Design Thinking the Future – Join the Global Movement
October 15, 2019

Member Institutions

Overview GDTA Members
American University in Cairo

The American University in Cairo is a premier English language institution of higher learning. The University is committed to teaching and research of the highest caliber, and offers exceptional liberal arts and professional education in a cross-cultural environment. AUC builds a culture of leadership, lifelong learning, continuing education and service among its graduates, and is dedicated to making significant contributions to Egypt and the international community in diverse fields. AUC offers 37 bachelor’s degrees, 44 master’s degrees, and 2 doctoral degrees in applied sciences and engineering in addition to a wide range of graduate diplomas across its five schools: Business, Global Affairs and Public Policy, Humanities and Social Sciences, Sciences and Engineering, and the Graduate School of Education.

The American University in Cairo

The Center for Learning and Teaching
AUC Avenue, P.O. Box 74
New Cairo 11835


GDTA Contact Person
Hoda Mostafa

The Communication University of China (CUC) is a public university in Beijing, China. It is one of the Project 211 key universities directly administered by the Ministry of Education of the People’s Republic of China. Communication University of China is one of the top public universities in China. It is ranked No.1 of media education and ranked No.1 among language universities in China.


Communication University of China

Communication University of China
No. 6, Ding Fuzhuang South Street
Chao Yang District
China 100024


GDTA Contact Person
LinLin Shui

Echos Innovation Lab

Echos – Innovation Lab Echos is an innovation lab that aims to foster the new generation of innovators worldwide. Echos has three business fronts: Innovation Projects, Echos – School of Design Thinking, and Echos’ Ventures. We believe that innovation only happens through people and that every problem and solution carries in it a decisive human-factor. It is from this perspective that we project new realities.

Echos Innovation Lab

Echos Innovation Lab
Rua Baluarte, 672
Vila Olímpia – São Paulo



GDTA Contact Person
Ricardo Ruffo

Genovasi was launched on 1 August 2012 with the initial mission to equip Malaysian youths with an innovation mindset using the Design Thinking methodology. Up to date, Genovasi is Malaysia’s only Design Thinking school and the leading regional partner of the Hasso-Plattner-Institut (HPI) School of Design Thinking at Potsdam University, Germany. Genovasi Malaysia is the first of its kind in Asia and the third instalment of HPI Schools of Design Thinking in the world. Modelled after the first institutionalised Design Thinking School in Stanford University, Genovasi Malaysia positions itself as an innovative organisation focused on propagating Design Thinking and its practices as the core competency to enhance any ready skill-set to drive innovation.


Genovasi Malaysia

Genovasi Malaysia Sdn Bhd
No. 2A (Gate C)
Jalan 13/2, Section 13
46200 Petaling Jaya
Selangor Darul Ehsan


GDTA Contact Person
Dato Lee Mew Yeng

The Hasso Plattner Institute of Design Thinking at the University of Cape Town (d-school) is the only academic institution in the region which offers academic training and capacitation in Design Thinking to university scholars and professionals in the public and private sectors. The d-school was founded in Cape Town in August 2015 with funding, IP and academic support from Prof. Dr. Hasso Plattner. Professor Plattner initiated and funded the first academic programmes in Design Thinking. Students from all disciplines and industry and government executives come together at the d-school to learn to work collaboratively in diverse and inclusive multi-disciplinary teams on real world challenges and to develop human-centred innovative solutions.


Hasso Plattner Institute of Design Thinking

UCT Graduate School of Business
Breakwater Campus
Portswood Road Green Point
Cape Town
South Africa


GDTA Contact Person
Richard Perez

Hasso Plattner Institute (HPI) in Potsdam is Germany’s university excellence center for digital engineering. With the bachelor‘s and master’s degree programs in “IT Systems Engineering,” the Faculty for Digital Engineering at the University of Potsdam offers an especially practical and engineering-oriented study program in computer science that is unique throughout Germany. The HPI School of Design Thinking offers a supplementary training program in Design Thinking that is unique in Europe. Students receive solid knowledge and skills in innovation methodology and practical application. In intensive collaboration with companies and social institutions, our multidisciplinary student teams develop especially user-friendly products and services. The special working environment, sophisticated innovation process and highly-qualified instructors provide the best conditions to make it happen.


HPI School of Design Thinking

School of Design Thinking
Campus Griebnitzsee | University of Potsdam
Prof.-Dr.-Helmert-Straße 2–3
14482 Potsdam


GDTA Contact Person
Uli Weinberg

Ivey Business School is a Canadian business school located at the University of Western Ontario. Ivey offers full-time undergraduate (HBA), MBA, MSc, and PhD programs and also maintains two teaching facilities in Toronto and Hong Kong for its EMBA and Executive Education programs. As one of the oldest business schools in Canada, Ivey is also accredited with establishing the nation’s first MBA and PhD program in Business. The business school was officially created in 1950, when Western University created a separate faculty as the School of Business Administration.


