Regional European President


Louise Allen is the Head of Innovation and Development at the Design & Crafts Council of Ireland and from 2014 was the Head of International Programmes for Irish Design 2015. Her experience ranges across design, enterprise, contemporary arts, education, curation and innovation.

In her various roles she has led on the strategic development for the design and craft sector, forged relationships nationally and internationally and has delivered several EU funded programmes. Louise co-curated Liminal-Irish Design at the threshold, the flagship exhibition for Irish Design 2015 that toured to design weeks in Milan, New York and Eindhoven and in 2016 and 2017 the Global Irish Design Challenge. In October 2016 Louise was elected President of the World Crafts Council Europe who represent 25 craft organisations from 17 EU countries.

WCC-Europe Board

The current President and three board members were elected at the General Assembly in Kosice, Slovakia 2016. Aude Tahon was elected at General Assembly in Florence, 2017. Laura Miguel Baumann was elected vice-president at a board meeting in Barcelona in 2017.

Regional European President
Louise Allen – Design and Crafts Council of Ireland

Other board members
Elisa Guidi, Artex- Centre for Artistic & Traditional Handicrafts, Italy
Aude Tahon, Ateliers d’Art de France
Laura Miguel Baumann, Fundesarte, Spain
Marion Poortvliet, Crafts Council Netherlands


From left: Aude Tahon, Laura Miguel Baumann, Elisa Guidi, Louise Allen, Hege Henriksen