Our team

Team

Dániel Kozma

Graphic designer

Daniel is a Bregenz based graphic designer from Hungary who graduated from the Royal College of Art, London. He is a founding member of Diaméter, a creative collective.

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Eszter Bircsák

Co-founder and food curator

Eszter is a curator and cultural mediator who is interested in CEE regional creative industry and local movements.

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Maxim Dedushkov

Co-founder and organiser

Maxim is a strategic and organisation designer, entrepreneurial and creative leader. He is mostly interested in interdisciplinary collaboration and creative processes.

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Zsófia Szatmári-Margitai

Service designer

Zsófia is a design strategist, thinker and researcher. She likes like to deal with unknown challenges in creative (design) processes with a set of special skills from business and design fields.

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Alexandra Deschamps-Sonsino

Advisor for Internet of Things

Alexandra is an interaction designer, product designer, entrepreneur based in London. She was named 1st in a list of 100 Internet of Things Influencers (Postscapes, 2016), 2nd in Top 100 Internet of Things Thought Leaders (Onalytica, 2014) and in the Top 100 Influencial Tech Women on Twitter (Business Insider, 2014), Smith & Williamson Power 100 (2017).

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John Thackara

Advisor for sustainability and social innovation

John Thackara is a philosopher, writer and advisor. He helps companies and cities design innovation platforms that benefit all life, not just human life. His most recent book (of 12) is How To Thrive In the Next Economy: Designing Tomorrow's World Today. John curated the celebrated Doors of Perception conference for 20 years, first in Amsterdam, and later in cities throughout India.

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Martyn Evans

Advisor for design research and UK academia

Martyn is a Professor of Design, product designer and design academic with 20 years research, teaching and leadership experience and is Head of Manchester School of Art Research Centre. Interested in the strategic role that design commands in a variety of settings, his research explores the approaches designers use to conceptualise and communicate the future.

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Richard D. Bartlett

Advisor for self-organising

Richard is focussed on new organisational forms that support healthy power relations in groups. He's a cofounder of Loomio, an open source software tool for collective decision-making. He's a member of Enspiral: a decentralised network of people using the tools of business to pursue radical social change. And these days he spends most his time training and coaching people in decentralised organisations with The Hum.

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Roland Harwood

Advisor for open innovation networks and communities

Roland Harwood is a compulsive connector of people and ideas. As a successful serial entrepreneur, he is currently Founder and Director of Liminal, a new venture currently in development. Prior to that he was Co-Founder and Managing Director at 100%Open, the multi award-winning open innovation agency that works with the likes of LEGO, Ford, UBS, Oxfam.

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Sonja Dahl

Advisor for learning programmes

As Head of Innovation Learning Programmes, Sonja is responsible for designing and delivering Nesta’s Innovation Skills programmes for the public and community sectors. Her role involves ensuring a design-led innovation approach is applied across a range of initiatives in Nesta’s skills and capacity building portfolio including the Creative Enterprise Programme, Evidence Masterclass and States of Change.

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Team facilitators and experts

Attila Cosovan

Attila is associate professor at Corvinus University of Budapest, Institute of Marketing and Media, Department of Marketing, Media and Designcommunication and founder of coandco.cc. He is a designer artist, with his company coandco.cc holds several international design awards such as Red Dot. Attila is the author of designcommunication, DIS.CO, complex creative design methodology.

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Balázs Orlai

Freelancer designer. Previously head of the MOME Department of Design, co-founder of Sausagefence! design studio, designer of the iconic hungarian Mustache Ba, P-shaped Bike Parkers and BKV Passenger Information System Designer.

Facilitator

Barbara Predan

Barbara is an assistant professor, theoretician, designer, author, and Design for Europe Ambassador. Co-founder and leader of the department of design theory at the Pekinpah Association, and director of the Ljubljana Institute of Design, an academic research organisation. Since 2010, with Petra Černe Oven, she has been co-editing Zbirka 42, a series of books on design, under the auspices of the Pekinpah Association.

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Bálint Kádár

Associate lecturer at Budapest University of Technology and Economics.

