[Image: Executive Board 2011-2013]
L-R first row: Ralph Wiegmann, Dr. Makoto Watanabe, Srini Srinivasan, Mario Gagnon, Tony K.M. Chang, Vivian Wai Kwan Cheng, L-R second row: Eunjoo Maing, Dr. Mugendi M'Rithaa, President-elect, Dr. Brandon Gien, Icsid President, Luisa Bochietto, Pierre-Yves Panis


The Icsid Executive Board is elected biennially during the General Assembly and is made up of the President, the President-Elect and nine Board Members. The honorary members of the Board dedicate their time and expertise to sustain and develop the organisation in order to elevate member services and solidify Icsid's global role. Over the years, numerous boards have defined their priorities, together contributing to the wide range of tools and activities available to Icsid today.

Dr. Brandon Gien, Australia, President

Dr. Gien is the CEO of Good Design Australia and Chair of the Australian International Design Awards (AIDA), Australia's longest standing design awards programme. Prior to founding Good Design Australia, Dr. Gien was the General Manager of Design Strategy and Head of Corporate Services for Standards Australia, recognised by the Government as Australia's peak Standards body. Through Dr. Gien’s work, AIDA is now widely recognized and respected for its important role in promoting the value of design-led innovation to business, industry, academia, government and the general public.
Dr. Gien studied Mechanical Engineering at the University of Newcastle where he later graduated with a Bachelors Degree in Industrial Design. He holds a PhD in Environmental Design from the University of Canberra's School of Design and Architecture. Dr. Gien was made a Fellow of the Design Institute of Australia in recognition of his contribution to the design sector in Australia and was recently appointed as a Design Ambassador to Japan.

Dr. Mugendi M'Rithaa, South Africa, President-Elect
e: mmrithaa@icsid.org

Since 2005, Dr. M'Rithaa has been a Professor and Senior Lecturer in Industrial Design at the Cape Peninsula University of Technology. Prior to that, he taught at the Universities of Botswana and Nairobi. Before moving to education, Dr. M'Rithaa was a Designer/Accounts Executive with Communication Graphics and a Designer/Researcher with the Kenya Building Research Centre, both located in Nairobi (Kenya).

Mugendi M'Rithaa is an active member of the Cape Town Design Network (CTDN), Design Education Forum of Southern Africa (DEFSA), Ergonomics Society of Southern Africa (ESSA), Network on Design for Social Innovation and Sustainability (DESIS) and the Learning Network on Sustainability (LeNS).

He holds a Master of Industrial Design from the Indian Institute of Technology-Mumbai and a PhD in Universal Design from Cape Peninsula University of Technology (CPUT).

Ms. Eunjoo Maing, South Korea, Treasurer

Eunjoo Maing has been working at Korea Institute of Design Promotion (KIDP) since she joined the Institute in 1995, after a five-year commitment to a non-government organisation in Seoul which had a passion for building a better society. During her nearly 20-year career at KIDP, she has conducted numerous significant projects and gained extensive experience and expertise in related areas, while playing a key role in international cooperation between KIDP and the rest of the world. Leading a variety of teams and divisions, she has led many projects to great success. These include: the first national Design Census; Korea’s national initiative for recognition of young talents called ‘Next Generation Leaders program’; ‘Stanford-KIDP Design & Innovation Management program for CEOs’ with Stanford University’s SCPD; establishment of a master plan for multi-disciplinary design education in Korean universities; ‘Design Sharing’ with ASEAN member countries such as Cambodia, Malaysia, Thailand, the Philippines, and Vietnam; and curating Korean design pavilions for international exhibitions.

Last year, Eunjoo successfully accomplished her task to set up KIDP’s first overseas office in Beijing, which has been in operation since March 2013. Additionally, Eunjoo used to be the editor-in-chief of 'Industrial Design', a bi-monthly magazine of KIDP and was a liaison for the 22nd Icsid Congress and General Assembly (2001) hosted in Seoul. She has also taken part in various design committees and judging panels for design awards and competitions outside KIDP.

