The international INDEX: Award Jury consists of 15 influential men and women from all over the world - each one adding insight and experience from their field of expertize to the unique, collective intelligence of the group.

The jury’s primary task is to select the finalists and winners of INDEX: Award from the pool of nominations, while simultaneously playing a key role in the organization by constantly discussing, evaluating and advocating Design to Improve Life, in order to move the borders and expand the impact of design in the world.

Philip Battin

Chairman of the Index: Award jury

Philip is Senior Design Strategist of Hardware Products at Google and the founder of several design-based initiatives and publications in Denmark, such as Dansk Dynamit and Plethora Magazine. He is known for his strategy, branding and user experience design for clients such as Red Bull, Coca-Cola, Adidas, Mercedes-Benz, Carlsberg, Sony, EMI Music, !K7 Records, Norse Projects, AIAIAI, The Danish Ministry of Defence and Copenhagen Fashion Week.

Previously, Philip worked for Google X within the research and development facility for disruptive innovation and moonshots focused on wearables and augmented reality products such as Google Glass.

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Prior to working for Google, Philip worked as a design lead at Kontrapunkt. He led the experience design for the new Copenhagen Metro Cityring, as well as the information design for the Danish bus and train system, which is currently being implemented.

Philip is educated from the renowned Delft University of Technology in The Netherlands and KADK, The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts Schools of Architecture, Design and Conservation. His work has been published in The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, The Atlantic, Fast Company, Dezeen, Wallpaper and Vogue. He has lived and worked in Denmark, the US, Germany and The Netherlands, and currently resides in Oakland, California.

Alejandra Amenábar Figueroa

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Alejandra is a professor and Dean of the Design Faculty at Universidad del Desarrollo (UDD) in Chile. Prior to being named Dean in 2007, Alejandra led the formation and growth of Design UDD as the Director of the Design Program in Santiago and Concepción. Alejandra has chaired the reestablishment of the last three Chilean Design Biennials, in 2010, 2013 and 2017, which were jointly organized by Universidad del Desarrollo and the School of Architecture, Design and Urban Studies of the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile.

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Throughout her career, Alejandra has received numerous recognitions and has sat on various Chilean design juries, including Premio Australis, Asimpres, and Muestra Profesional de la Quinta Bienal de Diseño. Formerly, Alejandra worked within Cultural Affairs for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Chile. She is a trained architect and has a Graduate Diploma in Architecture and Landscape Management from the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile.

Alejandra lives in Chile.

Anders Smith

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Anders is an architect and industrial designer educated at KADK, The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts Schools of Architecture, Design and Conservation. He has worked and lived in China and the US, but currently works in Denmark designing relevant solutions for complex technologies, medical problems and consumer needs. Anders is Vice-Chairman of the property foundation for Copenhagen International School and chief ideologist since 2011, working to create sustainable designs and solutions for the new 25,000 sqm campus on the Copenhagen waterfront, which is now one of the world’s largest building integrated photovoltaic installations.

Anders is also a tutor and thesis advisor for masters students at Umeå Institute of Design, and have received a number of international and Danish design awards. He is also the Co-founder of Danish design consultancy Kontrapunkt and multiple technology start-ups.

Arnold Wasserman

Vice-chairman Index: Award jury

Arnold is chairman and co-founder of The Idea Factory (SG/US) and is a pioneer in the practice of user-centered, multidisciplinary product development as a competitive business strategy. He has held the positions of Vice President of Corporate Industrial Design/Human Factors at NCR, Xerox Parc, and the Unisys Corporation.

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He has also been Principal of Pratt Institute’s School of Design; Senior Fellow for Design Strategy at IDEO; and Director of Design for the Raymond Loewy design office in Paris, and he teaches at Haas Graduate School of Business, University of California, Berkeley.

Arnold lives in San Francisco with his wife Jane.

Anna Valtonen

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Anna Valtonen is Vice President at the Aalto University in Finland. She was the Dean of the Aalto University School of Arts, Design and Architecture in 2014-2019. Her Professorship is in Strategic Design. 2009-2014 she was Professor and Rector of the Umeå Institute of Design at Umeå University in Sweden. She has also worked as Post Doc and Visiting Professor at the Management Department of ESSEC Business School, France.

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Anna Valtonen has an extensive background in industry; design, management, end-user understanding, strategy, and startups. In 1997-2009 she worked in various roles in Nokia, most recently as Head of Design Research & Foresight. She has been a board member of several companies, public organizations and universities. Her current board memberships are in Vitec Software Group AB (publ), Kalevala Jewellery, and as Chair of the Board for the Designmuseum in Finland.

Camilla Bredholt

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Founding the life-saving organisation, Medecins sans Frontieres (Doctors without Borders) in Denmark, Camilla Bredholt is an award-winning humanitarian who has worked in a vast array of conditions all around the globe. She has been a board member for various aid foundations and organisations, and for the past 8 years has chaired educational organisation, United World Colleges Denmark. Camilla knows first hand what solutions are most desperately needed and will be a valuable source of knowledge when judging the feasbility and adaptability of designs for the real world.

