Regional Advisors & Community Liaisons

Former board members are appointed as Regional Advisors to strengthen WDO’s presence in their region. They are key in leveraging the strength of our international membership, aligning their local design agendas to the aspirations of design for a better world.

The President may also appoint Community Liaisons for the duration of his or her term to provide the Board with an informed voice from a city, country or region. Working closely with the board member responsible for their region, they identify key individuals and resources to empower local design communities and connect them with the organization and its work.

Regional Advisors

ASIA

Kazuo Kimura

Japan Industrial Designers’ Association (JIDA)
Nagoya (Japan)
t: +81 5617 5 2587
e: kazuongo@aol.com

Kazuo Tanaka

President, GK Design
Japan Industrial Designers’ Association (JIDA)
Tokyo (Japan)
e: k-tanaka@gk-design.co.jp

Judit Várhelyi

Professor, Tama Art University, Department of Product Design
BEDA Board member 2014-2016
Board member, Hungarian Design Council 2015-2018
Tokyo (Japan)
e: judit.varhelyi@gmail.com

Tony Chang

Chief Advisor
Taiwan Design Center
Taipei (Taiwan, Chinese Taipei)
t: +886 2 2655 8199 ext.134
e: kmc@tdc.org.tw

Wen-long Chen

Chief Executive Officer
Taiwan Design Center
Taipei (Taiwan, Chinese Taipei)
t: +886 2745 8199 ext.200
e: wenlong@ms1.hinet.net

Europe

Nils Toft

Managing Director, Designidea
Naerum (Denmark)
t: 45 4085 9810
e: nit@designidea.dk

Tapani Hyvönen

Founder
ED-Design Ltd
Helsinki (Finland)
t: + 358 2 6519 6000
e: tapani.hyvonen@ed-design.fi

Anne-Marie Boutin

President
Agence pour la Promotion de la Création Industrielle
Paris (France)
t: +33 1 43 45 04 50
e: amboutin@apci.asso.fr

Fritz Frenkler

Managing Partner
f/p Design GmbH (Germany),
f/p Design Japan Inc.,
Chair of Industrial Design/Technische Universitaet Muenchen (TUM)
Munich (Germany)
t: +49 89 9090 1590
e: ff@fp-design-gmbh.com
w: www.fp-design-gmbh.com

Dieter Rams

Kronberg (Germany)
t: 0172 6743008
e: britte.siepenkothen@t-online.de

András Mengyán

Artist, Designer, Professor
President, Art22 Foundation
Budapest (Hungary)
t: 00 36 20 4599107
e: amengyan@t-online.hu

Pierre-Yves Panis

Chief Designer
Philips Lighting
Amsterdam (The Netherlands)
e: pierreyves.panis@icloud.com

Mary V Mullin

Chairman, Sir Misha Black Awards Committee
Royal College of Art
London (United Kingdom)
t: +44 1 202 764 798
e: mullin.mv@talktalk.net

Michael Thomson

Director
Design Connect
London (United Kingdom)
t: +44 (0) 7980 223 815
e: michael@designconnect.com

North America

Jorge Gómez Abrams

Director
Winn Innovation
Monterrey (Mexico)
t: 521 811 230 6193
e: jorge.abrams@winninnovation.com
e: jorge.abrams@made-id.com

Nils J. Tvengsberg

Cuernavaca (Mexico)
t: +52 7773 15 78 87
e: tvengs@gmail.com

Bruce Claxton

Professor, Design Management
Savannah College of Art & Design
Coral Springs, FL (United States)
t: +1 954 275 5539
e: baclaxton@bellsouth.net

David Kusuma

Vice President
Product Development and R&D Worldwide
Tupperware Brands Corporation
Orlando, FL (United States)
t: +1 407 826 8895
e: davidkusuma@tupperware.com

Gianfranco Zaccai

President
Design Continuum Inc.
West Newton, MA (United States)
t: +1 617 969 54 00
e: gzaccai@continuuminnovation.com

Oceania

Vesna Popovic

Professor in Industrial Design
Queensland University of Technology
School of Design
Brisbane (Australia)
t: +61 7 3138 2669
e: v.popovic@qut.edu.au

Community Liaisons

Africa

Hicham Lahlou

Global designer, interior architect
Casablanca (Morocco)
t: +212 665 89 50 01
e: ceo@hichamlahlou.com

Jamie Abbas

Director of Innovation and Transformation
Aurecon
Cape Town (South Africa)
t: +082 411 7012
e: ajamie@vodamail.co.za

Azza Meknini Ayachi

Industrial Designer, Partner
Tunis (Tunisia)
t: +216 22 222 705
e: azza@dzeta.com.tn

North America

Cristina Guzmán

Universidad de Monterrey
San Pedro (Mexico)
t:+52 81 82 15 14 06
e: cristina.guzman@udem.edu

Oceania

Cathy Veninga

Chief Executive Officer
Designers Institute of New Zealand Inc.
Auckland (New Zealand)
t:+64 9 523 1407
e: cathy.veninga@dinz.org.nz