We are a community of leaders.
IxDA relies on individual initiative, contribution, sharing and self-organization to achieve our goals. Meet some of the individuals from our community who have taken on leadership roles.
The IxDA Board is a group of individuals nominated from the community. They guide IxDA's strategic direction with input from local leaders, initiative leads and the community at large. Members serve staggered two-year terms.
Our flagship initiatives all start the same way: a flicker of an idea fanned into action by dedicated volunteers. Meet some of the individuals from our community who carry the work forward.
IxDA's Regional Coordinators encourage and sustain the growth of local groups internationally. They are nominated from the IxDA community and volunteer their time to keep local groups active and supported.
Brenda is an association executive and designer living and working in Montréal. She was previously Managing Director of ico-D. Brenda has worked in more than 25 countries—bridging cultures, language and timezones to use design for progressive change since 2005.
Her work for Nova Scotia Tourism was twice awarded the Canadian Advertising Campaign of the Year and she has received the Kenneth R Wilson award from the Canadian Business Press. She designed Canada's identity for Expo 2000.
Brenda is a member of the Mandela Poster Project Collective (MPP), a founding board member of Data Interoperability Standards Consortium (DISC) and an avid runner.
Erico has been designing software, websites/apps, appliances, devices, and services that are used by millions of people every day around the world since 1995. He has been working with user research, design thinking, UX strategy, service design and interaction design for global brands. In the early 2000s, he was the pioneer for igniting Service Design, UX and Interaction Design movements in Brazil. In addition to his design work, he co-founded the Interaction South America conference in 2009 and opened the first interaction design postgraduate program in Latin America in 2007. He´s an experienced lecturer and speaker. Today he´s Head of Innovation in Visa and Manager of Visa Innovation Studio.
Antti is a senior interaction designer and UI developer. He has over ten years of experience in developing digital services and applications. Antti has been active in IxDA Helsinki local group and was responsible for Interaction16 digital channels.
Dean is a Design Executive from Cape Town, South Africa. He's spent his career working hard to connect experiences in the physical, digital and career spaces and finds great value in leaving things more human than he found them.
Kajal is a design researcher and design leader based in Singapore. She is the founder of Heist, a design collective that works with global and local clients to uncover the fundamental insights needed to keep up with the rapid pace of change across Asia, Africa, Australia and the Middle East.
A believer in the power of connecting interesting people and ideas, Kajal has an innate ability to quickly gain access to new communities and tastemakers in over 30 countries. As a result, she’s able to create experiential, immersive experiences for her clients that swiftly bring consumer motivations to life.
Wayne Coughlan is from Cape Town, South Africa and is a co-local leader for IxDA Cape Town. He teaches in the Graphic Design Program of the Faculty of Informatics & Design at Cape Peninsula University of Technology.
Virginia Cagwin is an Interaction Designer working for Slalom Consulting in Atlanta, GA. She started her design career has a graphic artist working on brands such as McDonalds, Dunkin Donuts and Baskin Robbins. She’s worked for startups and Fortune 500 companies over the last 15 years focusing on enterprise software.
Virginia has been a member of IxDA since it's inception as an email group. She has been a Local Leader for both Atlanta and London groups. While living in London, she was apart of the Core European team to support on-boarding new IxDA groups and bringing awareness of IxDA's mission.
Eduardo is from Santiago, Chile, and is a co-leader for the local IxDA group, were he served as co-chair for ISA16's organization team. He is a User Experience Consultant, graduated in Social Communications and Journalism and Master Degree (c) in Information Processing and Management. He works as independent consultant and as project manager on his own consultancy studio, 3DIAS. Also, he servers as teacher in academic programs and workshops for professionals.
Katja is Managing Director, Australia & NZ for Designit.
She is the founder of syfte, who were acquired by Designit in 2018, a specialist in research & experience design, an educator in Design Thinking and Interaction Design at University of Sydney. Katja is also listed in 100 Women of Influence 2016, and is a co-founding member of IxDA Sydney.
She holds a BA Communications (broadcast journalism), a Master of Multimedia Design and a Master of science (Human Centred Systems). Katja has been working in digital media since the mid 1990’s, back when everyone had blue hair and rode razor scooters around the office. Such a long tenure in the industry has afforded her invaluable experience and perspective which she loves to share.