Eunjoo Maing currently serves as a director at Korea Institute of Design Promotion (KIDP) and is in charge of the Global Business & Cooperation Division as well as KIDP China, KIDP’s first overseas office in Beijing. She has been collaborating with numerous organisations, schools and companies across the world where her primary responsibilities include planning national strategies and initiatives for globalisation of Korean design, building international network, and executing government initiatives/projects. It is also her duty to support design business trades between Korea and the rest of the world, and to organise exhibitions or seminars either to promote Korean design abroad or to introduce foreign design to Korea.

Ms.  Luisa Bocchietto, Italy, board member
e: lbocchietto@icsid.org

Luisa works as a freelance in both the public and private sector carrying out projects aimed at local development, urban reclamation and renovation. Her projects and products are published on various specialised magazines. She wrote different texts on architecture and design and she realised exhibitions (Pop Design, D come Design), attended conferences and International Juries. She was President of the Association of Architects in Biella and a member of the organising committee for Torino World Design Capital (2008).

Currently Luisa is the President of ADI – Associazione per il Disegno Industriale from 2008 (second term), Luisa cooperates as visiting professor with universities and design schools, she attends International Juries. She is member of the National Council Anticounterfeiting (CNAC) – Ministry for the Economic Development, of the Italian Design Council (CID) – Ministry for Cultural Heritage, of the Polidesign – Consortium of the Polytechnic of Milan, and of the Italian-Chinese Center for Design and Innovation (CIDIC). Luisa works as designer and architect.

Mr. Tony K.M. Chang, Taiwan (Chinese Taipei), board member

Having served as a practicing architect and an international organiser for many years, Tony became a prominent figure dedicated to global design promotion and exchanges. He is very aware of challenges as well as opportunities the world is facing in design promotion. His interest is especially focused on what can be done to gradually transform our localized industries from OEM (Original Equipment Manufacturing) into ODM (Original Design Manufacturing) and eventually step up to OBM (Own Branding and Manufacturing).

Tony devoted himself as a CEO of Taiwan Design Center from 2000 to 2013. Now he is a senior consultant for TDC and have taken over two very important projects, World Design Capital 2016 and Development of Design and Creative Industries in Taiwan. The main function of TDC, as a hub in Asia’s creative industries, is that the organisation takes great care to connect and integrate different design resources all over the world and use it finely in our local development plans, one of them called 'Public Policy through Design'.

Mr. Mario Gagnon, Canada, board member
e: mgagnon@icsid.org

After having worked for several government agencies and manufacturing companies, Mario Gagnon founded ALTO Design in 1986. Benefitting from the expansion of plastics processes in Quebec, he quickly gained a reputation within the industry. His vision enabled him to develop a broad expertise and garner several national and international awards (Red Dot, IDSA, Hall of Fame 2008/major world player in industrial design, etc.).

He has worked as a professor at the CEGEP du Vieux Montréal. As a practical instructor, he led an undergraduate workshop at the Université de Montréal and was a guest lecturer at HEC.

Mario is the founding president of Alto Design inc.,  President of the Association des designers industriels du Québec (ADIQ), Member of the board of directors of the Association of Canadian Industrial Designers (ACID), Member of the board of directors of Mission Design and the spokesperson for the fundraising campaign of the Université de Montréal’s Industrial Design School

Mr. Pierre-Yves Panis, France, board member

Mr. Panis is currently Design and User Experience Senior Vice-President for Orange. Orange is one of the world's largest global providers for mobile pones, landlines, Internet, mobile Internet and IP television services with 230 million customers. Under the brand Orange Business Services, the company is established as one of the world leaders in providing telecommunication services to multinational companies.

At Orange, Pierre-Yves leads a multi-disciplinary design team of 50 professionals based in Paris, London, Amman and Abidjan, which defines the group's products and services design and user experience.

