Kari Korkman, M.Sc. (Econ.), is the founder and director of Helsinki Design Week. He has been involved in a large number of product development projects and launches since the beginning of the 90s and has produced and curated a number of design exhibitions and events. Kari has received much recognition for his achievements in the design business and for activating city culture. 2016 he was appointed as the President of World Design Weeks which is a global network for design festivals.