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Advisory Board
A panel of international design and innovation experts will advice the Danish Design Centre and Designrådet.

The international advisory board will contribute with vision, input and inspiration for the Danish Design Centre's and Designrådets work and help to identify new opportunities for danish design to create value - for companies and organisations, and worldwide.

The members of the international advisory board are:

  • Banny Banerjee, associate professor, Director of Design & CEO, ChangeLabs, Stanford University
  • Bettina Maisch, Portfolio Manager for Industrial Design Thinking, Siemens
  • Emma Benameur, Head of Programme Design & Member of the Executive Committee, World Economic Forum
  • Frederic Beuvry, Senior Vice President Industrial Design, UI Software & Ergonomics, Schneider Electric
  • Kunlé Adeyemi, architect, designer and founder of NLÉ
  • Lucy Kimbell, director, Innovation Insights Hub at University of the Arts London, Associate Fellow, University of Oxford
  • Manuel Toscano, co-founder and principal, Zago
  • Mariana Mazzucato, professor, Sussex University   
  • Petra Hoelscher, Senior Curator, Neues Samlung
  • Roberto Verganti, professor, Politecnico di Milano

See profiles of the members below:

Banny Banerjee
Banny Banerjee

Banny Banerjee
Banny Banerjee is Professor of Practice at the Stanford School of Earth Energy and Environmental Sciences. He is the founder and Director of the Stanford ChangeLabs, which has been conducting research to develop the theoretical underpinnings and new models towards an advanced innovation methodology, especially directed towards the grand challenges such as climate change and water security. He is also Associate Director of Stanford Change.X, a platform for Transformative Leadership and a member of the World Economic Council’s Global Futures Council on Systems and Platforms.

His area of expertise is innovation methodology for large-scale transformations in the context of complex multi-dimensional challenges. His main focus is on the tension between human and natural systems. The trans-disciplinary nature of his work, which combines design thinking, applied social psychology, behavioural economics, diffusion theory, and resilience theory is leading to the formation of a new type of innovation: “Innovation of Scaled Transformations”. Banny teaches innovation, strategy, and leadership at Stanford University’s d.school, and leads projects in the areas such as energy security, water security, financial inclusion, climate change, biodiversity, organisational transformation, distributed governance, the future of cities, and the Sustainable Development Goals.

He was originally trained as an architect and has graduate degrees in Architecture, Mechanical Engineering and Product Design. Banny has worked across a broad range of disciplines: architecture, structural engineering, adobe architecture appropriate technology for developing economies, energy analysis, software design, product design, industrial design, technology and business strategy, MEMs applications, nanotechnology, furniture design, sustainable design, organisational transformation, and technology strategy and art. In recent years his work has focused on global and regional challenges.

Bettina Maisch
Bettina Maisch

Bettina Maisch
Dr Bettina Maisch is in charge of the Industrial Design Thinking (i.DT) Program at Siemens Corporate Technology (CT). Maisch's holds a PhD in Business Innovation from the University of St. Gallen, Switzerland. She spends 1,5 years doing research at the Center for Design Research at Stanford University funded by the Hasso Plattner Design Thinking Research Program.

Bettina gained working experience in the advertising agency Ogilvy, at the Fraunhofer Institute for Open Communication FOCUS in Berlin and in various research projects at the University of Arts in Berlin, the University of St. Gallen as well as at Stanford University.

Emma Benameur
Emma Benameur

Emma Benameur
Emma Benameur is head of programme design at the World Economic Forum. She leads the design, development and delivery of the Forum’s Annual Meeting in Davos, its Annual Meeting of the New Champions in China, and other major activities.

Emma's job is to ensure that the Forum’s participants – the world’s top business, government and civil society leaders – give and get the most they can in the time they engage in the Forum’s activities. She is passionate about designing meaningful interactions and is currently leading the creation of a centre for interaction excellence at the Forum, helping to build capacity and best practice across the organisation, engaging a network of experts from the world of social science and other human-centred research disciplines. As a member of the Forum’s Executive Committee, Emma is also actively involved in shaping the future strategy of the Forum as a platform for systems leadership.

Previously, Emma was Manager of the Forum’s Global Competitiveness Programme, overseeing 120 partnerships with top academic and research organisations worldwide in an effort to help stimulate and achieve sustained economic progress on a national level. She started her career with the Forum in 2000 in Communications and Public Engagement.

