Alf Rehn Speaker

Alf Rehn

Highly engaging Thinkers50 recognised thought leader and speaker focusing on innovation and new wave creative business management

Alf Rehn: Biography highlights

Bestselling author Alf Rehn is a highly influential professor at the University of Southern Denmark who is passionate about innovation, creativity, design and management.

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English, French, Italian

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About Alf Rehn

Alf Rehn is a recognised global thought leader on innovation and creativity, Thinkers50 speaker and bestselling author. Alf has also been included in international media publications including Italian fashion magazines and Brazilian arts journals.

He is also a highly influential professor at the University of Southern Denmark and is passionate about innovation, creativity, design and management. Having worked with a variety of Fortune 500 corporations as well as founding his own highly successful international advertising agency, he understands and has experience of management and business innovation.


At the exceptionally young age of 31, Alf was made tenured Chair of Management and Organization at Åbo Akademi University in Finland, and ever since has focused on exploring and overcoming the challenges that global corporations face when it comes to innovation. More than just an academic, Alf has been involved in a wide variety of projects over the years, including heading up his own international advertising agency and sitting on the board of billion-dollar companies. He has also written bestselling books which explore the issues of creativity and trends and are loved by business-people and academics alike.

Having worked with a wide variety of business, from fresh-faced startups to well-established Fortune 500 corporations, his innovative thinking has been recognised in a number of circles all over the world and even earned him several awards. In 2013 he was rated number three among the top 20 Nordic business thinkers and number one among Nordic academics. He was also named as ‘Top Professor on Twitter’ in the Innovation category by LDRLB. 2015 also saw him shortlisted for the Thinkers50 Distinguished Award in Innovation.

As a speaker, Alf has also been widely celebrated and in 2010 was named Speaker of the Year in Finland. He has been the warm-up to the likes of Al Gore and Arnold Schwarzenegger, and headlined conferences with tens of thousands of visitors. He is known as a speaker who can engage with all, no matter how big or small his audience, and is regularly praised for his ability to connect with those whose day to day work doesn’t even involve innovation in business. Having accomplished so much within such a short span of his career, Alf is seen as a true innovator and an inspiration.

If you’d like to hear one of Alf’s inspiring presentations on innovation at your event, just drop us an email, give us a call, or request a call back.

Alf Rehn is a Professor of Management and Organization and one of the most influential and inspiring management thinkers in Europe. He currently shares his time between academia and business and is a thought leader in the arena of creativity and innovation. Well respected among his academic peers and the global business community, Alf represents the new wave of business minds and approaches key management topics in a way that provokes, challenges and offers effective, actionable methods of innovation and improvement for modern organisations.

Current / Past Roles & Positions

  • Included on the Thinkers50 Guru Radar management thinkers list in 2016
  • Rated No3 among the Top 20 Nordic Business Thinkers in 2013 (No1 among academics)
  • Shortlisted for the Thinkers50 Distinguished Award in Innovation 2015.
  • Ranked as a “Top Professor on Twitter” (in the Innovation category) by LDRLB.
  • Speaker of the Year in Finland 2010.


Alf speaks both English and Danish.

Speaking Style

Entertaining and humorous, Alf’s speeches have been described as ‘business standup’ and never fail to amuse. Despite this, he always manages to portray his true passion for innovation and creativity using his own extensive experience to bring his subject matter alive.



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Alf Rehn – Extreme consumers and fanatic fans
Alf Rehn – Extreme consumers and fanatic fans
A taste of leadership: Alf Rehn at TEDxUmea
A taste of leadership: Alf Rehn at TEDxUmea
Alf Rehn   La Ciudad de las Ideas 2013 "Dangerous Ideas"
Alf Rehn La Ciudad de las Ideas 2013 "Dangerous Ideas"

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