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Tobias Degsell

CEO of Combiner and Creativity Expert

The founder and CEO of COMBINER, creativity expert Tobias Degsell worked for several years as curator at the Nobel Prize Museum in Stockholm, Sweden, before becoming an entrepreneur. Passionate about data, and with a rare ability to see the world through patterns, he has given talks around the world which help companies and organisations be more creative around change so they can think and act in new ways.  He loves to inspire teams to face reality, problem-solve, and come up with innovative solutions. 

Degsell has a gift for brilliantly explaining complex matters in simple words. This includes today’s rapid technological development and the fundamental changes it is bringing about in society. But he also believes that new technologies are not the answer to everything. Technology is just one side of the coin. On the other side we find Creativity, a human quality that exists in every single one of us.

There is a famous quote which says: "Intelligence is the ability to adapt to change".  Yet fear of change is very common.  Degsell  recognises that the words we use matter - that they can influence how we feel about uncertainty and the unknown - and so rather than 'change,' he prefers to use the word 'improvement".  And if we are to 'improve', we need more people who will dare to think and act in new ways, with actions rooted in Collaboration, Diversity and Trust.

Tobias Degsell has given hundreds of keynote speeches over the past decade. He has been to Africa, Asia, Europe and North America. Every presentation is always tailored to the audience.

  • collaboration as the key key to growing your success
  • diversity as the multiplying factor for delivering greater impact 
  • overcoming fear and inertia to effect lasting change

His keynote presentations are highly engaging and interactive. You always leave smarter than when you arrived and inspired to experiment. Tim Larson,  Design Principal at Downstream

"Tobias was the key speaker at our closing event and left quite a mark on our team with a lot of food for thought. Especially his remarks on collaboration, creativity, persistency & “disrespect towards ideas in order to constantly challenge them” were defining and disrupting themes that I have picked up in later discussions. Tobias is an inspiring speaker with clarity, enthusiasm and passion whom I would wholeheartedly recommend for similar speaking engagements." Oliver Knipping, VP Product and Innovation and Strategy and Regulation at Deutsche Telekom AG

"Tobias has a great skill of quickly engaging his audience. His blend of creative thinking techniques and history of innovation works beautifully. I would highly recommend him to any audience interested in improving discovery." Ira Harris, Associate Professor at University of Virginia

"Tobias is one of those rare people who has a combined skill set of being an amazing world class speakers and advisor AND an ability to accelerate impact and action. He brings great value to your business and your team. Everytime I have engaged and collaborated with Tobias we have made a huge leap forward." Elin Wallberg Waldenström, Nordic Corporate Citizenship and Strategic Partnerships Manager at Samsung

"I have worked and listened to Tobias numerous times and it is always very inspiring and engaging!" Henrik Sund, CEO at Net Insight

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