AOD Grad School | Faculty
Noud Sleumer is a Dutch conceptual designer whose work explores global systems of production and processing. As a conceptual designer, he specializes in the role of critique ‘the act of making’. Within self-initiated and explorative projects his focus is trained on methods of deconstruction and reduction. Simplicity is the tool that underlies these approaches and enables Sleumer to create new playgrounds of creativity, in which we can collectively re-examine our relationship to man-made matter. Key to his work is the reversal of design methodologies in order to question the essence of making within a world that is always under construction. Sleumer holds a Bachelors of Arts from The Academy for Art, Communication and Design (Tilburg – NL) and completed in 2018 a Masters of Social Design at Design Academy Eindhoven (Eindhoven – NL). His academic researches were nominated in the top 10 shortlist of the the Dutch Science Award 2018 – InScience & Klokhuis and his work has been displayed in many design exhibitions and publications
Paulien Strijland After an international career building and leading Experience Design teams at Apple, PayPal, Yahoo, Nokia, and Hewlett Packard, Ms. Strijland now runs Design4Good. A boutique consulting firm solving problems at the intersection of Technology and Design and accelerating innovation with a positive social impact. Clients include: The Brightlands Innovation Factory where she helps entrepreneurs by combining the best of Design Thinking with Lean Startup methodologies. Governmental organizations, where she applies Design methods to societal challenges and advises on the impact of digitization. Last but not least, she contributes to various educational institutions as a member of advisory boards, and guest lecturer. Ms. Strijland holds a BSC and MSC in industrial design from Delft University of Technology, Netherlands.
Bas Hillerstrom studied business and process engineering at the Rotterdam university of applied sciences. In multiple ways, during his travels and while living in the Netherlands, Bas was confronted with global waste - and resource depletion problems. These negative experiences in combination with his love for nature and beautiful landscapes encouraged him to start working in the field of Circular Economy. He is now working for CIRCO and Sustainable Minds. Working for CIRCO as a trainer and Head of Operations in the Netherlands, Bas helps organizations understand the concept of Circular Economy and the way this concept can benefit them both economically and ecologically. With Sustainable Minds, he focuses on the practical implementation of Circular plans and ideas, where the main motto is: dream big, start small. In short: don’t overthink, start experimenting and watch your company gradually become more circular.
Bas Roelofs As a customer and sustainability driven product and service design professional, Bas is a senior business innovator and strategic marketeer with strong international track record. He is a creative and entrepreneurial designer and a builder of product assortments, services and teams. His success has been his ability to identify active and latent customer/stakeholder needs and translate them into strategy and action, with sparkling and measurable results. With more than 20 years of experience in developing sustainable products and services and marketing them Bas sees opportunities where others see problems. He brings together internal and external stakeholders and co creates with a broad network of specialists to and offers training and empowerment to a wide variety of companies to accelerate their transition towards a circular economy. Bas holds a MSc. Industrial Design Engineering from TU Delft Netherlands.
Iris Grobben is focused on creating economies without loss of human, economic and ecological value. She currently works as a consultant on innovation and implementation of promising business cases in the new economy. Iris believes in the power of working together towards an economy in which consumption is healthy and negative effects are no longer passed on to the environment or at the expense of human well-being. As an advisor and connector, Iris is interested in making organizations more sustainable at a strategic level and in guiding implementation processes. Iris has a bachelor’s degree in Cultural Anthropology and Communication & Information Sciences from the Free University. She subsequently obtained her master’s degree in Business Administration: Leadership & Change Management. In 2020 she was named Sustainable Young 100 and together with a partner she developed PlanEet: a recipe platform that gives you inspiration for an honest, sustainable and healthy meal.
Diana Criswell is an art historian, trained at Sotheby’s Institute in London, where she received her MA in East Asian Art. Winner of the first XuYuan International Research Prize, her research in Beijing on the revival of traditional woodblock printing brought attention to the trend of patronage and renewed interest in heritage forms of art, often overlooked.
Ms. Criswell’s journey began as a painter in New York, where she started her studies at Parsons School of Design, but was transformed after her involvement as a volunteer at NYC public schools and education programs at the Bronx Museum of Art: bringing the art on the walls to new young audiences. While still in undergrad, she was the co-founder of a non- profit, Making Art Everywhere, bringing art to communities affected by tragedy, war, and natural disaster. She graduated with a BA from The NewSchool. She has a long relationship with Sri Lanka & AOD: as the former programme head of and creator of the 2008-2012 curriculum for AOD’s Foundation programme and the AOD Photography programme. Ms. Criswell is based in New York City, USA. Her interests include: baking & cocktail-making, international art fairs, cello, typography, interior design, and social psychology.
