Doreen Toutikian is an interdisciplinary designer, researcher and a social entrepreuneur. She holds a Master degree from Koeln International School of Design in European Design Studies. Her focus is on design research methods and design education. Her professional experience involves a range of projects that deal with service design, branding, user experience and user interfaces. Her holistic approach starts with the knowledge of using specific design research methodology focused on human-centered design and follows with the prototyping and implementation of developed concepts and strategies. During her Masters, she spent a year in the product & service design department of the Glasgow school of Art working on projects with Skills Development Scotland, Careers Scotland, and Hoover.
After five years of graduate design studies in Cologne and Glasgow, she returned to Beirut to pursue her career in building a collective design community and enhancing the understanding of Design and research in the region. She believes that the key to all successful design is collaboration. This belief has inspired her to initiate various projects in order to encourage multidisciplinary teamwork for social innovation. Such projects include ‘Public Design Intervention: Beirut’, Desmeem and Beirut Design Week.
Her master thesis book 'Design Education in the Middle East' provides a blueprint on the creation of the MENA Design Research Center under the supervision of Prof. Dr. Michael Erlhoff, which was awarded in the Koelner Design Preis. By the end of 2010 she sought partnership with the private sector in Lebanon to fulfill her goal and founded the MENA DRC.
She is currently Director of the MENA DRC, organizer of Beirut Design Week, educator on design research methods, board member of the International Gender Design Network, fellow in the Salzburg Global Seminar and a regular guest speaker at various conferences around the world.