Yolande Wong

Yolande Wong

Senior Freelance Journalist
Chief Content Operating Officer of DESIGNKEEPER
Founder of Beijing Zhijian Cultural Communication Co., Ltd.

Ms. Yolande Wong has been deeply engaged inmediaindustryfor ten years, and has richexperience in brand management, media communication and marketing planning. As one of thefirst brand operation managers in the design field to put forward and practice the strategy ofmarket segmentation in China, she not only has unique experience in the Chinese market, but alsohas the ability to provide global services to customers.

She has served hundreds of design companies and decoration groups such as Golden Mantis,Grandland Group,Matrix Design, and Tengyuan Design, planning and implementation of dozens ofindustry activities with the scale of 1000 people. Her articles are often seen in "ChineseArchitectural Decoration", "Personage Decoration" and other publications.

Oscar de la Hera Gomez

Oscar de la Hera Gomez

Founder, Delasign

Oscar is an award winning multidisciplinary designer & technologist and founder of Delasign. His work is sold in over 30 countries by the Museum of Modern Art and can be found in over 200 Apple stores around the world. He has worked on high-profile projects such as the Apple Watch Nike+ and has been interviewed by El Mundo. He has presented as one of Spain's emerging designers at ICFF Talks 2017 and has done work for over 20 Fortune 500 companies including Nike, MoMA and Samsung. He has served as a judge for organizations such as the One Club for Creativity, the A Design Award and the Webbys. His work has reached media outlets that include The New York Times, The Verge and The Washington Post.

Oscar’s work has won awards, nominations and shortlists from recognized institutions including Cannes International Festival for Creativity, Industrial Designers Society of America, The CLIOs, The One Show, Webby, The Creative Review and Core77.

Oscar, born in Basel, Switzerland, is Spanish and was raised in The Netherlands. He holds a Masters of Engineering in Mechanical Engineering from Imperial College London and an MFA in Products of Design from the School of Visual Arts.



Vice President, American Institute of Architects - NJ

Passionate about every aspect of architecture and design, Joshua Zinder brings a unique, contemporary style to every project. His architectural approach blends an affinity for traditional materials with a commitment to appropriate design, allowing every project to reflect a sense of purpose, place and context. With a career spanning over three decades, Joshua’s diverse design portfolio includes high-end commercial space, gourmet restaurants, cultural and educational institutions, private residences, multi-family mixed-use developments, and government facilities. Currently serving as Vice President of the New Jersey Chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIA-NJ), Joshua is also a partner in Landau | Zinder, a boutique firm specializing in synagogue design.



UX Director, Clay

Alexander Khmelevskiy is a User Experience Design Director with more than 15 years of experience. He is highly recognized in the field for his expertise in user experience design, having been integral to numerous brands, such as Facebook, Google, Slack, Coinbase, Coca-Cola, VMware, Fossil, Oppo, Sony, Samsung, Huawei, among others.He pushes the boundaries on every project for which he is commissioned, making him a leading creative force in the design industry. His exceptional design expertise as a leading user experience director and graphic designer is critical to the image and appeal of his clients. Alexander is currently holding a position of UX Director at San Francisco based design agency Clay



Davis, Carter, Scott Ltd / Project Director

Mrs Anita Sircar is a registered and licensed architect from New York State with 25 years of experience in design and construction of high rise large scale trophy Office buildings, high rise multifamily, hospitality, institutional and mixed-use projects in USA. Sircar is supervising award-winning projects with creative planning and design. As a Project Director possess strong leadership skill, management and education; she is committed to contract management, fully engaged in business development of the firm, expanding firm’s relationship with client and community in an effort to increase market share. Mrs Anita Sircar is a member of American Institute of Architects and LEED AP BD+C accredited professional.



President and Founder, Cristiano Magni Public Relations

Cristiano Magni is the President and Founder of Cristiano Magni Public Relations, a boutique premiere agency specializing in fashion, design and lifestyle. As a Public Relations Manager at two of the most prestigious luxury goods agencies in Milan, he oversaw numerous brands including Montblanc, Tag Heuer, S.T. Dupont, Antinori, and and Krug Champagne. Encouraged to utilize his unique vision, Cristiano moved to New York in the early 2000’s as Public Relations Director of C.P. Company and Stone Island, and launched three years later a new and innovative personal agency committed to promote European Fashion and Design. His clients range from iconic cult brands, like Kartell, to powerful yet understated outsiders. Cristiano splits his time between New York, Florence and Milan, and travels globally for his clients.



