Gaurav Bhalla, is a globally acclaimed author, thinker-doer and “presentainer” in Leadership, Strategy, Marketing and Innovation. He is a provocative and charismatic speaker who manages to take organizations, teams and individuals on transformational journeys towards greater professional success and personal fulfillment. His company, Knowledge Kinetics, guides, coaches and trains professionals in many of the world’s leading companies to work towards progress and innovation.
In his talks, Gaurav Bhalla focuses on three main topics: leadership, diversity and mindset. From these standpoints, he delivers cutting edge ideas and insights that challenge his audiences to work for greatness in a fast pace changing world. As a speaker, Gaurav Bhalla believes in the power of learning and adapting what we already know to new scenarios. As he puts it, to know is important, but it is even more so to apply our knowledge to solve real life problems and dilemmas. Gaurav Bhalla promotes the humanity of leaders, as he believes that a better world is only possible if today’s and tomorrow’s leaders work towards the prosperity of all, a perspective he highlights in his talks.
Gaurav Bhalla’s 40+ years global career has taken him to 5 continents, 30+ countries, where he worked with a variety of clients and companies in several sectors, such as Healthcare, Pharmaceuticals, Technology, and Financial services. He has worked with internationally renowned companies including Glaxo, Capital One, Citi, MetLife, Audi, and Marriott. Moreover, his expertise has allowed him to design and implement executive education programs in some of the best business schools in the world like Georgetown, Duke, or the Singapore Management University; and at Corporate Universities of companies like Sprint, Kodak, Hallmark, Deloitte, IBM, Boeing, and Texas Instruments.
As an author he is published in both literature and business, having reflected his philosophy and vision in his HBR article “Rethinking Marketing” and his book “Collaboration and Co-Creation: New Platforms for Marketing and Innovation”. His latest book, “Awakening A Leader’s Soul: Learnings Through Immortal Poems” presents the idea of Soulful Leadership, that reimagines leadership’s purpose and reshapes its outcomes. He has also published poems and plays.
In 2016, he won the Executive Education Specialist of the Year, a global award in recognition of his speaking and training services. Prior to his work at Knowledge Kinetics, he has held senior management and C-level positions at P&G (Richardson Vicks), Nestle, and TNS Worldwide.
- Leading fearlessly in a millennial and AI-dominated world
- Transforming leadership journeys: a “must-do” manifesto for 21st Century trailblazers
- Cognitive diversity: critical for survival & growth in today’s complex world
- Want creativity? Then invest in creative abrasion & collaboration
- Embrace change by embracing innovation
- Leading and winning with a customer-first mindset
Director of Engineering, Google. Chairman, Kurzweil Technologies
President of the Portuguese Chamber of Commerce and Industry since 2005. Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Pinto Basto Group
Founder of the MIT Media Lab
CEO Spain, Italy and Portugal, Dell Computer (1997-2002), President NH Hoteles (2002-2005), GD Google Iberia (2006-2008), President GE (2008-2009)