Our judging panel includes global leaders in design, business and export based in Asia, Europe, North America and Australia.
Dr Brandon Gien - CEO, Good Design Australia and Chair of Australia's Good Design Awards, NSW
Brandon is the Founder of Good Design Australia and Chair of the annual Australian Good Design Awards. In 2015, Brandon was inaugurated as a Senator of the World Design Organization (WDO), the world body for Industrial Design. He was a member of the Board of Directors for three consecutive terms and elected President of the organisation from 2013 to 2015, the first Australian to hold this position.
During his term as WDO President, he led the strategic transformation of the organisation, resulting in a new name, new vision and mission and a new global definition of Industrial Design. Through his work on the WDO Executive Board, he was instrumental in creating the World Design Impact Prize to honour Industrial Design driven projects that make a positive impact on our social, economic, cultural and environmental quality of life.
He is the current Chair of the Selection Committee for the World Design Capital®, designated every two years by the World Design Organization to recognise cities for their effective use of design to drive economic, social, cultural, and environmental development.
Prior to founding Good Design Australia, Dr. Gien was the Executive Director of Design Strategy at Standards Australia, recognised by the Australian Government as nation’s peak standards body.
He studied Mechanical Engineering at the University of Newcastle where he later graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Industrial Design. He holds a PhD in Environmental Design from the University of Canberra’s School of Design and Architecture.
Brandon is a Fellow of the Design Institute of Australia, Professional Member of the Industrial Design Society of America, a Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and a Member of the United Nations Association of Australia.
Dr. Gien was made a Design Ambassador to Japan, an international design advocacy role organised by the Japan Institute of Design Promotion (JDP).
He is currently an Adjunct Professor of Industrial Design at the University of Canberra and co-host of popular television series: Australia by Design Innovation on Network TEN and ONE.
Advisory Board and Designer in Residence, Queensland Circular Opportunities Lab, a collaborative think tank for leaders across industry, government, academia and research to explore opportunities for circular solutions to emerge and take effect in Queensland
International Advisory Board of Srishti’s Institute of Art Design and Technology, India
Board Member, Shanghai City Government’s International Creative City Advisory Board, China
Jury Member: Singapore President’s Design Awards, Korean Government’s Good Design Award, China’s Red Star Design Awards, Taiwan Golden Pin Design Awards, Rado Design Prize Africa, Design for Asia Awards (DFAA)
Sally Dominguez - Program Director, Innovation Strategy & Design at Singularity University in California, Innovation Catalyst & Adventurous Thinker. Multi-award-winning Designer, USA
USA based Australian Inventor, Adventurer and Educator, Sally’s unique blend of talents have led her on an extraordinary journey that includes manufacturing and invention, television and judging innovation.
Sally has consolidated her expansive experiences and design knowledge to create a new syllabus for expanded thinking and problem-solving called Adventurous Thinking. Sally teaches her thinking strategy in Australia, Brazil and at Stanford University in the USA and keynotes on the innovation mindset worldwide.
In 2012 Sally was named one of Advance Australia’s “50 for the Future” leading entrepreneurs in the USA. She has won more than 7 international product design awards and her Nest highchair is the Powerhouse Permanent Collection. In 2012 Sally and her co-driver were the first Australians to complete in the grueling Rallye De Gazelles eight-day race across Morocco. Sally has judged innovation and design around the world including a six-year stint on ABC TVs New Inventors. She is also a freelance journalist passionate about innovative design, design education, and spreading the word on future technologies for everyday life.
Rikard Orell - Global Design Director Volvo Trucks, Sweden
Rik Graduated with a Bachelor of Industrial Design from UniSA in Adelaide in 1982.
Now based in Gothenburg Sweden, Rik has been with Volvo Trucks since 1997 and currently leads their global design teams in Europe, Asia and North America.
On the value of Strategic Design, Rik says;
"Think big and don’t be afraid of business and politics. The world needs more designers in higher management positions to make design and design thinking part of company culture."
