Dr. Prabhu Kandachar, Professor of Industrial Design Engineering at TU Delft will be among those speaking at a conference focused on "Sustainable Innovations at the Base of the Pyramid" to be held on Sept 26th and 27th at the Helsinki School of Economics. He heads the BoP Design Lab at Delft and they have a hefty collection of student projects completed over the past couple of years available for download (18MB PDF)
Other speakers include Torben Vestergaard, designer of the award winning Life Straw as well Rama Bijapurkar, India's leading consumer insights researcher and consultant and Dr. Simona Rocchi, Director of Sustainable Design, Philips Design. Simona Rocchi was in charge of the user-centric co-design process for the low-smoke biomass stove Chulha, which just received the IDEA2008 award from IDSA. Yours truly will be reporting on the actual event soon so watch this space if you're into sustainable design for the 'other 90%'.
Niti Bhan focuses on offering strategic insight for growth opportunities and revenue generation in the rapidly evolving interstitial space between design and business. Her 15 years of experience include employers such McCann Erickson Worldwide, Hewlett Packard India, The Second City and most recently, the Institute of Design. She is an engineer and an MBA whose most significant achievement in the field of design has been dropping out of two graduate design programs on two continents in two centuries - the National Institute of Design, Ahmedabad and the Institute of Design, Chicago. Her areas of interest are business intelligence and trends, business strategy as well as creating a compelling user case for design as force for increasing value.