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Philipp Kristian Diekhoener

TEDx I Keynote Speaker and Global Innovation Strategist, Author of The Trust Economy

Philipp Kristian Diekhoener believes trust drives our digital economy and loves to turn deep human insights into simple, beautiful businesses that imagine the future. He is a keynote | TEDx speaker, global innovation strategist and author of The Trust Economy.

Philipp has spoken at eminent global organisations such as Facebook, P&G, Microsoft, Turner, MunichRe, Zillow, Globe, CPA Australia, German Federal Ministry for Economics and Energy, Economist Intelligence Unit and many others. He has written for Forbes, Esquire, e27, Marketing Magazine, InVision Blog plus several industry publications and featured across Springer Professional, Men’s Folio, Money FM 89.3 and YourStory.

Philipp Kristian Diekhoener is also founding partner of Denkfabrik Digital, an award-winning German innovation foundry helping companies innovate the most trusted products and services. He frequently delves into the impact of breakthrough technologies like Blockchain and Artificial Intelligence (AI) on established industries. Advisory clients include Daimler Financial Services, SES, Standard Chartered, The Boston Consulting Group (BrightHouse) and Singapore Life.

Prior, Philipp shaped the Asian innovation activities of several Fortune 500s and helped some of the most commercially successful start-ups in Singapore (such as Circles.Life) transform their respective industries. Over the course of his career, he served clients in over a dozen countries including Bhutan and the Maldives. He now guides C-Suites in making the most of The Trust Economy, build winning data value propositions and achieve greater value through trust.

Philipp Kristian Diekhoener was named a WEF Global Shaper, Kairos Global Fellow and St. Gallen Symposium Leader of Tomorrow. He is a co-founder of DrinkEntrepreneurs in Asia, a popular social mixer event for the start-up ecosystem.

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The Trust Economy

What it is, and how it’s transforming work, play and the global marketplace

In the last two decades, the internet has given us unprecedented innovation and change. Technology and data have reinvented everyday life. How? By reinventing who, what and how we trust. We happily stay in a stranger’s house or meet a partner online without even thinking twice. The companies that make this possibly have created digital trust intermediaries that changed the face of many industries. What implications does this carry for incumbents? How can you benefit from the Trust Economy? Understand one of the biggest socioeconomic shifts in human history, and how to thrive amidst it.

Do You Trust The Future of Work?

Transforming workplaces into high-performance, high-trust environments

The world’s most trusted teams and leaders do the best work. But today’s organisations are constrained by operating complexity, legacy structures, a plethora of rules and guidelines, cross-cultural misunderstandings and ever-increasing competitive pressures. How do you transform your workplace into a top-performing global village? How will you attract, empower and retain the kind of talent that helps you stay ahead of the pack? Learn about the crucial role trust plays in the future of work, and how to make it a reality in your company.

Of Trust Leaps and Mars-Shots

How we built Asia’s first digital telco from scratch

Many industries have high barriers to entry, and yet some start-ups manage to take them by storm anyway. When we built Circles.Life, the sheer ambition of launching a challenger telco electrified the team. When the founding team approached me to give the baby a name and chart the path for success, I was equally excited and perplexed. How could we launch a new take on the telco industry? Was it even possible to reinvent something as pervasive as a telco provider? This is the story of how we made Circles the innovation posterchild of the industry, all thanks to a simple, powerful idea and the courage to trust customers.

Mental Monopoly

Creating peerless products and services by designing for customer trust, and a six-stage process to get there

As Phillip Kotler famously said; if you’re not a brand, you’re a commodity. The world’s most successful brands create mental monopolies, convincing customers that there is no alternative product to serve their needs equally well. This leads to more value creation for both brands and customers, and everyone wins. The iPhone and iPod achieved this for consumer electronics, the Mercedes S600 for executive cars, and countries such as Singapore and Switzerland for foreign investment. Trust is the ultimate differentiation strategy. Standing out with the most trusted brand will make people value you more than anyone else in business, and pay a premium for that privilege. But doing so is extremely hard without the right strategy and approach. How do you become the most trusted and valuable brand – and own your market? Understand how the six-stage Trust Economy framework helps you harness the differentiating power of trust, so you can create the kind of mental monopolies that engage and sell.

Data Trust Economy

Why trust is most crucial future differentiator for data-driven organisations, and how to lead with it

Data is the gold mine of the digital economy. In the global war for customer data, trust will be the most powerful and credible differentiator. Trust creates the best customer relationships, leads to privileged access to customer data, drives engagement and safeguards customer lifetime value. Technology companies are beginning to realise that developing a strategic lens on trust is extremely important to the future of their business. Meanwhile, data breaches and corporate scandals keep surfacing globally. How can you reap the commercial benefits of building a business around data without alienating your customers? Discover how the best data products and propositions benefit customers and companies alike, and how to create them in your context.

The Future Isn’t Something We Enter, It’s Something we Trust

Why trust is the crucial ingredient to innovation and change

Our world changes when trust collectively shifts from the status quo to something new. Innovation is ever so often attributed to technology, when in fact it’s a result of new experiences that we intuitively trust will make our lives better. Understanding the subtle trust dynamics behind change and innovation allows us to understand why certain things change, whilst others stay the same. But changing anything requires skill and persistence, as overcoming legacy and inertia is always a challenge. Assuming a trust perspective helps us understand how we as individuals and companies can make an impact in the world with value propositions that create new markets, new behaviours, new paradigms and greater value.

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Philipp's brains run in the speed of light. Trust is one of the most sought-after values in the financial services, yet it has not been approached with a structure and intellectual rigour. I particularly enjoyed the Trust Economy model, which provides an invaluable framework for organisations to plan and design for trust.


Phil is without doubt one of the most impressive visionaries I have had the pleasure of working with. He is exceptionally skilled at not just technology, but the human element of innovation. Brilliant in this day and age of The Trust Economy.

Manulife Phillipines

Philipp is a rare talent. Vision, deep thinking, insight, connectedness and confident execution. He’s proven all

Singapore Life

Philipp’s unflinching belief in innovation and disruptive technology is infectious.



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  • UK:

    £15k to £30k

  • Europe:

    £15k to £30k

  • US:

    £15k to £30k

  • Africa/Asia/ME:

    £7k to £15k

Travels From

  • Singapore, Germany



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