Liesbeth in’t Hout

Co-Director Sandberg Institute, Amsterdam

After graduating in 1976 as a fashion illustrator from the Fashion Department of School of Fine Arts Arnhem, the Netherlands, she took on her first post with the Dutch Post and Telegraph Company PTT. In 1984, while still on the job with PTT, she partnered up with Ravage Paris to implement Corporate Fashion assignments for institutions and companies like Dutch Railways or the Amsterdam Music Theatre, just to name a few. In 1992 she joined Li Edelkoort as a teacher and coordinator of the Leisure Department at the renowned Design Academy Eindhoven. From 1999 to 2006 she was Director of the Academy and thereafter Dean of the Amfi-Amsterdam Fashion Institute at the Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences. At the moment she is running the Sandberg Institute (Gerrit Rietveld Academy, Amsterdam) as co-director.

Wolfgang K. Meyer-Hayoz

Meyer-Hayoz Design Engineering Group, Winterthur

Wolfgang K. Meyer-Hayoz studied mechanical engineering, visual communication and industrial design and graduated from the Stuttgart State Academy of Art and Design.  In 1985, he founded the Meyer-Hayoz Design Engineering Group with offices in Winterthur/Switzerland and Konstanz/Germany. From 1987 to 1993, Meyer-Hayoz volunteered as president of the Swiss Design Association (SDA); he is member of the Association of German Industrial Designers (VDID) and of Swiss Marketing and the Swiss Management Society (SMG). Wolfgang K. Meyer-Hayzo serves as a juror on international design panels. Besides working on complex design processes in the company’s focus areas of medical engineering as well as machine and equipment design, he also supervises change management and turnaround projects in the fields of design strategy.

Lars Müller

Lars Müller, *1955, designer and publisher, Zürich. Since 1982 studio for visual communication, since 1996 partner of Integral Concept, an internationally active interdisciplinary design group. Established Lars Müller Publishers in 1983 with books on architecture, design, typography, art and photography. A passionate educator since 1985, he has taught at various universities in Switzerland and Europe and since 2009 has been a guest lecturer at Harvard University's Graduate School of Design. Lars Müller is currently the international president of AGI (Alliance Graphique Internationale).

Doreen Lorenzo

Doreen Lorenzo is a successful leader of global creative firms, having advised Fortune 100 companies on design and innovation issues for decades. In March 2016 she was appointed Director of the Center for Integrated Design, University of Texas-Austin. She is a co-founder of mobile video insights firm Vidlet, as well as a board member and advisor of several other startups, and a columnist for Fast Company Co. Design and Medium. Doreen earned a master’s degree in communication and media studies from Boston University and a bachelor’s degree in theater from the State University of New York, Stony Brook.

Nils Holger Moormann

Designer and Entrepreneur, Aschau

Nils Holger Moormann positions himself somewhere between the conventions of conventionality and makes himself comfortable amidst his pieces of furniture. They are not unlike the man himself: ascetic, well thought through, and with a nod and a wink to posterity that is easily overlooked. As an autodidact and free spirit, Nils Holger Moormann has, from 1982 onwards, developed furniture with a number of mostly young, unknown designers which exhibits a reduced formal language and precise solutions to details. Nils’s key thoughts are simplicity, intelligence and innovation, and these colour the company’s entire philosophy. From the company headquarters in Aschau to the purist design of FNP – a classic in its own right – and the unusual guesthouse ‘berge’, any new ideas and deliberations will certainly not be put off until tomorrow.

Demna Gvasalia

Founder Vetements and CD Balenciaga, Milan, Zurich, Paris

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