Tim Brown is the CEO of IDEO, a global innovation and design firm.
Ranked independently among the twenty most innovative companies in the world, IDEO is a design consultancy that
contributed to such standard-setting innovations as the first mouse for Apple, the Palm V, and Bank of America's
Keep the Change service. In addition to the design of new offerings for the world's leading brands, IDEO's work
addresses emerging themes such as sustainability, the design of communities, health and wellness, and enterprise for people in the world's lower income groups.
Tim is a leading voice on the value of design thinking in business and society. His ideas and experience are widely
sought in industry, academia, and the nonprofit community. He participates in the World Economic Forum at Davos
and gave the plenary in 2006. Tim advises senior executives of Fortune 500 companies and serves on the Board of
Trustees for the California College of the Arts, the Mayo Innovation Advisory Council, and the Advisory Council of
Acumen Fund, a not-for-profit global venture fund focused on improving the lives of the poor.
Tim has led strategic client relationships with such companies as Sony, Microsoft, Motorola, Pepsi, Procter & Gamble, and Steelcase. An industrial designer by training, his own work has earned him numerous design awards and has been exhibited at the Museum of Modern Art in New York, Axis Gallery in Tokyo, and the Design Museum in London. Tim
has a special interest in the convergence of technology and the arts, as well as the ways in which design can be used to
promote the well being of people living in emerging economies.
Tim joined IDEO in 1987 after earning his MA in design from the Royal College of Art in London. He managed IDEO's
San Francisco office from 1990 to 1995, and headed IDEO Europe from 1995 to 2000.