DesignSingapore Council and Time Inc. Announce Global Business and Design Leaders to Participate in 2018 Brainstorm Design, March 6-8

SINGAPORE--()--DesignSingapore Council (Dsg) and Time Inc. (NYSE:TIME) today announced more than 20 global business and design leaders who will participate in 2018 Brainstorm Design, scheduled to occur during Singapore Design Week on March 6-8, 2018. Brainstorm Design is supported by the Singapore Economic Development Board (EDB). Participants will share insights and strategies for design innovation at the event.

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Speakers announced today include two Singapore based representatives: Changi Airport Group CEO Lee Seow Hiang and UBS Wealth Management Chief Digital Officer, APAC Ketan Semani and prominent thought leaders from across Asia, Europe and the United States, including: Danish Design Centre CEO Christian Bason; author John Cary; FJORD Chief Client Officer Mark Curtis; Google VP of Material Design Matías Duarte; Klein-Dytham Architecture and PechaKucha Co-founder Mark Dytham; IBM General Manager, Design Phil Gilbert; Autodesk VP of Experience Design Maria Giudice; Nippon Design Center President Kenya Hara; IDEO Partner and Executive Managing Director, Asia Charles Hayes; Netyear President and CEO Fujiyo Ishiguro; McKinsey Partner and CEO LUNAR Design Derrick Kiker; University of Virginia Darden School of Business Professor Jeanne Liedtka; Cuusoo Designer and Founder Kohei Nishiyama; Johnson & Johnson Chief Design Officer Ernesto Quinteros; Google VP of Hardware Design Ivy Ross; SAMURAI Founder and Creative Director Kashiwa Sato; Super Potato Vice President Norihiko Shinya; Foundation Capital Partner Steve Vassallo; Frog CEO Harry West; and SAP Chief Design Officer Sam Yen.

Giudice, Kiker, Lee, Semani and Yen are also names that have been added to the event’s Global Advisory Council, for which members give counsel and recommend content for Brainstorm Design 2018.

They join previously announced speakers and Brainstorm Design Global Advisory Council members designer Tom Dixon, who also serves as the event’s Creative Director; designer Thomas Heatherwick; Dsg Executive Director Agnes Kwek; PepsiCo Chief Design Officer Mauro Porcini; artist and innovator Daan Roosegaarde; architect Ole Scheeren; and architect and designer Patricia Urquiola.

Additional speakers and a full agenda will be announced in the coming months.

Led by the editorial teams of TIME, FORTUNE and WALLPAPER*, Brainstorm Design will feature presentations and panel discussions on how design can help to build businesses, improve sustainability, engage communities and enrich people’s lives. Brainstorm Design is expected to attract additional leading international design talents, as well as C-suite executives, including chief design officers, design practitioners, Fortune 500 senior executives, government leaders, decision makers in private and public sectors, and advocates of design thinking.

Brainstorm Design will help to amplify the global mindshare of Singapore as a thought leader in design, while fostering new business leads and relationships for Dsg and EDB.

"Brainstorm Design has attracted top business and design leaders around the world. We can expect rich conversations around how design can enhance businesses, communities and our lives," said Agnes Kwek, Executive Director, DesignSingapore Council. "We are also pleased to have two business leaders from Singapore who will share a uniquely Singapore perspective."

We are delighted to have confirmed such a distinguished group of speakers from the worlds of business and design. We’ve been inspired by their ideas and suggestions for the Brainstorm Design program and look forward to adding more great speakers in the weeks to come," said Clay Chandler, Chair of Brainstorm Design and Executive Editor, Time Inc. International.

Brainstorm Design co-chairs include Chandler, WALLPAPER* Brand and Content Director Tony Chambers, WALLPAPER* New York Editor Pei-Ru Keh, FORTUNE Assistant Managing Editor Brian O’Keefe, and TIME Executive Editor Matt Vella.

