Ralph Wiegmann, born in Hannover in 1957, first completed an apprenticeship as a commercial assistant for wholesale and foreign trade and then worked as a project assistant and senior executive for Deutsche Messe AG from 1981 to 1997. Ralph was already able to invest this wide spectrum of experience in subjects relevant to industry in his additional position as managing director of iF Industrie Forum Design e.V. from 1995 to 1997. And in 1997 he then gave up his executive position at Deutsche Messe AG to focus solely on the development of iF.
The year 2000 marked a milestone for iF Industrie Forum Design e.V., as Ralph not only added a professional design company, iF International Forum Design GmbH, to support the registered association (e.V.), but also set up and realigned the association with main topics to promote projects that span the worlds of design and industry. Since its inception, iF International Forum Design GmbH has been responsible for organizing the iF DESIGN AWARD on an international scale. The iF DESIGN TALENT AWARD with its focus on young, up-and-coming designers, has been part of the iF portfolio since 2010 and the iF SOCIAL IMPACT PRIZE, established in the year 2016, stands for the active social involvement of iF. Ralph is the CEO of all iF coporations including the subsidiaries in Taipei/Taiwan, Shenzhen and Chengdu in China and Seoul/South Korea. All additional regional offices in Den Haag, Istanbul, Seoul, Tokyo, Curitiba-Paraná, Lisboa and Pune/India let iF be close to markets and decision makers.
Not only since his membership on the management board of the WDO (former ICSID) from 11/2013 to 10/2015, Ralph has also been a welcome speaker at international conventions and panel discussions. Thanks to his global involvement and long years of experience, on the Asian continent in particular, he is in high demand as a speaker at conferences, has intimate knowledge of the design scene and programs with a special focus on Asia, and as such, is an extremely adept networking partner. Ralph is also a sought-after discussion partner and consultant for government-related organizations in Asia as well as a judge in many international competitions.