The Secretariat, located in Montreal, Canada, is responsible for developing and implementing ico-D's programmes and partnerships and promoting the work of our international membership network.
As Managing Director, Ana is accountable for the overall operational and administrative management of the Secretariat, implementation of Board-directed strategy and policy, delivery of ico-D programmes, and development of membership, affiliations and partnerships.
With an educational background in both International Business and Industrial Design, and over a decade of experience managing international projects in a range of industries, Ana has chosen to apply her expertise to the promotion of design and designers, most recently helping design businesses with their international market development in a position with the Board of Trade of Metropolitan Montréal and, before that, managing international projects for Mission Design, the Québec design council, where she actively participated in the development of the 2017 World Design Summit in Montreal.
Born in Argentina, raised in the United States and trained in Canada, Mexico and Italy, Ana is a capable and enthusiastic advocate for design as a vehicle for global change.
Events Manager | Montreal, Canada
Phone: +1 514 875 7545
Elizabeth is responsible for the event management of internal ico-D events: General Assembly, Annual General Meeting, Platform Meetings, Board Meetings. She also takes care of various special programmes such at the Endorsement programmes, World Design Day (WDD) and oversees the Judging of the Adobe Design Achievement Awards. Elizabeth plays a key role in implementing strategic policies and programmes. She brings a strong background in communications, event and project management, visual presentation and administration. She has experience leading teams, acting as a brand manager, spearheading workshops, and leading specialists in a fashion design context to uphold organisational standards.
Originally from El Salvador, Elizabeth grew up in Montréal and speaks English, French and Spanish fluently. Part of her community involvement includes running a cat foster and rescue programme, and researching and cultivating new ways to support and live a vegan lifestyle.
Tara acts as the central coordinator of the Special Meeting of Design Weeks, Design Museums and Design Cities.
Raised in Prague, but now a Montrealer, Tara attended McGill University followed by completing a Masters degree in Contemporary Design at the University of Manchester, London. Her background is in design writing and project management. She currently runs a website showcasing Québec design.
Administrator | Montreal, Canada
Phone: +1 514 875 7545
As Administrator, Ms. Fitzgerald carries out all administration duties, and fields all inquiries related to Member invoicing and payment, maintains up-to-date invoicing procedures, monthly membership reports, and ensures that membership participation at ico-D remains active at all times.
Born in England, Ms. Fitzgerald has worked for various organisations in the UK, including the BBC, British Petroleum Oil (BPO) and several financial houses in roles in Management and Administration, where she developed a strong reputation as a capable problem-solver.
Ms. Fitzgerald has been in Canada for 7 years and in addition to her new position at ico-D, Sam volunteers at her daughter's French school and supports her husband's creative endeavours. She will be replacing Ana Garcia as of 08 Janaury 2018, and for the next year.
As Social Media Coordinator, Marnie is responsible for developing social media strategies and coordinating the content shared throughout the Council’s social media platforms. Thus, Marnie works to build and sustain a strong online presence that best represents the Council’s mandate, and that will continuously feed audience curiosity on topics regarding design.
Marnie is a born and raised Montrealer, who speaks English, French and Italian. An undergraduate from Concordia University with a Bachelors of Fine Arts in Art History, Marnie has been published in a variety of Montreal-based academic journals, exhibition catalogues, and internet think-pieces exploring themes of technology, identity, and fashion.
- As ico-D’s Visual Communications Officer, Alexey’s strategic role is to develop and implement the Council's unique visual language across multiple programmes, initiatives and communications channels.Alexey is a graphic designer and a visual artist. Born in Russia, he holds a BA and MA in Public Administration from St.-Petersburg State University as well as a BFA degree with distinction from Concordia University (Montreal) in addition to a Diploma of Higher Education in graphic design and illustration from the University of Hertfordshire (UK).Alexey has extensive experience working with commercial and non-for-profit international organisations with headquarters in Canada, France, Germany and Russia. Alexey has a strong expertise in graphic design, web design, typography, illustration, image-making and photography, as well as in online and email marketing, social media and digital communications.
Alisha PiercyAlisha’s past work includes exhibitions, publishing, communications and conservation projects in Iceland, Spain and Malaysia. She has a BA in Literature from McGill University, an MA in Fine Art from Concordia University, and an MA in Art Conservation from Queen's University.
Communications Officer | Montreal, Canada
Phone: +1 514 875 7545
As Communications Officer, Alisha facilitates the development and implementation of communications strategies for the Council and its Members. Alisha is responsible for the production of articles, news stories, and web-related content as well as managing ico-D’s social media presence. In this role, she promotes the value and reach of ico-D Member activities and initiatives and works to highlight new relationships between design news, stories and events around the world.
Her second book, Bunny and Shark, was published in 2014 - the same year she started working with the ico-D team.