Jury advisory board
Dr. Alyosh Agarwal, Professor Media und Communication Management, MHMK
Prof. Dr. Alyosh Agarwal completed his Diploma and Doctorate summa cum laude at the Ludwig Maximilians University of Munich, Germany. He is a U.S. citizen of Indian origin. Over the past twenty years, Prof. Agarwal co-founded enterprise software and Internet companies in Germany and the United States, including FJA AG (now COR&FJA AG). This company went public on the German stock exchange and is the largest provider of Insurance enterprise systems in Germany, with about 1000 staff at 16 locations. Most recently, in 2012, he founded Applaud GmbH for mobile enterprise applications, as a Joint Venture with NorCom AG in Munich, Germany. Applaud has a focus on Mobile and Web 2.0 systems for the German automobile and insurance industries. Prof. Agarwal’s research interests include entrepreneurship, business-models, cross platform mobile applications, advanced enterprise IT and social media for enterprise communication. He teaches courses in Media Management, Business Administration and Computer Science at MHMK‘s Munich campus.
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Jürgen Faust, Professor and President, MHMK
In 1985 Jürgen Faust became co-founder and teacher of the art seminar Metzingen, now a private university. In 1999 he was appointed professor at the Cleveland Institute of Art where he served as Dean of Integrated Media from 2003. In addition to his work as professor and Vice President of Academic Affairs and Research at the MHMK, the Chief Academic Office at the “Istituto di Europeo di Design“ in Milan, and is Co-Director of the Business Landscaping Institute at the Tecnológico de Monterrey, Mexico. Faust is the author of numerous publications and his media installations have been exhibited in France, England, Italy, Poland, Slovakia and the United States.
Thomas Junk, Senior Project Lead, IDEO
Thomas Junk has been with IDEO since 2004. At the award-winning global design company IDEO he has worked in a wide range of human factors, industrial design and engineering projects. His main working field is to develop innovative concepts based on user research and technical criteria. He has managed projects for a wide variety of industries including the chemical industry, financial services, industrial automation, and many others. Some of his main clients include Commonwealth Bank of Australia, Festo, Kärcher, Georg Fischer, Novartis and BASF. Thomas Junk holds a degree in mechanical engineering from the FH Trier and in Industrial Design from the FH Darmstadt, and has received several awards for his work in developing future concepts for office furniture and household goods.
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Rob McIntosh, Creative Director, frog design
Rob McIntosh is Creative Director at the global innovation firm frog design in Munich, Germany. Leveraging on more than 23 years of experience in the brand and design-driven landscape he leverages on vast experience in senior creative roles for global brands including Apple, BMW, Loreal J.Crew and global design agencies from Grey G2, Razorfish and BMW Designworks. As a well recognized brand and interactive leader, Rob is involved in the creation of coherent and user-centric brand experiences. He leads both tactical and strategic efforts in steering design standards for digital lifestyle eco-systems. Most recent involvements include the television industry, working on user experience models from mobile tablet to TV, for the Automotive Industry developing new HMI platforms for the “connected vehicle”. In the Mobile and Telco market, Rob has been developing scalable interface design language systems for a range devices, platforms and brands. Rob regularly speaks on a range of topics including the “Connected City” and “Superprotoyping”. Some of his most recent speaking events were the Intel Digital Signage 2013 in Amsterdam, the Mobile World Congress 2012 in Barcelona, the Smart Cities Summit 2012 in Paris, the New Digital Economics Conference 2012 in London and the Eurovision TV Summit 2011 in Luzern.
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Hans Reitz, Founder and Managing Director, circ
Hans Reitz spent 7 years living a simple life in Southern India and can relate to problems of poverty. In 1994, he founded the event and creative communication agency circ. In 2004, he co-founded the café chain Perfect Day, which is run as a social business. In 2008, he published the book “The Power of Dignity” with an essay by Peter Spiegel and photographs by Roger Richter. In 2009, he founded circ responsibility, a CR consultancy, and co-founded with Nobel Laureate Professor Muhammad Yunus The Grameen Creative Lab to spread Yunus’ concept of social business all over the world. In 2010, he founded Lalaland, a social business addressing the needs of families with children. Hans Reitz is the father of four children, one son, two daughters and one foster daughter.