Fashion Curator, Writer and Marketing Strategist

Carly has a fifteen-year history working closely in the fashion industry having been based in Paris, Los Angeles and Australia. Some of the titles she has held range from Fashion Editor, Stylist, to Creative Director having owned her own label, to then go on and create an annual Fashion Festival where she was the Founder and Director in one of Australia’s largest States. Her experience also stretched into Fashion Curation where she has a reputation for having an eye for the most likely to succeed emerging fashion designers.

Lastly, Carly often consults on a marketing and branding perspective lecturing in Universities and working with fashion and luxury companies refining their entire marketing strategy and reach to increase sales and engagement. She has consulted with businesses from university graduates starting out, to managing global teams in cross country campaigns with companies with turnover in excess of $60m. She has a passion for sustainability and hopes in every role she takes on to make the biggest impact possible to creating a sustainable fashion world. Her stand out career moments has been interviewing Mr Jimmy Choo OBE and chatting about all things fashion at a private fashion event with Diane von Fürstenberg.

Severin Filek


Managing Director, DESIGNAUSTRIA

Severin Filek (born in 1961 in Vienna, Austria) has been the Managing Director of designaustria – knowledge centre & interest organization, Austria’s national representative body for professional designers since 1992.

From 1998-2000 Professor Severin Filek was the President of the Bureau of European Designers’ Associations (BEDA) and has been board member since then. He is one of the conceptional fathers of the BEDA Communication Series in Brussels and the BEDA European Design Report(s). Author of numerous contributions in books and magazines, he has been a lecturer and guest teacher nationally and internationally.

Annie Ivanova


Executive Director, Studio Ivanova

Annie Ivanova is an international curator, executive producer, entrepreneur and acclaimed author based in Taipei. She is executive director of Studio Ivanova, regional president of Asia Designer Communication Platform, and former senior curator, MOCA Taipei.
Amongst the many world-leading institutions Annie has worked with are: ZKM, Centre Pompidou, Ars Electronica, The Barbican, Centre Pompidou, Aaros Museum, National Palace Museum, Australian Centre for the Moving Image and Queensland Gallery of Modern Art.
In 2016 she received an ANZ Chamber of Commerce Business Award for 'outstanding contribution to the Australia-Taiwan partnership' and Taiwan DESIGN Top100 Award for her groundbreaking book "Taiwan by Design".



Design Director and Co-founder, Clay

Dmitry Tsozik is a Design Director and co-founder of one of the top UX Design agencies in San Francisco with 15+ years of experience working with Google, Facebook, Slack, Uber, Coca-Cola and many others to solve problems and bring new ideas to life for people around the globe. Professional graphic designer, creative director and design director with extensive expertise in designing mobile applications, websites, creating design languages and visual aesthetics for digital products across multiple platforms.



Editor-in-Chief, OBJEKT International

Fonk first completed his advanced studies in textile technology and then embarked on his career in photography, as a fashion photographer. In San Francisco he began photographing interiors, architecture, art and design. At the end of 1991 he launched his own publication, OBJEKT, which has meanwhile achieved world wide circulation in its English-language edition, OBJEKT International. Over the years, OBJEKT International has produced some stunning features on prominent interior and textile designers, antique dealers, artists and architects throughout the world. For OBJEKT International, he is also responsible for most of the photography, as well as the design, layout and editorial production.

Sheng-Hung Lee


Sheng-Hung Lee

Sheng-Hung Lee is a designer, maker and educator inspired by multiple domains of knowledge and perspectives, thriving on creating new value for clients in multi-disciplinary teams. Trained as an industrial designer and electrical engineer, Lee works for prestigious design consultancies. His approach to problem solving is influenced by his passion for how design and technology are integrated into—and impact—society.
Lee worked with clients including Bank of China, EF (English First) and Rubbermaid to redesign their services and user experiences. He also worked as a researcher at the National Science Council in Taiwan and is a member of the Taiwan Society of Technology and Sociology, IDSA, Phi Tau Phi Scholastic Honor Society and China Technical Consultants, Inc.
Lee holds a double bachelor’s degree with honors in industrial design and electrical engineering from National Cheng Kung University in Taiwan. His work, including the latest, TetraPOT—a natural, green and sustainable sea defense system—won IDA Gold in Design for Society; IDSA International Design Excellence Award 2016 Gold in Environments; European Product Design Award 2017 Gold in Design for Society/Design for Sustainability; Braun Prize; Core77 Design Award; Red Dot Award (Best of the Best); iF Design Award Gold, Spark Design Award and James Dyson Award.
The adjunct associate professor of product at Fudan University Shanghai Institute of Visual Art is also a student in computer science, taking regular online courses and creating apps.

