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Academic Advisor
NIEN SIAO


Nien Siao has 29 years of work experience both with Design Academics and Design Practice in Fashion, Textiles, Crafts & Product industry post her graduation from NID (National Institute of Design). As Director, Pearl Academy Noida she set up and led it for 5 yrs. before taking on the role as VP International Relations and Head Research. In 2017 she moved on to Arch Academy of Design as Director and Academic Head ARCH Gurgaon.

She has been associated with design academics for the last 23 years, initially for academic delivery,  subsequently led as HOD of Fashion Department and in 2012 moved on to Education Management & Business Development. Her function and responsibilities included Business Development, Admissions, Brand Development and Sales, Course Curriculum Design, new Course Development, Faculty recruitment, training & Mentoring, Industry Interface, Consultancy Projects, Research and Facilitating Internationality.

Her experience with clothing and textile sectors specializing in printed and woven fabrics, crafts and home textiles spans 7 years prior to joining academics and continues till present. As a design practitioner she has worked extensively in fashion, homemade-ups, carpets, woven textiles, soft toys and craft textiles in India, Nepal and Ethiopia.

As an up-skilling trainer she has mentored and conducted training with school counselors, corporate executives, craftsmen and entrepreneurs in design thinking, product, design and strategy development, product techniques and visual skills.

She considers her experience in design pedagogy and education development, a major contribution and means to build the design future of the country. Nien evinces keen interest in the development of Indian design, fashion and lifestyle industry and market and believes adoption of sustainable practices in the fast developing market is the future ahead. Her craft experiences have led to expansive inclusion in the curriculum of design courses from Product development to craft cluster development. In academics her interest mainly lies in developing design curriculums and supporting systems of teaching, learning and mentoring for online and hybrid, blended learning systems.

At present she is actively involved in organizing seminars and activities for the industry forums:

  • Design Academic Advisor & Consultant with IMS DIA, NOIDA
  • Academic Mentor & Advisor for Fashion Design with UID, Ahmedabad.
  • Advisory Board member VIFT, Vidya Institute of Fashion Technology, Vidya University, Meerut.
  • Advisory on Board of Studies in the School of Fashion Technology, KIIT University, Bhubaneswar.
  • Committee Member, NISTI (North India Section of Textile Institute) of Textile Institute, UK)
  • Member FICCI FLO (Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce & Industry – FICCI Ladies Organization), Delhi Chapter

Contact Us

IMS-Design & Innovation Academy
A-8B, DIA Building,IMS Campus Sector-62,
Noida, 201301 (Uttar Pradesh), India Telephone: +91-120-4097100
Toll Free: 9015100277
Fax: +91-120-4097107
Email: info@diaindia.co.in

About Dia

Managed by IMS, Noida group, IMS-Design & Innovation Academy was established in 2005 in Noida with a vision to nurture and train professionals in Design, Fashion and Communication.

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