2018 Jury


Leah Heiss

Leah Heiss Design

Leah Heiss is a designer working at the nexus of design, health, and technology. Her practice traverses device, service and experience and her process is deeply collaborative, working with experts from nanotechnology and health services through to manufacturing. Her health technologies include Diabetes Jewellery; biosignal sensing emergency jewellery; and swallowable devices to detect disease. Facett, the world’s first modular hearing aid that Leah designed for Blamey Saunders hears won the 2018 Good Design Award and the CSIRO Design Innovation Award. Leah has won five Good Design Awards in total and her work is part of Museums Victoria heritage collection. She has exhibited at the Melbourne Museum, Gallery of Modern Art and other galleries locally and globally.

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Rodger Watson

ThinkPlace Global

Rodger Watson is Senior Executive Designer at ThinkPlace Global where he leads the Sydney studio. Rodger is committed to advancing knowledge and practice in complex public-sector problem solving. He specialises in multi-stakeholder problem exploration and designing for collective impact and has worked in public sector innovation for 15 years. His passion lies in working with people and organisations to solve the big issues. He is a published author, most recently in Wildlife Crime: From Theory to Practice from Temple University Press.

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Stephanie Pemberton

Design Thinking, KPMG

Stephanie is Associate Director of the Customer Brand and Marketing Advisory 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.

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.

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John Condilis

Nobody Denim

John Condilis, Managing Director of Nobody Denim and Council of Textile & Fashion Board President, is passionate about growing and reestablishing the clothing manufacturing industry in Australia. The Nobody story began with a small, family-built denim laundry in the backstreets of Melbourne, Aus in 1999. Founded on the belief that making jeans could be imbued with integrity and creativity, Nobody Denim has continued to go from strength to strength. From fabric sourcing to fit and finish, the Nobody team show a dedication to their craft, a commitment to quality and a genuine understanding of their customers needs.

John is committed to maintaining an ethical and sustainable operational facility, with transparency at the core of Nobody’s business activities. The label are accredited with Ethical Clothing Australia, ensuring everyone involved in making their designs receives fair wages and are provided with safe working conditions.

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Mike Horne

Turf Design Studio

Mike Horne has over 25 years of landscape and urban design experience, working across local and international large-scale masterplan, civic, residential, education, infrastructure and park projects.

Mike has been instrumental in numerous landmark and award-winning projects, including Central Park Sydney, Sydney Park, Circular Quay precinct, Central Barangaroo Masterplan (in collaboration with Skidmore Owings & Merrill), Sydney Olympic Park, and Sydney University Public Domain.

As an established leader in the landscape and design industry, Mike has also held teaching positions at The University of Sydney, and regularly undertakes speaking engagements both nationally and abroad, including the Royal Institute of British Architects’ (RIBA) Annual Discourse, Harvard University, and New York’s Museum of Modern Art (MoMA). He is a former Australian Institute of Landscape Architects (AILA) president and councillor (NSW Chapter), as well as being part of both the UNSW Course Accreditation Advisory Panel and Sydney University Urban Design Professional Advisory Committee.

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Hong Kong

Elaine Lu

Lim + Lu

Elaine Lu is co-founder and Managing Director of Lim + Lu. She was born in China, raised in Atlanta, studied and worked in New York, and currently lives in Hong Kong. She received her Bachelor of Architecture from Cornell University’s College of Architecture, Art & Planning in 2011. She has worked in the offices of Boldsen & Holm Architects in Copenhagen, Denmark, Robert A.M. Stern Architects, and Tiffany & Co. Store Design in New York City.

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New Zealand

Caroline Dewe


Caroline is the CEO & co-founder of Alphero.

She spent much of her early career getting digital awesomeness to market for other companies right from the days when digital and mobile were barely a thing.

She founded Alphero in 2011 after figuring that it was time to take her experience and views on how to do things better, and walk the talk by establishing her own business.

Alphero focuses on producing digital services that make a real difference to clients, and their users. In the last 7 years Alphero has delivered some of New Zealand’s most groundbreaking mobile and online services across every sector, and grown to over 65 people.

