Christopher Azar (he/him) is a mindful creative and design leader. His focus is on building tools for creativity and wellbeing.

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Currently, he leads the video product design team at Adobe. His team and he imagine and design all new workflows and features in Premiere Pro and new product lines in the incubation phase.

During his time on the video team, they have shipped dozens of artificial intelligence features including auto-reframe, remix audio, scene edit detection, enhance speech, auto color and hundreds more efficiency and creativity boosting improvements including new speech to text, captions, properties panel, and redesigns.

Previously at Adobe, he was the design lead for Acrobat. For two years, he helped reimagine the platform for the web and made several billion PDFs accessible with computer vision.

Previously, he was a product designer at the Washington Post Innovation Lab and co-founded Little Tinker, a software and hardware art things company.

His leadership style is of a service leader, and he takes a lot of pleasure from teaching. He has experience teaching web design and coding at Syracuse University as well as being a UX instructor at General Assembly in San Francisco, CA.

He is also a passionate road, track, trail, and ultra runner. With 12 marathons, a 3x Boston Qualifier, and a personal best of 2:48 at the 2024 CIM, his goals include completing all six major marathons (four remaining, two planned for 2024), finishing a marathon in under 2:30, and running into his 80s.

In addition to participating in races and learning about himself, he enjoys giving back to the sport as a certified coach in Jack Daniel’s Distance Training, a designer of VDOT, a platform for runners and coaches, and a volunteer race videographer as a follow cam operator.

He is an active member of the Brooklyn Track Club and can be found at the San Francisco Running Company group runs.

He is an active member of a Zen Buddhist sangha in the Lâm Te Dyana School (Linji) lineage in the Plum Village tradition. His dharma name is Steadfast Bodhisattva of the Source and he is deeply interested in the mind-body connection and its relationship to inner peace and various states of consciousness.

He was born and raised in Bristol, Rhode Island to Julianne M McCarthy and Dr. James A Azar, a hardware technician and developmental psychologist. He has one sister, Dr. Margaret Azar, who is a child psychologist and faculty member at Brown University in Providence, RI.

He is an alum of Syracuse University and currently living in Brooklyn, NY.

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