Gaia Grant is the MD of Tirian, the co-author of The Innovation Race: How to change a culture to change the game, and Who Killed Creativity?… And How Can We Get it Back?, and the author of a number of additional books and resources, including A Patch of Paradise and The Rhythm of Life.
Gaia is a doctoral (PhD) researcher focusing on sustainable innovation at the University of Sydney Business School, where she is also a lecturer on innovation in international business. She also has an MSc in Creative Thinking and grad Dip Change Leadership (State University of New York), BA Dip Ed (Macquarie university), BD (hons),.
How to engage groups in creative problem solving for dealing with corporate responsibility and sustainability issues
A collaborative sensemaking perspective
Gaia is a highly skilled presenter and facilitator carrying with her a wide range of tools that can be used to find solutions to the most difficult challenges. Gaia’s corporate clients have included Google (US), JP Morgan (Asia Pacific), Visa (US), Salesforce (Asia Pacific), Four Seasons Hotels & Resorts (Canada), Citibank (Asia Pacific), Baker & McKenzie (Asia Pacific), Colgate Palmolive (Innovation Lab America), Deutsche Bank (Asia Pacific) and many other MNCs who can all attest to her insightful and engaging approach.
Gaia has presented keynotes at a number of high profile events including Salesforce International Roadshow (Asia Pacific), Optus / Singtel national event (Australia), Worktech International Conferences (invited for Melbourne, Australia and selected countries in South America), and the Growth Faculty Conference (Sydney, Australia – spoke alongisde Margaret Hefferan (BBC producer and author of Wilful Blindness), and Neil Rackham (author of Spin Selling). Selected industry keynote and workshop presentations have include Ci Creative Innovation Conference (Melbourne, Australia) and the Creative Problem Solving Institute (State University of New York, US). Gaia has also presented her research papers at a number of universities and academic forums internationally, including delivering at a major European management conference organised by EGOS.
Gaia is particularly interested in working with her corporate clients on corporate responsibility and sustainability programs, and she has run these programs for clients such as PwC, YPO (Young Presidents Organisation), and IFC World Bank. She has helped to design a program for Nestle headquarters in Switzerland that focused on helping them to come up with ideas on how to produce sustainable products for emerging countries, and she worked with Duke Executive Education to help design and run a program for Google headquarters in the US on how to improve their social responsibility in the local area.
Gaia contributes to a number of major magazines and newspapers ( http://the-innovation-race.com/media/articles/ ), and she has also been featured in a number of international media including BBC and ABC TV along with commercial TV, Reuters, Harvard Business review, Fast Company and the Wall St Journal (http://the-innovation-race.com/media/interviews/ ). As a dynamic husband-and-wife team, Gaia can team up with her partner and co-author, Andrew Grant, who is also a Director of Tirian Consultancy. Andrew is a globally recognised (TEDx) speaker.
Robert E. Fiske
President & CEO, Chief Executives Guild, USA
Country Director, Marketing Cloud
(4 city roadshow)
(Gaia Grant opening Keynote talk live streamed throughout Aust and simultaneously presented with Andrew Grant at Singtel in Singapore)
Jon Michael Fox
International Center for Studies in Creativity
State University of New York (Buffalo)
AIM (Australian Institute of Management)