Mr. Gianfranco Zaccai is co-founder, president and CEO of Continuum Boston, Milan, & Seoul Zaccai, a pioneer company in the interdisciplinary field of using design research to identify compelling opportunities for innovation, accelerating product time to market and ultimately creating consumer delighting experiences. Continuum has played a key role in the development of breakthrough products in industries producing high volume consumer goods and bio-medical devices, exemplified in work on the Swiffer and Thermacare product lines for P&G to the US Genomics Trilogy Analyzer. At Continuum, Zaccai is dedicated to exploring the power of design in relation to developing nations. A current project in this field is the $100 laptop for the Media Lab at MIT. Zaccai has engaged in development projects in Mexico, Colombia, South Africa, India and Chile. Continuum’s work has been featured in both national and international publications and has received global recognition including a Presidential Design Award from President Clinton; the Compasso D'Oro in Italy; the Red Dot and IF Awards in Germany; and numerous awards from IDSA and BusinessWeek.
Zaccai serves as Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Design Management Institute (DMI) in Boston and on the Board of Advisors to the College of Visual and Performing Arts at Syracuse University. He is also a Visiting Lecturer at the SDA Bocconi School of Management in Milan, Italy. Zaccai holds degrees in industrial design from Syracuse University and in architecture from the Boston Architectural Center.