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Singapore Design Week 2019 returns with the second edition of Brainstorm Design from 5-7 March 2019. Organised by FORTUNE and Wallpaper* and supported by DesignSingapore Council (Dsg) and the Singapore Economic Development Board (EDB), Brainstorm brings innovative insights and strategies to design industry practitioners.

This year’s theme, “Vision, Empathy, and Scale,” will be examined through various presentations, interviews and panel discussions by more than 30 global business and design leaders over the course of the event.

Brainstorm Design 2018

Leaders present include leading industry figures such as Tim BrownCEO of the influential design company IDEO, and a global speaker and advisor on design thinking in many acclaimed conferences and advisory councils, including TED and the World Economic Forum. PepsiCo Chief Design Officer Mauro Porcini will also be speaking at the event. As a pioneer of innovative corporate culture revolving around design thinking which has transformed PepsiCo’s various brands, Porcini heads a design team that is highly recognised around the world.

Brainstorm Design will also feature other distinguished speakers(confirmed as of January 7, 2019), including:

Kate Aronowitz, Design Partner, GV
Christian Benimana, Principal and Managing Director, MASS Design Group, Kigali, Rwanda 
Todd Bracher, Product Designer and Strategic Advisor, Todd Bracher Studio
Tim Brown , CEO and President, IDEO
Maricel Cabahug, Chief Design Officer, SAP
John Cary, Author, “Design for Good”
Miriam Daniel, Vice President of Echo and Alexa Devices,
Llisa Demetrios, Registrar, The Eames Collection
Marcus Engman, CEO and Creative Director, Skewed Productions
Simone Farresin and Andrea Trimarchi, Co-founders, Studio Formafantasma
Earl Patrick Forlales , Co-founder, CUBO Co-housing
Philippe Gas, General Manager, Shanghai Disney Resort
Ralph Gilles , Head of Design, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles
Maria Giudice, Design Leader and Co-author, “Rise of the DEO: Leadership by Design”
Tamae Hirokawa , Creative Director, SOMARTA
Kat Holmes, Director of UX Design, Google; Author, “Mismatch: How Inclusion Shapes Design”
Arthur Huang, CEO and Founder, Miniwiz
Sandhya Naidu Janardhan , Managing Director, Curry Stone Design Collaborative
Dr. Bon Ku , Assistant Dean for Health and Design, Thomas Jefferson University
Jeanne Liedtka , Professor, University of Virginia Darden School of Business
José Mariano López-Urdiales , Founder and CEO, Zero2infinity
Ikuo Maeda , Managing Executive Officer, Design and Brand Style, Mazda
Satoru Matsuzaki , President, MUJI
Jamie Myrold, Vice President, Adobe Design
Lena Okajima , Founder and CEO, ALE
Midori Omori , Head of Urban Planning and Development, Mori Building Group
Mauro Porcini , Chief Design Officer and Senior Vice President, PepsiCo
Doug Powell , Vice President of Design, IBM
Alice Rawsthorn, Author, “Design as an Attitude”
Daan Roosegaarde, Artist and Founder, Studio Roosegaarde
James Rowan, Chief Executive Officer, Dyson
Ole Scheeren, Architect and Principal, Buro Ole Scheeren
Peter Schreyer, President and Head of Design Management, Hyundai Motor Group
Nathan Shedroff, Executive Director, Seed Vault Ltd.
Shohei Shigematsu, Partner and Director, New York Office, OMA
Helle Søholt, Founding Partner and Chief Executive Officer, Gehl
Sarah Stein Greenberg , Executive Director, Hasso Plattner Institute of Design (, Stanford University
Margaret Gould Stewart, Vice President, Product Design, Facebook
Sissel Tolaas , Olfactory Artist and Founder, SMELL Re_searchlab, Berlin
Jason Wild , Senior Vice President, Global Ignite, Salesforce
Harry West, fellow, frog
Sam Yen, Head of Digital, Commercial Real Estate, Commercial Banking, JPMorgan Chase & Co.
Chen Zhao , Director, Natural Human Computer Interaction Lab, Alibaba DAMO Academy

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One of Asia’s premier design festivals that champions design thought leadership
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