Credit: German Design Council (Shanghai) Co., Ltd.


German Design Council International

The German Design Council has served as a world-leading centre of competence for communication and knowledge transfer within design, branding and innovation since 1953. It is part of the worldwide design community and has always contributed to the establishment of global exchange and networking thanks to its international offering, promotion of new talent and memberships.

The German Design Council’s activities, including networking events, conventions, awards, jury meetings and expert committees, connect its members and numerous other international design and branding experts, foster discourse and provide important stimulation for the global econom

Opportunities on the international stage

»Since its establishment, the German Design Council has been committed to global networking with countless international undertakings. Our subsidiary in China and partnerships with representatives in other countries are core elements of our vision of making knowledge accessible internationally and developing strong networks. There can only be benefits for all the forces involved in the design process when there is international exchange. As a founding member of the World Design Organization, we have upheld this belief for decades and will continue to do so as part of our foundation’s mission.«

Lutz Dietzold, CEO German Design Council

China subsidiary

The German Design Council further expanded its strong international network in 2019 by starting a subsidiary in Shanghai. The establishment of a network of members in China is a logical extension of the German Design Council’s activities, which have always been focused on international exchange and support.

The members in China gain competitive advantages through mutual exchange on an equal footing and through the knowledge transfer associated with that. Simultaneously, we help our German foundation members achieve more visibility in China, we present them as German brands and we support them in the Chinese market.

Lutz Dietzold, CEO German Design Council and Lei Wang, Chief Representative China

Contact to our subsidiary in China

Shanghai address:
German Design Council (Shanghai) Co., Ltd.
Shanghai International Trade Center, Room 1106
No. 2201, West Yan'an Road, Changning District
200336 Shanghai, P. R. China
E-Mail: info[at]
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Contact person: Lei Wang
E-Mail: wang[at]

International representatives

The German Design Council is partnering with a growing number of representatives in different countries to provide a targeted boost to local exchange and networking. The new business contacts made from this result in the encouragement of new solutions, which is a boon for both members and the overall design-oriented economy.

Representative of the German Design Council in Denmark and Iceland

Rikke Lacoppidan
Tel. +45 22 63 8600

My Business
Vingårds alle 59
2900 Hellerup

Great design deserves great attention. I’ve made it my mission to help Danish and Icelandic businesses expand and grow successfully on the German and international markets. My company is young, but builds on 25 years of international sales and marketing experience and a strong network within the Danish export industry and business media.

Representative of the German Design Council in Great Britain

Rob Sherwood[at]
Tel: +44 (0) 771 3399630

Managing Director
Sherwood Event Services Ltd

Sherwood Event Services Ltd has been helping UK companies with their export strategy for over 12 years.  Rob Sherwood is well connected with the UK design community, from textiles to automotive, having represented some of the world’s biggest exhibitions with his work with Messe Frankfurt from 2008 to 2020. Now, Rob and his team will be the UK partner of the German Design Council, showing UK companies how they can take advantage of the opportunities the awards present to promote brands awareness, maximise exposure and create export opportunities.

Representative of the German Design Council in Portugal

Cristina Motta[at]
Tel. +351 211 359 931

Kamotta Representações Lda
Campo Pequeno, 2 - 6D
100-078 Lisboa

Kamotta Representações Lda was established in 1997 with the main purpose of providing marketing and communication services to Portuguese export-oriented companies. To enhance their presence in international markets, design and brand awareness are undeniable key factors to success. Kamotta relies on an excellent network of industry partners and supports companies in their communication strategy, thus contributing to the valued positioning of the Portuguese industry in international markets.

Photo: Vitorino Coragem