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Cris Beswick


Innovation Strategy, Leadership & Culture Speaker

Cris Beswick is a global thought leader and strategic advisor on innovation and the bestselling author of ‘Building a Culture of Innovation’.

Originally trained as an industrial designer, Cris Beswick spent over a decade as a successful entrepreneur building an award-winning strategy & design group. He is now recognised globally as a thought leader on innovation strategy, leadership and culture.

As an ex-designer Cris’ understanding of how to communicate innovation and how an innovation-focussed culture is weaved into the very core of an organisation is inspiring. His tell it like it is style is not only infectious its real-world stuff that’s instantly useable and instantly game-changing. As such, Cris has helped some of the world’s most ambitious CEOs, visionary leaders, Fortune 500 companies and Governments solve their most complex innovation challenges.

As one of the UKs foremost thinkers and advisors on innovation, Cris also sits on think-tanks for both public and private sector organisations and has delivered masterclasses for the likes of Cranfield School of Management, The Centre for Customised Executive Development, Henley Business School and Southampton Business School. He is also a visiting Professor of Innovation at ICESI University in Colombia.

Cris is the co-founder of ‘The Future Shapers’, one of the world’s most trusted innovation thought leadership platforms which brings together a global network of innovation experts, thinkers and practitioners to provide world-class perspectives on the challenges of driving innovation in a rapidly evolving world.

He is also the author of ‘The Road to Innovation’, a back-to-basics guide to developing innovation capability and the bestselling author of ‘Building a Culture of Innovation’, voted one of the top books on innovation in 2017 by the CMI. Cris is also a regular guest expert on BBC radio and has contributed to articles for The Times, The Financial Times, The Independent and The Sunday Telegraph to name but a few.


Cris Beswick brings much needed real-world entrepreneur and leadership experience to the subject of shaping the future through innovation. In a down-to-earth presentation style he focuses on the strategy, leadership and culture game-changing innovation capability requires.

Some of Cris’ topics/keynote talks have included:

  • Changing the World Through Strategic Innovation

  • What it takes to Shape the Future

  • Why Strategy, Leadership & Culture Should Eat Breakfast Together!

  • Innovation Leadership; Why we all need to be a little bit more Martin Luther King and a lot more Einstein

  • Building a Culture of Innovation; it’s not rocket science, but you do need to know what it takes and where the hell to start

  • Building a Next Generation Organisation

  • From Entrepreneurship to Intrapreneurship; a new approach to shaping the future




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