Gaia Grant

Bestselling international author, director of Tirian International Consultancy and recognised thought leader.

Gaia is a highly skilled presenter, facilitator and keynote speaker.

She engages with her audience presenting insights on a wide range of strategies and tools that can be used to find solutions to difficult challenges.

Videos of Gaia Grant

Gaia Grant speaker | The Neuroscience of Creativity | 2015
Gaia Grant speaker | Optus "The Creative Optimist" | 2013
Gaia Grant speaker | "Who Killed Creativity?" Promo Video | 2013

Speaker Profile

About Gaia Grant

Gaia Grant is a director of Tirian International Consultancy and the bestselling author of the groundbreaking book "The Innovation Race" and the internationally bestselling "Who Killed Creativity? And How Can We Get it Back?"

Gaia is a lecturer on sustainable innovation culture in international business and a doctoral (PhD) researcher at the University of Sydney Business School.

She also has an MSc in Creative Leadership from the University of New York, along with a Grad Dip Change Leadership, BD (Hons) and BA Dip Ed.

Gaia is a recognised thought leader and a highly skilled presenter and facilitator who has developed a wide range of strategies and tools that can be used to find solutions to the most difficult challenges. 

Grant is particularly interested in working with her corporate clients on corporate responsibility and sustainability programs and she has run these programs for clients including PwC, YPO (Young Presidents Organisation) and IFC World Bank.

Gaia has helped to design sustainable solutions for emerging countries program for Nestle headquarters in Switzerland and she has also worked with Duke Executive Education to help design and run a social responsibility program for Google headquarters in the US.

Other corporate brands that Gaia has worked with include Google (US), JP Morgan (Asia Pacific), Visa (US), Salesforce (Asia Pacific), Four Seasons Hotels & Resorts (Canada), Citibank (Asia Pacific), Baker & McKenzie (Asia Pacific), Colgate Palmolive (Innovation Lab America), Deutsche Bank (Asia Pacific) and many other MNCs who can all attest to her insightful and engaging approach.

Gaia contributes regularly to a number of major magazines and newspapers and she has also 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. She has also co-authored over 30 corporate educational resources, simulations and programs in total, which is used by Fortune 500 companies worldwide.

Along with her corporate client work, Gaia has also researched, designed and delivered long-term innovation culture solutions for a number of not-for-profit organisations, including directing a one-year project working on innovation solutions for an Australian government project that supports impoverished farmers with improving agriculture techniques in Indonesia, coordinating strategies for refugee organisations to overcome challenges internationally and producing a health curriculum for more than 25 million teachers and students in India.

As a keynote speaker, Gaia has presented talks at a number of high profile events for up to 3,000 people including:

  • Salesforce International Roadshow (Asia Pacific)
  • World President Organization Global conference
  • Optus / Singtel national event (Australia)
  • Worktech International Conferences (invited for Australia and selected countries in South America)
  • Growth Faculty Conference (Australia)

Gaia has also delivered other industry keynote and workshop presentations at events held at the Ci Creative Innovation Conference (Australia) and the Creative Problem Solving Institute (State University of New York, US).

She has also presented her research papers at a number of universities internationally across the US (such as Xavier and Miami), Asia Pacific (including Bhutan, Central Philippines University) and Europe (including delivering at major European management theory conferences EGOS and PROS).

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)


"Superbly presented, scoring a very high evaluation feedback of 6.8 out of 7. Gaia is a knowledgeable and entertaining trainer who presented an excellent session for us, really well facilitated and introduced. Really enjoyed it and liked the creative presentation through the game." - AIM (Australian Institute of Management) Queensland Australia

"Your contribution in so many ways turned the Optus Learning Fiesta into a smooth event with very interested participants and a great atmosphere for discussion & collaboration." - Optus Sydney (Gaia Grant opening Keynote talk live streamed throughout Aust and simultaneously presented with Andrew Grant at Singtel in Singapore)

"I was delighted with the workshop Who Killed Creativitywhich has both quality and depth. The combination of your depth of knowledge, presentation skills, and the delightful game made the experience safe, enlightening, and most important, change-enabling. The experience is both easy and fun. We know that experiential learning has the most likely chance of changing behaviour over the long term, and the extended value is in the likelihood of the experience “sticking”. Business, education, and government need to engage the new learnings you offer through your program." - Jon Michael Fox, International Center for Studies in Creativity, State University of New York (Buffalo)

"Superbly presented, scoring a very high evaluation feedback of 6.8 out of 7. Gaia is a knowledgeable and entertaining trainer who presented an excellent session for us, really well facilitated and introduced. Really enjoyed it and liked the creative presentation through the game." - AIM (Australian Institute of Management) Queensland Australia

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