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Sem Devillart

Founding Faculty

Co-founder and managing partner at Popular Operations. Popular Operations provides high-level trend analysis, planning and system design practices to the growing social sector. It's approach is predicated on a unique method of trend analysis and future forecasting.


Sem's work has helped top companies, non-governmental organizations and high-profile individuals design effective strategies and winning product concepts, based on a deep understanding of human psychology and socio-cultural trends. Her broad international experience – with a focus on Europe and Latin America and Africa – has been particularly useful to clients looking to implement global strategies effectively in local markets.


In the past, Sem concentrated on developing methods and systems to track, quantify and map qualitative cultural change. She has pursued her passion for trend analysis at Studio Edelkoort and Faith Popcorn's Brainreserve.

Most recently, she created a cultural analysis framework for a pioneering new agency model launched by Omnicom Group in New York City.


Sem studied art history, sociology and comparative religion at the Universitaet Tuebingen in Germany and design at Domus Academy in Milan.


Her Clients have included Christian Dior, Camper, Daimler, L'oreal, Johnson & Johnson, Pespico, Philips Design, BBC, Akzo Nobel, Deepak Chopra and the Omnicom Group.

The curriculum for The Masters in Branding Program allows students to create frameworks to guide brand, design and business development, critically evaluate brand, business, marketing and design strategies and Master the intellectual link between leadership and creativity. Learn more...


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Debbie Millman
Chair, Co-founder


Emily Weiland

Director of Operations, Graduate Advisor


Steven Heller
Co-founder, Faculty Advisor