11 September 2019

Innovative design guru in Bega for one brilliant session this Monday night

| Lisa Herbert
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Aly Khafir is in AUstralia for 12 months as Expert in Residence at iAccelerate. Photo supplied

Aly Khafir is in Australia for 12 months as Expert in Residence at iAccelerate. Photo supplied

Anyone interested in innovation, sustainability, invention, and design, and how to get communities thriving with ideas should get themselves to the Bega Civic Centre on Monday (April 15) for a one-off opportunity.

Innovative design guru Aly Khalifa will enlighten and excite Bega for an hour or so, as he discusses, encourages and inspires us towards, an ‘Inventive Culture’.

Aly will reflect on his experiences of nurturing a culture where creative ideas bubble and people thrive to solve compelling problems. Examples span large civic projects to commercialising new inventions.

Aly’s latest start-up, Oceanworks, is focused on harvesting plastic waste from our oceans to turn it into useful products for the circular economy.

“At Oceanworks we aim to remove existing ocean plastic and stop the flow of new plastic into the oceans to support a long-term goal of a plastic-free ocean,” he says.

“We are leading the effort to connect the business community with verified sources of ocean plastic material around the world, and we are working to remove two million tons of ocean plastic and transform it into sustainable products.”

Aly is an innovator focused on social impact and sustainability.

His training as both a designer and mechanical engineer, coupled with deep international manufacturing experience, has enabled him and his team at Designbox to launch products for some of the most recognised consumer brands.

His work has been celebrated internationally, he’s an Eisenhower Fellow, and has garnered more than two dozen patents.

“I’m a product innovator and creative entrepreneur. Over time my wife, Beth, and I have realised that we keep gravitating towards and nurturing inventive culture,” Aly says.

Inventive culture is about establishing an environment where creative people thrive – an ecosystem that leads them to create new works.

“We are committed to fostering a creative community both locally and globally,” he says.

“We work on projects that propel ideologies, systems, experiences, and products forward in a way that makes the world better. We have a core mission of sustainability and are working on innovative, groundbreaking materials and processes throughout every design.”

Social enterprises and businesses are being nurtured and inspired in Bega. Photo Lisa Herbert

Social enterprises and businesses are being nurtured and inspired in Bega at the Bega Valley Innovation Hub. Photo: Lisa Herbert

Mia Maze, Manager of the Bega Valley Innovation Hub says, “this is an incredible opportunity for people in the Bega Valley.”

“The valley is made up of innovative and creative people working in businesses of all kinds, many that have been developed or set up as a social enterprise, people like Aly bridge the gap between business and social impact.

“He is a very inspiring and charismatic person, a true entrepreneur who oozes knowledge and experience.”

Aly is in Australia as iAccelerate’s ‘Expert in Residence’ for twelve months.

“It’s great to have him in Bega for a night,” Mia says.

“It’s the mission of the Innovation Hub to inspire with the best possible speakers. We can only do this through our connection with the iAccelarate Innovation Network, and the Uni of Wollongong.”

Aly Khalifa is a designer, engineer, problem solver, connector and ideas man. Photo Corey Lowenstein

Aly Khalifa is a designer, engineer, problem solver, connector and ideas man. Photo: Corey Lowenstein

“Inventive Culture” by Aly Khalifa, Monday, April 15, 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm at the Innovation Hub’s headquarters, the Bega Valley Commemorative Civic Centre. This is a free event. Cheese platters and bar service will be available.

Register now through Eventbrite.

Check out Aly’s TEDx talk here.


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