Meet the Jury

 
  • Dr Brandon Gien
  • Dr. Mugendi K. MʼRithaa
  • Matthias Breschan
  • Richard Perez
Dr Brandon Gien

Dr Brandon Gien

Icsid President

Brandon was elected Icsid President in 2013 and is also the CEO of Good Design Australia and Chair of the Australian Good Design Awards (GDA) Australia’s longest standing awards programme. Since being elected Icsid President, he has been instrumental in the promotion of the World Design Impact Prize, a new prize to honour industrial design driven projects that make a positive impact on social, economic, cultural and environmental quality of life. He has a PhD in Environmental Design and is a Fellow of the Design Institute of Australia (DIA) and a professional member of the Industrial Design Society of America (IDSA). He sits on the Advisory Board of the Design Research Institute of the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT) where he chairs the Design Challenge programme. Brandon was recently made a Design Ambassador to Japan, an international design advocacy role organised by the Japan Institute of Design Promotion (JDP).

Dr. Mugendi K. MʼRithaa

Dr. Mugendi K. MʼRithaa

Icsid President-Elect

Mugendi is an industrial designer, educator and researcher at the Cape Peninsula University of Technology. He studied in Kenya, the USA, India and South Africa and holds postgraduate qualifications in Industrial Design, Higher Education, and Universal Design. He has taught in Kenya, Botswana and South Africa and is passionate about various expressions of socially conscious design, including Participatory Design; Universal Design; and Design for Sustainability. 

Mugendi has a special interest in the pivotal role of design in advancing the developmental agenda on the African continent. He  is associated with a number of international networks focusing on design within industrially developing contexts. Mugendi is also a member of the International Advisory Council for WDC Cape Town 2014 and much of his work focuses on the importance of Icsid in supporting the aspirations of younger designers.

Matthias Breschan

Matthias Breschan

Rado CEO

Austrian born Matthias Breschan has been CEO of Rado since January 2011. After graduating from the Vienna School of Economics he worked in the telecommunications industry in sales and marketing roles before entering the world of watches.  As Rado Brand President he is responsible for ensuring that the Swiss watchmaker stays true to its origins and that design continues to be one of the main pillars for which Rado is known.  Since Matthias took over,  Rado has continued to focus on design and has worked hard to develop new technology to ensure that all new designs are feasible using the high-tech materials Rado is famous for. Since Matthias’ arrival in 2011 Rado has won a further five international design awards, taking the total number of design awards won by Rado to 30.

Richard Perez

Richard Perez

Programme Director of World Design Capital Cape Town 2014

Richard Perez is currently contracted by the City of Cape Town as the Program Director for World Design Capital 2014, where he is responsible for overseeing the delivery of this prestigious designation. He is also responsible for developing and managing the City Administration’s internal projects for 2014, where he heads up a dynamic team. The team is focused on leveraging the 2014 opportunity with regards to fostering innovation and design thinking methodologies across the organisation - embedding design as a driver for innovation as well as a methodology to deal with the complex urban challenges that the City Administration faces.  Prior to his appointment Richard worked as a director for one of South Africa’s leading Industrial Design and Innovation consultancies. Richard holds a degree in Engineering and Master’s Degrees in Innovation Design and Business Administration and has over 15 years of professional consulting experience in the global industrial design and innovation industry.