Erik Roscam Abbing
Holds a master in Industrial Design Engineering and Design Management and is the founder of design management consultancy Zilver Innovation. He also teaches Strategic Design at the TU Delft. Erik is the author of Brand Driven Innovation, published at AVA and he also blogs on this topic.
Area of expertise at DMI: brand driven innovation, service design
Professor for Design Management and Dean of the Design School at the University of Applied Sciences in Münster, Germany. His professional background is rooted in the areas of strategy consultancy, design management research and understanding the broader impact of design in business & society. His recent contributions comprise "This Is Service Design Thinking" (Stickdorn/Schneider, 2010) and "Brand Driven Innovation" (Roscam Abbing, 2010). Learn more about Ralf on twitter.
Area of expertise at DMI: design strategy, design driven innovation, service design
Kathryn Best is a published author, creative entrepreneur, experienced educator and frequent speaker at conferences and design festivals internationally. She offers insight and foresight into the power of creativity and design to affect positive change in business and society. Her commissions come from academic, commercial and government organizations, often in connection to creative and cultural events. She worked in architecture, interiors, and brand consultancy (Wolff Olins, HOK, Orange, Starbucks) before building an academic career as a programme director in design management (University for the Creative Arts) and research professor in brand, design and reputation management (CBRD, Inholland University of Applied Sciences). She has written several books (translated into 10 languages) including ‘The Fundamentals of Design Management’ (AVA 2010) and ‘Design Management: Managing Design Strategy, Process and Implementation’ (AVA 2006).
Find out more on her website.
Area of expertise at DMI: Design Management
Alex Hermann is Head of Strategy at MetaDesign in Zurich. He studied media and communication science with minors in business and social anthropology at the University of Fribourg. Since completing his studies, Alex has been working as brand consultant and strategic planner in various consultancies and agenices in Germany, France and Switzerland. For over a decade he advised companies from large to small and helped improving their brands as well as their communication activities. From brand positioning to brand experience, from customer insight to brand-driven innovation and from internal branding to employer branding, Alex is no stranger to today’s and tomorrow’s brand challenges. He shares his learnings as guest lecturer at the Hochschule Luzern and the University of Bern.
Area of expertise at DMI: Brand Strategy
Director Development of Management For Creative Industries School at IED, Istituto Europeo di Design Barcelona. He is author of "Creative Personal Branding", a book about creative Leadership through highly effective coaching-, design- and business-thinking, essential in today’s creative economy.
Area of expertise at DMI: Personal Branding
Oliver Stein is a passionated Design Thinker with a very strong business background in Marketing, Internet,
CRM and Project Management. His passion is to explore new possibilities and develop new solutions as well as to work with people in teams. In executing strategic business projects successful with Design Thinking, Oliver and his team made Swisscom a pioneer in Human Centered Design. They developed the „Innovation Culture Model“ to support organizations in becoming designful companies.
Area of expertise at DMI: Human Centered Design