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Jury

The Jury will be chaired by the President of the Design for All Foundation, without voting right, and will be composed of internationally renowned representatives from business, government and the not-for-profit sector.

For the 2016 edition, the members of the Jury are as follows:

Mr. Sigmund Asmervik, Independent Architecture & Planning Professional (Norway).

Sigmund Asmervik Sigmund Asmervik has a master in Architecture and Urban Design from Norwegian University of Science and Technology, 1966, Trondheim, Norway, and a PhD in Transport Planning, 1976, from the same university. He has been a member of the Norwegian Academy of Technological Sciences since 1989.

Asmervik has worked with Universal Design/Design for All continuously since 1998 in different ways such as a lecturer, researcher as a university professor. He has written textbooks, sections of books, published journal articles and presented papers at numerous conferences and congresses in national and international contexts on this issue. One of his main activities has been continuing education.

The years 1999-2007 he was a governmental appointed member of the Norwegian State Council of Disabilities, and was on sabbatical leave at UC Berkeley 2002/2003 studying how the ADA, (The Americans with Disability Act) worked in practice.

Asmervik has also worked as consultant in universal design on evaluation of building and open spaces, looking at how practice worked in relation to ambitious political declarations and new regulations and acts.

Over these years professor Asmervik has developed an extensive network both in Scandinavia, the rest of Europe, USA and Japan.

Ms. Karin Bendixen, CEO Bexcom and President of Design for Alle.dk (Denmark).

Karin Bendixen Karin is an occupational therapist and holds a M.A. in sociology and journalism. She has dedicated most of her career to communicating issues on equal opportunities and Design for All in her homeland of Denmark and internationally.

She is the owner of a research and public relations consultancy, Bexcom, established in 2004. Since 2002 she has been president of the Danish independent national Design for All network, which she founded.

Over the years she has been involved – both theoretically and practically – with various innovative and user-driven projects within, for example, design, architecture, products, services, policies, strategies and campaigns. Karin has been a member of various international boards, committees and juries in the field of Design for All and Universal Design and has edited books and international magazines on the topic of Design for All.

Her work reflects the idea that Design for All should not be regarded as a "special" disability-related field, but rather be seen as an integral part of socially responsible and sustainable development in the world.

Mr. Per Eriksson, Mayor of Askersund (Sweden).

Per Eriksson Per specialised in natural sciences in his secondary studies and read economics at Örebro University, Sweden. He started his professional career as an industrial worker in a glass factory, where he was also active in the union and was responsible for union members’ education.

His political career started in the early 80s, with most of his political commissions being in the area of education; later, he chaired the Municipal Executive Committee. With over 10 years’ experience working in the world of adult education, Per has also had the opportunity to learn about the challenges faced by disabled people in everyday life, not least thanks to his involvement with the Swedish organisation Arbetarnas Bildningsförbund (Workers’ Educational Association), which links together many disabled people’s organisations and carries out programmes specifically aimed at disabled people.

He is currently the major of Askersund, a Swedish town which is the only municipality to have been awarded the Flag of Towns and Cities for All, the international recognition of excellence awarded by the Design for All Foundation, the, every year since 2008.

Ms. Valerie Fletcher, Executive Director of the Institute for Human Centered Design (USA).

Valrie Fletcher Since 1998, Fletcher has been Executive Director of the Institute for Human Centered Design, an international educational and design not-for-profit organisation based in Boston, Massachusetts, founded in 1978. The organisation's mission is to advance the role of design in expanding opportunities and enhancing experience for people of all ages and abilities through excellence in design.

Fletcher writes lectures and works internationally. She currently oversees projects ranging from the development of a new digital resource on accessibility and inclusive design in cultural facilities, a wide range of consultation and design services to public, and private entities and a User/Expert Lab with over 200 people engaged in the evaluation of places, products and services. Her research focus is integrated social and environmentally sustainable solutions for multifamily housing, workplaces, and the public realm.

Fletcher’s career has been divided between design and public mental health and she is the former Deputy Commissioner of the Massachusetts Department of Mental Health where she oversaw the largest participatory planning process ever undertaken in a state mental health system. She was Principal of Fletcher Studio Design from 1978-1985.

She recently completed an international universal design benchmarking project for the government of Singapore. Fletcher has a master degree in ethics and public policy from Harvard University. The Boston Society of Architects awarded her the Women in Design award in 2005. She co-chairs the Design Industry Group of Massachusetts and Councilor of the International Association for Universal Design in Tokyo.