Devin Cook

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Devin is the Executive Producer of the Inclusive Innovation Challenge (IIC), an international program addressing shared prosperity by reinventing the future of work. Launched at MIT’s Initiative on the Digital Economy under Devin’s leadership, the IIC awards $1 million to Inclusive Innovators, international organizations that create economic opportunity for the many and not just the few in the digital age.

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Devin’s expertise lies in accelerating entrepreneurship and entrepreneurial ecosystems for economic growth. With practical experience working at multiple start-ups, as well as leading international projects and seminars for Fortune 100 clients, Devin brings a deep understanding of how solutions that address the world’s biggest challenges can be scaled up to achieve maximum positive impact.

Devin holds an MBA from MIT, a Graduate Certificate in Socially Responsible and Sustainable Apparel Business from the University of Delaware and a BA from Middlebury College.

Devin lives in the US.

Katinka Von Der Lippe

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Katinka Von Der Lippe works as a designer at the Strategic Design & Design Management at Eker Design / Hydrolift. Katinka is an award winning designer with more than a decade in the green automotive sector. Her latest acknowledgments range from being nominated by Sebastian Conran to the prestigious Brit Design Award 2009, to receiving the highly recognized Honors Award from the Norwegian Center for Design and Architecture 2009. The latter is given to designers and companies that through focus on strategic design continue to create design innovations in their field. Also she has twice received the Norwegian Design Councils Annual Design Award for design developments in TH!NK.

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Katinka was born in Oslo 1968, and holds a Master of Arts in Industrial Design and Design Management from the Oslo School of Architecture and Design.

In May 2006, Katinka took on the responsibility of Design and Brand in TH!NK. Her cross functional focus has contributed to a strong recognition of the TH!NK brand as one of the world’s leading electric vehicle brand. The combination of strategic and operational design expertise is one of her strongest assets.

Lim Chee Onn

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Lim Chee Onn is Senior International Adviser to the Singbridge Group which invests in, develops and manages overseas integrated cities and provides sustainable urban solutions adapted from Singapore’s successful development experience.

Mr Lim chairs the Singapore-Suzhou Township Development Pte Ltd and is an Honorary Chairman of the National Heritage Board. He is a Member of the Council of Presidential Advisers and a Director of the International Institute for Strategic Studies (Asia) Ltd. He is also Pro-Chancellor of the Singapore Management University, Chairman of the Lien Ying Chow Legacy Fellowship Council, Nanyang Technological University, Senior Adviser to the University of Glasgow in Singapore, and a Board Director of Orica Limited*. Mr Lim's other previous board directorships included Keppel Corporation Limited’s Executive Chairman from January 2000 to December 2008 and the Monetary Authority of Singapore’s Board Member from January 2004 to May 2018. Mr Lim is an Honorary Citizen of Suzhou, People's Republic of China, and Seoul, Republic of Korea.

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Mr Lim graduated with First Class Honours in Naval Architecture from Glasgow University, earned his Masters in Public Administration from Harvard University, and was conferred the Honorary Degree of Doctor of Engineering by Glasgow University. He started his career in the Civil Service and was elected Member of Parliament from 1977 to 1992, Secretary-General NTUC from 1979 to 1983 and concurrently Minister without Portfolio, Prime Minister’s Office from 1980 to 1983.

Conferred the Distinguished Service Order by HE The President, Republic of Singapore and Commander, Order of the Crown, by HM King Albert II, Kingdom of Belgium, Mr Lim is married with 3 children.


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Malin is Head of Sustainability Communications at Inter IKEA Group, the owner of the IKEA brand and worldwide IKEA franchisor. She leads the communication for “People and Planet Positive” - IKEA’s long term sustainability strategy, engaging stakeholders across the value chain in co-creating solutions for a better life within the limits of the planet. With over 15 years of experience in strategic communication, Malin has advised companies ranging from multinational corporations to specialised organizations in the private and public sector.

Malin is passionate about bringing people together in unexpected ways to innovate and find solutions to our sustainability challenges. In particular, she strives to facilitate the involvement of the business sector, since a brand like IKEA can have a huge positive impact on the development.

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Malin has a Master of Science in Economics and Business Administration from Stockholm School of Economics and a background in drama as a director assistant at the Stockholm City Theatre. Malin has had long standing engagement with United World Colleges – first as a student and later as a board member to the Swedish national committee.

Paola Antonelli

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Paola Antonelli is curator of design and architecture at MoMA in New York. She holds an MA in architecture, graduating from the Polytechnic of Milan in 1990 and has curated several architectural and design exhibitions in Italy, France, and Japan.

