Academic Leadership

Prof. Sasi Gopal Menon
Dean, School of Fashion & Design, GD Goenka

Trained with a strong base in conceptual thinking and creative ideas from National Institute of Design Ahmedabad, Sasi Gopal Menon been working both as a design practitioner and a design educator since 1998. While his experience in academics gives him the necessary skills to strategize and execute different programmes in the field of design, his exposure in the professional world gives the necessary strength to translate those strategies into real-time, responsive design projects.

Sasi has been involved in projects related to landscape architecture and interior / exterior design, with special focus on the hospitality industry. He has also been deeply involved in design management, with emphasis on design strategy and planning. His involvement in these projects gives him the strength to direct the academic process into a meaningful and industry oriented engagement for students.

As an educator, Sasi has been instrumental in setting up and stabilizing programmes in craft based design, design foundation studies as well as training programmes for artisans as well as non-design students. He has also designed industry oriented progammes in Product Design.

He believes that good design is a result of good training, which is a combination of skills, insight and creative abilities along with a sense of leadership.

Prof. Arturo Dell’Acqua Bellavitis
President of Triennale Design Museum and Former Director of Indaco Department of Politecnico Di Milano.

Prof. Dell’Acqua is a professor of Industrial Design, Interior Design, Textile Design and Fashion Design at Politecnico di Milano University in Milan, Italy. At the same university, he is also the director of the Polidesign project, chairman of the Fashion Design department, and since 1990 he has been the director of the Masters Degree in Design Management and Interior Design. He has been visiting professor at many European and extra-European universities. He has lectured at the Royal Academy of Copenhagen (Denmark), at the Faculty of Architecture of Aarhus (Denmark), at De Montfort University (UK). He has conducted workshops at the Universities of Helsinki (Finland), Oslo (Norway), Orléans (France), Barcelona (Spain), Montreal (Canada), São Paulo (Brazil). He has held Interior & Lighting seminars in Rio de Janeiro, São Paulo and Barcelona. He has taught Design Strategies and Technology and Prototypes workshops for the Design and Fashion Management courses at Bocconi Business School in Milan. He has also supervised the Italian international exchange students project (Erasmus Programme) for the Industrial and Interior Design departments at Politecnico di Milano.