Part of Caroline’s vision was to prove that you can create a business model where everyone wins – clients, the team, management and shareholders.

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Vaughan Moffitt

Deloitte Digital

Vaughan has been helping brands achieve outcomes since the turn of the millennium.

As the Senior Creative Manager at Deloitte Digital, Vaughan’s focus is on digital transformations, interactive design and immersive experiences for Australia’s largest telecommunication, insurance and financial companies.

Being a proud pixel perfectionist and strategic thinker, Vaughan finds the ideal place for creativity and technology to meet. Through human-centered design, he acts on insights over assumptions. Prototyping and validating ideas to deliver tangible results. Putting people at the heart of the creative experience brings a personal perspective to his work.

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Dr Alexander Gosling AM


Dr Alexander Gosling AM was the founding director of Invetech, a company that now is focused on product development in the diagnostics instruments and cell therapy manufacturing systems sectors.

His 40 years with Invetech has provided an exceptional base of practical experience on what it takes to progress research outcomes and new technologies to commercial success. He was part of the management team that led Invetech firstly to public listing (as Vision Systems Ltd) and then to its acquisition by the US Danaher group for over $800M.

Alexander is an engineer, with an Honours degree from Cambridge University.  He is a Past National President of the Australasian Industrial Research Group, a Past National President of the Australia-Malaysia Business Council, a Fellow (and Chair of the Victorian Committee) of the Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering, a Fellow of the Institute of Engineers Australia, and a Governor of the Warren Centre for Advanced Engineering. He was also awarded an “Innovation Hero” medal by the Warren Centre and nominated in 2012 as one of Australia’s “100 most influential engineers” by the Institute of Engineers.  In 2014 he was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Engineering by Swinburne University. In 2015 he was appointed a Member of the Order of Australia for services to industry and the community.

In the medical technologies sector he sits on the Board of Micro-X Ltd, a listed company, and on the Board of the Cell Therapy Manufacturing CRC.  He is also on the Board of the Innovative Manufacturing CRC, and the Board of Bush Heritage Australia. He is a Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

He chairs the Advisory Board of Swinburne University’s ARC Training Centre in Biodevices, and is mentoring several young entrepreneurs with ventures in the medical devices or technologies sector.

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Hong Kong

Kiri Sinclair


Hong Kong-born Kiri Sinclair is a highly regarded thought leader in the Greater China PR industry, Founder and CEO of leading Integrated PR Agency, Sinclair, and Chair of PRHK, Hong Kong’s public relations association. A strong advocate and regular commentator for the PR and communications industry, Kiri is also on the Board of The Marketing Society and was named Campaign Asia’s 2018 PR Agency Head of the Year. As agency leader, Kiri is responsible for Sinclair’s organic growth, team first culture, talent development, and the innovative business and client strategy Sinclair is renowned for across its offices in Hong Kong and Shanghai.

Kiri has directed and implemented PR strategies and advised senior clients across the luxury, consumer, corporate and government sectors. She is an expert at developing creative brand building strategies on both a global and local level and managing sensitive issues for world-leading clients. Her forward-thinking and creative approach to communications marketing has seen Kiri lead her teams on countless award-winning campaigns, with the agency’s industry-leading reputation reconfirmed when Sinclair was named Campaign Asia’s 2018 Greater China PR Consultancy of the Year. Kiri earned her MBA from the University of Hong Kong.

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Hugo Davidson

Catalyst Design Group / KNOG

Following a BA in Industrial design, Hugo worked in Europe and the UK. In 1992 he founded Catalyst Design Group Pty Ltd, designing consumer, electronic, telecommunications and sporting products.

Catalyst is one of Australia’s leading Industrial Design and Brand Development companies. Its has the unique capability of taking products from establishing need, through all aspects of design and usability, product engineering, production management all the way to retail strategy and how products should resonate with wholesalers, retailers and customer alike.

