World Design Capital



Past committees

The following individuals participated in the selection of the previous World Design Capitals:

2016 Selection Committee

  • Prof. Soon-in Lee, 2011-2013 Icsid President
  • Ayse Birsel, Co-founder and Creative Director, Birsel + Seck
  • Patricia de Lille, Executive Mayor of the City of Cape Town
  • Dr. Beatriz Garcia, Head of Research in Cultural Policy & Impact, Institute of Cultural Capital and Senior Research Fellow in Sociology, University of Liverpool
  • Jens Martin Skibsted, Creative Director and Founder, KiBiSi / Skibsted Ideation


2014 Selection Committee

  • Dr. Mark Breitenberg, 2009-2011 Icsid President and Provost at California College of the Arts (USA)
  • Edna dos Santos-Duisenberg, Chief of Creative Economy Programme of the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development – UNCTAD
  • Jeremy Myerson, Director and Chair of the Helen Hamlyn Centre at the Royal College of Art (United Kingdom)
  • Kohei Nishiyama, Founder and CEO of elephant design co., ltd. and Founder of (Japan)
  • Jussi Pajunen, Mayor of the City of Helsinki (Finland)


2012 Selection Committee

  • Brigitte Borja de Mozota, Director of Research at Parsons Paris School of Art & Design (France)
  • Guto Indio da Costa, Industrial Designer, Director of Indio da Costa Design, (Brazil)
  • Carlos Hinrichsen, 2007-2009 Icsid President and Director of the School of Design, Instituto Profesional DuocUC of the Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Chile (Chile)
  • Se-hoon Oh, Mayor of the City of Seoul (South Korea)
  • Deyan Sudjic, Director of the Design Museum (United Kingdom)


2010 Selection Committee

  • Sergio Chiamparino, Former Mayor of Torino, 2001-2011 (Italy)
  • Jacques Lange, Past President of Icograda 2005-2007 (South Africa)
  • Marc Newson, Designer (Australia)
  • Patricia Urquiola, Designer (Spain)
  • Prof. Dr. Peter Zec, Icsid Senator, President of Icsid from 2005-2007 and is the Founding Chair of the World Design Capital project and President of Design Zentrum Nordrhein Westfalen (Germany)