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The Colloquium was for invited professionals and experts who come from a variety of disciplines and perspectives, including design, architecture, information technology, education, the media, the social sciences and humanities. A multidisciplinary steering group has helped plan the Colloquium, develop the themes, and select the invited participants.

Marko Ahtisaari

Marko Ahtisaari is Artistic Director of the Helsinki Festival, the largest multi-arts urban festival in the Nordics. A Finnish technology entrepreneur and musician, Ahtisaari has been CEO and co-founder of two technology companies: Dopplr (acquired by Nokia in 2009) and Sync Project (acquired by Bose in 2018). After the acquisition of Dopplr, Ahtisaari was executive vice president of Design at Nokia and later a Director’s Fellow at the MIT Media Lab. He plays in the band Construction with Nadya Peek. Ahtisaari has co-authored two books, Out of the Blue (Gestalten) on Finnish Design and 10x Finland (Teos).

Twitter @moia and @nstructionco

Paola Antonelli

Paola Antonelli joined The Museum of Modern Art in 1994 and is a Senior Curator in the Department of Architecture & Design, as well as MoMA’s founding Director of Research & Development. With a Master’s degree in Architecture from the Polytechnic of Milan, Paola Antonelli has also earned Honorary Doctorate degrees from the Royal College of Art and Kingston University, London, the Art Center College of Design, Pasadena, and Pratt Institute in New York. She has curated numerous shows, lectured worldwide, and has served on several international architecture and design juries.

Her most recent project, the XXII Triennale di Milano, entitled Broken Nature: Design Takes on Human Survival, will be on view until September 1, 2019.

She can be found on Twitter as @CuriousOctopus, and on Instagram as @paolantonelli.

Walter Bettens

Walter Bettens co-founded DAMN° magazine in 2004, an international independent magazine on contemporary culture with an open-minded view on the worlds of design, architecture and art. Next to his role as publishing editor he also participated in numerous international design events and co-organised & curated various exhibitions. Since January 2019 he works as an Independent journalist & curator.

Photo: Fabio Bortot

matali crasset

Graduated at Les Ateliers – Ecole Nationale Supérieure de Création Industrielle, matali crasset is industrial designer of formation. In agreement with one of her emblematic objets, the column of hospitality « When Jim goes up to Paris », She puts a clean methodology in which she questions the evidence of the codes that governs our daily life to free oneselves better of it and to experiment. Thus she develops new typologies articulated around principes as the modularity, the appropriation, the flexibility, the network. Her work that has imposed itself from the years 90 as the refusal of the pure shape, conceives itself like a research in movement, made of hypotheses more than of principles. She collaborates whith eclectic universes, from the handicraft to the electronic music, from the scenography to the furniture, from the graphics to the interor architecture. matali crasset spent her chilhood in a small village in the north of France, in a farm where work and life were intimately bound.


Photo: Julien Jouanjus

Garðar Eyjólfsson

Garðar Eyjólfsson is Program Director of MA Design Explorations & Translations at the Iceland University of the Arts and Associate Professor. Garðar holds a B.A (Honours) degree in Product Design from Central Saint Martins, London and a M.A (Cum Laude) Contextual Studies from Design Academy Eindhoven. He mixes contextual, material and narrative research in his work as a means to explore & translate zeitgeist topics. Utilizing a variety of mediums to manifest his voice; objects, spatial, artefacts, speculation, video, performance, talking and writing.

Balancing academia with studio practices his work ranges from developing his own projects, curating exhibitions, advising in the public and private sector, project managing and conducting workshops. Garðar also writes in various publications and gives public talks across platforms, often in the form of performative lectures and dialog in conferences, symposium and radio.

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Kaarina Gould

Kaarina Gould is Executive Director of the Finnish Cultural Institute in New York. The institute works across the fields of contemporary art, design, and architecture, hosting residencies and fellowship programs for artists and curators – recent projects focusing on sustainability; the circular economy; and the role of food in forming cultural identities. Previously Gould was Program Director for World Design Capital Helsinki 2012. She has also worked extensively in large scale cultural projects in visual and performing arts and is co-producer of Finland’s largest film production ever, the Unknown Soldier, a war drama that is all about peace.

Photo: Marica Rosengard

Ahmad Humeid

Ahmad Humeid is a designer, design advocate and entrepreneur. He deeply believes in the role of design in shaping economic and social progress. While studying architecture at the University of Jordan, he started his first graphic design studio in 1991. In 1998, he co-founded SYNTAX, a design and innovation firm. In the mid 2000’s he became an early blogger (, and co-founded a number of first social web startups. In 2011 he launched the design advocacy initiative ReDesign Arabia. In 2017 he was appointed as curator of Amman Design Week.