Mr. Rama Gheerawo, Deputy Director of the Helen Hamlyn Centre for Design (UK).

Rama Gheerawo Rama is Deputy Director of the Helen Hamlyn Centre for Design and the RCA Reader in Inclusive, London. After gaining a bachelor's degree in Mechanical Engineering and a master's degree in Industrial Design Engineering, for which he won a scholarship from the Royal Commission of the Exhibition of 1851, he became a founding member of the Centre at its inception in 1999 and was made a Fellow of the Royal College of Art in 2005.

With nearly two decades in the design industry, his interest is in people-centred and socially inclusive design. He leads the Centre's Age & Ability research lab which creates practical design ideas to improve the lives of people of all ages and abilities. He is a frequent speaker at international events, writes and curates exhibitions and runs workshops for audiences ranging from students to business executives.

Knowledge transfer to business is central to his work, building on a track record of over 150 collaborative projects with the Centre involving organisations such as Gov.UK, Samsung and Toyota. As well has having articles published in publications such as Volume magazine, New Design and the Journal of Design Philosophy Papers, Rama sits on review committees for a number of conferences and is a reviewer of submissions for the UK Research Councils. He is on the Approval Committee for Age UK's kitemark and is a UK Director for the EIDD Design for All Europe network.

Mr. Pau Herrera, President of the Executive Committee of Barcelona Centre de Disseny (Spain).

Pau Herrera Pau Herrera, an expert in communication, is the founder and Chief Executive of the BPMO Group, established in 1992.

He has been a member of the Board of Directors of the winery Josep Mª Raventós i Blanc, Ltd. since 2003.

Currently, Mr Herrera combines the management of the BPMO Group with a range of other commitments. He is the Chairman of the Executive Committee of Barcelona Centre de Disseny and plenary member of Barcelona Chamber of Commerce and Barcelona Executive Tourism Committee. He serves on the Board of Trustees of the Design for all Foundation and is President of the Asociación Española de Directivos (Spanish Association of Managers).

Mr. Keiji Kawahara, Executive Director of the International Association for Universal Design (Japan).

Keiji Kawahara Keiji Kawahara is an industrial designer. He graduated in the department of Industrial Design in Kyushu Institute of Design (then Kyushu University) in Japan. He also obtained a Master's degree from the School of Industrial Design, Royal College of Art in London.

He is currently President of KIDStudio Corporation and Executive Director of International Association for Universal Design (IAUD) in Japan. He is also a professor in the Graduate School of Media and Design, Nagoya University of Arts and Sciences.

For more than 30 years, he has devoted himself to study designing for handicapped people and as a professional industrial designer he has been trying to design all products to be human centered. Some typical examples of his work are; Clock for the Blind, House for Wheelchair Users, Barrier-free Kitchen, ATM for the Blind, Meal Delivery Robot, Platform Safety System, Universal Design Mobile Phone, etc.

In 2002 he organised the International Conference of Universal Design held in Japan, the success of which resulted in IAUD being established in November 2003, which now numbers more than 130 Japanese corporations among its members. Since then the conference has been held several times, featuring a programme of international speakers and attracting thousands of delegates from around the world.

Mr. Pete Kercher, Ambassador for EIDD - Design for all Europe (Italy).

Pete Kercher A law graduate from Southampton University (UK), Pete was involved in youth international politics as Vice-President of the European Federation of Liberal and Radical Youth from 1975 to 77, then established a communications and design consulting agency in Italy in 1978, now KSDC Strategic Design and Communications.

Executive Officer of the Bureau of European Design Associations from 1988 to 1994, he then represented Italy on its Board of Directors until 2002. A member of the Associazione per il Disegno Industriale since 1994, he coordinated its International Committee from 1999 to 2001 and coordinated the Consiglio Nazionale del Design from 2000 to 2001. He is a founding member of EIDD – Design for All Europe (President 2003-07), as well as of its national counterpart Design for All Italy (President 1997-1999) , and is currently EIDD Ambassador.

A member of several scientific, consulting and editorial committees and juries for international conferences, journals and awards and author of numerous articles and manifestos for political, legal and design publications, he has served as a member of the Group of Experts in Design at the Office for the Harmonization of the Internal Market since its inception in 2002.

