José Manuel dos Santos, Head of Design & User Experience, Signify

José is a design executive with over 30 years of experience. He holds an MA in Industrial Design from Central Saint Martins, an Executive MA from Northwestern University, and a PhD in Design from Universidade Europeia. Starting his career in 1989 as an industrial designer in Portugal, he founded and sold two design companies and held executive roles in Barcelona and Lisbon. In 2011, he joined Masco as Design Director and later became Head of Design Americas at Philips Lighting (now Signify). He also co-founded a non-profit for young entrepreneurs, jury member and mentor at MassChallenge and teaches Design Leadership to Masters students at MassArt.