Murat Soygenis


Founding Partner at S+ ARCHITECTURE

Murat Soygenis FAIA, a founding partner at S+ ARCHITECTURE, is an architect and a professor practicing in Istanbul. He received his architectural education in Istanbul and at University at Buffalo. He has served as the Dean of School of Architecture (YTU) and received awards for his contributions to profession. Soygenis has given numerous lectures in various countries, received architectural firm awards including from the RIBA Journal among many, participated in exhibitions and served as a jury member in many international architectural prizes and competitions. He is a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects (FAIA), member of the Chamber of Architects in Istanbul (UIA), and the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA).



Host, HGTV's "Design on a Dime," Style Network's "My Celebrity Home"

Kahi Lee is an expert in interior design, fashion, art and entertainment. Her contagious enthusiasm and irrepressible passion for all things stylish, along with her spirited and witty on-camera presence, have landed her on the team of designers for HGTV's Design on a Dime. She has also appeared on FreeStyle, another HGTV show, as well as on The Tyra Banks Show and My Celebrity Home, among others. She easily adapts to the tastes and attitudes of her wide-ranging audience and credits her demographic-defying designs and versatility for much of her TV success. In addition to making TV appearances, she runs Kahi Lee Lifestyle (launched in 2005), a design company specializing in high-end residential interior design. Her style is very much reflective of her California lifestyle and upbringing.

Jason Wang


Secretary-General, Asia Pacific Design Center (APDC)

Mr. Jason Wang is the leading figure in the Chinese design arena who had devoted himself to the design industry as a curator up to 2009. Wang is the Secretary-General of Asia Pacific Design Center (APDC) as well as the Secretary-General of the Organizing Committee for the APDC Asia Pacific Interior Design Awards for Elite.

In 2010, Mr. Jason Wang established the Asia Pacific Design Center (APDC) in Hong Kong, China. He also initiated the Asia Pacific Interior Design Awards for Elite with the theme ‘Celebrating Creativity’, which has become one of the most important design awards in the Chinese community.

Lynn Wang


APDC Head of Overseas Affairs Dept, Asia Pacific Design Center (APDC)

Ms. Lynn Wang, passionate about the organic lifestyle, sees herself as a LOHAS, low on carbon footprints and big on sustainability.
In 2012, Ms. Lynn Wang and Mr. Jason Wang jointly initiated the Asia Pacific Interior Design Awards for Elite with the theme ‘Celebrating Creativity’, which has become one of the most important design awards in the Chinese community.
Ms. Lynn Wang has dedicated herself to providing Chinese and international designers with a platform for communication and cooperation.

Dawn Garcia
Dawn Garcia


Publisher + Editor-in-Chief of ATOD Magazine

Known for her passion, work ethic, and tenacity, Dawn Garcia is an LA born Writer, Director in film and television, Founder and Editor-in-Chief of ATOD Magazine, a published journalist and author, an entrepreneur and public speaker. She has a deep desire to tell compelling stories, empower others to find their voice, help find innovative approaches to brand identity, and discover the things that bring us together, encouraging us all to live a little bolder. With nearly two decades of experience in publishing, film, television and theatre, she founded the digital luxury lifestyle and culture magazine, ATOD Magazine, and has been a guest editor and contributing writer to multiple publications (print and digital) including Huffington Post, Robb Report, Moto Spirit Magazine, Lapalme, and LOCALE Magazine. She is an advocate of women in film, equality, humanity, arts and sciences. Dawn resides in Los Angeles with her daughter, Barcelona where they share a deep love of art, food, and spending time exploring together. Their favorite past times are going to museums, swimming in the ocean, and traveling! and

Yuk Cho

Yuk Cho

Chief Marketing Officer of DESIGNKEEPER
Co-Founder of Beijing Zhijian Cultural Communication Co., Ltd.

As the brand initiator and chief marketing officer of DESIGNKEEPER, a comprehensive serviceorganization committed to helping designers and design agencies solve problems such as awardapplication, media promotion, copywriting and cultural brokerage in China. Ms.Yuk Cho has morethan10 years of experience in marketing and brand management in the design industry. She respects and inspires every designer to have the ideal of design and the courage to practice design, and has served hundreds of design companies and decoration groups such as GoldenMantis,Matrix Design, and Tengyuan Design. Promoted by her series of brand innovation ideas,many design brands that remain young but have been active in China's interior design industry formany years are maturing.



