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WDC Organising Committee (L-R): Dilki de Silva, Andrea Springer, Nils Toft, Augie Van Biljouw

About Organising Committee

Daily operations relating to the WDC programme are managed by the WDC Organising Committee from within the Icsid Secretariat. These tasks include contract management, funding opportunities, international cooperation, bid process management, relations with potential participants and collaborators, WDC brand management, execution of strategic directions, programme support, WDC Signature events, preliminary applications review, etc.

The WDC Organising Committee consists of (in alphabetical order):

Dilki de Silva
Secretary General
International Council of Societies of Industrial Design (Icsid)

Dilki started her career as a World Bank intern followed by several management positions in the UK and Canada. During her work in international economic development with the city of Toronto, she was instrumental in bringing international relations to the top of the city’s political agenda.  Dilki demonstrates a high level of skill and diplomacy in providing operations leadership to SMEs in challenging situations. She has built a distinguished career specialising in successful turnaround operations.

Dilki was appointed Icsid Secretary General and working director of the Executive Board in 2003. In this capacity, she is responsible for the financial and overall operational performance of Icsid, capacity building, strategic planning and partnership development. She is also a consultant for various companies and organisations and speaks on SME development, capacity building and international partnerships. Dilki brings a strong appreciation for city development and nurtures the collaborative synergies between design effective cities and the WDC.

Andrea Springer
Director Strategy & Brand
International Council of Societies of Industrial Design (Icsid)

Andréa is an experienced Marketing & Communications professional with a background in corporate communications, media and investor relations, as well as project and event management. Her experience in the development of branding strategies in the fields of information technology, telecommunications, wine and spirits, fashion and design led her to Icsid in 2005. Currently, she leads the development of strategic initiatives and objectives and creates comprehensive and succinct long-range growth plans  to sustain the organisation’s brand equity across its entire portfolio of international programmes and projects.

Nils Toft
Regional Advisor, WDCOC Chairperson
International Council of Societies of Industrial Design (Icsid)

Starting his career as an industrial designer, Nils Toft joined the former Christian Bjørn Design in 1987, an internationally operating design studio in Copenhagen with branches in Beijing and Ho Chi Minh City. Within a few years, Nils became a partner of CBD and as managing director, ran the enterprise.

Today Mr. Toft is the founder and managing director of Designidea. With offices in Copenhagen and Beijing, Designidea operate in the following key fields: communication, consumer electronics, computer, agriculture, medicine, and graphic arts as well as projects in design-strategy, graphic and exhibition design.

Nils Toft graduated as an architect and designer from the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts in Copenhagen in 1985. He also holds a Master’s degree that focuses on Industrial Design and Business Development.

Augie Van Biljouw
Director of Communications
International Council of Societies of Industrial Design (Icsid)

Augie is a McGill University graduate and communications professional with over 20 years experience designing and implementing communications strategies and tools, primarily for NGOs, associations and government agencies in the field of human rights and international development. She is an accomplished writer, editor and event planner. As Icsid’s Director of Communications, she seeks to enhance the profile and global brand of the organisation through its various programmes and initiatives and to promote design for a better world.