EXECUTIVE BOARD 2011-2013
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.
|Prof. Soon-in Lee, South Korea, President
Since attending the 1989 Congress in Nagoya, Prof. Lee has worked closely with Icsid to promote better design in Korea and around the globe. He has been a Professor of industrial design and art at Hongik University since 2004, and is also currently the President of the Seoul Design Center where he was in charge of numerous World Design Capital® Seoul 2010 projects. For the past two years Prof. Lee has been the Chief researcher for the 50 Design Culture Scholars and Historian Group, where his research efforts have gone into identifying and preserving the local culture and design identity of Seoul's design heritage.
Soon-in Lee graduated from Hong-ik University in Seoul with a BA in industrial design and a Master of Interior Design and has completed studies at the Pratt-Institute in New York and the Domus Academy in Milan.
|Mr. Brandon Gien, Australia, President-Elect
Mr. Gien is the Managing Director of Good Design Australia and Chair of the Australian International Design Awards (AIDA), Australia's longest standing design awards program. Prior to founding Good Design Australia, Mr. 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 Mr. Gien’s work, AIDA is now widely recognized and respected by Australian business and industry, academia, the government and the general public for its important role in promoting the commercial value of design and for fostering a culture of design, creativity and innovation in Australia.
Mr. Gien studied Mechanical Engineering at the University of Newcastle where he later graduated with a Bachelors Degree in Industrial Design. He is currently undertaking a PhD in Environmental Design at the University of Canberra.
|Ms. Michelle Berryman, United States, board member
Since 1991, Michelle Berryman has worked professionally in both the corporate and consulting worlds designing consumer products, exhibits, interiors, and user interfaces for consumer, medical and industrial products and she has an extensive background in corporate identity as well. Throughout her award-winning design career, Michelle has worked with clients like Coca-Cola, Electrolux, Nike, Siemens, Philips, HP and Cooper Lighting, to extend their brand and build meaningful customer experiences.
Currently, Ms. Berryman is a founding Principal and CEO of Echo Visualization, LCC (EchoViz), a consultancy with an industrial design and user experience focus. She holds a Master of Science (focused on Interaction Design) from Georgia Institute of Technology.
|Mr. Bruce Claxton, United States, board member
Bruce Claxton's career in industrial design has spanned more than three decades, two of which he has dedicated to Motorola. He holds more than 46 US and foreign patents and has been named a "Distinguished Innovator" at Motorola. He currently holds the position of Senior Director of Innovation Design at Motorola Solutions.
Mr. Claxton is a Fellow of the Industrial Designers Society of America, and served as their President from 2003-2004. He is also well known in the international design community having served on UN delegations to China and sponsored several student programs abroad. Bruce Claxton is a graduate of the Cleveland Institute of Art and the Georgia Institute of Technology in Design.
|Dr. Alpay Er, Turkey, board member
Dr. Alpay Er is a professor of Industrial Design at Istanbul Technical University. In his position at ITU, and in cooperation with the Istanbul Chamber of Industry, he implemented the "Industrial Design for SMEs" project. This is the first design support and education program in Turkey directed towards small and medium size enterprises. Since 1992, Alpay Er has been a member of Design Research Society (DRS). He is also actively involved in the Industrial Designers' Society of Turkey (ETMK), serving on the executive committee twice and as Chair of the EMK Istanbul branch. Dr. Er has had academic work published in international journals such as Design Issues and the Journal of Design History.
Alpay Er graduated from the Middle East Technical University (METU) with a BID degree in 1988. He has also completed a PhD at the Manchester Metropolitan University in the UK.
|Mr. Tapani Hyvönen, Finland, board member
Tapani Hyvönen founded Destem Ltd. in 1976 and was the co-founder of ED-Design Ltd in 1990. Currently he is the Chairman of the Board at ED-Design Ltd., concentrating on strategic planning and new business. Through his work, he has served Finnish and internationalcompanies in the electonics, healthcare, sports and transportation industries.
Over the past 25 years, Mr. Hyvönen has been honoured with several awards and has acted as a jury member for many awards and competitions. He is also President of the Finnish Association of Designers Ornamo and a member of the Design Museum Helsinki board. He holds a degree of Industrial Design from the University of Art and Design Helsinki.
|Dr. Mugendi M'Rithaa, South Africa, board member
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).
|Dr. Geetha Narayanan, India, board member
Dr. Geetha Narayanan began her career as a high school teaching in mathematics, art and design. Since 1982, she has founded a not-for-profit trust that owns and manages many educational institutions, from a K-12 international school to a college of art, design and technology that is on the verge of being given university status. In her position of Founding Director of Srishti School of Art, Design & Technology she is active in promoting new media art in fields such as synthetic biology as well as performance and communication.
Dr. Narayanan holds a Master of International Education and an Honourary Doctorate from Oxford Brookes University in the UK.
|Mr. Kohei Nishiyama, Japan, board member
Kohei Nishiyama is CEO and Co-Founder of elephant design co., ltd. and Founder of CUUSOO.com, an online platform, which collects users' ideas and turns them into real products. Nishiyama's strong interests in innovation, new technology, design, and robotics coupled with his "thinking outside the box" attitude have lead him to become an expert in the fields of innovation management, new product development, and design management. One of his most recent project is miteco.co, a user generated online travel guide reflecting diverse views through the co-creation by foreign travelers and Japanese locals.
Prior to founding elephant design and CUUSOO.com, Nishiyama was a consultant at McKinsey & Company, where he primarily handled new product development projects.
He is a graduate of the University of Tokyo and the Kuwasawa Design School, where he studied product design.
|Mr. Pierre-Yves Panis, France, board member
Mr. Panis is Design Vice-President for Legrand, one of the world's leading manufacturers of electrical systems, where he coordinates four international design teams located in France, Italy, China and the United States. Prior to this Mr. Panis worked in Zimbabwe, where he founded and managed Design Co Operation (DCO), a non-profit design structure aimed at improving urban informal sector production. Mr. Panis has also worked at Moen, as Principal Designer, and in consultancies in Paris and New York. 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. Nils Toft, Denmark, board member
Starting his career as an industrial designer, Nils Toft joined the former Christian Bjørn Design in 1987, an internationally operating design studio in Copenhagen with branches in Beijing and Ho Chi Minh City. Within a few years, Nils became a partner of CBD and as managing director, ran the enterprise.
Today Mr. Toft is the founder and managing director of Designidea. With offices in Copenhagen and Beijing, Designidea operate in the following key fields: communication, consumer electronics, computer, agriculture, medicine, and graphic arts as well as projects in design-strategy, graphic and exhibition design.
Nils Toft graduated as an architect and designer from the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts in Copenhagen in 1985. He also holds a Master's degree that focuses on Industrial Design and Business Development.