Our People

Design Factory Melbourne is made up of a unique group of talented individuals all working towards disrupting and challenging the status quo in industrial and univeristy collaboration.

Aaron Down

Global Projects Coordinator + Design

Aaron is our Global Projects Coordinator and leads our global academic programs with Stanford University’s ME310 Course, SUGAR Network for Global Innovation, the Design Factory Global Network and CERN’s IdeaSquare. As a brand designer & strategist, Aaron has worked across strategy, design, events, R&D and education.

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Amelia Iverson

Workshop Associate

Amelia is a current Swinburne student studying a Bachelor of Business, with a majoring in Entrepreneurship and Innovation. She is undertaking her Professional Work Placement at DFM as a Workshop Associate. Amelia enjoys dancing, animals and all things creative.

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Dr Anita Kocsis

Director + Tall Boss Lady

Anita leads Design Factory’s vision to create the conditions for innovation through industry university collaboration. Anita’s passion is to discover unexplored potential and knowledge not easily developed by a single discipline through multidisciplinary collaboration.

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Angela Pye

Research & Development Strategy + Workshops

Angela is Research Coordinator in DFM facilitating team strategic research directions and contributing to the DFM workshop services portfolio. As an accomplished arts administrator and practising artist, Angela is passionate about strategies to support collaborative practices. 

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Dr Anne Prince

Research & Integrity

Anne has oversight of the Design Factory Melbourne ethics procedures for DFM engagement with industry and business. She is also involved with writing research grant applications and reports to government. Anne works with DFM research students on structuring research texts and with DFM staff on preparing journal articles.

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Dr Christine Thong

Academic Director + Global Programs

Christine leads the academic direction for DFM, and is involved in a range of teaching, research and strategic initiatives. She is passionate about coaching the next generation of globally responsible design innovators. Christine heads DFM global programs with Stanford University (ME310 SUGAR) and CERN (Challenge Based Innovation), bringing 10+ years of experience working with various companies & industry sectors on student collaboration projects.

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Dr Clementine Thurgood

Innovation Minor Coordinator + Lecturer

Clementine has published widely in the fields of design led innovation, design aesthetics, psychology, psychophysiology, and visual perception. She has led collaborative research projects with industry and currently coordinates the Innovation Minor and teaches the final Innovation Challenge unit to undergraduates.

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Nick Hall

Innovation Lecturer + Maker

Nick is an Industrial Designer, Maker and Lecturer. Nick applies his skills and knowledge as a lecturer and prototyping leader in DFM teaching programs. He also lectures in the School of Design in core design units across all disciplines.

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Pauliina Mattila

Coach, Workshops + Sea Captain

Pauliina’s role at DFM is wide-ranging including teaching, research, strategy development and workshops. Talk to Pauliina about thriving innovation ecosystems, supporting organisations with their innovation efforts, and sailing through the rough seas.

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Ravi Bessabava

Prototyping Coach

Ravi is an architectural graduate with skills and knowledge in an extensive range of fabrication techniques, machine operation and software packages. At DFM he assists students in manifesting their prototypes, whether physical or digital, and forms a link with the FHAD ProtoLab.

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Tiina Tuulos

Innovation Coach + Student Experience

Tiina is passionate about equipping organisations with capabilities for the future and enabling communities of practice to flourish. At DFM she designs and develops creative problem-solving workshops, student experiences, research and learning experiments.

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Zoe Aloisio

Administration Assistant

Zoe is a current Swinburne student studying a Bachelor of Business, with a majoring in marketing. She is undertaking her Professional Work Placement at DFM as an Administration Assistant. Zoe enjoys competing in dance and playing tricks on people with her identical twin sister!

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