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The People Behind

The Executive Board

The Executive Board oversees and guides the overall direction of the Foundation. The composition of the board reflects our mission of serving both industry and academia.

Director of The Design Lab at the University of California, San Diego
La Jolla California United States
Don Norman is Director of the Design Lab at the University of California, San Diego, cofounder of the Nielsen Norman Group, a member of the National Academy of Engineering, IDEO fellow, and former Vice President of Apple. He serves on numerous company and educational advisory boards and boards of directors. He has published 18 books translated into 24 languages including Emotional Design and Design of Everyday Things. He can be found at www.jnd.org
Founder of rCDO UX (Former Chief Design Officer at Oracle and SAP)
San Jose United States
Daniel Rosenberg is a global UX executive with the full range of skills in interaction design, usability metrics, game design and design management. He has dozens of publications in the field and is a frequently requested speaker at UX conferences and consultant. During his period as UI Architect for Borland he invented many of the the design patterns still popular in contemporary GUI design. These include the design of the modern programming IDE and the use of "tabs" as an organizing principle for object oriented properties. Books he has contributed to the UX field include the text book "Human Factors in Product Design" (Elsevier 1991) as well as chapters in the "Handbook of Human Computer Interaction" (Elsevier 1988), "Coordinating User Interfaces for Consistency" (Academic Press 1989) and "Usability in Practice" (Academic Press 1994). He was a founding editor of ACM's NetWorker magazine and is an active member of the interaction-design.org advisory board. Specialties Global User Experience, Design Management, User Interface Design, Usability Measurement, Design Thinking & UX Strategy Consulting
Design Partner at Khosla Ventures
San Francisco United States
Irene is the former head of UX and Design at Google. Currently, she is an operating partner at Khosla Ventures, where she works with portfolio companies to make their design great. She is dedicated to raising the strategic value of design and user research through better methods, practices, processes, leadership and quality. Irene does this by building high performing teams, establishing design practices, mentoring and growing the next generation of great designers and directing the design of interfaces and experiences. She drives strategic discussions at the highest levels of companies, focusing first on user needs to inspire product innovation.A lifelong gadget girl and math and science geek, Irene built robots in college and went to graduate school at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign to pursue studies in electrical and computer engineering. There, she found herself surrounded by young men who built technology for the sake of technology; however, Irene’s passion was to build technology inspired by people’s needs directed at solving real problems, so she carved her own path. Through coursework in engineering psychology and human factors, computer science and industrial engineering, she created her own program of study in human-computer interaction (HCI) during a time when studying HCI was unheard of. Irene then went on to be among the first designers with such a background in the consumer Internet space and began her career as an interaction designer at Netscape Communications.After Netscape, Irene joined Yahoo! in 1998, where she established Yahoo’s user experience design practice and led the team for eight years. In 2006, Irene joined Google and led the user experience team there for six years, where she was responsible for design and research for all Google-branded products worldwide. Following Google and prior to joining Khosla Ventures, Irene ran product design at Udacity.Irene also teaches yoga and meditation at Avalon Art and Yoga Center, one of Palo Alto’s oldest and most established yoga studios. She co-chairs the board of trustees at Bowman International School, a K-8 private Montessori school in Palo Alto, Calif.Irene holds a bachelor’s of science degree in electrical and computer engineering from the University of South Carolina Honors College summa cum laude and a master’s of science degree in industrial engineering and human-computer interaction from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.
Professor of Interaction Design at Linköping University
Eksjö Sweden
Jonas Löwgren is an interaction designer, researcher and teacher. Currently employed as professor of interaction and information design at Linköping University, Sweden. Main areas of expertise include collaborative media, interactive visualization and the design theory of digital materials.
Distinguished Professor of Design at Swinburne University of Technology
Melbourne Australia
