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24th Aug 2016 Shefali Sharma


How to source, build and be part of a design team

Join General Assembly and award-winning recruitment agency Xpand Group at a sharing session to discover tips and tricks to building a robust design team and/or being part of a robust design team. This free event on Tuesday 6th September is catered toward hiring managers, company founders and UX designers where they'll pick up tips from industry leaders, improve their knowledge of design hiring tactics and connect with others.

Whether you are a company looking to hire a design team or a designer looking to be hired, this sharing session will give you great insight!


Scott Polchleb Senior Director, Design, Visa

Scott is the Senior Design Director at Visa. He has a wealth of design, leadership and strategic brand experience across multiple practices. His focus is on design thinking and the creation of customer-centric products with best in class design practice and craft. Prior to Visa, Scott lead the Asia Pacific Design Studio for PayPal in Singapore. Here he managed a group of multidisciplinary designers on strategic partnership projects with the likes of Samsung (fingerprint payments) and Skype (on boarding and Peer to Peer payments) as well as the PayPal in store and contactless payment app experiences.

Before moving to Singapore, Scott worked as a Creative & Design for a number of leading agencies and studios in Sydney, Australia focusing on product and interaction design for advertising. Clients he worked with include Nike, Nissan, Adidas, Nokia and Coca-Cola

Kieran Weston UX Director, Huge

As UX Director at Huge Singapore, Kieran leads a multi-talented team of interaction designers and product designers to create digital products and services that people love. Kieran specializes in mobile interface design and has worked with international companies across finance (MetLife, Citibank, Standard Chartered), media and publishing (SBS, Astro, Elsevier, The Economist, Singapore Press Holdings), retail (Westfield, Woolworths), entertainment (Sydney Opera House) and government (Australian state government).

Kieran has worked on large scale global projects with clients from China, Singapore, Australia and the UK. He prides himself on delivering solutions that create innovative and seamless interactions between business, technology and most importantly customers.

Lucila De Pasquale UX Lead, Digital Strategist, ThoughtWorks

Maik Lutze SVP, Experience Design Team Lead APAC & EMEA, Citibank FinTech

Maik Lutze is SVP Experience Design team lead APAC and EMEA at Citibank's newly-founded FinTech group. Starting his career in the late 1990s, Maik's first encounter with creative teams was characterized by the dotcom era’s insatiable thirst for talent. In its wake he experienced the intricacies of founding his own business and running a creative team from his own pocket. Following a timeout to learn coding he moved to Interone/BBDO Beijing to take the position of digital ECD for BMW, MINI, Canon and Castrol and to build a creative department of 40 across two cities.

In Singapore he now runs a design team that drives the UX/UI for Citibank’s digital transformation. Having worked through 3 industry-shaking economic shifts, Maik has learned a thing or two about the challenges and opportunities of hiring and what makes teams functional and successful on both, agency and client side.

Jon Yongfook Cockle Head of Digital Product & Design, Aviva Asia

Engineer, designer, entrepreneur.
Previously: - Social Media SaaS, Founder - Press Release SaaS, Founder, acquired in 2013 - Luxury Ecommerce, CTO - Social Network, Founder, acquired in 2007
Author of:
#1 book on startup growth hacking

About Our Partners


The Aviva Digital Garage is a dedicated space where technical specialists, creative designers and commercial teams explore, develop and test new insurance ideas and services which make financial services more tailored and accessible for customers.

General Assembly

General Assembly is a pioneer in education and career transformation, specializing in today’s most in-demand skills. The leading source for training, staffing, and career transitions, we foster a flourishing community of professionals pursuing careers they love.

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