My BDW began in Milan, having a crazy meeting with Jovan at the design library in ZONA TORTONA. 09:15 A short espresso with Mauricio Ribotti: "Are you sure you have a meeting with Jovan this time in the morning? It must be a mistake!" 09:40 a man with a small black suitcase enters the café: "Hi CARO!" both man hug. "Oh! Galit, you are also here?" We sit down and immediately start to talk "design”. After 3 espressos I know I have found my partner for the next revolution! Coming to BDW was wonderful, like meeting old friends. BDW is the most passionate conference, full of amazing designpeople that share impossible designdreams. I was honored to be a part of this group  - and would love to see you all again!

Ms. Galit Gaon is the Chief Curator of Design Museum Holon and the founder, Director and Chief Curator of the Israeli Cartoon Museum at the Mediatheque Cultural Center .

Formerly founder, director and head of Department of Product Design in Askola School of Design, Tel Aviv, as well as senior lecturer in the Holon Institute of Technology (HIT), Holon. In 15 years of work Gaon initiated and curated numerous design exhibitions all over Israel, and was a partner and director of the a desgin studio for Museums, manager of program development and design management for the Tel Aviv Museum, Yad Vashem Museum, Eretz Israel Museum, Massuah Museum, the National Tibetan Museum, Tower of David Museum, the Museum of Islamic Art and various other projects of site conservation. She is a member of the board of the Advanced Design Forum of the Ministry of Industry, Trade and Labor and a member of the board of the Israeli Institute of Packaging and Design Manufacturers Association of Israel. Gaon received a Master from the University Art Gallery, Tel Aviv and a B.Des from Bezalel Academy of Art and Design.

During Belgrade Design Week 2009, you enabled participants to meet with representatives from different countries, in professional, as well a sin social settings, which provided the opportunity for spontaneous interactions, where everyone was engaged in true cross-cultural dialogues. This allowed participants from different countries to become familiar with attitudes, ideas, and practices on the common topics of design.   We had received first hand accounts of current situation in creative fields and intellectual status of Belgrade Design Week, exchanged ideas and knowledge, mixed and mingled among each other. And the unique opportunity was given for all of us to establish professional relationships and develop lifelong friendships. We were eager to discover Belgrade and had a unique chance to enjoy the city! No doubt, it was our first, but not our last visit to Belgrade. All the best to Belgrade Design Week for the future to come! We are looking forward to be a part of your success

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