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Kaihan Krippendorff

Strategy and innovation expert, founder of Outthinker, former McKinsey consultant, author of four business strategy books and sought after keynote speaker

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Kaihan Krippendorff is the founder of Outthinker, a former McKinsey consultant and the author of four business strategy books including his most recent “Driving Innovation From Within”.

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Kaihan Krippendorff’s background

Kaihan Krippendorff is committed to helping organizations and individuals thrive in today’s era of fast-paced disruptive technological change. Kaihan is known for his ability to turn difficult concepts into easy-to-understand ideas that drive meaningful outcomes and actions. He is an internationally recognized thought-leader, battle-tested consultant, and sought-after keynote speaker on the topics of business strategy, growth, transformation, and innovation.

Kaihan began his career as a strategy consultant with McKinsey & Company before founding the growth strategy and innovation consulting firm Outthinker. Growth strategies and innovations created through Outthinker have energized countless organizations, teams, and individuals all while generating over $2.5B in revenue for many of the world’s most recognizable Fortune 500 companies.

An accomplished author, Kaihan has written four books on business strategy, growth, and transformation, most recently Outthink the Competition (John Wiley & Sons). For his forthcoming book, The Employee Innovator: Driving Innovation From Within (Columbia University Press, 2019), Kaihan deeply researched and interviewed more than 150 internal innovators and leaders in nearly every conceivable industry.

Kaihan is a member of the prestigious Thinkers50 Class of 2019 Radar group – A global selection of the top 30 management thinkers to follow and hear from in the coming year. The group has been described as a “dream team of researchers, advisers, entrepreneurs, and organizational leaders” that will “intrigue, inspire, and guide” people and organizations with their ideas. He is also one of eight people under consideration for the Thinkers50 2019 Distinguished Achievement Award in the category of Innovation – awarded to the person in the world that has contributed the most to our understanding of innovation in the past two years.

Kaihan founded The Outthinker Network – a group of high-level strategists and innovators for large global organizations. Quarterly roundtables are a unique opportunity for senior executives to take part in an intimate, candid, and forward-looking conversation with a network of peer professionals and the world’s most sought-after disruptive thinkers, including Rita Gunther McGrath, John Hagel, and George Day, among others. Quarterly meetings facilitated by Kaihan connect him with both thought-leaders and organizational leaders, providing insights as to what issues are most relevant and how companies can approach and conquer threats of disruption.

Amidst his dizzying schedule of keynotes, consulting projects, ongoing research and writing, Kaihan still finds time to be a consultant with Wharton Executive Education, faculty member of Florida International University and lecturer at business schools throughout the US and internationally. He is regularly featured in key business media outlets, including BusinessWeek, Harvard Business Review, Forbes, Time, Fox Business, Fast Company, PBS, and Bloomberg Radio.

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 earned a Master of Business Administration at Columbia Business School and London Business School, a Bachelor of Science in finance from Wharton Business School, and a Bachelor of Science in mechanical engineering from the University of Pennsylvania, and he holds a Doctorate of Science in economics.

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.



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“Kaihan’s groundbreaking work on strategy development changes the game for organizations facing an increasingly competitive environment.”

Shannon Wallis
Global Director, Leadership Programs
Society for Human Resource Management

“Kaihan has the unique ability to frame questions in such a way that energizes a diverse group of leaders in strategic business planning. Through his guidance we were able to look at strategic issues for our board in unique ways that will have immediate application. He was quick to understand our issues and our mission and was an immense help in developing our strategy.”

Mary E Power
CAE Executive Director
Gazelles Inc.

“We’ve exposed thousands of executives of growth firms around the world to Kaihan Krippendorff’s concrete and practical stratagems for dealing with competitive threats and he’s been universally well received by our tough and discerning audiences.”

Verne Harnish

“Kaihan shows that with a bold idea, anyone can change the world.”

Mohammad Yunus
Nobel Peace Prize Winner
VITAS Healthcare Corporation

“Kaihan has an innate ability to captivate his audience. He brings a fresh, unique and passionate perspective on strategy and leadership, his style is brilliant and engaging and he is clearly a rising star.”

Kal Mistry
IMEX Group

“We have had outstanding feedback from Kaihan’s sessions [at IMEX Frankfurt] and it was an honour to have him take part.”

Carina Bauer
Donnelley Financial Solutions

Kaihan Really Understood the Key Messages We Were Trying to Get Across to Our Senior Leadership Team. He Incorporated Those Key Messages Around Strategy and Innovation Into His Speech, Which Was Energizing, Practical and Impactful.

Dan Leib

“Kaihan is very good at understanding the underlying patterns of strategy, then he trains the group to start recognizing these patterns, with time the strategic level of the group starts rising, generating breakthrough ideas that unleash untapped value.”

Juan Mijares
Regional Director of Strategy
L’Oreal USA (now Managing Director, Google)

“Kaihan provides practical methods to systematically analyze and intelligently manage the competition. This does not mean copying or even responding to the competition. It means precisely the opposite.”

Marc Speichert
Chief Marketing Officer
Publicis Worldwide

“Instant information, immediate price comparison, and an expanding breadth of customer choice are thrusting business leaders into a new era of competition. Kaihan’s fresh message opens minds and motivates strategic change in an era that demands change.”

Robert Bloom

“We invited Kaihan to address a global body of our top talent. He delivers cutting edge business concepts with his own unique tools in a way that inspires leaders to think differently. His professional approach, innovative concepts and deep knowledge of strategy holds up against the most sophisticated and experienced audiences.”

Robert Cancalosi
Director of Global Customer Leadership
Brand USA

“Kaihan’s speech for the Professional Convention Management Association left us inspired and wanting to change the world.”

Anna Klapper

Kaihan Krippendorff Breaks Down the Complex Into Relevant, Practical, and Actionable Insights That Engage, Entertain, and Inspire Your Audience.

Josh Linkner
Five-time Tech Entrepreneur and Hyper-growth CEO
Nuveen Private Investments

Kaihan Is a Uniquely Engaging Speaker; He Energizes and Inspires. He Uses Cutting-edge Business Examples to Make Complex Subjects Simple and Offers the Right Balance of Entertainment and Deep Insight

Heather Davis
President and Chief Investment Officer

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