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Christian Busch

World-leading expert on innovation and purpose-driven leadership
Director, CGA Global Economy Program, New York University


Business & Management


Corporate Culture



Prof. Dr. Christian Busch is a world-leading expert on innovation, purpose-driven leadership, and cultivating serendipity. He is the author of the bestselling book “The Serendipity Factor”, directs the CGA Global Economy Program at New York University, and also teaches at the London School of Economics.

Previously, he co-directed the LSE’s Innovation Lab and co-founded the Sandbox Network, a global community of young innovators, as well as Leaders on Purpose, an organization convening leading CEOs.

Christian Busch holds a PhD and MSc from the LSE, as well as a B.A. (Hagen: Sociology, psychology) & B.B.A. (Furtwangen & Moscow Business School: International business, economics). Dr. Busch has worked and studied in Mexico, Russia, China, Kenya, Germany, and the UK, and he has served as Senior Advisor at the National Entrepreneurs Association and at multinational companies, on the advisory boards of INACAP and RLabs, on Ashoka’s Selection Panel, and on the Jury of the African Entrepreneurship Award.

He is part of the World Economic Forum’s (WEF) Expert Forum, and has guest-lectured at Stanford University, ESADE, IMD, Peking University, and Strathmore Business School. His work has been published in outlets such as the Academy of Management Best Paper Proceedings, the Handbook of Inclusive Innovation, and the International Journal of Entrepreneurial Venturing, and has been featured by The Financial Times, The Guardian, Academy of Management Journal, among others. In 2016, he received the ‘Best Paper Award’ (Entrepreneurship) of AFAM/Emerald Publishing, and the ‘Best Social Entrepreneurship Paper Award’ of the Academy of Management.

Christian Busch is among the Thinkers 50’s ‘top upcoming management thinkers’; Diplomatic Courier’s ‘Top 99 Influencers’; The Economist’s ‘Ideas People’; JCI’s ‘Ten Outstanding Persons’; and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts (RSA). He frequently speaks at conferences such as the World Economic Forum (WEF), TEDx, and Financial Times Sustainability Summit, and his ideas have been featured by outlets such as Harvard Business Review and The Economist.

In 2018, he received the LSE Department of Management’s “Teaching Excellence Award” for co-creating and co-leading a new course.


  • Aligning Profit and Purpose
  • Sustainable Business Model Innovation
  • Future of Organisations from a Gen Y perspective
  • Future of Leadership
  • How to Build a Networked Organisation and Scale it?
  • How to make your life meaningful in a corporate structure?


  • Connect the Dots: The Art and Science of Creating Good Luck, 2022
  • The Serendipity Mindset: The Art and Science of Creating Good Luck, 2020