Particularly active in Central Europe and his adopted homeland of Italy, he was the originator of the Mobile Inclusive Design Museum in Serbia, of the Mobile Design Container in Silesia (Poland) and of the Michal Ozmin Design for All Archive and Research Centre in Cieszyn, Poland, where he serves as President of the Think Tank. He served as a member of the Advisory Committee of the Design Silesia project, organised by the Office of the President of the Region of Silesia, and is an advisor to the City of Gdynia.

A member of the research committee of the high-level annual Ravello Lab event, organised by the Italian national cultural federation Federculture, he is also an advisor in innovation in accessible tourism to the Italian Ministry of Cultural Heritage and Activities and of Tourism.

Mr. Jordi Montaña, President of University of Vic (Spain).

Jordi Montaña A full professor at Ramon Llull University and a lecturer at ESADE Business School in Barcelona, Jordi Montaña holds a doctorate in industrial engineering from the Polytechnic University of Catalonia, a master's degree in Business Administration and Management from ESADE and a degree in industrial engineering from the School of Industrial Engineering of Barcelona. He took postgraduate studies at the University of Bradford, at the Management Centre in Brussels and the International Institute for Management Development in Lausanne.

From 1976 until his appointment as Rector of the University of Vic, he was a lecturer at ESADE, where he was head of the ESADE Design Management Chair, undertaking research into design and business, and their impact on the economy and society.

He has always been associated with the world of industrial design, and was the founder and chief executive officer of Quod, Disseny i Marketing SA and Enginyeria Cultural SA; the founder and chief executive officer of the National Society for the Development of Design and Innovation (Spanish Ministry of Industry and Energy); and president of the board of Integral Design and Development SA; president of the ADI-FAD, and trustee and executive committee member of the Barcelona Design Centre Foundation.

During his career, he has taught extensively, while at the same time providing consultancy in strategies for marketing, innovation, product development, design management and corporate branding for companies (Manpower, Sony, La Española, Novartis, Nestlé, Simon, Samsung, Hewlett-Packard, Lexmark and others) and institutions, including the Spanish Institute for Small and Medium Enterprises (Ministry of Industry), the Ministry of Industry of Nicaragua, the Venezuelan Ministry of Public Works, the United Nations Industrial Development Organization, the Inter-American Development Bank and the European Commission. He was a member of the group of design experts at the Office for Harmonization in the Internal Market, the European Union's office for the registration of European designs and trademarks.

Mr. Francesc Aragall, President of the Design for All Foundation and President/Secretary of the jury without voting right.

Francesc Aragall A philosophy and literature graduate of the University of Barcelona, Francesc has developed his professional career in the fields of ergonomics, biomechanics, accessibility and Design for All, a concept that has been disseminated at the international level via EIDD - Design for All Europe, of which he was President from 1998 to 2001, and the Design for All Foundation, of which he is the founder and President.

Francesc was responsible for urban accessibility for Barcelona City Council during the construction of the facilities for the Olympic Games of 1992. In 1993 he took on the management of the Consorcio de Recursos y Documentación para la Integración de la Diversidad (Resource and Documentation Consortium for the Integration of Diversity). From 2004 until 2006, he participated in and advised the Consell per a la Promoció de l'Accessibilitat i la Supressió de Barreres Arquitectòniques (Committee for the Promotion of Accessibility and Elimination of Architectural Barriers) of the Generalitat de Catalunya (Government of Catalonia).

Author of the European Concept for Accessibility (ECA) (2003 edition) and Universal Design: The HUMBLES Method for User-Centred Business (December 2011), and co-author of ECA for Administrations (2008) and Design for All in progress, from theory to practice (ECA 2013), he has lectured on several Masters and PhD courses, both national and international, as well as given presentations at numerous international conferences and congresses. Since 2009 he has been an advisor to the Government of Singapore.

He is also Chief Executive of ProAsolutions, SL (Spain), Associate of ProAsolutions in Portugal, Trustee of the Barcelona Centre of Design (BCD), Councilor of IAUD Board of Directors (International Association for Universal Design of Japan), honorary member of EIDD - Design for All Europe, of the European Concept for Accessibility Network (EuCAN), of the Ibérica de Biomecánica (Iberian Society of Biomechanics) and of the Asociación Española de Ergonomía (Spanish Ergonomics Association).

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