With a BFA in Graphic Design from West Virginia University and a Masters in Interaction Design from Carnegie Mellon, Jack has been designing web, desktop, and mobile applications for over 18 years. He has worked in both research and industry environments and has been teaching design part-time for a decade at WVU. As Manager of Design at CDG, Jack directs a small team of interaction designers performing everything from initial user research and product conceptualization to front-end implementation and testing.
Jack has designed software tools for Boeing, Lockheed Martin, Shell, DaimlerChrysler, Eaton, and many organizations within the U.S. military, including Joint Service Explosive Ordnance Disposal, Naval Reactors, and NCIS. He is the author of Bridging UX and Web Development, co-founded IxDA Pittsburgh, and writes about design on designaday.tumblr.com.
Andrea (she/her) is an American designer, speaker, and writer interested in systems, complexity, decoloniality, and learning. By day she is an executive coach at method & matter, working with unconventional leaders to develop capacity, connect with inner knowing, cultivate power, and lead with clarity. And by night she is serves on the Board of the IxDA. Prior to coaching, Andrea was a design and product executive at a number of start-ups, an English teacher at the Japanese Air Self-Defense Force, and developed the once-popular Oulipo Wordpress Theme.
Kiat has been supporting IxDA’s mission since 2011 when he set up the IxDA Singapore chapter.
As an Interaction Designer, he is passionate about using design in ways that bring about meaningful impact to the society. With more than 14 years of experience in this field, Kiat now runs an independent design studio which focuses on helping startups and B-corps create impactful products and services that add value to their mission.
Kiat is also a passionate changemaker. He believes in sharing his experience and mentoring junior designers so that everyone, including himself, become better Interaction Designers and leverage on design to make this world a much better place.
Lisa is an experience design leader who lives in Sydney where she works with business to deliver success and solve the right problem for the user. She has spent the last 9 years designing product and service experiences across multiple industries, including government - where there is a need to be comfortable before making a decision, to the fast changing pace of retail, as well as telecommunications, financial institutions and business. She has managed, led and mentored design teams in agile, collaborative delivery of experiences across products and services, both online and offline.
Lisa has a BBus - International Business, holds a Masters in Interactive Multimedia and has pursued post grad study in Service Design. She is passionate about the intersection of humans and technology and particularly interested in the employee experience and organisational design. She believes that we must create the right spaces and environments to work in, so that we can deliver the right experience to our users.
Ana Domb Krauskopf is an independent design researcher and strategist. She founded and directed the Interaction Design School at Veritas University in Costa Rica, the first IxD graduate program in Central America. She currently teaches at Lead University. Previously she was the Director of Brand Innovation at Almabrands in Chile. In the US, she worked at THE MEME, a design consultancy based out of Cambridge, MA.
She holds a Master's degree in Comparative Media Studies from MIT, where she was part of the Convergence Culture Consortium under the direction of Henry Jenkins.
In past lives, she’s worked as a journalist, filmmaker and music producer. She has consulted with Turner Broadcasting, Comcast, BAC-Credomatic, Mesoamérica, HIVOS, UICN, amongst others.
Otto has designed digital services professionally since 2000. Before his current role at Digital Foodie, he had his own design agency for seven years. Over the span of 15 years, he’s mostly been involved with user interface design. At Digital Foodie, he is responsible for all design, both the services and the user interfaces, as well as the brand and visual identity of the company. For Interaction 16, Otto was the team ‘fixer’ - responsible for everything that worked.
Otto says, “For me the most important thing about designing is the ability to create something that has the power to affect and increase people’s quality of life. Although visuality is an important factor in design, my primary interest is not on what happens on the surface or how something looks. Instead, the most essential part are the actions users take, and most importantly, why they take them. I want to create things from the service point of view, so that hopefully we’re able to impact people’s lives in a positive way.”
Filip works currently as a Service Design Lead at Optum. He holds an MA in Management and Marketing and an MSc in Applied Digital Media.
He has over 12 years of experience working with companies in consumer products, financial services, telecommunications, public services, healthcare and charity sectors. Filip is fascinated by complex systems and processes and draws from people's stories and experiences to design better products and services.
Filip joined IxDA in 2010 and has been leading the Dublin chapter since 2011. He has been a core team member of IxDA Europe since 2015.
Laura leads projects of diverse shapes and geographies as a Service and Interaction Designer for Fjord Costa Rica. Student of architecture at the University of Costa Rica, and graduate as Master in Interaction Design from Universidad Veritas. Occasional speaker, Laura organizes design meetups as part of IxDA San José. Social media addict, she redeems herself by creating Twitter threads in Spanish.
