"Driving Impact as a Designer" and "AI & The Future of Design"

Apr 18, 7:00 – 11:30 AM


🌟 Join us for a thrilling POP-UP April event! πŸŽ‰ Hear from industry leaders Lisi Schappi and Charbel Zeaiter as we explore "Driving Impact as a Designer" and "AI & The Future of Design."

About this event

About this event

Join us for an unforgettable evening at our POP-UP April event, hosted at the Wisr office in The Rocks, Sydney! Get ready to immerse yourself in a dynamic atmosphere of learning, networking, and fun. πŸŽ‰

We're thrilled to present two distinguished speakers: Lisi Schappi, Senior Director of Design at Deputy, and Charbel Zeaiter, Founder of Faster Zebra. Lisi will delve into "Driving Impact as a Designer," offering invaluable insights and strategies to leverage your product design skills for a successful career. Meanwhile, Charbel will enlighten us on "AI & The Future of Design," exploring the fascinating intersection of artificial intelligence and design innovation. πŸ€–

This event is not just an opportunity to expand your knowledge and skillsβ€”it's a chance to connect with like-minded professionals who share your passion for technology and user experience design. 🀝

Mark your calendars for April 18th and secure your spot by RSVPing today. Don't miss out on this chance to elevate your career and make meaningful connections. See you there! πŸš€βœ¨

When & Where

πŸ—“οΈ Event Date: 18 April 2024

πŸ•‘ Time: 5 pm AEST (doors open)

πŸ“ Location: Wisr, 55 Harrington St, The Rocks NSW 2000

Event format 

πŸ₯˜ 5:00 pm Doors open, food & drinks

🎀 5:30 pm Event start, guest talks & 🎯 swag giveaway

πŸ₯³ 7:00 pm Social & drinks

About our speakers

Lisi Schappi is Senior Director of Design at Deputy, the people platform for hourly work that serves 330,000 workplaces and 1.5 million shift workers globally. During her 12 years at Deputy, Lisi has established an influential design team that helps drive company strategy and business growth. Scaling and leading product design, brand design and strategic research globally, she advocates for inclusive and intuitive brand experiences across Deputy’s entire customer journey. Her true passion is leading people, empowering them to grow as design leaders, and building a strong culture where people feel they are making a meaningful impact to the world.

Charbel Zeaiter stands at the forefront of innovation as the visionary founder and driving force behind transformative endeavors in education, customer experience, artificial intelligence, blockchain, and future-oriented technologies. With a colourful career spanning nearly three decades, his expertise in customer experience design, technology, and education has made significant impacts across various industries and continents. Charbel's journey is marked by launching startups and amplifying digital experiences for leading companies, demonstrating his role as a dynamic and tenacious entrepreneur.

Deeply committed to the advancement of emerging technologies such as AI, XR, and Web3, Charbel dedicates himself to equipping individuals with the skills needed to thrive in these domains. His ambition is fueled by a profound commitment to fostering a sustainable future that benefits all life forms through education, community, and environmental stewardship.

Charbel's rich background in design, technology, education, and Web3 seamlessly converges, positioning him to pioneer a brighter and more connected world. His most notable achievement includes the founding of Academy Xi in 2014 through his digital agency, Velvet Onion, marking a significant milestone in his quest to enhance the human experience and improve global conditions. Despite facing challenges from the COVID pandemic and the volatility of the Web3 landscape, Charbel remains unwavering in his mission to weave together diverse initiatives aimed at crafting a more harmonious world.

Currently, Charbel has relaunched Velvet Onion & Friends and is channeling his passion and expertise into an innovative educational venture, Faster Zebra. This new project embodies his lifelong dedication to leading society towards a more prosperous, equitable, and environmentally conscious future. By integrating his vast experiences, Charbel aims to create an educational model that not only serves the global community but also paves the way for a triumvirate of People, Planet, and Prosperity.


About Friends of Figma, Sydney

Friends of Figma, Sydney, or FoF Sydney is one of the official user groups of Figma.

The group is run by Figma Community Advocates based in Sydney, as a way to bring folks together for meetups and sharing sessions to discuss topics related to Figma and the field of product design. We believe in open design and providing resources and access to everyone to facilitate learning and contribute to the local, regional as well as global design community.


Join the community at: https://friends.figma.com/sydney/

If you're interested in hosting an event, or just have feedback or a topic you'd like us to address, feel free to reach out to us at figma.sydney@gmail.com

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See you there!


  • Lisi Schappi


    Senior Director, Design

  • Charbel Zeaiter

    Faster Zebra




Thursday, April 18, 2024
7:00 AM – 11:30 AM UTC


  • Pierluigi Russo

    Service NSW

    Friends of Figma Leader

  • Lewis Healey


    Friends of Figma Leader

  • Camilla

    Friends of Figma Leader

  • Karen Lin


    Community lead

  • Simon Mateljan


    Community Lead


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