See the full list of confirmed speakers below:

Christian Bason, Chief Executive Officer, Danish Design Centre


Matías Duarte, VP, Material Design, Google

John Cary, Author, “Design for Good”

Mark Dytham, Co-founder, Klein-Dytham architecture and PechaKucha

Mark Curtis, Chief Client Officer, FJORD

Joe Gebbia, Co-founder and Chief Product Officer, Airbnb, Inc.*

Tom Dixon, Designer and Creative Director, Tom Dixon*

Mauro Porcini, Chief Design Officer and SVP, PepsiCo*

Phil Gilbert, General Manager, Design, IBM

Ernesto Quinteros, Chief Design Officer, Johnson & Johnson

Maria Giudice, Vice President, Experience Design, Autodesk*

Daan Roosegaarde, Artist and Innovator, Studio Roosegaarde*

Charles Hayes, Partner and Executive Managing Director, Asia, IDEO

Ivy Ross, VP, Hardware Design, Google

Kenya Hara, President, Nippon Design Center

Ketan Samani, Chief Digital Officer, UBS Wealth Management, APAC*

Thomas Heatherwick, Founder, Heatherwick Studio*

Kashiwa Sato, Founder and Creative Director, SAMURAI

Fujiyo Ishiguro, President and Chief Executive Officer, Netyear

Ole Scheeren, Architect and Principal, Buro Ole Scheeren*

Derrick Kiker, Chief Executive Officer, LUNAR Design, and Partner, McKinsey & Company*

Norihiko Shinya, Vice President, Super Potato

Agnes Kwek, Executive Director, DesignSingapore Council*

Patricia Urquiola, Designer, Architect and Founder, Studio Urquiola*

Lee Seow Hiang, Chief Executive Officer, Changi Airport Group*

Steve Vassallo, General Partner, Foundation Capital

Jeanne Liedtka, Professor, University of Virginia Darden School of Business

Harry West, Chief Executive Officer, Frog

Kohei Nishiyama, Designer and Founder, Cuusoo

Sam Yen, Chief Design Officer, SAP*


*indicates Global Advisory Council

About DesignSingapore Council

DesignSingapore Council’s (Dsg) vision is for Singapore to be an innovation-driven economy and a loveable city through design by 2025. As the national agency that promotes design, our mission is to develop the design sector, help Singapore use design for innovation and growth, and make life better in this UNESCO Creative City of Design. Dsg is a division of the Ministry of Communications and Information.


Time Inc. (NYSE:TIME) is a leading multi-platform consumer media company that engages over 170 million consumers globally every month. The company's influential brands include PEOPLE, TIME, FORTUNE, SPORTS ILLUSTRATED, INSTYLE, REAL SIMPLE, SOUTHERN LIVING and TRAVEL + LEISURE, as well as more than 60 diverse international brands. Time Inc. offers marketers a differentiated proposition in the marketplace by combining its powerful brands, trusted content, audience scale, direct relationships with consumers and unique first-party data. The company is home to growing media and platforms, including digital video, OTT, television, licensing, paid products and services and celebrated live events, such as the TIME 100, FORTUNE Most Powerful Women, PEOPLE’s Sexiest Man Alive, SPORTS ILLUSTRATED’s Sportsperson of the Year, the ESSENCE Festival and the FOOD & WINE Classic in Aspen.

About the Singapore Economic Development Board (EDB)

EDB is the lead government agency for planning and executing strategies to enhance Singapore’s position as a global business centre. We dream, design and deliver solutions that create value for investors and companies in Singapore. Our mission is to create for Singapore, sustainable economic growth with vibrant business and good job opportunities. For more information on EDB, please visit


DesignSingapore Council
Juliet Lim, +65 6837 9869
Deputy Director, Communications & International Relations
Time Inc.
Kerri Chyka, 212-522-3651
VP, Brand Communications


DesignSingapore Council
Juliet Lim, +65 6837 9869
Deputy Director, Communications & International Relations
Time Inc.
Kerri Chyka, 212-522-3651
VP, Brand Communications