Sebastian Ritzler, Managing Director, gravity europe
Sebastian Ritzler leads product design at gravity and is acting as managing director. His creative career began as a carpenter – today he can call all major design awards his own. Before co-founding gravity, he worked as industrial designer at IDEO, smart Design, and Müller/Romca. Sebastian holds a diploma in Industrial Design from Muthesius Academy of Fine Arts and Design Kiel. Sebastian was one of the early adapters in Germany of the Design Thinking process and is working with it since over 10 years.
Volker Roos, Head Business Development Products and Environment, IDEO
In his role as Senior Design Lead at IDEO Munich, Volker Roos leads and directs large-scale projects and client relationships with a focus on product, environments and venture design. Is it relevant? Is it unique? Does it satisfy a human need? Regardless of the topic or industry, being able to answer these and other questions will help create innovative and disruptive design solutions. With his 10+ years of experience Volker Roos and his teams provide answers to the challenges IDEO’s clients are facing in today’s accelerated market place. Volker Roos is passionate for topics that touch on truly human challenges – topics where design solutions will change someone’s life for the better. Volker is part of the content leadership team in Munich, responsible for empowering and directing internal and external teams. Some of Volker’s clients include the Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi, Lilly, Swiss Life, Merck Serono, Piratoplast, VF Corporation Europe & Asia and GE Money Bank. Prior to locating to the Munich office in 2006, Volker Roos worked at IDEO Chicago since 2002. He holds an academic degree in product design from the HfG Karlsruhe, Germany.
Tanja Schmitt-Fumian, Chair Media and Communication Design, MHMK
Prior to being appointed at the MHMK, the Diploma Designer Tanja Schmitt-Fumian taught and researched at the ZHdK, Zurich University of the Arts. As project manager, she was responsible primarily for industrial collaborations and research projects. Among other things, she developed a new cross-media ad format “e-tale”, which was realized in cooperation with Swisscom. Among other things, she developed a new cross-media ad format “e-tale”, which was realized in cooperation with Swisscom. At the Institute of Design and Technology at ZHdK she focused on design research, especially on the basis of mobile devices. In 2006, she implemented one of the first DVB-H films for mobile devices in collaboration with the artist group M+M and Vodafone R&D, which premiered at the Munich Film Festival 2006, and Ars Electronica Austria 2007. In her design research, Schmitt-Fumian deals with the question of contemporary communication strategies. She has held numerous lectures, including the series “Mannheim Masters” at the University of Mannheim, the University of Film and Television (HFF) in Berlin, on “Media Future Day” Zurich, on Tweakfest “Visions of Digital Life Style” Zurich and the ACM (SIGCHI International Conference on Advances in computer Entertainment Technology) in Hollywood, USA. Between 1999 and 2005 she was managing owner of a design agency in New York. Since 2005 she runs a strategic design consultancy with her husband Markus Schmitt-Fumian. Tanja Schmitt Fumian studied product design and media technology at the College of Design in Karlsruhe (hfg) and Rhode Island School of Design (RISD), USA. She was a jury member at international awards (including Interactive Media Design Review, ID magazine, New York), won numerous awards (including Art Directors Club Bronze and IF Communication Design Award, German Prize for Communications Design) and taught “Interaction Design” at international universities. Schmitt-Fumian is the chair of the MHMK BA programme in Media and Communication Design.
Oliver Szasz, Professor Media and Communication Design, MHMK
Prof. Dipl.-Des. M.A. Oliver Szasz studied sociology and philosophy prior to his diploma in communication design (University of applied sciences in Augsburg, Germany). In 2005 he completed his M.A. in design studies with distinction (Central Saint Martin’s College of Art and Design in London, UK). Over the past twenty years, Prof. Oliver Szasz worked as a senior designer and creative director in design studios and advertising agencies in five different countries around the globe and co-founded an interdisciplinary design studio in London in 2001. Besides developing innovative design strategies for international clients, Prof. Oliver Szasz continuously supported entrepreneurship in social innovation and sustainability.
Prof. Oliver Szasz’s research interests include authenticity, design ethics, social innovation, sustainability, human-centered design and design strategy. In connection with his research, Prof. Oliver Szasz has also developed multi-media projects and documentary films which have been exhibited and screened internationally. Prof. Oliver Szasz teaches Media and Communication Design and design theory at the MHMK B.A. programme and experience design, design ethics and design thinking at MHMK Master School in Munich since 2011.