Mentor and Chair, Eye-Catcher Innovations
Paul is an accomplished Design Thinker with 45 years’ experience developing Products, Services and Businesses spanning six continents.
Paul is currently Non-Executive Chairman and driving design force behind Eye-Catcher Innovations, global leaders in the design of impact protection products manufactured in South Australia and exported to 60 countries.
Educated in Design, Engineering and Marketing, he has founded nine start-up businesses, still chairs two and is now on a mission to help start-ups and small businesses achieve their full potential through the application of design led strategies to create Innovative products and business models with export focus.
Paul’s career achievements have been recognized nationally and Internationally with multiple Design Awards, Innovation Awards, Business Awards, Export Awards, and as author/co-author of multiple international patents in diverse service and product categories including medical devices, consumer goods and aquaculture.
Dr Brandon Gien
CEO Good Design Australia
Brandon has spent the last 20 years running Australia’s Good Design Awards Programme, one of the oldest and most respected design award programs in the world with origins dating back to the 1958.
He is a trained Industrial Designer and holds a PhD in Environmental Design from the University of Canberra’s School of Design and Architecture. In 2015, Brandon was made a Senator on ICSID - the World Design Organization, the first Australian to ever hold that position.
He is also a Board Member of Shanghai City Government’s International Creative City Advisory Board. He sits on the International Advisory Board of Srishti’s Institute of Art Design and Technology in India and has participated as a jury member for the Singapore President’s Design Awards, the Korean Government’s Good Design Award, China’s Red Star Design Awards, the Taiwan Golden Pin Design Awards, Rado Design Prize Africa, the Design for Asia Awards to name a few. He is currently an Adjunct Professor of Industrial Design at the University of Canberra.