Tania Aldous- Vice President, Design Corelle Brands and Instant Brands, USA's #1 Small appliance brand
Tania is a Chicago based, Australian born design professional passionate about elevating the experience people have with products to make them useful, valuable, and memorable. She now leads experience design strategy for the fastest growing small appliance brand in the US, Instant Brand LLC, of Instant Pot fame, and globally recognized housewares brands, Pyrex, Corelle, and Corningware for Corelle Brands LLC.
She is proud to have formerly lead a talented team of designers as US Design Director for Whirlpool Corporation for brands that included Whirlpool, KitchenAid, and Maytag during her 10 years in Michigan before moving to Chicago.
Tania has been a speaker at the IIT Design Strategy Conference, IDSA regional conferences, judge of the Victorian Premiers Design Awards, and Jury Chair for the International Spark Awards. She was recognized in 2015 as Monash University Distinguished Alumni Award winner, Faculty of Art, Design & Architecture where she holds a B. Tech (Industrial Design) and B. Tech (Design) Honours.
Fabian Furrer - President International Business, Dongdao Creative Digital and Branding Group, Beijing, China
Swiss national Fabian Furrer studied politics at the University of California, Berkeley. He gathered his first work experience in the PR department of the European Union in Washington, D.C., before he emigrated to China, where he built the Chinese brand for LafargeHolcim, a Fortune Global 500 corporation. After that, he worked as the Managing Director at the Swiss-Chinese Chamber of Trade and Commerce for a number of years. During the past 7 years, he has been promoting the international development of Dongdao, China’s leading brand consulting company.
Professor Joanne Cys LFDIA, PhD, MArch, BA (IntDes), BA, SA
Pro Vice Chancellor: Division of Education, Arts and Social Sciences, University of South Australia
Joanne works in the applied areas of continuing professional education for design practitioners and education policy for the design profession. In 2016 she was inducted into Australia's Design Hall of Fame in recognition of her contributions to design policy, education and research. Joanne is highly engaged in national and international peak design bodies. Joanne was National President of the Design Institute of Australia (2008-2010) and has been Australia's representative to the Global Design Network and the Asia Pacific Space Designers Alliance.
Murray Camens - Global Design leader, Australia and Netherlands
Recently retired Vice President of TEAGUE Aviation Studios, Seattle, USA, Murray Camens was responsible for guiding TEAGUE’s design relationship with The Boeing Company. He started his professional career in 1977 with the London design consultancy, Conran Associates. After spending over thirty years managing programs and projects for Philips Design, Murray landed in Seattle in 2012 at TEAGUE’s invitation. His design roots run deep. Among other things, he co-designed the Roller Radio in 1983, which was heralded as one of 80 design icons in the book ‘Past Tense, Future Sense’.
In 2018, Murray joined Monash University as Adjunct Professor in the Faculty of Art, Design & Architecture. Having lived the last 40 years in London, the Netherlands, Singapore, Hong Kong and Seattle, the inveterate globetrotter from Australia considers the world a small place. During his career, Murray has been named inventor on 16 United States patents and is the recipient of numerous design awards in the United States, Europe and Asia. Originally from Adelaide, Murray studied Product Design at Torrens College of Advanced Education, School of Design, South Australia.
Stephanie is an Associate Director of the Customer Brand and Marketing Advisory (CBMA) and co-lead of the Design Thinking practice at KPMG.
Stephanie helps organisations become more customer-centric through applying industry leading practices in customer strategy, customer insights and customer experience design and execution.
Stephanie has 20 years’ experience leading the development of complex commercial and high-profile products and services across multiple industry sectors, most recently in aviation as Customer Experience Lead on some of the largest aircraft, airport and infrastructure programs at Qantas Airways, operating cross-functionally and reporting up to Executive level.
