Chris is the founder of OpenGenius, a company helping transform thinking, creativity and learning. His technology solutions have been used by millions of individuals.
He is a bestselling author published over 20 languages. Previous titles include ‘GRASP The Solution’ that ranked as the #1 book on Amazon under ‘Decision Making’, and #2 overall in Business, and ‘Mind Maps for Business’ co-authored with Tony Buzan. His latest book published by Kogan Page is “Creative Thinking Handbook.”
His next title “The Focus Fix: Finding clarity, creativity and resilience in an overwhelming world,” co-authored with Caragh Medlicott, is due for release in July 2024.
Chris has always been passionate about using technology to drive creativity and productivity. His apps iMindMap, Droptask, and now Ayoa have empowered millions worldwide to unlock their creative potential. Chris has liberated learners and professionals from linear thought, facilitating without-the-box thinking. Ayoa takes a human centric and brain friendly approach. Get started at Ayoa.com.
Chris speaking at the London Stock Exchange
As a serial entrepreneur, Chris doesn’t just talk the talk, and has founded several businesses. He set-up his first company aged 18, which he sold when he was 26. His companies have ranked in the ‘European Deloitte Fast 50’ and the ‘Sunday Times / London Stock Exchange Fasttrack 100.’ Chris has launched four apps that have each grown to over 1m users. His current product Ayoa is a personal knowledge management tool that uses mind mapping to help people think more creatively and get the right things done. Chris often talks about how teams can build grit and resilience. He has had many difficult times as well as good, and shares this in an open and honest way during his talks. He helps audiences understand that failure and success are not opposites, but are part of the same process, empowering teams to take a chance on 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 Forbes.com. As a world leader in the innovation field, Chris regularly takes part in interviews on TV, the radio and podcasts. This includes several appearances on BBC News.
A selection of outlets Chris has been featured in:
Chris also donates his time to ‘not for profit’ initiatives, helping even the brightest of minds to drive innovation to change the world for the better. This includes facilitating brainstorming sessions at The Petra Nobel Conference, held in Jordan, where over 40 Nobel Laureates gathered to discuss strategies to end child hunger and poverty.
Chris and his wife Gaile have also established the Inspire Genius Foundation, a registered charity that supports entrepreneurship for neurodivergent individuals under the age of 25. Find out more
Chris with the Dalai Lama at the Petra Nobel Conference
Chris’ past events as a guest speaker and consultant have included:
Chris delivered a series of events on innovation for over 200 staff members of all levels, for AXA Wealth, in a bid to get staff thinking differently and boost innovation within the organisation. Feedback from the attendees was summarised by AXA Wealth into the wordle shown here . . .
... a powerful, hands-on approach to tap into our creative flow and become masters in our chosen field. An essential resource for anyone looking to ‘be different’ and create at their highest capacity!
Jan Mühlfeit, Executive coach/mentor, former chairman of Microsoft Europe, author of The Positive Leader
Chris shows with clarity and persuasiveness that creative thinking is not magic, but a process that can be learned, developed, and most importantly applied to the challenges, whether business or personal, that confront us all.
Tim Hurson Author of 'Think Better: An Innovator's Guide to Productive Thinking'
Organisations are proclaiming the need to work smarter – Chris Griffiths provides a map of how to do that.
Bob Urichuck Author
The course was the cherry on the cake for me. It offered many new insights. I was inspired by the course, instructors and other delegates alike.
Mike Palmer Logistics SME, Boeing
Truly life changing… opened my eyes to thinking differently and being more creative. Many colleagues noticed the change and the business is ultimately seeing the benefit.
Dominic McKenny Director of IT, Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust
A really inspiring and pragmatic guide to innovation and creativity, key drivers of great businesses.
Peter Estlin Former Lord Mayor of the City of London