ico-D Executive Board

  • ico-D Board, IBM03 Turin (Italy), April 2016
  • ico-D Board & Secretariat members during Montreal design studios visits, January 2016
  • Members of ico-D Board of Directors 2015–2017 at 26 General Assembly in Gwangju (South Korea)
    Idzwan Junaidi


ico-D’s Executive Board consists of individuals and experts from various design fields who are duly nominated and elected by ico-D Member organisations at the biennial ico-D General Assembly.

Members of the Executive Board serve in a volunteer capacity, donating their time and expertise to further ico-D's mandate. Board meetings are typically held four times a year in different locations around the world, usually in conjunction with regional meetings, seminars, or other scheduled ico-D or Member events.

Below are the members of ico-D Board of Directors 2015–2017 elected at 26 General Assembly in Gwangju (South Korea) on 22–23 October 2015 (Photo credit: Idzwan Junaidi):
  • david grossman | president | israel

    "To change the way people look at design we need to talk more about ‘designing.' The potency of a designer is not what he or she has designed, but their design process."

    David Grossman
    President | Tel Aviv, Israel

    David Grossman is an environmental graphic designer and partner of Daedalos Design Studio in Tel Aviv. Also a partner of Israel Design Works, he has been involved in the development of the Chinese design industry infrastructure. David is President of the Israel Community of Designers—Israel’s multidisciplinary professional design organization and is a founder of Vital,Tel Aviv Center for Design Studies (1987) and of the Graphic Design Department of Shenkar College in Israel (2000). He has played a key role as organizer, editor, lecturer and juror for  international design festivals, conferences and exhibitions, catalogs and annuals.

    David served as ico-D’s Treasurer and President between 1995–2003.

  • iva babaja | past president | croatia

    "The activity of design today transcends traditional design disciplines. My passion and work as President of ico-D has been to promote this evolution. I am also a strong believer in equality; the global picture is not complete without all of our voices, especially those championing the interests of smaller or developing countries. These values are built into ico-D’s new strategy – to be an active Council that gives voice to design in all contexts everywhere in the world."

    Iva Babaja
    Past President | Zagreb, Croatia

    Born in Zagreb, Croatia, Iva studied at the Hochschule für Angewandte Kunst in Vienna. She has worked extensively as a photographer, art director and freelance designer for major advertising agencies, publishers and cultural institutions.

    Iva is the founder and president of the Association for Promotion of Visual Culture and Communications (VIZUM) and has worked extensively on the organisation and execution of ZGRAF and other international exhibitions and projects. She is a member of Croatian Designers Society (HDD), Association of Artists of Applied Arts (ULUPUH), and Art Directors Club New York, and is currently the Creative Director at Havas WW Zagreb agency in Zagreb. Her work has been included in exhibitions and publications both in Croatia and abroad.

    In her previous terms as ico-D Vice President and Secretary General, Iva has advocated for Membership and Professional Practice issues, with a focus on spec work and best practices.

  • zachary haris ong | president elect | malaysia

    "In recent years, we have witnessed design becoming a widely accepted valuable proposition. The next real evolution is enabling world governments to participate and profit from the power of design to further bettering quality of life for all."

    Zachary Haris Ong
    President Elect | Malaysia

    Zachary Haris Ong is committed to the development of design impact on national GDP, and acts as an advisor to the Malaysian government for the development of its national design agenda. He was the catalyst in assembling all design associations under the Malaysia Design Council. For his work, he was nominated for the prestigious 7 Bintang Lifetime Achievement Award at the Kuala Lumpur Design Week, in recognition of individuals who are key contributors to the creative industry of Malaysia. He led the Rediscovery: Icograda Design Week in Sarawak in 2012, and is currently the President of wREGA. He was listed in Prestige magazine’s Top 40 Movers and Shakers of Malaysia Under 40. Currently, he is a principal designer at Zachary Haris Ong & Associates based in Kuala Lumpur. 

  • tyra von zweigbergk | secretary general | sweden

    "I would like to build upon my knowledge, network and experience garnered from Nordic countries, with their individual cultural policies, to further develop favorable conditions for professional designers and their work internationally."

    Tyra von Zweigbergk
    Secretary General | Sweden

    Tyra von Zweigbergk works as a designer, illustrator, artist and lecturer and her work has been been recognised with both awards and exhibitions. She is a regular guest lecturer at Konstfack University College of Arts, Craft and Design and board member of Svenska Tecknare since 2010, where she is currently Vice President and head of both International Relations and the Rights and Conflicts Fund. In 2013 she was elected to the Board of European Illustrator’s Forum, and in 2014 she initiated and co-organised the Sharing Possibilities symposium in Oslo with Grafill, Norway, as well as the Value of Design Seminar with participants from the Board of ico-D in Stockholm 2015.

  • peter florentzos | treasurer | australia

    “I want to be in a position to make positive change, which will impact on the betterment of design. Real recognition of designers and the importance of design to all areas of humanity is long overdue.”

    Peter Florentzos
    Treasurer | Brisbane, Australia 


    Peter Florentzos is a leading designer from Brisbane (Australia) with more than 20 years experience in the discipline of graphic design. His specialty extends to branding in the architectural, property development, retail design and interior design sectors. Currently a National Director of the Design Institute of Australia, and Co-President of the Queensland Branch (DIA), he is also a member of the Australian Graphic Design Association (AGDA) where he has previously served as National Councillor and Queensland Treasurer. Peter has also been a Lecturer and Tutor in graphic design at the Queensland College of Art, Griffith University.

    Florentzos Design is an award-winning multidisciplinary design studio, proud of its collaborative approach to design.