Ken Friedman is Research Professor and until recently the Dean of the Faculty of Design at Swinburne University of Technology in Melbourne, Australia. He works at the intersection of three fields: design, management, and art. Friedman works with theory construction and research methodology for design. He also works with design process and design thinking as tools for value creation and economic innovation. In 1990, he created the first course in strategic design in Europe for the Oslo Business School, one of the first such courses in the world. From 1994 to 2009, he was Professor of Leadership and Strategic Design at the Norwegian School of Management, focusing on knowledge economy issues, culture, and leadership. From 2003 to 2009, he held a research appointment at The Danish Design School and the Danish Design Research Center in Copenhagen. Ken Friedman has done research in philosophy of design, doctoral education in design, knowledge management, and philosophy of science. He worked with national design policy in Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, and Wales, and state design policy in Victoria, Australia. He is active in developing international research networks and conferences for the design research community. He is an editor of the journals Artifact and the Journal of Design Research, and a member of the editorial board of such journals as Design Studies, Design and Culture, and the International Journal of Design. He is a Council Member of the Design Research Society and the Australian Deans of the Built Environment and Design, and has been an officer in both groups. He co-chaired the La Clusaz Conference on Doctoral Education in Design in 2000, the European Academy of Management Conference in 2006, the Design Research Society Conference in 2006, the Cumulus International Conference in 2009, and the Hong Kong Conference on Doctoral Education in Design in 2011, as well as chairing the Victoria Conference on Design Thinking in 2009. Ken Friedman is also a practicing artist and designer active in the international laboratory known as Fluxus. He had his first solo exhibition in New York in 1966. His work is represented in major museums and galleries around the world, including the Museum of Modern Art and the Guggenheim Museum in New York, the Tate Modern in London, the Hood Museum of Art at Dartmouth College, and Stadtsgalerie Stuttgart. The University of Iowa Alternative Traditions in the Contemporary Arts is the official repository of Friedman's papers and research notes. The Silverman Fluxus Collection at the Museum of Modern Art, Archiv Sohm at Stadtsgalerie Stuttgart and the Mandeville Department of Special Collections at the University of California also hold extensive archives on Friedman's work of the 1960s and 1970s.
Board Member at Counter Culture Labs (Former Design Director at GE)
Palo Alto CA United States
Michael Arent is a Board Member of Counter Culture Labs (Oakland, CA), and involved in a humanitarian "bio-hacking" project, Open Insulin, to develop open source insulin.From 2013 to 2015, Michael served as the Design Director at GE Software Center of Excellence.Prior to joining GE, Michael was the Vice President of User Experience at SAP Business Objects, a division of SAP focused on analytics and business intelligence software solutions for the global business marketplace. He leads a global team of user experience professionals who conceptualize, design and assure the usability and harmonization of user interfaces and user experiences for a family of analytics and business intelligence products and solutions.Prior to joining SAP Michael managed and led design teams at companies such as Peoplesoft, Adobe, MetaDesign, Sun, and Apple Computer. He has been involved in forward thinking projects including advanced computer technologies exploration, interactive multimedia, interactive TV, broadband connected home, internet-based commerce in addition to enterprise business and analytics software solutions.Michael is co-author of two definitive books on software prototyping, Effective Prototyping for Software Makers and Effective Prototyping with Excel in addition to being the holder of six technology patents granted in the U.S. and internationally.
Principal Researcher at Microsoft
Toronto Canada
Bill Buxton is an interaction designer and researcher. He is Principal Researcher at Microsoft Research and prior to that, he was Principal of his own Toronto-based boutique design and consulting firm, Buxton Design. Bill is one of the pioneers in computer music, and has played an important role in the development of computer-based tools for film, industrial design, graphics and animation.As a researcher, he has had a long history with Xerox' Palo Alto Research Center and the University of Toronto (where he is still an Associate Professor in the Department of Computer Science, and Visiting Professor at the Knowledge Media Design Institute). During the fall of 2004, he was a lecturer in the Department of Industrial Design at the Ontario College of Art and Design, and during the Spring of 2005, he was a Visiting Scientist at Microsoft Research, Cambridge.From 1994 until December 2002, he was Chief Scientist of Alias|Wavefront, and from 1995, its parent company SGI Inc. In 2001, the Hollywood Reporter named him one of the 10 most influential innovators in Hollywood. In 2002 Time Magazine named him one of the top 5 designers in Canada, and he was elected to the ACM's CHI Academy.

