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Dr. Brandon Gien

CEO, Good Design Australia
Senator, World Design Organization (WDO) Adj. Professor, Industrial Design, University of Canberra

Dr. Brandon Gien is the Founder and CEO of Good Design Australia and Chair of Australia's Good Design Awards program, the oldest and most prestigious design award program in Australia with its origins dating back to the Industrial Design Council of Australia established in 1958.

In 2015, Dr. Gien 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 organization from 2013 to 2015, the first Australian to ever hold this position. During his term, Dr. Gien led the strategic transformation of the organization, resulting in a new name, a new vision and mission and a new global definition of Industrial Design.

The World Design Organization (WDO), formerly known as the International Council of Societies of Industrial Design, is an international non-governmental organization that promotes the profession of industrial design and its ability to generate better products, systems, services, and experiences; better business and industry; and ultimately a better environment and society.

From 12 founding professional design associations in 1957, WDO has grown to include over 140 member organizations from 40 nations. WDO has United Nations Special Consultative Status.

Prior to founding Good Design Australia, Dr. Gien was the Executive Director of Design Strategy and Head of Corporate Services at Standards Australia, recognised by the Government as Australia's peak standards body.

Through his work on the World Design Organization's 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 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.

Dr. Gien was made a Fellow of the Design Institute of Australia (DIA) in 2011 for his contribution to the design profession in Australia. He is a professional member of the Industrial Design Society of America (IDSA) and a Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD). He sits on the Advisory Board of numerous design associations and educational institutions in Australia and internationally and has acted as a Jury Member for some of the most prominent design awards in the world.

He is a Board Member of Shanghai City Government’s International Creative City Advisory Board. He sits on the International Advisory Board of Srishti’s Institute of Art Design and Technology in India and has participated as a jury member for the Singapore President’s Design Awards, the Korean Government’s Good Design Award, China’s Red Star Design Awards, the Taiwan Golden Pin Design Awards, Rado Design Prize Africa, the Design for Asia Awards and more recently, the World Design Capital Selection Committee.

Dr. Gien has delivered keynotes at numerous national and international design conferences including Beijing Design Week (Beijing, China), Singapore President’s Design Forum (Singapore), International Design Policy Conference (Cape Town, South Africa), ICSID Congress (San Francisco, USA), Global Leaders Forum (Seoul, South Korea).

Dr. Gien was made a Design Ambassador to Japan, an international design advocacy role organised by the Japan Institute of Design Promotion (JDP) and was selected to be a part of an Australian Design Delegation to Beijing to represent Australia at the annual Beijing International Design Week.

He is currently an Adjunct Professor of Industrial Design at the University of Canberra.

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Mitch Morgan

Creative Director, Good Design Australia

Mitch is an award-winning Designer, Filmmaker and Founder of the multi-disciplinary agency Mitch Morgan Design.

Throughout his career he has worked with some of Australia’s largest (and smallest brands). He has a Master’s Degree in Animation and a personal passion for motion graphics that have fuelled his obsession to experiment with new and developing technologies to create design solutions that deliver measurable returns in fresh and surprising ways.

He has extensive experience working with global brands including; Google, Amway, Lend Lease, The Smith Family, Woolworths, Hudson Homes, Objective, Good Design Australia, South Sydney Rabbitohs and the University of New South Wales (to name a few).

Mitch specializes in DMO design having helped shaped the brands for: Tourism and Events Queensland, Destination British Columbia, Banff, The Rockies, Tourism Calgary, Southern Norway and many more.

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Konstancija Ruza

Partnerships Manager, Good Design Australia

Konstancija manages Good Design Australia's key partnerships.

Prior to joining Good Design Australia, Konstancija (or Stan as she likes to be called) was the Partnerships Manager for the ARIAs - the flagship event on the Australian music calendar and a celebration of all that is great in local music.

In 2016, the ARIA Awards celebrated 30 years of ARIA, commemorating three decades of recognising excellence and innovation across all genres of Australian music.

Clients included: Telstra, Apple Music, Destination NSW, Qantas, David Jones, AAMI, Pepsi, Jack Daniels, Coopers, Calabria Wines and Waterboys.

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Rachel Wye

General Manager, Good Design Australia

Rachel is Good Design Australia's General Manager and overseas the day to day management of the organisation and project management of our major events and design promotion programs.

After training as an Industrial Designer in the UK, Rachel went on to work for the London Design Festival, 100% Design and Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity.

Her passion for good design and its ability to facilitate real meaningful change are what drive her work. Good Design Australia's 'design for a better world' message is one that she is deeply passionate about and works diligently to promote in Australia and internationally.

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Samuel Jackson

Events and Logistics, Good Design Australia

Sam is responsible for managing Good Design Australia's signature design events and logistics including the Good Design Awards Jury, Good Design Awards Ceremony and the annual Good Design Festival.

Sam has a career spanning over 15 years in events, marketing, media and project management, including Director at Premium Media, National Marketing Manager Triple J Radio, Director Jam Recordings (Good Vibrations Festival), Sales and Promotions Manager Universal Music along with production and programming roles for the Falls Music and Arts Festival and activation programming for Splendour in The Grass.

Sam’s key achievements include:

Director Smooth Festival of Chocolate
A multi-faceted, two-day food festival growing to 123 000 PAX and now entering it's fourth year, the event takes over a The Rocks precinct including George St and the Circular Quay foreshore.

Asahi International Beverages
Project managed Asahi's live experience expansion into Australia, resulting in the most successful execution in South East Asia of the Asahi Extra Cold experiences.

National Marketing Manager Triple J
With 2.2 Million weekly listeners, at age 26, Sam managed marketing, promotion, strategic partnerships and events.

Co-Founder and Director Good Vibrations Festival
Developed a concept to national touring festival of 34,000 in its first year.

Production Management and Artist Programming Falls Festival
Various roles over a 13-year period for audiences of 70,000 attendees spanning four Australian sites.

Event Director Surfaid International Ball
Transformed a loss-making event into the biggest profit in the organisation's history in 2012.

Artist Liaison Manager
East Timor Concert Tour, eight-day, five-date tour of award winning artists entertaining Australian Troops in operational theatre.

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Jackie Hawkins

Communications, Good Design Australia

Jackie is our Communications advisor, and responsible for the 60th Anniversary Good Design Australia Yearbook.

Over a 20 year career, Jackie has worked with clients in Australia and the UK including Arup, Arup International Development, Aston Martin Racing, Grimshaw, Hassell, Mayor of London (GLA), New London Architecture, Transport for London and THERE Design. Deeply passionate about design and proving its impact - whether to people, the environment or economy, she dreams of a National Design Policy in Australia and a ‘national body’ for design to call home.

She has an MA in Design History from the Royal College of Art/V&A Museum, London and has written for a number of design magazines including RIBAJ, Indesign, DQ and Australian Creative.