Nick Leon

Director, Design London

Nick Leon is Director of Design London, a pioneering programme that brings together Imperial College and the Royal College of Art to explore how design can be more effectively integrated with business and technology to create world-beating products and services. He is also a Visiting Fellow at Imperial’s Tanaka Business School where he teaches innovation management.

Prior to joining Imperial College he worked for over 30 years at IBM where he was Director of Business Development in Europe, for IBM Global Services, and led IBM’s business in the telecommunications industry. During the 1990’s he was Director of Marketing in IBM Europe, and then Worldwide Director of Channel Marketing for the IBM Server Group. He started his career in IBM research and development as an Industrial Designer, and later became a product development manager for advanced technology displays and retail systems.

More recently, his work at the Tanaka Business School focused on the impact of information and communication technologies (ICTs) on the social and economic vitality of cities. Recent projects include: advising the Barcelona City Government on creating an international district for innovation; advising CLM, the London 2012 delivery partner; projects for the Shoreditch Trust, Laing O’Rourke; and research for Cloud Networks who implemented the newly launched WiFi networks for Canary Wharf and the City of London.

He has a BSc (Hons) in Mechanical Engineering from Imperial College, and a Master of Design from the Royal College of Art.


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