John Maeda is an American executive spearheading a new convergence across the design and technology industries. He recently joined Publicis Sapient as the chief experience officer after serving as the global head of computational design and inclusion at Automattic from 2016 to 2019. Before that, Maeda was a design partner at Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers (KPCB), a world-leading venture capital firm. An internationally recognized speaker and author, his books include The Laws of Simplicity, Creative Code, and Redesigning Leadership. He holds degrees in electrical engineering and computer science from MIT, an MBA from Arizona State University, and a PhD from the University of Tsukuba in Japan. Maeda draws on his diverse background as an MIT- trained engineer, award-winning designer, and executive leader to help businesses and creatives push the boundaries of innovation in their markets and fields. He has appeared as a speaker all over the world, from Davos to Beijing to São Paulo to New York. Prior to his work in industry, Maeda was a tenured research professor at the MIT Media Laboratory and the sixteenth president of Rhode Island School of Design (RISD).