Doreen Toutikian is a cultural producer & entrepreneur with a background in human-centered service design and communication. She is the founder and former Executive Director (2011-2018) of Beirut Design Week, founder & President of MENA Design Research Center, and Co-founder of LOOP Athens. Her latest venture is the start-up focusing on female health omgyno.com.
She has a keen interest in the dynamics of groupwork, conflict resolution and the understanding of values as core drivers to healthy working environments. So along with colleagues Aniko Racz and Dorota Ogrodzka, she has developed the Gamified Workshop Toolkit, as part of the EU project: Reshape.
She has lectured Master students on design research, history, and theory at Academie Libanaise des Beaux Arts, where she has also been a member of the pedagogical committee of the Design department (2013-2020).
Her consultancy work focuses on human-centered design with non-profit organizations such as UNRWA for Palestinian refugee camps development in Lebanon (2017-2019) and IOM for Creative & Cultural Industries development in Kurdistan (2017-2018).
Doreen is an advisor to various global networks including the ‘International Gender Design Network’ (2013), the 'Board of International Research in Design/BIRD' (2012), a fellow of Salzburg Global Seminar (2013),fellow of Mophradat (2019) and a member of the Young Cultural Innovators of the British Council (2012). She has often served as a mentor and juror for student examinations and start-up competitions, she facilitates workshops on design & creative economy, and is a regular public speaker at various conferences around the world. Doreen holds a Master degree from Koeln International School of Design in European Design Studies (Germany), a Product & Service Design degree from The Glasgow School of Art (Scotland), and a bachelor in Communication Design from Notre Dame University (Lebanon). She speaks six languages (English, Arabic, French, German, Greek and Armenian) and is currently based in Athens, Greece.