Women IN Design

Thursday, June 23, 2016 6:00 PM
Thailand Design & Creative Centre (TCDC)



What is design and why does it matter? In this Women IN Design session we will explore the power and potential of design for impact on humanity and the environment as it cuts across sectors and silos.



Regular Tickets 23 June 2016 500 THB



That which we throw away, we fail to value. When we design and plan things to be discarded, we exercise insufficient care in designing or considering safety factors. – Victor Papanek

We will learn from women in the field who have been applying design principles to build communities, generate products and services, and create more space for beauty to infiltrate our daily lives. We’ll cover topics including, but definitely not limited to, the evolution of design thinking, design for sustainability, human centred design, and design innovation. Come join us as we dive deep into the philosophy and practice of design as a catalyst for changing the world.

You’ll hear stories and experiences from our panelists Viria Vichit-Vadakan, Director of New Business Development for Learn Education, SoMa SoM, Director of S.P.S. Gems & Jewellery Co.Ltd, and Sali Sasaki, Regional Advisor on crafts & design for the British Council (East Asia). The discussion will be led by Courtney Lawrence, Founder/CEO of DSIL.

More information about our panelists is below.

This event is open to anyone currently working in design or interested in the field. Men are encouraged to attend and we welcome your input into the discussion!

We recommend booking fast as we expect this event to sell out.

Problems securing tickets? Email info@akinasia.com

Held in partnership with TCDC.



Viria Vichit-Vadakan is currently Director of New Business Development for Learn Education, and Founder of G-Lab, School of Global Studies, Thammasat University. Viria graduated from Stanford University and worked as a Teaching Assistant for Stanford’s Social Entrepreneurship class for 2 years. Viria was awarded the Deans’ Award for Academic Accomplishment for her strong leadership commitment to public service. She worked for IDEO.org as a Community Manager, managing its social impact platform, designed and implemented workshops for MBA graduates and representatives from foundations interested in using design thinking methodology to tackle poverty related challenges in developing countries. After IDEO.org, she joined Ashoka Thailand and spearheaded the efforts to support Universities in Thailand with social entrepreneurship education. Viria established the Ashoka Thailand partnership with Thammasat University where she currently works to help create a social entrepreneurship campuswide ecosystem through the GLab.



Sali Sasaki is the Regional Advisor on crafts & design for the British Council (East Asia). A Japanese native raised in Paris, France, Sali studied communication design at the Royal College of Art in London. Following her studies, she joined UNESCO through the Young Professionals Programme in 2004 and soon after discovered a dusty edition of Victor Papanek’s Design for the Real World while browsing the shelves of the UNESCO library at Paris headquarters. The book, which notably describes Papanek’s design experience within the UN system, strongly inspired her to rethink the role of designers in the context of international development, focusing more particularly at the complex relationship between design, local culture and social change. Sali has been freelancing since 2008, carrying out research for various organizations and businesses in North America and Asia. She has also delivered design workshops, exhibitions, talks and lectures at events in Japan, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Singapore, South Korea and Thailand. She is currently divides her time between Paris and Bangkok.


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SomaSivalee Anantachart, better known as SoMa SoM @SoMCity around the web, is a multi-skilled business woman based in Bangkok, who loves design, technology, social entrepreneurship, and startups. She has worked in the field of Broadcasting, Communications, Social Media management, Branding, Exhibition design and much more. Currently, she’s the Director of S.P.S. Gems & Jewelry Co.Ltd, Partner at Launchpad, a co-working space in Bangkok, and Founder of SoMA Social and SoMCity. She’s the Community Lead for Google Business Group Thailand. She has blogged on several sites and has worked on multiple tech talk programs and run tech events in her spare time. She also loves to travel and is an avid foodie.