Brand Valley Design Ltd was established by Dr. Monika Hestad in London in 2011. In 2014 a Norwegian branch, Brand Valley AS, was set up in Oslo. 

Dr. Monika Hestad is Brand Valley’s lead trainer and holds a Postgraduate Certificate in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education in Art, Design and Communication (University of the Arts London). She has a decade of experience as a teacher in addition to her consultancy and research experience, and uses a network of specialists in branding, design and innovation worldwide.

Brand Valley provides consultancy services in design leadership, encompassing strategy in branding, design and innovation, and helping clients use design thinking in their innovation processes. 

Brand Valley conducts independent as well as client-driven research and knowledge development. We deliver courses based on the most up-to-date knowledge in design leadership. For businesses, the courses are often based on the client’s current challenges or opportunities identified and are therefore part of ongoing development activities. 

Utilising our insights, Brand Valley publishes the “Little booklet” series, with the aim of providing clients, and a broader audience, with a concise background to central topics in the field of design leadership. The publications are written as hands-on guides that are easy to use and provide inspiration to the reader. 

Brand Valley works closely with leading design institutions. In Norway we work with the Oslo School of Architecture and Design (AHO) and the Oslo Metropolitan University. In the United Kingdom we work with Central Saint Martins (University of the Arts London), one of the top five academic design institutions worldwide. We are also engaged in Nordcode, an academic design network among leading Nordic design institutions. 



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Monika Hestad

  • PhD in branding and design from the Oslo School of Architecture and Design (AHO) 2008

  • Master of Industrial Design (sivilindustridesigner) from the Oslo School of Architecture and Design (AHO) 2002

  • Associate lecturer on the MA Innovation Management, Central Saint Martins (University of the Arts London) since 2009

  • Author of Branding and Product Design: An intergrated perspective (Routledge, 2013)

Anders Grønli has a BA in organisational psychology and political science from the University of Oslo and an MSc in global security from Cranfield University at the Defence Academy of the United Kingdom. He has previously worked for the Royal Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, as a policy adviser in the Norwegian Parliament (Stortinget), as a project manager for the European Commission and run his own consultancy with projects on three continents. After relocating to the UK in 2009 he spent three years in the consulting engineering company Arup advising clients globally on security strategy and planning.

He currently works on strategic security risk management for a Norwegian Government institution, in addition to being a non-executive director at Brand Valley

Anders Grønli

Chairman of the board

Photo: Phillip Reitsperger, intern at Brand Valley 2014