Design for the World '99 Tokyo Symposium

Panelist Profiles


Kenji Ekuan Chairman of DW / Japan
Graduated from the Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music(1955), President of International Council of Societies of Industrial Design (ICSID)(1975), General Producer of the World Design Exposition '89 Nagoya (1989). Chairman of GK Design Group, Senator of International Council of Societies of Industrial Design (ICSID), Board Member of the Japan Design Foundation, Chairman of Japan Institute of Design.
Awards:ICSID Colin King Grand Prix(1979), The Blue Ribbon Medal(Prime Minister's Office Japan, 1992), Misha Black Medal(U.K. 1996), Officeir de L'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres(France, 1997).
Writing:"Dogu-Ko", "The Aesthetics of Japanese Lunchbox", "Material things and Japanese"



Mai Felip Director General of DW / Spain
President of Spain Association of Industrial Designers (1982-83), President of International Council of Societies of Industrial Design (ICSID)(1993-95), advisor to the government of Mexico, Columbia, Cuba, Algentina for promotional policy of design (1994 to date), Deputy Chairperson, Executive Board of Barcelona Design Foundation (1997 to date), Senator of International Council of Societies of Industrial Design (1997), Board Member of the Environment Commission, Barcelona Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Member of the Technical Commission, “Strategic Plan Barcelona 2000,” Member of the International Commission for the Diffusion of Catalan Culture.
Awards: FAD Medal for Achievements in Design Promotion and Diffusion of Spanish Design World-Wide (1994), Honorary Doctor of Design, Kingston University Great Britain (1996).



Andre Ricard President of DW / Spain
Founder of Spanish Design Society, former Vice President of International Council of Societies of Industrial Design (ICSID), Presently President of Spanish Association of Industrial Designers, Vise President of Barcelona Design Center and Member of Barcelona Economical Promotion Council. The torch designer of Barcelona Olympic in1992.
Awards: World Star by World Packaging Organization (1986), Creu de Sant Jordi Cross of merit of the Government of Catalonia (1993), Ordre Olympique by International Olympic Committee (1993).
Writing: Le Design au Quotidien (1995).



Augusto Morello Vice President of DW / Italy
President of the International Council of Societies of Industrial Design (ICSID) President of the Associazione per il Disegno Industriale (Italy) Managing Editor of “Stileindustria” (Design Research Quarterly), Juror of Compasso d’Oro (1997). President of Italian Marketing Association (1976-1988).


Yoshio Hatano President of Foreign Press Center, Former Ambassador of Japan to the United Nations. / Japan.
Studied Tokyo University Faculty of Law and entered the Ministry of Foreign Affairs(1953), Envoy Extraordinary and Minister Plenipotentiary, Embassy in the United States of America (1981), Director-General of the Middle Eastern and African Affairs Bureau, Ministry of Foreign Affairs (1982), Director-General for Public Information (Spokesman), Ministry of Foreign Affairs (1984), Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary, Permanent Representative of Japan to the International Organizations in Geneva (1987), Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary, Permanent Representative of Japan to the United Nations in New York (1990), Member of the Group of International Advisers of the International Committee of the Red Cross, Member of the Environment Council of the Japanese Government, others.


David Grossman Board Member of DW / Israel
Graduated from Graphic Design Department of the Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design (1975). After joined to Total Design in Amsterdam, operated studio visual design office in New York, opened Tel Aviv environmental graphic design office in 1980, co-founder and director of Vital Tel Aviv Center for Design Studies, Israel (1987). Board Member / Treasurer of International Council of Graphic Design Associations (ICOGRADA) in 1995, Elected President of ICOGRADA for 1999-2001.


Marianne Frandsen Board Member of DW / Denmark
Graduated from the Danish College of Interior Design (1970). President of International Federation of Interior Architects / Designers (IFI). Vice President of Multidisciplined Design Association of Designers in Denmark (MDD)(1995~1997), Council Member of the European Design Award, Maastricht (1995~97), Appointed member of the Committee to promote use of design, Danish Ministry of Industry and Trade (1996~98), Jury Member, President of the Jury of Compazzo d’Oro, Milan, Italy (1998), Jury Member of the International Design Competition in Osaka, Japan (1999).
Writing: Many contributions to professional publications both in Denmark and foreign countries, and many others.



Alexander Manu Board Member of DW / Canada
Founded Axis Group full service design consultancy (1980). Consultant on design strategy for the Canadian Ministry of Culture and Communications (1991-93), Academician of the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts (RCA) (1994), President of the Association of Chartered Industrial Designers of Ontario (1988-1992), Director of the Association of Canadian Industrial Designers (1989-1995), Director of International Council of Societies of Industrial Design (1995), Member of Program Committee of 20th ICSID Congress Toronto (1998).
Writing: ToolToys -Tools with an element of Play” and many others.