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Interview with Ahmad Humeid:
Amman Design Week tackles five regional issues

Itonde Kakoma

Itonde A. Kakoma is a member of the Leadership Team of CMI. He serves as the Programme Director responsible for Africa (Sub-Saharan Africa, Sahel, and North Africa). He also oversees CMI’s Programme Management Office, especially concerning policy, learning and institutional cooperation.
Prior to CMI, he served as the Assistant Director of the Conflict Resolution Program at the Carter Center, managing the Center’s peace initiatives and supporting President Carter’s efforts in and between Sudan and South Sudan. He was an international observer for Sudan’s National Referendum on the Right to Self-Determination in 2011. Previously, he worked on the Carter Center’s peace initiatives in Liberia, where he was an advisor and report writer for the Liberian Truth and Reconciliation Commission, specifically on the role of traditional and religious communities during the civil war and in peacemaking.
Mr. Kakoma has served as a guest editor for the Journal of Religion, Conflict & Peace and has worked for the World Council of Churches, consulted for the Centre for Humanitarian Dialogue’s Nairobi Bureau, and has advised inter-disciplinary initiatives at Emory University and the Sam Nunn School of International Affairs.


Pentti Kareoja

Pentti Kareoja (b.1959) is an architect, living and working in Helsinki. He is a professor at the Aalto University, School of Arts, Design and Architecture since 2002 and a partner-in-charge of ARK-house Architects since 1995. Besides his own practices, Kareoja has been involved in various co-operation projects and worked for other offices in Finland and abroad since 1979, including for example Kevin Roche, USA. He has received awards and prizes in architecture including State award of architecture in 2002 and Mies van der Rohe Pavilion Award for European architecture (finalist, the Helsinki University library ‘Korona’).

Kareoja has articles and many projects published in several European architectural books and magazines. He was the editor-in-chief of ‘Arkkitehti’, main architectural magazine in Finland during 1992-1995. He has carried out various architectural activities including the chairmanship of Alvar Aalto Symposium in 2000 and several International Jury-memberships including Alvar Aalto-medal committee in 1993 and 1998.

Gustaf Kjellin

Gustaf Kjellin is a Swedish curator and writer (b.1979). He has MA in Curatorial Management from Stockholm University (2006). He is the former owner of the publishing house Summit and CEO of design company DFTS Factory AB. He is the author of the book Helt vildt! – The Second Golden Age of Danish Design and contributor to Tidskriften RUM. He has curated exhibitions such as Back to the Present – A Way Forward for Finnish Design at Helsinki Design Museum (2018) and Subjectivities at Nationalmuseum in Stockholm (2015).

Miryon Ko

Born in Tokyo. Graduated from International Christian University (History of Art and Archeology Major) in 2002, after studied at Paris-Sorbonne University. Completed Master’s Degree (Environmental Design Major) as well as Architecture and Urban Design Program at the Graduate School of Media and Governance, Keio University in 2004. Started her career at the Vitra Design Museum, and joined Miyake Design Studio in 2006. Has been in charge of communications, program managements, and international development of 21_21 DESIGN SIGHT since its establishment in 2007; appointed as Executive Officer in 2017. Qualified curator of the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology-Japan.

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Matylda Krzykowski

Matylda Krzykowski’s transdisciplinary practice focuses on collaborative and performative projects in physical and digital space. Her work involves installations, exhibits, choreography, game shows, props, theatre and the development of formats that expand the concept of exhibitions, workshops, interventions and talks. She is a former participant of the Jan van Eyck Academy, founding member and artistic director of Depot Basel and one half of the globally active curatorial initiative Foreign Legion. Krzykowski is Mitchell Visiting Professor at the Architecture, Interior Architecture and Designed Objects department of the School of the Art Institute in Chicago.



Photo: Sasa Stucin

Tuulia Kuntsi

Tuulia Kuntsi is vice Chair of City Council of Jyväskylä and viceprincipal of the Valteri school in Onerva´s unit. She is a special teacher of education. In fact, she went to study at the University of Jyväskylä in particular because of the form language of the region and buildings. Tuulia has been particularly familiar with the development of learning environments that corresponds to the current view of learning and accessibility, including DeafSpace. She has also participated in two architectural competitions as a multidisciplinary team member. In positions of trust, it is important to see that the planning and public buildings projects are based on communality, accessibility and playfulness.

Mika Lammi

Mika is the Head of IoT Business Development at Kouvola Innovation Ltd (, a city of Kouvola owned business development company located in South-East of Finland. He is also the project leader for SmartLog (, an international EU Interreg Central Baltic funded three year project which aims to revolutionize the supply chain industry data traffic with by introducing blockchain technology into the mix.

Mika’s background includes developing the creative industries in Finland, lately the games industry education framework with regional and national authorities. His current focus is in developing big data scale blockchain frameworks and artificial intelligence approaches for predictive analytics for the logistics and supply chain industry.

Interview, Blockchains in logistics

Heini Lehtinen

Heini Lehtinen is a spatial designer, writer and the founder of design and research office Raven & Wood Agency. Based in Brussels and Helsinki, she is specialised in spatial health – how built environments impact emotional and psychological well-being. The agency approaches spatial health through analysis and facilitation of connectedness to ourselves, to others, to the environment, time and energy. Lehtinen has a background as a design journalist, editor-in-chief and co-founder of several print and online publications. She is also a co-editor of the book ‘Studio Time – Future Thinking in Art and Design’ (2018).


