Costas Markides

Costas Markides

Leading Expert in the areas of Business Strategy and Strategic Innovation

Passionate speaker who brings the latest thinking on strategy, innovation and disruption supported by examples of the practices of leading edge companies. He has appeared several times on the Thinkers50 list of the world’s top management gurus. He is the author or co-author of several best-selling business books.


Costas Markides is Professor of Strategy and Entrepreneurship at the London Business School where he holds the Robert P. Bauman Chair of Strategic Leadership.  He is considered one of the world’s leading experts in the areas of business strategy and strategic innovation. A graduate of Harvard Business School and Boston University, he has taught on a wide range of in-company programmes (for organisations such as Nestle, Roche, LVMH, Vodafone, PwC, Rabobank and Pirelli) and serves on the Editorial Board of several academic journals.

He is also on the Board of the Strategic Management Society and on the Academic Board of the Cyprus International Institute of Management (CIIM). He has written about a broad range of business issues including strategic innovation, corporate restructuring, business model innovation and responding to disruption. His publications have appeared in several best-selling books and in numerous academic journals as well as leading managerial journals.


You may want to go deeper into a topic for your audience. The keynote topics can be tailored and developed to suit your audience needs, be it a 90-minute Masterclass, a half-day or full-day workshop or a full online or face-to-face programme. Please contact one of our expert team to discuss.

  • How to respond to disruption
  • How to develop an innovative culture
  • How to energize a team
  • How to develop a distinctive strategy
  • How to execute strategy
  • How to promote innovation in the organization
  • How to overcome the Knowing-Doing Gap
  • How to win emotional commitment
  • How to convince people that you have a good idea





“Excellent professor with a very enthusiastic and inspiring way of telling his story!”
“Very passionate and effective in explaining matters.”
“Excellent! Total engagement with the audience and clear exposition.”
“Excellent teacher. Best entertainer. Achieved his objective of getting full attention.  Made lesson alive and exciting yet outstandingly achieved his objective of imparting knowledge.  Used simple stories and analogies that help learning and remembrance.”

“Chris inspiring ideas and interactive approach meant that even the seasoned, senior, and traditionally sceptical audience left enthused and with practical actions” – Events Chairman, Financial Services Professional body

“Every year Chris delivers an inspirational encouragement by giving insights on how to get the best from people that are invaluable, simple and practical. The feedback on what he says is excellent” – Principal- Management College

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