Ready for #brainstormdesign 2019?

Dec 27, 2018

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 Brown, CEO 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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