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Global Thought Leadership


WAVE thought leadership has inspired others in design and innovation events across the globe. Our contribution to innovation is compelling and delivers valuable insights to the increasingly complex global environment.

We help leaders to become innovation champions. Transforming people with knowledge, expertise and experience to create change. We help people who are driven to deliver.

Participating, hosting and creating academic content helps to expand the network between existing and future leaders and designers and build a common innovation language and ways of working to produce better outcomes.


It’s never a good time to start innovation. Whenever you start, you’re already behind.
— Dr Munib Karavdic


design and innovation events

Service Design Network Global Conference, New York, 2015

Service Design Network partnered with Parsons to host the 2015 global conference in lively New York City, United States. Over 500 leaders and practitioners from around the world joined the event to explore and exchange ideas on the theme ‘A Journey To Value.’

Dr. Munib Karavdic contributed to the conferences’ buzzing feeling and truly global spirit by presenting leading ideas and insight on building a ‘Customer Case’ for change.


UNSW Business School AGSM International Field Study

AGSM business school hosted 20 South Korean guests participating in the Soul National University EMBA International Field Study, 2019. As program director, Dr. Munib Karavdic designed and delivered the 3-day experience including an interactive human-centred design session where participants from engineer to CEO rolled up their sleeves and learned design thinking skills to generate, prototype and test ideas for market.

Executives brainstorming together
Executives using creative matrix


speaking engagements


Sydney 2017, Test Before you Invest

Sarajevo, 2017, Design Driven Innovation

Boston, 2016, Building Innovation Capabilities at AMP

Sydney 2015, The Implementation Dilemma

New York, 2015, The Implementation Dilemma

Moscow, 2012, Innovation: Crowdsourcing

Melbourne, 2012, The Untold Story about the 3Ps of Innovation


Sydney 2018, Personalisation

Auckland, 2016, Enabling Design Thinking

New York, 2015, Leveraging Design Thinking to Accelerate an Innovation

Sydney 2016, Create WAVEs to Humanise Businesses


Sydney 2013, Future of Money, Futurists & Disruptors Panel

Sydney, 2012, The Innovation Leaders Panel

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