3rd and 4th of November 2022
Valencia Conference Center

About the conference

Design-led urban policies are increasingly recognized as critical to shaping the future prosperity and wellbeing of a city and its inhabitants. The World Design Policy Conference provides a global platform for the exchange of ideas, insights, and best practices from different countries, regions, and cities that are developing, launching, and maintaining effective design policy.

A live in-person meeting in Valencia, one of the Signature Events of the World Design Capital 2022, with the mediterranean city at the international spotlight as a pole of attraction for foreign investments seeking opportunities thanks to its development and stability.

The findings and conclusions of this Conference have the potential to set the foundation for a design-led legacy programme that benefits both the design community and mainly the citizens, and that resonates far beyond the designated WDC year. A content that can influence existing policies facilitating a legacy in political management.


Inspire transformative initiatives to achieve environmental, economic and educational goals.

Tackle global issues that can provide solutions through design.

Create oportunities for engagement and cross-country colaboration.

Establish links with current political leadership.

Set milestones for initiating a collaborative process between countries.

Highlight outstanding examples of design policies worldwide.

Enhance initiatives for exchanging and experimenting.

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Valencia Conference Center

The building is an emblematic piece of architecture, designed by the renowned architect Norman Foster, specifically to attract event tourism to the city of Valencia. This objective has been amply met, with a total of 3,000 events being held at the Centre up until now. Over 2,2 million people have participated in these meetings. These activities have undoubtedly improved Valencia’s position on the international stage. According to the International Congress and Convention Association (ICCA), Valencia ranks 29nd in Europe on the list of preferred event tourism destinations and third in the ranking of Spanish cities. The Valencia Conference is the venue that brings the largest number of international delegates to the city.


Carlos Moreno

Scientific Director of the Chair "Entrepreneurship Territory Innovation'", Sorbonne University-IAE Paris

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Ezio Manzini

President of DESIS Network

Leyla Acoroglu photo

Leyla Acaroglu

Sustainability provocateur

Alok Nandi

Professor of design, creativity & innovation at Institut Paul Bocuse

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René Spitz

Researcher of the future of design education

Hanna Harris

Chief Design Officer, city of Helsinki

Gisele Raulik Murphy

Partner at DUCO Design Intelligence

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Brandon Gien

CEO of Good Design Australia

Brigitte Borja de Mozota

Professor and consultant. Honorary professor Université Paris X. Designence (France)

Anna Whicher

Head of Policy Design at PDR (International Design and Research Centre)

Agnes Willenborg

Dean at HKU University of the Arts Utrecht

Päivi Tahkokallio

CEO of Tahkokallio Design+

Bernard Hay

Design Council

Severin Filek


Benicio Aguerrea / Isabel Roig

La Multilateral del Diseño

Francesco Molinari

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