Robert Meeder: B.A., Fashion Design (Womenswear) Designskolen Kolding (Denmark), M.A., Fashion Design, The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts Schools of Architecture, Design and Conservation (Denmark).
He has always been actively involved in academia through out his career; having written and developed a MA program in Fashion Management, lecturing for the past 8 years and undertaken the first stages of his Ph.D in Luxury Management and communications with the Swedish University of Borås.
Having an international perspective and approach Robert has lived in Denmark, Sweden, Dubai, Hong Kong and currently resides in Sri Lanka where he is the CEO of AOD – Sri Lanka and South Asia’s leading design school.
Whilst living in Hong Kong he was Associate Chair of Fashion, Building Arts and Digital Fashion at SCAD (HK campus) and saw the department and school grow from strength to strength under he’s leadership.
In Dubai he established a successful creative marketing consultancy with key clients in Singapore, USA, Europe and the Middle East. Offering services from concept, brand and strategy development through to creative direction and production on campaigns for TV, print and digital.
He has a grounded corporate marketing background; having worked with leading French, Italian and British luxury brands such as Burberry, Mulberry, Baccarat, Gucci, Bottega Venetta and Dolce Gabbana in Scandinavia and the Middle East.
Career highlights include having founded, published and launched 2 international fashion magazines, consulting in development and establishing Dubai Design week as part of Dubai Design District and establishing the Communications division for Gucci Group within the Nordic Market.
Specialities include Strategy & Communications within Luxury Fashion segment, Creative concept and product development, client liaison and project management, international brand/product launches
An active contributor to media titles, he firmly believes in the importance of linking industry to university.
Currently undertaking he’s Doctorate within the field of Sustainability and Design Education, he is exploring new models and approaches to integrate sustainability within the curriculum that goes beyond just the topic of sustainability but becomes a new standard and classroom practice.
Achievements in Public, Government and Professional Services
Advisory member of the Hong Kong Institute of Design Incubation program (2017-2019)
Advisory member Arab Luxury Summit (since 2016)
Board member of Road to Rights (Sri Lanka) 2016 til present