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Cansu Deniz Bayrak

Cansu is an early stage investor for tech for good companies. As senior partner, her focus at BGV is building meaningful partnerships for their portfolio teams and the fund itself. She also supports fundraising efforts for their investment vehicles. She has been involved with early stage ventures as founder, operator, mentor and now investor throughout her career in tech.

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Dana Olarescu

Dana is a performance artist and fashion designer. She is the co-founder of There There, a UK-based performance company whose practice explores contemporary immigration, national identity and exclusion. Their works reflect how governmental decisions affect minority groups, with particular focus on Eastern European nationals.

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David Smilo

Architect, writer, critic and co-founder of paradigma:ariadné. He studied architecture at the Budapest University of Technology and Economics and at the West Hungarian University. He is a former president of Budapest Architecture Student Studio and author of dozen essays, studies and articles in the topic of architecture, urbanism and politics. In his architecture related works he always collaborate with artist, designers and urban thinkers.

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Diego Alatorre Guzmán

Professor at National Autonomous University of Mexico

Professor, researcher and designer, his work portrays the interest to understand the link between creativity and education. With a special curiosity for the interpersonal dynamics elicited by certain objects - like games and other playful artifacts - Diego explores complex social systems through collaborative design. His ideas have been constructed, exposed and debated in different formats from Mexico to Germany.

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Dr John Stevens

Senior Lecturer at Royal College of Art

Dr John Stevens joined the Royal College of Art in 2013 to help launch the new Global Innovation Design MA. John’s research interests concern the application of design methods to emerging contexts of innovation such as service design, multi-disciplinary design and design management, especially applied to social, cross-cultural and humanitarian innovation. This necessarily encompasses the design of products, interactions and systems.

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Dóra Horváth

Dóra is associate professor at Corvinus University of Budapest, Institute of Marketing and Media, head of the Department of Marketing, Media and Designcommunication. Her areas of research include diffusion of new technology in personal communication, designcommunication, co-creation, projective research techniques. Her areas of education involve: strategic and creative planning of marketing communication, design management, advertising management.

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Fanni Csernátony

Fanni Csernátony is addicted to design workshops and co-creation ever since she started studying Product Design in Moholy Nagy University of Art and Design (MOME). She participated and organized several events focusing on creative teamwork. She believes that the design process works best if it involves people with different cultural and professional backgrounds.

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Gosia Rygalik

Gosia graduated from the Design Department at Warsaw’s Academy of Fine Arts (2010 MA). She also studied at the Danmarks Designskole and gained her first professional design experience in Copenhagen. During the studies in Warsaw she was a member of the PG13 platform – responding to experimental design briefs, exhibiting, organizing and taking part in design workshops and competitions as well as industry supported projects.

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Henryk Stawicki

Co-founder of Change Pilots

Helps organizations create products, services and brand scenarios based on design strategies. As a co-founder of design consultancy Change Pilots he offers a unique point of view as both strategist and designer capable of creating measurable, novel solutions. Always brings multicultural perspective thanks to years of practice abroad including New York and London and such organizations as Parsons School of Design and IDEO.

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Ingrid Van der Wacht

Ingrid is a connector, conceptor, communicator with a focus on co/design for people and planet. Over the years she has initiated projects for the use of design as the driver for social innovation, economic growth and sustainable development. She has extensive experience in cross-sectorial partnerships between public authorities, industries, businesses and designers.

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Iria Lopez

Iria's passion is using the power of design processes to transform people's lives. After studying psychology Iria started her career in 2001 working as user researcher / ethnographer (exploring people’s needs in their context of use) working in several private companies in Barcelona. In 2005 she learned how to integrate user/cultural research with design and business processes.

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Joana Braga

Joana is a researcher, architect and intermedial artist. She coordinates and curates Topias Urbanas (Urban Topias), an artistic and urban research project which, combining a processual, collaborative and relational ethos with a discursive and reflexive dimension generates experimental and interrogative cartographies of the multiple layers that compose urban space.

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John Thackara

Writer, Advisor, Speaker

John Thackara is a philosopher, writer and advisor. He helps companies and cities design innovation platforms that benefit all life, not just human life. His most recent book (of 12) is How To Thrive In the Next Economy: Designing Tomorrow's World Today. John curated the celebrated Doors of Perception conference for 20 years, first in Amsterdam, and later in cities throughout India.

