Selection Committee

Every term, five international experts in the fields of design, urban planning, and economic and social development are named to the WDC Selection Committee.

Their final selection is based on a number of criteria, including the ways in which citizens benefit from the use of design in city planning, the capacity to organize and finance a year-long programme of design events, the mobilization and participation of the wider design community and large sectors of the population and visitors, and the fostering of a wider dialogue on urban revitalization strategies.

Click here to see a list of past committees.

WDC 2020 Selection Committee


Stéphanie Allard
Associate Vice-President – Sales & Convention Services, Tourisme Montréal

Stéphanie Allard is Associate Vice-President at Tourisme Montréal (TM), Montréal’s Visitors and Convention Bureau. Before joining TM in February 2017, Ms. Allard held the Position of Vice-President – International Organizations at Montréal’s economic development agency, Montréal International, from 2009 to 2016.

An economist by training, Ms. Allard is a seasoned international business development strategist and former Canadian diplomat. Ms. Allard’s past assignments abroad include the positions of Canadian Ambassador to El Salvador; Political Counselor & Coordinator for Canada’s Participation in the 2008 G8 Summit at the Canadian Embassy in Moscow, Russia; Consul, Senior Trade Commissioner & Deputy Head of Mission at the Canadian Consulate General in Milan, Italy, and Trade Counsellor & Deputy Head of Mission in Bogota, Colombia.

Emilio Cabrero
Co-founder, C Cúbica Arquitectos and Design Week Mexico

Emilio Cabrero studied Architecture at Anáhuac University in Mexico City. In 1990, he founded the multidisciplinary firm C Cúbica Arquitectos with his partners Andrea Cesarman and Marco Coello. C Cúbica conceptualized the first Center for Architecture and Design in Mexico City (CAD) and opened their showroom Artelinea. In 2009, Emilio with Andrea, Marco and Jaime Hernández established Design Week Mexico to promote design and creativity as key change makers for social, economic and cultural development. DWM offers a wide range of proposals, exhibitions, conferences, installations and documentaries that generate dialogue between professionals, students and the general public. The Government of Mexico City and Design Week Mexico bid for and won Icsid’s World Design Capital designation for 2018. Through WDC 2018, DWM seeks to promote “responsible design for the city”.


Zach Caceres
Executive Director, Startup Cities Institute

Zach Caceres is Executive Director of the Startup Cities Institute, which promotes a new approach to urban rehabilitation, governance, and development where neighborhoods compete and collaborate as startup enterprises. He is formerly the Director of the Michael Polanyi College at Universidad Francisco Marroquín. Currently, he is developing an online video game, Startup Cities Online, where players collaborate to rebuild a blighted city by rebuilding neighborhoods one building at a time.

Mugendi M’Rithaa
WDO President
Professor, Industrial Design, Cape Peninsula University of Technology

Prof. Mugendi K. M’Rithaa is an industrial designer, educator and researcher at the Cape Peninsula University of Technology. He studied in Kenya, the USA, India and South Africa and holds postgraduate qualifications in Industrial Design and Higher Education, as well as a doctorate in Universal Design. He is widely traveled and has taught in Kenya, Botswana, South Africa and Sweden and is passionate about various expressions of socially conscious (and responsible) design, including: Designerly Strategies for Mitigating Climate Change; Design for Social Innovation and Sustainability; Distributed Renewable Energy; Indigenous Knowledge Systems; Participatory Design; and Universal Design.

Mugendi has a special interest in the pivotal role of design thinking in advancing the developmental agenda primarily on the African continent. He is associated with a number of international networks focusing on design within industrially developing (or majority world) contexts. Mugendi is also Africa’s first President of the World Design Organization™, formerly known as the International Council of Societies of Industrial Design. Much of his work focuses on the importance of WDO in supporting the aspirations of younger designers worldwide.

Andrew Tuck
Founding Editor, Monocle
Radio Host, The Urbanist, Monocle 24

Andrew Tuck is the founding editor of the global magazine Monocle and is the host of The Urbanist, the Monocle 24 radio show dedicated to making better cities. The programme has explored such themes as how to run a city hall, gentrification, Olympic city legacies and green space, and has featured interviews with the world’s leading urban thinkers and mayors. Andrew is also the editor of The Monocle Book Collection, including The Monocle Guide to Better Living, and the ever-expanding Travel Guide Series. Prior to joining Monocle, Andrew was the executive editor of the Independent on Sunday newspaper in the UK and also ran their Sunday and Saturday magazines.