Icograda announces 2009-2011 Executive Board candidates

24 September 2009
Montreal (Canada) - Icograda has announced the candidates for election to the 2009-2011 Executive Board who will be selected at the General Assembly 23 taking place in Beijing (China) from 24-25 October 2009. More than 120 delegates from over 30 countries have already registered to attend the meeting. This is the first time in the organisation's almost 50 year history that the Assembly has been held in China.
Montreal (Canada) - Icograda has announced the candidates for election to the 2009-2011 Executive Board who will be selected at the General Assembly 23 taking place in Beijing (China) from 24-25 October 2009. Russell Kennedy (Australia), currently serving as President Elect, will become President of the board and Don Ryun Chang (Korea), current President, will assume the position of Past President.

Global advocacy, unity and engagement  have been highlighted as priorities. As the voice of members in 67 countries and regions around the globe, Icograda will build on existing relationships and create new dialogue with governments, NGO’s, global forums and corporate stakeholders, actively encouraging and promoting an international culture of design collaboration and alliance building around the world.  Stronger ties with policy makers and design promotion bodies will be fostered through forums that promote and develop the international social and economic agenda. 

Marking the beginning of the 10 anniversary of the Icograda Education Manifesto, affiliation between Icograda's Education Network and other international design education networks will be encouraged, along with the launch of an international design research publication with a specific focus on issues of relevance to contemporary communication design and curriculum development.



Russell Kennedy (Australia)

President 2009-2011

Mr. Kennedy is a Senior Lecturer of Visual Communication at Monash University in Melbourne, Australia. He is an academic and practitioner of both graphic design and filmmaking. Russell is a Fellow of the Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufacture and Commerce (RSA) and a member of both the Australian Graphic Design Association (AGDA) and the Design Institute of Australia (DIA). Before joining Monash in 1994, he was the principal of Russell Kennedy Design, a corporate identity consultancy, and co-director of Onset Productions, a motion picture and documentary company. Russell actively promotes a network interface between design education and the profession.



Don Ryun Chang (Korea)

Past President 2009-2011

Prof. Chang completes his two year term as President in Beijing. He is the current Dean of the graduate school of advertising at Hongik University in Seoul. Born to diplomat parents and growing up on five continents, Don founded DC&A in 1991, which later became one of the leading identity companies in Asia, The company merged with Interbrand in 1999 and has developed acclaimed identities for the 2002 FIFA World Cup, Korea Telecom, Shinhan Bank and Korea Tourism Office. He has served as Vice President of the Visual Information Design Association of Korea (VIDAK) and was the Executive Organising Director for the 2000 Icograda Millennium Congress in Seoul. Don is currently advisor for many institutions including the Korean Olympic Committee, Seoul Metropolitan government and is the author of five books including How to succeed in business with design and Brand Media Innovation.


Candidates for election to the 2009-2001 Executive board are:

President Elect



Halim Choueiry (Lebanon)

Member of AUST, DD, AIGA, Think
Nominated by: Prografica, ULUPUBIH, FST

Prof. Choueiry is a design educator, practitioner and an Icograda Vice President. Halim is currently the Chairperson of the Arts+Design Department at the American University of Science and Technology in Beirut, Lebanon. Having obtained a Bachelor's and two Master's degrees, he is undertaking a PhD in Design at Brighton University in the United Kingdom, with his research focusing on Cultural Mapping and Cultural Navigation. Halim also maintains a strenuous focus in research activities contributing to the development of several national design research projects.

He is dedicated to bringing about sustainable changes in the approach and thinking patterns 
of design in the Middle East and the Gulf region.


Secretary General




Grégoire Serikoff (France)

Member of AIGA
Nominated by: DOS, FST

Mr. Serikoff is an independent designer and facilitator based in Paris, France. He is a founding member of The Value Web, and a member of the Accelerated Solutions Environment network. In the past nine years, he has led or contributed to the design and delivery of collaborative work sessions, addressing strategy, transformation, change management, learning and innovation, for more than a hundred public and private international organisations.

He has developed his research and competences with an approach focusing on design, collaboration, leadership, ecosystems and creative environments. Design expert for the World Economic Forum, Greg has run multiple sessions at Davos since 2005. He is a Regional Ambassador of INDEX: Design to Improve Life.


