Adam Kingl – Keynote Speaker

Next Generation Leadership Expert, Speaker, Author, and Advisor

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Specialist Subjects

  • Generation Y Paradigms Of Work & Leadership
  • Strategic innovation
  • Management innovation
  • A Return to Human-Centric Leadership
  • The Evolution of Capitalism: From Shareholders to Stakeholders
  • Mastering adaptability
  • Navigating the great resignation
  • Workshop and internal meeting facilitator


  • English


With a career spanning an impressive range of industries including entertainment, consulting, and education, Adam Kingl has spent decades working in innovation, strategy, culture and leadership.

Adam is an adjunct faculty member at the UCL School of Management and Ashridge-Hult International Business School and is an instructor and programme director at Imperial College, Moller Institute – Churchill College – University of Cambridge, Hanken-Stockholm School of Economics, Headspring (FT and IE Business School joint venture) and Sauder Business School – the University of British Columbia. Previously, Adam was the Regional Managing Director for Duke Corporate Education, leading the organisation’s business in Europe, and advising clients on issues of adaptability, performance, creativity, and purpose. Adam was also the Executive Director of Thought Leadership and Learning Solutions at London Business School for a decade. He has been an associate of Saatchi & Saatchi and the Management Lab.

Adam is passionate about the future of work and the multi-generational workforce, and has authored a book on this topic, “Next Generation Leadership,” (Harper Collins; February 2020). His next book, “Sparking Success” (Kogan Page; April 2023) explores how companies in any industry can enhance their innovative, adaptable and inspirational capacity with lessons from prominent leaders in the creative arts.

Adam’s keynote presentations are an illuminating conversation that not only inspire strategic innovation but also unleash creativity and unlock issues within organisational culture. He speaks with warmth and compassion on paradigms of work and leadership, encouraging organisations to have different and better conversations, creating a simple and approachable path to transforming business success.

He contributes as a writer and expert interviewee to: The Financial Times, Sunday Times, Forbes, Fortune, The Guardian and Fast Company, among many others.

Adam holds degrees from London Business School, UCLA, and Yale. He was raised in Silicon Valley, California and now lives in Surrey, UK. He is a dual British-American citizen.

Popular Talks by Adam Kingl

Generation Y Paradigms Of Work & Leadership

There has been plenty of literature and discussion on ‘how to manage Gen Ys’. If their paradigms of work and ‘how to be led’ are indeed very different to those of their managers of earlier generations, then surely how Gen Ys will lead their organisations in the near future will look and feel new. Therefore, the nature of work and leadership is about to change in fundamental ways.

Strategic innovation

Disrupting Your Industry with New Business Models. We often hear about innovation in the context of inventing new products or services. One of the innovation levers of senior executives, one which can be even more powerful in transforming business success, is reinventing one’s business model. While the implications of strategic innovation can be profound, the process of identifying the industry-disruptive idea that reinventing one’s business can be very simple and approachable – it’s a matter of having different and better conversations. We will explore how to do so.

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