In 2002 Hugo co-founded KNOG Pty Ltd.  A cycling accessories and outdoor equipment brand. KNOG now manufactures, facilitates and supplies over 200 unique products, sold in over 65 countries.

Hugo has been the recipient of over 33 National and International design awards including Winning the 2007 Australian Design award, the 2016 Premiers design award, 6 European IF Awards, the ISPO brand new Award and  Red Dot award.

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Paul Huxtable

Designer and Business Developer

Paul is a designer and business developer with diverse international experience spanning six continents,

Educated in Industrial Design and Engineering, Paul’s career began in 1971 as a product design trainee and progressed to corporate design, marketing and management roles at Simpson (Electrolux) and Caroma before founding a number of Product Development consultancies with offices in Adelaide, Melbourne and Kuala Lumpur .

In 2004 Paul turned his attention to a global health and safety problem. The design solution was Protect-it Column guards which is now sold in over 60 countries and made in South Australia.

Paul’s achievements include multiple Australian Good Design Awards over five decades and multiple international patents in diverse categories.

Throughout his career Paul has consistently championed the unique social, environmental and economic value of the Design-intensive Economy.

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Quinn Chow


Quinn Chow is a design leader obsessed with creating new value for customers, and growing new businesses to serve them.

Quinn is currently Design Principal at AMP. There, he is helping the company transform from offering services based on its financial products, to services based on the goals its customers want to achieve. He is accomplishing this through leading design strategy and service design, the embedding of human-centred design capability across the organisation, and dogged determination.

Over the last 20 years, Quinn has consulted on business design in Australia, tech startups in California and France, and consumer product design in China.

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Tobias Degsell


 Tobias Degsell is the founder and CEO of COMBINER. Before becoming an entrepreneur Mr. Degsell worked as many years a curator at the Nobel Museum in Stockholm, Sweden. In 2010 he began travelling the world preaching the power and magnitude of creativity. Today he helps companies and organisations all over the world to think and act new. Ideas are easy. Execution is everything. It takes a team to win. 

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Maureen Thurston


Global Director, Design to Innovate – Aurecon

Maureen works at the intersection between business strategy, creativity and culture, leveraging design as an asset and an instrument to help: imagine what’s possible, invent new value and ignite an enterprising spirit across a firm.

I have the good fortune to be working with an enlightened executive that believe, as I do, that design fuels innovation and growth. So with a mandate to liberate creativity and cultivate change I’m embedding design as a capability to capture and convey new value [and having a ton of fun in the process].

Over my 30+ year career, I’ve watched creativity and imagination suffocated by bureaucratic, process-driven mandates that keep people – and their organisations – from achieving their full potential.

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Stephanie Little

Chenchow Little

Stephanie Little is a founding partner of Chenchow Little Architects based in Sydney, Australia.  She graduated in Architecture from the University of NSW with honours in 1994.  Chenchow Little have received many awards for their work including the Australian Institute of Architects National Robin Boyd Award (2009), the NSW Aaron Bolot Award (2012) and the Houses Awards Australian House of the Year (2016).  The work of the practice has attracted strong interest from leading international and local publications and has been exhibited worldwide. Architecture Record (USA) selected Chenchow Little as one of ten international firms for their Design Vanguard issue 2010.

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Srini Srinivasan


Srini Srinivasan is a highly accomplished entrepreneur in creative design and technology development, investment and M&A, with over 25 years of work experience in the Silicon Valley, United States and India.

Presently, Srini is the President-Elect of World Design Organization (formerly Icsid). He is also the Chairman & CEO of LUMIUM DESIGN, Inc., a Silicon Valley based, world class, award-winning product Design Company that has developed products in the Consumer Electronics, Medical, Industrial Goods, Security and Surveillance domains. Lumium has a design studio in Santa Clara, (USA), Ahmedabad & Mumbai (India) and in Tokyo, Japan to execute creative design projects for global clients.

