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Dr. Brandon Gien

CEO, Good Design Australia
President, International Council of Societies of Industrial Design (ICSID)

Brandon is the CEO of Good Design Australia and President of the International Council of Societies of Industrial Design (ICSID) - the first Australian to hold this position in the organisation's 57 year history. ICSID is the world organisation for Industrial Design and strives to promote design for a better world. It is a non-profit organisation that protects and promotes the interests Industrial Design and has members in over 50 countries, representing the interests of some 200,000 designers worldwide.

Prior to founding Good Design Australia, Brandon 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 ICSID Executive Board, he has been instrumental in creating the World Design Impact Prize, a new 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. His Doctorate focussed on design evaluation methodologies used by design promotion organisations around the world.

Dr. Gien is a Fellow of the Design Institute of Australia (DIA), 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 most of the major design awards in the world.

Dr. Gien was made a Design Ambassador to Japan, an international design advocacy role organised by the Japan Institute of Design Promotion (JDP).

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Kelly Tagalan

Special Projects, Good Design Australia

Kelly looks after all things digital and social. She is a self motivated and creative thinker, always on the move and constantly looking for ways to apply her energy and enthusiasm to great opportunities and for the love of good design.

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Samuel Jackson

Associate, Good Design Australia

Sam is responsible for the managing the design and implementation of Good Design Australia's high profile Good Design Showcase, a public exhibition of innovative products that feature in the annual Good Design Awards.

He has a career spanning over 10 years in music, marketing, media and events including National Marketing Manager for Triple J Radio, Director Jam Recordings (Good Vibrations Festival), Key Accounts and Promotions Manager – Universal Music. Partnerships, strategic alliances and clients have included Volkswagen, Big Day Out, CUB, Moonlight Cinemas, St Kilda Festival, NRL, Melbourne Food and Wine Festival and more.

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Felicity de Sauty

Program Manager, Good Design Australia

Felicity is the Program Manager of Good Design Australia and is involved in the management of the Good Design Awards, the Premier’s Design Awards, the Hills Young Australian Design Awards and the general administration of Good Design Australia.

With a background in Event Management and a passion for excellence and good design, she works diligently to maintain the efficacy of each design awards program whilst continuing to raise the profile of good design in Australia and abroad.

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Carolyn Poyser

Queensland Representative, Good Design Australia

Carolyn supports Good Design Australia with design industry networking, media and promotion, sponsorship, call for entries, online application, product assessments, event ticket sales and administering the Good Design® Selection and Good Design Award® licensees in Queensland.

She has six years of experience working within the industrial design industry, both as a practising designer and tertiary educator. Her expertise in managing the design development and production of commercial electronic products stems from employment at leading Queensland product development firms, including IntelliDesign and Heluva Studios.

After studying a Bachelor of Built Environment (Industrial Design) and a Graduate Diploma in Industrial Design at Queensland University of Technology, Carolyn joined the School of Design as a Unit Coordinator, Lecturer and Tutor.

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Luisa Bustos

Media Director, Good Design Australia

Luisa is a communications, media and public affairs specialist with exceptional writing and organisational skills, honed by experience in journalism, internal communications, media relations and public affairs. She has more than ten years experience and eight years in the not-for-profit sector and handles the PR and media activities for Good Design Australia and the Good Design Awards.

Specialties: Writing, editing, corporate communications, magazine production, corporate publications, annual reports, fundraising material, online content generation, media management, crisis/issues management, public affairs and public relations.