Chris Griffiths is a high-profile keynote speaker on creativity, innovation, and mind mapping and a bestselling author published in over 20 languages worldwide.
In 2006, he founded OpenGenius, a company focussed on helping transform creativity, learning, and thinking. His passion for creativity links to his strong support of neurodiversity. Through his work with The Inspire Genius Foundation, he aims to promote the inclusion of neurodivergent thinkers and how that can add value to any business.
Millions have used his technology solutions, and he has personally worked with Nobel laureates, governments, royal families, and business CEOs.
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Chris Griffiths puts his money where his mouth is; having set up his first company aged 18 – which he would go on to sell at 26 – his companies, including Ayoa, OpenGenius and Tec Marina, have ranked in the ‘European Deloitte Fast 50’ and the ‘Sunday Times/ London Stock Exchange Fasttrack 100’. These companies have produced four apps, each boasting over one million users.
Chris has presented keynote speeches and workshops to the likes of the European Commission, the State Bank of India, and His Majesty King Abdullah II. He has also contributed articles to major publications such as Director Magazine, Forbes, GQ, Minute Hack, and The Telegraph.
Together with the inventor of mind mapping, Tony Buzan, he created the ThinkBuzan Licensed Instructor Course in Mind Mapping, a global network of over 1,000 instructors, including those from Sony, the Ministry of Defence, and the NHS. He also developed the OpenGenius Licensed Instructor Course in Applied Innovation and Kick-Start Innovation away days to help people implement strategies to improve decision-making and minimise risks.
As well as working with The Inspire Genius Foundation, Chris donates his time to a number of not-for-profit initiatives aiming to drive innovation to change the world for the better.
As of 2023, Chris had written two bestselling books and contributed to one other.
In 2011, he published Grasp the Solution, a guide to help generate innovative ideas and ways to solve problems creatively. Then in 2019, he published The Creative Thinking Handbook: Your Step-by-Step Guide to Problem Solving in Business. This book aimed to help develop creative problem-solving skills to create better decision-making in business. The book was ranked the #1 business book by CEO Today, and ‘one of the best books to get your creative juices flowing’ by Forbes.
In 2014, he contributed to Tony Buzan’s book, Mind Maps for Business: Using the Ultimate Thinking Tool to Revolutionise How You Work. In the book, the two men shared the powerful techniques of mind mapping within business in order to help professionals revolutionise the way they think.
– Mind Mapping
– Decision Making
– Strategic Thinking
– How To Obtain an ‘Everything is Possible’ Mindset
In 2017, Chris presented a TED talk entitled ‘Think Different’. In the talk, Chris drew on his own experiences to introduce a creative concept to overcome challenges. As of 2023, the talk had been viewed over 19,000 times.
Chris has spoken at hundreds of industry events over the years, including, Biggerplate Conference Unplugged, European Academy for Direct and Interactive Marketing, European Business Awards, Global Pets Forum, Healthcare People Management Association, Ideas First Conference, The Institute of Financial Planners, Likeminds Innovation Conference, Sharjah Business Women Council, Singapore Institute of Management, and The Sunday Times Business Roadshow
Clients: Apple, AXA, BBC, Disney, Harvard Business Review, Hertz Global Holdings, Hewlett-Packard, Intel, London Stock Exchange, McDonalds, Medline, Microsoft, Ministry of Defence, Morgan Stanley, Nasa, NHS, Oxfam, Pepsi, Pfizer, Scottish Parliament, Sony, Stanford University, United Nations, University of Oxford.
Chris Griffiths advises the largest companies in the world to be better.
Forbes Magazine, ICON Event, Prague
A powerful, hands-on approach to tap into our creative flow and become masters in our chosen field. An essential resource for anyone looking to ‘be different’ and create at their highest capacity.
Jan Mühlfeit, Executive Coach/Mentor, Former Chairman of Microsoft Europe, Author of The Positive Leader
Chris shows with clarity and persuasiveness that creative thinking is not magic, but a process that can be learned, developed, and most importantly applied to the challenges, whether business or personal, that confront us all.
Tim Hurson, Author of Think Better: An Innovator’s Guide to Productive Thinking
Organisations are proclaiming the need to work smarter – Chris Griffiths provides a map of how to do that.
Bob Urichuck, Author
The course was the cherry on the cake for me. It offered many new insights. I was inspired by the course, instructors and other delegates alike.
Mike Palmer, Logistics SME, Boeing
Truly lifechanging…opened my eyes to thinking differently and being more creative. Many colleagues noticed the change and the business is ultimately seeing the benefit.
Dominic McKenny, Director of IT, Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust
A really inspiring and pragmatic guide to innovation and creativity, key drivers of great businesses.
Peter Estlin, Former Lord Mayor of the City of London
My brain has been given a boost…very inspirational. This is as good as it gets.
Gopal Raja, CEO, Ideation inc.
Chris is not only a great human being but also a great inventor, speaker and leader.
Dina Faidi, Consultant, Creativity Beyond