Yo Kaminagai is born in 1958. He has been working in the RATP since his graduation as civil engineer (Ecole Nationale des Ponts et Chaussées) in 1980. He began in the Marketing team and was in charge of innovative projects, focusing in passenger information subjects. He became the first manager of this domain in 1989.
He was then invited to build the design management function in the company. A dedicated team was created in 1990, which progressively included all the creative disciplines participating to the transport environments design (product design, information design, architecture, cultural and art management), in particular in the Environments and Heritage Department in charge of the projects management in these domains, until 2011.
Since this moment he is Head of design, today beside the Projects ownership Department director, to enhance the corporate strategy by design and to supervise the inclusion of the creative disciplines in the projects initialisation. He is also Research & Innovation delegate and digital correspondent: as such he coordinates the innovation process of this department and takes part to the governance of the RATP Urbanopolis innovation labs network.
Since 2009 he belongs to the Design & Culture platform of the UITP (International association of Public transport) – he was the chairperson of this platform between 2009 and 2015 – and serves in the boards of several important organizations in charge of promoting design in France (APCI, St Etienne Cité du Design). He was curator of 2 design exhibitions in « Le Lieu du Design en Ile-de-France » in 2012 (Sous les paves, le design) and in 2014 (Tramway: une école française).