Osamu Ishiyama Board Member of Japan Institute of Design
Architect, Prof. of School of Science and Engineering, Department of Architecture, Waseda University.
Awards: Tenth Isohachi Yoshida Award for “Museum of Chohachi of Izu” (1985), Award of Japan Association of Architecture for “Miyagi Prefectural Museum of Rias and Arc”(1995).
Writing: “Frustration for housing is never cured,” “It is development of a town number one town.”(Shobunsha)



Eiko Ohya Board Member of Japan Institute of Design, Journalist.
Graduated International Christianity University. Founded and president of Japan Information Systems (NIS) President (1969), At NIS, besides planning and producing cultural events, started working on media from 1978, has been active in broad range from international issue, domestic socio-econo problems, food culture to child care. Successively appointed to the Member of Sub Committee for Administrative Reform and the Member of House of Representative Electoral Constituency Demarcation Committee.
Writing: “So that it is fun to be a woman,” “AIDS - You can’t catch it holding hands,” and others.



Des Laubscher Board Member of DW / South Africa
Interior and architectural designer. Founded Qube Design Consultancy, specializing in hotels and leisure industry, house, office and exhibition design (1977). Co-founded Design Center, a design consultancy and design school in South Africa. A player of South African rugby team “Spring Box.” Currently President Elect of International Federation of Interior Architects / Designers (IFI), design consultant for Interstudio, one of the largest design companies in South Africa.


Fritz Frenkler Board Member of DW / Germany
Graduated Industrial Design Academy of Fine Arts Braunschweig (1983). Worked for Frog Design Germany, Design Manager of Frog Design USA, Frog Design Asia, since 1992 President of Wiege Design GmbH. Board Member of International Council of Societies of Industrial Design (ICSID)(1995), Board Member of Industrie Forum Hannover (1996), Board Member of DesignLabor Bremerhaven (1998).


Guy Schockaert Board Member of DW / Belgium
Studied graphic arts and visual communication at the “Institut Sain-Luc, Bruxelles,” Running graphic design studio, lecturer of the University of Louvain since 1990, member of juries in national and in7ernational competitions, Member of the Board of Chambre Belge des Graphistes (1950-75), Vice President of Union des Designers en Belgique since 1991, Belgique Representative by the Bureau of European Designers Associations (1992-1995), Currently President of International Council of Graphic Design Associations, Fellow of the Society of Typographic Designers.


Atsuko KamoshidaBoard Member of Japan Institute of Design, President of Universal Product Promotion Organization
Graduated from School of Graphics of Craft Deprartment, the Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music. After joined to Design Promotion Dept. of Regional Industry of Shizuoka Prefecture, opened own design office, Director of Shizuoka Design Center, Promoted Universal Design in E & C Project (presently Universal Product Promotion Organization).
Awards: Gold Award of Tokyo International Lighting Competition, IF Award of Hanover Messe Germany (Z light), 21st Kitaro Kunii Industry and Craft Award, and many others.
Writing: Development of Barrier Free Products (co-author) and othes.



Seiichi Mizuno Board Member of Japan Institute of Design, President of Tokyo Creative.
Graduated from School of Economy of Keio University. Former President of Seibu Department Store. Worked on creating corporate identity of Seibu Dept. Store and developed new business and opened “Loft””Sheed” emporiums. Currently Member of House of Councilors.
Writing: Theory of “Marketing of Resourcefulness for the Fifth Industry Toward 21st Century”.



Robert Blaich Vice President of DW / U.S.A
Currently Principal Consultant of Blaich Associates. former Vice President of Design and Corporate Communications for the Herman Miller Inc., former Senior Director of Corporate Design for Philips Electronics, Senator of International Council of Society of Industrial Design.(ICSID), Advisory Board Member of the International Design Conference in Aspen, Fellow of the IDSA and the royal society of the Arts, U.K.. Doctor of Fine Arts Honorary Degree by Syracuse University (1990).
Awards:, World Design Medal by the Industrial Designers Society of America (IDSA) (1992). In 1991, appointed Officer in the Order of Oranje Nassau (knighthood) by her magesty Queen Beatrix of the Nerherlands.
Writing: Product Design and Corporate Strategy, New and Notable Product Design, and many others.



Antonio Puig Treasurer of DW / Spain
Phd. of Engineering. Found Antonio Puig SA (1962), found Paco Rabanne Perfumes (1968), currently President of the Executive Board of BCD Foundation, founder of Puig Foundation for the Endowment of Arts. Awarded: Beaute et Industrie), Fragrance Foundation (1977), Creu de Sant Jordi by Catalonian Government (1988).


Akira Tamura Auditor of Japan Institute of Design, Regional Policy Planner.
Emeritus Prof. of Hosei University. Graduated from School of Architecture, Law and Politics of Tokyo University. Worked for the Ministry of Transportation, Japan Life Insurance, Environmental Development Center and appointed to Director of Planning Administration of Yokohama City. Planning and implementing infrastructure projects of Yokohama City and founded an urban design team.
Writing: “Text Book for City of the Times” (Toyo Keizai Inc.), “Urban design for creating beautiful cityscapes”(Asahi Sensho), and others.



Noriji Sato Active Board Member of Japan Institute of Design, Prof. of School of Business Administration, Environmental Design Institute.
Graduated from Department of Politics, Waseda University. Currently practicing design management and cultural management after joined to Press and Magazine Dept, Marketing Dept, and Center for Cost Performance of Software of Dentsu Inc.
Writing: " The Times Flow toward Design," "Design and Cities (co-author),""The Future of Design (co-author)," and others.







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