Kigge Hvid is the founding CEO of INDEX:, an organization created by Denmark to promote Design to Improve Life. INDEX: collects, advocates, and discusses Design to Improve Life through the world's largest monetary design award, a world-touring exhibition, a summer camp, conferences, and publications. In leading the government's mandate to advance the humanist tenets of Danish design, Kigge is a frequent panelist and theme-setter at the World Economic Forum's annual meeting in Davos and is a member of the Forum's Global Agenda Council on Design.
The recipient of an honorary doctorate in 2006 by the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California, Kigge brings to her direction of INDEX: a fluency in the related languages of designers and of social entrepreneurs. This is reflected in her frequent international appearances as one of the main proponents today of Design to Improve Life.
Kigge is a visual artist by profession. Prior to founding INDEX:, she was the first Director of Øksnehallen, an exhibition centre for the arts, commerce and culture in the heart of Copenhagen.