Phnam is a French Industrial Designer and Space Architect with 15 years experience designing hardware in Audio, Wearables, Biotech & Healthcare, Luxury Goods, Transportation, Sports and Aerospace. She has designed and led teams at varied design consultancies including IDEO, Lunar, Matter and Lifestyledesign. Phnam’s work spans 4 continents, and companies ranging from Fortune 500’s to startups. Clients include Intel, Comcast, Facebook, Atari, Halo Neuroscience and more. She speaks internationally on the subject of “Design for a Better Future,” covering stories of groundbreaking technologies, responsibility, design thinking and education. Phnam is also the CEO and Design Director at Eternal Luxe, a brand of luxury goods made in USA. And she teaches industrial design at California College of the Arts and mentors at Founder Institute.
Professor David Waterman is a multi-award winning Industrial Designer and entrepreneur that graduated from the Royal College of Art in London. During his career as one of the world’s leading industrial designers he has worked for companies and consultancies such as Panasonic (Osaka, Japan), Priestmangoode (London), Design in Action (London), Samson (New York) and AT&T/ Vtech (Hong Kong) where he is also the Global Design Director. In 1995, he founded product design house Deep Blue Design (Hong Kong, UK, Beijing), together with a video consultancy business (Reel Blue Design), servicing clients such as Schick, Wilkinson Sword, OPPO, Sharp, Lenovo, Intel, BlueAnt, Sony Colgate, National Geographic, MTV and AXN as well as mid range and start ups like World Order, Tokyo Newspaper Museum, SoundChip and Zipbuds. His most recent venture is Pet Toy Company ‘DB’s’. David lectures all over the world, has been a judge on several different awards, including China’s most prestigious Red Star Award. He’s an external examiner and has been on the advisory board to The Hong Kong Polytechnic (Hong Kong) and Savannah College of Art and Design SCAD (USA). He is currently a visiting professor at THEi in Hong Kong and on the Advisory Board for Loughborough University in the UK. He currently divides his time between Hong Kong and the UK. Having lived in Hong Kong and China for more than 20 years, Waterman is an expert in Chinese design and manufacturing.