2022 Jury

Jury Chair

Gabriel is the founder and principal consultant at Small Surfaces, an international human-centred design consultancy focused on social impact projects in developing countries. Gabriel works on projects that seek to improve education, healthcare and access to financial services for low-income people across Africa, Asia and the Pacific. He also has a degree in Philosophy.

Santiago, Chile

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.

Currently the Founder of Designing Humans, an organization dedicated to professionalizing & strengthening design in Africa, he spends his time mentoring individuals, assisting enterprise design executives demonstrating the value of design, managing design practice at scale, raising design literacy, and developing sustainable talent pipelines.

Previously, Dean has worked in startups and tech businesses as a Product Designer, been an executive design director for a multi-national bank, and a digital communications specialist.

Outside of work, Dean spends his time with Design communities in South Africa creating the platform for designers to share, learn and improve through the practice of being human.

He is also an avid Chilli breeder 🌶.

Twitter | LinkedIn | deanbroadley.com

Johannesburg, South Africa

Erico Fileno is a designer and professor with more than 25 years of experience. He combines business, technology and cultural practices, bringing collaborative & human-centered innovation to organizations and services/products to the society, thus impacting the life of millions of people every day around the world.

In the early 2000’s, he was the pioneer for igniting Service Design, UX and Interaction Design movements in Latin America. He created the first reference center on Interaction Design and UX in Brazil and the first graduate program in Service Design in the region. He was an important volunteer in IxDA Community, creating Interaction Latin America (2009) and serving the community as local leader, lecturer and – until last year – as Regional Coordinator for Latin America.

Nowadays, he is Executive Director at EY (Latin America South Design Studio) – part of a global organization with more than 1,400 designers working in business transformation for Fortune 500 companies.

Twitter  | LinkedIn | ericofileno.com

SĂŁo Paulo, Brazil

Jay Dutta, abbreviated to JD, is an Indian Design leader. In the last decade, he has built and scaled design teams, and capabilities, for Adobe India, Flipkart, MakeMyTrip and now Udaan. He has advised multiple startups and unicorns as a Designer-in-Residence at the VC – SAIF Partners. In the journey, redefining the role and influence of Design in Indian Tech and Business. He is the founder of DesignUp Conference, arguably SE Asia’s largest and amongst it’s most influential Design-In-Tech Festival – listed by quartz.com as one of “the world’s most exciting Design Events”

After graduating from the National Institute of Design in India, JD spent over a decade in Europe, in the formative years of the interaction design discipline. After the dot com boom and bust, he went on do a MSc in Design Management and co-founded his Design Consultancy in Manchester.  Jay has shared his journey, insights and learning at TEDx, Adobe Max, Collision and multiple conferences across India, Asia and the US.

Bengaluru, India

Sarah Fathallah (they/she) is an independent designer, researcher, and educator, who specializes in applying participatory research and design to the social sector, and cares about shifting how we engage communities and center lived experience in less extractive, harmful, and paternalistic ways. They have worked on engagements on various topics ranging from reproductive health to labor organizing, with impact-driven organizations such as the International Domestic Workers Federation and Open Society Foundations. In addition to their freelance practice, they serve as Senior Director of Research at Think Of Us and as faculty at the UC Berkeley Extension School and the Copenhagen Institute for Interaction Design.

Twitter  | Medium | LinkedIn | sarahfathallah.com

Oakland, United States of America

Shikoh is the CEO of Qhala, a Digital Innovation company that catalyzes digital transformation capabilities for  organizations across Africa. She has over 10 years of experience in the Research, Design, Implementation, and  Management of Digital Technologies. She has established expertise in both African and Emerging Markets  specialized in solving problems in Agriculture, Education, Health, Payments, Retail and Renewable energies.

She is responsible for the set-up of Safaricom Alpha, a first of the kind corporate innovation hub in Africa. Where  she worked as the Head of Products – Innovation and acted as the Chief Innovation Officer. Shikoh also led  Safaricom’s foray into becoming a digital company, by putting together a strategy, and cross-functional teams to  execute the strategy.

Previously worked with Africa Development Bank (AfDB), where she was leading and advising governments across  Africa to adopt ICT for service delivery, she developed the Digital Government Blueprint {put links}, a strategic  document to guide governments in digital transformation, now adopted by Smart Africa. She has also worked with  Google and Microsoft in their emerging markets teams. She has received numerous awards in recognition of her  efforts in influencing Business and Government as well as Technology.

Shikoh seats on various boards in ICT companies and contributes to a number of steering committees and think  tanks on Africa and technology. Shikoh holds a PhD and MSc in Computer Science from the University of Cape Town,  South Africa.

Recently, she was appointed to the COVID-19 ICT Advisory Committee set up by Joe Mucheru, Cabinet Secretary  for ICT, Innovation and Youth Affairs to facilitate containment of the spread of coronavirus in the country using  information communication and technology. She also is part of the COVID-19 Modelling team, informing the  Government of Kenya’s policy formulation using Data.

Nairobi, Kenya

Xiangyang Xin, PhD, founder of XXY Innovation, Professor at Tongji University. Xin holds a PhD in Design from Carnegie Mellon University with interests in interaction, experience, service, and organization design, and looks at how design contributes to transformations of lifestyles, businesses and cultures. He had founded MDes Interaction Design at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University and served as former Dean of Design at Jiangnan University and acted as a guest professor in both design and business schools at several universities.

Apart from his educational experiences, Xin has worked on projects with various public and private partners internationally, and served as the president or a board member of professional organizations, including Alliances of Technology and Organization Transformation, Beijing Dragon Design Foundation, China Service Design Conference, China Industrial Design Association; served as a jury member for competitions including IXDA, G-Mark, Red Star, and many others, and so on.

Xin has received awards including “2015 Future Voice of Interaction Design” from IXDA, “40 Chinese Designers of 40 Years of Economic Reform and Opening,” “70 Designers of 70 Years of New China,” “Gold Medal Contribution to Design in China” from Dragon Design Foundation, 2018 Second Class National Teaching Award, 2013 “10 Best Industrial Design Educator of China,” etc.

Shanghai, China
Kadambari Sahu

Co-chair IxDA Interaction Awards, 2022 | SVP Design, ValueLabs

Hyderabad, India
Sreyan Ghosh

Co-chair IxDA Interaction Awards, 2022 | Interaction Designer, Google

San Francisco, USA
Brenda Sanderson

IxDA Executive Director

Montreal, Canada
Anuja Thanawala

Sr. Interaction Designer 3, ValueLabs

Pune, India
Mitali Mantri

UX Designer, Amazon

Mumbai, India
Sebastian Gier

Senior Designer, BMW Group & Host of designdrives.org

Munich, Germany
Yashasri Sadagopan

Interaction Designer, Frog

Mumbai, India
MiHyun Kim

Assistant Professor of Communication Design, Texas State University

Austin, USA
Yiwei Huang

Design Researcher and Adjunct Instructor at Carnegie Mellon University

Pittsburgh, United States
Jocelyn Ke

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