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Ian Spalter

Ian Spalter


Head of Design

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Creating valuable connections with design methodologies

The role of Ian Spalter, Head of Design at Instagram, is both visionary and strategic. It’s a role that traverses strategy and the scoping of new app functionality, the development of business tools as well as user-enhancing experiences, and the co-ordination of large teams to ensure healthy collaboration between product engineering, design, research and content. Ian is the gatekeeper of all things ‘Brand Instagram’. 

Ian finds inspiration in unlikely places – his study of the thought processes of professional comedians, for instance, provided insights into new ways to contextualise and iterate raw data in a business environment – and, importantly, to distinguish between “good laughs” and “bad laughs”. Ian’s knack for inspiring creativity and his proven lateral thinking abilities were previously applied to leadership roles at YouTube, Foursquare and Nike.

The Speakers

Ian Spalter will be joined this year by some of the leading thinkers from around the world that are changing business as we know it.