Kaleem Kamboj is an Entrepreneur with a successful background orchestrating start-ups as well as elevating organizational performance through skillful restructuring. Successful background building and leading top performing teams focused on collaboration and exceeding goals in the areas of operations, marketing, and comprehensive development. Over 25 years experience in operations.
Dr. Joseph Press is the Design Technology Lead at Deloitte Consulting AG. He has more than 15 years of experience consulting global companies in developing strategies that achieve business results, amplify a shared vision, and accelerate organizational evolution. His expertise is designing and implementing global digital and business initiatives, including the business strategy, community building, user experience, technology solutions, risk management and adoption. By designing and deploying platforms that engage and develop, Joseph builds communities that adopt new behaviors and practices to deliver business value across networks, business lines and geographies. He completed his Masters in Architectural Studies and Ph.D. from M.I.T. in Design Technology, researching innovation, cognition and ‘Building Community’. He is a part-time faculty member at Parsons The New School For Design in the Strategic Design & Management Masters Program, where he teaches graduate courses on design, digital business models and innovation. He frequently shares his insights on design, collaboration and technology @jospress and his personal website www.josephpress.com
Reina Arakji is an innovation strategist with interdisciplinary expertise in devising big picture competitive strategy and in providing detailed insight and recommendations that drive business decision-making. She has taught courses and published in leading peer-reviewed journals in the areas of innovation strategy, open innovation and strategic design. She teaches at Parsons’ undergraduate and graduate Design and Management programs and her research interests include the integration of design thinking and strategic management tools, as well as the investigation of the role of strategic design in addressing the current sustainability/economic/social crises. Reina is also a co-founder of O.Studio, a research, advisory and project leadership unit that builds innovation opportunities in organizational and social settings.
Dr. Scott Pobiner is an Assistant Professor at Parsons the New School for Design where he teaches courses on innovation, design, and technology in the school of Design Strategies, and school of Art, Media, and Technology. He is also the Chief Design Officer of Equametrics Inc. where he is helping to create the next generation of strategic investment software. Scott studies innovation, strategy, and design in an era of adaptation, adoption, and accommodation. He received his doctorate from Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design where he studied the impact that digital displays have on interaction and pedagogy in design education, publishing his dissertation entitled Design Education: A System for Enhancing Interaction using Multiple Displays. Dr. Pobiner also holds a Master of Design Studies degree from Harvard University (GSD) and a Bachelor of Architecture from Cornell University’s School of Architecture, Art, and Planning.
Teixeira is an Associate Professor in Strategic Design and Management and Director of Academic Affairs at the School of Design Strategies at Parsons The New School for Design. He has 20 years of experience in design and innovation projects in Brazil, India, and the US. Teixeira applies innovative methodologies and design tools in the areas of new business development, open innovation, value chains for innovation and co-creation, and brand strategy. In Brazil he developed projects for the National Cancer Institute and MetrôRio. In the United States he served as a consultant for McDonald’s, Dow Chemical and developed a project in partnership with the United Nations (UNDB – United Nations Development Business). In India he led a co-creation workshop for TVS Motors, and is currently the co-director of the open innovation platform DREAM:IN, awarded by Metropolis magazine ‘Game Changer 2013”. Teixeira is often invited by universities, companies and associations in Brazil, the United States, Europe and Asia as a lecturer and manager of co-creation workshops. His research and teaching at Parsons focus on strategic design with several published articles on the subject. He is also the founder and coordinator of Design Knowledge Networks, an international network of strategic design experts.
He has a PhD in Design from the Institute of Design, Illinois Institute of Technology. His expertise is revealing the operational logics that guide design practice. At Parsons his work centers on the application of such logics to processes of research and development. Previous to his PhD, he received a Master’s and Bachelor’s degree in Design from Pontificia Universidade Catolica in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. As a practitioner, he has professional experience as a communication designer and design planner in the United States and Brazil.
JOHN PAYNE //Part-time Faculty
John Payne is a principal at Moment, a digital product design firm he co-founded in New York City in 2002. His current work explores the positive contribution that mobile technologies and experience design can make to healthcare and education, with a focus on empowerment of patients and learners. Educated in Design at Auburn University and Institute of Design at IIT (the New Bauhaus), John has lectured and taught graduate and undergraduate courses in design methodology at Pratt, Parsons, and NYU, most recently teaching a course on Designing Sustainable Business Models in Parsons’ Masters of Strategic Design Management program. John has also participated in a variety of industry and corporate events as speaker and organizer. Recent activities have included hosting and running a series of workshops for IxDA NY and co-chairing EPIC (The Ethnographic Praxis in Industry Conference), an international conference devoted to the theory and practice of ethnography in the business world.
ANASA SCOTT //Part-time Faculty
Anasa Scott is a social enterprise consultant specializing in sustainability. She is the co-founder of Greenproofing,Inc. a green consultancy for community and public school – based sustainability initiatives. She recently joined the faculty of the Parsons New School new Strategic Design Management Program. From 2010 thru 2011 she served as Leader in Residence at the Colin Powell Center for Leadership and Service. Anasa is the co-author of the article Teaching Environmental Entrepreneurship at an Urban University:Greenproofing (2010) Metropolitan University Journal. She completed her undergraduate and graduate degrees in Economics and Finance at the City College of New York-CUNY where she currently serves as an adjunct lecturer on Environmental and Social Entrepreneurship in the Economics Department. (Bio credit)
RHEA ALEXANDER //Part-time Faculty
As an alum and social entrepreneur, Rhea comes to Parsons with interdisciplinary expertise pioneering 3BL along the value chain while manufacturing and designing international home products. Her work, acknowledged in press for balancing design with social/environmental perspectives, was recognized with industry awards. Her collections were developed for top-tier retail companies such as Lane Crawford, Umbra, Neiman-Marcus, and Banana Republic. Throughout her career, she has consistently fused design methodology with sustainable/resilience principles. As a Private Sector International Development Consultant for SMEs, she focused her design and management strategies on social innovation, empowerment and community development.
Early on, she worked on a variety of high-profile architecture and product design projects in New York and Milan. In the 1990s, Rhea taught for the Small Business Support Project offered through the U.S. Agency for International Development and at Parsons.
She recently joined the faculty of Parsons New School for Design’s new Strategic Design Management Program while continuing her investigation and application of design thinking within businesses to successfully addressing infrastructure, socio-economic and environmental impacts and resilience.
THOMAS SCHMIDT //Part-time Faculty
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JOHN MISCIONE //Part-time Faculty
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VIRGINIA MARINO //Part-time Faculty
Is currently Vice President at J.P. Morgan and Part-Time Faculty, Design & Management at Parsons The New School for Design.
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