Alison J. Clarke is Professor of Design History and Theory, at the University of Applied Arts Vienna and Director of the Victor J. Papanek Foundation in Vienna, Austria, whose most recent international symposium focused on the theme of ‘Emerging and Alternative Economies of Design’ (2013). Receiving a Masters with Distinction in Design History from the Royal College of Art and Victoria and Albert Museum, London, Clarke went on to gain a doctorate in social anthropology with Professor Daniel Miller at University College London.
She specializes in histories and ethnographic research concerning the politics and social relations of design and material culture, and is author of Tupperware: The Promise of Plastic in 1950s America (Smithsonian Press) and Design Anthropology: Object Culture in the 21st Century (Springer). Alison has presented in major BBC television series’ as a design expert including Home (BBC 2) and The Genius of Design (BBC 2). She lectures internationally, and is co-founder and managing editor of the journal Home Cultures: Architecture, Design and Domestic Space and publishes widely in both anthropological and design historical academic spheres. She is presently completing a monograph for MIT Press on Victor Papanek and 1970s design activism title Victor Papanek: Designer for the Real World?
Liz Ogbu is a designer, urbanist, and social innovator. She is an expert on sustainable design and spatial innovation in challenged urban environments globally. From designing shelters for immigrant day laborers in the U.S. to leading a design workshop at the Clinton Global Initiative Annual Meeting, Liz has a long history of engagement in the design for social impact movement. Currently, she has her own multidisciplinary consulting practice that works with nonprofits, municipalities, and companies to tackle wicked social problems through creative transformations of places, systems, and communities. Her clients include the Nike Foundation and PG&E. And her network of collaborators have been equally dynamic including the likes of HealthxDesign, envelope a+d, FOURM design+build, and Rebar.
Liz has been actively involved in shaping two of the world’s leading public interest design nonprofits. In 2011, she was part of the inaugural class of Innovators-in-Residence at IDEO.org, IDEO’s sister nonprofit dedicated to fostering global poverty reduction through design and innovation. Prior to that, she was Design Director at Public Architecture, a national nonprofit mobilizing designers to create social change.
She has taught at the California College of the Arts for several years, most recently holding an appointment as the inaugural Scholar in Residence at the school’s Center for Art and Public Life. She is also on faculty at UC Berkeley and Stanford’s d.school. Liz has also written for and been profiled in publications such as Places Journal, Metropolis, Core 77 and the Journal of Urban Design. Her work has also been widely exhibited, including at the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum, Rotterdam Biennale and Yerba Buena Center for the Arts. Liz earned her Bachelor of Arts in architecture from Wellesley College and Master of Architecture from the Graduate School of Design at Harvard University.
Andréa Pellegrino is a Partner and Director of Social Innovation and Strategic Partnerships at World Studio. Her unique areas of expertise are in developing strategies, partnerships, programming and integrated communications that benefit society and allow clients to engage key audiences in lasting and meaningful ways. An acknowledged thought-leader in the growing field of community engagement, Andréa leads a series of workshops on funding social change and teaches at the School of Visual Arts in New York City. She is also on the Executive Board of ICOGRADA, the world body for communications design.
Prior to joining World Studio, Andréa was the Director, Strategic Alliances, at AIGA, the professional association for design, where she worked with corporate, media and non-profit clients on strategic partnership programs and communicated the value of design to the business community, civic leaders, non-profit organizations and the general public. Previously, Andréa spent 15 years in the media field. On the management side, she led advertising and marketing teams for Jonas Publishing, MacMillan Publishing and, most recently, for Print and HOW magazines. Earlier in her career she worked for American Express Publishing and The New Yorker.
Andréa graduated with a B.A. from the University of Notre Dame and attended the Business Perspectives for Creative Leaders program at Harvard University.
Noel Wilson is a multi-skilled designer with a passion for creating quality communications, illustrations, systems and products. As the Lead Designer at Catapult Design, a pioneering nonprofit design firm that develops human-centered products and services to improve the lives of those who need it most, Noel spends the majority of his time immersed in projects, host communities, and multi-disciplinary teams addressing a broad range of design challenges. He frequently speaks at design conferences and events and has a broad range of previous experience, from rapid prototyping, technology R&D, playground design, design education, bicycle empowerment, to disabled/aged/child care.
Noel has lived and worked in Australia, Asia, Africa, Europe, and North America and continues to love experiencing and exploring humanity and its diversity. Noel is driven by the belief that all demographics deserve an enjoyable existence, and should have access to the innovation and iteration tools to sustain and improve their lifestyles. During the day he focuses his design attentions on social empowerment but by night he makes toys, good food and bad jokes.
Noel has a Bachelor of Industrial Design with Honors from the University of South Australia (with an exchange to Carleton University, Ottawa) and a BA in Professional Writing and Communication also from the University of South Australia.