Prof. Carlos Montaña

Founding Associate Professor & Chair of Research | Honorary Adjunct Professor, Queensland University of Technology QUT
Dubai Institute of Design and Innovation (DIDI)


Prof. Carlos Montaña PhD is the Founding Faculty and Chair of Research in the Dubai Institute of Design and Innovation DIDI (in collaboration with MIT and Parsons), and an Honorary Adjunct Professor at Queensland University of Technology QUT. 

He serves as academic, design and innovation strategist and advisor for government and industry, and is an entrepreneur in the Middle East. 

An award-winning design and academic leader, he has 30+ years’ experience in Colombia, Italy, Japan, Singapore, Australia, and the United Arab Emirates. His transdisciplinary research in design, innovation and entrepreneurship focuses on sustainable development, with expertise in biomimicry and design for health.

He was program director of Industrial Design in the University of Canberra, Assistant Professor of Industrial Design in the National University of Singapore, and Adjunct Assistant Professor in Product Design Engineering in EAFIT University in Colombia.