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. 

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.   


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)  


Mark Bergin - Experience Design

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   


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.  


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  


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.  


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.  


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.   


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.  


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.  


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  


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.   


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.   


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.  


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.  


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.  


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.   


James 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.  


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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