Expert for Innovation, Strategy, Business & Economy

With a rare prophetic accuracy, Kjell Nordström has predicted several important keys to success for organisations in our rapidly changing world. He correctly identified difference and ‘otherness’ as competitive advantages, cities as the new primary agents of the world, and the subtle yet thorough effects of women permeating all levels of society — long before other great minds in business. And although we can only predict the future based on what we know today, a Kjell Nordström lecture is your chance to equip your organisation with the most up-to-date thinking.

Kjell Nordström Speaking Topics

  • The Monkey and the Capital – An economic history
  • MOMENTUM – From Crisis to Opportunity
  • The Economic Darwinism – Survival of the Sexiest
  • Funky Business – Talent makes capital dance
  • Karaōke Capitalism

Business philosopher Dr. Kjell Nordström bases his observations and predictions on reliable research, the latest movements on the global market and his unparalleled experience and insight. He conducted research in Lahore and Beijing in the 1990s and monitored and assisted in the reconstruction of countries like Ukraine after the fall of the Soviet Union. For three decades he has been engaging with the world’s most influential and cutting-edge companies and he consistently tops lists of the greatest management minds in Europe. As such, Kjell Nordström is uniquely positioned to observe the movement of powerful global forces and to show his audiences how the future will unfold.

When Kjell Nordström enters the stage, be prepared for an elegant and captivating lecture that promises to inspire, inform and spellbind.

With several bestselling books and years of cutting-edge research behind them, Kjell Nordström’s lectures are guaranteed to make your organisation a stronger competitor in the international arena. Will our globalised world continue to expand, or will it fracture into regional ‘oligons’? Will the workforce of tomorrow be dominated by educated women in cities? How will working conditions and societies change when city centres are hollowed into donuts? Is climate change the greatest business opportunity since the industrial revolution?

These are just a few of the questions Dr. Kjell Nordström seeks to answer– and his answers will surprise you.

Be inspired to look to the future. Discover the hidden potential in your company. Explore the opportunities offered by global markets. Learn about next-generation business, work life and society structures. In a tailor-made and unique session with Nordström, be it a keynote speech or management workshop, you will learn how to spot and understand the global forces shaping the future, so that you can make your own predictions.

Kjell A. Nordström had his international breakthrough with the influential Funky Business (1999), co-written with Jonas Ridderstråle. His successful predictions about the new millennium launched his career as an international lecturer and led to frequent appearances on news channels including CNN and CNBC and countless interviews in other news outlets and magazines. Further success followed with Karaoke Capitalism (2003) and Funky Business Forever (2007).

Along with co-author Per Schlingmann, Kjell Nordström wrote the bestselling Urban Express (2014) and Corona Express (2021), books dealing with the workplaces, cities and societies of the future. In their book Momentum (2022) they describes how the leaders and managers of tomorrow will be shaped by war, pandemics and climate change. Kjell Nordström’s book, The Monkey and the Capital (2023) is an international bestseller from the first week.

Kjell Nordström has a doctoral degree in International Business from the Stockholm School of Economics, where he has also played a central role at the prestigious Institute for International Business as one of the founders of the schools most sought after management programs, “The Advanced Management Program – AMP”. AMP was a top-management program that attracted the elite of Scandinavian executives.