Keynotes & Peer Reviewers


We are pleased to announce confirmation of our main conference Keynote Speakers, (please note, additional speakers to be announced shortly):

Tomas Diez is a Venezuelan Urbanist specialized in digital fabrication and its implications on the future cities and society. He is the co-founder of Fab Lab Barcelona, leads the Fab City Research Laboratory, and is a founding partner of the Fab City Global Initiative. He is the director of the Master in Design for Emergent Futures at the Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia (IAAC) in Barcelona, where he is faculty in urban design and digital fabrication. Tomas is co-founder of other initiatives such as Smart Citizen (open source tools for citizen engagement), Fab City (locally productive, globally connected cities), (the listing of fab labs in the world), and StudioP52 (art and design space in Barcelona).

Amneh Shaikh Farooqui has been working in the social development sector in Pakistan for twelve years in management-consulting, social entrepreneurship and gender issues as part of a range of economic development, poverty reduction and environmental initiatives. She currently leads a not-for-profit organisation called the Entrepreneurship and Community Development Institute which specialises in microenterprise, technical skills development and value chain development programming focused on women and young people. She also cofounded a social enterprise called Polly and Other Stories that helps develop and bring to market carefully made artisanal products, created by small producers in their homes or by communities in remote villages that are excluded from the mainstream. Amneh is a founding curatorial member for the Women of World festival in Karachi since 2016 and has recently authored Fearless: Stories of Amazing Women from Pakistan, a book for children and young adults that chronicles the lives of 50 incredible women from Pakistan which is being published by Penguin India over the summer.

Matthew Raw is a ceramics artist who seeks to push the possibilities of clay to communicate, and to challenge public perceptions of what it can do as a material. Based between Paris and East London, he is a founding member of the Manifold Studio in Hoxton, an artistic collective of nine Royal College of Art graduates, and has participated in group shows, collaborative projects and exhibitions in London, Milan, Munich, Copenhagen, Detroit and more. He collected the Jerwood Prize in 2014 for ‘The Shifting Spirit’, a full-size recreation of a tiled pub exterior now on permanent display at the Five Points Brewery in East London. In 2017, he worked with architecture collective Assemble for an Art on the Underground project at Seven Sisters Tube station, and hosted his first solo show, Clad, at the Ragged School Museum as part of London Craft Week. He teaches extensively (RCA, Central St Martins and his own Raw Ceramic Workshops) and is currently working on projects in Leeds, Paris and London. See the 'Associated Exhibitions and Events' page for details of his latest exhibition 'Tactile Change'.

Lisa Simpson operates Agente Costura as part of the maker ecology of fashion designer-makers in the Neukölln district of Berlin, transforming unwanted clothing into new wearable shapes. As well as producing one of a kind wearables for sale in the collaborative studio/shop Studioladen, Agente Costura runs workshops that explore upcycling and the reuse of materials as strategies for Craftivism. Simpson builds instruments out of found materials, hats and bags, and stages musical sewing performances, amplifying the process of remaking clothes, in collaboration with a range of artists and interested audiences both in Berlin and abroad. She has performed extensively on an international level, including Goethe Institut Jakarta, Schneidertempel Istanbul, The Vancouver Art Gallery, the Month of Performance Art- Berlin, Museum der Fünf Kontinente Munich, the Bimhuis Amsterdam, Curitiba Fashion Week, among others. As well as her Keynote address, Lisa will be performing after the conference meal on Thursday evening with her prepared sewing machine turned into sound box, see the 'Associated Exhibitions and Events' page for details.

Cameron Tonkinwise is the Professor of Design Studies at the University of Technology Sydney, and the Director of UTS Design Innovation Research Centre, which incorporates over 10 years of work on the Designing out Crime research project. He returned to UTS after serving as Director of Design Studies and Doctoral Studies Carnegie Mellon University’s School of Design and the Co-Chair of Tishman Environment and Design Centre at The New School in New York. Cameron has a background in continental philosophy and continues to investigate what designing can learn from sociologies of technology and anthropologies of material culture. His primary area of research and teaching is Sustainable Design. Cameron is widely published on the ways in which Service Design can advance Social Sustainability by decoupling use and ownership – what these days is referred to as the ‘Sharing Economy.’ He is currently researching Platform Cooperativism and working to promote the practice of Transition Design.


We are pleased to announce that the following distinguished persons have agreed to sit as the conference Peer Review Panel:

Borges, Adelia: Independent writer, researcher and curator on design, based in São Paulo, Brazil.

Bolton, Tim: Vice Principal, Plymouth College of Art, is involved in the area of endangered craft skills. These include traditional crafts in the UK as well as across the globe, particularly in India, Myanmar and Bangladesh.

Cho, Hyeoung: Secretary General of the Korea Craft and Design Foundation, and also an internationally renowned independent curator of pathfinding exhibitions exploring the development of contemporary Korean craft.

Gant, Nick: Co-founder of Community21.organd Principal Lecturer, the School of Architecture and Design, University of Brighton.

Greenlees, Rosy: Executive Director of the Crafts Council, London, UK, and President of the World Crafts Council.

Gupta, Toolika: Director of the Indian Institute of Crafts & Design (IICD), Jaipur, Rajasthan, India.

Hackney, Fiona: Professor Fashion Textiles Theories, AHRC-funded CARE: Co-producing Community-based Assets, Research & Enterprise, University of Wolverhampton.

Harper, Paul: Paul Harper, CraftNet representative for the South West, UK, and freelance researcher and writer on art and craft.

Kettle, Alice: Professor of Textile Arts, Manchester School of Art, The Faculty of Arts and Humanities, Manchester Metropolitan University, UK.

Mundy, Ben: Fab Lab Manager, Plymouth College of Art, Knowledge Exchange Coordinator |ImpactLab - Environmental Futures & Big Data.

Murray, Kevin: Independent writer and curator and managing editor of Garland- the stories behind what we make - see: and Adjunct Professor RMIT University and Research Fellow University of Melbourne, Australia.

Oakley, Peter: Reader in Material Culture at the Royal College of Art, UK.