Ambassadors

The Women in Lighting ambassadors are a point of contact in each location for you to find out more about or become involved in the project.

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Rayane Belkadi
Algeria / Morocco

Ambassador in Algeria / Morocco

Rayane Belkadi

Designer

Contact // WIL Middle East & Africa Facebook Group

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Women by nature are creative and excellent at multitasking. Both qualities are necessary skills for lighting designers.

Light in Native Language: #NOOR
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Isis Gomez
Argentina

Ambassador in Argentina

Isis Gomez

Designer

Contact // Website

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This project should echo the importance of our profession. It should share the work that women are doing in lighting and allow us to grow together and inspire new generations.

Light in Native Language: #LUZ
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Ilze Kundzina
Australia

Ambassador in Australia

Ilze Kundzina

Designer

Contact // Website

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I have been grateful to be inspired and encouraged by so many fantastic women throughout my life and career and I believe that this project is a great platform for continuing to support the creative potential amongst women in lighting.

Light in Native Language: #LIGHT
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Veronika Mayerböck
Austria

Ambassador in Austria

Veronika Mayerböck

Designer

Contact // Website

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Licht ist die Antwort auf einen Raum. Licht verleiht Bedeutung.

Light in Native Language: #LICHT
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Cristina Martinez
Belgium

Ambassador in Belgium

Cristina Martinez

Designer

Contact // Website

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The spark of a woman never fades in the dark. Let’s brighten up the future of lighting design together.

Light in Native Language: #Lumière #Licht
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Paula Carnelos
Brazil

Ambassador in Brazil

Paula Carnelos

Designer

Contact // www.acenda.com.br // AsBAI Facebook Page

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Every day I realise the importance and relevance of this project.
Every day I understand some issues related to this topic that I had not realised before.
I’m sure this is the beginning of a beautiful exchange and discussion that will help to elevate the lighting community to another level.

Light in Native Language: #Luz #Atiaîa
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Rebecca Ho-Dion
Canada

Ambassador in Canada

Rebecca Ho-Dion

Designer

Contact // Website

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I am very excited have the opportunity to participate in a network FOR Women in the lighting industry – to share experiences, inspirations, resources, and to promote our craft as a whole.

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Paulina Villalobos
Chile

Ambassador in Chile

Paulina Villalobos

Designer, Educator

Contact // diav.cl // www.nochezero.org

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Chile is a curious phenomena. Around 70% of the lighting design studios are run by a woman.

Light in Native Language: #Luz #Maéha #Küze #Pelom #Qhana
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Yandan Lin
China

Ambassador in China

Yandan Lin

Educator

Contact

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Tatiana Montoya
Colombia

Ambassador in Colombia

Tatiana Montoya

Designer

Contact // Website

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We are brightness, we are darkness, we are textures, shadows and much more. We are women glamorising the light.

Light in Native Language: #luz
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Diana Galic
Croatia

Ambassador in Croatia

Diana Galic

Designer, Product

Contact // Website

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In 2012, when the Croatian Society for Lighting was established, only 3/120 members were women. Today, things have changed. Around 20% of women have some role in Lighting in Croatia. Unfortunately, only a few of them run their own practice or have an important role in Lighting.

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Stephanie Christofi
Cyprus

Ambassador in Cyprus

Stephanie Christofi

Designer

Contact // WIL Middle East & Africa Facebook Group // Website

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Cyprus has an average of six hours of bright sunshine per day, even in the middle of the winter. On the contrary, village houses traditionally have been dark refuges with small openings to protect from the burning summer sun and the biting-cold winters. Every day, women would sit outside their front doors absorbing all the light absent inside their homes. They drank coffee, made crochet blankets for their grandchildren and gossiped about everybody who passed through the village. As in most Mediterranean countries, when electricity and artificial lighting became part of everyday life, people lit theirs homes very brightly. I remember myself, as a young girl siting in my grandmother’s kitchen, under a huge fluorescent lamp, waiting for dinner to be cooked. I now know that the atmosphere, apart from the smells of cumin and freshly chopped coriander, had nothing to do with how she used to live as a young girl in her village. Today, we are still trying to find better and smarter ways to light up our homes and streets. A new generation of lighting designers is leading the way towards balancing our modern lifestyle needs and the respect for the darkness, in order for the stars to brightly shine in the night sky.

