Design Thinking the Future – Join the Global Movement
January 17, 2021

Member Institutions

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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

Lucian Blaga University of Sibiu

Lucian Blaga University of Sibiu is a dynamic university, testified by its history. Founded on the tradition of the 230 years of higher education in Sibiu, Lucian Blaga University of Sibiu is one of the most competitive universities in Romania. The quality of education and research at LBUS benefits from national and international recognition and rewarded by the state evaluation institutions, LBUS being acknowledged as an “Academic Center of Excellence” and one of the few universities in the country whose scientific research has received this distinction.

Promoting values such as the entrepreneurial and innovative spirit, quality research and openness, LBUS encourages its students to develop their creativity and potential, preparing and supporting them in developing a successful career.

LBUS contains 9 faculties, 14882 students,  71 bachelor programs,  60 master programs, 15 PhD domains, 90 PhD advisers, 24 research centers and develop international programs with 24 partner countries, 300 Erasmus bilateral agreements and 130 partnerships with foreign universities.


Lucian Blaga University of Sibiu

Bd-ul. Victoriei, Nr. 10

GDTA Contact Person
Adrian Florea

Politecnico di Milano DT Observatory

Politecnico di Milano is a scientific-technological university which trains engineers, architects and industrial designers. The University has always focused on the quality and innovation of its teaching and research, developing a fruitful relationship with business and the productive world by means of experimental research and technological transfer.

Research has always been linked to didactics and it is a priority commitment which has allowed Politecnico Milano to achieve high quality results at an international level as to join the university to the business world. Research constitutes a parallel path to that formed by cooperation and alliances with the industrial system. Knowing the world in which you are going to work is a vital requirement for training students. By referring back to the needs of the industrial world and public administration, research is facilitated in following new paths and dealing with the need for constant and rapid innovation.

The alliance with the industrial world, in many cases favored by Fondazione Politecnico and by consortiums to which Politecnico belong, allows the university to follow the vocation of the territories in which it operates and to be a stimulus for their development. The challenge which is being met today projects this tradition which is strongly rooted in the territory beyond the borders of the country, in a relationship which is developing first of all at the European level with the objective of contributing to the creation of a single professional training market.

Politecnico takes part in several research, sites and training projects collaborating with the most qualified European universities. Politecnico’s contribution is increasingly being extended to other countries: from North America to Southeast Asia to Eastern Europe. Today the drive to internationalization sees Politecnico Milano taking part into the European and world network of leading technical universities and it offers several courses beside many which are entirely taught in English.

The Observatory Design Thinking for Business was born in 2017 due to the increasing pervasiveness of this approach in different application contexts: from strategic consulting to digital transformation, from digital experience design (UX / UI) to the development of new consumer experiences. The extraordinary amount of acquisitions of design reality in the last 8 years by strategic consulting companies or major players in the digital transformation demonstrates the growing pervasiveness of Design Thinking. The phenomenon highlights the strategic value that the Design Thinking methodologies, approaches and tools assume in different contexts.

In particular, the Observatory aims to be the reference point for the community of innovators who adopt pioneering approaches such as Design Thinking in creating value for their companies, researching new practices and wanting to be in the right networks. The objective is to bring together a group of companies interested in exchanging views on recent developments in Design Thinking, bringing together the potential but also the weak points of this approach to become a strong and updated reference point for all Design Thinkers.



Observatory Design Thinking for Business at Politecnico di Milano

Via Lambruschini, 4B (Building 26/B)
20156 Milano

GDTA Contact Person
Claudio Dell’Era

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

Penn State Learning Factory

The Learning Factory supports design within the College of Engineering at Penn State. We host hands-on learning activities for class work as well as Build Nights and other multi-disciplinary efforts. Additionally, the LF coordinate the largest multi-disciplinary client-sponsored capstone program in the world, with nearly 250 projects a year. Our Engineering Design Program provides instruction and offers graduate degrees in design and design thinking, entrepreneurship, leadership, and other related topics.


The Learning Factory

The Pennsylvania State University
University Park
PA 16802
United States


GDTA Contact Person
Matthew Parkinson

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


The Story of “Shenkar – Engineering. Design. Art”

“Shenkar – Engineering. Design. Art” has established itself as one of the leading colleges in Israel. Every year, Shenkar’s graduates find themselves in the forefront of research and the industry, exhibit their works, participate in competitions, and win prestigious awards.

Combining faculties of engineering, design, and art is the basis of this institution’s unique multidisciplinary academics, allowing students and professors to combine cutting-edge technologies with contemporary design and artistic concepts. Each faculty has its own character, yet maintains fruitful collaborations with the other faculties, exposing students to a variety of disciplines and different fields of knowledge.

Shenkar offers academic degrees in design, art, and engineering and joint PhD programs with leading international education institutions.


Shenkar – Engineering. Design. Art

Anna Frank 12


GDTA Contact Person
Daniel Altman

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


At Tecnológico de Monterrey we believe in Mexico and our communities. We believe in our people, the riches of our cultural diversity, our history, but above all, we are convinced that we must actively participate in building our future. We know that we can contribute to the improvement of our present and forge the future we dream of. Each of us can decide how we want it to be, and together, make it real. Knowledge is our first step to go forward. It is knowledge that generates change and transforms.

At Tecnológico de Monterrey, we have had a Design Thinking Initiative since four years ago. It is helping our students, professors, directives, companies and community to address problems with a Human-Centered approach.

We invite you to find out more about Tecnológico de Monterrey:

Tecnológico de Monterrey

Campus Guadalajara
Av. General Ramón Corona #2514.

Col. Nuevo México, CP 45138.

Zapopan, Jal. México


GDTA Contact Person

Alejandro Rodríguez

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

UVA Darden School of Business

The University of Virginia Darden School of Business delivers the world’s best business education experience to prepare entrepreneurial, global and responsible leaders through its MBA, Ph.D., MSBA and Executive Education programs. Darden’s top-ranked faculty is renowned for teaching excellence and advances practical business knowledge through research. Darden was established in 1955 at the University of Virginia, a top public university founded by Thomas Jefferson in 1819 in Charlottesville, Virginia.


University of Virginia

Darden School of Business
100 Darden Boulevard
Charlottesville, VA. 22903
United States


GDTA Contact Person
Jeanne Liedtka

V&A Dundee

As Scotland’s first design museum, V&A Dundee tells a global story, investigating the international importance of design alongside presenting Scotland’s outstanding design achievements.

V&A Dundee features world-class exhibitions alongside the permanent Scottish Design Galleries, and a changing programme of commissions, events and activities.

The new museum has been delivered by Design Dundee Ltd, founded by the Victoria and Albert Museum – the world’s leading museum of art, design and performance – Dundee City Council, the University of Dundee, Abertay University and Scottish Enterprise.

Through its Design for Business programme, V&A Dundee is supporting businesses and organizations across the country. Encouraging, teaching and embedding the practice of Design Thinking for the purpose of innovation. Creating better experiences for end users, and helping stimulate economic growth.


V&A Dundee

V&A Dundee
1 Riverside Esplanade,
DD1 4EZ,
United Kingdom


GDTA Contact Person
Andrew Cameron