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Natacha Poggio

Assistant Professor of Graphic Design, University of Houston Downtown (uhd.edu), USA

Natacha Poggio is a social impact educator, TEDx speaker, and advocate of design for social change.

In her teaching at the University of Houston-Downtown, she concentrates on the role nature plays in our lives and encourages students to find solutions that will inspire positive change in society. She is the founding director of Design Global Change (2008), a creative collaborative designing planet-centered solutions to address global health, environmental, and social justice problems. She has over two decades of professional practice, and her work has reached hundreds of communities in Latin America, Africa, and Asia, garnering recognition as a two-time recipient of the Sappi “Ideas that Matter” award. Since 2011, she has been on the Winterhouse Institute Advisory Council (working on the teaching and practice of social innovation in higher education). When not teaching, Natacha is judging competitions; contributing to books and publications on social design, global health, and sustainability; and volunteering for AIGA –the professional association of design. Natacha earned a B.F.A. in Graphic Design from the University of Buenos Aires, Argentina, and an M.F.A. in Experience Design from The University of Texas at Austin, United States. She is a native of Buenos Aires, Argentina but considers herself a citizen of the world.

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José Ignacio López Ramírez Gastón

Director of Innovation and Technology Transfer, Universidad Nacional de Musica, Lima, Peru

José Ignacio López Ramírez Gastón holds a PhD in Computer Music from the University of California San Diego (UCSD) where he studied under the supervision of Miller Puckette.

He is currently a lecturer at the Universidad Nacional de Música (ex Conservatorio Nacional de Música), where he is in charge of the music and technology courses, coordinates the Laboratorio de Música Electroacústica y Arte Sonoro and is Director de Innovación y Transferencia Tecnológica. He also lectures on Sound Arts and Popular Music at the Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú. In 2019 he published the book La Guardia Nueva, Visiones Sobre la Música Electrónica en el Perú.

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Ralitsa Diana Debrah

Designer, Educator and Researcher Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST), Ghana, West Africa

Ralitsa is a design researcher affiliated with the Design Research Activity Workgroup network (DRAWn) – Afrika at KNUST and the Cape Peninsula University of Technology (CPUT), South Africa.

Learn more about Ralitsa in her Linkedin profile here.

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Schalk van Staden

Acting Section Head: Department of Visual Communication, and Lecturer, Integrated Communication Design Tshwane University of Technology, Johannesburg, South Africa

Schalk is a design educator interested in philosophy, art and design, and design education, completing doctoral studies on a new epistemology of design.

Learn more about Schalk in his Linkedin profile here.

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Dr. Noha Essam, PhD, MA, MSc

Assistant Professor Interior Architecture and Interdisciplinary Design German University of Cairo, Egypt

Dr. Noha Essam is a Design Educator, Interior Architect, Interdisciplinary Designer, Creative Trend Consultant, Futurist and a certified Environmental Psychologist.

Learn more about Noha in her Linkedin profile here.

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Please note the program was paused in 2020 due to the global COVID-19 Pandemic and the postponement of Cumulus Conferences.

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Kenan Zekic

Head of Department, associated professor, Faculty of Art and Social Sciences, International University of Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina

Kenan Zekic is a design educator and multidisciplinary designer particularly interested in social impact design. In recent years Kenan’s academic and professional focus is set on design and technology relationships and practices in underdeveloped regions.

Since 2017, he is a local leader of the IxDA Interaction Design Association Chapter in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

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Andreia Menezes De Bernardi

Doctoral student in design and professor, State University Minas Gerais (UEMG), Design School, Brazil

Andréia De Bernardi is a Brazilian art-educator who works at the intersections of art, cultural heritage, and design. Doctoral student working at the Social Design Integrated Center (CIDS);

her current interests consist of deep mapping, art education, creative economy, cultural heritage and social museology.

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Samuel Kwame

Head of Printing and Photography, lecturer in Graphic Design Department, Ho Technical University, Ghana

Samuel Kwame’s research interests focus on Rhinoceros 3D, Computer Aided Learning, Idea development from nature, illustrated cartoons.

He is a member of Ghana Art Teachers Association (GATA), Design Ghana (DG) and Pan Afrikan Design Institute (PADI).

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Biljana Jovic, PhD, MSc, Dipl.eng.

Deputy Chair, Head of Master Studies, Faculty of Forestry, Department of Landscape Architecture and Horticulture, University of Belgrade, Serbia

In her work, Biljana Jovic deals with geometry, graphics, new technologies, and interventions in space. She combines the approach of landscape architects as well as engineers and an artistic approach to geometric principles to find beauty and expression.

A member of the Serbian Association for Geometry and Graphics (SUGIG) and the International Association for Geometry and Graphics (International Society for Geometry and Graphics – ISGG).

