Hungarian Member in the new BEDA Board!

Hungarian Member in the new BEDA Board!

March 2014.

At the 2014 General Assembly for BEDA, the Bureau of European Design Associations, in Vienna, BEDA members elected the new Board for the term 2014-16.

Judit Várhelyi, Member of the Hungarian Design Council was elected to be Member of the new BEDA Board. In the previous term, Szonja Szesztai, project manager of the Office of the Hungarian Design Council was Member of the Board, so the Hungarian contribution continues in the new Board.

BEDA ( was established in 1969 through the collaboration of design associations operating in the member countries of the Council of Europe with the objective of bringing together the European representatives of the design profession, increasing the chances of innovative products or services entering the market, and encouraging the players of the private sector.

Returning Board members:
Severin Filek, Design Austria, Austria
Kitty De Jong, BNO, Holland
Michal Stefanowski, SPFP, Poland
Anna Whicher, Design Wales, Wales 

Newly elected Board members:
Deborah Dawton, Design Business Association, UK (Secretary)
John Mathers, Design Council, UK
Jan Stavik, Norwegian Design Council, Norway (Treasurer)
Judit Varhelyi, Hungarian Design Council, Hungary
Isabelle Vérilhac, Cité du Design, France

8 new member organisations were ratified at the General Assembly:
The eight new Members of BEDA are:
Estonian Design Centre, Estonia
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German Design Council, Germany
International Design Center Berlin, Germany
RRA LUR, Slovenia
SEMEK, Cyprus
Surgenia Technological Centre of Andalusian Design, Spain
Wallonie-Bruxelles Design Mode, Belgium

Isabel Roig (Barcelona Centre de Disseny, Spain) will complete her term as BEDA President in June 2015, at which point the actual Vice President, Robin Edman (Swedish Industrial Design Foundation – SVID, Sweden), will become the new President of BEDA for a term of two years.

Isabel Roig said of the new members, “BEDA is growing as design takes on more relevance in political agendas at local, national and European level, and its contribution to economic and social value is becoming more widely recognised by different stakeholders.”

New BEDA Board Members 2014