The Jury

An independent international jury will assess entries for the Global Irish Design Challenge. The jury is made up of leading international designers and directors of some of the most influential design institutions globally. The jury will be asked to select top entries across the range of design disciplines.


8 December 2015

We are delighted to welcome Design Council UK‘s Director of Policy & Research Ailbhe McNabola to the Global Irish Design Challenge judging panel. Hailing from Sligo, Ailbhe leads the Design Council’s world-recognised research programme and will bring to the task of jury member her invaluable insights about the role and value of design to the economy and to society.



15 October 2015

On the cusp of Dutch Design Week, we are delighted to announce veteran Japanese designer Hideichi Misono as the latest member of our jury for the Global Irish Design Challenge. Former chief designer for Toyota, Misono was instrumental in establishing the company’s design philosophy and will bring this considerable depth of experience and industry insight to the judging panel.



21 September 2015

In the midst of London Design Festival, we are thrilled to welcome internationally acclaimed designer Jay Osgerby to the jury for the Global Irish Design Challenge. Co-founder of the Barber & Osgerby studio, Jay will bring the wealth of his extensive design expertise to bear on submissions from designers across the globe with strong links to Ireland.


Ailbhe McNabola

Ailbhe is Director of Policy & Research at the UK’s Design Council. Hailing from Sligo and a Trinity College alumnus, Ailbhe leads the Design Council’s world-recognised research programme, delivering insights and evidence about the role and value of design to the economy and to society. Prior to joining the Design Council, she worked in the private and public sectors in Dublin and London, in the areas of management consultancy and public policy.

Jay Osgerby

Internationally acclaimed designer Jay Osgerby was born in 1969 in Oxford, England. He attained his Master’s degree in Architecture at London’s Royal College of Art and established London‐based design studio Barber & Osgerby in 1996 with fellow alumnus Edward Barber. In 2004 Jay received the prestigious Jerwood Applied Arts Prize and in 2007 was awarded the accolade ‘Royal Designer for Industry’ by the RSA. He has an honorary doctorate from Oxford Brookes University and is a fellow of Ravensbourne College. In 2013 Jay was awarded an OBE for his services to the design industry.

Hideichi Misono

With more than 40 years’ experience in automotive design and industrial design research, Hideichi Misono has held posts including Executive Vice President of Calty Design Research in California, Senior General Manager of the Toyota Design Centre, and President/CEO of Tecno Art Research. He formerly headed Toyota’s luxury lines, including Lexus, and went on to supervise all Toyota design group activities, spearheading the company’s design philosophy. Misono now supports the Toyota Shanghai Design Centre as a consultant and teaches at the Product Design Lab in Chiba University. He is a board member of the Japan Industrial Designers’ Association and a Good Design Fellow of the Japan Institute of Design Promotion.