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Design Thinking - Ireland 2009

Design Thinking - Ireland 2009

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Nov 2009byDamini Kumar & Sean McNulty
and Capacity to InnovateUnderpinning our Future Competitiveness
Design Thinking
Sean McNulty INNOVATOR Damini Kumar EU Ambassador For Creativity & Innovation
Damini Kumar: BEng, MSc, MSc Med
European Ambassador for Creativity & Innovation
Contact:damini.kumar@nuim.ieTel: 0861725625Award winning designer and innovator, Damini Kumar is the EuropeanAmbassador for Creativity & Innovation, a prestigious role which she wasappointed by the EU Commission to foster the principles and value ofinnovation and creativity at all levels of European society. Damini is anEuropean expert in design thinking, user centred design, fostering creativityand innovation in education and continues to stimulate an interest in these areas as she believes it is criticalto the future of the economy and is regularly asked to address and advise many organisations including theEuropean Commission and Parliament.Damini Kumar is one of the bright young lights in Design and is recognised for inventing and patenting theworld’s first non-drip spout, a simple award winning innovation which disproved years of scientific researchinto the ubiquitous problem of the dripping teapot. The worldwide patented invention is simple and can beapplied to any pouring spout from teapots to petrol pumps and can be manufactured in any material.Having worked in industry for many years in 2007 she joined NUI Maynooth where she is directing andmanaging a new BSc honours degree in Product Design now in its successful 3
year. Last year she alsocreated and organised ‘Imaginate 2009’ – an exciting design competition encouraging creativity to allsecondary school students across Ireland. Damini has had huge worldwide media interest which she hasused productively and has devoted her professional career so far to industry and academia in order to inspirecreativity in others.Damini’s many awards include- The Young British Female Inventor of the Year- BBC Tomorrow’s World International Invention of The Year- Asian Young Achiever of the Year (UK)- Young Achiever of the Year (UK)- Commended by her majesty the Queen as one of the top 100 British female achievers of all time- Listed as one of the “Top 100 Women in the World” by Cosmopolitan magazine.y Cosmopolitan magazine.
Sean McNulty: BSc, I.D, NPDP, MIDISean McNulty: BSc, I.D, NPDP, MIDI
Managing Director of Innovator and Dolmen.Managing Director of Innovator and Dolmen.
Contact:seaninnovator@dolmen.ieContact:seaninnovator@dolmen.ieTel: 0872245506 Sean has over 28 years experience in innovation management andimplementation. His key role is mentoring and implementing innovationmanagement processes for SMEs.In the 1980’s Sean worked for 5 years in Kilkenny Design Workshop. In 1991Sean established Dolmen (www.dolmen.ie) a leading edge New Product Development consultancy and in2000 with a wealth of experience and a highly skilled team, Sean setup the innovation management andNPD training consultancy Innovator (www.innovator.ie). Innovator is a consultancy that facilitates companiesin the area of implementing Innovation Management through processes customised to each company’sneeds. Innovator also provides the knowledge and skill tools necessary to enable first timeperformers/entrepreneurs and SMEs to research, design, develop and commercialise their businessideas/activities.Sean is an approved New Product Development professional; awarded in 2004 by the Product DevelopmentManagement Association (PDMA) USA, the only internationally recognised NPD qualification. Sean is amember and past President of the Institute of Designers in Ireland (IDI), a FAS approved trainer provider, inNew Product and Process Development. His company Dolmen has won various National and InternationalDesign Awards for developing innovative products. Certificates of design excellence have been awarded bythe following design organisations:- IF Design awards (Germany)- ICAD awards (Ireland)- Brunell award (USA)- Red Dot design awards (Germany)- IDI Design awards (Ireland).
 © Damini Kumar and Sean McNulty Nov 2009
No part of this document may be published without permission of Damini Kumar and Sean McNulty
Sean McNulty INNOVATOR Damini Kumar EU Ambassador For Creativity & Innovation
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