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Christian Busch

 Associate Director at the London School of Economics' (LSE) Innovation and Co-Creation Lab 


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Dr. Christian Busch is the Associate Director at the London School of Economics' (LSE) Innovation and Co-Creation Lab, where he works with companies to develop sustainable business models. His related research focuses on business model innovation, social impact, and innovation communities, and he teaches several MSc- and exec. MBA- courses at LSE.

He was co-founder of Sandbox (now: Thousand Network), the leading community of young innovators, which he expanded into 20 countries. He has been named as one of Diplomatic Courier’s 'Top 99 Influencers' , JCI's 'Ten Outstanding Persons' , a TEDster, a 'Key Influencer' (Siemens), and an Honorary Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts (RSA). He frequently speaks at conferences such as TED/TEDx and Financial Times Sustainability Summit, and his ideas have been featured by outlets such as Harvard Business Review and the UN. His presentations, as well as workshops at companies such as Dell and Danone, have reached over 700,000 people. He previously worked in business in Kenya, South Africa, Mexico, Russia, Germany, the US, and served as Impact Advisor at the National Entrepreneurs Association, member of Ashoka's Selection Panel, and on the Global Jury of the African Entrepreneurship Award.

He has lectured at ESADE, Peking University, and Strathmore Business School, and his work has been published by journals such as IJEV & featured by Le Monde, The Guardian, WIRED, Academy of Management Journal, among others. Christian holds a PhD (LSE: Management), MSc (LSE: Management, governance), B.A. (Hagen: Sociology, psychology) & B.B.A. (Furtwangen & Moscow Business School: Business).

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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. Citywire




UK :£2.5k to £7k

Europe :£2.5k to £7k

US :£7k to £15k

Asia/Middle East :£7k to £15k

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Christian holds a PhD (LSE: Entrepreneurship), MSc (LSE: Management, governance), B.A. (Hagen: Sociology, psychology) & B.B.A. (Furtwangen/Moscow Int. Business School: Business). Busch's work has been covered by major media outlets including Harvard Business Review, AP, France24, BBC, The Guardian, Der Spiegel, The Irish Times, Stern, Your Story India, TechCrunch, Sueddeutsche Zeitung, Huffington Post, and The Next Web, as well as academic journals including IJEV.

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