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Navi Radjou is a dynamic, inspirational speaker who likes to harness the power of untold stories of innovation and leadership from around the world. His TED talk has been viewed over 1.7 million times.

Navi has a rare and clear-eyed view of global markets. His ideas are truly fresh, and his delivery is filled with stories and humor.

— Christine Kinser, IBM Global Business Services

He delivers real value to his audience by showing them how to drive breakthrough innovation and growth within their company and organizations using a novel approach that is faster, cheaper and better.

Below are five foundational keynotes and talks Navi delivers, in English and French, on a regular basis to multinational companies, governments, startups and at key forums like TED, World Economic Forum and SXSW.

If you want to book Navi for a speaking engagement, contact Bastien Kompf at Cominsights.

Topic 1: Frugal Innovation: The Art of Doing Better with Less

In today’s digital global economy, firms are challenged to deliver more value to cost-conscious and eco-minded customers using fewer resources. Drawing on extensive academic research and consulting experience, Navi Radjou will show you how leading companies are pioneering frugal innovation—a cutting-edge management paradigm that will enable you to create high-quality products faster and better with limited resources. You will learn the core principles of frugal innovation that can drastically reduce your costs in R&D, operations, and marketing, boost your productivity and agility, and help attract and retain more customers.

Topic 2: Beyond Smartness: Leading Wisely In The Digital Age

Our modern society is obsessed with intelligence. We highly value “smart” phones, “smart” cars, “smart” cities. Likewise, smart people impress us with their intellectual power and uncanny ability to achieve their goals. With the rise of Artificial Intelligence (AI), people believe we need to “augment” our human intelligence to compete with AI. But smartness alone is not always sufficient to keep leaders out of trouble and sustain their success over time. Leadership expert Navi Radjou proposes a different and counterintuitive approach to leadership that goes beyond optimizing “smartness.”

Wise leadership, Radjou argues, means cultivating greater self-awareness, broadening one’s perspective, integrating logic, emotions, and intuition in decision-making, and acting with ethical clarity, flexibility, and authenticity. It’s the foundation for lasting success in the complex, fast-paced digital age.

Drawing on many inspiring real-life stories of wise leaders, Radjou will identify six capabilities that managers at all levels can cultivate and use to operate consciously as a wise leader every day.

Topic 3: Jugaad: Unleashing the Creativity of Your Employees, Customers, and Partners

During the 20th century, the Western model of innovation was like an orchestra: top-down, rigid, and run by upper-level executives. But to succeed in the complex, volatile, resource-scarce business environment of the 21st century, Western firms need an alternative approach, one that is like a jazz band: bottom-up, improvisational, and collaborative. Navi Radjou, winner of Thinkers50 Innovation Award, will show how leading companies are using jugaad—a Hindi word for frugal and flexible innovation—to sense and respond swiftly to big market opportunities and outsmart competition. You will learn how to apply the proven business principles of jugaad to unleash and harness the grassroots ingenuity of your employees and partners and innovate faster, better, and cheaper.

Topic 4: How Large Organizations Can Accelerate Growth Through Innovation

The pressure to innovate is greater than ever before. Yet large organizations struggle to innovate at rapid pace due to their traditional structure, strategies, culture, and leadership style. Renowned innovation expert Navi Radjou will reveal effective ways to breed entrepreneurial attitudes within large firms. Using many real-life case studies Navi will demonstrate how your organization can innovate faster and better—by balancing scale and agility, encouraging productive risk-taking, leveraging the creativity of all your employees, cultivating external partnerships, and fostering wise leadership.

Topic 5: Capitalizing On The Global Middle Class—The New Networked Innovation Model

The world’s middle class will grow from 2 billion today to 5 billion by 2030. To capitalize on the rapid rise of emerging markets like China, Africa, India multinationals must abandon their insular and monolithic innovation model—that concentrated R&D resources in the West. Instead, they must embrace a “networked” innovation model in which R&D capabilities are distributed globally to sense and respond rapidly to local market needs—and yet are integrated in a loosely-coupled global innovation network to drive creative synergies on an international scale. Drawing on his twenty years of consulting experience in the US, Europe, and Asia, Navi Radjou shows the business benefits of networked innovation and offers a practical roadmap for traditional companies to embrace this new innovation model fit for success in the global knowledge economy of the 21st century.

Additional Videos

Learn to Unlearn: Navi Radjou at TEDxIsereRiver
TEDx Cannes Talk on Wise Leadership


Upcoming Speaking Events

Asia Healthcare Leadership Summit, Singapore, September 21-12, 2018

TEDxCannes, Cannes, France, September 15, 2018

Past Speaking Events

French Touch de l’Education et de l’Employabilité, Paris, France, July 5, 2018

FAMx: Reverse Innovation in Healthcare, Paris, France, June 1, 2018

Congres du Centre des Jeunes Dirigeants (CJD), Nancy, France, May 19, 2018

Global Bioeconomy Summit, Berlin, Germany, April 19, 2018

National Association of Independent Schools Annual Conference, Atlanta, Georgia, March 8, 2018

ADIR Annual Conference, La Reunion, September 6, 2017

Zermatt Summit, Switzerland, September 8-10, 2017

EM Lyon Business School, Lyon, France, September 13, 2017

APM National Conference, Bordeaux, France, September 14, 2017

St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, Memphis, TN, September 19, 2017

International Monetary Fund (IMF), Washington, D.C., September 20, 2017

Columbia University, School of International and Public Affairs, New York, October 11, 2017

United Nations, New York, October 12, 201

VivaTech, Paris, France, June 16-17, 2017

Founders Forum, London, UK, June 15, 2017

InnoFrugal, Helsinki, Finland, April 24-25, 2017

L’Entreprise du Futur, Lyon, France, January 19, 2017

Open Government Partnership Global Summit, Paris, France, December 2016

Unigrains — ReThink Eat!, Paris, France, October 20, 2016

International Summit of Cooperatives, Montreal, Canada, October 12, 2016

Wise Innovation — A Journey Toward Smart Society, Singapore, October 7, 2016

World Conference on Fabric and Homecare, Singapore, October 6, 2016

UPS Leadership Speaker Series, Atlanta, GA, August 30, 2016

Responsible Business Forum, Oxford Saïd Business School, UK, May 13, 2016

Michelin Group, Clermont Ferrand, France, March 29, 2016

Uludag Economy Summit, Turkey, March 25, 2016

IBM Research Lab, Austin, TX, March 15, 2016

SXSW — Panel on Frugal Innovation and Makers, Austin, TX, March 14, 2016

Airbus Corporate Event, Paris, France, January 13, 2016

WAVE — How Collective Ingenuity is Changing the World, Mumbai, India, January 8, 2016

Navi is curator of WAVE, an interactive exhibition produced by BNP Paribas. Hosted in major global cities (Milan, in this photo), WAVE features hands-on workshops where visitors can unleash their creativity.
Image © BNP Paribas

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