Consisting of a select group of influential professionals who care about the quality development of Interior Architecture/ Design, IFI Ambassadors are dedicated and empathetic individuals committed to providing support to IFI by connecting, promoting and furthering IFI’s mission, vision and programs in the geographical regions they each represent. These IFI representatives are influential interior architects, designers, media and related industry. Each IFI Ambassador embodies exceptional communication skills and a desire to positively contribute to building a strong worldwide network for both IFI and the Interiors profession. Each IFI Ambassador is formally appointed by IFI to be an effective emissary of the Federation.
IFI Ambassadors work to actively engage local Interior Architecture/Design leaders, practitioners, industry, educators and students, as well as members of government, public figures and those working closely with the design community and its stakeholders. IFI Ambassadors are key representatives of IFI in their region, where they help to promote, strengthen and diversify IFI’s international profile and provide sensitive outreach in any sector impacted by the built environment. IFI Ambassadors foster a greater understanding of IFI and the Interior Architecture/Design profession at large, exhibit and promote diplomatic engagement and maintain active connections with their local communities.
- Expand IFI’s membership in the region
- Network and help develop meaningful relationships and connections with IFI and the regional design community
- Support IFI partner and sponsorship engagement as much as possible
- Increase visibility of IFI, its mission and its activities
- Promote and showcase IFI initiatives to the widest regional audience
- Facilitate and encourage local engagement and participation in IFI initiatives
- Provide insights and recommendations related to the region and its design community
- Develop actions working jointly with IFI and the Secretariat HQ
Current IFI Ambassadors are as follows (presented in alphabetical order by individuals name):
Alvin ChangMalaysia, Asia Pacific
Asia IFI Ambassador
Alvin Chang is the Founder and CEO of ACGMEDIA GROUP, an award-winning media firm that publishes established titles such as ARCHILAB, Metropolitan Home, Designer Concept, Asia Design and Fixtures, in both digital and hard copy. He has been the thought leader and affluential activator in promoting the architecture and interior industry for the past 27 years and are contributors and Media Partners to many recognised events such as World Architecture Festival, Maison & Objet, German Design Award, Salone del Mobile, and Ambiente, to name a few. He also initiated the Malaysia Designer of the Year (DOTY) Awards since 2010 which is one of the designers’ industry benchmark and Metropolitan Trusted Brand Award since 2018. He launched www.designspeak.asia in 2020 to serve the design community in Asia and beyond.
He was an award recipient for McMillanWoods McM Icon Award for “Dynamic Media Leader” in 2017 and 2018 and “Most Influential Publisher” by Malaysian Property Press Awards in 2016/2017. He formerly held the position of Honorary Secretary for Awards Accreditation Association, Malaysia in 2017-2021.
Rajeev NeelivethilUnited Arab Emirates, Middle East
Middle East Region IFI Ambassador