She has been a contributing editor of Domus (1987-91) and the Design Editor of Abitare (1992-94) and has contributed articles to several publications such as Metropolis, The Harvard Design Review, I.D. magazine, Paper, Metropolitan, Home, Harper’s Bazaar and Nest. Most recently, Paola has served as design critic in the popular TV show ‘The Colbert Report’.

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Between 1991 and 1993, Paola Antonelli was assistant professor at the University of California, Los Angeles, where she taught design history and theory. She has lectured on design and architecture in Europe and the US and has served on several international architecture and design juries.

Paola’s goal is to make design the most loved, understood, and celebrated discipline of the 21st century.

Ravi Naidoo

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Ravi Naidoo is the founder and managing director of Interactive Africa, a Cape Town-based company that combines marketing, project management, logistic prowess and creative production to work on projects that promote South Africa. He completed his MBA degree at the University of Cape Town in 1994, where he was nominated as the Nedbank MBA Student of the Year. Naidoo also has a B.Sc. (Hons) degree in Physiology from UCT. Besides the three years as an account director at Young and Rubicam (1990 - 1993), where Naidoo managed a number of multinational accounts, his main business interests have always been media, creativity, marketing and project management.

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In 1994 Naidoo founded Interactive Africa. The company’s initial recognition came through the project management of the First African in Space Mission and the marketing and pitching of South Africa’s bid to host the 2010 Football World Cup, as well as for the 2006 FIFA campaign. He also consulted for the Melbourne 2006 Commonwealth Games company, assisting in their successful campaign, and directed the 1999 African Connection Rally, a roadshow from the northern to the southern tip of Africa to promote telecommunications investment in Africa. He is a co-founder of the Cape IT Initiative (CITI), a non-profit company dedicated to promoting the IT cluster in the Western Cape. Recently, Naidoo became one of the co-founders of rain, South Africa's mobile data-only network.

Nonetheless, Naidoo is possibly best known for establishing the international Design Indaba, which has become recognised as one of the world’s leading design institutions through the flagship Design Indaba Conference and Festival annually held in Cape Town.

Naidoo has been selected as the 2015 recipient of the prestigious Sir Misha Black Award for his contribution to design education in South Africa, and is a renowned player on the field of creativity and design throughout Africa. He was also honoured as the 2016 Art Champion in the South African Business and Arts awards.

Naidoo sits on the jury of the Index Awards (the world’s richest design prize) in Copenhagen, and holds a seat on the jury of the Dutch Design Awards, was a judge for the D&AD Impact Awards 2016, and has also been appointed as Chairman of the 2017 IXDA Awards.

Simona Rocchi

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Simona Rocchi is Senior Director of Design-for-Sustainability & Innovation at Philips Design, responsible for managing the global creative direction of various sustainability-driven initiatives in product, system change and strategic design. With over 15 years working in transformative design practices to enable more inclusive business models, she has been widely recognized via publications, conference speeches and prestigious design awards. Simona will provide the jury with expert knowledge about designs which best implement social and environmental values – a crucial element to contemporary and effective design.

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Simona believes that in order to address complex societal problems, the “collective thinking and actions” of a wide group of relevant stakeholders are needed. She sees design capabilities as being key by bringing multiple views and expertise together and by envisioning solutions that reflect shared benefits and allow for innovative and impactful entrepreneurial actions.

Results of her activities have been widely recognized via publications, conference speeches and prestigious design awards. She is frequently invited to lecture at design and business schools around the world, and is a visiting professor in eco-innovation at the Externado University of Bogota, Colombia. Simona holds a PhD in Cleaner Production, Cleaner Products and Sustainability, a Master’s degree in Architecture from the Politecnico di Milano and a MSc Science in Environmental Management and Policy from Lund University, Sweden.

Veronica D’Souza

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Veronica is founder and CEO of Carcel, a Danish fashion label that makes luxury clothing made by women in prison in Peru and Thailand in order to give them new skills, fair wages and ultimately break with poverty. Carcel is re-defining the supply chain of fashion in order to eliminate waste and create a sustainable model directly from material to producer to consumer. Prior, she co-founded the award-winning social business Ruby Cup that addresses the lack of affordable menstrual hygiene protection in East Africa. She is a sustainability strategist with a special focus on solving the worlds pressing needs through innovative business models.

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Veronica is a Global Shaper alumnus under the World Economic Forum. She is a SOCAP selected social entrepreneur (US), an Ashoka Youth Venture Mentor (KE), a selected Humanity In Action senior fellow (US and DK), a United World College Student and co-author of ‘The Road Map for Sustainable Leadership’ from the leading Scandinavian Think Tank, Monday Morning (DK).

Veronica has an executive education in Social Entrepreneurship from INSEAD Singapore, a Masters in International Business and Politics from Copenhagen Business School (CBS), and a specialization in Sustainable Business Operations and Strategies from Columbia Business School and CBS. She has a BSc. in Business, Languages and Culture from CBS and La UADE, Argentina.