Dr. Kaihan Krippendorff is a top business strategy and innovation expert, keynote speaker, consultant and author of four books on business strategy and innovation, most recently Outthink the Competition (John Wiley & Sons) with a fifth book, The Employee Innovator: Driving Innovation From Within set to be published in early 2019 by Columbia University Press. He is the founder of Outthinker (a growth strategy and innovation consulting firm), a popular blogger, and a sought-after strategic advisor to a growing roster of leading businesses and corporations that recognize the need to move away from traditional linear models to embrace agile, digital strategies for the accelerating world. His clients include ABC TV, AIG, BNY Mellon, Citibank, Pershing, TIAA, Realogy, Microsoft, VM Ware, and Johnson & Johnson.
Nobel Peace Prize winner Mohammad Yunus said, “Kaihan shows that with a compelling idea anyone can change the world.” This message has made Kaihan one of the most in-demand business strategy speakers in the world.
His keynote clients over the past year have included the Consumer Electronics Association, National Association of Federal Credit Unions, Harvard Business Review, Wharton Business School, National Restaurant Association, Produce Marketing Association, FORTUNE Growth Summit, Young Presidents’ Organization, Entrepreneurs' Organization, Institute for Management Studies, American Gear Manufacturers Association, Precision Machined Products Association, American Bar Association, Metals Service Center Institute, United Technologies, the American Chemical Society, the Tag and Label Manufacturers Association, the Electro Federation, the Securities Industry Institute, and the National Association of Insurance Commissioners.
He conducts in-house, private talks for Fortune 500 companies in nearly every industry. Recent keynotes include GE, Cisco, VMware, McDonald’s, Microsoft, L’Oreal, Nestle Purina, Kraft, TIAA, and United Technologies. He has co-headlined conferences with Jack Welch, Robin Sharma, Stephen M. R. Covey, Marshall Goldsmith, Tony Sheih, and Daniel Pink among other leading speakers.
Kaihan is a consultant with Wharton Executive Education, faculty member of Florida International University, teacher of design strategy at Parsons School of Design, and a lecturer at business schools throughout the US and internationally.
Kaihan has been featured in key business media outlets, including BusinessWeek, Harvard Business Review, Forbes, Time, Fox Business, Fast Company, PBS, and Bloomberg Radio.
He earned a Master of Business Administration at Columbia Business School, a Bachelor of Science in finance from Wharton Business School, a Bachelor of Science in mechanical engineering from the University of Pennsylvania, and holds a Doctorate of Science in Economics.
With a mother from Bangladesh and a father from Germany, Kaihan brings a holistic, global perspective to his topics of business strategy, strategic thinking, and innovation. He speaks three languages and has lived or spent significant periods of time in Asia, Africa, Latin America, Europe, and the Pacific. He lives in Greenwich, Conn., with his wife and three children.
10. GLOBAL PERSPECTIVE
With a Bangladeshi mother, German father, and a wife from Latin America, Kaihan embodies a truly global perspective. He speaks two languages at home and has lived and worked on early every continent. He doesn't repeat the usual US stories but draws on cases from around the world.
With 20+ years of experience working across nearly every industry, Kaihan has seen it all. Kaihan can quickly understand your industry and the challenges facing your business – this enables him to convey messages in terms that resonate with the audience.
8. EXCLUSIVE INSIGHTS
Kaihan is both an academic and a practitioner, incorporating his continual research into day-to-day business. He distills the complex into easy-to-understand ideas that will give your audience an advantage over the competition.
7. MORE THAN A SPEECH
Kaihan is committed to providing value every step of the way, not just during the time he is on stage. Need help creating marketing content, building event hype, and filling seats? Looking for post-speech tools and worksheets that will jumpstart immediate action? No problem.
6. DAZZLING VISUALS
Void of boring lists and text-heavy screens, Kaihan’s presentation will take your event to the next level with high-resolution photography and gorgeous visuals.
5. PRACTICAL AND ACTIONABLE
Your audience will leave with useful tools, frameworks, and actions to apply immediately and get results.
4. INSPIRATIONAL STORIES
Kaihan masterfully weaves together colorful stories pulled from headlines and boardrooms to entertain the audience and turn key points into unforgettable lessons that attendees will apply every day to their own work.
3. EASY TO WORK WITH
Working with Kaihan is easy. He is professional and accommodating, and makes no outrageous demands. Kaihan is motivated by your success and not his ego.
2. CUSTOMIZED CONTENT
No two speeches Kaihan delivers are exactly the same. Kaihan takes time to learn about your organization, audience and goals. His keynotes are relevant and customized to your specific needs, and resonate with the audience.
1. HIGH IMPACT
Kaihan goes beyond what is expected of a speaker, doing whatever it takes to ensure your event is a resounding success. Your audience will be engaged, inspired and armed with practical tools and big ideas.