Kaihan Krippendorff

Strategy and innovation expert, founder of Out thinker, former McKinsey consultant, author of four business strategy books, and sought-after keynote speaker changing the world by Outthinking the competition.

Kaihan has been shortlisted for the Thinkers50 2019 distinguished achievement award in the “INNOVATION” category for his work on growth and transformation through employee-driven innovation and entrepreneurship. The shortlist is comprised of the “Top 8 Innovation Experts in the World”.

About his conference

Kaihan is a sought-after speaker and facilitator in a number of fields, including business strategy, disruptive growth strategy, innovation, entrepreneurship, leadership, and corporate entrepreneurship.

Driving Innovation From Within: Harness the Power of the Entrepreneurial Mindset, Drive Growth, Jumpstart Transformation, and Become the Organization of the Future

“Innovation” brings to our mind the maverick entrepreneur who quits their job, at unimaginable odds, to build a business on their own. The business leaders we most admire –Richard Branson, Steve Jobs, Warren Buffett, Oprah Winfrey– follow remarkably similar paths. They left school or a career; they were passionate to solve a problem; they faced daunting hurdles; they fought through a jungle of disbelief, self-doubt, and sometimes betrayal; and ultimately, they came out smiling on the other end.

About his book

Driving Innovation from Within

Driving innovation from inside of an organization has become the central determinant of organizational success today. Employees are the number one source of innovative growth options and the only remaining source of sustainable competitive advantage. Arming them with the skills and tools necessary to innovate on a continual basis is of paramount importance to any organization with aspirations to remain relevant in the future.

     Create a culture of continuous innovation and creativity

     Be the disruptor, not the disrupted

     Unleash the power of an entrepreneurial mindset

     Tap into the value of fresh ideas

     Win the war for talent and be the workplace that attracts top performers

     Special section for leaders: steps to transform your company for the future

Outthink the Competition

Based on his most recent book, “Outthink the Competition”, Kaihan delivers a set of proven business strategy tools he has used with more than 300 clients to create innovative growth ideas, ideas that increase revenue, profit, and the trajectory of your career. Blending together first-hand stories of inspiring business and social innovators, from Elon Musk to Noble Peace Prize winner Mohammad Yunus, Kaihan’s presentation will teach you a tested method that will help your company develop innovative growth ideas that will make you more competitive and unlock growth.

Innovating Beyond Product or Innovating Across 8 Dimensions

When we say “innovation” we almost always mean “product innovation.” We talk about research & development and possible new solutions to meet unmet needs. This is a one-dimensional and incomplete approach to innovation. Dissect the most innovative companies of the last decade and you will see that great innovators disrupt their markets by reaching beyond the product. Oftentimes their success rests on choices that have little to do with new products.

Winning the future of Finance

The financial services industry –from banking to payments to insurance– today is undergoing a rapid, historic transformation. Never before have so many disruptions hit the industry so rapidly, from fin-tech to regulation to consumer/ investor behavior. Kaihan works with many of the world’s leading financial institutions, helping them make sense of the future and design strategies to win.

Disrupting Retail

The retail and apparel industries today are undergoing a rapid, historic transformation. Kaihan works at the cutting edge of the disruption, helping many of the world’s leading retail and apparel brands navigate a future being shaped by radically shorter times to market, artificial intelligence, personalization, and broad shifts in consumer behavior.


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

-Shannon Wallis- Global Director, Leadership Programs, Microsoft

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

-Mohammad Yunus- Nobel Peace Prize Winner

“Amidst great global competition and rapid technology shifts, continuous innovation is what drives long-term impact and success. And the number one source of innovation for companies is their own employees. Kaihan shows how large organizations, not just startups, can be a place where entrepreneurs innovate, build, and adapt for the future.”

-Reid Hoffman, Co-Founder of LinkedIn and co-author of “Blitzscaling”

“This smart and wide-ranging book will convince you that it’s often more promising to be an ‘intrapreneur’ — someone who innovates from within an established organization — than an entrepreneur. If you work for an organization and are itching to become more creative — to tap the resources of your company to create something amazing — DRIVING INNOVATION FROM WITHIN is an essential read.”

-Daniel H. Pink, Author of WHEN, DRIVE, and TO SELL IS HUMAN

“Transformation cannot happen through leadership alone. Kaihan’s work provides compelling evidence that inspiring and empowering people broadly throughout the organization is the only way to sustain change and achieve agile and innovative growth. It includes an interesting framework on how to merge the advantages of scale with the agility of a startup”

-Maeve Coburn. Senior Vice President , Learning for Transformation, L’Oréal