Chrystia Chudczak

Chrystia Chudczak is the founder and CEO of DECIDIUM, a global design studio based in Ottawa ( As the former Chief Design Officer at the University of Ottawa, she pioneered this role at a Canadian university. Chrystia was the former Executive Director of the Innovation Lab in Innovation, Science and Economic Development (ISED) in the Government of Canada. At the Lab, she built a design thinking practice working on policy, program & regulatory projects with over 100 federal agencies, partners, companies and organizations across Canada and globally. Instrumental in relocating the Innovation Lab to Bayview Yards in Ottawa, Canada’s capital, the Lab became the first federal innovation Lab to be co-located and embedded in a regional incubator and accelerator. Chrystia holds an MBA, MA (Public Administration), BA (Visual Arts) and BA (Soviet & East European Studies). She is also professional documentary photographer (, certified Lego Serious Play Facilitator and CEO of KRAPKA, an online streetwear store specializing in graphic design in support of Ukraine.