Swarovski Foundation: Creatives for Our Future is a new global grant program designed with advisor the United Nations Office for Partnerships to identify and accelerate the next generation of creative leaders in sustainability.

The program is open to all creatives worldwide aged 18-25. Applications for the program closed on 9th April 2021.




Creative expression is a vehicle for evolution – not only for concepts and products, but also for changes in thinking and behavior.

Creatives for Our Future will harness the unique critical thinking and problem-solving abilities of young creatives in this pivotal era.

We aim to empower the next generation of creative talent to unlock innovative new approaches to our global sustainability challenges and drive progress towards the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals.

Swarovski Foundation: Creatives for Our Future extends the Swarovski Foundation’s mission to foster and support cultural, education and advocacy collaborations addressing human rights and environmental issues, inequality and wellbeing.


The program is open to all creatives worldwide aged 18 to 25 at the time of application (the deadline was 11.59PM on 9th April 2021) from across disciplines including fashion, design, art, architecture and engineering – with no limit to creative medium.

Successful applicants will have a keen interest in, demonstration of, or exemplary potential to use the creative process to accelerate awareness, technologies or solutions for sustainable development.

© Juju Wang in Wattens Austria for Swarovski Designers of Future 2019

On 21 April 2021, the successful creative cohort was selected and notified. Full details on the creative cohort can be found here.

The 9 selected grantees will receive financial support (15,000 USD) to further their practice and design new pathways for a better world.

© Unda by Anjali Srinivasan, Design Miami Basel 2016



The funding is paired with an educational program in collaboration with top international institutions, tailored mentorship and industry networking connections with guidance from the Swarovski Foundation.    

© Study O Portable at Design Miami Basel for Designers of Future 2018

Throughout the program, grantees will be provided support to develop the innovations outlined in their applications and drive progress toward the Sustainable Development Goals.  The grantees will also be invited to present in September 2021 – around the high-level segment of the UN General Assembly.  

© Studio Brynjar & Veronika at Design Miami Basel for Designers of Future 2016 




We are pleased to present the creative cohort for the inaugural edition of the Swarovski Foundation: Creatives for Our Future program. 

Sejal Budholiya


Daniele Ficarra


Osasumwen Obasogie


Agnieszka Doczynska


Ghislain Irakoze


Benjamin Spencer

United States  

Yara Mohamed Ewida


Shuzo Matsuhashi


Camila Wandemberg



Our advocates are leaders in their field and represent the broadest range of creative disciplines from fashion and art to technology and science. The full list of advocates are listed below.

Nadja Swarovski

Chair of the Swarovski Foundation 

Anyango Mpinga

Fashion Designer

and Founder of Free As

A Human Foundation

Tosin Oshinowo

Architect & Designer

Yves Béhar

Founder and CEO

of fuseproject

Mimma Viglezio

Creative Consultant,

Editor and broadcaster

 Cyrill Gutsch

Founder of Parley for

the Oceans


Joseph Schwarzkopf

General Manager of

Uribe & Schwarzkopf

Christoph Thun-Hohenstein

General Director, MAK - Austrian Museum of Applied Arts, Vienna

Yinka Shonibare



Tomo Koizumi

 Fashion Designer and Founder of Tomo Koizumi

 Rosanna Hu

Founding Partner

of Neri&Hu Design
and Research Office

 Teri Schwartz

Film Producer

& UCLA Professor

 Greg Lynn

CEO Piaggio Fast Forward & Greg Lynn FORM

 Christiane Arp

President of Fashion

Council Germany

 Phillip Lim

Creative Director &

Co-Founder of 3.1 Phillip Lim

 Maria Cornejo

Founder and Creative Director of Zero + Maria Cornejo

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 Shaway Yeh

Founder of yehyehyeh

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Craig Robins

CEO and President of Dacra

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Daniela Fernandez

 Founder and CEO of the Sustainable Ocean Alliance

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 Prabal Gurgung

Designer and Founder of Shikshya Foundation Nepal

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Kristine Tompkins

President & Co-Founder of Tompkins Conservation

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Lilli Hollein

Director and Co-Founder of Vienna Design Week

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Maya Penn

Environmental Activist, Artist, Animator, Eco-Designer

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Vivienne Becker

Jewelry Historian, Journalist & Author

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Yash Ranga

Conscious Luxury Evangelist, Jaipur Rugs Foundation



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