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Beatrix Ong MBE

Beatrix Ong MBE is an international speaker and renowned designer and entrepreneur. She has worked in the creative industries for over 25 years and was awarded an MBE for her services to British Fashion. In July 2023, Beatrix was bestowed an Honorary Fellowship from the University of Arts London. From fashion to sustainable design; from mental health to diversity, Beatrix has spoken at several conferences as well as hosted smaller events to diverse audiences around the world.


About Beatrix Ong MBE

Beatrix Ong shoes became part of the prestigious permanent collection of The Victoria and Albert Museum in London. Ong’s work also featured in the acclaimed exhibition at the V&A: Shoes, Pleasure and Pain, which then toured worldwide for a further 4 years.

In 2016 her first foray into furniture design with a piece specially commissioned by Wallpaper* Magazine, launched at Saloné del Mobile in Milan. The ‘Shoe Tree’ then went on tour to the world’s design museums in Milan, Hong Kong, Korea and Chicago.

Ong’s first published book, A Bee and A Tree,  through Amazon became available online and in bricks and mortar bookshops as well as public libraries around the UK, USA and Asia in 2018. It is a tale of resilience and aimed at readers aged 3 to 150 years old.

Ong became a committee member of the English National Ballet and the Gala Committees for the British Film Institute and Historical Royal Palaces from 2010 to 2017.

Beatrix Ong currently sits on the Development and Communications Committee for the Design Museum, London. Ong is also an Honorary Freeman of one of the oldest Livery Companies in the United Kingdom, The Worshipful Company of Cordwainers, prior to receiving Freedom of the City of London in 2012.

In 2023, Ong was awarded an Honorary Fellowship from the University of Arts London and received it from Chancellor, Sir Grayson Perry.

From fashion to sustainable design; from mental health to diversity, Beatrix has spoken at several conferences as well as hosted smaller events to diverse audiences around the world.

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Speech Topics

Being Creative, Being Asian
Speaking to invited prominent creatives about their Asian roots and experiences to raise awareness and celebrate the Asian, East Asian and South East Asian identity.

It’s How well you Bounce
Inspirational speech about the truth of failure and bouncing back.

Infinity in Life
Motivational speech about Beatrix’s career and finding success.

The Importance of Resilience
Mental health tips for when things don’t work out.

The Future of Footwear
Sustainability in design and footwear design.

Designing the Work Place of the Future
Designing offices and working spaces and how this changes with the changing habits of where we work.

Diversity and Inclusion
Experiences and navigating racism in Beatrix’s professional journey.

Beatrix’s work past, present and future.

Sustainability and Design
Beatrix’s work in sustainable design and views on how to design better for the planet.
How her work incorporated eco practices.

Transitions in Culture
Beatrix’s views on international design and collaboration.

Business in China
Beatrix’s work in China and how to navigate the market from the UK.

Booking Information

Beatrix Ong News


"Beatrix joined the Brainstorm Design conference a number of times – delivering inspiring keynote speeches about the breadth of her design work, as well as panel discussions on The Experience of Design and Sustainability x Design. Beatrix always brings a unique blend of expertise, creativity, and fresh perspectives to the stage – captivating the audience. Her vision, combined with her genuine warmth and engaging presence, make her talks absolute must-sees. I highly recommend Beatrix as a speaker for any event or conference seeking to explore the dynamic world of design and its potential to create meaningful change."

Brainstorm Design, Fortune Magazine's annual design and business conference

"I hope you get to read this, it comes from the heart. I just got back from my daughter's graduation today. Your speech moved me a great deal. Thank you so much for being open and honest. Not shying away from talking about the fact that life can be very difficult. Then offering such sound advice. Real, practical suggestions offered with humility and humour. It was genuinely helpful. I will remember your words and I'm certain my daughter will too."

Parent of 2023 Graduate

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