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Justyna Turek

Co-founder of Change Pilots

Designer, researcher, and initiator of the ideas. Creates processes, experiences and visual systems that allow brands, organizations, and events communicate integral value offered to their users. Her experience comes from working with design studios, product and service companies as well as design and culture centers in Paris, Helsinki, New York, and across Poland. Passionate about sustainable development, Human-Centered Design, and mindfulness.

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Lewis Greener

Learning Designer and Facilitator

Lewis has worked internationally, across private and public sectors. From community-based outreach to formal youth work, arts outreach and structured programmes, working in roles that foster mutual learning and that can make meaningful change in individuals lives motivates him. Since moving to London 3 years ago he has been working freelance with lots of different projects and clients.

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Marton Szabo

Strategic advisor @ Mito, co-founder, executive director @ Koin.

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Maxim Dedushkov

Founder of Holis School

Maxim is a design expert and strategic designer. He is the founder of HOLIS, co-founder of Hello Wood, an international wood workshop and festival, founder of MOME line, the design agency of the Moholy-Nagy University of Art and Design, founder of MOME ID, a user interface course, co-founder of Dedushkov, an innovation strategy and holistic design firm, founding member of CODEC, the Contemporary Design Collaborative.

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Michala Lipkova

Product Designer, Assistant Professor at Slovak University of Technology in Bratislava

Michala is a designer working along boundaries of product and experience design. She leads commissioned research projects at the Institute of Design at the Slovak University of Technology in Bratislava. Since 2013 she is a managing director of collaborative platform Flowers for Slovakia, focused on promotion of Slovak design abroad. In 2017 she has co-founded hardware startup Benjamin button.

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Miriam Schmalen

Service Designer at Cocomore

Miriam works at the interface of ethnographic research and human-centered design. In her daily work she supports sustained business growth by the development of meaningful brands, services and products. As a freelancer she enables social-governmental institutions to read patterns in complex social systems, identify core-needs and facilitate the development of sustainable, user-centered concepts.

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Natalia Lombardo

Co-owner of Loomio

Co-owner of Loomio, a co-operative social enterprise building tools for collective decision-making. Founder or the Newtown Tool Library. Her background is in community development through local action, permaculture, and creative activism. She helps groups to cultivate collaborative culture through values-driven behaviours. Born in Argentina, living in New Zealand: she’s a bilingual translator that loves to bridge cultures.

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Panni Pais

Co-founder of Cellux Group, designer.

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Richard D. Bartlett

Co-founder of Loomio

One of the cofounders of Loomio, an open source software tool for collective decision-making. He's also a Catalyst at Enspiral: a network of self-organising companies who have been working without bosses since 2010. He's passionate about co-ownership, self-management, collaborative governance, and other ways of sneaking anarchism into respectable places. He writes at medium.com/@richdecibels

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Roland Harwood

Compulsive Connector

Roland Harwood is a compulsive connector of people and ideas. As a successful serial entrepreneur, he is currently Founder and Director of Liminal, a new venture currently in development. Prior to that he was Co-Founder and Managing Director at 100%Open, the multi award-winning open innovation agency that works with the likes of LEGO, Ford, UBS, Oxfam and in 25+ countries around the world to co-innovate with their partners.

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Samu Szemerey

Samu is an architect and urbanist. His areas of specialty are the overlaps of technology, creative industries and the built environment, the media history of architecture and innovation in the design practice. As a consultant and strategist he has organized and curated several programs, events and research projects. He is a regular speaker and course leader at universities internationally.

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Slavo Tuleya

Innovation Geek | Venture Builder | Keynote Speaker

Slavo is an expert on Corporate Innovation and Intrapreneurship. In the past, he gained experience by co-launching Innovation labs such as the SKODA AUTO DigiLab and its offices in Tel Aviv and Beijing. Slavo lived in 7 countries in the last 7 years and accumulated his experience from Real-Estate, Utilities, and Automotive. He is a Certified Design Sprint Master and founder of the Czechoslovak Service Design Community.

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Tibor Antony

Tibor studied industrial design at Slovak University of Technology in Bratislava. During that time he gained practical experiences at Beijing product innovation company PER, car design studio at Škoda - Mlada Boleslav, involved as well in multidisciplinary team in Odense, Integrated design programme. He has worked for three years in Branding and Retail Design consultancy 3070 Inc.

