Kian Gohar is a futurist and bestselling author who inspires individuals and organisations to harness the power of possibility and innovation to build transformative futures. He is Founder & CEO of Geolab, an innovation research and leadership training firm in Los Angeles. He’s co-author of the Wall Street Journal bestselling book Competing in the New World of Work, published by Harvard Business Review.
About Kian Gohar
Kian Gohar provides high value takeaways and frameworks that will move your audience to action immediately. He exudes high energy and his storytelling and visuals will captivate your audience to lean, learn and be inspired. Kian’s real-world experience as an executive and entrepreneur provide deep expertise on what works in the real world, not just in a classroom.
Kian is Founder & CEO of Geolab, an innovation research and leadership training firm. He is a master facilitator and has coached the CEO and leadership teams of over 50 companies in the Fortune 500 on innovation, disruptive technologies, moonshot thinking, leadership and the future of work.
He’s co-author of the Wall Street Journal bestselling book Competing in the New World of Work, published by Harvard Business Review and with #1 NY Times bestselling author Keith Ferrazzi. This bestselling book explores the most important leadership behaviors and team skills necessary to succeed in the post-pandemic era, and outlines how to build successful hybrid workplaces and workforces.
Previously, Kian was an executive director at the XPRIZE Foundation, where he founded the world’s leading corporate innovation ecosystem, and was also an executive director of Singularity University in Silicon Valley. His 20-year innovation career spans venture capital, academia and startups around the world. Early in his career, he was a Luce Scholar in China.
A sought-after public speaker, Kian’s been featured in global media like CNBC, Fortune, Fast Company, HBR, Axios, and NPR, and headlined marquee events like SXSW and the World Economic Forum. He speaks 5 languages, is a graduate of Harvard Business School, the London School of Economics, and Northwestern.
Kian has been featured in global media like CNBC, Fortune, Fast Company, HBR, Axios, and NPR, and headlined marquee events like SXSW and the World Economic Forum.
- Future of Work Post-Pandemic
- Thinking Like a Futurist
- How to Build a Moonshot
Kian Gohar Videos
"Kian’s views on the future of work at the World Economic Forum Africa Summit showed that we can’t build a 21st century digital economy with 20th century business models. I found his insights on how to build a future foundation for our young people in Africa extremely valuable."
Maria Ramos, Former CEO, Barclays Africa
"Kian has been coaching our Silicon Valley team for several years and presented keynotes at several of our annual conferences in Germany. He brings a warmth and compassion to the topic of technology innovation that is very much valued by our company."
Thomas Birr, Chief Innovation Officer, E.ON
"Kian’s keynote presentation at our annual T11 conference in Beijing in front of 3000 attendees provided a fascinating overview of the cutting edge of technology and its impact on data driven business models."
Will Plummer, Chief Strategy Officer, Talking China
"Kian is a master facilitator on stage and incredibly knowledgeable about new trends in technology and innovation."
Dinesh Paliwal, Former CEO & Chairman, Harman International
"We invited Kian to speak in front of a select group of our clients to help them understand future trends. He provided an amazing overview on the impact of new technologies on business and industry, and everyone walked away with a powerful new mindset!"
Clay Williams, CEO, National Oilwell Varco