Kian Gohar Profile

  • Kian is the Founder & CEO of Geolab, an innovation research and leadership training firm.

  • Futurist and bestselling author, Kian Gohar inspires individuals and organizations to harness the power of possibility and innovation to build transformative futures.

  • He’s co-author of the Wall Street Journal bestselling book Competing in the New World of Work, published by Harvard Business Review.
  • Kian Gohar is a bestselling author, keynote speaker, and futurist, and inspires organizations to build exponential teams to thrive in a world of hybrid work.

    He is founder of Geolab, an innovation research and leadership development firm focused on coaching, strategy, and design. A former executive director of the XPRIZE Foundation and Singularity University, Kian has coached the leadership teams of dozens of Fortune 500 companies, unicorns and startups on disruptive innovation, exponential technologies, leadership and the future of work.

    Kian has been featured widely in global media, and is a sought-after keynote speaker, emcee and facilitator for marquee events globally, including the World Economic Forum, SXSW, the Tokyo Motor Show, and dozens of global organizations.

    He is co-author of the bestselling book “Competing in the New World of Work” with Keith Ferrazzi, which was published in 2022 by Harvard Business Review Press. He is a graduate of Northwestern, the London School of Economics, and Harvard Business School.

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    What will the world look like in 10 years and how will technology change the future of your business? Kian’s keynote highlights the major technology trends that are changing every major industry, including the convergence of AI, robotics, sensors, human-computer interfaces, 3D printing, and digital medicine, and will inspire your team to prepare for an exponential future.


    New technologies and innovations such as AI, robotics, automation virtual reality and augmented worlds are changing every major industry all across the world and will impact how we do work in the future. This keynote will explore the implications on work, organizations, and learning development, and will offer advice on how to future-proof your career.


    We live in a new normal where market and political turbulence will define the next decade. Kian’s keynote explores the intersection of public policy and new technologies, and advises corporate and public policy leaders on how to adapt and adopt new technologies to act faster in a rapidly evolving digital world to avoid a “Great Rebellion.”


    By 2030, 60 percent of the world’s population will live in metropolitan areas. With this growth, we’ll see increased traffic density, energy consumption, and pollution. Kian’s keynote explores trends in urbanization, infrastructure and development, and offers solutions using shared, connected and virtual mobility.


    One of the most significant implications of connectivity is the rise of the “crowd economy.” Work, insights, experience, and money can all be aggregated and matched in an environment of increasingly distributed global work. Kian’s keynote explores crowdsourcing and the sharing economy, and suggest ways that corporations can scale faster, cheaper and more creatively by harnessing the power of the crowds.

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    “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!”
    – CEO, National Oilwell Varco

    “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.”
    – CEO, Barclays Africa

    “We really value our partnership with Kian, who’s key insights on emerging technology and innovation are critical in helping our leadership understand future trends.”
    – Chief Innovation Officer, Barrick Gold

    “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.”
    – Chief Strategy Officer, Talking Data China

    “Kian’s keynote on exponential technology at our Economic Summit was both thrilling and thought-provoking. His style of delivery is engaging and approachable, and he blends intelligence and humor to relay complex ideas in a straightforward manner that appealed to our audience of business executives and elected officials.”
    – President and CEO, Greater Portland Inc

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    Books by Kian Gohar:

    Competing in the New World of Work: How Radical Adaptability Separates the Best from the Rest

    The pandemic forced organizations to shed antiquated systems, processes, and procedures and to make a bold leap into an even more digitally enabled, technology-driven future.

    Through research involving over 2,000 Fortune executives, Kian Gohar teamed up with #1 New York Times best-selling author Keith Ferrazzi, to uncover what workplace innovations unleashed exponential growth during the most volatile period in business. And now you can use them, too.

    So why not skip “returning to normal” and use what we learned in the crisis?

    Competing in the New World of Work offers leaders the inspiration and the roadmap to catapult their organizations forward, make up for lost time, embrace new realities, and win new frontiers by:

    – Leveraging hybrid work to retain talent amidst the Great Resignation
    – Seeing around corners to better prepare for the future
    – Applying next-level collaboration techniques to out-innovate your competition
    – Creating unstoppable teams through inclusion, experimentation, and resilience

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