Ravi Naidoo, Design Indaba, Interactive Africa

Founder of Design Indaba and Interactive Africa



Ravi Naidoo is possibly best known for establishing the international Design Indaba, which has become recognized as one of the world’s leading design institutions through the flagship Design Indaba Conference and Festival annually held in Cape Town. He is also the founder of Interactive Africa.

Naidoo has been selected as the 2015 recipient of the prestigious Sir Misha Black Award for his contribution to design education in South Africa, and is a renowned player on the field of creativity and design throughout Africa. He was also honoured as the 2016 Art Champion in the South African Business and Arts awards.

Naidoo sits on the jury of the Index Awards (the world’s richest design prize) in Copenhagen, and holds a seat on the jury of the Dutch Design Awards, was a judge for the D&AD Impact Awards 2016, and has also been appointed as Chairman of the 2017 IXDA Awards.