Light in Native Language: #Φως #Işık
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Christina Augustesen
Denmark

Ambassador in Denmark

Christina Augustesen

Designer, Artist

Contact

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In my career as a lighting designer, I have always been surrounded by female lighting designers. In Denmark, there might be even more female than male lighting designers! The lighting design industry is open for both male and FEMALE lighting designers!

Light in Native Language: #Lys
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Daniella Wong Magnalardo
Ecuador

Ambassador in Ecuador

Daniella Wong Magnalardo

Designer

Contact // Website

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The way to see how far we can go in our profession is to push every boundary we meet. Lighting is a beautiful element that should never be forgotten and should always be designed to perfection.

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Nelly Marzouk
Egypt

Ambassador in Egypt

Nelly Marzouk

Educator

Contact // WIL Middle East & Africa Facebook Group

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Women represent around 70% of the lighting industry in Egypt but still dedicated lighting designers are not hired in projects. Together, women will change the lighting profession in Egypt.

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Elo Liiv
Estonia

Ambassador in Estonia

Elo Liiv

Artist, Event Organiser

Contact // tartuvalgus.ee // eloliiv.ee

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Light rays are never parallel. Although the source of light is the same, they move away from each other over the time. Rays can meet only after they have touched the reflectors.

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Annukka Larsen
Finland

Ambassador in Finland

Annukka Larsen

Designer

Contact // Website

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75 Finnish ladies of light have united to share knowledge and to inspire and support each other.

Light in Native Language: #valo
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Anne Bureau
France

Ambassador in France

Anne Bureau

Designer

Contact // Website

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Light in Native Language: #lumière
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Sabine De Schutter
Germany

Ambassador in Germany

Sabine De Schutter

Designer

Contact // WIL Germany Facebook // Website

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Making the lighting profession more diverse and inclusive, is not just about gender. Diversity in all respects, is what produces creativity, it will lead to a better-designed world overall.

Light in Native Language: #Licht
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Foteini Kyriakidou
Greece

Ambassador in Greece

Foteini Kyriakidou

Designer, Product

Contact // Website

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If you cannot see how many women are in Lighting, let us turn on the light and show you.

Light in Native Language: #Φώς #fos
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Luz Mariela Zacarias
Guatemala

Ambassador in Guatemala

Luz Mariela Zacarias

Designer

Contact // Website

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Women are not only great, we also make great designers.

Light in Native Language: #Luz
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Meike Goessling
Hong Kong

Ambassador in Hong Kong

Meike Goessling

Designer

Contact // Website

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It needs an idea to light a space.

Light in Native Language: #光 #Guāng #照明 #Zhàomíng
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Rósa Dögg Þorsteinsdóttir
Iceland

Ambassador in Iceland

Rósa Dögg Þorsteinsdóttir

Designer, Educator

Contact // Website

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It’s illegal to pay women less than men in Iceland. That includes the 12 women that work in Lighting.

Light in Native Language: #LJÓS
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Helena Gentilli
India

Ambassador in India

Helena Gentilli

Designer

Contact // Website

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I am very proud to be part of Women in Lighting because we are here to reinforce our role as lighting designers in the market, to share our experiences and learn from it, but mostly to encourage the new generation of female designers to pursuit this beautiful profession with equal opportunities and greater enthusiasm towards the future.

Light in Native Language: #रोशनी #ಬೆಳಕು
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Wulan Ayunda
Indonesia

Ambassador in Indonesia

Wulan Ayunda

Designer

Contact // Website

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I have met more female lighting designers than male in Indonesia. I think women have more sense about the detail and beauty, and that’s good for design.

