Chief Catalyst - Fung Group
As the Chief Catalyst, Richard builds and re-establishes a culture of innovation for the Fung Group and its partners to change how the world works. He cultivates the capabilities of the Group’s people by engaging the businesses to create new value. Within the Academy, he re-enforces the concepts of ‘doing is learning’ and ‘learning by doing’.
Apart from his role as a catalyst, Richard also acts as a coach and convener. Internally, he breeds curiosity and instigates tension as motivation across the Group. Externally, he thinks collaboratively about new questions with clients, while inspiring new opportunities with partners. He considers design a business enabler.
Richard was the Managing Director of IDEO Asia Pacific. Based in Shanghai, his role was to lead clients to realize new opportunities and build innovation capabilities through design. His clients included Coke, Samsung, TCL, VF Corp, and the Singaporean Government. Before moving to Shanghai, Richard joined IDEO London in 2006 and was responsible for the service practice. His clients included Nestlé, T-Mobile, IKEA, and Alpargatas.
Before joining IDEO, Richard had worked at Levi’s Strauss & Company for nine years and ran his own brand consulting business in London and San Francisco.
Richard speaks and comments regularly on innovation and design issues. He has spoken at WEF, China Entrepreneur Summit, BOAO Asia Forum and CleanTech Forum in China, Skoll World Forum, and appeared in China Entrepreneur magazine, Business Watch, 21st Century Business Review and on sina.com.