As of June 8, 2016 Gulay Ozkan, founder at GEDS is appointed Design for Europe expert. Here is the press release:
JUNE 8, 2016
GULAY OZKAN APPOINTED DESIGN FOR EUROPE EXPERT
Gulay Ozkan at GEDS has been elected as a member of the Expert Panel for Design for Europe, the EC’s ‘European Design Innovation Platform’ (EDIP). She will join a group of carefully selected specialists who influence and advocate design innovation at the highest level.
Design for Europe, the three-year, €3.8m programme helps people use design to accelerate innovation across Europe – boosting economic growth and job creation.
As a Design for Europe expert, Gulay Ozkan will complement and endorse the knowledge and experience of the programme partners, while also contributing to new thought leadership content on the Design for Europe web platform, speaking at events and engaging with audiences on both a local and global level.
Gulay Ozkan, who is founder at GEDS, design and innovation consultancy was nominated for this position because of her unique expertise and influence in design in tech and service design.
Gulay Ozkan joins 16 other experts appointed by Design Council and the 13 other consortium members to help expand the reach of the Design for Europe project.
Ailbhe McNabola, Design for Europe programme coordinator and Director of Policy and Research at Design Council, said: “Design for Europe showcases the benefits business and public services can achieve by integrating cutting-edge design. Our panel of experts will be vital in helping us extend the reach of the project and ultimately help more of Europe’s enterprises to understand how design can help them provide improved products and services and increase the standard of living for EU citizens.”
Gulay Ozkan, Founder at GEDS, said: “Design can achieve for the world as much as technology did in the last century. We just need to raise awareness and create the right resources around it. In order to do that, we need projects like Design for Europe where the design community brings its forces together to enable the field reach its full potential. I am happy to support the initiative to create a human-centric impact in Europe.”
Design for Europe is being delivered by a 14-strong pan-European consortium, led by Design Council in the UK***. Central to the project is the Design for Europe web platform – designforeurope.eu – which brings together knowledge and examples of design-led innovation from across the EU.
For more information about Design for Europe and to sign up for the newsletter, visit designforeurope.eu. You can also follow Design for Europe on Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn.
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GEDS is an Istanbul based design and innovation consultancy. We utilize design-driven methodologies in order to connect organizations with people they serve in novel ways. And for us, the process precisely starts from the real needs and desires of real people we are serving for –we call this “human-centricity.”
*** The Design for Europe consortium partners are Design Council, Lancaster University, Birmingham City University, Estonian Design Centre, Nesta, Invest Northern Ireland, KEPA, Politecnico di Milano, La 27e Région, Danish Design Centre, Luxinnovation, ARC Fund, European Network of Living Labs and dŠola.