being sought after for numerous speaking engagements as a guest speaker. Grant loves the industry and has a strong desire to see it develop and prosper – a desire that drove him to become Vice President of the Melbourne Advertising and Design Club in 2003. His efforts were recognized with an honorary life membership and Grant now looks forward to being apart of influential initiatives that will continue assist this industry in the future.  


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Andy Day
CEO, Giant Digital

Andy Day has built Giant Digital into one of the UK’s most dynamic independent entertainment media companies in the UK. Before settling down into the world of online media, Andy worked for MTV, Trinity Mirror and in the music industry.  


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Deborah Dennis
Co-Founder, COO, UX Designer, World Village

An exprienced UX designer, Deborah is assionate about user-centered design. She has extensive experience in UX & Interaction design in mobile, web & SaaS apps. and a strong understanding of front-end technologies. Deborah is motivated to influence, engage & inspire others in design thinking principles.  


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Athan Didaskalou
Strategy & Research, Thick

Founder of a handful of startups, a strong entrepreneurial spirit is the backbone of my motivation for brands and strategy. Co-leading the DT Strategy team and continuing the success for clients by identifying new commercial opportunities and helping solve their operational problems to date. Together, with the clever people around me, I have helped guide Australia’s largest businesses in developing their strategic roadmaps across all verticals and touch-points to get back to their purpose. A belief that a deep and passionate understanding in all elements that comprise the digital creative and commercial process is perpetual; we are not marketing brands via digital, but instead distilling brand stories to an increasingly connected and digital world.   


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Sue Dight
Director, Touring Enterprises

Sue started her working life in the hospitality industry as a chef and owner of several restaurants, in Melbourne for 14 years. After many successful ventures she was inspired to discover other industries. Whilst based in London, Sue organised conferences for the Australian Trade Commission along with trade exhibitions and stands. Upon returning to Australia, Sue took up the position of Exhibition Manager for Designex, the premier interior design event, then to Australian Exhibtions and Conferences as the Manager of fashion industry events for 5 years, successfully managing more than 10 national exhibitions, including Fashion Exposed and Design:Made:Trade. During her time at AEC, she also performed the role of Operations Director for State of Design Festival co-ordinating with designers, stakeholders and media. In 2010, Sue accepted the contract to Project Manage Open House Melbourne, during which time she oversaw all aspects of sponsorship, visitors, sales & marketing campaigns, organising more than 900 volunteers and liaising with leading industry and media stakeholders and growing the event to over 100 open buildings across the city of Melbourne and surrounds.  


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Joe Distefano
Head of Operations, design100

Joe has been working professionally in the online industry for over 12 years. His involvement started even earlier while In advertising. He was one of the first to win an award for the newly included interactive/multimedia category at the MADC awards. His work has crossed many streams; design, development, strategy, information architecture, as well as various disciplines including eCommerce, Corporate/Branding sites, CRM software, Intranet. He has been encouraged by the growth of mobile not simply because of the new form factors, but of the challenges it creates in how we communicate with our Users. Specialties: Site and Information Architecture, Interaction modelling, site build, Content Strategy, Design, production, Web Standards  


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Ian Dryden
Senior Industrial Designer, Melbourne City Council

As the leading industrial designer for the City of Melbourne Ian has been responsible for the design of this city's street furniture, lighting, tram stops, news stands, Xmas decorations and much more for over twenty years.   


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Jamie Durie
Founder & Principal Designer, Durie Design

Jamie Durie is an international award-winning designer, and founder and Director of Durie Design - now in its 16th year with over 33 design awards nationally and internationally. With offices in Sydney and Los Angeles. Jamie has authored 10 best-selling books (Edible Garden Design, 100 Gardens, Jamie Durie's The Outdoor Room, Outside with Jamie, The Source Book Editions I and II, Inspired by Jamie Durie, Outdoor Kids, The Outdoor Room and Patio Garden Design) and an outdoor lifestyle magazine The Outdoor Room. Largely responsible for completely changing the face of landscape design in Australia, Jamie Durie is the master of the Outdoor Room concept, inspiring a whole new generation to rediscover their gardens and integrate them as extensions of their living spaces. In his mission to bring us back to the earth and reconnect us with nature, not only has his work blurred the boundaries where architecture meets nature, but through his 15 years of work in design, he has organically bridged the gap and seamlessly transitioned between the design disciplines that govern the interior and exterior spaces. Coupling his love of natural spaces with the warmth and comfort of interior spaces without compromising one or the other, he and his team have created residential and commercial spaces that share an equal dedication to transterior harmony. Undoubtedly one of Australia's most successful design exports and recognisable talents, Jamie has featured in over 40 television shows worldwide.   


