I'm Valerie Casey.
Over the past two decades, I've designed brands, software, games, consumables, food, social networks, electronics, and environments. Now I focus on helping organizations and governments to create the behaviors and processes that drive innovation.

I currently head the Samsung Accelerator where I find and fund entrepreneurs, support their early startups with product and organizational guidance, and provide insider access to Samsung information and decision-makers.


Before Samsung, I ran the innovation consultancy and think tank Necessary Projects, based in San Francisco. We worked primarily in the US and Asia on innovation initiatives bringing large corporations together with the startup community around social impact and health issues. Prior to Necessary Projects, I was Head of Digital at IDEO, Global Executive Creative Director of Design Research and Design Strategy at frog, and Director of Interaction Design at Pentagram.

I founded the Designers Accord, the coalition of designers, educators, and business leaders working together to create positive impact. The Designers Accord helped advance the conversation around the ethics, practices, and responsibilities of the creative community, and included over half a million people from 100 countries.

I was named a “Guru” of the year by Fortune magazine, a “Hero of the Environment” by TIME magazine, a “Master of Design” by Fast Company, and one of the “World’s Most Influential Designers” by BusinessWeek. The World Economic Forum named me a “Young Global Leader”.

I feel fortunate to have had the chance to talk about my point of view on systems thinking, cultural change, and innovation at events and in publications all around the world ranging from Davos to SXSW, and Fast Company to Core77.

I did my graduate work at Yale in critical theory, and my undergrad at Swarthmore College in English and Psychology.