review Panel

Nominated projects for the World Design Impact Prize are reviewed by a panel of five multidisciplinary experts from various fields, including design, education, public policy and governance. Collectively, this voluntary working group determines the shortlist, which is then voted on by WDO members to determine finalists and the winner. The review panel for the 2021 cycle is listed below.

Chetan Choudhury
Advisor, Prime Minister’s Office
Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Chetan is a strategy and public policy professional with an extensive background in government and management consulting in US, Canada and UAE, in the areas of innovation, service design, digitization, social entrepreneurship and business transformation. Currently, he is an advisor with the Prime Minister’s Office of the UAE in Dubai where he leads efforts to promote innovative solutions across the federal government. Chetan cofounded and ran a for-profit social enterprise that worked towards improving the quality of education at the bottom of the pyramid in India through a series of innovative programs. Chetan is a frequent speaker and author on technology and innovation and also works with multiple startups as a mentor.


Teresa Franqueira
Designer and Associate Professor, University of Aveiro and International Coordinator, DESIS Network

Teresa Franqueira is a designer and Associate Professor at the University of Aveiro. She is the Director and Scientific Coordinator of the Design Factory Aveiro and the International Coordinator of the DESIS Network – Design for Social Innovation and Sustainability. She is also member of several scientific committees in national and international Design Conferences. Teresa teaches across Europe and Asia and has been the local coordinator of Erasmus + projects for social innovation, circular economy and sustainability. She has been invited as a keynote speaker in national and international conferences and has organised several workshops on Design Thinking Methodologies (Italy, Portugal, Sweden, UK, Finland, Brazil, China, Turkey, Cambodja, Thailand, Myanmar, Malasia, among others). She has been supervising PhD students and Master students within the topics of Design for Social Innovation, Design for Sustainability, Product Design and Service Design.

Wenny Kusuma
Previously country representative,
UN Women
Nepal, Cambodia and Afghanistan

Wenny Kusuma is a social worker who recently retired from the United Nations where she served as country representative of UN Women in Nepal, Cambodia and Afghanistan.  Her work on gender equality focused especially on ending violence against women, on promoting women’s leadership in governance, and on women’s human rights in conflict and post-conflict scenarios.

Don Norman
Founder of the Design Lab
University of California, San Diego

Don Norman is Distinguished Professor (emeritus) and Founder and first Director of the Design Lab at the University of California, San Diego as well as co-founder and first chair of the Cognitive Science Department and prior to that, chair of Psychology. He has been a Vice President of Advanced Technology at Apple and an executive at HP. He is co-founder and principal of the Nielsen Norman group, a member of the National Academy of Engineering, fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, Cognitive Science Society, ACM, Human Factors and Ergonomics Society and the Design Research Society. He has served on numerous company boards, has honorary degrees from Delft, Padua, and San Marino, the lifetime achievement award from ACM’s Computer-Human Interaction group, and the President’s lifetime achievement award from the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society. He has published 20 books translated into 20 languages including Emotional Design and Design of Everyday Things.

Adele Peters
Senior writer
Fast Company

Adele Peters is a California-based senior writer at Fast Company, where she focuses on solutions to some of the world’s largest problems, from climate change to homelessness. Previously, she worked with GOOD, BioLite, and the Sustainable Products and Solutions Program at the University of California-Berkeley’s Haas School of Business, and contributed to the second edition of the bestselling book “Worldchanging: A User’s Guide for the 21st Century.” She studied journalism at the University of Iowa and holds a master’s degree in sustainable leadership from Blekinge Institute of Technology in Sweden.