Albert Shum

Foundations of Responsible Design, Second Year


Albert Shum is a career design leader currently working at Microsoft. With over 25 years of global consumer brand and design development expertise, Albert has led strategic initiatives across multidisciplinary teams at Nike and Microsoft, scaling design thinking and launching products that influence millions. He currently drives incubation for Microsoft’s web experiences, including search and discovery across a suite of products that reach customers’ whole lives at work, home, and school. 

Albert’s design ethos lies at the intersection of business, experience, and technology (BXT), with a focus on responsible design. He believes that the most successful user interactions are those that respect the human need and fully consider their impact at scale. He has spoken on the responsibility of design to audiences at AdobeMAX, Innovation Forum in London, 99U Conference, Fast Company Innovation Festival, MIT IDM Master’s program, and School of Visual Arts. 

Albert’s work in design leadership has helped shape conversations on diversity & inclusion throughout the industry. Albert has served as a mentor, partner, and leader in programs like the Adobe Design Circle and its Scholarship Fund, the Design for Inclusivity Industry Summit, the LEAP apprenticeship program at Microsoft, and in student design challenges in partnership IxDA, AIGA, and Emily Carr University of Art & Design. 

He holds a Master’s degree in Product Design from Stanford and a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Waterloo.