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Kristian Diekhöner

Trust Futurist and Innovation Strategist.

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Trust works like a magnetic field - whenever it is lost, there is room for a new order to emerge.

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Philipp Kristian is a trust futurist, millennial innovation strategist, TEDx speaker and author of The Trust Economy. A nomad and trailblazer travelling 300+ days a year, he works with some of the best and largest names in business on building a more trusted future. Named a WEF Global Shaper, KAIROS Global Fellow and St. Gallen Symposium Leader of Tomorrow, he is the definitive millennial voice on trust and innovation in the digital age. Philipp believes we have no future without trust. Trust drives behaviour, behaviour drives decisions, and decisions create our future. Because the future is a product of our actions, Philipp sponsors Mangrove reforestation and carbon offsetting projects in the Bay of Bengal with each confirmed booking.

Philipp’s keynotes explore the future of work, business and everyday life. He speaks about digital transformation, disruptive innovation, smart cities, transformational technologies and start-up ecosystems. He distils the complexity of our hyper-connected digital age into simple, pragmatic directions - deep-diving into the role of ethics, artificial intelligence and sustainability in shaping this progress. Balancing universal human insight with global trends and sector-specific context, he creates sharp strategy that resonates. His inputs invigorate and inspire audiences to apply a fresh perspective. This makes him go-to speaker on the future of trust and the digital innovation economy. Each of his keynote topics is connected to a venture in his own portfolio that walks the talk. Tackling the future entrepreneurially, each builds towards the shared vision of a happier, healthier and wealthier humanity.

Current Work:

Philipp believes the future is something we create. His work was instrumental to two Fortune 500 innovation labs and one of Asia’s fastest-growing technology scale-ups. He served as a strategic advisor to iconic founders, including the CEO of Singapore’s most funded insurance technology start-up. With great energy and a healthy dose of realism, he shows that human progress is shaped by who, what and how we trust. Whenever we trust something new, the world changes. Turning imagination into innovation means shifting trust from established to new ways. This makes trust the ultimate force to have on your side. Designing and managing for it is the new imperative for success in the digital age.

Like his book, Philipp’s approach is rooted in academic research, anthropology and extensive real-world project work. He observes our natural context across industries and geographies, scouting for patterns of emerging trust and behaviour shifts. Mixing integrative with creative thinking, he keeps clients ahead of the curve with transformational strategies that resonate with boards of directors and frontline staff alike. Philipp also teaches an Advanced Certificate Course in Transformation through Corporate Innovation for Singapore Management University’s Executive Education Arm.

A rising star on the global keynote speaker circuit, Philipp has covered over a dozen industries across 20+ countries including Bhutan and the Maldives. He has been booked alongside Brené Brown, Sir Ken Robinson, Niall Fergusson and Ban Ki Moon and addressed Deloitte, Facebook, Economist Intelligence Unit, Microsoft, MunichRe, P&G, Turner, Zillow and many more. Fortune 500s, industry associations and institutions turn to him as one of the hardest-hitting voices on the Trust Economy and how we will live, work and play in the future. Publications including BrandEins, e27, Esquire, Forbes, InVision, Men’s Folio, MoneyFM 89.3, Springer Professional and YourStory published his stories. In his free time, he is an avid sailor and yogi.

Talking Points

Transformational Trust: Technology and Data in the Trust Economy

Distrust is the disease of the 20th century. Contracts, parking gantries, locks, security checks and lengthy privacy policies are just the tip of the iceberg. But excessive rules and distrust cause friction, waste time and money and paralyse progress. Technology may have the answer. Digital platforms are making us trust easier and faster than ever before, and the upside is huge.

This keynote looks at global macrotrends and how the transformation of trust is shaping our future. Make trust your advantage to survive and thrive in these turbulent times.
- Designing and managing for trust is the new imperative for success in the digital age.
- As technology is transforming who, what and how we trust, our trust-building approach needs to evolve.
- Turning distrust-first into trust-first environments is the foundation for an exponential economy.

Exponential Empowerment: Trusting the Future of Work

Today, trust ranks as the most important characteristic of the best workplaces, executives and teams. Magnetizing teams to work as one and get more done is the order of the day. But approaches to trust vary wildly: While Gen X and Baby-boomers expect trust to be earned, Millennials and Gen Z seek to be trusted upfront.

This keynote deep-dives into the crucial role of trust in transforming workplaces for the future. transformation. Discover a practical roadmap for reinvention to help you to work as one and get more done.
- 7 paradigm shifts define future of work and need to be prioritized in creating future workplaces.
- We need to completely rethink people and structures to unlock the next level of productivity and culture.
- High-trust is a core characteristic and success factor of high-performing teams and future-ready workplaces.

