Board

The BEDA board consists of a minimum of five and up to 11 board members comprising a President, a Vice-President and up to 9 other individuals. The Board select two of their number to each serve as Treasurer and Secretary.

The Treasurer is responsible for drafting the annual budget, proposing the annual membership fees, proposing other levies and monitoring the day-to-day financial operations of the association. The Secretary is the guardian of BEDA’s Constitution and Bylaws and ensures that the correct procedures are observed at all times.

BEDA board members are elected by and from the BEDA membership. They serve a two-year term and can stand for re-election for an additional two consecutive terms. Voting takes place at BEDA’s annual General Assembly. General Assemblies are hosted by a member organisation each year. 

Should a vacancy arise for whatever reason, the Board can co-opt another member to fill the gap but they must stand for election at the next meeting of the General Assembly at which Board elections are conducted.

In addition to the General Assembly each year, the Board meet a further three times to conduct the business of BEDA. Board meetings are usually hosted by members to coincide with design-related events taking place in the host country.

Board Members

Bart Ahsmann - President
CLICKNL Director (NL)
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Päivi Tahkokallio - Vice President
Ornamo Vice-President (FI)
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Deborah Dawton - Secretary
DBA Chief Executive (UK)
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Isabelle Vérilhac - Treasurer
Head of Business and Innovation - Cité du Design
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Jan Stavik
Design and Architecture Norway Special Adviser (NO)
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Anna Whicher
PDR Head of Design Policy (UK)
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Kitty de Jong
BNO Business Adviser (NL)
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Severin Filek
designaustria Director (AT)
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Audrone Drungilaite
Lithuanian Design Forum CEO (LT)
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Miklós Bendzsel
Hungarian Design Council Founding President (HU)
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