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Lloyd Ernest
CEO & Founder, CloudStaff

Technology Entrepreneur - Building businesses, using partner channels to leverage sales efforts and building strong teams who are passionate about customer service. Successfully managed exits from PowerUp, WebCentral, XtreamLok and served on the boards of Internet Industry Association, Pipe Networks (ASX: PWK), Event Zero Pty Ltd. Focused on China since 2004 with SinoCode, SonarLogic, Greentrac and Event Zero. Established operations in the Philippines in 2009.  


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Rod Farmer
General Manager - Sydney, Isobar

Rod is recognised as one of Australia's thought-leaders in product and service design. He has led the strategic transformations of numerous Australian organisations, whilst building (and subsequently selling) a highly successful design agency. Over the past 10 years, Rod has led the design and delivery of hundreds of mobile and online services across all major platforms and devices from mobile, tablet, multi-platform TV, emerging gestural interfaces, and of course desktop. Rod is an internationally published author/speaker and a recognised expert on mobile and multi-device design strategy. Between 2011 and 2013, Rod was integral to the Apple versus Samsung trial in Australia, acting as the lead Human-Computer Interaction design expert witness. He is also a member of National Design Council, previously co-chaired the Australian Research Council committee on Interactive Interfaces and the Australian Human-Computer Interaction association, and is an active mentor within the business community.  


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Rob Findlay
Customer & Innovation Culture Lead, DBS Bank

Oversee design and innovation development for new and established industries, bringing fresh ideas and creative approaches to corporate problems. Passionate about the power of design to solve any challenge. Excited by the Asia Pacific region and its potential. Specialties: Customer Experience, Direct Channel Strategy & Innovation, Online Advertising and Strategy, Brand and design execution, Digital Trends, Emerging Markets  


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Dan Formosa
Co-founder, Smart Design

Dan Formosa is a consultant in design and design research. He has developed products and services in a wide range of categories. With a background in product design, he holds a Masters and a Ph.D. in Ergonomics and Biomechanics. His work has received numerous design awards and has been selected for national and international exhibits.  


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Sally Gatenby - PR and Communications for Startups
Founder, Larkspur Communications

Sally is a marketing communications manager with extensive experience in B2B/B2C technology, social media and community management, events planning, brand management and web content development. Sally launched Larkspur Communications as a startup focused PR and communications consultancy to meet the needs of the startups who want to deliver their news and messages effectively to a targeted audience. Sally is also the co-producer at That Start Up Show - a monthly web show filmed in Melbourne focusing on entrepreneurs and startups. Check out www.thatstartupshow.tv for more details! Sally is also a Director at Founder Institute for Melbourne.   


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Eric Gertler
Managing Director/Executive Vice President, Center for Economic Transformation, NYCEDC

Eric Gertler is currently serving as Executive Vice President for the New York City Economic Development Corporation and Managing Director, Center for Economic Transformation (“CET”) for the City of New York. The CET aims to develop New York City’s major business sectors by implementing policy and programmatic initiatives that address current issues faced by each industry, create good jobs, and promote entrepreneurship and economic diversification across the five boroughs. Prior to his role at the NYCEDC, Eric served in leadership roles at a number of technology companies, including Altruik, PrimeAxis Media, and Privista. Prior to these initiatives, Eric worked in the magazine and newspaper industries, with his last position being the President of the three magazines U.S. News & World Report, Fast Company and The Atlantic Monthly. He is also the author of the book Prying Eyes: Protect Your Privacy From People Who Sell To You, Snoop on You, or Steal From You (published by Random House). Eric is a member of Young Presidents Organization (“YPO - WPO”) and recently served as the Chair for the New York Metro chapter.   


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Marc Giusti
Founder, Pivot London

Marc is an 18 year veteran of the digital creative industry who helps businesses & brands to pioneer, think and innovate digitally. Value-Creation for both customer and business is what he founded Pivot to do... helping businesses to adapt & thrive. Alongside Pivot Marc works as a Board Advisor to technology start ups and Accelerators and is a regular speaker, C-Suite trainer, and awards juror. He has worked with some of the most innovative people and companies in the UK, US and Europe - winning awards and recognition for many Web, Mobile and Real-World brands including Audi UK, BBC, GSK, Hotmail, McDonald's, P&G and Xbox.   


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Ben Goldsmith
Senior Research Fellow, Queensland University of Technology

  


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Dhaval Gore -
Head of Developed Markets – Asia Pacific, London & Partners

Dhaval has considerable experience in the area of business support, inward investment and business development. He has an established reputation in assisting clients across a wide range of areas and generally problem solving, connecting, facilitating and enabling. In his role at London & Partners, Dhaval manages a mixed portfolio of inward investment and expansion projects from inception to completion from Asia Pacific primarily Australasia, South Korea, Japan, Malaysia and Singapore.   