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Tomek Rygalik

Tomek is a designer, curator and educator with a Ph.D in Industrial Design, born in Lodz in 1976. He studied architecture at the Technical University of Lodz, and graduated in Industrial Design from the Pratt Institute (1999 BID). He then worked with design companies in the United States, consulting for international clients such as Kodak, Polaroid, MTV, PerkinElmer, Dentsply, Unilever, and Dupont. After graduating from the Royal College of Art in 2005 (MA), he joined the RCA staff as a Research Associate and established Studio Rygalik in both London and Lodz, Poland.

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Tomi Koltai

Tomi is a biologist from Hungary. He's been always interested in green area development: how to bring back nature to daily life, be it our work environment or our personal every day life. Green walls, community gardens, historical gardens, agroinnovation just to mention some fields of experience he's participated during the last years.

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Zsófia Szatmári-Margitai

Service Designer

Zsófia is a service designer at More than Metrics nestled in the heart of the Austrian Alps. She gained knowledge in the fields of design strategy and service design by doing consultant work for several industries and being a corporate in-house designer. On weekdays she supports people along their journey using services, and makes sure they have a smooth and pleasant experience. She is passionate about non-formal education, and has been part of Holis for 5 years now.

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Ágota Bíró

My work is about PEOPLE: supporting them to become the best they can be. Helping organizations to have successful conversations around the way to great results: culture, talent, leadership, success, inclusion and letting go.

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Holis Ambassadors

Eliana Vargas

Ambassador to Ecuador

I am curious about people’s culture, stories and needs. I am very keen to listen, see and discover how they think, how they behave, why and how we can help. As a Design Thinking Consultant, I am collaborating in the development of design projects for social and technology innovation at Bayteq in Quito, where we centre our research and outcomes in humans. Our processes involve a deep engagement with communities.

Amira El-Shawarby

Ambassador to Egypt

Amira is a designer, an entrepreneur and a researcher who is passionate about using her design skills to catalyze change. It is impossible to overlook the impact design could have on the world and the power of people to change, adjust and flip the reality around them. She’s triggered by problems, world potentials and solution hunting while believing in innovation, creative thinking and story telling as a lens.

Miriam Schmalen

Ambassador to Germany

Miriam works at the interface of ethnographic research and human-centered design. In her daily work she supports sustained business growth by the development of meaningful brands, services and products. As a freelancer she enables social-governmental institutions to read patterns in complex social systems, identify core-needs and facilitate the development of sustainable, user-centered concepts.

Eszter Kalóz

Ambassador to Hungary

Eszter is constantly looking for opportunities where she can use her knowledge and experience for a greater good. Combining her Sociology degree with her background in tech, she’s currently working as a project manager in a social enterprise that aims to educate and empower hearing impaired professionals to make a successful career in the digital economy.

Miguel Lobato

Ambassador to Mexico

Miguel is an integrated designer with experience in strategic design, storytelling, and prototyping. He is passionate about working in cross-disciplinary environments and characterized by bringing good vibes in the teams he joins.

Jeremiasz Rzenno

Ambassador to Poland

I am a product / graphic designer in my 3rd year at the Academy of Fine Arts in Krakow. I was the co-founder of Have a Bite (a media startup) and I have been working with Ergo Design - a design and consultancy agency.

Michala Lipkova

Ambassador to Slovakia

Michala is a designer working along boundaries of product and experience design. She leads commissioned research projects at the Institute of Design at the Slovak University of Technology in Bratislava. Since 2013 she is a managing director of collaborative platform Flowers for Slovakia, focused on promotion of Slovak design abroad. In 2017 she has co-founded hardware startup Benjamin button.

Archana Srinivasan

Ambassador to US

Archie is a thinker, strategizer and innovator who works for The Innovation Lab at GE Transportation, a Wabtec Company as a UX Design Researcher and is the co-founder of The Fair Fair, a community of students and emerging professionals in Atlanta. She works with and for people, the world's largest resource, by understanding, engaging with and learning from them. Oh! by the way, she is a Yes and! person.