My name is Ziya Danishmend and I reside in a quiet section of New York City with a view of the Hudson River and the Palisades beyond. I am perpetually drawn to water for the hope and promise it represents.

I am a designer by training and a XD (experience design) strategist by profession. I love what I do. I believe in the transformative power of design. Especially human centric design. I have seen it change people.

I spend my time designing and facilitating workshops for clients to help them learn new ways to innovate and reinvent their businesses. I studied anthropology as an undergrad and have spent nearly half my life abroad living as an expat. I am eternally curious and am fascinated to see how we, as humans, express ourselves and work together.

I am the design lead of the Innovation Studio at Oliver Wyman, a global management consultancy. I’m always up for helping out non-profits and start-ups – please get in touch if you have either and are as eager as me to help the world change.

I was born in Japan and grew up in the Middle East and Europe. I have seen the roughest edges of humanity and the most beautiful – and I am grateful for both. Though I do hope that we can solve the former so that we can make more room for the latter.

I write here from time to time –¬†https://medium.com/@twolongstrides

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And you can see presentations I’ve favorited on Slideshare.