Our team

The project aims to develop creative industries and support talented designers, artists, and technologists.

Our team

Vice President of K.Fund, Conceptual Leader of the European Design Upgrade project

Olena Dobrorodnieva

Vice President of K.Fund, Conceptual Leader of the European Design Upgrade project

Manager of the European Design Upgrade project

Olga Syutikova

Manager of the European Design Upgrade project

Co-founder of Brussels Creative, Belgian partner of the European Design Upgrade project

Alain Heureux

Co-founder of Brussels Creative, Belgian partner of the European Design Upgrade project

Co-founder of Urban Mill, Finnish partner of the European Design Upgrade project

Kari Mikkelä

Co-founder of Urban Mill, Finnish partner of the European Design Upgrade project

Belgian experts

Partner at Namahn, Professor of Product Service Systems at University of Antwerp

Kristel Van Ael

Partner at Namahn, Teacher in Product Service Systems at University of Antwerp

Professor at Antwerp Management School, Working at Sirris and Board member at iMec

Omar Mohout

Professor at Antwerp Management School, Working at Sirris and Board member at iMec

Winner of the European Marie Curie Awards and Zero Waste Design, Chief Mentor of WearSustain

Dilnoza Shaumarova

Winner of the European Marie Curie Awards and Zero Waste Design, Chief Mentor of WearSustain

Scientist, impact analyst at Cardiff University and Senior Researcher at Imec

Marlen Komorowski

Scientist, impact analyst at Cardiff University and Senior Researcher at Imec

Finnish experts

PhD in Philosophy, Professor of Aalto University | Board Member at Philosophical Akademia & Unicef ​​FINN Musician

Lauri Järvilehto

PhD in Philosophy, Professor of Aalto University | Board Member at Philosophical Akademia & Unicef ​​FINN

MSc in Engineering, Co-creation enabler and facilitator, Entrepreneur

Matti Hämäläinen

MSc in Engineering, Co-creation enabler and facilitator, Entrepreneur

MSc in Architecture, Professor, Service Architecture, Aalto / Tongji Universities, Co-Founder at NGIN Workplace Ltd, Co-Founder at TRACTR Ltd

Jarmo Suominen

MSc in Architecture, Professor, Service Architecture, Aalto / Tongji Universities, Co-Founder at NGIN Workplace Ltd, Co-Founder at TRACTR Ltd

PhD in Economy, Entrepreneur, researcher, teacher at the Aalto University School of Business

Timo Järvensivu

PhD in Economy, Entrepreneur, researcher, teacher at the Aalto University School of Business

Ukrainian experts

The graduate of the Eindhoven Academy of Designers, author of the "Grow Fur" project

Dasha Tsapenko

The graduate of the Eindhoven Academy of Designers, author of the "Grow Fur" project

The founder of the design studio Yakusha Design

Victoria Yakusha

The founder of the design studio Yakusha Design

editor-in-chief of the series of documentaries “Earth from Above”, the documentary film "Human" & film "Woman"

Anastasia Mikova

editor-in-chief of the series of documentaries “Earth from Above”, the documentary film "Human" & film "Woman"

Architect, designer, ceramist. Founder of the studio Sergey Makho Architects

Sergey Makhno

Architect, designer, ceramist. Founder of the studio Sergey Makho Architects

Smart Oasis company’s founder

Alex Prykhodko

Smart Oasis company’s founder

co-founder and creative director of the brand NOOM and SOKOLOVA design studio

Katya Sokolova

co-founder and creative director of the brand NOOM and SOKOLOVA design studio

Founder of Bogdanova's Bureau and author of the Prostir86 design platform

Olga Bogdanova

Founder of Bogdanova's Bureau and author of the Prostir86 design platform

3D artist creating unique desserts designs

Dinara Kasko

3D artist creating unique desserts designs

The author of the project in graphic design «Znak»

Aliona Solomadina

The author of the project in graphic design « Znak»

Parametric design artist, Tutor of Kharkiv School of Architecture

Andrii Pavlov

Parametric design artist, Tutor of Kharkiv School of Architecture

An innovator in the field of sustainable design of the paper industry

Valentyn Frechka

An innovator in the field of sustainable design of the paper industry

Design, implementation and expertise of dreams. Founder of decorkuznetsov studio, co-founder of the Cuba Buba project

Valery Kuznetsov

Design, implementation and expertise of dreams. Founder of decorkuznetsov studio, co-founder of the Cuba Buba project