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Erik Hallander
Director of Mobile & Innovation, Isobar Australia

Director of Mobile & Innovation @ Isobar Australia and part of the Senior leadership group. Heading up Front End Development, Mobile and everything else that's cool in the world of technology. I dabble in writing, do a bit of public speaking and try to prepare Isobar for the future, making sure we're always awesome and doing the right thing. It's a hard life. From a programming background, with pockets of experience in almost every language.   


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Calypso Harland
CEO & Founder, The Developer Lab

About DevLab DevLab provides access to the latest devices for testing and exploring. Based at IDEALondon in Shoreditch, it is now the largest open device lab in London and will soon be rolling out a device rental programme across the UK and then subsequently Europe. DevLab also run events designed to connect the startup and developer community with brands to drive new channels of innovation. thedeveloperlab.com | Follow us on Twitter @thedeveloperlab Calypso Harland, CEO and Founder, DevLab Founder of DevLab, Calypso has been working in tech since 98, from the network layer to the application layer. She’s helped drive two acquisitions to date, Streaming Media for $100M in 2000 and Geo for £65M in 2008. She’s worked intensively with the developer community since 2011, firstly heading up global marketing at leading mobile software company Marmalade and then with AngelHack, whereas Global Marketing Director, she was in charge of promoting the world’s largest series of hackathons across 32 countries. She started DevLab in 2013, quickly establishing the largest device lab in London and in May 2014 successfully launched a new technology event called DevLab LIVE. calypso@thedeveloperlab.com | Follow on Twitter @calypsoharland   


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Nic Hodges
Head of Innovation and Technology, MediaCom

  


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Ben Hourahine
Head of Strategy, Amenesia Razorfish

Ben has been doing digital for over a decade. Born in the UK, Hourahine originally spent four years at the Future Foundation as Senior Analyst, before joining Leo Burnet in London. During his time there, Ben helped plan McDonald's next decade in business; launched Eidos' new Lara Croft videogame and built the pub of the future for Guinness' 250th anniversary. Over the years Ben has worked with Nike, BBC, McDonalds, Channel 4, Westfields, Microsoft, Nestle, Diageo, Kellogg's, P&G, Lloyds and First Direct. As strategy lead at Razorfish Ben is responsible for directing planning across all existing business. Since joining in 2010 Ben's strategies have helped secure major new client partnerships including Australia Post, Foxtel and Qantas. Ben sits on the board of the Account Planning Group (APG), is a regular awards judge for B&T, ADMA, AIMIA & the Effies and is an active industry mentor. Ben is also regular media commentator, with features in the Guardian, The Sun, The New York Times, as well as podcasting for The Wall Street Journal.   


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Kristine Howard
All Rounder, Canva

Kris has been building websites since the original dot-com boom in a variety of different roles: front-end and back-end programmer; business analyst; iteration manager; team director. Career highlights include helping build a world-first online car purchasing platform for Subaru's BRZ, as well as the launch of both 9Jumpin's web platform and Android app for Australia's Nine Network. She's now working at Canva, an Australian startup with a goal of democratising graphic design. Kris has also been blogging for more than fifteen years and speaks regularly at technology events and conferences in Sydney. She's also a mad knitter and sewist, and she's currently fascinated by the possibilities of e-textiles, wearables, and the Internet of Things. Kris is also active in groups such as Girl Geeks and Women Who Code, and she's passionate about encouraging the next generation of developers and designers.  


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Andy Howell
Creative Director & Founder, The Clearing

Andy Howell is co founder of The Clearing with three co-directors established in 2010. He came to that point in his career after 7 years at Interbrand, moving up from Design Director to Executive Creative Director, and 4 years at Wolff Olins, where the last position he held was Senior Designer. During his career Andy has worked with some of the world’s most iconic brands: British Airways, Telefonica, McLaren, The National Lottery, Orange, V&A and Warner Bros to name but a few.  


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Zac Jacobs
Director, Millipede

Zac is a director of multi-award winning Millipede, who are one of the the world's most experienced and talented game developers ,with a specialty in mobile and tablet applications across all platforms. Millipede has developed innovative projects for clients that include the Australian Government, the Navy, KPMG, Coles, Penguin, DDB, Clemenger, Australian Red Cross, Publicis and the ABC. He has over 25+ years in international sales and marketing in the ICT industry, working for multinational firms in Sydney, Singapore, Tokyo and San Francisco. He pioneered Australian mobile content delivery in Japan and China with groundbreaking deals with OKI, Sony, DoCoMo and China Mobile. Zac is a regular presenter at seminars run by government and business groups on export marketing and mobile technology. As one of the founders of Mobile Monday Australia, which now has over 140 chapters globally and reaches hundreds of thousands of members, he is a strong advocate of the industry and empowering the use of the medium.   


