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Nomera Ajmal

Founder and creative director at NOMERA jewellery

 NOMERA was founded in Hong Kong by British born designer Nomera Ajmal, who graduated from Manchester Metropolitan University. After working as a fashion designer on an international level covering regions such Europe, Middle East and Asia for almost a decade, Nomera Ajmal decided to embark on a new journey after discovering and falling in love with metalsmithing.

Roger De Leon

Founder, Co-Owner of Little Burro

Roger has a degree in Industrial Design from Virginia Tech and has been making a living in Hong Kong for the past 8 and a half years providing branding solutions for small businesses and restaurants.

Robin Wilkinson

Associate Structural Engineer – AecomAssociate Director / Structural Engineer, Benaim (part of AECOM)

 

I am a civil / structural engineer and design team leader with a multi-disciplinary project focus. My key skills are in design team leadership, problem solving, conceptual design and multi-disciplinary design coordination.

Rupert Inman

Buro Happold, Senior Structural Engineer

After graduating in 2008 with a first class degree from the University of Bristol, Rupert began his career as a structural engineer in a multi-disciplinary design team at Arup. In 2011, he seized the opportunity to become one of the first members of the new structural engineering team at Foster + Partners. Through working side by side with architects from the very start of projects he learnt a great deal about an in-depth design process from project conception to construction. Most notably he played a key role in the design of a series of steel-framed flagship Apple stores in the USA and across China. Rupert is driven by a strong desire to become an engineer able to work closely with architects and all members of the project team and to influence designs from conception with a creative, innovative and technical approach. His experience to date has left him with a global outlook on the profession, which he continues to develop whilst working abroad.

John Denton

Director LEAD Architects

Architectural and Interior Designer

John is a Director at Lead 8, with his focus being the Interior architectural design of projects. He started his career in the field of Mechanical Production Engineering, completing an apprenticeship in the drawing office of a UK engineering company, which produced specialist machine components. It was here where he honed his technical skills on the drawing board, during the age before computers. Although his experience in engineering was rewarding and was a tremendous foundation for the future, it was his passion for design that forced him to change direction and pursue a creative career. Subsequently John has been involved in art and design for almost 30 years. Examples of this philosophy are inherent in projects in which he was previously involved, such as Elements Mall, Hong Kong; IAPM Mall, Shanghai; IFC Mall, Shanghai; and Seoul International Finance Centre, Korea.

Kay Liu

Education Manager, Redress (The organiser of The EcoChic Design Award)

Kay is responsible for executing our educational content and supporting in content strategy. Kay brings with her a wealth of experience from the fashion and textile industry and has a MA in Ethical Fashion from the University for the Creative Arts, UK. Prior to Redress, Kay worked for over 10 years in textile design, menswear design and within different sectors of the fashion supply chain. Kay was also an advisor for a craft NGO in Nepal. Kay speaks English and Chinese fluently. - See more at: http://redress.com.hk/about/team/#sthash.jTrVF2pg.dpuf

Sarah Marland

Head of Product Design and Development HOP LUN

 

Head of Product Design and Development (Brand Division)
Intimates Brands -
Marie Meili
Very Victoria Silvstedt
Scandale

Fan Fang

Riot Games - Game Designer

I am a huge gamer. My dream is changing the world by changing people by letting people experience fun and love in games.

I grew up and got my Computer Science degree in China. Then moved to the US to study game design in CMU ETC(Entertainment Technology Center)

 

Designer from Riot Games. Games can make the world happier than it is now.

Graz Mulcahy

Creative Director for Will.I.Am

Eyewear Brand ill.i Optics.

I am a proficient product design and creative director. I have worked with some of the biggest brands and celebrities in the world to make dreams come true.

Ellie Castillo Siu

Brand Name: Ellie Siu Role: Director

I am a recent graduate of Central Saint Martins. At the moment I am a part time jewellery designer and a full time gemmology student.

Kalen Curtis

Executive Director of Admission, SCAD Hong Kong

SCAD alumna, BFA Photography 2010

David Waterman

Senior Design Director at AT&T/ VTech

Multiple award winning designer that has worked in the top agencies world wide and works for some of the world's top companies in the area of product/ industrial design, graphics and packaging.

 

Alan Peggie

Landscape Architect

Lecturer Fellow @ The Higher Education Institute (THEi) in Hong Kong

Hi, l have worked as a Landscape Architect for over 30 years in Australia and the UK in a range of Design Consultancies and have loved every minute of it! l am now teaching in Hong Kong and would be keen to share with you what l love about the profession and what a typical day in the life of a Landscape Architect involves. Look forward to catching up with you.

Mubarak Marafa

Freelance Digital Designer

Research Assistant in The Hong Kong Polytechnic University

I specialise in intermedia works involving video installations, kinetic installations, robotics and more. I began in Creative Media because of an always present interest in the relationship between Art and Technology. Growing up I've always had a firm interest in computers from an artistic view. I taught myself to use a computer for art from a very early stage with programs like Adobe Photoshop and 3DS Max. As I developed in my academic life, I gravitated more and more towards art while keeping technology close to me as a tool for the work that I create. I have taken part in large scale projects that have taken me overseas ranging from Data Visualisation to Kinetic Sculptures to Interactive Environments. I have skills and experience in 3D printing and rapid prototyping, interface design and basic electronics.

Danny Fang

creative director at Fang Studio / founder of High5dogs

I am a product designer, design immigrant, and design entrepreneur. And I try to have fun at anything I do.

