Chris Griffiths Creativity & Innovation Expert, Founder of Ayoa


World Leading Expert on Mind Mapping & Visual Thinking

Chris is the founder of OpenGenius, the company behind productivity software tools iMindMap, Droptask, HiCortex and now Ayoa, the first tool to combine online whiteboarding, mind mapping and task management into one app. His technology solutions have been used by millions of individuals to clarify thinking, generate game-changing ideas, and turn ideas into action.

He is a bestselling author on creativity and innovative thinking skills, with his latest book published by Kogan Page, ‘The Creative Thinking Handbook’ now available in 10 languages. Previous titles include ‘GRASP The Solution’, and ‘Mind Maps for Business’, which he co-authored with the inventor of mind mapping, Tony Buzan, whom he worked with for nearly two decades.

Mind Maps for Business, Grasp & Creative Thinking Handbook Books

Helping Organizations to Clarify Thinking

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 even Royal families. 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. 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 Griffiths with the Dalai Lama

Chris with the Dalai Lama at the Petra Nobel Conference

Thought Leadership & Press

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, Minute Hack and Chris regularly contributes to 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. To read more of Chris’ work, please see our press page.

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Chris on BBC World News

Mind Mapping & Technology

Chris puts process before technology and is constantly helping others understand that bad technology can destroy clarity of thinking. The majority of mind mapping tools and productivity tools focus on features, a not good process, and wrongly assume the aim is to help people get things done faster. Doing things faster is completely useless if you end up doing the wrong things. This is why he created Ayoa.

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

See Chris on the TEDxCardiff stage

Chris discussing creativity on BBC World News

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A selection of print outlets Chris has been featured in

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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
  • European Business Awards, Warsaw
  • 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
  • London Stock Exchange, UK
  • Shenzhen Stock Exchange, China
  • Stanford University CME Live, US
Chris at the London Stock Exchange

Chris at the London Stock Exchange

Chris at the Shenzhen Stock Exchange

Chris at the Shenzhen Stock Exchange

Chris on stage at Tedx

Chris presenting at TEDx ODED

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

– Forbes Magazine, ICON Event, Prague