Emma is an IAF Certified Professional Facilitator and is on the advisory board for Save the Children, Geneva. She holds an Executive MBA from Imperial College London, specialising in design, innovation and entrepreneurship, and a Bachelor of Arts from University College London. Born in London to English-Danish parents, Emma now lives in Geneva with her husband and their 9-month-old son.

Frédéric Beuvry
Frédéric Beuvry

Frédéric Beuvry
Frédéric Beuvry is Senior Vice President of the Industrial Design Department at Schneider Electric Group. He is in charge of implementing the Group’s design strategy, drafting design standards and setting up a new department spanning six design studios (Grenoble, Boston, Adelaide, Bangalore, Shanghai and Monterey) as well as a software design department in Grenoble. Frédéric’s objective is to forge a strong, comprehensive and unified image that expresses the Group’s core values and to develop original, uncompromising and respected ergonomics.

Frédéric has previously held the position of Vice President of Corporate Design for all Group brands at Groupe SEB, in charge of redefining the brand identity, and of Industrial Design Director at Merloni Group, developing a design strategy that brought the group back into the number 2 spot in the French market in just two years.

Frédéric is involved with a number of other activities, such as Mission Design France where he is a member of the “Collège des Designers” board and has worked on the DGCA Collection Design “Capsules du Design” project. Frédéric is an adjunct professor at Sciences Po (Communication Master’s program), ENCP, ENSCI and Central Lyon.

Kunlé Adeyemi
Kunlé Adeyemi

Kunlé Adeyemi
Kunlé Adeyemi is an architect, designer and urban researcher. His notable work includes ”Makoko Floating School”, an innovative prototype floating structure located on the lagoon heart of Lagos, Nigeria. This acclaimed project is part of an extensive research ’African Water Cities’ being developed by NLÉ - an architecture, design and urbanism practice founded by Kunlé in 2010, focusing on developing cities and communities. NLÉ recently launched MFS II – a new, improved iteration of Makoko Floating School for ’Waterfront Atlas’ - at this year’s La Biennale di Venezia and was awarded the Silver Lion. Other projects include Chicoco Radio Media Center - an amphibious community building in Port Harcourt, Nigeria, ROCK - Lakefront Kiosk in Chicago, USA, CDL Micro nance Bank in Lagos, Nigeria and Serpentine Summer House at the Royal Kensington Gardens in London, UK.

Before founding NLÉ, Kunlé worked for OMA, where he led the design, development and execution of high profile projects such as the Shenzhen Stock Exchange tower in China, the Qatar National Library, and Prada Transformer in Seoul.

Alongside his professional practice, Kunlé is an international speaker and a thought leader on shaping architecture and urban solutions that are closer to societal, environmental and economic needs. He is a multiple award winner, serving as a juror for the 2014 AIA award and 2016 RIBA international Prize. He holds an honorary doctorate degree in Architecture and has taught at several institutions including Cornell University and an Adjunct Associate Professor at the Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation, Columbia University, New York.

Lucy Kimbell
Lucy Kimbell

Lucy Kimbell
Lucy Kimbell is Director of the Innovation Insights Hub and Professor of Contemporary Design Practices at University of the Arts London. She has written widely on design thinking and service design. Before joining UAL Lucy was AHRC research fellow in Policy Lab in the Cabinet Office in the UK government and Principal Research Fellow at the University of Brighton where in addition she jointly led projects for the AHRC around social design.

Previously Lucy was Clark Fellow in Design Leadership at Said Business School, University of Oxford for five years, where she remains an associate fellow teaching design thinking on the MBA. Lucy co-founded one of the UK’s first digital arts groups and went on to work in digital innovation consultancy before joining academia. Lucy’s book Service Innovation Handbook was published in 2014.

Manuel Toscano
Manuel Toscano

Manuel Toscano
Principal, Zago - Faculty at SVA Products of Design, Lecturer at Parsons School of Design. Manuel Toscano helps his clients bridge business and design by combining an expertise in innovation with compelling visual storytelling. In 1998 he joined New York design firm Zago. Under his leadership the studio broadened its scope of services, leveraging design, visual media, and digital innovation to reach target audiences and foster environmental, cultural, and social change. Zago’s clients include Fortune 500 companies, international nonprofits, start-ups and global brands.

