David Kusuma

Oregon Tool, IDSA


Corporate Member

Statement of intent

It has been a pleasure to work with the current members of the WDO board during the past two years.

The U.N. SDGs identified by WDO as key focus areas remain perfectly in alignment with the everyday values of Tupperware Corporation, especially in the areas of well-being (SDG3), industry and innovation (SDG9), and responsible consumption and production (SDG12).

At Tupperware, we remain very consumer centric and environment conscious, focusing every day on nutrition and healthy living; and we apply leading-edge innovation and technologies to develop and manufacture new product solutions for food conservation.

This has led to more sustainable consumption by reducing waste, and more environmental sensitivity by developing highly durable and long-lasting products with newly created renewable materials. Much of our work is accomplished through university projects and industry relationships, and I have the privilege of leading a global corporate R&D center, which influences the launch of new products in over 100 countries worldwide.

There is still a lot of work to accomplish for our organization, and I ask for your support to allow me to continue the mission of WDO; to engage WDO members and the world design community in “designing for a better world.”

  • 2021 – Present Senior VP of Product Management & Innovation at Oregon Tool
  • 2016-2021 VP, Global R&D, Tupperware Brands Corporation
  • 2003-2016 VP, Product Development Worldwide, Tupperware
  • 2001-2003 Director and Senior Director, Product Development, Tupperware
  • 1998-2001 Global Manager, Design & Vehicle Engineering, GE Plastics
  • 1987-1998 Senior Design Engineer, Bayer Material Science
  • 1986-1987 Industrial Designer, Fisher Scientific

WDO President-Elect David Kusuma is the Senior Vice President of Product Management & Innovation at Oregon Tool. Prior to this, David served as the Vice President of Research & Innovation and Vice President of Product Development Worldwide at Tupperware Brands Corporation. During his tenure, he was tasked with subverting conventional boundaries of innovation by developing new technologies and materials to create game-changing product solutions. As a result, they developed 150 to 200 new products every year, and launched them in over 100 countries around the world. David has also worked at General Electric (GE) as Global Manager, Design and Vehicle Engineering, to develop the use of polycarbonate as a viable alternative to glass in automotive window systems. Prior to GE, David worked at Bayer Material Science. David holds a PhD from Cranfield University (United Kingdom), an MBA from Tilburg University (The Netherlands), a MS in Engineering Management from Purdue University, a BS in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Pittsburgh, and a BS in Industrial Design from Carnegie-Mellon University.

  • PhD Polymer Engineering, Cranfield University (UK)
  • MBA Tilburg University (The Netherlands)
  • MS Management, Purdue University
  • BS Mechanical Engineering, University of Pittsburgh
  • BFA Industrial Design, Carnegie-Mellon University
  • English
  • Indonesian (understood)