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Christian Busch

Full-time Faculty, New York University
Visiting Faculty, LSE


Business & Management


Corporate Culture



Christian Busch directs the Global Economy concentration of NYU's Center for Global Affairs, and served as Inaugural Deputy Director at the LSE's Innovation Centre. He is the co-founder of Sandbox Network, a leading community of young innovators and of Leaders on Purpose, an organization convening leading CEOs.

His work focuses on entrepreneurship, purpose-driven business, social networks, and social innovation, and he teaches MSc and executive education courses at NYU and LSE.

Christian previously worked in business, the non-profit sector, and consulting in Mexico, Germany, the UK, and the US. He has served as Senior Advisor at multinational companies and the National Entrepreneurs Association, on Ashoka's Selection Panel, on the Global Shapers Steering Committee, and on the Jury of the African Entrepreneurship Award. He is part of the WEF's Expert Forum, and has guest-lectured at Stanford, Peking University, IMD, and Strathmore. His work has been published by journals such as IJEV & was featured by The Guardian, WIRED, among others. In 2016, he received the 'Best Paper Award' (Entrepreneurship) of Emerald Publishing, and the 'Best Social Entrepreneurship Paper Award' of the Academy of Management.

Christian has been named as 'top emerging management thinker' (Thinkers50) and is among Diplomatic Courier’s 'Top 99 Influencers', The Economist's 'Ideas People', and JCI's 'Ten Outstanding Persons'. He is a TEDster, an 'Institute for the World Economy Fellow', one of the 'Davos 50', and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts. He frequently speaks at conferences such as the World Economic Forum, TED/TEDx, and Financial Times Sustainability Summit, and his ideas have been featured by outlets such as Harvard Business Review.

He holds a PhD (LSE), MSc (LSE: Management, organizations), B.A. (Hagen: Sociology, psychology) & B.B.A. (Furtwangen & Moscow Business School: Business).


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  • Sustainable Business Model Innovation
  • Future of Organisations from a Gen Y perspective
  • Future of Leadership
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