After holding positions at the Anhalt University of Applied Sciences in Dessau and at the University of Duisburg-Essen, Prof. Kurt Mehnert has been teaching and researching in the Design Department of the Folkwang University of the Arts since 2008. He had led the Folkwang Uni as acting rector from 2009-2017.

In 2017, he established the Industrial Design Institute (IDI), an international teaching and research institution at Zhaoqing University in Guangdong Province, China, where he currently serves as acting president.

With his full-service agency Mehnert Corporate Design (MCD), founded in 1994, Mehnert offers all areas of communication and product development from a single source.

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