Tjeerd Veenhoven is an award winning material - product designer from the Netherlands and an expert in natural fibers and design intervention in enhancing traditional products. He is a serial entrepreneur and commissioned for projects and consultancy in many parts of the world but in his studio in Groningen is where every project starts. In this creative lab there is every opportunity to come up with new concepts, materials and designs. Over the last 10 years Studio Tjeerd Veenhoven was rewarded with many awards of which the ‘H&M Foundation Global Change Award 2016’ for his endeavours to make textiles from green algae. He has a proven track record in using design as a tool to develop high quality, scalable, contemporary products for export markets and channel the latest science on natural fibers in diverse industries, most would not even think of! He studied at Hanze University of Applied Sciences in Groningen and has done is MA in 3D Design at ArtEZ university of the Arts
Linda Speldewinde, founder of Design Corp Group of companies, is known for the immense scope of work she has led in Sri Lanka, uniting design led innovation with enterprise & building a unique ecosystem. Using the power of design, Linda has made a significant impact on education, industry, the creative sector, rural crafts and communities, as well as social and cultural sustainability. Design Corp group includes the design academy (AOD), AOD Grad School, Startup School, Sri Lanka Design Festival, Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Sri Lanka, fmlk.lk, Urban Island & most the most recent launch, the Colombo Innovation Tower.
She is a recipient of several awards, including the Women Leadership Award and Women in Management. 50 Most powerful women, Echelon 100 and EY Entrepreneurial Winning Women - Asia Pacific in 2019, the creative Entrepreneur Award from British Council with a special commendation by the International Jury for changing society through education. Her most recent award was an honorary doctorate by the Northumbria University UK, which acknowledged her reputation as one of Sri Lanka’s leading entrepreneurs.
Dr. Ranawana is a Co-Founder and the CTO of Tengri UAV, a global provider of UAV technology and applications - a Sri Lanka and Singapore based company. He also co-founded SimCentric Technologies in 2008, and was the company’s Managing Director and CTO until his exit from the company in 2019.
Dr. Ranawana is also a member of the Board of Management of the University of Colombo School of Computing and is a Clarendon Scholar with a Doctorate in Artificial Intelligence from the University of Oxford and holds a 1st Class Degree in Computer Science from the University of Peradeniya. He also has over 15 peer-reviewed international publications on Artificial intelligence and Machine Learning.
Peter Towse is a fine art graduate of Saint Martins School of Art in the 1960s. He is a practising artist. In addition he has twenty years experience of the fashion business. He teaches fashion sketchbook, illustration to all ages and abilities plus storyboarding to MA film directors and was also area leader for fashion on the Foundation course at Central Saint Martins. For several years he worked with the Tibetan community of Norbulinka Institute in Dharmsala designing and marketing their traditional garments and products. Includingthe designing and building of retail outlets for these products
Douglas MacLennan has worked in the world of fashion and fashion education for forty-nine years, the first three years, exclusively in Hong Kong in the world of fashion knitwear. Douglas has worked in the world of fashion and fashion education for forty-nine years, the first three years, exclusively in Hong Kong in the world of fashion knitwear. He started his teaching career in 1972 at his old alma mater St. Martin and moved on to Northumbria University, where he nurtured future fashion design talent until June 2016 for almost forty-four years. His graduates have progressed to companies such as Nike, Adidas, Gap, Ralph Lauren/Polo, Louis Vuitton, Abercrombie & Fitch, Calvin Klein to name but a few, or to become successful designers in their own right.
Over the past thirty-eight years he has externally examined at over 35 centres of Higher Education in the UK, Spain, India and Greece. Since stepping down from full time work in 2016 his expertise has been sought in Singapore, China, India, Malaysia, Vietnam and Sri Lanka alongside his work as an Academic Trustee for the re-named charity Graduate Fashion Foundation.
Jane Rapley After postgraduate study at the Royal College of Art London, Jane Rapley worked in the fashion industry as a designer, product director and management consultant. She has also been involved with design education for over forty years. She has been a member/officer/trustee of a number of national bodies. Jane Rapley has been a senior academic at Central Saint Martins College of Art & Design (CSM) since 1987, leading the School of Fashion & Textile Design as its Dean for seventeen years. She became Head of CSM in January 2006. CSM now has a worldwide profile with students from over ninety countries and a thriving research and enterprise culture across all its disciplines.
Its graduates are amongst some of the most influential designers, artists, performers and journalists. She was awarded an OBE for services to Higher Education in 2001, and a Professorship for Academic Leadership from the University of the Arts London in 2010. She retired as Pro Vice Chancellor of the University of the Arts London (UAL), Head of Central Saint Martins in July 2012 and as Emeritus Professor CSM/ UAL is now undertaking a variety of national and international advisory and consultancy roles.