Treasurer



David Berman, FGDC, R.G.D. (Canada)

Member of GDC, RGD
Nominated by: DOS, FST

Mr. Berman has over 25 years of experience in graphic design and strategic communications. He has been involved in helping hundreds of design firms organise themselves more effectively, yielding better results for principals, firms, clients, and communities. David has worked extensively in the award-winning adaptation of printed materials for electronic distribution, including Web design, plain writing and graphic design. He is the author Do Good Design, urging all designers to use their skills and opportunity to help build a better world.

He served as president of the Association of Registered Graphic Designers of Ontario (RGD), National Ethics Chair of the Society of Graphic Designers of Canada (GDC), and was made a Fellow in 1999. He has served two terms on the Executive Board of Icograda. He is also a member of AIGA, MPI, and IFPS.


Vice President



Iva Babaja (Croatia)

Member of ULUPUH and HDD
Nominated by: ULUPUH, ULUPUBIH, FST, HDD, DOS

Iva Babaja was born in Zagreb, Croatia and 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. She is currently Creative director at Euro RSCG agency in Zagreb, working for many local and international clients.  She is committed to doing pro bono work for worthy projects and is an active member of the international design community. Within Icograda, she is working on several membership projects, while also dealing with the recognition and respect of the design profession in her native Croatia.

Iva is 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 many other international exhibitions and projects. Iva is a member of Croatian Designers Society (HDD), Association of Artists of Applied Arts (ULUPUH) and Art Directors Club New York.


Jason Fan (Taiwan, Chinese Taipei)

Member of TGDA
Nominated by: TGDA

Jason Fan received his Master’s Degree from Pratt Institute in the United States in 1989. After returning to Taiwan, Fan founded Signet Design Company in 1991, which later became one of the nation’s leading design firms. He has received numerous design awards, including golden prize of Taiwan National Graphic Design, Judge’s Award of the Graphic Design in China and Excellent Awards of Hong Kong Designers Association. Besides devoting his time to teaching, he is often invited to be the speaker and juror in nationwide and overseas awards schemes.

Fan is the former president of Taiwan Graphic Design Association (2006- 2008) and then worked as the CEO of Cultural & Creative Industries Center at National Taiwan Normal University until August 2009. He is one of the originators and member delegates of the Taiwan Design Alliance.



Zelda Harrison (United States)

Member of AIGA
Nominated by: AIGA

Ms. Harrison was born in Los Angeles to UCLA's first graduate students from Ghana. She has travelled throughout Asia, Africa, the Americas and Europe and lived on three continents. 


Zelda studied International Marketing at the Rouen Business School (ESCRouen) and earned a BFA in Visual Communications from California State University, Long Beach, culminating a career exclusively in marketing (ConAgra, Nestlé, Neutrogena). Her expertise now includes visual communications and design management. Zelda’s client list includes public agencies (cities of Los Angeles, Hollywood, Culver City), entertainment networks (Plitt Entertainment Group, Warner Bros, Fox, PBS), creative agencies (Sargent & Berman, SussmanPrejza), as well as real estate and legal firms. She provides marketing support to community groups in Los Angeles that serve youth and underfunded communities.

Zelda has served as President of the AIGA Center for CrossCultural Design (AIGA XCD). AIGA XCD’s goal is to highlight the role of culture in communication design. She created BusinessMatters for AIGA-Los Angeles, a best practices workshop for design management.



David Lancashire (Australia)

Member of AGDA
Nominated by: FST

David Lancashire's standing in the design community is reflected by his membership of Alliance Graphique Internationale (AGI). His work has been recognised with many awards and has appeared in numerous Australian and international graphic design publications. Originally from the United Kingdom, David studied fine arts there before settling in Australia. After working in advertising and design he set up his own practice in 1976.

With more than 30 years in the design industry, David’s experience encompasses a wide range of design disciplines including corporate identity, packaging, publication design, exhibition and environmental design. It is the more recent work in the area of interpretive design that has been awarded and praised by his peers. His vast experience in the interpretation of environmental, cultural and natural values and especially his collaboration with Indigenous cultures has resulted in world-class visitor centres in remote parts of Australia.

