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Gaia Grant    

Researcher on innovation culture and sustainability at Sydney University Business School, global innovation culture consultant, and bestselling international author of "The Innovation Race" &"Who Killed Creativity? and How Can We Get It Back?"

Gaia Grant- is the MD of Tirian, the co-author of The Innovation Race: How to change a culture to change the game, and Who Killed Creativity?... And How Can We Get it Back?,and the author of a number of additional books and resources, including A Patch of Paradise and The Rhythm of Life.

Gaia is a researcher at the University of Sydney Business School, where she is also a guest lecturer in innovation and international business. She is currently conducting doctoral research (PhD) into the role of culture change and transformation in sustainable innovation. Gaia also has an MSc (in creative leadership), a Grad Dip in change leadership, and BA, Dip Ed, BD (hons). See Gaia’s Sydney University experience.

Gaia is a highly skilled presenter and facilitator carrying with her a wide range of tools that can be used to find solutions to the most difficult challenges. Gaia’s corporate clients have included Google (US), JP Morgan (Asia Pacific), Visa (US), Salesforce (Asia Pacific), Four Seasons Hotels & Resorts (Canada), Citibank (Asia Pacific), Baker & McKenzie (Asia Pacific), Colgate Palmolive (Innovation Lab Central America), Deutsche Bank (Asia Pacific) and many other MNCs who can all attest to her insightful and engaging approach. Keynote showreel

Gaia has presented keynotes at a number of high profile events including Salesforce International Roadshow (Asia Pacific), Optus / Singtel national event (Australia), Worktech International Conferences (invited for Melbourne, Australia and selected countries in South America), and the Growth Faculty Conference (Sydney, Australia – spoke alongside Margaret Heffernan (BBC producer and author of Wilful Blindness), and Neil Rackham (author of Spin Selling). Selected industry keynote and workshop presentations have included Ci Creative Innovation Conference (Melbourne, Australia) and the Creative Problem Solving Institute (State University of New York, US).

Gaia is particularly interested in working with her corporate clients on corporate responsibility and sustainability programs, and she has run these programs for clients such as PriceWaterhouse Coopers, YPO (Young Presidents Organisation), and IFC World Bank. She has helped to design a program for Nestle headquarters in Switzerland that focused on helping them to come up with ideas on how to produce sustainable products for emerging countries, and she worked with Duke Executive Education to help design and run a program for Google headquarters in the US on how to improve their social responsibility in the local area. Gaia contributes to a number of major magazines and newspapers, and she has also been featured in a number of international media including BBC and ABC TV along with commercial TV, Reuters, Huffington Post, Fast Company and the Wall St Journal. Gaia has presented her research papers at a number of universities internationally, including delivering at a major European management conference organised by EGOS.

As a dynamic husband-and-wife team, Gaia can team up with her partner and co-author, Andrew Grant, who is also a Director of Tirian. Andrew is a globally recognised (TEDx) speaker.

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The Amazing Innovation Race:

A global adventure to discover which countries and cultures win, who loses and who gets eliminated. Explores how to navigate the 4 key innovation paradoxes to change a culture and change the game for purpose-driven innovation at all levels.

Innovation Futures:

Are we innovating for the sake of innovating? What is the future of innovation, and how can we ensure we are prepared for future trends? A practical guide to forward thinking and purpose driven sustainable innovation.

Who Killed Creativity?... And How Can We Get It Back?:

Identifying and investigating the key creativity killers, and introducing the seven strategies for making individuals, teams and organisations more innovative

Innovating from the Forensic Lab:

The neuroscience of creative thinking, and how psychological strategies can be used in the innovation process effectively.

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