Montreal (Canada) – The International Council of Societies of Industrial Design (Icsid) is pleased to announce the review panel for the 2015-2016 iteration of the World Design Impact Prize. Comprised of five international experts, this voluntary working group will determine the shortlist on which the Icsid Membership will vote in order to select the winner. Nominations for the 2015-2016 Prize are currently being accepted at until 29 July 2015.

This multidisciplinary panel will be able to draw expertise from a number of fields such as engineering, architecture and urbanism, business, art, international development as well as the design professions in their evaluation of the nominated projects. Panel work will commence after the official nominations are announced on 11 August and conclude in September.

“The World Design Impact Prize relies on the support of talented and conscientious people to help raise awareness of design driven innovation that enhances our quality of life,” said Icsid President Dr. Brandon Gien. “These five experts bring with them just such talent and a desire to put society first. By participating in this panel, they remind us of the need for design to have a real impact in the world.”

The 2015-2016 World Design Impact Prize review panel members are (in alphabetical order):

Dr. Mariana Amatullo

Co-Founder and Vice President, Designmatters Department, Art Center College of Design (USA)

A practitioner-scholar, Dr. Amatullo oversees the award-winning portfolio of Designmatters educational and research collaborations in art and design education and social innovation. Amatullo is the recipient of the inaugural 2012 DELL Social Innovation Education award, was named to Fast Company’s Co. Design 50 Designers Shaping the Future, and the Public Interest Design 100. Amatullo holds a PhD in Management from the Weatherhead School of Management, Case Western Reserve University, where she is a Scholar-in-Residence. Her research focuses on the impact of design in social innovation and organisational practice. She holds an M.A. in Art History and Museum Studies from USC and a Licence en Lettres Degree from the Sorbonne University, Paris.

Dr. Krista Donaldson

CEO, D-Rev (Canada-USA)

Krista Donaldson has driven innovation in product design, engineering, and international development for more than 15 years. As the CEO of D-Rev, Krista has led the design and scaling of medical devices focused on closing global health inequities. D-Rev’s first product Brilliance, radically affordable treatment for babies with severe jaundice, launched in late 2012 and to date has treated more than 60 000 at-risk newborns in 29 low-income countries. D-Rev is one of the few nonprofits to have been recognised by Fast Company as one of the World’s Most Innovative Companies, and by the World Economic Forum as a Technology Pioneer. Fast Company has called Krista one of 50 Designers Shaping the Future of Design.

She has a PhD from Stanford University focused on design in the context of international development, and has previously worked at the design firm IDEO in Palo Alto, Kickstart in Nairobi, and the US Department of State in Washington DC and Baghdad.

Dr. Ashley Hall

Professor of Design Innovation, Innovation Design Engineering School of Design, Royal College of Art (United Kingdom)

Ashley Hall is Professor of Design Innovation in Innovation Design Engineering at the Royal College of Art where he is head of Experimental Design, the GoGlobal project and IDE research. He studied furniture design at Nottingham Trent University and the RCA, receiving his M.A. in 1992. His doctoral research at the University of Technology in Sydney centred on exploring cultural transfer between diverse socio-spatial groups in a number of collaborative practice based experimental design projects. He is also a founding partner of Diplomat, a furniture and product design consultancy.

Ashley has lectured and run interdisciplinary cross-cultural design projects in China, Israel, Japan, Palestine, Thailand, Korea, Norway, Australia, India, Mali and Ghana. He now directs IDE research and the MPhil/Doctoral programme alongside the experimental design strand that he initiated and developed to explore fundamental innovations led by experimental design thinking for a wide range of outputs from new materials and technologies and product applications through to the future of making, sustainability and social enterprises.

Ms. Younghee Jung

Explorer / Design research and innovation consultant (South Korea)

Younghee Jung is an explorer of culture and wisdom of everyday living, with a particular interest in reflecting her learning on how manmade objects or systems influence human behaviours and interactions. An interaction designer by education, her work has largely centred on developing insights, prototypes, and exploratory concept sketches. She currently works as independent consultant for design research and innovation, after having worked for global corporations including Microsoft, Nokia, Oracle, and IBM for 17 years. Previously a nomadic worker in Seoul, Pittsburgh, New York, Redwood City, Helsinki, Tokyo, London, and Bangalore, she is currently based in London. She earned a Master of Design in Interaction Design from Carnegie Mellon University as a Fulbright scholar, and a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Design from Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST).

Mr. Sérgio Póvoa Pires

President, Institute for Research and Urban Planning of Curitiba – IPPUC (Brazil)

Sérgio Pires holds a bachelor in Architecture and Urbanism from the Federal University of Paraná and is President of the Institute for Research and Urban Planning of Curitiba (IPPUC), a municipal institution responsible for the city’s urban planning and development. He has spent his career elaborating architectural and urban projects and programs of urban and economic development for the city of Curitiba (Brazil). His work focuses on creating a new identity to the city: more human, participative and innovative. By following sustainable development principles and through integrated planning and management, the goal is to promote a better quality of life while preserving the natural and cultural heritage of the city. In addition to being a published author and international lecturer, Sérgio is also a watercolour artist and an award-winning jewellery designer.