[Image: 2015-2017 Board of Directors]
L-R: Dr. Makoto Watanabe, Shikuan Chen, Gilles Rougon, Dilki de Silva (Secretary General), Srini Srinivasan (Treasurer), Luisa Bocchietto (President-elect), Mugendi M'Rithaa (President), Vivian Cheng, Alpay Er, Eunjoo Maing, Mario Gagnon, Prof. Yongqi Lou. Photo credit: Rachel Côté.

2015-2017 Board of Directors

The Board of Directors 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.

Prof. Mugendi M'Rithaa, South Africa, President

Mugendi has been a Professor and Senior Lecturer in Industrial Design at the Cape Peninsula University of Technology since 2005. Prior to that, he taught at the Universities of Botswana and Nairobi. Before moving to education, Mugendi was a Designer/Accounts Executive with Communication Graphics and a Designer/Researcher with the Kenya Building Research Centre, both located in Nairobi (Kenya).
Mugendi is an active member of the Cape Town Design Network, the Design Education Forum of Southern Africa (DEFSA), the Ergonomics Society of Southern Africa, the 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 Ph.D. in Universal Design from Cape Peninsula University of Technology (CPUT).

Ms.  Luisa Bocchietto, Italy, President-Elect
e: lbocchietto@icsid.org

Luisa works as a designer and architect 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 has contributed texts on architecture and design for various publications, has organised exhibitions (Pop Design, D come Design) as well as attended conferences and served on international juries. Luisa also cooperates as visiting professor with universities and design schools.
Currently Luisa is serving a second term as President of ADI – Associazione per il Disegno Industriale, she is a past president of the Association of Architects in Biella and was a member of the organising committee for World Design Capital 2008 Torino. She is also a 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).

Mr. Srini Srinivasan, United States and India, Treasurer

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, namely WiMAX, WDC2014, Innovations Judge, CES 2012, Usability Panel Member, IEEE, CES 2013.
Currently Srini is the President and 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. He has established business partnerships in many parts of the world using his extensive global network of contacts.

Mr. Shikuan Chen, Taiwan (Chinese Taipei), Board Member
e: schen@icsid.org

With over 23 years of practice in the design field, Shikuan currently leads a team of more than 200 computing and communication/mobile devices design experts at Compal Electronics, and is responsible for creating business and design strategy as well as a portfolio roadmap for the global computing and mobile devices industry. Since Shikuan joined the company, Compal's iF DESIGN AWARD Creativity Ranking went from below the 200th position in 2008 to 18th position in 2015.
Shikuan also serves as jury for various design competitions both locally and, globally, and teaches part time as a Design Professor at Taipei Shih-Chien University and Asia University. As one of the most high-profile spokespersons for the design industry in the region, his speeches, seminars and design articles have been widely published by the media in Taiwan and China. Currently Shikuan also serves as consultant for various governmental organisations in Taiwan, including the Taiwan Design Center, and the Taipei City Government in an International Advisory Committee capacity for World Design Capital 2016 programming.

Ms. Vivian Cheng, Hong Kong SAR, Board Member

After working in the fields of industrial design and design education for more than 20 years, Vivian founded "Vivian Design" in 2014 to provide consultancy services in design networking, event management, and promoting her own art in jewellery and glass. She graduated from the Hong Kong Polytechnic University with a Bachelor and a Master of Design. She was awarded a special prize in the Young Designers of the Year Award in 1987, the “Governor’s Award for Industry-Consumer Product Design” and the product design award in the Gift and House-wear Fair in 1989.
Vivian has been an active figure in the design hubs. She was a member of various professional organisations, a panel member for various assessment panels for the government and NGOs in Hong Kong, and has been an Icsid Board Member since 2013.  Vivian is a member of the jury for international design competitions for Red Dot Design Award in Germany and Singapore, the BIO 21 & BIO 22 in Slovenia, the ADI Compasso D’Oro International Award in Italy, the Taipei International Design Award, the Lotus Prize in Changsha, the Braun Prize, the Taste of Design in Milan Expo, the Gold Pin award in Taipei, and speaker for the Wallonia Creative Week in Belgium.

