With a background in nanotech engineering from Canada and as a fresh graduate in industrial design from The Netherlands, Kevin Shahbazi never expected his passion for the circular economy would go beyond his graduation internship at Philips Design.
“One of my first impressions upon arriving at Philips, which still holds true today, was that it’s not a hierarchical environment. People with good ideas are given the space to explore them.”
“In fact, my current job as a strategic designer for the circular economy did not exist at Philips. It was crafted from scratch together with Geert Christiaansen, my first line manager post-internship. If you have an idea that is going to make the company better, there are enough people here who are willing to support you through it. The company really believes in its core values. People are caring, focused on innovation and really believe there is always a way to make life better. Philips’ values align with mine, and that’s why I’m still here after four years. Since the move into healthcare we’re heading more in the direction of creating impact,” says Kevin.
Now he’s one of the six finalists of the
Nudge Global Impact Award
, integral part of the Nudge Global Impact Challenge
and driving bottom-up circular design initiatives and mindsets within Philips.