Founder/CEO of Kaizor Innovation, a strategic innovation consultancy with 20+ years of experience in User Experience / Design Thinking
Elaine Ann (LinkedIn) is the Founder and CEO of Kaizor Innovation. Elaine has 20+ years of experience in UX/Design Thinking and is a veteran of the early dot-com era in the mid 90's having lived and worked in the U.S. for 12 years. She has worked in New York, Silicon Valley and San Francisco for companies such as Razorfish, Philips Design and has designed the User Experiences of some of the very early Internet/technology businesses. Her current clients range from Google, Airbnb, Dropbox, Intel, HP, BMW as well as Tech Startups.
She has recently moved to Vancouver to set up a branch helping Tech Startups in North America with CXO Advisory (Chief Xperience Officer) and training up Tech Founders and UX designers alike. She is also a UX Mentor at the Founder Institute Western Canada and a sponsor company at the Center of Digital Media, Red Academy and the Radical Research Conference 2019 in Vancouver.
Elaine also trains students on New Product/Services Innovation and User Experience. Her past students now become the senior UX designers in the following companies: Google, Facebook, Airbnb, DBS Bank, Tencent, Ant Financial, IDEO, Bain&Company, Microsoft, etc.
She recently started a Youtube channel about UX/Design Innovation. She interviews industry professionals from around the world about topics including Design Thinking, Design Entrepreneurship, and User Experience. The goal of the channel is to make design innovation knowledge more accessible for young people so that they are able to unleash their creative potential. (Check out Elaine's YouTube Channel)