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Kriss Akabusi

One of the UK's best known athletes

Kriss Akabusi rose to fame on the athletics track, where his greatest individual triumph was winning the gold medal in the 1990 European Championships. This was the day he beat David Hemery’s British record for the 400m hurdles- a record that he still holds to this day! He will also always be remembered for helping Britain clinch the gold from the mighty Americans at the 1991 World Championships in Tokyo. Having amassed three Olympic medals, as well as World, European and Commonwealth titles, Kriss was bestowed with an even greater honour in 1992: an MBE awarded by her Majesty the Queen in recognition of his services to the country through athletics.

Kriss’ first foray into television and entertainment came when he presented Channel 4’s hit breakfast show, The Big Breakfast. This was followed with a full-time position as co-presenter of the BBC’s legendary Record Breakers, as well as presenting various other children’s TV programmes. Today, Kriss is regularly consulted on a variety of radio and television programmes, discussing topics ranging from sport to business. He is also a regular contributor to Sky News’ Paper Review Programme.

Listen to Kriss’ podcast here

For over 25 years, Kriss has provided high-energy, inspirational speeches, workshops, peer mentoring and coaching for businesses and executives across the UK. Kriss Akabusi MBE and Executive Director of The Akabusi Company is a seasoned executive coach and trusted advisor. He is an accredited coach from the Hudson Institute of Santa Barbara in addition to being a Clarity 4D and Motivational Maps Practitioner.

Kriss was born in 1958 to Nigerian parents. His story- coming up through the social care system, growing up in the children’s home, joining the army & realising his potential- is nothing short of awe-inspiring!

He is the founding Director and Chairman of TACT (The Akabusi Charitable Trust) and a NGO (Non-governmental organisation) in Nigeria, designed to prevent water born diseases, and develop social cohesion. This is done by providing potable water by drilling bore holes and providing workshops and training around health issues and social responsibility.

Filled with humour, passion, and authenticity, Kriss Akabusi’s motivational presentations are an inspirational and unforgettable addition to any conference. He leaves listeners on a high, and ready to deliver success in the arena. Each presentation tailored to the individual clients’ requirements.

In addition to Keynote presentations, Kriss also leads motivational workshops that focus on getting your team onboard, onside and working together in an engaging and impactful way. Working closely with you, Kriss will get under the skin of your organisation to understand it more and to identify the core aims of the workshop, and will draw from his 25 years of experience in order to design a format that is bespoke to you and your team. View Kriss’ Masterclass: Dream Big

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After Dinner

I have seen many motivational and after dinner speakers and have to say you stood out from the pack. What was fantastic about you was: 1. Your empathy and the research you had done about our business. 2. The amount of time you gave us. 3. The presentation was humorous, motivational, funny and extremely articulate. You managed to keep everybody in the room engaged and on the edge of their seats, you made everyone feel cherished and was very kind.

Capita SIMS

Fantastic motivator- with energy and passion. ' the past is for reference not for residence'. I remembered this. ' see the potential' in people. Competition raises the bar. Asking for help is a strength not a weakness. Nothing in life worth doing comes easily. Have used this at home already! My arena- was very relevant and inspiring. Bring him back so that all of George can benefit from his motivation! The only speaker we have had that has taken the time to learn about the George and Asda business, a great find and would love to hear from him again.

George at Asda

Kriss has been a joy to work with from start to finish on Big Heads. His enthusiasm isthere for all to see but Kriss brought so much more to the show, his intelligence, sporting wisdom and the ability to sympathise with the struggles of contestants wearing huge celebrity heads was spot on! From the original chemistry test to the last voiceover session Kriss has been an absolute gent, open to direction, ideas and the consummate professional throughout.


I just wanted to say a quick thank you for your contribution for our VA Live event this year, without you all it would definitely never have been the success it was. The teams returned to their clubs fully engaged, inspired, educated and super-charged to finish the year strong!

Virgin Active


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Fees & Details

Fees From*

  • UK:

    £7k to £15k

  • Europe:

    £7k to £15k

  • US:

    £15k to £30k

  • Africa/Asia/ME:

    £15k to £30k

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  • United Kingdom



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