I'm Valerie Casey.
Over the past two decades, I've designed breakout products and built successful businesses. I am an expert in pushing the envelope on design and technology innovation, and leading teams in building successful products that can be scaled in the market.

Currently, I am advising several large corporations, startups, and NGOs in health, education, and tech on their product and innovation strategies.

Previously, I was the Chief Product Officer at the Samsung Global Innovation Center, where I provided strategic product guidance for startups across our accelerators, and investment and acquisition portfolios. I was also the co-founding head/GM of the Samsung Accelerator where I identified, funded, and advised early-stage startups.


Before Samsung, I ran the innovation consultancy and think tank Necessary Projects, based in San Francisco. We worked primarily in the US and Asia on innovation initiatives bringing large corporations together with the startup community around social impact and health. Prior to Necessary Projects, I was Head of Digital at IDEO, Global Executive Creative Director of Design Research and Design Strategy at frog, and Director of Interaction Design at Pentagram.

I founded the Designers Accord, the coalition of designers, educators, and business leaders working together to create positive impact. The Designers Accord helped advance the conversation around the ethics, practices, and responsibilities of the creative community, and included over half a million people from 100 countries.

I am a Henry Crown Fellow at the Aspen Institute, and the World Economic Forum named me a “Young Global Leader.”

I was also named a “Guru” of the year by Fortune magazine, a “Hero of the Environment” by TIME magazine, a “Master of Design” by Fast Company, and one of the “World’s Most Influential Designers” by BusinessWeek.

I feel fortunate to have had the chance to talk about my point of view on design, systems thinking, cultural change, and innovation at events and in publications all around the world ranging from Davos to SXSW, and Fast Company to Core77.

I am on the Kleiner Perkins Design Council, and previously held board positions on the World Economic Forum Global Agenda Council on Design & Innovation, the Sustainable Brands Advisory Board, and the Sanofi Customer Innovation Board.

I did my graduate work at Yale in critical theory, and my undergrad at Swarthmore College in English and Psychology.