Rama Gheerawo is Director of the Helen Hamlyn Centre for Design. With nearly two decades in leadership and innovation, he was named one of 2018’s Creative Leaders by Creative Review. He is a serial innovator in the fields of technology, products, services and transport with over 100 projects to his name. In demand as a keynote speaker, writer, curator and thinker, he is highly experienced in delivering workshops and executive sessions that motivate and inspire business leaders, practitioners, academics and entrepreneurs.
Dr Ninela Ivanova is an Innovation Fellow at The Helen Hamlyn Centre for Design where she heads the new Inclusive Design for Business Impact area, which looks at how the methods, tools & processes of Inclusive Design, Design Thinking and Creative Leadership can directly impact and transform business and industry. Ninela is an interdisciplinary designer and researcher who specialises in working co-creatively with people to educate and inspire audiences towards innovation and collaboration on a global scale. Ninela joined the RCA in January 2018 as a Research Fellow to work alongside HHCD Director Rama Gheerawo to grow the evidence-base and scope of Creative Leadership and its three focus areas: Creativity, Empathy and Clarity. This is fulfilled by bringing together design and neuroscience to further knowledge and practical applications in areas of personal and organisational transformation, as well as thought leadership projects that wholistically address technological, environmental and people factors.
The Helen Hamlyn Centre for Design is the largest and longest-running centre for design research at the Royal College of Art. The founding principles are to use empathy to understand people’s needs and then harness the creative power of design to make a difference through the delivery of products, services, systems and environments.