Hello Humanoid: Trusting the Future of Artificial Intelligence

As artificial intelligence blurs the lines between humans and machines, we face pressing questions: Should we trust something we don’t understand? What are the appropriate governance approaches? For instance, would you entrust your life to a self-driving car? Should the car prioritise your safety and life or that of pedestrians? This keynote provides solution approaches to some of the most intriguing challenges humanity is facing today. Question your notions of deep technology and yield its full potential.

- Our brains are highly algorithmic, and artificial intelligence is shaping a potent technology-driven equivalent
- Transparency and control need to be a priority of AI adoption to ensure progress that serves human interests
- Deep technology is about the surface - well designed, trusted human-machine interfaces are pivotal to success

Walking the talk: (OxytocinAwards)

Generation Greta: Trusting the Future of Sustainability

Conscious consumption is a global macrotrend. Companies with a purpose beyond profit are outperforming purely profit-driven competitors. The new generation of consumers is holding brands accountable for their actions. Customers are more willing than ever to pay a premium for sustainability. Smart brands, therefore, invest in harmonising commercial objectives with guardianship of people, planet and purpose. This keynote paints a vivid picture of reimagining corporations as custodians of the future.

- Sustainability makes commercial sense and is pivotal to engaging the new generation of buyers
- Leaders of a more sustainable economy maximise trust, brand value and sustainable impact simultaneously
- The new trusted stakeholder engagement model focuses on action and transparency over words and promises

Walking the talk: (GROVE)

Digital Disruption: Trusting the Future of Innovation

What to buy, where to stay and who to hire. Trust is flowing to digital interfaces and the data and technology powering them. Unfortunately, recent scandals have shown us how this trust can be abused. In an age of data, only the the most trusted players will thrive. This keynote explores what it takes to own your digital future. Reinvent your approach to trust, data and technology to stand out and stand the test of time.

- Digital transformation and future innovation requires companies to rethink trust-building in the digital age
- As trust and value is flowing to digital interfaces and the data powering them, the best interface wins its market
- Trusted and trustworthy are different dimensions, and leading companies need to design and manage for both

Walking the talk:

Mental Monopoly: Trusting the Future of Customer Experiences

In a world where everything shouts for our attention, great brands understand the value of personalised customer experience. They invest in us and our needs by trusting us as much as we trust them. They think beyond short-term revenue and instant gratification. And help us with our biggest struggles: making choices that are good for us - and for the world - beyond scratching our daily itches. This keynote busts many myths surrounding customer experience. Discover a new approach to CX, created for the real world.

- The world’s best brands create mental monopolies, making customers trust they have no equal alternatives
- Rebuilding trust in the global economy calls for brands to show genuine personalisation and care at scale
- The future of customer experience is about connecting what we desire with what is good for us in the long run

Walking the talk:

Healthy Harvests: Trusting the Future of Smart Agriculture

Smart Cities have entered global parlance as the future of urban dwellings. All the while, we rarely speak about the potential of Smart Land. Data and technology enable unprecedented transparency, precision and insight. These enable us to build a future of greater productivity and better understanding of natural and artificial influences in our value chain. Agriculture is the backbone of human society and deeply influential in shaping our future. As provenance and sustainability become more important than ever and global supply chains are increasingly complicated, smart solutions are needed for the future. These must ensure planet and economy are in harmony and promote authenticity, so as to empower anyone to trust what they consume. More than ever before, agriculture needs to be valued as a core driver of healthy progress. Protecting what matters and providing for the billions born in decades to come is going to require technology as much as human ingenuity.
The promise of AgriTech and using data and technology to amplify agriculture globally is huge, but this progress needs to be inclusive, morally sound and balance the natural with the artificial;

As humanity increasingly faces massive public health and environmental challenges, agriculture is perfectly positioned to lead by example and promote socioeconomic wellbeing;

Smart Land is a new way of looking at how deep technology can dramatically improve agricultural value chains from farm to end customer by increasing productivity, eliminating waste, distributing gains fairly and scaling sustainably to future-proof human life on earth.

Intuitive Innovation: Innovation and Creativity in the Trust Economy

Innovation is often attributed to technology, when in fact it’s the result of a skill we are all born with: Creativity. Children exhibit it in spades, but as adults we often lose touch with it. How do we reconnect with our inner genius? Harnessing your creativity in business will make you more trusted and competent. Creativity gives you power to define the future.

This keynote takes you on an intuitive and fun journey to our mind’s dormant talents. Upgrade your capabilities and champion the change you care about.
- Discovering our inner creativity allows us to build trust in new ideas, create innovation and define the future.
- Creative confidence helps us turn our ideas into reality and counteract stagnation and status quo bias.
- Innovation results from creative problem solving, with technology as the enabler - not the other way around.
One of the most impressive visionaries I have had the pleasure of working with. Philipp Kristian is exceptionally skilled at not just technology, but the human element of innovation. Manulife Philippines

Absolutely brilliant and thought provoking keynote on the impact of trust on the future of work. Loved it!


Philipp's unflinching belief in innovation and disruptive technology is infectious.

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