Anne Miltenburg (1981) is the founder of The Brandling; a creative agency on a mission to empower changemakers to create bigger impact through branding. She has lived and worked in places as diverse as Paris, Bamako, Seoul, Lusaka and Riyadh.  She suffers from a rare condition named fernweh; the longing to be away from home. 


Besides her work as The Brandling, Anne is the founder of Designistan, which develops content, events and programs around design and creativity across the globe. 

Before setting out on her own in 2012, Anne worked with several internationally renown agencies as a designer at Studio Dumbar, strategist at Lava, representative for Studio Dumbar to Korea and creative director at Interbrand.

She is currently faculty of the Amani Institute in Nairobi and a mentor to the Demeter Network, an entrepreneurs support network created to enable entrepreneurs to build successful businesses that create and share value in low-income countries. 




Royal Academy of Fine Arts, The Hague
School of Visual Arts, New York
THNK, School of Creative Leadership, Amsterdam


2014 Founded The Brandling
2013 Interim Creative Director @ Interbrand
Since 2012 Independent Brand Developer
2011 Representative @ Studio Dumbar Korea
2009 - 2011 Creative Strategist @ Lava
2005 - 2009 Senior Designer @ Studio Dumbar, member MT


Red Dot -High Design Quality
Int. Biennal Ningbo - Excellence award
European Design Awards - Gold
ADCN Award
Coolbrands Award 
South-Holland Design Award
Items-Spinhex Award - Nomination
Thieme Media Award
Festival de Chaumont - Nomination


Faculty at Amani Institute

Mentor at Demeter Network

Founder of Designistan, developing content on the crossroads of design and society for education, media, business.

Writer for Eye Magazine, WorksThatWork, Open Manifesto, and blogging for Skoll World Forum, Huffington Post and Forbes. 

Board member of the Association of Dutch Designers (BNO) 2012 - 2015

Scout for the Dutch Design Awards 2008 - 2012

(Guest) Lecturer at Strathmore University in Nairobi, Design Academy Eindhoven,  Universita UIAV Venetia, Hong Ik University Seoul, Willem de Kooning Academy, NUFFIC Neso Korea. 


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