Hello, I’m Davide Agnelli

Managing Director

I'm an engineer and designer who obsesses over imagining, creating, and improving systems for IDEO and its clients. After working in the San Francisco Bay Area and across the Asia region to develop IDEO’s digital design offering and capabilities, I settled in Tokyo in 2013 to help Japanese companies compete globally through creativity, agility, vision and courage.

What you won't learn from my bio:
I embrace constraints and I’m a committed cook: I'm currently working on creating entire meals by pushing the limits of microwave cooking in my small Tokyo kitchen.

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My Work

Full Bio

Davide Agnelli is managing director of IDEO, Japan. He works with clients to drive business growth, tackle systemic challenges, design new offerings and launch new ventures. With a background in computer science and interaction design, Davide also works across the Asia region to develop IDEO’s digital design capabilities.

Since joining IDEO Palo Alto in 2004, Davide has contributed to strategic and implementation projects across a breadth of industries. His work has ranged from helping to build start-ups to reinvigorating Fortune 500 companies and government organizations. Some of his projects include: retail strategies for Cisco and Bank of America, new product development for Samsung and NTT Docomo, future visions for HBO, Honda and the TSA (Transportation Security Administration).

Davide holds a Master’s degree in Computer Science from the University of Pavia, Italy and a Master’s degree in Interaction Design from the Interaction Design Institute, Ivrea. He is regularly engaged with both corporate and educational institutions as mentor and design educator. On weekends, you can find him cooking for friends, exploring and photographing Tokyo’s backstreets on his bicycle.

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