Chairperson of the Pre-selection Jury
Dr Anne Stenros, architect SAFA, is a Creative Strategist on Design Leadership, Future Foresight and Smart Urbanization, acting and speaking around the world. Anne Stenros graduated as Master of Architecture from the Univ. of Oulu and the Univ. of California, Berkeley. She has the doctorate in technology in the field of architectural theory. She has acted as a Managing Director of Design Forum Finland between 1995–2004 and the Executive Director of Hong Kong Design Centre in 2005. In 2005–2015, she was the Design Director at KONE Corporation, a world leading elevator and escalator company. In 2016–2018 she was appointed as the first chief design officer CDO of the city of Helsinki. Currently, she is the founder and CEO of Creative Catalyst, a strategic design consultancy. She has been rewarded with the Top Chief Design Officer (2018) by WIDC and CIDA; the Gold Estlander Medal (2015) and the Gold Medal of the City of Helsinki (2013). She is a founding member of WIT Women in Tech Finland.