World Design Capital



WDC Organising Committee (L-R): Dilki de Silva, Andrea Springer, Nils Toft, Tara Walker

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.

Tara Walker
Project Manager
International Council of Societies of Industrial Design (Icsid)

Tara Walker has over 15 years of leadership experience in the non-profit sector and as a cultural entrepreneur. In her years with a provincial member-based trade association in the media production industry, she led organisational change initiatives, advocacy campaigns, government relations, international marketing and business development programming. She also co-launched and managed an internationally active product design company with a partner.

Tara holds a BA in Film Studies and History from the University of Victoria and will soon graduate with her MBA specialising in strategy, sustainable business practices, and marketing. Beginning in summer 2014 she will embark on earning a graduate degree in Human Systems Intervention at Concordia University. She hopes to apply this organisational development approach to her work at Icsid as Project Manager of the World Design Capital and World Design Impact Prize initiatives