Selection Committee

Seven international experts have been appointed to the WDC 2024 Selection Committee.

WDO leverages their expertise in the fields of design, urban planning, and economic and social development to assess the applications received from cities vying for the WDC designation. The WDC Selection Committee vets each bid based on a number of criteria, including the opportunities in which citizens benefit from the use of design in city planning; the city’s capacity to organize and finance a year-long programme of design events; the mobilization and participation of the wider local design community, large sectors of the population and visitors; and the city’s capacity to foster of a wider dialogue on urban revitalization strategies.

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WDC 2024 Selection Committee

Srini Srinivasan

Presently, Srini is the President of WDO (World Design Organization, formerly Icsid), working with its global members to promote design for a better world.

He is the Chairman & CEO of LUMIUM DESIGN, Inc., a Silicon Valley based, world class, award-winning product Design Company that has developed 300+ products in the Consumer Electronics, Medical, Industrial Goods, Security and Surveillance domains. Lumium has design studios in Santa Clara, (USA), Ahmedabad, Kochi & Mumbai (India) and in Tokyo, Japan to execute creative design projects for global clients.

Srini is an Adjunct Professor of Industrial Design at Tongji College of Design & Innovation, Shanghai and also a member of its International Advisory Board. He is on the Advisory Board of Indus Design School, Indus University; and Wellingkar Institute of Management Development & Research, Mumbai, India. In his role as Advisory Board member, Srini helps and mentors technology start-ups as well as educational institutes.

Sasha Alexander
Director of Academic Program Industrial Design
Western Sydney University

Sasha Alexander PhD, Director of Academic Program for Industrial Design Western Sydney University, has industrial design qualifications, and a business doctorate in Value Chains. Local and global experience in new product development in Australia and Europe with research ranging from consumer products and medical devices to design responses for global warming Heat Island Effect in cities. Sasha created Australia’s inaugural design studies Interdisciplinary Space Lab for Astronaut Health and Wellbeing and habitat design for Long Duration Mission: Mars, and Designing for Circular Economy engaging local contextual challenges across select UNSDGs have featured as Sasha’s most recent industry-engaged curriculum innovations. Past roles have included regional President Design Institute of Australia and National Executive, Associate Head of School of Engineering, WDO-ICSID Global Conference Management Committee, Design Award Juror in Australia, Germany and France, WDO Interdesign Management Committee and participant in Sweden and Tasmania, WDO-IBM COVID19 Design Challenge multi-nation team leader, Co-Designing Change in Local Communities, WDC Seoul 2010 Design Challenge Expert Team Leader, and City Gateway Projects (Design, Human Factors and Culture).

Sahar Attia
Emeritus Professor of Architecture and Urban Design
Faculty of Engineering, Cairo University

Dr. Sahar Attia, is an Emeritus Professor of architecture and urban design at the Faculty of Engineering, Cairo University. She has been the Head of the Department of Architecture 2013-2017 in the same institution. She has 40 years of experience practicing urban planning, urban design, and architecture in the academic and professional field. Aside of her teaching and research work at Cairo University, Dr. Sahar is the founder of the Associated Consultants, a multi-disciplinary consulting firm where she practices and studies her assignments contextually in order to design sustainable solutions, with a special focus on sustainable cities. Her research interests include participatory approaches in urban development, urban regeneration, sustainable urbanism , and upgrading the informal areas,  which gave her extensive expertise in dealing with the civil society. She has a wide diversified national and international network: She is currently a member in the Stakeholders Advisory Group Enterprise (SAGE) UN Habitat, she is also the chair of the University Network Initiative -UN Habitat, and member of the steering committee in the World Urban Campaign, and a board member in Ecocity Builders-USA. She is the Co-Editor of: “Dynamics And Resilience Of Informal Areas: International Perspectives” , 2016 , New Cities and Community Extensions in Egypt and the Middle East, 2018, and “Cultural Sustainable Tourism”, all three published by Springer. She contributes as a member of the board of editors in several International Journals .

