Roger Malina was recently appointed to the international board of advisors for the Sristhi Institute for Art, Design and Technology in Bangalore, India, whose founding director is friend and colleague Geetha Narayanan. Geetha is an educator with over four decades of experience as a teacher, an educator, a curriculum and instruction designer. At all times a catalyst, Dr. Narayanan has tried over the years to evolve paradigms of learning that integrate the mind, body and consciousness and in the last few years has worked at creating collaborative pedagogical frameworks for the teaching of mathematics, science and languages within the Indian educational system at the informal and formal levels of schooling.
In particular, Dr. Malina will be helping with the new PhD program in Art and Design at Srishti, which is a recognized research center of Manipal University. Six scholars joined the PhD program in 2014, and nine more scholars from India and abroad are expected to join the program in 2015.
The advisors for the program are an interesting cross-section of the international art, design, and technology-practicing community. They include:
Joichi Ito, who is the Director of the MIT Media Lab and the Chairman of the Board of PureTech Health. He is also on the Board of Sony Corporation, The New York Times Company, The MacArthur Foundation, The Knight Foundation, and The Mozilla Foundation and the co-founder and board member of Digital Garage. He is a member of the Japanese Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology, Center of Innovation (COI) STREAM governance committee.
Brandon Gien, who is the CEO of Good Design Australia and current President of the International Council of Societies of Industrial Design (ICSID), the world organization for Industrial Design. Through his work with ICSID, he co-founded the World Design Impact Prize to honor design-driven projects that make a positive impact on our social, economic, cultural and environmental quality of life.
Ezio Manzini, who has been working in the field of design for sustainability. Most recently, his interests have focused on social innovation, considered a major driver of sustainable changes. With this perspective, he started DESIS: an international network of schools of design specifically active in the field of design for social innovation and sustainability.
John Newbigin, who is Chairman of Creative England and of Cinema Arts Network. As Special Advisor to the Minister for Culture, Rt Hon Chris Smith MP, he was closely involved in developing the UK government’s first policies for the creative industries in the 1990s. He was Head of Corporate Relations for Channel 4 Television and executive assistant to Lord Puttnam as the Chairman of the film company Enigma Productions Ltd. As a policy advisor to the Leader of the Labour Party and Leader of the Opposition, Rt Hon Neil Kinnock, MP, he had responsibility for environmental and cultural issues, amongst others.
Soon-In Lee, who has been a graduate school lecturer in design management. He was also Dean of International Design School for Advanced Studies of Hong-ik University. Soon-In Lee was President (2011-2013) of the International Council of Societies of Industrial Design (ICSID), Chair of the Korea Design & Brand Management Society, and General director for Gwangju Design Biennale 2007. Since 2003, he has been the Chair of Asia Design Network and Korea 3D Printing Culture Forum. At present, Soon-In Lee is Executive Managing Director of Seoul Design Center.