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Join us on 15 Nov 2022 in Berlin & online

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by German Design Museum Foundation

Successful international cooperation is crucial for solving global problems, achieving the 17 UN Sustainable Development Goals and other challenges. We need the knowledge and skills of many who think and create together. Different cultural backgrounds and perspectives that feed into solutions and ideas are the strength of such projects.

The German Design Museum Foundation therefore invites you to the "Ideas crossing borders" conference on 15 November 2022. With an open discourse on challenges, their solutions and many practical examples, we want to inspire intercultural cooperation and mutual learning.

Among the expected guests and speakers will be Lars Krückeberg (GRAFT), Kimia Amir-Moazami (Young Designers Circle, World Design Organization), Samson Malaki and Kyesubire Greigg (Design Kenya Society), Marie Kuter (International Committee of the Red Cross), Lilac Osanjo (University of Nairobi), Mona Mijthab (Mosan; Zurich University of the Arts), Julia Kostial (German Design Museum Foundation) and Lutz Dietzold (German Design Council).

Furthermore, the teams of our Design Networking Hub pilot group will present their results, challenges and learnings.

The event will be moderated in English by writer and architectural designer James Taylor-Foster.

Participants are invited to join the discussion and share their own experiences.
The event will be held in English and in a hybrid format on site in Berlin and digitally at the same time.

When? 15 November 2022, 1 PM - 5 PM CET + Aperitivo

Where? Alte Münze (Molkenmarkt 2, 10179 Berlin) OR digitally via livestream.

Participation is free of charge.


Watch the recorded livestream here!



Oyugi Allela

Oyugi Allela is currently a Senior User Experience Designer at International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC). Her background in design with an interest in people centered methodologies, socio-development and behavioral change theories, has allowed her to work on various subjects ranging from service/product design for Education, Material design, Sustainable Design and the Health sector. In her current role at ICRC, she seeks to utilize user research and design to understand the behaviors and desires of ICRC stakeholders in a bid to improve product and service outcomes.



Kimia Amir-Moazami

Kimia Amir-Moazami is a designer based in Berlin. She has already worked on various intercultural projects. She participated in a project by the Goethe-Institut Korea, where five designers from Germany and five designers from Korea approached the topic of gender design from different angles. Kimia is currently part of the Young Designers Circle of the World Design Organization (WDO), in which 17 young designers from all over the world and from different design genres work together on projects orientated towards the 17 Sustainable Development Goals of the UN.



Lutz Dietzold

Lutz Dietzold is CEO of the German Design Council since 2002. In 2011, he became a member of the advisory council of the Mia Seeger Foundation and a member of the German Design Museum Foundation, subsequently taking on the role of Chairman in 2020. He was appointed to the Dieselkuratorium's Board of Trustees in the same year.
He is a member of numerous committees and juries and sits on the project advisory board of the German Federal Ecodesign Award of the Bundesumweltministerium (German ministry of the environment).



Kyesubire Greigg

Kyesubire Greigg is the Founder and Lead Storyteller at Akiko Stories, a boutique communications business. The sitting President of the SME Founders Association, supports the Design Kenya Society with communications and logistics, is a member of several boards, an SME mobiliser, mentor, certified IFC LPI trainer and a member of the Organisation of Women in International Trade (OWIT) in Nairobi and International.




Peter Kettner

Dr. Peter Kettner studied law in Passau and Nantes, doctorate in criminal law. At the Federal Foreign Office since 2001. He served at the embassies in Almaty and Ankara, in the Department for Culture and Society and at the Federal Government Commissioner for Human Rights and Humanitarian Aid. From 2016-2020 he headed the office of the former Federal President Christian Wulff. Since 2022 Peter is head of the Strategy and Planning Division of the Federal Foreign Cultural and Social Policy.



Julia Kostial

Julia Kostial is Vice-Chairwoman of the Board of the German Design Museum Foundation. She studied German, English and political science in Darmstadt, before working in PR agencies in Frankfurt and Hamburg for ten years. After working as a freelancer, she headed the Corporate Communications department of the German Design Council from 2009 to 2017. Subsequently, she took over the management of the German Design Museum Foundation. Julia Kostial has been the foundation's managing director since 2020.



Lars Krückeberg

Lars Krückeberg established GRAFT in Los Angeles together with Wolfram Putz and Thomas Willemeit. GRAFT is conceived as a studio for architecture, urban planning, design, music and the pursuit of happiness. The "hybrid office" is characterized by its experimental and innovative design practices and innovative design language. In addition to handling classic planning tasks for residential, hotel, healthcare, commercial and institutional buildings, the GRAFT founders also initiate socially sustainable projects such as Make it Right, Solarkiosk and Heimat2.



Marie Kuter

UX Designer at International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) in Geneva, Marie has helped teams design and improve their products and services for the past 15 years. With a background in journalism and marketing, she has developed her skills and experience in agencies in France, Canada and Switzerland, before bulding her business as a freelance consultant for NGOs, startups and in the private sector. Since 2021, Marie also teaches UX/UI at the HEIG-VD in Yverdon.



Prof. Dr. Lilac Osanjo

Prof. Dr. Lilac Osanjo is the Director of The School of the Arts and Design at the University of Nairobi. She has a PhD in Design (UoN), MSc Entrepreneurship (JKUAT) and BA Design (UoN) with expertise in product development and small enterprise development. She has many years teaching experience in design starting in advertising, textile printing and weaving and furniture. She has been a judge in design competitions both locally and in the international stage having been a jury at Design Turkey Week (2017), 100 million Artists stimulus programme (2020) and SME export products (2019) among others.



Samson Malaki

Samson Malaki is an Architect and Museum Designer at the National Museums of Kenya. He is currently part of the Design team that is developing Uhuru Gardens National Monument and Museum as the Project Manager and Lead Designer. He is the current Chairman of Design Kenya Society an association that promotes best practices in the design industry in Kenya. He also holds the following positions; Hon. Treasurer- Interior Design Association of Kenya (IDAK), Vice President, International Council of Museum- Kenya Chapter (ICOM-K) and a member of various associations including Architectural Association of Kenya (AAK).



Mona Mijthab

Mona Mijthab is a teacher and researcher at Zurich University of the Arts (ZHdK). She is core team member of the MAS Strategic Design higher education program where she develops and leads several courses. In 2018 she led the intercultural project "Design with Social Impact", a 3-country collaboration project among Kenya, Macedonia and Switzerland. Mona founded Mosan, a social enterprise improving the living conditions in low-income communities with access to safe sanitation. Mosan currently offers its services in Mayan communities in Guatemala.




James Taylor-Foster


James Taylor-Foster is a writer and cultural worker; curator of contemporary architecture and design (ArkDes). He is the moderator of the event.




Pilot Group

Madita Morgenstern-Antao, George Wekesa, Marvin Kasper, Stephanie Nyairo, Julita Bhagat Afande,
Hannah Weirich, Philip Kohlbecher, Betty Mwema, William Otuke, Timm Donke

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