This workshop is for

  • Small and Medium-Sized Creative Businesses

  • Designers

  • Crafters

that develop and sell their own products for the local and/or tourism markets.

  • Duration and dates:

    April 28 & May 5, 12, 19 & 26, 2021

    5 x 3 hour sessions (15 hours total!)

    Wednesdays 1 - 4pm

  • Location:

    Online via Zoom

  • Spaces Available:

    Up to 15 Participants

  • Registration:


The workshop is supported by us:

Nikola Berger

Nikola is the Head of Creative & Communication at the CSCP. She has a diverse background in both design and social and environmental sciences. Her combination of interdisciplinary studies and experience helps her not only to visualise the complexities of sustainable consumption and production but to develop holistic creative and communication formats that target the audience on multiple levels. Her goal is to create impulses to open up for real change in thought and behaviour.

For the Sustainable Island Mauritius Project she has been involved in the Handicraft and Design Community to support more sustainable practices towards a resilient local economy.

Dr. Mahendra Gooroochurn

works as Senior Lecturer in the Mechanical & Production Engineering Department of the University of Mauritius. He is a Chartered Engineer registered with the Engineering Council of UK, an accredited green building design and construction professional (LEED AP BD+C) registered with the USGBC and a member of the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET), UK. He has over three years industry experience as research manager and head of sustainability in building services consultancy and has research interests in sustainability in the built environment and application of automation and artificial intelligence techniques to devise innovative solutions to address industry and societal challenges. He is the Ellen McArthur Foundation Circular Economy Pioneers for Mauritius as part of a network of 10 countries represented in Sub-Saharan Africa.

Shirin Gunny

Shirin Gunny is the Managing Director of Made in Moris. Her mission since 2013 has been to imagine, create, and ensure the strategic development of the Made in Moris label which has since become a reference for strong Mauritian brands. Postgraduate of HEC Montreal, Shirin started her career at Cossette, the most prestigious Canadian Communication agency. As a strategic planner, Shirin has been implementing diverse and challenging communication plans for famous brands such as Bell, Nestle, Poste Canada, Mentos. She won various international awards (Cannes Lions 2008, Grand Prix Stratégies France 2008, Canadian Marketing Association Awards…) Her strong design thinking skills, combined with her sense of creativity and contagious enthusiasm, enable her to create and develop success stories. Shirin is also a designer and artist.

Be ready for the local market & the tourists when they return!

“We wish we could have only the Mauritian handicraft and more Mauritian designed products in our shops but we can’t“ - Hotel Shop Manager on our survey

-> Find out in our workshop what the shop manager is looking for!

Agenda Summary

Week 1: Introduction, Topics and Goals

Week 2: Sustainable Design, Circular Design, Materials

Week 3: How to increase the value of your product / What do consumers want

Week 4: Storytelling & Branding

Week 5: Bringing it all together!

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Funding provided by the European Union under the SWITCH Africa Green Programme