Prof. Alpay Er, Turkey, Board Member
e: aer@icsid.org

Alpay is Chairperson of the Industrial Design Department at Ozyegin University (OzU) in Istanbul (Turkey). After studying industrial design at Middle East Technical University (METU), he completed his Ph.D. at Manchester Metropolitan University in the UK. Previously he worked at Hacettepe University and Istanbul Technical University (ITU) where he also served as the chairperson of the Industrial Design Department from 2006 until 2013. A member of the Design Research Society (DRS), Alpay was also conferred with "Fellowship of DRS" in 2006. He previously served on the Icsid Board of Directors from 2011 to 2013 and subsequently as a regional advisor.
His expertise includes design management and strategy, design policy, history, and education in emerging economies. His work has appeared in journals such as Design Issues, Journal of Design History and Asian Design Journal, and was translated into several languages including Chinese, Korean and Portuguese.

Mr. Mario Gagnon, Canada, Board Member

After having worked for several government agencies and manufacturing companies, Mario 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 including Red Dot, IDSA, Hall of Fame 2008/major world player in industrial design.
He has worked as a professor at CÉGEP du Vieux Montréal. As a practical instructor, he led an undergraduate workshop at Université de Montréal and was a guest lecturer at the university’s business school, HEC Montréal.
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.

Prof. Dr. Yongqi Lou, China, Board Member
e: ylou@icsid.org

Yongqi is Professor and Dean of the College of Design and Innovation at Tongji University, Visiting Professor at Aalto University and Politecnico di Milano. He is Vice President of CUMULUS and Vice President of China Industrial Design Association.
Yongqi currently chairs the international advisory board of the University of Applied Arts Vienna, and he serves on the advisory boards of the Alta Scuola Politecnica in Italy, Kolding Design School in Denmark, the DESIS Network, the Platform for Artistic Research in Sweden and the journal Design Issues published by The MIT Press. He has been a keynote or invited speaker at conferences organised by ACMCHI, WDC, BoDW, EU, Design Council, RCA, IIT, Parsons, Aalto and others. He is Founding Executive Editor of She Ji — the Journal of Design, Innovation, and Economics published by Tongji University and Elsevier.
Additionally, he has been a consultant to industry leaders such as Haier, Volvo, Philips, Nokia, Plantagon, Forever, and more. His design and research projects have been exhibited in the Design Museum of Helsinki, the Triennale Design Museum in Milano, the Saint-Etienne Biennale in France, to name just a few.

Ms. Eunjoo Maing, South Korea, Board Member

Eunjoo has been at Korea Institute of Design Promotion (KIDP) since 1995, after a five-year commitment to an NGO in Seoul, which had a passion for building a better society. During her nearly 20 years at KIDP, she has led a variety of teams and divisions and acquired a vast range of experience and expertise. Achievements include the first national Design Census; Korea’s national initiative for recognition of young talents; ‘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; and curating Korean design pavilions for international exhibitions.
Eunjoo currently serves as a director at 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.

Mr. Gilles Rougon, France, Board Member
e: grougon@icsid.org

Gilles is currently Interdisciplinary Design Manager for EDF R&D. By working both with in-house designers and design consultants he is in charge of defining, leading and developing design processes and design added value for research and corporate projects focusing on various energy issues.
Gilles joined EDF, the world’s largest power company operating in Europe, Asia and the U.S.A., in 1999 with a mandate to introduce industrial design to R&D leadership. In 2008 EDF was recognised by a Design Management Europe (DME) award for having implemented a sustainable design approach.
Previously Gilles worked as an industrial designer for PSA Peugeot Citroën and for Gunnebo Group, where in 1998 he re-designed a fire-resistant cabinet whose annual sales target was achieved in three months. He is a founding member of the "designcode" collective of design managers and a board member of both l’Agence pour la promotion de la creation industrielle (APCI) and l’École nationale supérieure des arts décoratifs (ENSAD), and contributes to the promotion of industrial design as a lecturer, a teacher, a writer and a consultant. He holds a Master of Science in Industrial Design as well as a Master of Science in Electrical Engineering.

Dr. Makoto Watanabe, Japan, Board Member

Makoto 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 Industrial Design, Design Management and Design Expert System. He is also a member of the Japan Society for the Science of Design.

Makoto has been Programme Manager for the Service and Product Design Programme as well as Project Leader for the Global Asia Design School Programme at Chiba University since 2007. In 2011, the university named him Vice President of the International Strategy Unit. He has also been a guest professor at Zhejiang University since 2009.

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