Kate Russell

Expert in Residence

Kate is an Expert in Residence at the Darwin Innovation Hub responsible for guiding start-ups through our In-House Investment Readiness Program – Start NT.

In this role she provides valuable insights and direction to the companies she works with bringing more than 20 years’ experience in brand development, retail strategy, customer journey and environmental design.  Career highlights have included senior international engagement roles with American social media company Snap Inc and Gensler, a global design firm founded in San Francisco, California.   This valuable experience brings a fresh and global perspective to our Northern Territory innovation ecosystem encouraging local companies to dream big and shoot for the stars whilst balancing their creative enthusiasm with structured process and business planning.

Kate is an award-winning designer who has completed a Master’s Degree, with honours from Pratt Institute.  Kate owns her own Design & Creative Strategy consultancy, and continues to lecture on process development,  design thinking and customer engagement at universities in Australia and North America.  She is a member of the Business Enterprise Centre NT, American Alliance of Museums, and the Environmental Design Research Association.