Light in Native Language: #cahaya
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Fatemeh Dastgheib
Iran

Ambassador in Iran

Fatemeh Dastgheib

Designer

Contact // WIL Iran LinkedIn Group // Website

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Women in lighting is an opportunity to increase the cooperation between female lighting designers all over the world and to empower them to work together.

Light in Native Language: #روشنایی # نور
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Dorit Malin
Israel

Ambassador in Israel

Dorit Malin

Educator

Contact // WIL Middle East & Africa Facebook Group // Website

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Lighting is a multi-function interdisciplinary form of a profession. It suits women like gloves.

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Giorgia Brusemini
Italy

Ambassador in Italy

Giorgia Brusemini

Designer, Blogger

Contact // Website

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Women In Lighting is a project that gives us the spotlight we need to inspire young and brilliant minds both in Italy and worldwide.

Light in Native Language: #Luce
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Kaori Hiroki
Japan

Ambassador in Japan

Kaori Hiroki

Designer

Contact // Website

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There are over 80 lighting design offices, and more than 200 Lighting designers are working in Japan. Proudly, 50% of the designers are women.

Light in Native Language: #hikari #ひかり
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Dalal Alsharhan
Kuwait

Ambassador in Kuwait

Dalal Alsharhan

Designer, Educator

Contact // WIL Middle East & Africa Facebook Group

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Women much like sunlight beam radiate warmth and positive energy over society. Let’s shed some light on them in the lighting Industry, and empower women to Light Up the World.

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Ilze Leduskrasta Buša
Latvia

Ambassador in Latvia

Ilze Leduskrasta Buša

Designer

Contact // LinkedIn // Website

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Collaboration is what makes lighting design work. Without cooperation of architects, scientists, contractors, interior designers and customers, lighting design is waste of resources in many aspects. We are able to glue the different substances towards common goal thus make the world better designed and lived space!

Light in Native Language: #gaisma
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Cherine Saroufim
Lebanon

Ambassador in Lebanon

Cherine Saroufim

Designer

Contact // WIL Middle East & Africa Facebook Group // Website

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Less than 5% of all projects designed in Lebanon have a lighting consultant. Less than a third are designed by women.

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Monique Calleja
Malta

Ambassador in Malta

Monique Calleja

Designer

Contact

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Light in Native Language: #dawl
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Magali Mendez
Mexico

Ambassador in Mexico

Magali Mendez

Designer, Educator

Contact // Website // Mexican WIL Facebook Page

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La Luz, La Sombra, La Arquitectura, La Mujer Por algo esas palabras son de genero femenino…. The Light, The Shadow, The Architecture, The Woman. There must be a reason why all those words are female gender….

Light in Native Language: #Luz
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Kyra Xavia
New Zealand

Ambassador in New Zealand

Kyra Xavia

Educator

Contact

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Each one of us has a wonderful affinity with light, not only because we are torchbearers of inspiration, vision, and positive change, but because we bring illumination into the world. Yet as bright, innovative luminaries, we need to acknowledge too, the power of darkness, the necessity of night, and the blessings of starry skies. The dark, just like the light, makes our lives all the richer.

Light in Native Language: #Light
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Goziem Ukachukwu
Nigeria

Ambassador in Nigeria

Goziem Ukachukwu

Designer

Contact // WIL Middle East & Africa Facebook Group // Website

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Unfortunately we do not have a lot of women in executive or managerial positions in lighting in Nigeria. Most lighting companies are owned by men. We should be looking at encouraging women to take steps in growing in this industry, aspiring towards managerial levels and becoming business owners.

Light in Native Language: #Îhe #Haske #Ina
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Kristin Bredal
Norway

Ambassador in Norway

Kristin Bredal

Designer

Contact // Website

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I have been in Lighting design for many years and am happy to observe the equal position that women have in this profession in Norway today. It hasn’t always been like this. Lighting design is still young as a profession and has developed tremendously with higher education. Higher education has given the industry equally, male and female competent professionals.The profession is no longer led by male engineers and electricians.