Manuel, who was born in Chile and holds an Italian citizenship, has lived in the Soviet Union, Italy, Spain, Switzerland and the United Kingdom, before relocating to the United States. Manuel studied photography at the Corcoran College of Art in Washington and later received his masters at the School of Visual Arts (SVA) in New York. He served in the communications advisory board at Human Rights Watch, on the board of the photo agency VII, and as National Director of Social Engagement for Design for Good at the AIGA. He is currently a faculty member in the Products of Design masters program at SVA, and guest lecturer at Parsons School of Design in the Transdisciplinary Masters Program.

Mariana Mazzucato
Mariana Mazzucato

Mariana Mazzucato
Mariana Mazzucato (PhD) holds the RM Phillips chair in the Economics of Innovation at SPRU in the University of Sussex. Her book ”The Entrepreneurial State: debunking public vs. private sector myths” (Anthem 2013; US edition Public A airs, 2015) was on the 2013 Books of the Year list of the Financial Times. Professor Mazzucato is the winner of the 2014 New Statesman SPERI Prize in Political Economy, the 2015 Hans-Matthöfer-Preis and in 2013 the New Republic called her one of the "3 most important thinkers about innovation".

She advises policy makers around the world on innovation-led growth and is currently a member of the Scottish Government’s Council of Economic Advisors; the World Economic Forum’s Council on the Economics of Innovation and SITRA’s (Finnish Innovation Fund) Advisory Panel. She is currently working on two major research projects funded by the European Commission’s Horizon 2020 programme and on research commissioned by organisations including NASA, the European Space Agency and the Brazilian Ministry of Science and Technology.

She is co-editor of a new book, ”Rethinking Capitalism: Economics and Policy for Sustainable and Inclusive Growth” (Wiley Blackwell, July 2016), and is currently writing ”The Value of Everything”, which will be published by Penguin’s Allen Lane in Spring 2017.

Petra Hoelscher
Petra Hoelscher

Petra Hölscher
Dr Petra Hölscher studied Art History, Romance Languages, German Literature and Industrial Anthropology at the Christian-Albrechts-University in Kiel. In 1999 she initially worked at the Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden (State Art Collections Dresden), before moving to Munich to join the Bayerische Verwaltung der staatlichen Schlösser Gärten und Seen (State Department for Bavaria’s castles, parks and lakes). In Dresden, she was responsible for the main exhibition „Jugendstil in Dresden. Aufbruch in die Moderne“ at the Castle in 1999 and in Munich for the exhibition „Pracht und Zeremoniell. Die Möbel der Residenz München“ at the Munich Residence in 2002.

In November 2002 she assumed her current position as a curator, since 2007 senior curator, at Die Neue Sammlung – The Design Museum (www.die-neue-sammlung.de). In this position has created exhibitions and a publication about international Industrial Design and studio jewellery, along with numerous co-authored articles and books. She is also responsible for the museum’s acquisitions in both fields. In 2005 she was invited to give lectures on design history at the Ludwig-Maximilians-University Munich which is still going on, and between 2009–2011 she was also asked by the Georg-Simon-Ohm-Hochschule in Nuremberg to teach.

At the moment she is working on design and design history in South Korea, accompanied by a presentation during the Munich Creative Business Week (MCBW), as well as an exhibition about the studio jewellery artist Tone Vigeland – both exhibitions will be shown at Pinakothek der Moderne in 2017 .

Roberto Verganti
Roberto Verganti

Roberto Verganti
Roberto Verganti is Professor of Leadership and Innovation at Politecnico di Milano, where he teaches in the School of Management and the School of Design, and directs MaDe In Lab, the laboratory on the MAnagement of DEsign and INnovation. He has been a visiting scholar at the Harvard Business School twice, at the Copenhagen Business School and at the California Polytechnic University. Roberto serves on the European Design Leadership Board of the European Commission and as an advisor to Carlos Moedas, the European Commissioner for Research, Science and Innovation.

His research on management of design and design clusters has been awarded the Compas- so d’Oro (the most prestigious design award in Italy). Roberto is the author of “Design-Driven Innovation”, Harvard Business Press, 2009, selected by BusinessWeek as one of the Best Design and Innovation Books of 2009, and by the Academy of Management for the George R. Terry Book Award as one of the best 6 books published in 2008 and 2009. His new book is “Overcrowded. Designing Meaningful Products in a World Awash with Ideas”, with MIT Press.

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