David Klaus is passionate about building creative, high-functioning Myanmar organizations, and consults for for-profit and non-profit organizations on the topics of innovation, management, and organizational development. David has worked with the DeBoer Fellowship since 2015, where he has been involved both in teaching design thinking and other leadership content, and in building a strong life-long network that supports fellows to keep doing good after they complete their first intensive year of training.
David moved to Myanmar in 2008, where he founded the product design team at Proximity Designs, and for almost five years led the development of a successful line of irrigation products for rural smallholder farmers. The Proximity design team is living proof that design thinking can be effective and successful in a Myanmar context with Myanmar thinkers and doers.
Before moving to Myanmar, David was a teaching fellow at the Hasso Plattner Institute of Design at Stanford (the d.school), where he taught design thinking to graduate students from the schools of engineering, business, medicine, science, and humanities. He focused on product and service design for the developing world, and set up partnerships and taught design thinking in a number of different countries in Africa and Asia.
David holds a BS in Mechanical Engineering from Northwestern University, and a MA in Mechanical Engineering (Design) from Stanford University. He lives in Yangon with his wife and son.