Andrew Grant

Bestselling international author, CEO of Tirian International Consultancy, recognised thought leader and consultant

Andrew is a highly experienced keynote speaker, presenter and facilitator.

He engages with his audience presenting funny and impactful insights on creating a corporate innovation culture.

Videos of Andrew Grant

Andrew Grant speaker | Who Killed Creativity? and How Can We Get it Back? | TEDxHongKong
Andrew Grant speaker | Magic of Creativity | Tirian Innovative Solutions | 2012

Speaker Profile

About Andrew Grant


Andrew Grant is a founder and director of Tirian International Consultancy and author of the breakthrough new book "The Innovation Race: How to change a culture to change the game." He is also the author of the international bestseller "Who Killed Creativity? And How Can We Get it Back?"

As an executive level global culture consultant and facilitator, Andrew has been engaged by market innovation leaders to help create a culture of innovation and has worked with global brands including:

  • Nestle (sustainable solutions for emerging markets in Switzerland)
  • Four Seasons Hotels & Resorts (preparing the exec team & GMs for the future of the hospitality industry, Canada)
  • Disney (creating compelling ideas for marketing, HK)
  • Mercedes Benz (innovative brand positioning, China)
  • Estee Lauder (reimagining regional retail models)
  • Salesforce (looking at the future of marketing and the customer journey)
  • Duke University & UAE Prime Minister’s office (to help Dubai and the region develop future leaders in innovation)

Andrew has also worked with a number of large financial institutions.

Speaking and presenting

Andrew is a highly experienced, humorous and engaging presenter and facilitator. He is in high demand internationally and has presented talks at:

  • Young Presidents’ Organisation (YPO) Global Edge & GLC ROW Conference (Aust) (Europe)
  • Four Seasons Hotel International CEO Conference (Canada)
  • The World Innovation Conference (France)
  • TEDx (HK)
  • HR Summit & HR Smart Workforce (Singapore)
  • APEC CEO Summit & APEC University Leaders’ Forum (Vietnam)
  • Jumeirah Hotels CEO GMs Global conference (Dubai)

He has delivered a series of headline keynotes at extended international roadshows for Fuji Xerox, Salesforce and Citibank.

Andrew has a wealth of knowledge and experience working internationally and is both globally minded and culturally fluent, resulting in sessions that are always relevant and sensitive to both the local mindset and diverse audiences. 

He has co-authored over 30 corporate educational resources, simulations and programs in total, which is used by Fortune 500 companies worldwide. Companies such as Visa use Tirian programs as an induction program for every new manager worldwide.

Andrew consistently receives the highest rated feedback for his sessions. His significant success comes from the fact that he is not only able to talk intelligently and engagingly about the important elements of creative thinking and innovation but it is easy to see in everything he does. 

As a result, Andrew has been featured in a number of international media including BBC and ABC TV along with commercial TV, Reuters, Harvard Business Review, Fast Company and the Wall St Journal.

Speaking Topics

Creativity: Signature keynotes

The magic of creative thinking and how to really think outside the box. 

Uses magic illusions as an illustration for how the creative thinking process can be blocked psychologically, segueing to challenging people about their mindset and mental models.

Who Killed Creativity?... And how can we get it back?

Why ‘design thinking’ doesn't always work. Profiling the potential creative thinking killers, and identifying how to counteract these through building creative thinking skills and an innovative culture.

The forensic lab and the neuroscience of creative thinking

How to re-train the brain to access and harness unique creative thinking skills –including fascinating insights from the latest research in neuroscience.

Innovation: Signature keynotes

The Traveller and the Tourist. Why innovation doesn’t always work. Who wins, who loses and who gets eliminated?

Companies like Google may appear to be leading in the ‘innovation race’, but do they have all the solutions? Our research has revealed that most companies today only have half the story right and that a new perspective is needed to overcome the challenges. This presentation identifies core sustainable innovation strategies for surviving and thriving in ‘theinnovation race’. It reveals that by simply changing perspective, new ideas can be better supported through to implementation.

The Monk and the Mobile - The Paradox Theory of Innovation

This session how to lead and manage innovation through successfully navigating the 4 key innovation paradoxes. Practical strategies and the ‘polar positioning’ tool are introduced to show how to navigate these paradoxical tensions successfully. The fast-paced global adventure reveals how different cultures and companies around the world have effectively managed the key Exploration / Preservation innovation paradox, along with the 4 contributing sub-paradoxes.

The Innovation Game Changers-Sustainable Innovation

How often do we stop to think about why and how we innovate? Are we in danger of innovating for the sake of innovating?This session dives deep below the surface of the most innovative cultures and challenges the typical assumption that innovation is simply about designing bigger, better, and faster products and services. It suggests, instead, that innovation should be about creative culture change, and explores how to create a purpose-driven innovation culture

What is Your Innovator Profile? Are you Innovation Ready?

How to identify and develop your individual, your team’s and your organization’s innovation strengths for maximizing innovation at all levels. Includes a fascinating validated assessment and interactive ‘speed dating’ and ‘in or out’ exercises to help people explore their unique perspectives and potential.

Dinosaurs and Disruptions.What’s next? (A ‘futurist keynote’ with a difference)

The surprising future of innovation & Embracing The Forth Industrial RevolutionMost conference attendees seem to want to hear market leaders share their predictions, hoping to pick up the latest trends in innovation and stay ahead of the curve. But at best, this can just be an adrenaline hit for the audience, and not offer any real actionable solutions to see just how innovation ready we are, and what we need to do about it.

