Culture Transformation Leader of the Year

 « Culture eats strategy for breakfast, » but also « motivates and retains talented individuals » – Reward your culture change implementer who managed to align employee engagement with the achievement of business goals. 

Culture transformation.

A design-led culture transformation, or an organisation-wide shift in attitudes, firmly places strategy at the heart of a business’ daily practices. This category then acknowledges the wider positive consequences of human-centred design, how it can transform and improve the way that employees communicate amongst themselves and with customers.

Who is eligible?

While we welcome nominations for CEOs and other high-profile executives, we encourage you to nominate anyone using forward-thinking design and leadership skills to aid the success of their company. We want to hear about your candidate regardless of their title – whether they’re an associate, senior manager, director or business leader. We also invite candidates to nominate themselves.!

Entry Criteria

  • Nominees must be employed by their company at the time of application
  • Nominees must have experience in a role demonstrating the qualities of design leadership described
  • All nominees must be informed prior to nomination and have given their clear consent.

How to Nominate:

Nominations for The Design Leader Of The Year award will be accepted between July 1st, 2020, and December 2nd, 2020.
You can nominate a company, an individual, a project, a product, a service, a technology, or an initiative to be recognized by The Design Leader of the Year Awards using the link above.


This process begins only after nominations have closed, and consists of a panel of independent experts examining all nominations and organizing entries per category.
Members of this panel are neither associated with nor linked to any companies or projects nominated. The shortlist will be announced online in January 2021..

The Final Decisions

The panel of judges is made of design directors and carefully selected industry influencers. All judges sign a confidentiality agreement, protecting the privacy of all applicant data throughout the process. Each entry is judged based on category-specific criteria, as well as a demonstrated awareness of the impact of human-centred design.

Key dates

  • Entry deadline: 02/12/2020
  • Finalists announcement: 15/01/2021
  • Design leader Ceremony: 02/02/2021

Onsite at the Change by Design Conference

Why sponsor a category?

Choosing to sponsor a category at the Design Leader Of The Year Awards can provide endless opportunities for your company. Sponsorship will be a key aspect of our branding and networking, from the months of promotion before the event to the day of the ceremony itself.




3 – 5 Fevrier 2021, Paris