David was co-opted to the Icograda Executive Board in January 2009.

Omar Vulpinari (Italy)

Member of AIGA
Nominated by: AIGA, DOS, FST

Omar Vulpinari has been the creative director of Visual Communication at Fabrica since 1998, directing projects for United Nations, Lawyers Committee for Human Rights, Witness, Amnesty International, Reporters Without Borders, United Colors of Benetton, CocaCola, Porsche, Vespa, The New Yorker Magazine, Domus Magazine, Corriere della Sera, La Repubblica, Cult TV - Fox International. For Fabrica, he is strategic communication advisor for the United Nations World Health Organisation. He also teaches Communication Design at the IUAV University of Venice where he is also responsible for the conference series “Graphic Design and Social Responsibility”.


His independent work was featured by Taschen in a personal section of “Contemporary Graphic Design”. Vulpinari was co-curator for Phaidon’s “Area: 100 Graphic Designers” and contributor to Steven Heller’s “Becoming a Graphic Designer” for Wiley and “The Education of a Graphic Designer” for Allworth Press.

Vulpinari is winner of numerous design awards and a frequent speaker and juror for major international design events.


Retiring members of the Executive Board





Icograda acknowledges three members of the 2007-2009 Executive Board who will retire following the General Assembly 23.

Jacques Lange (South Africa) - Past President

Mr. Lange graduated from the University of Pretoria, South Africa and spent time in the television and advertising industries before joining Bluprint Design, a visual communication consultancy where he is a senior partner. He is also Editor of DESIGN> magazine, an electronic magazine that seeks serves designers, the design conscious and the design curious in South Africa and beyond.

Jacques served as an Icograda Board Member since 2001. From 2005-2007, he was President of the Executive Board and a member of the International Design Alliance (IDA) Executive Committee from 2003-2007. He chaired the Continental Shift 2001 Icograda Congress in Johannesburg and was President of Design South Africa from 1998-2003. He is a past director of the Communication Foundation of South Africa (think), a member of the Design Education Forum of Southern Africa, an editorial committee member of the academic journal, Image & Text and a steering committee member of the SABS Design Institute's Design Achievers Awards.

Jacques will remain engaged with Icograda through the Past President's forum.

Lise Vejse Klint (Denmark) - Secretary General

Lise served as President of Danish Designers (DD) from 2001-2005. In 2005, she was elected Icograda Secretary General and has served two terms in this position and as a member of the  International Design Alliance (IDA) Executive Committee.

She has a Master’s Degree in Architecture from the Royal Academy of Fine Arts School of Architecture and many years of experience in teaching at institutions such as The Royal School of Library and Information Science, the University of Copenhagen and the Royal Academy of Fine Arts School of Architecture. She is a board member for the Danish Arts Foundation and in 2006 was appointed by the Minister of Trade and Economics to join a special committee on strengthening Danish Design.

In August 2006, Lise was appointed as Program Director of INDEX: Design to Improve Life, the world’s largest design prize.


Mohammed Jogie (South Africa) - Vice President

Mr. Jogie completes a two year term as Vice President and will remain engaged as a member of the INDIGO Advisory Board.

He studied Fine Art at the University of Durban Westville and Graphic Design at the Vaal Triangle Technikon then the Funda Community College in Soweto, along with courses in management and design software. Mohammed cut his teeth by working as an assistant to cartoonist Vella Padayachee before moving onto struggle newspaper “The Indicator” where he came through with top honours on their media training programme. He then embarked on a design consultancy before moving onto an in-house design division of the Premiere Group.

In the nineties, he art directed magazines before starting his design company Morning Star Design. He also worked as a design and software application trainer. Mohammed is a practising designer and works for Adobe looking after marketing, public relations and creative pro products in Africa, the Middle East and Indian Ocean Islands.



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Brenda Sanderson
Managing Director
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Icograda is the world body for professional communication design and a partner of the International Design Alliance (IDA). www.icograda.org

At the General Assembly 23, voting Members will be asked to consider amendments to Icograda’s Articles and Bylaws regarding qualifications for Board Members and process for nominations which may result in amendments to this slate of candidates.