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Terra Carta Academic Talks: Art & Design Panel

30 November 2021 | 7pm – 8pm


The Power of Design to affect change in a Corporate Environment

Chief Design Officers from Global Corporations discuss the power of design to shift the needle on sustainability

Terra Carta Academic Champion Nick de Leon invites Sean Carney (Philips), John Hoke (Nike) and Benedict Sheppard (McKinsey) to discuss Design for Good and the capacity of designers in major corporations when it comes to issues of climate change and sustainability, in terms of the design and manufacture of its products and services, the way the corporation serves and influences its customers, the impact on the communities and environment where it operates, as well as the designer’s role in changing the organisation itself and how it operates. 

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Nick de Leon
is responsible for executive education and knowledge exchange across the school of design. He was previously the Head of Programme for Service Design which he founded in 2011. He read engineering at Imperial, completed his Masters in Industrial Design at the RCA and has a PhD from Imperial Business School. His career has combined senior executive positions in design, technology and business. He is a Fellow of the Royal College of Art, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and a member of the Royal Commission for the Exhibition of 1851.

Sean Carney is the Chief Experience Design Officer at Philips, where he ensures customer need informs the innovation practice, and design thinking flows through business and clinical recommendations. His ambition is to transform healthcare design through the 500+ in-house designers, architects, and consultants, and their collective design thinking methods. This approach leads to co-created, seamless innovations that help deliver on the Quadruple Aim; enhancing the patient experience, improving health outcomes, lowering the cost of care, and improving the work life of care providers.  His team’s success in positively impacting the lives of users, clinicians and patients around the world, is widely recognized with 141 top design awards won by Philips last year.

John Hoke is Nike Inc.’s Chief Design Officer. In this role, he leads Nike’s global design team, responsible for envisioning the future of sport. John directs an international creative community of over 1,000 designers charged with inspiring and innovating while designing hundreds of apparel and footwear styles each year. John promotes, speaks and writes about the power and possibility of design and creativity throughout the world. He is a permanent design fellow at Pennsylvania State University, his alma mater; a member of Herman Miller, Inc.’s Board of Directors; an advisor to Piaggio Fast Forward, and a trustee at Pacific Northwest College of Art. John also served as national trustee of the Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum. Prior to Nike, John was a designer at Michael Graves Architecture & Design in Princeton, New Jersey. His work included architectural, industrial and graphic design for a wide variety of international clientele

Based in London, Ben Sheppard is a Partner at McKinsey and leads their global research on design. He has worked with CEOs of over thirty of the world’s leading companies to drive growth through better products: designing and developing of everything from jet engines to sports cars, from asthma inhalers to coffee machines. He founded the McKinsey UK Engineering lab and was one of the leads in developing McKinsey Design into its current 450+ global designer community. Each quarter he hosts thirty Chief Design Officers from the world’s most influential organisations to discuss the power of design to address the most challenging issues of our era. Before joining McKinsey, Ben designed and developed the world’s lowest cost deep-sea camera, to discover new species on the ocean floor.