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Co-founder and creative director of the award-winning design studio Birsel + Seck, Ayse Birsel is also a teacher and the author of "Design the Life You Love".
The head of design at IKEA challenges the way traditional products are made.
Kaja Solgaard Dahl
Kaja Solgaard Dahl is a product and furniture designer working with a wide range of products and materials that are all inspired by our senses and nature.
Kamila Iżykowicz is a poetic designer, creating with a mixture of skill, knowledge and intuition. Her work is based on the senses and an understanding of time.
Bo-Won Keum is a storyteller and graphic design graduate from The Rhode Island School of Design.
South African photographer Thandiwe Msebenzi tackles social problems and culture in her images.
Isabel Mager is an investigative and critical designer based in the Netherlands. Her work investigates culture and structures of power.
Arjun Harrison-Mann is a London-based designer, activist and advocate for dialogue. He is also the co-founder of Studio Hyte.
Grace Jun is designer and self-taught coder. Her work examines functional fashion for inclusion with the aim to anchor wearable tech to the human experience.
Rhys Jones strives to make excellent products that are sustainable and socially responsible.
Pauline Saglio is an interaction designer and artist based in Switzerland whose interest lies in the combination of digital and tangible.
Isis Shiffer is an industrial designer and founder of Spitfire Industry, a design consultancy in Brooklyn that focusses on sustainability and transportation.
Carina "The Wizard" Bonse is an Art Direction and Design graduate from Red & Yellow, South Africa, who won Loerie Awards in her first, second and third years.
Shoko Tamura is a member of Daijiro Mizuno research laboratory at Keio University, Tokyo Japan, where she looks at speculative design and the human mind.
TL Uglow ('Tea') is the creative director of Google's Creative Lab in Sydney and a tech celebrity.
Tech entrepreneur Marko Ahtisaari is the CEO and co-founder of The Sync Project, which investigates the therapeutic effects of music on the body and mind.
German designer Stefan Diez creates beautiful, simple furniture with a combination of craftsmanship and innovative industrial design.
Brooklyn-based Ekene Ijeoma is a socially-focused interdisciplinary artist and designer who uses data to translate overlooked facts into informed feelings.
Great Things to People (gt2P)
Chilean architecture, art and design studio Great Things to People (gt2P) experiment with digital crafting to systematise local knowledge and cultural heritage.
Osborne Macharia is a self-taught commercial and advertising photographer born and bred in Nairobi, Kenya and with a bachelors in architecture.
Triggerfish Animation studio CEO Stuart Forrest is the producer of Africa's two most successful film exports: "Adventures in Zambezia" and "Khumba".
Architect and urban designer Winy Maas is a co-founder of Rotterdam-based architecture studio MVRDV and The Why Factory.
Nairobi-based "Blinky" Bill Sellanga is a singer-songwriter, beat maker, producer and one fourth of Kenyan art and music collective, Just a Band.
Chris Sheldrick is the founder of what3words, an addressing app that assigns a sequence of three simple words to any location in the world.
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