The Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU) will confer Honorary Doctorates upon five prominent figures in recognition of their outstanding achievements and contributions at its 15th Congregation to be held on 17 October (Saturday). One of the honorees comes from the design industry, Dr Stefano Marzano, CEO and Chief Creative Director of Philips Design, who was named by BusinessWeek as one of the four global Best Leaders for Innovation in 2005. He will be conferred the Honorary Degree of Doctor of Design.
Dr Marzano has been Chief Executive Officer and Chief Creative Director of Philips Design since 1991. Graduated from the Milan Polytechnic Institute with a doctorate in Architecture, he joined Philips in 1973 and later moving in 1978 to the Netherlands, where he worked as design leader for data systems and telecommunication products. Apart from his capacity at Philips, he takes an active role in advancing design education through speaking at international conferences and publishing extensively on design topics. His commitment to the design industry is reflected in the many professional positions he has held in institutions in the field. He was Professor at the Domus Academy in Milan (Italy) and a member of the Academy’s Strategic Board; and was Visiting Professor at the Milan Polytechnic Institute. He currently chairs the Advisory Board of the Faculty of Industrial Design at the Technical University in Eindhoven (the Netherlands); and is on the Advisory Councils of the Design Management Institute (Boston, USA) and Design London (which unifies the Royal College of Art, the Imperial College London and the Imperial’s Tanaka Business School). Most recently, he received an Honorary Doctorate from La Sapienza University of Rome. Over the years, Dr Marzano has been at the forefront of the design profession. In 2001, he was awarded the World Technology Award for Design by the World Technology Network; and as one of the global “Best Leaders of 2005” for Innovation by BusinessWeek in 2005.