Daily Operations Team

The Daily Operations Team is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the Interaction Design Foundation. From creating content to perfecting the platform, the team ensures that the website works smoothly every day, for everyone around the world.

IDF Co-Founder and Editor-in-Chief
Aarhus Denmark
IDF Co-Founder and Editor-in-Chief
Aarhus Denmark
Community Manager
Sarajevo Bosnia and Herzegovina
Developer
Laguna SC Brazil
Developer
Çanakkale Turkey
Visual Designer
Singapore
Course Editor
Florida United States
Developer
Minsk Belarus
Course Editor
Rotterdam Netherlands
Course Editor
Aarhus Denmark
Marketing Lead
United Kingdom
Visual and Motion Designer
United Kingdom
Accountant
Denmark
Accountant
Denmark
Academic Partnership Coordinator
Bulgaria
Frontend Developer
Penang Malaysia
Business Development Manager
Prague Czech Republic
B2B Marketing Wizard
Bangalore Karnataka India
Member Support
Cancun Mexico
Software Tester
Caracas Venezuela

Contributing Authors

Here are some of our contributing authors. These highly regarded professors and industry experts reflect our focus on creating top quality literature on UX design. View more of our contributing authors.

Computing Professor at Lancaster University
India
Director of The Design Lab at the University of California, San Diego
La Jolla California United States
Professor in Human-Machine Interaction at Royal Institute of Technology (KTH)
Denmark
CEO at InContext Design
Denmark
Professor at Harvard Business School
Singapore
CEO at Experience Dynamics
United States
Senior Research Fellow at Xerox PARC
Singapore
Professor at MIT Sloan School of Management
United States

Continent Managers

The Continent Managers are responsible for managing the Local Groups on each continent with the help of Country Managers and Local Leaders.

Africa

Asia

Production Director / Digital Head
Hanoi Vietnam

Europe

UXer | Global Design Ambassador, Local Leaders’ Lead, IDF Europe Manager
Malmö Skåne Sweden

North America

Innovation/Strategy/Design Thinking Consultant
New York NY United States

South America

UX Strategist & Emotion Researcher
Santiago of Chile Chile

Country Managers

The Country Managers are responsible for managing the Local Groups in their respective countries. Each operates with the help of the Local Leaders in that country.

Argentina

Interaction Designer
Buenos Aires Buenos Aires Argentina

Australia

Product, Service, UX/UI & Visual Designer
Melbourne Victoria Australia

Austria

CEO youspi & Chair World Usability Congress & World UX Tour
Graz Austria

Bangladesh

UX & Service Design Professional
Dhaka Bangladesh

Belgium

Creative Director
Brussels Belgium

Bolivia

UX Strategist & Researcher
Santa Cruz de la Sierra Bolivia

Brazil

Software maker at Nubank Brasil
Sao Paulo São Paulo Brazil

Chile

Journalist, expert in Digital Area | Lead I.A. & Content Manager
Santiago Region Metropolitana Chile

Colombia

Student
Cali Colombia

Costa Rica

UX/UI Designer
Montes De Oca Costa Rica

Cyprus

User Experience (UX) Manager
Nicosia Cyprus

Dominican Republic

Student
Santo Domingo Dominican Republic

Ecuador

Design Strategist / HCI Researcher / IT Professor
Quito Ecuador

France

Creative Director
Brussels Belgium

Greece

Experience Design Lead
Sydney Australia

India

Principal Designer -
Mumbai Maharashtra India

Indonesia

Designer
Sleman Yogyakarta Indonesia

Iran

User Experience Evangelist, Strategist & Consultant / Senior Lecturer
Tehran Iran

Ireland

Senior UX & UI Designer for Medical Devices
Dublin Ireland

Italy

Experience Strategist
Bologna Italy Italy

Jordan

UX Mentor | Evangelist | Consultant
Amman Jordan

Kazakhstan

Student
Almaty Kazakhstan

Mexico

Professor
Puebla Mexico

Mozambique

UX Designer
Matola Mozambique

Nigeria

Peru

Senior UX Consultant, Digital strategist and Professor
Lima Peru

Poland

Design Thinking Coach and Practitioner, eCommerce and mobile research expert
Plewiska Poland Poland

Portugal

Ux Designer
Lisboa Portugal

Romania

Student
Drobeta-Turnu Severin Romania

Russia

UX coach, Head of IDF Coaching and Certification
Moscow Russia

Saudi Arabia

Experience Innovation Consultant
Dhahran Saudi Arabia

South Africa

Experience Director
Pretoria South Africa

Spain

Experience Design and Research (UX/CX/HCI) - IDF Spain Country Manager
Madrid Spain

Sweden

UXer | Global Design Ambassador, Local Leaders’ Lead, IDF Europe Manager
Malmö Skåne Sweden

Taiwan

Product Designer
New Taipei City Taiwan

Turkey

Senior UX Designer
istanbul Turkey

Ukraine

UI/UX Designer
Kiev Ukraine

United Arab Emirates

Customer Experience Consultant
Dubai United Arab Emirates

United Kingdom

Student
Southampton United Kingdom

United States

Designer
Lovettsville Va United States

Uruguay

Innovation Manager
Montevideo Uruguay

Vietnam

Production Director / Digital Head
Hanoi Vietnam