Kaihan Krippendorff

Strategy, Growth, and Transformation expert.
Founder of The Outthinker Strategy Network.

“Great ideas don’t die in the market, they die in the shower. People are too scared to pursue them because they appear crazy.”


English, Spanish


Specific topics

BrandingBusiness modelsInternational BusinessPerfomanceStartupSuccessattitudebusiness planbusiness trendscapital riskemployee engagementempowermentfuture trendsinnovationinspirationorganizational developmentout of the boxpeak performanceproductivitysmall businesssocial entrepreneurshipstrategic planningtransformation

Who is Kaihan Krippendorff?

Kaihan Krippendorff is an internationally recognized thought leader, battle-tested consultant, and sought-after keynote speaker (in-person and virtual) on the topics of strategy, growth, and transformation.

Kaihan Krippendorff was included in the Thinkers50 list of the 30 management thinkers most likely to shape the future of how organizations are managed and led.

What can you expect from a conference with Kaihan Krippendorff?

As a top business strategy, growth and transformation keynote speaker, Kaihan Krippendorff helps leaders and organizations develop the skills and mindset needed not only to survive but thrive in the fast-paced digital and agile future.

In his lectures, Kaihan Krippendorff reveals the secrets of how the world’s most successful companies and strategists see options others ignore, offering easy-to-use toolkits and frameworks to thrive in today’s era of fast-paced disruptive technological change.

Moreover, Kaihan Krippendorff teaches how to out think the competition and conquer innovation through the paths of purpose, agile thinking, and disruption.

Kaihan Krippendorff’s career and contribution to society:

He began his career with McKinsey & Company before founding the growth strategy and innovation consulting firm Outthinker. His growth strategies and innovations have generated over $2.5B in revenue for many of the world’s most recognizable companies including Boeing, Citibank, CVS Health, L’Oréal, Microsoft, and Verizon.

Kaihan Krippendorff is a best-selling author of five books, most recently the Edison Award-nominated, ‘Driving Innovation From Within: A Guide for Internal Entrepreneurs.’

Kaihan Krippendorff is the founder of the Outthinker Strategy Network, an exclusive network of Chief Strategy Officers from large organizations with over $1B in revenue. A trusted advisor to these Fortune 500 Strategy Executives, Kaihan is known for facilitating powerful conversations that create strategic clarity and yield actionable and impactful ideas for this diverse cross-industry group.

Amidst his dizzying schedule of keynote speeches, consulting projects, ongoing research and writing, Kaihan still finds time to teach at business schools throughout the US and internationally (including NYU and FIU), contribute regularly to Fast Company and other major business media outlets, host the Outthinkers Podcast, and play an active role on the advisory boards of a growing roster of national and international companies.

He earned an MBA 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.

Awards and recognitions:

Included in the Thinkers50 list of the 30 management thinkers most likely to shape the future of how organizations are managed and led.


- Driving innovation from within: harness the power of the entrepreneurial mindset, drive growth, jumpstart transformation, and become the organization of the future
- Out think the competition: excelling in a digital, agile, purpose-driven future
- Unleashing agile: activate the power of an entrepreneurial mindset to drive growth
- Be the disruptor, not the disrupted
- The purpose path: building a mission-oriented organization that harnesses the power of CSR and a do-good strategy
- Winning the future of finance
- Disrupting retail

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