Prof. Mugendi is an industrial designer, educator and researcher at the Cape Peninsula University of Technology. He studied in Kenya, the USA, India and South Africa and holds postgraduate qualifications in Industrial Design, Higher Education, and Universal Design. He has taught in Kenya, Botswana and South Africa and is passionate about various expressions of socially (responsive and) responsible design, including Participatory Design; Universal Design; and Design for Social Innovation and Sustainability.

Prof. Mugendi has a special interest in the pivotal role of design in advancing the developmental agenda on the African continent. He is associated with a number of international networks focusing on design within industrially developing (or majority world contexts). Prof. Mugendi is also the President-Elect of the International Council of Societies of Industrial Design (Icsid) and much of his work focuses on the importance of Icsid in supporting the aspirations of younger designers.”