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David Keech
Managing Director, Keechdesign UK Ltd

David Keech is founder of Keechdesign, whose multidisciplinary approach reflects his interests in industrial design, architecture, furniture and environments. He graduated from the Royal College of Art in 1989. David was the first non-Japanese designer to join Yamaha’s creative team in Hamamatsu and produced a number of ground-breaking designs in their music equipment and consumer product sectors. He was a key force in the internationalisation of Yamaha’s design team. Before working in Japan, David was an Associate at Foster & Partners, joining as a member of the Bilbao Metro project team. He was one of the founder members of F&P’s in-house product design team, gaining deep experience in architecture, product design and project management. He also worked on several personal projects for Norman Foster, for both his private use and bespoke development. David is also a Senior Visiting Tutor and Project Leader on the Innovation Design Engineering course at the Royal College of Art, a visiting Project Leader at KLC School of Design. He is passionate about design, art, technology, making and manufacturing.   


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Julia Kendell
Julia Kendell

With a track record of 28 successful years in interior design, Julia has worked on shows such as DIY SOS, Daybreak and The Alan Titchmarsh Show, and written regular columns for magazines. She's delighted to be back on the 60MM team - where her TV career began - and is determined to teach Peter Andre a few DIY skills! Julia has trained in all areas of design, and on her mission to encourage women to have more confidence with DIY is currently writing a book aimed specifically at them. Always budget conscious and looking to recycle, Julia runs interior design and upcycling courses where you can learn these skills for yourself.  


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William Knight
Show Director, 100% Design & Clerkenwell Design

William Knight is a design campign director currently running the UK's biggest contemporary design trade event, 100% Design (September) and one of Europe's most vibrant design festivals; Clerkenwell Design Week (May).William has spent eight years establishing the London Design Festival as one of the world's most important design events. William is able to deliver both practical and strategic approaches to a the a spectrum of challenges and opportunities. Communication led partnerships have helped him develop a series of new initiatives across the UK design industry, with a commitment to excellence and innovation, and the preservation of good ideas.   


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Willy Lai
Director of User Experience & Creative Design, Samsung

Willy Lai is Director of User Experience & Creative Design at Samsung, where he leads the design of next generation music apps across various Samsung devices. Prior to Samsung, Willy led global user experience (UX) redesigns for PayPal, Intuit, eBay, AOL, and numerous start-ups in Silicon Valley. His designs are strategically aligned to meet user needs and business goals, and have garnered multiple industry awards. With a career spanning more than 18 years, he has had in-house, agency, and independent consulting experience across Mobile, Web, Tablet, Wearables, and TV. Willy has also taught UX Design at UCSC Extension in Silicon Valley and currently serves as a member of its UX Design Board of Advisors, helping to shape and evolve the school's UX design curriculum. Willy holds a degree in Architecture from UC Berkeley.   


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Ros Lawson
Director, RLD Strategic Solutions

Ros is a successful businesswoman, running her own company for more than 25 years, during that time she has advised corporations on re-branding, new brand strategies, exploring brand values, visual implementation and specific campaigns. These engagements are designed to enhance brand & cultural alignment for the betterment of these corporation’s bottom line. Ros’s multi-level thinking, commercial acumen and genuine heart felt concern for her clients has been a recipe for success. Her ability to inculcate a client’s strategic business intent into her company’s solutions creates profitable businesses. She also offers business advisory, facilitation, brand research and the implementation of programs for both corporations and SME's, with a particular focus on engineering, mining, health, foundations, government, education and manufacturing 4.0.  


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Tim Leslie
Studio Director, Bates Smart

Tim is a well respected architect who has worked internationally prior to joining Bates Smart in 2006. He has focused predominately on developing a wide range of new projects, and is highly regarded for his architectural integrity, leadership and tenacity. In addition to his work at Bates Smart, Tim is a regular guest critic at universities and has been a juror for the AIA Awards. In 2006, Tim was the founding president of Open House Melbourne, a not for profit event promoting architecture and buildings of significance to the public. This event attracts over 100,000 visits annually and has become a key event in the Melbourne calendar, the success of which lies in part to Tim’s insight into architecture and how to communicate its worth to others. In addition, Tim also curates an annual architectural speaker series.  


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Brendan Lewis
Managing Director, London & Partners

Brendan Lewis has setup greenfield professional services businesses around the globe – Investing in South Korea, Vietnam, Indonesia, Hong Kong and Romania. He also has extensive commercial experience in the UK & the US. His background includes qualifications in accounting and IT and his industry experience includes; Oil & Gas, ICT, Product Distribution, Engineering, Internet & Advertising. Well known for his commercial insight and extraordinary network, he also chairs the Churchill Club in Melbourne and runs Ministerial Dinners. As the sole representative of London in Australia for investment attraction, he personally generates up to 46 new investment projects per annum.  


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Kirsten Mann
Director of Customer / User Experience (UX), Aconex

As Director of Customer / User Experience at Aconex, Kirsten and her team are dedicated to cultivating an increasingly engaging and satisfying user experience within the Aconex platform; the most widely-used online collaboration platform in the world for construction, infrastructure, energy and resource projects. Aconex has helped thousands of companies to manage project information and processes to the highest standard and Kirsten’s team helped design the experiences that support these processes.   


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Anthony Mansour
Founder Innovation Strategy, Alias Life

Recognised as a leading expert, speaker and contributor to the mobile industry, Anthony has built a 20 year career by successfully defining strategy and pioneering innovation for emerging digital industries including video games, ‘dotcom’ and mobile. Having worked for and consulted with major telcos, content providers, publishers, media companies, production houses, retailers, universities and technology companies in both Australia and overseas, Anthony has built up an invaluable amount of experience and insight to the ever changing digital media landscape. Along with various speaking and educational engagements, Anthony has been featured in publications such as the Financial Review and is currently a member of the Australian advisory council for the global interactive marketing event Ad:Tech. In founding Alias Life, Anthony has established an agency focused on connecting life's experiences via the ever broadening (mobile) digital and social media world in which we live. Alias combines Anthony's strategic insights and vision to deliver unique perspectives, with his tactical understanding of this emerging paradigm - providing innovative ideas and the development of sound commercial solutions for a wide range of industries. Anthony’s clients include: Hutchison 3 (globally), Telstra, Optus, Fremantlemedia, Westfield, Electronic Arts, DreamWorld, Warner Bros, Movie World, Amnesia Razorfish, Salmat, Kellogg’s, Coke, MasterCard, Macquarie Bank, V8 Supercars, NRL, Ubisoft Australia, Citrix, UNSW, UTS, Channel 9, Channel 10 and Samsung.  


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Kiel Mead
Founder, American Design Club

Born and raised just east of the midwest, Kiel Mead got rather used to ordinary things. Soon enough, after relocating to Brooklyn, NY, he recognized that while most of the everyday objects we see do not change on their own, our perception and appreciation of them varies greatly in terms of the nostalgic imprints they leave in our minds. Out of matchsticks, car keys, previously chewed gum, string and even onomatopoeias, Kiel fashions jewelry which is overtly non-descript into pieces of desire. His approach to design wields results both remarkable and unexpected. Kiel's innovative designs have been featured in magazines, museums and myriad web sites.  


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Debbie Millman
President, Sterling Brands

Debbie Millman is a writer, educator, artist, brand consultant and host of the radio show Design Matters. Debbie is President of the design division at Sterling Brands . She has been there for 18 years and in that time she has worked on the redesign of over 200 global brands, including projects with P&G, Colgate, Nestle, Kraft and Pepsi. Debbie is President Emeritus of AIGA, the largest professional association for design in the world. She is a contributing editor at Print Magazine and Co-Founder and Chair of the world's first Masters in Branding Program at the School of Visual Arts in New York City. In 2005, she began hosting, "Design Matters," the first podcast about design on the Internet. In 2011, the show was awarded a Cooper Hewitt National Design Award. She is the author of six books on design and branding. Last year, an exhibition of her visual essays debuted at the Chicago Design Museum.  


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Victoria Milne
Director Built/NYC, Public Art and Design Initiatives, Dept of Design & Construction, CIty of New York

Victoria is the Director of the Office of Public Art and Design Initiatives at NYC's Department of Design and Construction (DDC), where her team manages public art commissions and the Built/NYC program as well as innovative design programs. DDC manages the capital programs for most mayoral agencies, and has a combined streets and buildings budget of over $8 billion per year.  


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Kim Myhre
Senior Vice President International, FreemanXP

Kim is a marketing and communications thought leader, enthusiastic innovator and brand storyteller with a unique combination of strategic, creative, commercial and international experience. With a strong background in strategy and planning, creative and talent management, he is an action oriented executive with a track record of winning new business, creating results for clients and driving agency growth.  


