Sara Diamond


President and Vice-Chancellor, OCAD University

President and Vice-Chancellor of OCAD University, Canada’s “university of the imagination”; PhD in Computing, Information Technology and Engineering.

Dr. Sara Diamond is the President and Vice-Chancellor of OCAD University, Canada’s “university of the imagination”. She holds a PhD in Computing, Information Technology and Engineering from the University of East London, a Masters in Digital Media theory from the University of Arts London and Honours Bachelors of Arts in History and Communications from Simon Fraser University. She is an appointee of the Order of Ontario and Royal Canadian Society of Artists and a recipient of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal.

While retaining OCAD University’s traditional strengths in art and design, Diamond has guided the university in becoming a leader in digital media, design research and curriculum through the Digital Futures Initiative, new research in Inclusive Design, health and design, as well as in sustainable technologies and design.

She is a data visualization, wearable technology and mobile media researcher, artist and designer. Diamond is founding Chair of the Mobile Experience Innovation Centre and current co-chair. She is co-principal investigator on the Centre for Information Visualization/Data Driven Design, an OCAD/York University major initiative. Diamond continues to write and lecture on digital media history and practice, visual analytics, strategic foresight; mobility and design strategy for peer-reviewed journals and acts as a reviewer and evaluator for conferences and journals; SSHRC, CFI and the Canada Research Chair programs.

Connect with her at @CodeZebra / @OCAD