Chris Griffiths CEO OpenGenius ’Think without the box’


Bestselling author and keynote speaker on innovation, creativity and neurodiversity

Chris is the founder of OpenGenius, a company focused to helping transform thinking, creativity and learning. His technology solutions have been used by millions of individuals to clarify thinking, generate game-changing ideas, and turn ideas into action.

He is a bestselling author on creativity, mind mapping and innovative thinking skills, with his latest book published by Kogan Page, ‘The Creative Thinking Handbook’ now available in 10 languages. Previous titles include ‘GRASP The Solution’, and ‘Mind Maps for Business.’

Mind Maps for Business, Grasp & Creative Thinking Handbook Books

Helping Organizations to Clarify Thinking

Chris has worked with individuals from organizations operating across the globe in a diverse range of industries, including Government, FTSE-100 and Fortune-500 companies, academic institutes, and even Royal families. He has coached Senior Leadership Teams in the European Commission, Parliaments and Courts, and was invited by his majesty King Abdullah II of Jordan to facilitate a brainstorming session of Nobel Laureates at The Petra Nobel Conference. He was responsible for the creation of the ThinkBuzan Licensed Instructor Course in Mind Mapping, setting up a worldwide network of over 1,000 instructors.

Chris Griffiths with the Dalai Lama

Chris with the Dalai Lama at the Petra Nobel Conference

Promoting Mindset Change

Chris regularly contributes articles to a number of major publications. These articles span topics as varied and important as the future of work, rebooting a creative mindset, being positive in work and many, many more. Recent articles and comments have appeared in GQ, The Telegraph, Director Magazine, Minute Hack and Chris regularly contributes to As a world leader in the innovation field, Chris regularly takes part in interviews on TV, the radio and podcasts. This includes an appearance on BBC World News’ flagship show Talking Business. To read more of Chris’ work, please see our press page.

BBC News Chris Griffiths

Chris on BBC World News

Neurodiversity & Inclusion

Chris is a strong supporter of neurodiversity, and through the charity The Inspire Genius Foundation, he is on a mission to help promote inclusion and raise awareness of how neurodivergent thinkers can add massive value to any organisation. Chris also donates the profits from his latest book to the charity.

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Chris Griffiths, OpenGenius CEO, creator of Ayoa – see Chris’ best moments

See Chris on the TEDxCardiff stage

Chris discussing creativity on BBC World News

Thought leadership

A selection of print outlets Chris has been featured in

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Past Events

Chris’ past events as a guest speaker and consultant have included:


  • The European Commission, The Hague
  • AXA Wealth, UK
  • Institute of Financial Planners, UK
  • State Bank of India, UK
  • Healthcare People Management Association, UK
  • European Academy for Direct and Interactive Marketing
  • The National Health Service (NHS), UK
  • Academy Wales, Welsh Government, UK
  • Biggerplate Conference Unplugged, UK
  • The Sunday Times Business Roadshow events, UK
  • LikeMinds Innovation Conference, UK
  • Lambert Smith Hampton (ES-group), UK
  • Global Pets Forum, Nice, France
  • Dimensional Fund Advisors, London
  • Pfizer Inc., Kent
  • European Business Awards, Warsaw
  • Petra Nobel – Conference of Nobel Laureates, Jordan
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  • Diamond Sphere Trading LLP, Monaco
  • ICON 2014, Prague
  • Singapore Institute of Management, Singapore
  • Optimiza Academy, Khartoum, Sudan
  • Ideas First Conference, Ukraine
  • Turnitin, Newcastle, UK
  • The Scottish Parliament, Scotland
  • Sharjah Business Women Council, Tec Marina, Wales
  • TEDxCardiff, Tramshed Cardiff, Wales
  • TEDx ODED, Cardiff
  • London Stock Exchange, UK
  • Shenzhen Stock Exchange, China
  • Stanford University CME Live, US
Chris at the London Stock Exchange

Chris at the London Stock Exchange

Chris at the Shenzhen Stock Exchange

Chris at the Shenzhen Stock Exchange

Chris on stage at Tedx

Chris presenting at TEDx ODED



Speak to Chris to explore him talking at your next event:


  • Prime your team to think creatively
  • Engage an ‘everything is possible’ mind-set
  • Provide the motivation to try a new approach
  • Identify the real challenge – ask are you solving the right problem
  • How to identify and overcome thinking errors and biases
  • Why you must avoid assumptions that will make an ‘ass’ of ‘u’ and ‘me’
  • Get a clear understanding of the problem through tried and tested processes
  • Generate more and better quality ideas to push beyond the obvious
  • Learn why most brainstorms fail
  • Avoid status quo bias, you don’t want the old same solutions
  • Supercharge creativity by using the correct tools and techniques

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“Chris Griffiths advises the largest companies in the world to be better.”

– Forbes Magazine, ICON Event, Prague