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Name: Kimberly Bediako
Location: Office G042B FADA Building Bunting Road Campus
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Tel: 011 559 1596


About Ms Kimberly Bediako

Kimberly is a lecturer in the Department of Fashion Design. She is involved in teaching undergraduate theory and design subjects and post-graduate supervision. She has a Bachelor of Arts in Fashion from LISOF. She studied further at the University of Johannesburg and obtained a BA Honours and Masters in Design. She is currently registered for her PhD in Communication at UNISA. Kimberly has worked on international research projects and initiatives that contribute to the discourse of gender equality and representation, design education, and youth development through pedagogic intervention. Since 2020, Kimberly has been an Executive management committee member of the Design Education Forum of Southern Africa (DEFSA) and the current president of DEFSA since 2024. As an academic and researcher, she has a keen interest in critical design approaches, digital communication, digital fashion communication and media and its power in democratising and allowing for more inclusive access and representation in relation to socio-economic factors impacting society.


Bediako Ackon, K. (2024). Transforming perspectives on gender through imagined futures: A speculative design inquiry. Scholarship of Teaching and Learning in the South, 8(1), 101–118.

Moseley, A. Bediako, K. 2023. Design for change: an interdisciplinary critical reflection of equity in design in the digital age. Conference: Applying Education in a Complex World: Teaching and Learning At: Sheridan & AMPS, Toronto. Series 33.1. pp 268-2777.Available at:

Mosley, A.M. & Bediako, K. 2021. Critical design futures: Challenging the gender data gap through pedagogy’. Design Education Forum of South Africa Title: DE+AFRIKA+4IR+ DESIGN EDUCATION/AFRIKA / 4TH INDUSTRIAL REVOLUTION DEFSA 16th Conference Proceedings, pp. 114–125. Available at:

Bediako, K., Baloyi, T. & Harvey, N. 2021. ‘Masking-up with 4IR fashion design education: A retrospective analysis’. Design Education Forum of Southern Africa: DE+AFRIKA+4IR+ DESIGN EDUCATION/AFRIKA / 4TH INDUSTRIAL REVOLUTION DEFSA 16th Conference Proceedings., pp. 228–240. Available at: