Prof Christian Busch is an internationally known expert in the areas of innovation, purpose-driven leadership, and serendipity. He is the director of the Global Economy concentration. His teaching focus is alternative growth strategies, purpose-driven leadership, impact entrepreneurship, social innovation, social networks, and emerging markets at both NYU and the London School of Economics.
He is a co-founder of Leaders on Purpose and the Sandbox Network. The former is an organization of high-impact leaders, while the latter focuses on young innovators active in twenty countries. He also served as the inaugural Deputy Director at the LSE’s Innovation Centre.
Someone who has worked in diverse countries across the globe like Kenya, the UK, Russia, Germany, Mexico, and China, Christian Busch has served as Senior Advisor at the National Entrepreneurs Association as well as various multinational companies. He has also served on the advisory boards of RLabs and INACAP, the Jury of the African Entrepreneurship Award, and on Ashoka’s Selection Panel. Christian has also been a guest lecturer at Stanford University, ESADE, Peking University, and Strathmore Business School.
A much-respected writer, Prof Christian Busch has seen his work published in various media outlets. Amongst these are the International Journal of Entrepreneurial Venturing and the Academy of Management Best Paper Proceedings.
A frequent speaker at conferences across the globe, including the World Economic Forum, TED, and the Financial Times Sustainability Summit, Christian Busch has seen his ideas featured in the Harvard Business Review, The Financial Times, the Guardian, and The Economist.
In 2016 Christian Busch received the “Best Paper Award” from Emerald Publishing and the “Best Social Entrepreneurship Paper Award” from the Academy of Management.
The author of “The Serendipity Mindset” The Art And Science of Creating Good Luck, released in 2020, explains how you can use serendipity to make life better at work, at home—everywhere.
New book, Connect the Dots: “The Art & Science of Creating Good Luck” Modern life is full of chance encounters, changing plans, delayed journeys, human errors and other mishaps. But what if we could use such unpredictability to our advantage? Dr Christian Busch has spent a decade exploring how, if acted upon, unexpected encounters can enhance our worldview, expand our social circles and create new professional opportunities
Prof Christian Busch discusses a science-based framework that could be used by both individuals and companies to help trigger and use positive accidents. The book has already been listed as a finalist for the Financial Times/McKinsey Bracker Power Prize for the “best business book of a young author”.
With regards to his educational background, Christian Busch holds a Ph.D. (LSE: Management, entrepreneurship), MSc (LSE: Management, governance), B.A. (Hagen: Sociology, psychology) & B.B.A. (Furtwangen & Moscow Business School: International business, economics)
Prof Christian Busch is currently amongst the Thinkers 50 ‘top upcoming management thinkers’, the Diplomatic Courier’s ‘Top 99 Influencers’, one of The Economist’s ‘Ideas People’, one of the JCI’s “Ten Outstanding Persons’, and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.
As a conference speaker, Christian Busch fully commits to his topic, tailoring each speech to his client’s needs. He lives in the USA and presents in both English and German. Post-pandemic his ‘Connect the Dots’ keynote is highly sought after for organizations seeking to reconnect their teams and improve connection with clients.
"Really good guy, good content and really helped our messaging so in the end, also a helpful recommendation from you. We are actually getting feedback from our participants so I will share relevant highlights when I get them. I thought the content was spot on…and impromptu feedback has been positive." June 2023
“Christian is an inspirational entrepreneur and someone who goes from strength to strength in making the types of connections that will change the world.”
“Christian is one of the most well connected people I know and is very open about helping connect others to realise potential. Indeed, he immerses himself in the world of entrepreneurship on various levels and after meeting and hearing him speak at multiple conferences it came to be that during the summer he was teaching me on management, entrepreneurship and leadership at the London School of Economics. It was refreshing to see that in addition to the sophisticated academic models he was always ready to give lessons in life and how they could be applied to assembling a great team (one of Christian's expertise) and launching a successful venture. He is able to do this because he carries a TED-style talk into the classroom and can relate business and entrepreneurship to any concept. If you ever need advice or to connect with someone in the entrepreneurial community get in touch with Christian, I recommend him highly.”
“Dr Christian Busch spoke at our inaugural Citywire DACH event, and he was well-received by our audience of German, Swiss and Austrian fund selectors. Our delegates responded to his session with comments such as "eye-opening" and "very interesting, factual...we've already invested in some of these ideas". Delivering his presentation with humour and energy in German, I was impressed by the level of engagement from the crowd, with a record number of questions in the interactive Q&A section. His content was extremely well-presented and his slides were visually interesting - lots of images and clear flow charts that enhanced his speech. Dr Busch was a pleasure to work with, and volunteered his time to shoot a promotion video for the event, along with joining our dinner the evening before and sitting with our directors which added value to the booking. We will definitely consider working with him again in the future, and as he also speaks English fluently there is capacity for him to speak before many of our audiences.”
“I had the pleasure to work with Christian here in London and abroad with different audience background and nationalities. His knowledge and communication skills engaged and promote the interaction with the audience. His friendly personality and lively style make a big success his lectures/conference.”
“This Spring, Christian offered a remarkable keynote on the theme of "The Impact of Digitalization in the Workplace" at JP Morgan in London. Our audience of senior leaders in the talent space, representing many global Fortune 500 companies, took some great lessons back to their headquarters, in how to better leverage their diverse workforce. Christian has an engaging inspiring style. He has the ability to communicate quite complex structures by breaking them down into simple steps, showcasing ultimately how leaders can empower their workforce to be a productive one. He is a true global curious nomad.”
“Christian is an inspirational and dynamic entrepreneur. He has done an amazing job of launching a network of innovators from across the world via Sandbox; I am constantly amazed by the calibre and people I meet through the network and its testament to Christian and his colleagues' hard work and tenacity - congrats!”