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Emily Oberman
Partner, Pentagram

A parnter at Pentragram, the world's largest independent design consultancy, Emily is a multi-disciplinary designer whose work encompasses brand identity, motion graphics, publications, packaging, advertising and websites for clients that include hotels and restaurants, publishers, film and television, and nonprofit institutions. Her design is notable for its intelligence, political commitment and sense of humor. Emily’s work has been recognized by the AIGA, the Type Directors Club, and the Art Directors Club, among others. In 2004, she was awarded the prestigious Augustus Saint-Gaudens Award for distinguished alumni from her alma mater Cooper Union. She has served on the national board of AIGA and as president of its New York chapter. While on the AIGA board she was responsible for two national conferences on design for television, DFTV.001 and DFTV.002. Emily has taught at the Cooper Union, the Yale University School of Art, and Parsons The New School for Design. She currently teaches at the School of Visual Arts.  


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Jenny Page
Colour Design Professional, CSR Bricks & Roofing

Currently working on the CSR House colour scheme Specialties:Professional Colour and Design Consultant  


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Ben Pecotich
Director, Dynamic4

I work with people to create ideas and make them real for positive change… I use strategy, design and technology to design and deliver creative business, brand and service ideas. I design with and for people - always looking to deliver great experiences. Over the past 12 years I've been part of a lot of mobile and mobile commerce design and solutions. As a member of the panel, I'm looking forward to seeing some great work and helping support this work get recognised and visible to inspire others!  


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Dan Porter
Creative Director, Scriberia

Dan is the co-founder and creative director of Scriberia, Europe’s leading Graphic Facilitation company. A wide range of organisations, from multinational corporations to charities, find that Sciberia's work helps them to discuss, innovate and communicate more effectively. We work live, listening to conversations and presentations and summarising them as memorable visuals. We also apply those same rapid visualisation skills to create short animations. Dan started out as a writer that could draw and now, he supposes, is a drawer that can write. Either way, he thinks he's found a place between words and pictures where he can do good work. Scriberia is a constantly evolving and surprising entity. As their list of clients continues to diversify, they can go from visualising the manufacture of chocolate to the treatment of HIV in the course of a day. To Dan Those regular insights into other people’s work, the incredible creative freedom he's given, his talented team and amazing business partner keep his job from ever being boring.  


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Iain Preston
Client Partner & Director of Digital Innovation Group (DIG), DigitasLBi

14 years in digital and counting, with experience spanning everything from digital strategy, through creative experience design, to managed services.Iain is really into the technical side of building digital experiences across all platforms and form factors. Iain sits on the leadership board of the Digital Innovation Group, specialising in healthcare innovation at DigitasLBi. Iain is passionate about all things digital and helping businesses bring about real transformation through digital thinking.   


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Dominic Russo
CEO, Diadem Pty Ltd

Graduating with Distinction in Industrial Design from RMIT University, Dominic possesses over 20 years design industry experience, working across a range of disciplines. Starting his career as an exhibition designer, and shortly after in a commercial interiors practice, Dominic spent these founding years designing spaces, objects, point of sale and furniture products for corporate clients such as BMW, Telstra, Holden, and ANZ Bank. In 2000 Dominic joined with two partners to found Diadem, a multi disciplined brand implementation firm. Dominic and his team have successfully collaborated with many of Australia’s leading and renowned architects, graphic designers, and interior designers, to design, develop and deliver many significant landmark projects. Over the eleven years, Diadem has transformed from a small practice to a medium enterprise with over 70 staff across Australia and New Zealand. In recent years Dominic’s role within the business has shifted from Design Director to CEO & Managing Director, focusing on the commercial aspects of design business. This still affords him the opportunity to work with many designers and corporate clients in a management capacity.  


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Simon Sprince
Co Founder & Director/Digital Specialist, Focus Innovation/UK Trade & Investment

A specialist in working with digital industries Simon works with innovators and entrepreneurs with the aim to build practical and well informed business models to commercialise new products and services. Operating at the intersection between Technology and Creative industries, he has experience in supporting individuals as well as companies large and small.   


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Mark Stefurak
Director Architecture & Design, Steelcase

  


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Vicki Stirling
Director of Product, Redbubble

Vicki has led business units in international brands such as Nike & Bonds. A cross functional expert in brand & business strategy, marketing communication, consumer insights, brand identity, and all aspects of brand development. Vicki is well equipped with world class knowledge of the creative industry, her inclusive and enthusiastic approach to every project is infectious! Vicki’s career has been focused on driving and affecting positive change - transforming brands and evolving organisational culture. She prides herself on delivering a solution which will improve efficiency and deliver considerable revenue growth, quickly. Vicki's recent work has seen her; strategically develop brands in new market segments, scope local markets for retail opportunities, develop white space strategies, lead product launches and implement category brand extensions around the world. Vicki describes her current role at Redbubble as "the best job in the world"!  


