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    After the shortlist has been established, an international jury of renowned design professionals will judge the entries according to 6 criteria: creativity, relevance for refugees and other stakeholders, feasibility, scalability and potential impact. 


    David Kester has worked in the creative industry for 25 years, and is particularly renowned for pioneering new ways to turn social challenges, such as energy efficiency and security, into innovation and enterprise.

    David spent almost a decade as chief executive of the Design Council in London, a body he described as a ‘sort of one-stop-shop organisation for design at the heart of the economy’. Kester also headed the British Design and Art Direction (D&AD) for nine years, is a council member of the Royal College of Art, and a council member of the Home Office Design and Technology Alliance Against Crime.

    Already during high school Marcus Engman began working weekends and summer holidays at IKEA. He proceeded to apprentice for IKEA designer Mary Ekmark in the home furnishings department in the mid 1980’s.

    Since joining IKEA, he has held positions such as Communications and Interior Design Manager, Range Strategist and Marketing Manager. After 12 years with the company, Marcus founded his own retail agency, but in January 2014, he returned to IKEA as Design Manager. Marcus is known for his creativity and passion for democratic design.

    Sonia Ben Ali started working with refugees and internally displaced persons in 2007. During each mission in the field – in Bogota (Colombia), in Casamance (Senegal), in a refugee camp of the Palestinian Territories and in Beirut (Lebanon) –, she would notice that the bulk of the assistance was directed to camps when in fact most refugees live in cities with no or very limited support. In 2012, Ben Ali co-founded URBAN REFUGEES in France together with web designer David Delvalle to tackle the invisibility of urban refugees. Sonia Ben Ali holds a Master’s degree in Humanitarian Affairs from the French Institute of Political Sciences of Bordeaux.

    Corinne Gray is a Fulbright Scholar from Trinidad and Tobago who now works at the forefront of the UN Refugee Agency’s (UNHCR) innovation initiatives. As a core member of the Agency’s dynamic new Innovation Unit she leads efforts to engage staff and refugees in coming up with new ideas to address complex challenges faced by displaced people worldwide. Gray is based at UNHCR’s Headquarters in Geneva, but travels to the field regularly, connecting with UNHCR employees working on innovations, and documenting those innovations to foster agency-wide knowledge-sharing of innovation methodologies in action. 

    She travels often to refugee communities where she trains refugee and host community members in principles of human-centered design as a means to foster ‘bottom-up’ innovation among displaced communities. 

    Wit, intelligence and humanity are among the main tools with which London-based design consultancy johnson banks solves the thorniest business problems for clients including cultural organisations, not-for-profits and impact investors. The agency was founded in 1992 by designer and writer Michael Johnson, author of Problem Solved (Phaidon, 2004). He witnesses a shift in the design trade with non-profits becoming more and more a fertile testing ground for ground-breaking approaches to modern branding.

    Ravi Naidoo is the founder and managing director of Design Indaba and it’s founding company Interactive Africa. The Design Indaba Festival brings its annual celebration of creativity to six Southern African cities, showcasing design across a variety of formats and empowering the local creative economy. Interactive Africa is a Cape Town-based company that combines marketing, project management, logistic prowess and creative production to work on projects that promote South Africa. Naidoo’s aim with both organisations is to make Africa a competitor in the world stage using innovation and creativity. Naidoo also sits on the jury of the Index Awards and the jury of the Dutch Design Awards.

    Since studying Arabic and Middle-Eastern studies in University, Petra Stienen has had over ten years experience working in the Middle East, including for the Dutch Embassy in Cairo and Damascus. Currently she is a publicist and freelance consultant. She writes for Dutch newspapers the NRC Handelsblad, de Volkskrant and Opzij, has columns in De Limburger and Oneworld and regularly appears on radio and TV programs as a commentator. In 2011, she received the Dutch Women in Media Award.

    Richard van der Laken is the energetic engine behind both What Design Can Do and De Designpolitie, the graphic design agency he started in 1995 with Pepijn Zurburg. 

    In 2010 Van der Laken and Zurburg, together with several fellow creatives, founded What Design Can Do, a two-day international, multidisciplinary conference on the power of design as a factor for societal change. Over the last 6 years WDCD grew to become an international platform to showcase the impact of design. 

    Christian Benimana graduated as an architect in Shanghai in 2008 and joined Mass Design Group in 2010, where he is now the Programs Director for Rwanda. He has also taught at the architecture school in Kigali and chairs the Education Board of the Rwanda Institute of Architects. He has worked on numerous health projects, such as the Butaro District Hospital, the Rwinkwavu Neo-Natal Intensive Care Unit and the Maternity Waiting Village in Malawi.  


    Robin Cohen is Professor Emeritus of Development Studies, University of Oxford. 

    He is also an author of several books on migration, including The new helots: migrants in the international division of labour (1987, 1993, 2003), Frontiers of identity (1994), Global diasporas: an introduction (1997, rev. 2008) and Migration and its enemies (2006). Robin has edited or co-edited 20 further volumes, particularly on the sociology and politics of developing areas, ethnicity, international migration, transnationalism and globalization.

    Doreen Toutikian is an interdisciplinary designer and a social entrepreneur.
    She holds a Master’s degree from Cologne International School of Design in European Design Studies and a bachelor’s in Communication Design from Notre Dame University. Her book, 'Design Education in the Middle East', the result of a 3-year’s master degree, was awarded the Cologne Design Prize in 2010.

    With a background in interaction design and a personal interest in electronics, Bas van Abel has used Open Design as the driving force for many initiatives. As Head of the Waag Society’s Open Design Lab (1995-2012), he established FABLab, a community maker space, and as co-founder of the Instructables Restaurant, he initiated the world’s first open source restaurant. He is co-author of  Open Design Now (BIS, 2011), a book on the transformation of design into an open discipline.