Marva Griffin
Founder and Curator SaloneSatellite
Salone del Mobile.Milano

Marva Griffin was born in Venezuela, and Milan became her city of adoption when, in the seventies, she started to work in the field of design and furnishing. She began her career as PR communication at C&B Italia (now B&B Italia). She became the correspondent in Italy for Conde Nast Publications. For eight years she organised the textile show “Incontri Venezia-Fabrics for Furnishing” in Venice, Italy. From 1998 she founded and continues to curate SaloneSatellite, a special event within the Milan’s Salone Internazionale del Mobile that represents a showcase for young creative designers and graduate-to-be students from universities and design schools from all over the world.  In 2005 created SaloneSatellite Moscow as an homage to young designers from Russia and former Union Soviet Countries. On November 2016 SaloneSatellite Shanghai began an homage to young designers from China. Both events are held within Salone del Mobile.Milano. In addition, for more than 20 years she’s been directing the International Press Office for Salone del Mobile.Milano. March 2014 was named Expo 2015 WE-Women Ambassador for the 2015 Universal Exhibition hold in the city of Milan. May 2014, she received the Premio COMPASSO D’ORO XXIII ALLA CARRIERA.  December 2016 was named Italian Design Ambassador for conferences on “Italian Design Day” in different cities around the world. On December 7th 2017she has been awarded with the Milan’s most prestigious AMBROGINO D’ORO. Since 2001 she is a member of the Philip Jaohnson Architecture and Design Committee at the Museum of Modern Art (MoMa).

Kengo Kuma
Kengo Kuma and Associates

Kengo Kuma was born in 1954. Before establishing Kengo Kuma & Associates in 1990, he received his Master’s Degree in Architecture from the University of Tokyo, where he is currently a University Professor and a Professor Emeritus. Having been inspired by Kenzo Tange’s Yoyogi National Gymnasium, built for the 1964 Tokyo Olympics, Kengo Kuma decided to pursue architecture at a young age, and later entered the Architecture program at the University of Tokyo, where he studied under Hiroshi Hara and Yoshichika Uchida. During his Graduate studies, he made a research trip across the Sahara, exploring various villages and settlements, observing a unique power and beauty. After his time as a Visiting Scholar at Columbia University in New York, he established his office in Tokyo. Since then, Kengo Kuma & Associates has designed architectural works in over twenty countries and received prestigious awards, including the Architectural Institute of Japan Award, the Spirit of Nature Wood Architecture Award (Finland), and the International Stone Architecture Award (Italy), among others. Kengo Kuma & Associates aims to design architecture which naturally merges with its cultural and environmental surroundings, proposing gentle, human scaled buildings. The office is constantly in search of new materials to replace concrete and steel, and seeks a new approach for architecture in a post-industrial society.

Gisele Raulik Murphy

Gisele Raulik Murphy is PhD in public policies for design and innovation, and has worked for design promotion programmes in South America and Europe. In Brazil, she helped to establish the Brazil Design Center (CBD), and, while working for Design Wales she established the EU funded SEE project, a collective of European design organisations to share experiences and expertise in policies for design and innovation. Gisele is a founding partner of the design management and policy consultancy DUCO Design Intelligence. She currently acts at the Innovation Advisory Team at Celepar – the Paraná State Technology Company in Brazil, where she has been advising on the State Innovation Policy as well as on the digitalization of public services programme. Gisele is Vice-President of the Design Professional Association PróDesignPr, Chevening Alumni Ambassador and a Board Member at Centro Brazil Design.

Richard Voyles
 Daniel C. Lewis Professor of the Polytechnic IN-MaC Manufacturing Fellow,
Purdue Polytechnic

With expertise in electrical engineering, mechanical engineering and computer science, Dr. Voyles’ research interest include novel robotic mechanisms, sensors, self-adaptive software, real-time control, and gesture-based human/robot interaction. His professional experience includes IBM, Avanti Optics, Integrated Systems and Dart Controls, tenured academic positions at the University of Minnesota, University of Denver, and Purdue University, positions with the federal government including leading the National Robotics Initiative at the National Science Foundation and Assistant Director for Robotics and Cyber-Physical Systems at the Office of Science and Technology Policy at the White House, and Board of Director positions on The Works, Easton Family Foundation, Minnesota Virtual Simulations and Mark V Automation.
His formal training includes the PhD in Robotics from Carnegie Mellon University, MS in Manufacturing Systems Engineering from Stanford University, and BS in Electrical Engineering from Purdue. At Purdue, Prof Voyles studies infrastructure tools for self-adaptation in real-time and embedded systems. He also directs research in miniature robotics for search and rescue, including small crawling ground robots for penetration into rubble, hybrid serpentine robots for moving over rubble, and high-precision UAVs for inspecting rubble and structures from the air.