Joana frequently participates in speaking engagements, conferences and panels. Imparting insights from her experience as a designer with a global practice, academic contributions and field research projects.

Talks & workshops are created and adapted to diverse audiences

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Revision, Berlin, 2018

Where future technologies meet social change.
How do we reach a more human-centric and purpose driven society in the digital age?

Fundamental changes in design are necessary in a world that is experiencing changes at a exponential level. In this topic, we will explore how we can redesign systems to move past just sustainability and being to design holistically. We will tackle the history of sustainability in design philosophy, what role we play at an individual and systemic level and explore our imagination for the future. We will explore themes around design philosophy, sustainability, our economy and technology.

Panel with Jan Stassen Co-Founder of Musuem of Values and CEO @ Co.Creation.x and Alexandra Uzunoğlu Director of Strategy at Graft Brandlab


House of Beautiful Business, Lisbon, 2018

In the age of exponential technology, designers seek a higher meaning to their work and look inwards as much as outwards. Designers need tools and frameworks to cultivate their inner lives in order to reap the rewards of adding soul to the machine. The transition of the design discipline from a service-based to an an attitude-based practice lays the foundations for a new paradigm; design dharma.  Drawing on the etymological meaning of the word, we bring into play a higher sense of duty, purpose and reason for being. History has shown us a number of designer manifestos expressing their respective desires to find fulfilment in work that contributes to social or environmental challenges. The contemporary landscape however points to a new kind of fulfilment - their internal human spirit. Let us discover the poetics beyond the machine. What is the spiritual background to your practice?


Our Oceans Summit, Bali Indonesia, 2018


Circular Economy Summit, Ellen MacArthur Foundation, London, 2017


Royal Society of Arts, London, 2016


Astrolabs, Dubai, 2018

World Design Summit, Montreal Canada, 2017


Creative Mornings, London, 2017

At Creative Mornings under the theme Moments, she will unravel a series of epiphanies emerged out of commitment to a four-year solo research project with 20 start-ups across 3 continents. The conundrum of research as a mesearch: the process of design and the process of becoming.

Design Summit, National Institute of Design, Bangalore India, 2015



I support the Women's Speaking Initiative by Adam Smiley, my mentorship by Sarah Peck.