Just read that Tim Brown will be in Singapore - http://designthinking.ideo.com/?p=506#content and he wrote:
"I am off to Singapore in a week for my first visit. I have been invited by the government to give a talk on design thinking and meet with various government and business leaders to talk about the role of design thinking at a national level."
Then I read this recent post from Dan Daffer on "Design Titles and Levels of Experience" and it got me thinking about these questions:
"What are the skills required to be a great designer?"
"What do you look for in a great designer?"
I believe its challenging to find good designers and in Asia there is a call/challenge to move the people we present to from understanding design as "visuals" and "eye candy" to something else (people who are not in UX or XD). So I find myself educating about how to frame design correctly.