Anna Kohut-Jankó, Hungarian Design Council, elected to BEDA Board

The Bureau of European Design Associations (BEDA) is a not-for-profit made up of 50 members across 28 European countries, all with a focus on promoting design nationally or regionally. As a collective, the organisations represent some 400,000 designers from across Europe in every discipline of work from industrial design and interiors to digital design and branding. It is run by a board of members elected by its membership at the General Assembly every two years.


“With BEDA’s vision for design to be embraced in Europe as a driver of growth and prosperity and, an overall strategy focused on influencing the political agenda in the European Commission and member countries, the election of our 2018-2020 Board means we are well-placed with committed leaders to continue building on the implementation reality of Innovation Union 2020 ensuring design is at the heart of innovation and education policies across Europe.” says BEDA President, Bart Ahsmann. He continues: “Design is a tool for industrial and societal innovation and an area we need to keep promoting to ensure it continues to lead initiatives.”


Anna Kohut-Jankó, project manager of the Hungarian Design Council, has been appointed to the Board by fellow members, ensuring the continuous presence of Hungary in the Board, after the Board membership of Dr. Miklós Bendzsel, to jointly drive BEDA’s key objectives forward over the next two years.


The key objectives are to:

Create shared knowledge and synergy
Create opportunities for design and,
Champion designers

through connecting with BEDA members, Europe and global partners.


Anna Kohut-Jankó said of their appointment:

“I will be proud to represent the designer community of Central Eastern European Region on the Board. I will work on the effective integration of best practices, region-specific needs, problem-solving and solution patterns in the BEDA-initiated policies at European Union level.”



Anna Kohut-Jankó will work with design leaders from Austria, Belgium, France, Ireland, Italy, Lithuania and UK on the Board. Together, they provide a diverse representation that will support the President and Vice President of BEDA in achieving the vision.


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BEDA is a not-for-profit organisation funded in its entirety by its members. It is run by a board of directors elected by its membership every two years. It also elects a President and Vice President every two years. BEDA is headquartered in Brussels.


Founded in 1969, it’s members are a collection of design promotion centres, trade associations for designers and, other publicly funded organisations that promote design.


It’s main role is to make the case for design and expand the network, as a result of years of work, design is now firmly on the agenda at most high levels within Brussels. Find out more at


Full 2018-2020 Board:

Deborah DAWTON, CEO, Design Business Association, UK

Audrone DRUNGILAITE, CEO, Lithuanian Design Forum, Lithuania

Isabelle VERILHAC, Head of Business & Innovation, Cité du Design St Etienne, France

Anna WHICHER, Head of Design Policy, PDR, Wales

Cyrielle DOUTREWE, Wallonie Design, Belgium

Martin FÖßLEITNER, Board Member of Design Austria, Austria

Karen HENNESSY, CEO, Design and Crafts Council of Ireland, Ireland

Anna KOHUT-JANKO, Project Manager, Hungarian Design Council, Hungary

Fabrizio PIERANDREI, Member of Executive Board and Steering Council of ADI, Italy



Bart Ahsmann, CEO, CLICKNL, NL


Vice President

Päivi Tahkokallio, VP, Ornamo, FI

18 June 2018