Sami is a design leader working at the intersection of systems, foresight and design. What he does daily is help teams, products and companies to become more resilient by making the right choices about their futures and business, and build teams, capabilities and organisations to support this in quest long term.
Over 20 years in the industry, he's worked on several continents, earning international patents, numerous awards and built exits to the largest companies in the world. He’s organised and spoken at numerous industry events ranging from co-chairing Interaction 16 in Helsinki to local meet-ups (IxDA Helsinki) to being invited to speak at at Google in San Francisco.
Currently, he is one of the founders and the creative director at Nordkapp, a strategic design and innovation consultancy based in Helsinki and Amsterdam, and working globally. He is also an exhibited artist exploring the human potential in generative networks and machine learning.
Eilidh is Director of Global Innovation at Falck in Copenhagen, a global leader in Emergency Medical and Healthcare Services. Prior to joining Falck to establish their innovation team she was Design Director at Veryday in New York City.
A product designer by training and a graduate from CIIDs interaction design pilot year, she has over a decade of experience working at the intersection of design, innovation and business. She has dedicated most of her career to healthcare innovation with the ambition of empowering individuals to lead healthier, happier lives.
Eilidh's work has won design awards from Core 77, IDEA and IxDA and has been featured in international press. She is still strongly affiliated with CIID and regularly teaches classes in design research and service design.
John is founder and director of Context Studio, a dedicated service design studio in Dublin providing consulting, coaching, and training to global clients. He spent the latter half of the 2000's working as a software developer building interactive exhibitions, web application and mobile apps.
In 2011 John studied at CIID in Copenhagen, discovering user research, rapid prototyping and the transformative potential of Service Design. Following this he worked at CIID (DK), Future Cities Catapult (UK) and Fjord (IE) on a range of challenges, leading teams and developing new approaches in the face of changing demands.
John attended his first Interaction conference in Dublin in 2012, and has been hooked ever since, contributing to the local chapter in his home town, and speaking at several Interaction conferences. His talks have tried to bring some “state of play” research on the design industry to the forum of Interaction and the IxDA.
Pablo is a designer and educator based in Brooklyn, NY focusing on digital media and its state of constant flux. He has worked throughout his career with design and technology at the pioneering agency DoubleYou in Barcelona as Design Director for clients such as Camper, Mahou, or Bacardi Group, then at R/GA New York as Creative Director for Nike, Google, Fossil, Volvo, or Samsung. In 2018 he joined Red Antler as Head of Product Design to build their digital practice. He currently works at Automattic.
Pablo has consistently helped both Fortune 500 companies and start-ups to capitalize on the transformation of advanced technologies and interfaces, from web, e-commerce, mobile apps, wearables, AI, VR, and a varied of forward-looking products and experiences.
His body of work has been showcased and recognized internationally in different Festivals and Awards, and he is often invited to share his passion for art, technology and design in forums like Ars Electronica, The New School/Parsons, or Istituto Europeo di Design among others.
Kadambari Sahu is an award-winning Designer and a Design Leader, working as SVP design at ValueLabs. She founded the User Experience Group at ValueLabs, and is currently leading 50+ designers to create world-class and award-winning products and services to have a positive impact on businesses. Her forte lies in building, growing, coaching, and mentoring high-performance design teams from scratch. She creates a design culture by infusing design thinking within organizations and businesses to create a holistic strategy and customer experience. Her practice in design allows her to work on intangible and tangible aspects of design; breaking the boundaries between physical, digital, and service design and creating a seamless experience across media, devices, touch-points, cultures, and geographies. She has worked for clients across geographies spanning North America, Europe, Australia, and Asia. She has won many awards for her work and leadership.
Sreyan started his career as an Interaction Designer at Google after graduating from National Institute of Design, India. He has led features for several large scale products including Google Pay for India (Tez), GSuite and, most recently, YouTube. At YouTube, he focuses on designing for the identity and expression of the 2 billion people who frequent the platform every month. A strong advocate for research-driven design that helps identify diverse user needs while striving for global equity and inclusion, Sreyan’s work has been published by the MIT press and won the 2017 Interaction Awards Best Concept. Outside of work, his interests include exploring intersections within digital and tangible interactions, mentoring designers through non-profit organizations, eating great food, and trying to run it off.