Meet the D&AD Impact Council

The D&AD Impact Council is made up of senior figures from across the creative, social entrepreneur, Venture Capital and NGO space and exists to support and represent D&AD Impact’s mission to drive creativity that powers change.

Deborah Alden

Director CultureOS Deployment, WeWork

Deborah is a design strategist, venture advisor, and educator with a penchant for blurring the line between for-profit and purpose-driven organizations. A habitual problem solver and doer with a strong EQ, she helps people and systems innovate, grow, and change.

Approaching 20 years of experience incubating offerings, shaping organizations and culture, and building bridges, her work has ranged from innovation and brand consulting for Fortune 100 companies to establishing new models for business and education. She's had the privilege of advising hundreds of inspiring entrepreneurs and leading the design and development of four purposeful organizations—most recently, as the Founding Managing Director of the Brooklyn Fashion + Design Accelerator, an initiative of Pratt Institute focused on supporting ethical design entrepreneurs.

A frequent guest critic and facilitator, she has taught human-centered design and research at IIT Institute of Design, CEDIM in México, and Nanyang Technological University in Singapore, where she was the Inaugural Chair for the BFA in Visual Communication. She is regularly invited to speak globally including SXSW, TEDx, Icograda World Design Congress, ASODI Congreso Interiorismo, and Tallinn Design Week.