CUBESTACK DESIGN is a separate division of LUMIIUM that focuses exclusively on UX Design, Branding, Digital Marketing and UI development for enterprise mobility, big data, Wearable, and IoT devices. Srini specializes in Design & Technology and provides Design Leadership and technical management to a highly talented and multi disciplined teams across global locations.

SOCRADAMUS Venture Partners is an early-stage ‘managed’ venture advisory firm that invests and nurtures high-tech innovations from passionate start-ups. It is sector agnostic and would like to see ideas take shape in the field of AI, IoT, AR/VR and Block chain. Srini is the Founder & Managing Partner @ SVP.

Srini has been on several public speaking engagements across the globe on Innovation & Design topics such as “Mobility in Mega Cities” “Impact of UX in day to day life”, “What can design do for business”; “Designing New Cities”; “Global Trends in Design” “innovation in Urban Design” for WDO events.

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Luke Martin

Tricycle Developments

Trained in industrial design, Luke is inspired by creative problem solving and the positive impact design can make to businesses and people.

With 20 years industry experience he thrives on working with design teams and clients, where he can apply his has problem solving skills and design knowledge.

Having worked as design and production lead, his focus is now on aligning design strategy and enabling development teams to deliver great results.

He has lead the development of multiple award winning design programs for local Australian companies.

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Paul Garbett


Paul Garbett is a graphic designer, illustrator and image-maker. He is a co-founder of Garbett, a multidisciplinary design practice in Sydney. Their clients include Artbank, Arjo Wiggins, Australian Institute of Architects, AGDA, Fortune Magazine, Harvard Business Review and Sydney Opera House.

Paul is driven by a desire to make the world better, easier and more delightful through design and thinking. Paul is an active member of the design community involved in lecturing, exhibitions and teaching. His work has received over 200 awards and been published, exhibited and awarded internationally. Paul is a member of AGI (Alliance Graphique Internationale).

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Fred Holt


Fred Holt joined 3XN in 2010 following his work on a variety of projects while working in NYC and London. Fred has experience in a wide range of phases from design and programming through documentation. However, Fred’s primary focus is in the front end of projects focusing on the design and then carrying the design through detail development. Based on his experience through a variety building typologies, Fred brings a level of expertise to projects that have a proper balance between design and “know-how.” While at 3XN, Fred has been designing, developing and managing projects ranging from a Museum and Learning Center in Moscow to Mixed-use towers in Sweden and India, as well as the new headquarters for the IOC in Lausanne.

Most recently, Fred has fulfilled a similar role for a 200m tall, commercial tower at the edge of the CBD and Quay Quarter districts of Sydney. Fred was designing and managing the Quay Quarter Tower competition team; and upon winning, has acted as project architect and Partner in Charge through the development of the tower and key phases leading up to the design application submittal for the City of Sydney and through design development, focusing closely on the design aspects of the project. Fred is heading 3XN Australia and overseeing a wide range of projects in the country, including the new Sydney Fish Market.

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Trish Hansen

Urban Mind

Trish Hansen is the Founding Principal of Urban Mind, a strategic consultancy contributing across health, wellbeing, creative industries, public art and urban life. Trish has provoked, pioneered and managed social enterprises, projects, programs and quests in the tertiary adult and paediatric health, urban, arts and cultural sectors. Trish is currently the President of the Australian Institute of Urban Studies – SA and the South Australian Living Artists (SALA) Festival Board Director.

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Celina Clarke

Chair of the Jury Panel

Celina Clarke is a Melbourne based Industrial Designer who co-founded ISM Objects in 1990.  She has a passion for contemporary design and architecture and has a keen interest in lighting space.

Her folio of design work includes packaging, furniture and home-wares but over the past 15 years she has specialized in luminaire design.

Together with Simon Christopher, their designs have won many awards and their work has been exhibited widely including at the Museum of Modern Art, New York.  Their design partnership successfully spans more than 20 years.

Celina continues to develop designs for ISM and has a particular interest in materials and manufacturing.  She enjoys the detailed design process of getting products to market and she has particularly enjoyed working with the Sparks designers.

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