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Leimei Julia Chiu Appointed Executive Director Of JIDPO

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June 2009

Leimei Julia Chiu, Icograda Vice President 1997-2001, has been appointed Executive Director of Japan Industrial Design Promotion Organization (JIDPO). Before joining JIDPO, she was the Director of Global Communications for the International Design Center NAGOYA (IdcN).

Leimei has spent most of her adult life working to help designers and students of design promote their work across national and cultural barriers.

Born in Taiwan (Chinese Taipei), raised and educated in the United States and later in Japan, she has acquired a diverse cultural and academic foundation.


A recipient of the Mainichi Design Award (jointly with the 2003 Icograda Congress 'VISUALOUGUE' Planning team) and Icograda President's Award, she has served on numerous competition juries, including Red Dot Award, Brno Biennial, Design for Asia Award.

Leimei currently serves on the jury of the Good Design Award, Japan's only overall system for evaluating and promoting design, and is a member of the 2009 Adobe Design Achievement Award (ADAA) jury.

In addition to her new appointment at JIDPO, she will also be a Professor at Musashino Art University (MAU) in the Department of Visual Communication Design.

Leimei is a member of the Icsid Executive Board, who, along with Icograda and IFI, form the International Design Alliance (IDA).
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