Light in Native Language: #Lys
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Tere De Leon
Panama

Ambassador in Panama

Tere De Leon

Designer

Contact // Website

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Light has reasons that reason itself does not know. With of our emotions, women understand the power of this reason!

Light in Native Language: #Luz
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Claudia Paz
Peru

Ambassador in Peru

Claudia Paz

Designer

Contact // Website

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Women are passionate and emotional, qualities which are sometimes seen as negative. However for us they are very positive for our daily lives and at work. We understand emotion and in our work this passion is reflected into everything we create.

Light in Native Language: #Luz
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Jinkie De Jesus
Philippines

Ambassador in Philippines

Jinkie De Jesus

Designer

Contact // Website

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Currently there are 4 female principals in the Philippines.

Light in Native Language: #ILAW
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Dr. Karolina M. Zielinska-Dabkowska
Poland

Ambassador in Poland

Dr. Karolina M. Zielinska-Dabkowska

Designer, Educator, Researcher

Contact

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Lighting Design as a profession will truly succeed when women participate side by side with men.

Light in Native Language: #Światło
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Paula Rainha
Portugal

Ambassador in Portugal

Paula Rainha

Designer

Contact // Website

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After finishing my architectural degree I became interested in Stage Lighting Design and once I was told I was too ‘petite’ to carry lighting equipment around and therefore I should probably give up on pursuing a career in lighting. Today looking back, I think it was in that moment that I realised that my career choice could help changing the perception and prejudice for the working possibilities as a woman. I’m not discouraged and I suspect I share the same feeling as many fellow women colleagues: just by looking at the growth of the number of women that are nowadays more and more involved into an industry that up to a few years ago was considered a male profession and by the quality of their work, it gives me hope that we are definitely changing the perception that we are definitely not ‘petite’ to carry this ‘weight’!

Light in Native Language: #LUZ
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Silvia Tripsa
Romania

Ambassador in Romania

Silvia Tripsa

Designer

Contact

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In an emerging market, in order to do lighting design, we need to use all our forces and passion. Female and male designers, we are all equally important in this process.

Light in Native Language: #Lumină
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Olga TU’zova
Russia

Ambassador in Russia

Olga TU’zova

Designer, Artist, Blogger, Educator, Researcher

Contact // WIL Russia Facebook // Website

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Women In Lighting gave me a new target in my life. I was born in the biggest country in the World, and I am proud of it. We have so many talented young women who want to achieve more. In my opinion this project will open doors for new generations. It will allow us to meet other women all over the world, to find new friends, to knock down the walls in our minds, to find opportunities and follow a gorgeous way! Gorgeous way of light!

Light in Native Language: #Свет
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Sofija Colakovic
Serbia

Ambassador in Serbia

Sofija Colakovic

Designer

Contact // Website

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This project will encourage many women interested in lighting and design to show their inventiveness and vision and inspire them to start their own lighting design or manufacturing business.

Light in Native Language: #svetlo
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Yah Li Toh
Singapore

Ambassador in Singapore

Yah Li Toh

Designer

Contact // Website

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Female lighting designers are nurturers of light. I know at least 30 women working in lighting in Singapore.

Light in Native Language: #cahaya #光 #guāng #light
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Mandi Botha
South Africa

Ambassador in South Africa

Mandi Botha

Contact // https://www.facebook.com/groups/704984569899420/about/ // Website

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Possibilities are limitless when we surround ourselves with extraordinary women.

Light in Native Language: #LIG #ISIBANE
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Esther Torelló
Spain

Ambassador in Spain

Esther Torelló

Publisher

Contact // Website

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We’ve made amazing progress towards building a world where we are truly free to pursue our dreams. But we still have a long way to go. This is the reason I am part of the Women in Lighting project, because I am convinced that every single one of us has an important role to play in order to move us closer to recognition and equality in our social and professional lives.