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Edward Appiah DTD

Coordinator in Research and Postgraduate Studies Department of Communication Design, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Kumasi, Ghana

Edward Appiah is committed to the philosophy and practice of sustainable, socially responsive (and responsible) design and recognizes its potential in promoting equity and quality of life in Africa and beyond.

His research area of expertise: Design Education, Technology in Education and Design for Social Innovation. He represents the Pan Afrikan Design Institute.

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Sofía Alamo

Profesora Investigadora, Escuela de Comunicación y Diseño Multimedial, Universidad Maimónides, Buenos Aires, Argentina

Sofía Alamo is a teaching researcher in new media and digital culture at the School of Communication Studies and Multimedia Design (Maimónides University) and a teaching assistant at the University of Buenos Aires (UBA).

Fields of interest: social uses of technologies, digital methods in multimedia and social research, and university teaching based on transmedia game-designed learning projects.

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Dr. Venny Nakazibwe

Deputy Principal, College of Engineering Design Art and Technology, Makerere University, Kampala Uganda

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Aditi Deshpande

Associate Professor, Dept. of Industrial Design, In-Charge, International Cell, SID Symbiosis Institute of Design, Pune, India

Aditi Deshpande is a passionate architect and designer; she has worked on projects with a variety of typologies though her love is residential and interior architecture. She has been a design practitioner for the past 20 years and has a rich experience of over 12 years in teaching architecture and design.

She is currently Associate Professor in the Department of Industrial Design and the In-charge of International cell with Symbiosis Institute of Design, Pune, India.

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Pablo Bercovich

Coordinador General, Plan Nacional de Diseño, Secretaría de Industria y Servicios, Ministerio de Producción de la Nación, Buenos Aires’ University, Argentina

Pablo Bercovich is an Argentine specialist in strategic design management for the industry. Designer, Professor and Researcher of the Buenos Aires’ University. General Coordinator of the National Plan of Design of the Ministry of Production of the Argentine Nation.

It is dedicated to the planning of public policies of design for development of the national industry, for innovation and productive transformation. He is currently writing his thesis of expertise on the quantitative and qualitative impact of insertion of innovation and design tools in the productive SMEs.

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Polise Moreira De Marchi, PhD

Associate Professor Department of Digital Design, University Center Senac – Sao Paulo, Sao Paulo, Brazil

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Dhafer Ben Khalifa

Assistant Lecturer, ISM (Institut Suéprieur de la mode), University of Monastir, Tunisi

Dhafer Ben Khalifa is a teacher, designer and founder of ’Collective Creatif’ association aimed at promoting culture through creative industries. He tries to contribute to the promotion of Tunisian Design through his coaching activity as a university assistant, and through his personal work and various collaborations with international funders.

His work is based on the renewal of the artisanal activity by creative centered approach and the emancipation of the semantic clichés.

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Gordana Vrencoska, PhD

Associate Professor, Vice Dean, Faculty of Art and Design European University, Republic of Macedonia

Gordana Vrencoska is an interdisciplinary artist, designer and educator. Vrencoska is one of the founding members of the Faculty of Art & Design at the European University in Skopje, R. of Macedonia and serves as its Vice Dean for academic affairs since 2011.

She teaches Design Methodology, Methodology of Research, Visual Communication, Design Concept and Fashion Design Basics, among others. She was an artistic director, mentor and curator for numerous exhibitions and projects. She has had 13 solo shows and has participated in numerous group exhibitions in Macedonia, Poland, UK, Italy, Germany, Croatia, Austria, US, China, and other countries.

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Johnson Kwame Wor

Lecturer, Department of Graphic Design Technology, Takoradi Technical University, Ghana

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Patrick Sserunjogi

Assistant Lecturer, Makerere University, Kampala, Uganda

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Yassaman Khodadadeh, PhD

Associate Professor, Head of Department of Industrial Design & Visual Communications, Head of Students Affair, Kish International Campus, University of Tehran, Kish Island, Iran

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Dr Patrique de Graft-Yankson

Acting Head, Department of Graphic Design, University of Education, Winneba, Winneba, Ghana

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Ezrena Marwan

Academic Staff, Faculty of Design and Built Environment, the First City University College, Malaysia

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Guillerma L. Mendoza, MBA

Assistant Professor, College of Fine Arts and Design, University of Santo Tomas, Manila, Philippines

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Maya Koyava – Kipiani

Head of Foreign Affairs Department, Tbilisi State Academy of Art, Georgia

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Collins Makunda

Lecturer Design theory, School of the Arts and Design, University of Nairobi, Kenya

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Jamal Jamaludin

Lecturer Interior Design, Faculty of Visual Art and Design, Institut Teknologi Nasional (Itenas) Bandung, Indonesia

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Imran Mahmood

Associate Professor and Course Coordinator, Pakistan Institute of Fashion and Design, Lahore, Pakistan

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