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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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Felicity Beissmann

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.