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Kaihan Krippendorff, MBA

Course(s) taught: Strategic Thinking

Kaihan Krippendorff is top business strategy speaker and author of multiple business books, most recently Outthink the Competition (John Wiley& Sons). He is the CEO of Outthinker, one of the most popular bloggers on, and is a sought-after strategic advisor to a growing roster of leading businesses and corporations including Aetna, Johnson & Johnson, L’Oreal, Nestle Purina, and VMware.

Nobel Peace Prize Winner Mohammad Yunus has said “Kaihan shows that with a compelling idea anyone can change the world,” and this message has made Kaihan one of the most sought-after business strategy speakers in the world. His keynote clients over the past year have included the National Association of Federal Credit Unions, Harvard Business Review, National Restaurant Association, Produce Marketing Association, Fortune Growth Summit, YPO, EO, Wharton Business School, Institute for Management Studies, National Gear Manufacturers Association, Precision Machine Products Association, American Bar Association, and Metal Services Center Institute. He conducts in-house, private talks for companies such as VMware, Microsoft, L’Oreal, Nestle Purina, Kraft, United Technologies, and Aetna.

He is a consultant with Wharton Executive Education, teaches Design Strategy at Parsons School of Design, and lectures at various business schools throughout the US and internationally.

With a mother from Bangladesh and a father from Germany, Kaihan brings a holistic, global perspective to his topics of business strategy, strategic thinking, and innovation. 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.

Kaihan has been featured in key business media outlets, including BusinessWeek, Harvard Business Review, Fox Business, Fast Company, PBS, and Bloomberg Radio. He hosts a nationally syndicated radio show and a TV program on the Whatever It Takes Network called Outthinkers.

He earned an MBA at Columbia Business School, a BS in Finance from Wharton Business School, a BS in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Pennsylvania, and a D. Sc. in Economics from Abo Akademie.

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