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Photo: Vita June

Fabio J. M. de Lima

Fabio Lima is Professor at Federal University of Juiz de Fora, Faculty of Architecture and Urbanism. He has a bachelor in Architecture and Urbanism at School of Architecture of Federal University of Minas Gerais (1989), Master’s degree at Faculty of Architecture at Federal University of Bahia (1994) and P.H.D. degree at Faculty of Architecture and Urbanism at University of São Paulo. (2003). Between 2011 and 2012 he developed a postdoctoral stage with support of CAPES at the Università IUAV di Venezia. In 2016 and 2018 he developed internships at Aalto University, Finland. At present, he is on an internship at Aalto University with themes linked to Urban Planning and Cultural Heritage.

Photo: Shermata

Tommi Lindh

Tommi Lindh, CEO of the Alvar Aalto Foundation since 2018. The history of architecture and architectural conservation have formed an important part of the architect’s everyday work and research studies since 1982. He’s been the director of the Alvar Aalto Foundation from 2013–2018. He has worked as a Senior Adviser on conservation at the Finnish Ministry of the Environment and as an architect and keeper of antiquities in the National Board of Antiquities. He also has his own architecture practice.


Photo: Jukka Rapo

Timo Ramu

Timo Ramu is a creative, concept designer, writer and the other half of internationally awarded creative studio MUSUTA – based in Helsinki and Tokyo. Timo runs MUSUTA with his wife and partner Jopsu Ramu.
Timo can write and think so he mainly does exactly that, while working on: film, animation, installations, concepts, design and other creative work.
Timo’s academic background is in social sciences, communication sciences and political science. His creative background rests on rock music.
With 4 small kids, a business to run in two home towns, he finds that he can be a bit busy at times.


Work: CMI – ‘Resolve’ – Nobel Peace Prize 10th Anniversary


Photo: Amelia Fullarton

Suvi Saloniemi

Suvi Saloniemi (b. 1980) is specialist in contemporary design and visual arts. Since 2012 she has been the Chief Curator of Design Museum Helsinki. Her expertise is in Scandinavian design, collectible design, critical practices, museums and global design networks. Her international tasks include projects in NYC, London, Stockholm, Moscow and Seoul. Saloniemi has worked in many of Helsinki’s largest cultural institutions, starting her curatorial career in Kiasma 2003 and currently being positioned at Design Museum. She speaks and lectures internationally and has many positions of trust such as Member of the Advisory Board for Chart Design Fair, Copenhagen, Nominator for the annual Designs of the Year in London Design Museum, Member of the Committee for Stadion-säätiö, Member of the Committee for Exhibitions at Finnish Architecture Museum and Member of the Board for Finnish Institute in St. Petersburg. Saloniemi’s background is in art history studies at the University of Helsinki and at the University of Stockholm, and in curating studies at the Aalto University of Art, Design and Architecture.


Photo: Elina Simonen

Jukka Savolainen

Jukka Savolainen is the Director of Design Museum in Helsinki. The Design Museum is the National Speciality Museum of Design and it houses the National Collection of Design in Finland. Mr. Savolainen has a long history in the museum and design fields, having worked previously as the Deputy Director and Exhibitions Curator at the Design Museum and as the Director of Research & Information at Material ConneXion in New York. Trained as an art historian at the University of St.Andrews in Scotland, his research interest’s span from contemporary design to national design policies and design driven decision making. He has written numerous articles on Finnish Design and global design trends and edited books on Finnish design and acted as a consultant for design events and businesses.


Arto Sivonen

Arto Sivonen is the founder of Måndag, a marketing designer and an urban activist. Over the years, he has been involved in a number of projects that activate social change. He would like to renew the terminology that is used in marketing and focus on open communication and the participatory approach to involve people early in the process. He is a firm believer in trying new things in both communications and in urban culture.

He has worked in advertising for over twenty years, both in Finland and abroad. During this time he has learnt to understand marketing and to respect collaboration skills and creative work. By going through what he has, he now understands the laws of marketing and is able to apply them in today’s world.


Ilkka Suppanen

llkka Suppanen is one of the best known contemporary Finnish designers. Ilkka studied architecture at Aalto University in Helsinki and Interior and Furniture Design at the Aalto university in Helsinki. In 1995, he founded Studio Suppanen in Helsinki. His expression is light, forward-looking and yet classically Scandinavian. He has also received many international awards. His latest achievements was the Torsten and Wanja Söderberg Prize which is is biggest design prize in the world and annually awarded to one designer or craftsman. Suppanen’s work has been exhibited worldwide. His work continues to be widely covered by international press and publications. Ilkka has works in the permanent collections of several important museums worldwide.

3 days with Ilkka Suppanen: Short film for Torsten & Wanja Söderbergs Pris 2015 about the finish designer & architect Ilkka Suppanen.
Filmed in Milano and Venice / Murano, Sep 2015


Photo: Pierre Björk