Satsuko VanAntwerp is a user researcher and strategist.
Satsuko is fascinated by the different ways people see and experience the world; how these perspectives are shaped, influenced, and shifted; and, how to design meaningful products, services, and interactions that match the fluidity of people’s realities.
Having grown up in a bicultural home, lived in six countries, and worked in the public, private, and social sectors, in startups, and in a variety of industries; Satsuko is used to (and enjoys) translating concepts across different contexts and stakeholders.
Satsuko is an AI Solutions Designer at Element AI, where she works with clients to discover, define and design the highest impact AI applications for their business.
Prior to Element AI, Satsuko was Senior Design Research at a software innovation firm (Normative) where she led end-to-end user research and usability testing. She co-hosted Design+AI, a monthly meetup exploring the work of designers in an AI-first world. And, she built and led a startup consultancy (InWithForward) that prototyped and implemented new social services with governments and non-profit agencies.
Satsuko holds an MBA from Schulich School of Business (York University), a BBA from Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University, a Certificate in Qualitative Research Methods from London School of Economics, and is a forever student of the world.