Chris Griffiths Creativity & Innovation Expert, Founder of Ayoa


About Chris

Chris Griffiths has over 28 years’ experience in setting up and leading successful businesses that have ranked in the ‘Deloitte European Fast 50′ and ‘The Sunday Times Fast-track 100′. He sold his first company at the age of 26. Chris is the founder of OpenGenius, the company behind productivity software, Ayoa, the first tool to combine Mind Mapping, Task Management and Chat features into one app.

Bestselling Author

He is a bestselling author on creativity and innovative thinking skills, with his latest book, ‘The Creative Thinking Handbook’, ‘GRASP The Solution’ reaching #2 on the Amazon UK Business Chart, and ‘Mind Maps for Business’, co-authored with Tony Buzan, ranking #5.

Mind Maps for Business, Grasp & Creative Thinking Handbook Books

Coaching & consultancy

Chris has worked with individuals from organizations operating across the globe in a diverse range of industries, including Government, FTSE-100 and Fortune-500 companies, academic institutes, and major organizations. He has coached Senior Leadership Teams in the European Commission, Parliaments and Courts, and was invited by his majesty King Abdullah II of Jordan to facilitate a brainstorming session of Nobel Laureates at The Petra Nobel Conference.

Chris on stage at Tedx

Chris presenting at TEDx ODED

A global network

He was responsible for the creation of the ThinkBuzan Licensed Instructor Course in Mind Mapping, setting up a worldwide network of over 1,000 instructors. Chris is on a mission to promote innovative and entrepreneurial thinking from the grass roots up through the Inspire Genius Foundation and has now launched a range of training and consulting services through OpenGenius, focusing on Mind Mapping, innovation and creativity.

Thought Leadership & Press

In addition to writing bestselling books on creativity and innovation, Chris regularly contributes articles to a number of major publications. These articles span topics as varied and important as the future of work, rebooting a creative mindset, being positive in work and many, many more. Recent articles and comments have appeared in GQ, the Sun, The Telegraph, Director Magazine and Minute Hack. As a world leader in the innovation field, Chris regularly takes part in interviews on TV, the radio and podcasts. This includes an appearance on BBC World News’ flagship show Talking Business and an interview on the Fast Leader podcast. To read more of Chris’ work, please see our press page.

Tec Marina

Founder of Tec Marina – this office space provides a creative hub for innovative start-up companies in a converted 20,000 square foot warehouse in Penarth Marina, Wales. Follow Tec Marina on Twitter for news and insights into the developments of this exciting project.

Want to get Mind Mapping tips from the world-leading expert? Visit this page to discover Chris’ top tips for Mind Mapping to achieve success!


Thought leadership

A selection of print outlets Chris has been featured in

Smart Manager Mag Insider Mag Indian Management Mag Indian Managment Mag Director mag HRD Mag HR Mag


Past Events

Chris’ past events as a guest speaker and consultant have included:


  • The European Commission, Senior Leadership Teams, The Hague
  • AXA Wealth, UK
  • Institute of Financial Planners, UK
  • State Bank of India, UK
  • Healthcare People Management Association, UK
  • European Academy for Direct and Interactive Marketing, UK
  • The National Health Service (NHS), UK
  • Academy Wales, Welsh Government, UK
  • Biggerplate Conference Unplugged, UK
  • The Sunday Times Business Roadshow events, UK
  • LikeMinds Innovation Conference, UK
  • Lambert Smith Hampton (ES-group), UK
  • Global Pets Forum, Nice, France
  • Dimensional Fund Advisors, London
  • Pfizer Inc., Kent
  • Petra Nobel – Annual Conference of Nobel Laureates, Jordan
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  • Diamond Sphere Trading LLP, Monaco
  • ICON 2014, Prague
  • Mind Mapping and Technology Conference, Singapore Institute of Management
  • Optimiza Academy, Khartoum, Sudan
  • Ideas First Conference, Ukraine
  • Turnitin, Newcastle, UK
  • The Scottish Parliament, Scotland
  • Sharjah Business Women Council, Tec Marina, Wales
  • TEDxCardiff, Tramshed Cardiff, Wales
  • TEDx ODED, Cardiff


Chris Griffiths, OpenGenius CEO, creator of Ayoa – see Chris’ best moments

See Chris on the TEDxCardiff stage

Chris discussing creativity on BBC World News



“Chris Griffiths advises the largest companies in the world to be better.”

Forbes Magazine, ICON Event, Prague

“Chris shows with clarity and persuasiveness that creative thinking is not magic, but a process that can be learned, developed, and most importantly applied to the challenges, whether business or personal, that confront us all.”

Tim Hurson Author of ‘Think Better: An Innovator’s Guide to Productive Thinking’

“Organisations are proclaiming the need to work smarter – Chris Griffiths provides a map of how to do that.”

Bob Urichuck, Author

“Chris is not only a great human being but also a great inventor, speaker and leader.”

Dina Faidi Consultant, Creativity Beyond

“My brain has been given a boost… Very inspirational. This is as good as it gets.”

Gopal Raja CEO, Ideation Inc

“Truly life changing… opened my eyes to thinking differently and being more creative. Many colleagues noticed the change and the business is ultimately seeing the benefit.”

Dominic McKenny Director of IT, Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust