Bacus Boo has 24 years of experience in the multi-disciplinary design industry. He has curated numerous international exhibitions in Milan, New York, Paris, Cologne such as Animal Farm, Light Play, Planaroids and The New Orientales. In 2012, he founded SingaPlural, as the anchor event of Singapore Design Week to promote Singapore and Asia design talents to the world.
Beatrice Leanza is an independent curator and art critic based in Beijing since 2002, she earned an MA in Asian studies from CA’Foscari University (Venice) specializing in the history of Asian art. She is also the founder of BAO Atelier and associate curator at Manchester Centre for Contemporary Chinese Art. Most recently she was one of 4 curators of the Shanghai Art & Design Biennale 2016.
Currently the Executive Director of Taiwan Designers’ Week, Chiu was previously the project manager of Taiwan Designers’ Week, contract lecturer at the Department of Industrial Design at Da-Yeh University, and graphic designer of Recast Branding Design.
Michela is in charge of the definition of the five years strategic plan for d3 and lead new strategic initiatives and partnership development with key organizations. Within Tecom Group, Michela was previously Head of Strategy at Tecom Group ICT and Media Clusters, heading up TMT industries development initiatives. She is very passionate about entrepreneurship, social media and design. Previously she was a Management Consultant in the Communication, Media and Technology practice, she developed extensive experience in launching new communication products and services, defining content strategy across different digital platforms and business development activities, with experience across Europe, Australia, Latin America and the Middle East.
Graduated with a Master Degree in Architecture from University of Cambridge, Prof. Eric C. Yim is an UK-registered architect, furniture designer, industrialist and a professor in School of Design of Hong Kong Polytechnic University. Professor Yim also serves as Chairman of Hong Kong Design Centre, Chairman of Design Council of Hong Kong and Chairman of Hong Kong Furniture & Decoration Trade Association…etc.
Fancisco Torres is the founder of Design Days Mexico, the INOUT Designers platform and design gallery Ediciones Jalapa. Having worked in Switzerland, Paris, and New York, Francisco Torres has won numerous design awards and nominations. He currently teaches at the CENTRO University in Mexico City.
Currently the International Projects Manager of Dutch Design Week, Ingrid van der Wacht is the ambassador of Design for Europe, and was project manager for PROUD Europe and Design Management Europe (FP7). Often invited to give speeches around the world, Ingrid focuses on design projects that aim to solve problems the world faces today.
Having a degree in finance and worked in public sector before joining Thailand Creative and Design Center (TCDC) in 2008, Inthanphan Buakeow’s past experience was mainly in policy development for real sector. He currently manages a branch that aims to promote design thinking to modernize on top of local culture, craftsmanship, and creativity. Additionally, the center supports improving capabilities and network of creative business in Chiang Mai.
Jaime has founded Design Week Mexico (DWM) in 2009, since then DWM has become a major city event that gathers around 100,000 visitors each year. DWM has won the nomination and will host World Design Capital representing Mexico City in 2018. He is also the founder of Blend Design and Molt, two retail and concept stores committed in showcasing and presenting works by designers, companies and lifestyle selection. Jaime is a firm believer that Design is one of the most important values and disciplines that will change and improve quality of life all around the world.
Janson Hews is the head of programs at Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences (MAAS) in Sydney, and has been the festival director of Australia’s oldest design show, Sydney Design Festival. Specializing in organizing large-scale public events focused on the creative industries. Janson has also worked at V&A Museum in London, where he was managing various educational activities and public events.
Kari Korkman, M.Sc. (Econ.), is the founder and director of Helsinki Design Week. He has been involved in a large number of product development projects and launches since the beginning of the 90s and has produced and curated a number of design exhibitions and events. Kari has received much recognition for his achievements in the design business and for activating city culture. Kari spends his spare time racing with his old wooden sailboat named Raili.
Margriet Vollenberg is the founder of design studio Organisation in Design and art director of various exhibitions including Ventura Lambrate. Graduated from the Design Academy Eindhoven, She has worked as a designer for the exclusive jewelry brand, now she gives presentations and advises numerous institutions and companies such as “Pilot cultural entrepeneurship” of Creative Industries Fund NL, CrowdyHouse, and St Lucas School of Arts Antwerp.
Maya Dvash has been the director of Design Museum Holon since 2009, responsible for exhibition curating and museum operation. Maya Dvash has also curated 8 large exhibitions between 2007 and 2011, constantly working with designers from around the world for research, interview, and editing.
Currently the director of D’Days, Scott Longfellow is an active curator of design exhibitions. He has been the curator of Le Dessein du Geste in Paris. Concerned with possibility of innovation between traditional industries and designers, Longfellow has also established a fair trade apparel brand in Paraguay.
Will is Deputy Director of designjunction. During his two years working on the cutting-edge design show, Will has moved the flagship London show to two new locations, including a permanent home at King’s Cross; launched a New York edition; and run a successful Milan satellite. Previously, Will launched Tom Dixon’s critically acclaimed MOST event in Milan. The National Museum of Science and Technology was turned into a destination for design, technology and production. Will has also worked in the public sector, running the British Council’s touring design exhibitions; and re-branding the Culture Diary for the Greater London Authority and the GREAT campaign at 10 Downing Street.
Current a board member of Tokyo Design Week. As an architect, cultural consultant, and scholar, he is also the founding director of Tokyo Wonder Site, and has previously worked as Counselor held a post in the government’s cultural department, assisting with the promotion of Tokyo’s cultural policies.