Kaihan Krippendorff

Strategy, Growth and Transformation Expert


English, Spanish


Specific topics

BrandingBusiness ModelsCapital riskEmployee engagementFuture TrendsInnovationInternational BusinessOut of the boxPeak performancePerfomanceStartupSuccessattitudebusiness planbusiness trendsempowermentinspirationorganizational developmentproductivitysmall businesssocial entrepreneurshipstrategic planningtransformation

Kaihan Krippendorff has made a commitment to helping organizations and individuals thrive in today’s era of fast-paced disruptive technological change.

He began his career with McKinsey & Company before founding the growth strategy and innovation consulting firm Outthinker. His growth strategies and innovations have generated over $2.5B in revenue for many of the world’s most recognizable companies including BNY Mellon, Citibank, L’Oréal, Microsoft, and Viacom. A best-selling author of five books, most recently the Edison Award nominated, Driving Innovation From Within: A Guide for Internal Entrepreneurs.

He is a member of the prestigious Thinkers50 radar group – A global selection of the top 30 management thinkers in the world to look out for. Thinkers50 also recognized Kaihan as one of the 8 most influential innovation thought leaders in the world considering him for a Distinguished Achievement Award in Innovation – given to the person in the world that has contributed the most to the world’s understanding of innovation in the past two years. Kaihan is currently ranked the Thinkers360 #1 Global Innovation Thought Leader and the Thinkers360 #1 Global Business Strategy Thought Leader.

Kaihan also founded The Outthinker Strategy Network, a community comprised of strategy executives from the world’s top Fortune 500 and private companies that keeps him ahead of the pace of disruption and up to date on trends, threats, and opportunities across industries.

Amidst his dizzying schedule of keynote speeches, consulting projects, ongoing research and writing, Kaihan still finds time to teach at business schools throughout the US and internationally. Regularly featured in major business media outlets. Kaihan is an advisory board member for a blockchain-powered transportation platform, an international food processing/exporting company, and a B-corporation focused on sustainable products and lifestyle.

He holds degrees from the University of Pennsylvania School of Engineering, Wharton, Columbia, and London Business Schools and a doctorate in strategy. With a mother from Bangladesh and a father from Germany, Kaihan brings a holistic, diverse, and global perspective to everything he does. His work has brought him to 58 countries all over the world. 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.

Speaking Topics:
- Outthink the competition: excelling in a digital, agile, purpose-driven future
- Outthinking covid: embracing agile mindset to explore new business models and revenue streams for the with/post-covid era
- Driving Innovation From Within: A Guide for Employees and Organizational Leaders
- Innovating beyond the r&d lab: realizing trapped value across the eight dimensions of innovation
- Unleashing agile: activate the power of an entrepreneurial mindset to drive growth
- Be the disruptor, not the disrupted
- The purpose path: building a mission-oriented organization that harnesses the power of csr and a do-good strategy
- Winning the future of financial services
- Disrupting retail

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