Venanzio Arquilla

He is Associate Professor of the Politecnico di Milano _ Design School
Secretary of the Bachelor Degree on Product Design and the Master Degree on Product Design for Innovation at the  Politecnico di Milano - Design School
His research activities deal with design innovation tools and methodologies, UX, service design, design policies, making and fabbing, including different research on innovation and technological transfer of design at national and international levels.
He is the founder and the coordinator of the UX Design higher education course at the POLI.design and project coordinator of MakeinProgress.


Shujoy Chakraborty

Shujoy Chakraborty is a Professor of Product Design at the University of Madeira (UMa), Course of Design. His areas of expertise cover new product innovation, human-product interaction, and shape coding. Shujoy also teaches in the Masters in Spatial Design program, which he directed from 2017-2019. His Masters teaching focuses on next generation interactive hotels design and parametric architecture centred around the Madeirense tourism sector.  
Shujoy is also the Group Coordinator of the Portuguese Government funded Future Industrial Kitchen Research Unit based in the Madeira Interactive Technologies Institute (M-ITI).
Shujoy holds a Ph.D in Design from the Politecnico di Milano and also holds degrees in Product Design and Architecture.


Matteo O. Ingaramo

He graduated in 1997 in architecture with a project of Industrial Design published as excellent thesis by the Politecnico di Torino, he took his master degree in Strategic Design at the Politecnico di Milano. He is PhD in Industrial Design at the Politecnico di Milano.
Since 2005 he develops his research and didactic activities as Assistant Professor at the Department of Industrial Design, Art and Communication at the Politecnico di Milano. Lecturer at Master degree course in “Design for Product development” at the Politecnico di Milano and lecturer at the Politecnico di Torino from 2003. Coordinator of research projects at the UdR PP (Product Design Research Unit – INDACO Department) concerning design driven innovation, he is responsible for IDEA (Innovation Design Action) research group. From its foundation he is secretary and professor for the Specializing Master in Design & Engineering. He is responsible for the Italian participation to the Sino‐European Design Management Network. Since 2009 he is General Director of POLI.design founded by Politecnico di Milano for action research and post graduate teaching.


Iginio Massari

Iginio Massari was born August 29 1942 in Brescia and is considered one of the greatest pastry chefs alive today. His mother a cook, his father a canteen manager, during his first memories we find him admiring colours, shapes and perfumes … At 16 years old he starts working in a bakery in the city centre for a few
months. His desire to learn the art of baking pushes him to move to
Switzerland where, in four years, he matured his first patisserie and
chocolaterie experience. In Budrye he has the honor of working with master Claude Gerber. This is where he completed his first education before returning to Italy where he was already highly sought after because of his abilities and dedication. Iginio then has a serious road accident, but the forced immobility did not stop his personal dynamism nor did it stop Mr. Barzetti, noted food industrialist, who just to have Massari working alongside him, would have his brother pick him up at home everyday. Bauli is where he strengthened his knowledge on yeast dough. He returned to Brescia as manager and head pastry chef of Fratelli Cervi and later on moved to Star as the technical manager of the manufactured and industrial sector form 1969 to 1971. In 1971 Massari opened the now famous pastry shop “Pasticceria Veneto” in Brescia, as his wife had long desired. Iginio is intimidating as much as he is loved. He is recognized all over the world for his superior talent, his strict professional discipline and his dedication. He is also appreciated even more for his culture and honesty. Massari has wonmore then 300 competitions, awards and national as
well as international recognitions since 1964.


Gillian Crampton Smith

Gillian Crampton Smith is the Director of the new Master in Interaction Design at H-Farm Education, part of the tech accelerator near Venice. After studying Philosophy and Art History at Cambridge she worked as a graphic designer. Teaching at London’s St Martin’s School of Art, she started the computer studio and initiated a graduate course to help graphic designers realize the potential of computers in their field. Awarded a personal chair in Computer Related Design at the Royal College of Art, she founded its Interaction Design department and research centre. In 2000 she co-founded and was the first Director of Interaction Design Institute Ivrea for advanced teaching and research. Over 2006–14, with Philip Tabor, she started and ran the Interaction Design route at Iuav University of Venice. She has worked as interaction designer in Silicon Valley at Interval and Apple, is advisor to MIT’s SenseAble City Lab and Honorary Professor at Potsdam University of Applied Sciences. In 2014 she received the Lifetime Achievement in Practice Award from ACM, the leading international professional association for computing.


Fayun Zhu

Works in China Academy of Art as the assistant to the Dean of Industrial Design Research Institute and Deputy Director of Design Intelligence Award committee office, focus on the research of industry application of creative design.


Francesco Zurlo

Vice-Dean of the Politecnico di Milano Design School.
PhD in Industrial Design, he is Full Professor of Industrial Design at Politecnico di Milano. Since 2002 he is director of the Master in Strategic Design and of the Executive Master in Interior Design and Management, managed between China and Italy. He is also the creator and director of the courses Brand of Territorial Systems, Design for Toy and Kids and Wine Design, managed by POLI.design. He is responsible for research activities in the Board of Department of Design of Politecnico di Milano. He has been a member of the Board of the Scientific Association of Design (SID) since February 2014 and curator of the ADI Index 2014.
His research interests are focused on issues of Strategic Design and Design Management; he also deals with self-entrepreneurship (research, support, policies) in the context of European research and regional initiatives.
He carries out teaching activities at international level at various universities and research and teaching centers in South America, Europe and China.
He is the author of numerous national and international publications on strategic design.