Thursday, 07 March 2019 09:29

curitiba keynote Leonardo Castillo

Leonardo Castillo, Colombian born designer from the National University of Colombia (1994). He has extensive experience in product and service design and development, with emphasis on innovation, design and sustainability. In Japan, he worked as a researcher in the field of Computer Human Interaction design at the Kyoto Institute of Technology, (1997-1999). He completed his Master's in Architecture (2001) and PhD studies (2004) at the School of Human and Environmental Studies, both at Kyoto University. After a short internship at United Nations University he moved to Brazil in 2014. He has been a consultant in design innovation for several organizations. He participated in projects for Positivo, Nokia, The Brazilian Ministry of Education, Coca-Cola, and Fiat. He was a postdoctoral fellow in the field of Design and Innovation for Sustainability at TU.Delft University, in the Netherlands(2011-2012). He currently lives in Recife, Brazil, where he is Professor at the Design School, Federal University of Pernambuco, UFPE, and Professor of design at the Center for Advanced Studies of Recife, CESAR. He is the head of the Research Group on Innovation, Design and Sustainability. His research interests are Design for Sustainability, Service Design and Interaction Design.

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Tuesday, 05 March 2019 14:54

mexico keynote Julio Frías Peña

Julio Frías Peña, Graphic Communicator form the ENAP now FAD. He obtained his PH.D. in the area of innovation at Nottingham University in England. During his stay in that country he researched about innovation in products and services at the University of Cambridge and in the summer of 2005, due to the importance of his doctoral research he received a scholarship from the Sloan School of the MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology) . He completed his Masters in Design at Tama Bijutsu Daigaku in Tokyo Japan, and a specialty at Tokyo Zokei Daigaku. In 2015 he was recognized for a research stay at the Design Center of Stanford University. It has a published book, several book chapters and more than fifty refereed, disseminated and indexed articles. He has won the A! Prize and the Quorum prize, as well as collaborating within the design teams that won the Good Design Award. His PhD thesis was selected among the best PhD theses in England. He has been a guest member of the Intersectorial Committee for Innovation of the Federal Government. He was a member of the editorial board of the FAD-UNAM and editorial adviser of the newspaper Reforma. He is a professor of Strategic Design in the postgraduate course in Arts and Design, as well as in the Master's Degree in Industrial Design, both graduate programs from the UNAM. He is currently the Postgraduate Coordinator of Arts and Design and President of the National Design Award: Diseña México, formerly the Quorum Prize.

His research lines are: strategic design, entrepreneurship, innovation, sustainable development, education for design and design policies.

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Monday, 04 March 2019 13:28

beijing keynote Professor Xiaobo Lu

Professor Xiaobo Lu 

Dean of Academy Arts & Design, Tsinghua University.

Dean of Tsinghua Arts & Design Institute in Milan.

Chairman of the Steering Committee for Education and Instruction for Design Majors, Ministry of Education of the People’s Republic of China.

Teaching course:

<Design, Values and Experiences>, <Information Art and Trends of Design>

Main Academic Opinions:

The development trend of the information society will promote the fundamental reform of the design discipline, and the immaterial information will become the noumenon of the design. Under the new circumstance, it is necessary to innovate Design at all levels to maintain the continuous sustainability of this discipline. Therefore, it is necessary to reconstruct not only design methods and procedures, but also design theories, design thinking, aesthetic paradigm and design evaluation criteria.

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Thursday, 28 February 2019 17:02

milan keynote Dr h.c. Walter R. Stahel

Has been founder-director of the Product-Life Institute (Switzerland), the oldest established consultancy in Europe devoted to developing sustainable strategies and policies, since 1983. From 1986 to 2014, he was also director of risk management research of the Geneva Association. In 1971, he graduated from ETH Zurich with an MA in architecture; has been Visiting Professor, Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences, University of Surrey, since 2005; a full member of the Club of Rome since 2013. He was awarded degrees of Doctor honoris causa by the University of Surrey (2013) and l’Université de Montréal (2016). In 1982, with ‘The Product-Life Factor’, he won a Mitchell Prize in Houston, TX; In 1978, together with Peter Perutz, he won a first prize in the competition of the German Future's Society, Berlin, with a paper on unemployment, occupation and profession.His ‘corner’ books are ‘Jobs for Tomorrow, the Potential for substituting manpower for energy’ (1981) and ‘The Performance Economy’ (2010).

Spotlight on current activity:

Promoting the understanding of the structure of an economy in loops and its drivers and obstacles (circular industrial economy); spreading the knowledge about the competitiveness of a performance economy selling goods and molecules as a service; and identifying the levers to speed up the shift from a linear industrial economy managing flows to an economy managing stocks; through workshops, lectures and policy groups; member of the Coordination Group of the European Circular Economy Stakeholder Platform of EESC and the European Commission.

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Thursday, 28 February 2019 17:00

bangalore keynote Poonam Bir Kasturi

Poonam Bir Kasturi trained as an industrial designer and graduated in 1985. Her current project, called “Daily Dump – Compost at Home” began in 2006 April. So she spends her time figuring out the best way to get everyone to compost at home, make friends with maggots, and understand that having a clean city starts with how you throw away waste daily. The word “Sustainable” in her head is all about understanding the patterns of interconnectedness. Her previous work in the small-scale industry, crafts, and design education all inform her current project.

She enjoys the mundane and knows there are lots of things she does not understand, especially the idea of the imaginary number. She is the recipient of different awards, which is supposed to be a good thing people tell her, in truth, she is not so sure. She loves her family, likes sketching, enjoys being 56 and is inspired by many people who have helped her make sense of the world.

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Thursday, 28 February 2019 15:40

cape town keynote Angus Donald Campbell

Angus Donald Campbell is the Head of Department and Senior Lecturer at the Department of Industrial Design, Faculty of Art, Design and Architecture (FADA) at the University of Johannesburg (UJ). He is a qualified industrial designer with a Masters degree and over 15 years of university lecturing, research and freelance design experience. His design research focuses on innovation at the nexus of social, ecological and technological systems within the South African context. This is evidenced through multiple publications, conference papers and postgraduate student supervision.

Campbell’s Masters in Industrial Design (Technikon Witwatersrand, 2003) focused ondeveloping new stylistic possibilities for African product design inspired by African cultural heritage and foregrounded his current transdisciplinary Doctorate in Development Studies (UJ) focused on technology innovation by small-scale urban farmers in Johannesburg. He is a co-founder and coordinator of the Design Society Development (DSD) DESIS Lab heading up the lab's LOCAL Design in the Global Southresearch focus area. He was a co-founder of the Izindaba Zokudla (Conversations about Food) project focused on innovation in Soweto’s food system, and was a board member of the Museum of African Design (MOAD), before it closed in 2017. For more information please visit:


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