Related Projects: Belgrade Design Week Festival 2011

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.

BEDA’s vision is for design to be embraced in Europe as a driver of sustainable growth and prosperity. BEDA boasts 47 members from some 25 member states in Europe. Members can be design promotion centres and other publicly funded organisations that promote design nationally or regionally as well as professional and trade associations for designers from across Europe. Those professional associations represent designers, based in Europe, in every discipline of work from industrial design and interiors to digital design and branding.

Milica Vukovic is public affairs and policy expert for creative Industries with experience working across Westminster and Whitehall, working as Government Relations Manager for Design Council, UK national body for design, influencing policy and decision making in support of design and innovation in the economy and society, and as Digital Democracy Manager at Hansard Society, a London-based educational think-tank for promoting parliamentary democracy.

In March 2010 Milica has been elected to the Board of Bureau of European Design Associations (BEDA) which works closely with European Commission promoting the value of design at European level. She has been Secretary at the Board till April 2011 and is after that BEDA Ambassador for communication and contacts with new BEDA members. Milica was born in Novi Sad (Serbia) and holds BA In Philosophy from Belgrade University and an MA in Modern European Philosophy from Middlesex University.

Belgrade Design Week is a one-off – a unique set-up that is free from the corporate atmosphere that so often pervades other such events. The energy, optimism and warmth of Jovan and his team flows through every event – lectures, workshops, meals & drinks alike!   I’ve never been good at sitting in a dark lecture hall for more than an hour or so at a time but found myself doing three lectures back to back at Belgrade – such was the quality of speakers. Timetabling was crazy at times but at BDW everybody seems happy to ‘go with the flow’ – and has an even better time for doing so. The City of Belgrade should be very proud of this gem!