Adam Kingl


Adam Kingl

Author, educator, adviser Adam Kingl is sought for his expertise on the future of work and business innovation. His most recent book is Sparking Success, published by Kogan Page in 2023, what business can learn from leaders in arts organisations about habits, mindsets and processes that enhance creativity, innovation, inspiration and adaptability. Another of his primary areas of research is on the work and leadership paradigms of Generation Y, a demographic that composes over 65% of the global workforce today and 75% by 2025, to shine a light on the fundamental paradigm shifts that we will face in terms of what’s important to the world of business and how it will be led. This is the subject of his book Next Generation Leadership, published by HarperCollins in 2020.

Related to the future of business, companies are concerned about how they can innovate in order to be prepared for the seismic shifts they will face.  Through this lens, Adam also speaks from a practical perspective on topics such as how to improve strategic (business model) innovation, management (or leadership) innovation, leadership, purpose, and how successfully to leverage culture and engagement in work-life.

Previously, Adam was the Regional Managing Director for Duke Corporate Education, Europe and Executive Director of Thought Leadership and Learning Solutions for London Business School.  There, he directed some of the School’s flagship open enrolment titles and served as an Associate of the Management Lab, Saatchi & Saatchi and the European Foundation for Management Development for two years.

Adam has worked with organisations as diverse as Absa, Abu Dhabi Developmental Holding Company, Abu Dhabi National Oil Company, Aldar Properties, Anglo American, Arla, Atlas Copco, Bahrain Telecommunication Company, BBC, BP, Carlsberg, Daimler, Deloitte, Disney, European Central Bank, Ericsson, Firmenich, Heidelberg Cement, HSBC, Impala Platinum, Itochu, KAUST, Lloyds, LVMH, McDonald’s, MultiChoice, Munich Re, NN International, O2, Oman Oil, Orica, Panasonic, Pixar, Saudi Industrial Development Fund, Scandinavian Airlines, Shell, Suntory, Tesco, William Hill, Woolworths Financial Services, Young Presidents Organisation and Zurich Insurance.

Adam has spoken at conferences including the World’s Fair (Milan), Global Leadership Summit, FT-Coca Cola Enterprises Future of Sustainability Summit, Future Talent Conference, HR Directors Business Summit, Employee Benefits Connect, Strategic HR Network Leadership and Talent Conference, HR Directors International Summit, EMVA Business Conference, University Business Officers Summer Conference, TUCO Conference, HR Strategy Forum, CIPD Talent Engagement Conference. Corporate conference keynotes have included those hosted by Citywire, Deutsche Bahn, Pfizer, Kennedys Law, RGL Forensics, Braskem, Tremco Illbruck and TiE – the global entrepreneurs’ network.

He has contributed to and been interviewed by publications including The Financial Times, Sunday Times, Forbes, Fortune, The Guardian, Fast Company, Business News Daily, Business Strategy Review, European Business Review, Dialogue, Employee Engagement Today, City AM, Changeboard (UK and UAE), Citywire, Dubai Eye (radio), Gulf News, Gulf Business, The National (UAE), Alrroya (UAE), People Management, Business Pioneer, Saudi Gazette, Trade Arabia, the South China Morning Post, the Hong Kong Economic Times, Management Today, HR Magazine (UK and Hong Kong), HR Grapevine, MEED Business Intelligence, Tokyo MX (television) and Edge – the Institute of Leadership and Management.

Adam holds degrees from London Business School, UCLA and Yale.  He is a dual British-American citizen.