Ivey Business School

Ivey Business School
1255 Western Road
Canada, N6G 0N1


GDTA Contact Person
Darren Meister

The Department of Management is a world class centre for education and research in business and management. At the heart of LSE’s academic community in central London, we are ranked #2 in the world for business and management.


London School of Economics – Department of Management

Department of Management
London School of Economics and Political Science
Houghton Street
London WC2A 2AE
United Kingdom


GDTA Contact Person
Linda Hickman

OpenLab is a centre where students, educators and researchers from Karolinska Institutet, KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm University and Södertörn University are working on challenges faced by the City of Stockholm, Stockholm County Council and Stockholm County Administrative Board. The goal is to produce proposals for solutions to complex social issues in this growing region through new interdisciplinary collaboration between traditional knowledge areas. OpenLab plays an important role in placing Stockholm at the forefront of knowledge development to find solutions to the challenges facing the growing and sustainable city.


OpenLab Stockholm

Valhallavägen 79
114 28 Stockholm


GDTA Contact Person
Ivar Björkman

The School of Public Policy and Global Affairs (the “Policy School”) at the University of British Columbia seeks to be an essential centre for innovation in global affairs and public policy. The UBC Policy School catalyzes a network of accomplished scholars who collaborate with students, community, government, business leaders, and civil society through research, teaching, and practice. The goal of the Policy School is to contribute to solving problems of local importance and global consequence at the nexus of governance and scholarship.


Policy School at the UBC

The University of British Columbia
Vancouver Campus
6476 NW Marine Drive
Vancouver B.C.
V6T 1Z2 Canada


GDTA Contact Person
Moura Quayle

QUT is a major Australian university with a global outlook and a real-world focus. We are one of the nation’s fastest growing research universities and our courses are in high demand. We are an ambitious and collaborative institution that seeks to equip our students and graduates with the skills they’ll need in an increasingly disrupted and challenged world. We are transforming the student experience we offer our 50,000 students and we place a premium on the international and national accreditation of our various professional degrees. Our internationally award-winning Science and Engineering Centre is home to The Cube, acknowledged as one of the world’s largest digital interactive learning and display spaces. We established the world’s first Creative Industries Faculty, and we invest heavily in collaborative learning and interdisciplinary research environments.


Queensland University of Technology – Design Lab

QUT Design Lab
GPO Box 2434
Brisbane QLD 4001


GDTA Contact Person
Evonne Miller

Universidad Mayor

Universidad Mayor is a private non-profit university in Chile, with campuses in Santiago and Temuco, and a Branch Campus in Miami (USA). The university is accredited in Chile by the Comisión Nacional de Acreditación (CNA) and in the U.S. by the Middle States Commission of Higher Education (MSCHE), including multiple national and international programmatic accreditations. The institution serves 23,000 students between 43 undergraduate programs, over 100 graduate and diploma programs, and 6 doctoral degrees. With 18 top edge research centers, the institution is leader in the areas of genomics, aging, nanotechnology, and quantum communication, among other fields locally. Since 2018 the institution established the first D-School in Latin America through a collaboration with the Hasso Plattner Institute in Germany, installing the design thinking as a core methodology into the curriculum of its undergraduate and graduate programs, training faculty, and expanding this knowledge and mindset to the organization itself.

Universidad Mayor

Universidad Mayor

San Pio X 2422, Providencia



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GDTA Contact Person
Mario Herane

UTS is a dynamic and innovative university in central Sydney. One of Australia’s leading universities of technology, UTS has a distinct model of learning, strong research performance and a leading reputation for engagement with industry and the professions. UTS offers over 130 undergraduate and 210 postgraduate courses across traditional and emerging disciplines such as architecture, built environment, business, communication, design, education, engineering, information technology, international studies, law, midwifery, nursing, pharmacy and science. In line with the UTS model of global practice-oriented learning, many of our students undertake professional practice during their degree. As part of their degree program, students also have the opportunity to study at one of more than 185 universities in about 40 countries with which UTS has exchange agreements.


UTS Business School

UTS Business School
University of Technology Sydney
PO Box 123. Broadway NSW 2007


GDTA Contact Person
Dr. Jochen Schweitzer

An international centre of design, V&A Dundee will present the brilliance of Scottish creativity and the best of design from around the world. The first ever dedicated design museum in Scotland and the only other V&A museum anywhere in the world outside London, V&A Dundee will provide a place of inspiration, discovery, and learning through its mission to enrich lives through design. Through its Design for Business programme, V&A is working with businesses across the country to show how design plays a crucial role in innovation, creating better experiences for customers and greater economic benefit.


V&A Museum of Design Dundee

V&A Museum of Design Dundee
Project Office
Enterprise House
3 Greenmarket
Dundee DD1 4QB
United Kingdom


GDTA Contact Person
Andrew Cameron