August 17, 2023
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Episode 5: Good Design Australia with Dr. Brandon Gien

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Brandon holds the esteemed position of CEO at Good Design Australia and has been a pivotal figure in the Australian design landscape. As the Chair of the Australian Good Design Awards and Deputy Chair of the Australian Design Council, his dedication to promoting the significance of design in enhancing various facets of life is evident. With a rich experience spanning over two decades, Brandon has consistently emphasized the transformative power of design in our society.

Educated as an Industrial Designer, Brandon imparts his knowledge as an Adjunct Professor at both the University of Canberra and the University of New South Wales. His academic journey began with Mechanical Engineering at the University of Newcastle, culminating in a Bachelor's Degree in Industrial Design. Later, he earned a Ph.D. in Environmental Design from the University of Canberra.

Internationally, Brandon's influence is profound. He was the first Australian World Design Organization (WDO) President from 2013-2015. Under his leadership, the WDO underwent a pivotal transformation, aligning its vision with the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals. He was crucial in introducing the World Design Impact Prize and World Design Medal. Moreover, as the Chair of the Selection Committee in 2022, he recognized Valencia, Spain, as the World Design Capital®.

Before his venture with Good Design Australia, Brandon contributed as the Executive Director of Design Strategy at Standards Australia, the nation's premier standards institution. His entrepreneurial spirit is evident as an investor and mentor for several tech startups. He is also a Non-Executive Director at Spacetalk Limited, a pioneering Australian tech firm.

In recognition of his contributions, Japan honored him as an Honorary Design Ambassador, a role facilitated by the Japan Institute of Design Promotion (JDP). Additionally, he is a respected Fellow of the Design Institute of Australia.


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