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Andrew Tarver
CEO & Founder, BOLDROCKET

Andrew Tarver is the London-based founder and CEO of BOLDROCKET, a venture that is focused wholly on the needs of the end customer. BOLDROCKET is already working with a number of high profile clients to drive forward their end customer strategy, using new disruptive technologies, in partnership with the start-up community.  


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Deborah Turnbull-Tillman
Director, New Media Curation

Deborah is a new media curator focusing on Design and Technology. Her main curatorial inspiration for this focuses on the audience's authentic experience of interactive art, which fuels her interest in how technology can augment traditional art practice. Prior to her current role, Deborah facilitated this interest by curating Beta_Space through the Creativity and Cognition Studios, a new media prototype exhibition space at the Powerhouse Museum. She has also been part of the Science, Technology and Industry Curatorial team at the Powerhouse Museum, curating exhibitions such as ISEA2013, designTECH, Good Design and Game Masters. Deborah is now a PhD Student at the Creative Robotics Lab, NIEA at UNSW Art & Design where she investigates the authentic experience of interactive art regarding the curatorship of it. She also directs a consultancy that specializes in new media and interactive art exhibitions called New Media Curation.   


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Jordan Waid
VP, Experience Design International, Freeman XP

Jordan's passion lies in creating compelling stories and satisfying the need to invent everything – new scenarios, new concepts, new rules, and new ways of thinking. His unique background of architecture, digital media, and film allows him to constantly challenge experiential communication models with fresh ideas that engage at all levels for some of the biggest brands on the planet. An inspired thought leader, Jordan's creative vision, insight, and conceptual thinking starts and ends with a user-centric approach.   


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Harriet Wakelam
Director Human Centred Design, IAG

I am a design strategist with experience across financial services, Fintech, insurance and health. Given that titles are meaningless…this means that I like to design better ways for humans to experience services that improve their lives and improve the business bottom line. I use design to transform the experiences customers use, using the tools, skill and mindset appropriate to enable organisational alignment and change. I am driven by the development of purposeful services whether in health, financial services or communications through the development of outcomes not outputs.   


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Simon Walshaw
Global Markets Manager, MobileEmbrace

Simon is currently Manager BigPond Portals, Telstra Media (Web, Mobile, Tablet & T-Hub) and has been in this current role for the past 18 months. He is a seasoned multinational professional in the mobile sector and a top Marketing/Bus Dev Director. He has the in-depth knowledge and experience in New Media/Multimedia specialising in On-line & Mobile Technologies. A closer look at the specialist areas of experience are; E-Commerce, Marketing & Sales Promotion, Advertising, On-Line Marketing, Mobile Content, Mobile TV/Video, Development & Marketing, D2C & B2B. Overseas & International Business Development, specialising in Africa, Egypt, Turkey, Eastern Europe, China, Asia & Asia Pacific. Specialist knowledge of mobile gaming and gambling products and services including set-up.  


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Oliver Weidlich
Founder & Director of Design & Innovation, Mobile Experience

Oliver draws on a background in psychology, experience in usability, and understanding of mobile technology to identify key issues for client business strategy and to recommend & design solutions. He has consulted to clients such as; Three, Optus, Telstra, MySpace, Westpac, ninemsn, and ABC. He has a wide range of experience evaluating and improving the end-to-end customer experience with mobile devices, including 2G, 2.5G and 3G devices, portals, applications and content. He has conducted field research into future mobile usage and the interaction between the mobile device and other technologies. Oliver is a judge, author and speaker on usability and the mobile customer experience. Oliver is a founding member of the AIMIA Mobile Industry Group and he plays a key role in the design and project management of the Australian Mobile Phone Lifestyle Index, which looks at how Australians use mobile products, services and content. Oliver also helps run the Sydney chapter of Mobile Monday, an international mobile professionals networking night. Specialties: iPhone/iPad native apps & mobile web sites, mobile user interfaces, customer experience consulting, emerging technologies  


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Pascal Wensink
Director, EPR Architects

Pascal Wensink is a Director at award-winning practice EPR Architects designing a diverse range of buildings from bespoke one off houses to workplace and mixed-use developments. Pascal is a Chartered Architect (RIBA), who studied at Kingston University, Delft Technical University and South Bank University where he won the 1993 South London Society of Architects Award. He worked for several architectural practices in the UK and abroad and ran his own design studio in London before joining EPR Architects in 1995. Pascal is responsible for one of London’s most significant regeneration projects, the Ram Brewery in Wandsworth. The masterplan will preserves the strong brewing heritage of the historic site and create a new urban quarter in the heart of Wandsworth. Pascal has worked closely with Open City to increase the prominence of architecture on the national curriculum. He is a judge for the ‘What House’ and ‘Homes Overseas’ Awards, a Civic Trust assessor and a judge for the World Architectural News awards.   