Light in Native Language: #LUZ
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Reem M. Yassin
Sudan

Ambassador in Sudan

Reem M. Yassin

Designer

Contact // WIL Middle East & Africa Facebook Group // Website

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Design & Lighting are passion, it’s like a translation language that helps to deliver life concepts & the feelings behind it. And in the end who’s better to reflect a feeling than women.

Light in Native Language: #noor
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Kim Höglund
Sweden

Ambassador in Sweden

Kim Höglund

Designer

Contact // Website

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The spaces that surround us, every object, shape and material we perceive with our visual sense emerges from the light. No matter if it is interior or exterior spaces, with light we can affect how any environment is perceived.

Light in Native Language: #Ljus
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Julia Hartmann
Switzerland

Ambassador in Switzerland

Julia Hartmann

Designer

Contact // Website

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I know 42 women in Lighting in Switzerland. One woman can make a difference but together we can rock the world.

Light in Native Language: #Licht #lumière #Luce #glisch
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Ya-Hui Cheng
Taiwan

Ambassador in Taiwan

Ya-Hui Cheng

Designer

Contact // Website

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Being strong and soft, powerful and fluid, lucid and mysterious, women bring another layered sensibility and beauty to lighting.

Light in Native Language: #光 #guāng
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Pilasinee Rattarangsi
Thailand

Ambassador in Thailand

Pilasinee Rattarangsi

Designer

Contact

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It is all about balance and harmony. Balance of male-female, yin-yang, or light & shadow, to create harmony and well-being in all aspects. In Thailand, around 80% of lighters are female, and they are amazing. But the most wonderful thing is that we are a big family!

Light in Native Language: #แสง #S̄æng
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Juliette Nielsen
The Netherlands

Ambassador in The Netherlands

Juliette Nielsen

Designer

Contact // Interview // Website

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I like working in a mixed team with both women and men. The diversity of perspectives often reinforces the design.

Light in Native Language: #Licht
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Sebnem Gemalmaz
Turkey

Ambassador in Turkey

Sebnem Gemalmaz

Designer

Contact // WIL Middle East & Africa Facebook Group // Website

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I believe in diversity in many levels of life. I think it promotes creativity. Even in the field of lighting design, we mostly avoid the use of monochromatic light, because we want to reveal colours, materials, patterns to create meaningful spaces. By being part of “Women in Lighting” project, I believe we could help to create a more diverse field of design by encouraging the next generation of female designers and ourselves to be more visible.

Light in Native Language: #Işık
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Sakina Dugawalla
UAE

Ambassador in UAE

Sakina Dugawalla

Designer

Contact // WIL Middle East & Africa Facebook Group // Website

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Fact One: after 7 years working in the Middle East, Light.Func is the first homegrown independent lighting design studio to have been founded by a woman. The same is true for the Tanzanian branch. Fact Two: There are only 2 women lighting designers that exist in Tanzania. A Middle Eastern reality: Though lighting is seen to be both creative and technical, it is common for the industry to be dominated by men. This is a culmination of the Middle East’s construction sector predominantly being made up of men, specifically due to the harsh & fast-paced environment that the region is known for – project timelines are quite short and expectations very high. In the decade’s worth of experience in the Middle East, the ratio of women lighting designers is growing, with each independent lighting design studio employing at least one Associate Lighting Designer.

Light in Native Language: #NOOR
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Greta Smetoniute
UK

Ambassador in UK

Greta Smetoniute

Designer

Contact // Website

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In the past, women were told to stay in the shadow… I am grateful to be alive and working at a time, where all the stereotypes are broken and WIL is bravely emerging into the sunlight! The drive is there, the will is there, let’s go and shine!

Light in Native Language: #Light
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Amy Rennie
UK (Scotland)

Ambassador in UK (Scotland)

Amy Rennie

Designer

Contact // Website

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“As a community we grow together, elevating the awareness and importance of both Light and Darkness. With our knowledge, collaboration and creativity we make a difference now and inspire generations to follow…”

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Francesca Bastianini
USA

Ambassador in USA

Francesca Bastianini

Designer, Educator

Contact // Website

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Light in Native Language: #Light