Imagine a Place Podcast with Emmanuel Daniel of Microsoft

Emmanuel Daniel (Microsoft): The Workplace of 2031

Emmanuel Daniel is director of industry innovation, Smart Buildings and Campuses at Microsoft. Today, he will paint you a picture of a day in the workplace in 2031 and how data will play a role in creating better experiences for your workday.

Topics discussed in this episode:

  • Smart Buildings
  • Facility Management
  • The Future Workplace
  • Human Experience in the Workplace
  • Using Data to Develop More Purposeful Spaces

Quotes from Emmanuel Daniel:

“Space is made beautiful by everybody coming together”

"Space is different for everyone at different points in time, its uniqueness stems from us desiring more of it, less of it, to be in it or out, to drive the outcomes we so deeply desire. Creating spaces that adapt to the needs of its occupants through simplistic services that empower them to do more is made possible with technology."

About Emmanuel Daniel: 

Emmanuel Daniel is the Director of Digital Transformation for Smart Buildings & Campuses, in this role he is responsible for building and delivering the Digital Transformation strategy for campuses across Microsoft. He leads a multidisciplinary team of architects (business / technical) and experience designers. He builds experiences that merge technology with the built environment, leading to the formation of spaces that respond to the needs of its users. As part of this role, he puts in place the strategy for identifying the next generation of products that will make more Smarter & Sustainable Buildings.

Previously he drove the IoT & Smart Building business across the Middle East & Asia Time Zones and was responsible for the Strategy, Sales & Delivery. As part of this role, he incubated & managed smart building partners and helped create some of the World’s Smartest Buildings including those at Microsoft.

Emmanuel has also lead the Azure Business Strategy Practice where he has worked with key partners including Telecommunication Operators (Globally) to building their Cloud Business. Emmanuel holds a Bachelor of Technology degree from the University of Madras, India, a Master of Science in Operations and Supply Chain Management from the University of Liverpool, UK and an MBA (Finance) from the University of Nottingham, UK.

Related Imagine a Place podcast episodes: 

James Kerrigan (Jacobs): Culture, place, and tools: The future of placemaking

Bill Bouchey (HOK): Neurodiversity and Surviving the WFH Hangover

Dr. Eve Edelstein (Clinicians for Design): The Intersection of Neuroscience and Architecture


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