Master's in Design (MDES), Middlesex University, The UK
Leslie Speer is a designer and educator with more than twenty five years of experience in the design world. She received her BSID from California State University at Long Beach, did graduate studies at ENSCI in Paris, and received a Master’s in Design from Middlesex University in London. She has worked for companies and clients in the USA, Europe and Mexico including E.I. Dupont de Nemours, Phillips NV, Praxis Product Design, Sun Microsystems, frog design, Case de Cultura (Tenancingo), and Banomex, among others. She has worked for over a decade with artisans in small villages in Mexico, Costa Rica, Cameroon, and China, helping them to create viable products for the world market. Her current work focuses on social entrepreneurship and on developing strategies for applying more inclusive participatory design methods to emerging markets in developing regions of the world. She was the Assistant Program Head of the ID program at California College of the Arts for 7 years, has taught a multidisciplinary course with UC Berkeley, and CCA for over a decade, and has just entered her 7th year at SJSU. She is founder and current Vice Chair of the IDSA Design for the Majority Professional Interest Section.