Nations and cities are increasingly recognising the power of design in public policy and international relations. Designers are called upon to advise governments on nation brands and reputations, while architects are involved in placemaking and the forging of new urban identities.
Adrian Jankowiack [Refugees’ Pavilion] is the founder of Nairobi Design Week, the annual festival that promotes the Kenyan design community, in collaboration with local and international partners. Through this initiative, Adrian gives citizens a chance to explore the scene and participate in projects and conversations concerning their city, with the aim to keep an open dialogue and create tangible outcomes.
Natalie Kane [United Kingdom], is Curator of Digital Design at the Victoria and Albert Museum, London and co-curator of Haunted Machines, a long-term curatorial and research project on the narratives of magic and hauntings pervading our relationship with technology.
Natalie has guest lectured at London College of Communications and Design Academy Eindhoven, is a Visiting Tutor at the Instituto de Europea Design (Barcelona) and previously taught at Royal Institute of Theatre, Cinema and Sound (Brussels).
Forensic Architecture [United Kingdom], is a research agency based at Goldsmiths, University of London. The team, directed by architect and Goldsmiths professor of Spatial and Visual Cultures, Eyal Weizman, undertakes advanced architectural and media research on behalf of international prosecutors, human rights organisations and political and environmental justice groups.
Matthew Anderson is the European Culture Editor of The New York Times. He oversees cultural coverage for the continent from The Times's bureau in London. Mr. Anderson joined The New York Times in 2017 from the BBC, where he worked for 10 years as a reporter, producer and editor for TV, radio and online content. He edited the BBC.com homepage from 2010 to 2013, then became the inaugural editor of BBC Culture, an arts and entertainment site aimed at digital users outside the U.K. Since joining The Times, Mr. Anderson has expanded the paper's coverage of theatre, the visual arts and popular culture in Europe, and reported form London, Berlin and the Cannes Film Festival.