Ernesto Spicciolato

Design Lecturer –Hong Kong Polytechnic University

Product Designer & Consultant – Design-BS

and SD works.

Katarina Ivarsson

Founder and CEO Boris Design Studio

Boris was founded in HK six years ago by Swedish designers Anna Karlsson and Katarina Ivarsson. In these 6 years we have managed to build a good reputation, a solid client list and healthy relationships with producers and manufacturers in a variety of businesses. With our location here in HK comes a unique blend of our Scandinavian design heritage and creativity and the hands-on approach of being close to the production. - Product and Packaging design which is pretty much what is says on the tin. We help clients innovate and design new products and packaging solutions across many different industries but consumer electronics is our main focus. We strive to always deliver striking design with a sensibility towards the brand in question and the end user while keeping to the unique set of conditions that each new project entails. - Identity design is our second pillar and includes branding, communication design, graphic design, interaction design etc. Together with the Product and Packaging design we offer a complete range of design services all the way from the earliest stages of building a new brand through, portfolio managment to product design and development and social media marketing! - The third pillar is Research Design where we partner with research institutes and industry leaders in Sweden and internationally (for example Microsoft Research, Nokia, Ericsson and IKEA) to provide creative tools and design thinking as a way to push the development forward and also to help visualize often complex and abstract future applications. Under this umbrella we have created a sustainable series of lights and home furnishings made in China for the 2012 Milan Furniture Fair and a lamp awarded the Hong Kong Lighting Award in 2013. In 2013 we were awarded the prestigious Perspective Award 40 under 40 for our achievements within the field of Product Design. In May 2014 Boris Design Studio was awarded SwedCham Annual business award for our achievements in creative entrepreneurship. In March 2015 the studio was recognised with the iF Product Award.

 

Bibi Cheung

Jewelry Designer and Brand Developer

Founder of BIBIANNA Ltd.

Multi-award-winning master jeweller and High Jewellery Designer

• 26 years combined experience in creative director, brand developer, fine jewellery designer, manufacturer, commercial and management.

• 20 years’ experience in teaching jewellery design, benchwork and creative matel work in UK and HK. Including part-time lecturer at HK Baptist Universities and Guest Lecturer at The Hong Kong Polytechnic University.

• Establishing and brand developing, design and production for my own and clients jewellery brand.

• Establishing and managing 3D CAD/CAM model-making business, utilizing my skills in design, sculpting and supervision clay models for 3D laser-scanning, CAD/CAM, 3D laser-scanning ,CNC machine technology and 3D Printing machine (Rapid Prototype Machine)

Santina Bonini

Design Lecturer – Hong Kong Polytechnic University

Product Designer & Consultant – Design-BS, HK

Specialties: Interior Design, Product Design, Art Direction, Innovation & Research, Cultural Translation

A firm specialising in product design, interior design and design driven branding.
The achieved results in design research, theory and innovation have drawn her to organising and participating at conferences, symposium and lectures in several countries, and to collaborating with Universities and postgraduate institutes
Among design-bs clients: Bic, Colombo Design, Gedy, LG Chemicals, LG Electronics, Rede-Guzzini, Viceversa, Rex-Electrolux.
Some of design-bs products have been recognised among the Best European Products, the USA’s 50 best products, and were acquired by MOMA for its permanent collection in 1997

Jerome Tam

Director , Rush Hour Media

My co-founder, Jake Sharp, and I met at the University of Leeds, where he studied New Media and I did an undergraduate degree in Aviation. While he was studying for a Master’s degree in Computer Science and working for web agencies in the UK, I was pursuing my dream of becoming a pilot. I got as far as the flight grading process for Cathay Pacific (I was one of the final eight candidates that year). Long story short, life had a different plan for me – Rush Hour Media, the company Jake and I eventually co-founded. When Jake decided to move to HK in 2011, he researched the web design agencies here and realised many of them had a very low standard of work – most of the websites weren’t even responsive (they didn’t work well on mobile devices)! So we decided to start a company that would bring simple, responsive and well designed websites to HK at a reasonable price point.

Joep Hovels

Architectural Designer and Façade Engineer – Arup Corp.

Jasper Hilkhuijsen

Urban Designer – Arup Corp.

Dickson Wong

Architecture & Planning

"CK Dickson Wong is a registered architect and a building facade specialist based in Hong Kong. His research focuses on the day-to-day application of geometry and technology on building design. After completing his Master of Architecture (M. Arch) at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, he worked at architectural design firms including Foster and Partners in London andRocco Design Architects Ltd. in Hong Kong. At Rocco Design Architects he was one of the designers of the West Kowloon Cultural District Conceptual Plan Competition and the Bao An Central District Library in Shenzhen. Dickson is now a senior facade consultant at Inhabit Group. His current projects include the Tencent Seafront Tower in Shenzhen and the Qatar Integrated Railway Project. Outside his professional practice, Dickson also served as studio design critic at the Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) and the University of Hong Kong (HKU).

Peter Dean

Managing Director – Materiality +

With a professional career spanning a multiplicity of experiences ranging from product design and interiors to art installations and furniture, Peter has been working for the past 16 years with Chinese manufacturers in the design, development and production of high quality materials and finished goods. Presently, he is a lead consultant for high-end luxury companies and architectural firms in need of his creative expertise and manufacturing know-how to produce unique solutions for projects worldwide.

A massive thanks to the designers

and companies involved in the event. We are enormously grateful for you supporting the vision.