Professor de Bont has solid experience and track records in the management and leadership of sizable and leading design schools in the world. He took up the deanship of the School of Design of the Hong Kong Polytechnic University in February 2011 after having been the dean of the Faculty of Industrial Design Engineering of the Delft University of Technology (“TU Delft”) in the Netherlands for seven years. Professor de Bont’s research interests are in the areas of design education, consumer behaviour, innovation adoption, design methods and networked innovation.