Her passion is to align business, technology and customer objectives through applied Design Thinking, and seamlessly integrate design principles with business practices to enhance operational performance and foster collaborative, creative cultures and innovative solutions.
Stephanie is also a 2018 jury member, past Program Director and long-standing associate of the Good Design Awards, Good Design Australia and Standards Australia, Australia’s national bodies for design assessment and standards development.
Dr Sam Bucolo – Design Thinker in Residence at Meat and Livestock Australia, QLD
Sam Bucolo is an Industrial Designer with over 30 years spanning industry and academia.
In addition to his role as Design Thinker in Residence with Meat and Livestock Australia, Sam is also Adjunct Professor of Design at Swinburne University, and a Judges the National Export Awards.
Sam has collaborated widely with a diverse set of industry partners and sectors, he has led many government initiatives on embedding design within organisations, has held several senior positions within Universities and has been a former entrepreneur.
He is the elected Australian board member and Vice President for Cumulus, which represents over 250 art, design and media universities in 48 countries.
Sam has recently published his inaugural book, “Are We There Yet: Insights on how to lead by design”, which presents many of the organisations he has partnered with to build design leadership to enhance their innovation efforts.
Angela DiFabio – Business Engagement Flinders University’s New Venture Institute, SA
Every touchpoint with your customer needs to be a positive experience and forms the fabric to building a loyal consumer base.
A culmination of 30 years work history across retail banking, hospitality, wine manufacturing and tertiary education has scoped a broad understanding in consumers’ needs and expectations, developing an acute aptitude of CX for building an organisation’s brand.
Building meaningful relationships for Flinders University’s New Venture Institute requires the time to explore and understand intimately the broad spectrum of interfaces, disciplines and possibilities for inspiring stakeholders to engage in building collaborative engagements, creating positive impact.
Josh McNally - Executive Director, Marketing, Brand and Communications. SA
With over twenty years’ experience in consumer marketing in both the private and not for profit sectors, Josh brings a consumer-first perspective to marketing and design. Josh has worked on some of Australia’s most loved and iconic brands both in Australia and across international markets. Brands such as Castrol GTX, the Hills Hoist and Jacob’s Creek have all given Josh an opportunity to explore consumer motivations to purchase, and the role good design plays in product application, promotion and brand growth. Josh was also the architect of Red25, the Red Cross Blood Service’s corporate social responsibility programme that now contributes over 25% of all of Australia’s blood donations. Most recently, he lead the Retail Division of South Australia’s preeminent advertising agency KWP!, and currently heads up Marketing, Brand & Communications at Business SA, South Australia’s peak industry body advocating and promoting the interests of business in that state.
E. Tunde Juhasz B Des ID - Project Design Leader & Intellectual Property, Schneider Electric Aust
Based in Adelaide, Tunde is a highly skilled Industrial Designer & Project Leader currently responsible for leading design teams in Australia and overseas to meet Schneider Electric Strategic project directions. Her most recent developments have included Saturn ZEN and the new revolutionary range of “ICONIC” residential electrical accessories, both of which won a GOOD DESIGN AWARD. Tunde has been the corner stone behind many of Clipsal’s designs for the last 25 years.
She understands and participates in all aspects of product development and intellectual property within Schneider Electric as a part of their Global Offer Development Design team.
John Reeves Taylor B Des ID USA GAICD - Designer and Founder, EMDG Group. SA
John is a Design and Export professional assisting Australian exporters with access to financial support for export market development. John understands the value of design as a business and economic strategy to drive export growth and advocating design is how he helps his clients to understand the needs of their overseas customers, turning complex business challenges into strategic advantages and export sales. John earned a Batchelor degree in Industrial Design in South Australia and his early career included design projects for Mitsubishi, SA Transport, Namco, Hill Industries and Sonicvision through his Design Consultancy, Emery Taylor Bernebach. He is also inventor of connectix™, connectawz ® and Splynewinder ® 3D printed products.