MSc. Mejia Sarmiento, J.R.

PhD candidate
Industrial Design 
Design Conceptualization and Communication


Ricardo Mejia is a designer with international experience as an independent advisor, as a consultant for government institutions, as an entrepreneur in his own design firms, as director of research development and innovation departments in the private sector and as a researcher and lecturer at different universities. His works focuses on industrial and strategic design; products, services and brand strategic projects for SMEs and design and research strategies, development and innovation for diverse sectors.

Ricardo worked as a consultant on R&D+i for the Ministry of Commerce, Industry and Tourism in Colombia; he gave professional advice to the management of SMEs, within the Vice-Ministry of Business Development. This included the development of a strategic plan and a route map to create a 'design culture' in the country that would help breach the gap between professional designers and the productive sector. He has worked in the definition of a set of policies for the design and implementation of design thinking in SMEs.

Ricardo also works as a design consultant for the private and public sector and develops 'integral design tutoring projects' designing new businesses’ strategies, products and/or services.

Now, he is a doctoral student at Delft University of Technology; his work is about the construction of Future Scenarios and Concept Products. 


  • 2014–2018 (expected)
    PhD, Faculty of Industrial Design Engineering, Delft University of Technology - TU Delft
  • 2007–2009
    Master of Science with distinction (cum laude) in Strategic Product Design, Faculty of Industrial Design Engineering, Delft University of Technology - TU Delft
  • 2001–2002
    Postgraduate in Project Management, Universidad Distrital Francisco José de Caldas
  • 1992–2000
    Bachelor of Science in Industrial Engineering, Universidad Distrital Francisco José de Caldas
  • 1994–1999
    Bachelor of Arts in Industrial Design, Universidad Nacional de Colombia


  • 2008present
    Designer & social innovation consultant (founding member), Stichting Help Manuel NL
  • 20112014
    R&D+i advisor and Design expert of the MCI&T Colombia, Ministry of Commerce, Industry and Tourism Col
  • 20102014
    Design+i advisor and Experience Prototyping expert of the BCC, Bogota Chamber of Commerce Col
  • 2010 - 2013
    Designer, researcher, consultant & teacher in social innovation & design in BoP markets, Universidad de los Andes Col
  • 20092009
    Industrial Designer (Intern), MOTIO Development NL
  • 20082008
    Innovation Consultant, IDOM, Spain
  • 2004 - 2005
    Research & Development Director, Kassani Design S.A. Col
  • 19992005
    Designer (founding member), Prospekt Design Col

Specialisation/Field of research

  • Conceptualization
  • Concept prototyping
  • Contextmapping
  • Future scenarios

Mobility at the first and last mile of the IPT in a European Megacity 

Javier Ricardo Mejia Sarmiento
ISBN: 978 38 3838 844 1

Published in 2012

Guia d'innovació en el desenvolupament de nous productes

Xavier Ayneto, Mercedes Masip, Menno Veefkind, Marta Albertí and Javier Ricardo Mejia Sarmiento
ISBN: 978 84 3938 103 7

Published in 2009

"My life is my message - Mahatma Gandhi"


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