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Key details


  • 11am – 12pm


  • Online


  • Free

Who could attend

  • Everyone


  • Lecture

This talk brings together speakers from the fields of design and business, to explore three themes that are central to a world-wide building back better.

How can we create products, services and environments that are people-centred, stakeholder-inclusive and change life for the better? What is the role for design in enabling companies to identify and seize opportunities for innovation in an overstretched global economy? How do we ensure that solutions to the challenges of today have long-term sustainability and impact?

The discussion will run for approximately 60 minutes and will include Q&A.


Dr Ninela Ivanova
Innovation Fellow at The Helen Hamlyn Centre for Design, Royal College of Art

Dr Ninela Ivanova is an Innovation Fellow at The Helen Hamlyn Centre for Design (HHCD) at London's Royal College of Art. She heads the Centre’s work in Inclusive Design for Business Impact, which looks at how the methods, tools and processes of Inclusive Design, Design Thinking and Creative Leadership can directly impact and transform business and industries. Ninela joined the Royal College of Art in January 2018 as a postdoctoral Creative Economy Engagement Research Fellow, working alongside HHCD Director Rama Gheerawo to grow the evidence-base and delivery of the home-grown Creative Leadership model and applications. Ninela specialises in interdisciplinary working, translating abstract concepts into practical applications for design, enterprise, innovation and education. She is passionate about working co-creatively across domains, to educate and inspire audiences towards innovation and collaboration on a global scale.

Oluchi Ikechi-D'Amico
Partner at Ernst & Young Parthenon , Head of Strategy & Transactions APAC at Capital Markets

Business restructuring advisor; led 15+ wide scale complex merger/acquisition programs. Partner, at Ernst & Young Parthenon - Head of Strategy & Transactions APAC, Capital Markets. Previously built and led Accenture’s business restructuring unit in the UK for Capital Markets. An avid advocate and advisor around innovation, having built products from scratch to help clients, as well as sponsored Accenture’s FinTech accelerator programmes and ‘innovation challenge’ initiatives across Capital Markets UK. A vocal advocate, ambassador, blogger, regular panellist and multiple business award winner for next-generation leadership with a focus on innovation, diversity and inclusive leadership. Notably featuring as Management Today’s 35 Women under 35 2019. Board member for Business in the Community (BITC) London, focused on inclusive entrepreneurship. Founder of ‘Fully Bossed’, helping to advance careers using soft skills. Stanford Graduate Business School in progress.