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Adrian Westaway
Principal, Special Projects

Adrian is founder of Special Projects, a design and invention studio based in London, and previously ran the award winning design studio, Vitamins. Adrian uses technology to make magic. His backgrounds in Electronic Engineering and Industrial Design combined with the fact that he is a full member of the Magic Circle help him to understands how things work, and how they will work in the future while at the same time keeping a strong focus on interaction and experience. Adrian was made the first ever James Dyson Fellow in 2007, and was made a fellow of the Royal Commission of 1851 in 2010 for his work on gesture based interactive lighting systems. He has worked as a technology consultant for creative collective Greyworld and the BBC, as well as for consumer electronics brands including Samsung, Nokia and BlackBerry, work which has taken him everywhere from Seoul to Vermont to Vienna – always with a pack of cards in his back pocket. He is currently developing a computer vision based Calendar made of entirely out of Lego, and teaching Magic and Design workshops worldwide.  


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Gerard White
Design Manager - Beverage, Breville

Gerard is the Design Manager for Breville Group, He is Responsible for overseeing the design, development and strategy of beverage and toasting products globally in the Breville Group portfolio. His focus for Breville is on Research, development and innovation of new best in class kitchen products sold in over 52 countries. Over the last 17 years as an industrial Designer Gerard has been the Recipient of multiple Australian and international design awards and inventor of over 20 patents and numerous pending applications. He has Previously worked as a design consultant , Consulting to such companies as Cannon, Motorola, Nike, Siemens and the City of Sydney.”  


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Willy Wong
Faculty, School of Visual Arts

Willy Wong is a creative consultant in New York City. He previously served as Chief Creative Officer of New York City's official marketing and tourism organization from 2006-2014. He built a multidisciplinary team that managed brand NYC and produced cross-agency civic initiatives, public-private partnerships, and integrated global campaigns. Willy is a board member of Center for Urban Pedagogy and Adobe Partners by Design. He is a former advisor to SXSW Interactive and former president of AIGA/NY. At the School of Visual Art, he teaches a BFA senior interaction design course on innovation for smarter living/cities and an MFA thesis seminar on design entrepreneurialism. At Parsons the New School for Design he teaches tourism branding and design as placemaking. He's served as guest critic and visiting lecturer at Yale, FIT, NYU, MICA, Cooper Union, Columbia, and Princeton. Willy received his MFA from Yale University and AB from Dartmouth College.  


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Susan Worthman
Director & Lead Facultry (Leading by Design Fellows Program), California College of the Arts

Susan Worthman is a sustainable-systems strategist, writer, researcher, and policy advocate. She consults with businesses and public agencies, helping to accelerate shifts to sustainable systems and practices within their core operations. Much of her current work and research centers on the big, gnarly question of what success and growth look like in a post-consumerism society -- and by what and whose measure this is determined.  


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James Woudhuysen
Woudhuysen

James Woudhuysen is Professor of Forecasting and Innovation at De Montfort University, Leicester. 'Woudhuysen predicts a Britain 12 years hence in which new homes are designed, manufactured and built in much the same way that cars are now.' His formation was in the 1960s and early 1970s, before the end of the Vietnam War. Inspired by the Space Race, he wanted to be an astronaut – so he decided to read physics at university. Jame went to Sussex, where he followed his degree with an MA at the Science Policy Research Unit. After that he pursued journalism, before going on to coordinate postgraduate studies at what is now London’s University of the Arts. For more than 20 years since that time, James has consulted for major corporations and for government.  


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Jennifer Zhu Scott
Co Founder and Principal , Radian Partners

Jennifer Zhu Scott is the cofounder and Principal of Radian Partners, an advisory firm focusing on private investments in renewable energy, media, and disruptive tech with 'double bottom lines' - do well and do good. Prior, she was head of business development and strategy in APAC for Thomson Reuters. She co-founded one of the first education companies in China and sold her shares in her 20's before moving to UK as a senior advisor to the education subsidiary of Daily Mail & General Trust. Jennifer is the chairman of Music for the Growing Mind, a charity inspired by Venezuela's El Sistema, which provides free classical music education to underprivileged children in Hong Kong. In 2014, she was appointed as one of the 18 council members of China Council convened by the Global Agenda Council, the World Economic Forum's think tank. In 2013, Jennifer was honoured by WEF as a Young Global Leader. Jennifer studied Applied Mathematics in Sichuan University and holds an MBA in Finance with Manchester Business School, where she earned distinction with her research on PE/VC in China and was awarded as a Distinguished Alumni. Jennifer is a China Fellow of Aspen Institute and a permanent member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network.  


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