Creativity: Interactive workshop and business facilitation

Interactive Diagnostic Tool - ‘Who Killed Creativity?‘

An interactive diagnostic tool for identifying the blocks to creative thinking and innovation in individuals, teams, organizations and cultures (Simulation board game).

Takeaways: An understanding of why creativity has difficulty flourishing in a typical work environment PLUS learn the traits of a creative mindset & innovative work environment.

The Creativity Process - The 7 Creative Thinking Strategies for Designing New Innovations (Introducing Design Thinking)

How to rescue creative thinking and problem solving -7 enabling ‘critical’, ‘creative’ and ‘design’-thinking strategies for creative thinking success. Uses real workplace case studies and focuses on developing practical solutions.

Takeaways: Practical tools for coming up with workable ideas and implementable solutions faster PLUS one or more business issues solved using the tools.

Team Creativity - Innovative Team Actions

Identifying individual strengths within a team to ensure a team is able to innovate together to maximize potential (Workshop with profiling).

Takeaways: An efficient high performing team able to maximize individual strengths and collaborate effectively to come up with innovative new ideas and solutions PLUS one or more practical new business applications ready for implementation.

Systematising Innovation - Innovative Organization Applications

A model for systematizing innovation in the organization (Workshop & real workplace case studies)

Takeaways: A blueprint for organizational innovation that is responsive to customer needs PLUS one or more innovation models for the organization ready for execution.

Innovation Process -‘The Chocolate Factory’ Organisation Implementation

‘The Chocolate Factory’ simulation provides the opportunity to practice creative thinking tools and examine how customer-centric innovation can be systematized through the organization. (Simulation). 

Takeaways: An understanding of innovative process redesign PLUS a recommended solution for an improvement to a practical workplace challenge.

Innovation: Interactive workshops and facilitation

Preparation for innovation

Developing a united vision and values for building a purpose-driven and sustainable innovation culture. The session covers the importance of developing innovation from multiple perspectives -and the key element of authentic empathy and the critical insights this process can provide.
Takeaways: Organization vision, mission and values connected to innovation process and empathy maps.

How to lead a culture of innovation

Negotiating 4 key innovation culture paradox pairings with polar positioning.

1.Liberate: How to unlock a culture of innovation through freedom and guidance

Takeaways: Action statements and strategies for building a foundation for innovation culture

2. Initiate: How to initiate the innovation process through diversity and focus

Takeaways: Cultural principles and practices for exploring the generation of the best possible ideas

3. Motivate: How to inspire and engage individuals and teams towards unified solutions

Takeaways: Leadership behaviour plans to support innovative engagement

4. Transform: How to transform a culture for implementing innovation through flexibility and stability

Takeaways: Setting up systems and structures that will support sustainable ongoing innovation implementation

Recent Speaking Topics and Trends

APEC CEO Summit:
"The Forth Industrial Revolution"

SEAC Centre / Stanford Exec Ed: Launch and Keynote to the Alumni of the Inaugural Leading Innovation through Design Thinking Program by SEAC and Stanford Center for Professional Development
"How to be an Effective Innovative Leader"

Jumeirah Hotels: CEO conference (UAE):
"Becoming Innovation Ready: Again!"

CI: Australia’s largest Creative Innovations conference:
"Human Intelligence 2.0: Thriving in the age of Acceleration"

University of Sydney: Executive Education and MBA programs:
"The Paradox of Innovation"

Griffith University: Integrity20
"The Innovative Optimist"

EGOS and PROS: Management theory (presenting academic papers at top management theory conferences, Europe)
"Ethical challenges for organizations in the future"

Human Resource Management: (Singapore)
"The Future of Work - Are you innovation Ready?"

Deutsche Bank: (Workshops all over Australia Asia)
"Thinking out of the Box / Design Thinking"

Austrade: Australian Trade & Investment Commission & Australian Consulate
"General Design Thinking to Deal with the Future of Work" (CSI2)

Keppel Infrastructure: (Singapore)
"How a Team can use Design Thinking for Solving Difficult Problems" (CSI2)


"We got the results we were looking for" - Joachim Wessling, Country CEO Allianz

"Both the book and the “roadshow” are captivating." - Nick Walker, Columnist, South China Morning Post

"A phenomenal session! The feedback was excellent and many of our members gave this session a 10 out of 10. Really unique in bringing real depth and understanding to innovation. I saw a lot of lights go on today with our CEOs, and this will help our CEOs to be more effective in innovating. Excellent job, It was much appreciated!" - Robert E. Fiske, President & CEO, USA, Chief Executives Guild

"Exceeded expectations, your program made our team more comfortable working with these issues, gave the topic more credibility and it was actionable." - Director of Food SBU, Switzerland, Nestle

"Totally impressed, a great event. It was both logical & fun, with real take aways." - Managing Director, Czech Republic, 3M (YPO)

"This was the best program I’ve ever seen." - Regional CEO, Daimler (DFS)

"Top marks for helping us ensure that the whole issue of creating a supporting culture that enables our key strategic initiatives, becomes successful." - John Gilbert Global Operations, London UK, UBS Investment Bank

"A truly magnificent achievement, particularity since the audience was from a multitude of cultures and listened in 5 different languages. This event scored the highest feedback in our10-year history." (4.6/5) - Asia Pacific Manager, Premier Partners Global Network, Fuji Xerox

"You engaged our teams to really think through the value of creativity in business and about how to create a space that allows you to access that perspectives." - Erik Skramstad, Partner, Director, US Advisory Forensic Services, PwC

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