Arman Arakelyan

Arman Arakelyan is the Program Manager of Get Ready To Innovate – Armenia. Arman has been working in key IT and management positions both in Armenia and abroad for over a decade. He has consulted on, managed and delivered projects in the intersections of information system development, business process optimization and interaction design for organizations in the business, public, and non-profit sectors. His most recent position is Head of Analysis and Design at IUNetworks, where he is leading business and system analysts, UI/UX Designers and Technical Writers with daily oversight of analysis and design activities for new applications, products, and services in e-Government, Financial and Telecom sectors.
Arman holds a Master of Science degree in Information Science from Simmons College, Boston and is an active member of the Interaction Design Foundation and Association for Computing Machinery Special Interest Group on Computer-Human Interaction (ACM SIG CHI).

Mark Bailey

Mark Bailey is Director of International Development: Design at Northumbria University. He leads design-led innovation research and practice activities at Innovate (an off-campus innovation hub), and a number of business/research partnerships. He has also established and co-leads the Responsible Innovation Practice research group. He teaches BA(Hons) Design for Industry and MA/MSc Multidisciplinary Innovation.

He has worked in higher education for the past 22 years having previously worked in the aerospace industry on advanced passenger and business jet aircraft designs. He has also led a small design consultancy. A highlight of his early consultancy career was designing the best-selling ‘Little Professor’ for Texas Instruments!

Mark sees his purpose as being to launch people into the world with the knowledge, capabilities and creative confidence required to bring about positive change. He views designers as agents of positive change and his teaching is focused around this purpose. He teaches and researches through the medium of collaborative projects with external partners believing that learning in authentic contexts is essential to establishing relevance.

Justine Carrion-Weiss graduated from BA (Hons) Modern Foreign Languages (FR/EN/ES/PT) in 2015 and more recently in 2016 she gained her MA in Multidisciplinary Innovation from Northumbria University. Currently Justine works as an Innovator in Residence for Northumbria University and is also the Head of Communication at Nuevo Destino, a French charity helping people living in the poverty-stricken Honduran jungle to become self-sustaining.

Freddie Gibbons’ background is in Industrial Design and Innovation Practices, having graduated from Northumbria University with a BA (Hons) in Design For Industry and an MA in Multidisciplinary Innovation. Currently, Freddie is an Innovator in Residence at Northumbria University as well as working as a freelance Graphic Designer.

Both Justine and Freddie work as Innovators in Residence for Northumbria University. In this role, they collaborates with a large variety of organisations, academics and students, on design-led projects that aim to help clients with a pre-existing situation or to advise them with their own innovation practices.

Dr Michele Rusk

Dr Michele Rusk is Associate Professor of Innovation and Entrepreneurial Leadership. She is an experienced senior academic, public sector adviser and management consultant. Associate Professor of Innovation and Entrepreneurial Leadership at Newcastle Business School, she is Director of Enterprise and Engagement in the Department Entrepreneurship, Innovation and Strategy and leader of the Strategic Entrepreneurial Leadership (SEL) research group.  

She is the author of the Design Dynamics Theory, her PhD focused on entrepreneurial leadership and the role of design in socio-economic innovation. A Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Marketing, and Fellow of the Higher Education Academy Institute she holds a primary degree in Design and an MBA. Her expertise is in entrepreneurial leadership, strategic design, development and innovation management and marketing communications.

Neil Smith

Neil Smith has worked in Higher Education teaching at Northumbria for the past 25 years, 18 years as a full time member of academic staff. Neil has worked for over 30 years within the product design industry, leading design and development projects both in house and as a consultant. His work has spanned small consumer products to capital goods and technical systems furniture.

In his professional career his work has twice won a prestigious IF award, been twice shortlisted for the national Design Council awards, as well as the company receiving a Queens Award for Export. Also winning for the University the 2004 ‘Best Knowledge Transfer Partnership Award’ (KTP) as lead academic supervisor.

Dr Nicholas Spencer

Dr Nicholas Spencer is a Senior Lecturer and the Programme Leader for Multidisciplinary Innovation MA/MSc. He leads a team of academics from across the University’s expertise to run design-led investigations at INNOVATE, the University’s multidisciplinary unit for external engagements.

Recent research focuses on delivering combinations of social, organisational and commercial innovation using mindful, distributed and networked approaches to design-led innovation. He explores co-creative resources for facilitating these approaches and through practical applications with external organisations defines their value and impact. Through his work he helps organisations develop their innovation readiness and produces students who are equipped with mindful approaches to developing, mapping and considering innovation strategy.