  • antoine abi aad | vice president | lebanon

    "In addition to my academic background, I am Mediterranean, Middle Eastern, Asian (as a citizen of Asia), Arab, Francophone, Eastern Christian, and I have studied in Japan. Consequently, I speak Arabic, French, English and Japanese. The diversity of languages and experiences I have garnered over the years are a big plus for a position that requires a multicultural perspective."

    Antoine Abi Aad
    Vice President | Lebanon

    Following his Advertising DES from the Académie Libanaise des Beaux-Arts (Lebanon 2000), Antoine moved to Japan and completed his Masters of Arts (2004) and his Ph.D. in Visual Communication Design (2007) at Tsukuba University. After a year of post-doctoral research, he returned to Lebanon to assume his duties as an instructor and coordinator of international cultural events and exchange programmes between universities at his Alma Mater, ALBA.

    Antoine has worked, exhibited, taught and lectured in Bolivia, Brazil, China, Cyprus, Dubai, France, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong, India, Japan, Kenya, Korea, Lebanon, Morocco, Peru, Poland, South Africa, Switzerland, Taiwan, Thailand, Tunisia and USA. 

  • cihangir istek | vice president | turkey

    "Design is only relevant within interrelationships. Design­—both as an end product and an action with impact—interconnects discourses, things and people. While this view informs how I think and approach design, my work combines research, education, and practice."

    Cihangir Istek
    Vice President | Turkey

    After he gained his MSc. from University College London and a PhD from the University of Tokyo, Dr. Cihangir Istek has held several faculty positions and been teaching design based on ‘Learning-by-Doing’ and ‘Real-Life Projects’ with a focus on Space and Environments at various universities. Currently, he is a Vice-Chair of the Department of Communication Design and Management, and a Programme Director of VCD at Istanbul Bilgi University. In addition to his academic work, he has also worked internationally, holding several design professional and consultancy roles, including the founding and directing of an interdisciplinary design practice. Since 2008, he has been an Associate and Design Representative in Istanbul of the Institute for Information Design Japan (Tokyo).

  • heidrun mumper-drumm | vice president | united states

    "Given the need to prepare for monumental change taking place in the world, on multiple levels [environmental, social and economic], design is uniquely qualified to prepare people to adapt to that change, 'resilience' being a new goal for designers that will require new and creative strategies. Exciting days ahead for design!"

    Heidrun Mumper-Drumm
    Vice President | Los Angeles, UnitedStates


Heidrun Mumper-Drumm is a professor and Director of Sustainability Initiatives at Art Center College of Design. Her integrative approach to design education is based on a multi-disciplinary career spanning science and design as an environmental engineer, graphic designer, publisher, letterpress printer, book artist and design educator.

    As faculty and Director, Heidrun continues to teach and develop a Design for Sustainability curriculum, in which life cycle evaluation is integrated with design process to optimize product service system sustainability. She leads research, speaks, and conducts workshops on life cycle design innovation.

  • ziyuan wang | vice president | china

    "While working in the academic design field in China, I have witnessed a shift in the Chinese economic model due to changes in the the creative industry—particularly in professional design practice and education. I believe this change will have a great effect on the future of lifestyle in China, and worldwide."

    Wang Ziyuan
    Vice President | China

    Wang Ziyuan, professor at China Central Academy of Fine Arts (CAFA), director of Graphic Design Dept. School of Design in 2003–2012. He has received design awards including 'Best Book Design of the Year' of China in 2004, 2010 and 2012. He was the main designer and project director for 2008 Beijing Olympic Games. In 2009, when ICOGRADA Congress was held in Beijing, Wang participated all intensive preparation as a key organiser. 

  • rebecca wright | vice president | united kingdom

    "I am committed to design education and research and passionate about the power of design to improve lives and build futures."

    Rebecca Wright
    Vice President | United Kingdom

    Rebecca Wright is a design educator, researcher and writer. She is Programme Director of Graphic Communication Design at Central Saint Martins, University of the Arts London, where she leads undergraduate and postgraduate study across specialisms that include graphic design, design and interaction, illustration, moving image, advertising, typography, digital media and communication design. She was previously Academic Director of Communication Design at Kingston University and her other academic positions include Visiting Professor at Musashino Art University, Tokyo. Rebecca is co-founder of GraphicDesign&, a pioneering publishing house exploring how graphic design connects with all other subjects and the value that it brings.

  • des laubscher | executive board member | south africa

    "I believe I can bring a strong contribution related to all design, and interior design in particular, to the ico-D Board because of my wealth of experience on the international design stage representing interior design & architecture. My international experience spans two and a half decades. As the World Design Summit 2017 approaches, I hope to connect many interior design professionals to participate and possibly partner in this event. I will pursue the possibility of getting industry involved as sponsors for the Summit. I am also willing to take on any other responsibilities the Board may task me with."
    Prof. Des Laubscher
    Executive Board member | Greenside, South Africa

    Professor Laubscher brings with him several decades of experience not only in design education, but also the running of professional organisations. He founded and is Past President of the African Institute for the Interior Design Professions (IID) and a Past President and Fellow of the International Federation of Interior Architects/Designers (IFI).

    As one of ico-D’s Members in Africa, the Greenside Design Center College of Design has been an active Member for almost 20 years. He organised and coordinated the Cumulus Education Conference for art, design and new media in Johannesburg, South Africa in 2014. The theme of the conference was ‘Design with the Other 90%’. He is an advisor to the Department of Art and Culture and is at present on a panel to develop a national design strategy. With a background in Interior Design, Prof. Laubscher adds one more design discipline to the Board.