Our core team for Belfast Design Week 2016 is:


Christine James 

Christine is founder and manager of Blick Studios which provides space to inspire, support and encourage digital and creative start ups across 4 locations in Northern Ireland in Belfast and Derry~Londonderry. Blick provides workspace, event and meeting facilities, business services and networking and collaborative opportunities for creative and digital start ups.



Karishma Kusurkar

Karishma is a designer, collaborator, entrepreneur, lover of all things creative, avid podcast-listener and postcard enthusiast.  She has been designing for over a decade on freelance work, for clients and on collaborative projects.  Having studied in Belfast & London, Karishma has gone on to work on multidisciplinary projects across the film, fashion and print industries.  Karishma is passionate about putting Belfast on the international map of the Design world and making it a must-visit destination for all things Design related.



Catherine McGinnis

Catherine is the co—owner of Maven, a homewares and furniture store in Belfast. Based just off the Lisburn Road, Maven champions the very best of design from both established and emerging home ware brands.  Run by sisters Catherine and Patricia, Maven is nestled in the beautiful Reid Memorial Hall, a former meeting hall, and sells coveted Scandinavian brands such as Hay, Muuto, Marimekko and Ferm Living which sit alongside Irish designer-makers such as Derek Wilson Ceramics and Superfolk.



Karla McNally

Karla McNally is a multi-award winning Graphic Designer, Illustrator and Letterpress Printer. She is the Owner and Creative Director of Bill & Coo Paper Co. a design studio, letterpress printer and international stationery/lifestyle brand based in Belfast. Karla studied Design for Visual Communication at Ulster University, before making her way around the world working in studios and with Fortune 500 companies in the USA and Canada. With a decade of design experience in branding & advertising studios and an ever-growing desire to pursue her passion for printing and typography, Karla took the leap in 2015 and started her own studio.



Jessica Fok

Jess is a Junior PR Consultant in Belfast. Outside of her agency job, she’s a philanthropic project coordinator for fashion, food, and arts ventures. Some of Jess’ loves include millennial marketing, minimalist design, travelling and the cascara tonics from Established. Jess joined Belfast Design Week to help promote local fashion designers and start a stylist portfolio. Events in the 2016 programme that she’s managing include the Designed By. runway show and Designer Breakfast. 



Ronan Lunney

Ronan is a designer and the director of Two Digs.  Two Digs is an independent graphic design studio based in Belfast. They focus on creating print and digital design across many sectors for businesses big and small.  Working with their clients they use fresh, clear and creative approaches to provide direct and effective communication. Their attention to detail ensures that their work stands out, allowing our clients to confidently build their brand and define their unique identity.