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Kes Sampanthar

Kes Sampanthar

Managing Director, KPMG Innovation Labs at KPMG US

Saratoga Springs, New York

Kes Sampanthar is a globally recognized thought leader at the intersection of business, human experience, and technology. He is the Managing Director at KPMG Innovation Labs, where he leads Design Thinking initiatives for the firm, and directs research into business model innovation and customer insights. His experience spans over two decades and the worlds of technology, design, and innovation. He is an award-winning innovator, technologist, game designer, recognized as a strategic thinker and consultant to some of the biggest names in the Fortune 500. Over the last decade, his research into neuroscience, game design, behavioral economics, and paleoanthropology has resulted in a new approach to creating engaging experiences - Motivational Design and a reinvention of Design Thinking for Business Model Innovation.

A sought-after speaker and thought-leader in technology, design thinking, innovation strategy and behavioral change: HCII, GSummit, CXP Forrester Forum, TEDActive, ReMIX, TEDxPennQuarter, TEDxAlbany, 360IT.

NOTE: Opinions expressed here are solely my own and do not express the views or opinions of my employer.


  • Research Director (Cynergy, The Experience Agency)
  • Inventor of ThinkCube (MetaMemes)
  • Senior Practice Manager / Product Manager (Akamai Technologies)
  • Director of Media Strategy (Cynergy, The Experience Agency)
  • Executive Director of Research, KPMG Innovation Labs (KPMG US)
  • Director of Research (KPMG US)
  • Managing Director (KPMG US)
  • Practice Manager for Insight Services (Akamai Technologies)
  • Lead Architect and Technical Project Manager (EDS / VHA)
  • Founder and Director of Innovation (MetaMemes)


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