Pierre-Yves Panis is an active member of design and design management promoting agencies, such as Design Management Institute (DMI) and has participated in two Icsid Interdesign workshops in South Africa, 1999 Water and 2005 Rural Transport. 

He holds a Master of Industrial Design from the Ecole Nationale Superieure de Creation Industrielle (Les Ateliers), France.

Mr. Srini Srinivasan, United States and India, board member
e: ssrinivasan@icsid.org

Srini has more than 25 years of professional experience in creative design; user experience design; telecom and wireless product design and development; company formation and venture capital raising; global marketing and sales management; manufacturing and operations. He is a Member of various professional bodies: WiMAX, Icsid, WDC2014, Innovations Judge, CES 2012, Usability Panel Member, IEEE, CES 2013.

Now, Srini is the President & CEO of LUMIUM, Inc., a Creative design company that designs and delivers complete solutions in consumer electronics, smart devices, medical devices, housewares and UE design for global clients. Has established business partnerships in many parts of the world using his extensive network of contacts across the globe.

Ms. Vivian Wai Kwan Cheng, Hong Kong, board member

Vivian has worked for Sunciti Manufacturers Ltd, Lambda Industrial Ltd. in the apparel and electronic products divisions. She won the Governor’s Award for Industry for telecom products in 1989. After acquiring her Master’s Degree, she focused on the educational sector by working for the Hong Kong Design Institute. She participated in an exchange programme with the University of Birmingham in 2006 and ESADS in 2012. Vivian was invited as a jury member for the Biennial of Industrial Design- Slovenia in 2008 and 2010, as a jury member of Red dot Design Award from 2006 to 2013; and as a jury member of Taipei International Design Award 2013.

From 2003-06 Vivian was the course leader for Product Design and Jewellery Design, and currently she is the International Liaison Manager of the Hong Kong Design Institute acting as an ambassador of design, connecting people and organisations, and organising master-class seminars, conferences, and design-related events. She is an active figure in the Hong Kong design scene. She was a council member for the Chartered Society of Design Hong Kong (1992 – 2004) and sat on the Board of Directors of Hong Kong Design Centre (2002 – 2004).  She is panel member for the PMQ project, and the Incubation Program for Design.

Dr. Makoto Watanabe, Japan, board member
e: mwatanabe@icsid.org

Makoto Watanabe received his Doctor of Engineering (D.Eng) from Chiba University in Japan. Currently he is a professor of Design Management at Chiba University, Graduate School of Engineering. He is a former designer at Seiko in Japan. His major fields of interest and publication are mainly on Industrial Design, Design Management and Design Expert System. He is also a member of Japan Society for the Science of Design.

Currently, Makoto is the Vice President, Director of International Strategy Unit, Chiba University (2011-), Guest Professor, Zhejiang University (2009-), Program Manager, Service and Product Design Program (2007-), Project Leader, Global Asia Design School Program (2007-)

Mr. Ralph Wiegmann, Germany, board member

Ralph has more than 20 years experience in the organisation of international and global leading tradeshows like Hannover Fair and others in Germany and overseas. Aside from exhibitions and tradeshows, he participated in the organisation of many conferences, political events and industry-specific meetings, many of them in cooperation with associations, institutions, governments and other bodies. Along with the many tradeshows, he has extensive experience in different industries like robotics, industrial automation, biotechnology, energy efficiency, woodworking machinery, education and more.

Since 1995, Ralph is the CEO of iF, the oldest independent design institution worldwide. Best known for the iF design awards, the company is involved in many areas, play active roles in international networks, support their target industries and the designers of all disciplines. iF also invests in supporting design students. Besides our Icsid and Icograda memberships and our involvement at conferences, my personal experience includes the organisation of the Icsid Congress 2003 in Hannover and Berlin.

Icsid Board Meeting, Leningrad, Russia 1970
Icsid Secretariat Office in Brussels, Belgium, from 1974-1985.
Icsid General Assembly in Venice, Italy, 1961.