Design Scientist, Founder Bionic City

Design scientist and futurist Melissa Sterry is known as a champion of new science, technology and thinking that serves to make the world a better place. For more than a decade, she has worked to integrate pioneering sustainability thinking into mainstream business and society. A recipient of several innovation, creativity and enterprise awards, she divides her time in equal parts between research, development, enterprise and communication. Having migrated from designer to design scientist, with a career heavily focused on emergent digital technology and its applications, Melissa has worked with leading-edge innovation for more than two decades, of which the past fourteen have been at executive board level. A visiting fellow, visiting lecturer and guest critic at several leading European architecture and design research institutes including Ravensbourne, SOBE, IaaC, The Bartlett and AA School, Melissa is published in over 60 international titles, including the Global Innovation Science Handbook. Her interests in science, technology and design converge in the Bionic City®, which posits the potential of the city as a complex regenerative and adaptive system that mimics biological resilience strategies. Underway since January 2010, the project engages a global community of interest through media including workshops, talks, publications and social media, including its Flipboard magazine, which has over 120,000 readers.

Aidin Ardjomandi

Aidin Ardjomandi


The Good Design Mark holder, Aidin Ardjomandi, is an awards winning Iranian designer. He has received Master of Industrial Design from IA University of Tehran in the specialization of aesthetics. In 2015 he won A’DESIGN Award by inventing a new brand musical instrument, the Celloridoo, which was a hybrid one by combination of Cello and the didgeridoo. He has also won several other national and international awards.

Aidin is the official member of World Design Consortium, International Design Club, International Council of Creative Industries Alliance of International Business Associations and the International Association of Designers.

He has been part of Jury members and executive committee of several design awards and competitions all over the world such as A’DESIGN Award of Italy, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020 Design Excellence Award 2018, Archstorming Design Competition of USA 2018, Asia Design Prize of South Korea 2019, LIT Award 2019, Design that Educates Award of Germany 2019 ,2020 , Envent Challeng of India 2019, Insutrart Awards of Ukraine 2020, ADA of Azerbaijan 2020 and Ukrainian Design awards: THE VERY BEST OF 2020. He is the Marketing Advisor of Design that Educates awards and the International Relations Manager of Azerbaijan Design Awards and the Marketing and Events Manager of Istituto de Moda Burgo in Qatar.

Previous Jurors

LISE COIRIER - Editor-in-Chief, TL (Trends & Living) / Director, Pro Materia
EMILY HARDING - Editor, District-W magazine
ALEX GOH - Editor-in-Chief, founder and Publisher, TAXI
JOSH RUBIN - Editor-in-Chief, Founder, and Publisher, Cool Hunting
AARON KENEDI - Editor-in-Chief, Print
JORDAN ALYSSA LANDES-BRENMANI - CEO and Founder, Haute House PR & Marketing + Haute Blue Web
REBECCA EPSTEIN KONG - Co-founder, Artware Editions
NICOLE LLOYD - Senior Art Buyer, Deutsch, Inc.
WILLIAM MENKING - Founder, Editor-in-Chief, The Architects' Newspaper
RAJ NANDAN - Managing Director, Indesign Group
JEFFREY NEMEROFF - Co-Founder, Creative Director, Entra Magazine
LAURENCE NG - Publisher, IdN
BRANDUSA NIRO - Editor in Chief, The Daily Group / Senior Vice President, IMG Publishing
ROBERT SCHAFER - Chief Editor, Topos Magazine
NEWELL TURNER - Style Director, House Beautiful
JOHN DUNNIGAN - Head, Department of Furniture Design (Rhode Island School of Design)
RIDO BUSSE - Chairman, German Trade and Industry Board / Founder, Busse Design Ulm
MAXWELL GILLINGHAM-RYAN - Founder, Apartment Therapy
DAVID HERTZ (AIA, LEED) - Principal, David Hertz, AIA Architects / Founder, Syndesis, Inc.
QINGYUN MA - Dean, University of Southern California School of Architecture
ANGUS MACKENZIE, Editor-in-Chief, elemente
JESSICA MULTARI - Managing Editor, Specifier
GWYNNE PUGH (AIA, LEED) - Co-Founder and Partner, Pugh + Scarpa Architects
CELESTE HOLT-WALTERS - Senior Art Producer, McCann Erickson NY
FEDERICO ROCCA - Fashion Director, Fashion Fm Milano
BARBARA THORNBURG - Senior Style Editor, Los Angeles Times Magazine
KELLY WEARSTLER- President, Kelly Wearstler, Inc.
MICHAEL CANNELL - New York Editor, Dwell
ROSE APODACA - Freelance Culture and Style Writer, Owner, A+R Design Store



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