Dr Ken Cato AO is an Australian designer with international experience in all facets of corporate & brand management and design. He has won numerous international and Australian design awards for his work, which is represented in museums and galleries around the world.
Dr Cato is the founder of the annual agIdeas International Design Week, which attracts over 4,500 young designers and over 40 speakers from around the world. He is also the founder and chair of Cato Brand Partners.
An acclaimed author, Dr Cato has written numerous books and design publications.
He is a foundation member of the Australian Writers and Art Directors Association; a member of the American Institute of Graphic Arts, ICOGRADA, Design Institute of Australia, Australian Marketing Institute, Industrial Design Council of Australia; and patron of the Australian Academy of Design. He is also a longstanding member of Alliance Graphic Internationale, including a stint as president.
Dr Cato received the first Australian Honorary Doctorate of Design from Swinburne University in 1995. In 2013, he was awarded an Officer of the Order of Australia for distinguished service to the graphic design profession as a practitioner, and through education and development roles both nationally and internationally.