Picture from http://acg.media.mit.edu/people/maeda/
In 2008 John Maeda became president of Rhode island School of Design (RISD). John Earned his qualifications from Japan, the University of Tsukuba and the Arizona state University. He has worked with very reputable companies such as Sony, Samsung and many more.
picture from http://www.maedastudio.com/
From looking at his work I think John Maeda is a very inspiring person who is dedicated and always having fresh, new and unique ideas that is essential for the design industry today. He is adaptable to change in society and so that enables him to work creatively regardless to cultural shifts.