Stephan Clambaneva, IDSA

Stephan Clambaneva, IDSA, MMM, B-Eng
Twitter & IG  @CLAMBANET

Chapter Chair NYC: 2010-2012
District Vice President, North East District: 2012-2015 
NYCxDESIGN Steering Committee representative for IDSA: Current

Stephan Clambaneva is a design and innovation leader with comprehensive global experience in the areas of digital transformation, design and innovation management, and holistic design thinking. He is well versed in providing cross-functional leadership and overseeing associated functions to include strategic planning and partnerships, experience design, product lifecycle management, large-scale project management, new business development, global marketing, team building, manufacturing operations, and stakeholder engagement.

A thinker and a doer, Clambaneva has 20 years of experience working for tech giant IBM and enterprise software leader Dassault Systemes, leading experience design and innovation projects for clients around the world. In addition, he is a strong communicator, experienced in directing large teams and managing relationships with diverse clients, colleagues, and international stakeholders at all levels. He also has been accountable for securing and retaining high-level clients and Fortune 500 companies in numerous sectors. He has spearheaded design and innovation services across multiple channels, and executed global sales, research, and marketing strategies to facilitate sustainable business growth in highly competitive markets. 

Further, Clambaneva is a multifaceted professional, capable of leveraging extensive industry experience and executive management skills to drive the continued achievement of organizational objectives. He is known as a versatile contributor with experience in all design and innovation management functions. He has exceptional communication and leadership skills, and has demonstrated a consistent commitment to implementing industry best practices.

Clambaneva has an active public speaking schedule around the world. He has presented at conferences including the International Design Conference (IDC), DMI, and the Innovation Summit, evangelizing on the strategic value of design. He has published multiple papers on the subjects of Design Thinking, Innovation, Product Lifecycle Management, ID, Eco-Design, Environmental Management Systems, and Sustainability.

He was elected Member of the Board and Vice President for the Northeast District for the Industrial Designers Society of America (IDSA) in 2012, and as Chair of IDSA’s New York City Chapter in 2010. Currently, he serves on the advisory board of numerous startups and on the executive committee for New York Design Week (NYCxDesign). He lives in New York with his wife and son.


Statement of Candidacy for Sections Director

When I look at how to best continue to support the development of our organization overall, I feel very strongly that, as Section Director, I can foster a new era of Section Leadership. This is due to my experience working with several IDSA Section Leaders over the years at the local and national level, during my tenure as IDSA Chapter Chair in NYC and as Vice President for IDSA’s Northeast District. With my leadership, cross-disciplinary collaboration, and a national platform, we can elevate the impact that IDSA Sections and their Leaders can have on our growing community.

I want to expand and grow our sections. I want to re-energize the ones we have and create new ones that represent YOUR current interests. I want to continue to empower and support each Section Leader to increase their national recognition building on the groundwork of my predecessors. Through my national and international cross discipline contacts that span all sections, as well as my role on the advisory committee representing IDSA for New York Design Week (NYCxDesign), I can connect IDSA to a globally recognized platform for Design. 

Beyond the two sections I lead today, I would like to enhance and curate relevant Section content to the IDSA website that illustrates the breadth and depth of our organizational knowledge. There is a plethora of institutional knowledge to harness from our strongest assets: YOU, our members, the true subject matter experts. With Section member professionals, young professionals, students, and new members, we can all be solid content contributors. Through the use of a collaborative platform and standard social networking tools, I want to showcase the true power of the IDSA Section community. 

My strategic experience in leading interdisciplinary, global design and product development programs for clients gives me the tools to excel in this new role. I have the energy, passion, vested interest in the future of the IDSA Sections, and the proven IDSA Leadership track record to do what it takes.