Philipp Kristian Diekhoener Trust Futurist & Innovation Strategist | MFL
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Philipp Kristian Diekhoener

Trust Futurist. Millennial Innovation Strategist. TEDx Speaker. Author of The Trust Economy

Philipp Kristian Diekhoener is a trust futurist, millennial innovation strategist, TEDx speaker and author of The Trust Economy. A nomad and trailblazer travelling 300+ days a year, he works with some of the best and largest names in business on building a more trusted future. Named a WEF Global Shaper, KAIROS Global Fellow and St. Gallen Symposium Leader of Tomorrow, he is the definitive millennial voice on trust and innovation in the digital age. Philipp believes we have no future without trust. Trust drives behaviour, behaviour drives decisions, and decisions create our future. Because the future is a product of our actions, Philipp sponsors Mangrove reforestation and carbon offsetting projects in the Bay of Bengal with each confirmed booking.

Philipp’s keynotes explore the future of work, business and everyday life. He speaks about digital transformation, disruptive innovation, smart cities, transformational technologies and start-up ecosystems. He distils the complexity of our hyper-connected digital age into simple, pragmatic directions – deep-diving into the role of ethics, artificial intelligence and sustainability in shaping this progress. Balancing universal human insight with global trends and sector-specific context, he creates sharp strategy that resonates. His inputs invigorate and inspire audiences to apply a fresh perspective. This makes him go-to speaker on the future of trust and the digital innovation economy. Each of his keynote topics is connected to a venture in his own portfolio that walks the talk. Tackling the future entrepreneurially, each builds towards the shared vision of a happier, healthier and wealthier humanity.

To learn more about Philipp, listen to his podcast here

Philipp believes the future is something we create. His work was instrumental to two Fortune 500 innovation labs and one of Asia’s fastest-growing technology scale-ups. He served as a strategic advisor to iconic founders, including the CEO of Singapore’s most funded insurance technology start-up. With great energy and a healthy dose of realism, he shows that human progress is shaped by who, what and how we trust. Whenever we trust something new, the world changes. Turning imagination into innovation means shifting trust from established to new ways. This makes trust the ultimate force to have on your side. Designing and managing for it is the new imperative for success in the digital age.

Like his book, Philipp’s approach is rooted in academic research, anthropology and extensive real-world project work. He observes our natural context across industries and geographies, scouting for patterns of emerging trust and behaviour shifts. Mixing integrative with creative thinking, he keeps clients ahead of the curve with transformational strategies that resonate with boards of directors and frontline staff alike. Philipp also teaches an Advanced Certificate Course in Transformation through Corporate Innovation for Singapore Management University’s Executive Education Arm.

A rising star on the global keynote speaker circuit, Philipp has covered over a dozen industries across 20+ countries including Bhutan and the Maldives. He has been booked alongside Brené Brown, Sir Ken Robinson, Niall Fergusson and Ban Ki Moon and addressed Deloitte, Facebook, Economist Intelligence Unit, Microsoft, MunichRe, P&G, Turner, Zillow and many more. Fortune 500s, industry associations and institutions turn to him as one of the hardest-hitting voices on the Trust Economy and how we will live, work and play in the future. Publications including BrandEins, e27, Esquire, Forbes, InVision, Men’s Folio, MoneyFM 89.3, Springer Professional and YourStory published his stories. In his free time, he is an avid sailor and yogi.

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Exponential Empowerment:Trusting the Future of Work

With business complexity on the rise and new generations at work, established management structures and philosophies reach their limit. As younger generations enter the workforce, they bring with them fundamentally different attitudes towards trust, leadership and the use of technology and data at work. One of the most difficult challenges to solve in this regard is striking a balance between management and empowerment: Millennials and Gen Z seek to be trusted upfront, Gen X and Baby-boomers prefer trust to be earned. This causes much misunderstanding and frustration. Nowadays, trust ranks as the most important characteristic of the best workplaces, executives and teams. Unfortunately, corporate structures are often built on a bedrock of distrust-driven command and control. With the increasing pace of change, this bureaucracy stands in the way of excellence. Incremental productivity growth is slowing despite exponential advances in technology, because we are unable to use tech to full effect. In the 90s, our offices were equipped with cutting-edge technology in comparison to what we had at home. Today, it’s the other way around. That’s a loss, because technology has far superior administrative capabilities to humans and paper. Its flexibility, speed, scale and adaptive nature allows us to organise ourselves better than ever before. Where bureaucracy turns humans into machines, the right technology enables us to focus on doing more that matters. But how can we effectively interact with it as we enter an age of machines and industry 4.0? How can we move from incremental to exponential organisations? But what are the skills required to thrive in this era? Broadly, the future of work is defined by several paradigm shifts: Flexibility over certainty, tribes over departments / divisions, decentralisation over centralisation, trust-first over distrust-first approaches, social contracting over rules-based compliance, transparency over confidentiality and algorithms over processes. But that’s easier said than done: Bureaucracy is built for self-preservation. How do you break the cycle and create great future workplaces?

This keynote deep-dives into the crucial role of trust in enabling transformation in the workplace. It explores what it takes to transition effectively to this new world of work. Discover a practical roadmap for reinvention.

The Trust Economy

As humans, we are wired to trust. All businesses are ultimately in the business of trust. Despite that, we paradoxically live in a world of distrust. Contracts, parking gantries, locks, security checks and lengthy privacy policies are just the tip of the iceberg. Distrust is the disease of the 20th century. In many ways this has been a necessary evil, albeit a fairly recent one. Prior to industrialisation, business was done on a relationship basis. We knew our butcher and banker personally. Increasing industrialisation, urbanisation and global trade made us part ways with this approach. Bureaucracy, standardisation and default scepticism increasingly took over. With business complexity on the rise, this approach is doomed for failure: Excessive rules and distrust cause friction, waste time and money and paralyse us. We spend too much energy on fuelling a culture of hostility over getting work done. Productivity and humanity are suffering. But what is the alternative? Digital may have the answer. Technology allows us to build trust with anyone, anywhere and at scale. The global village is real: Digital is making us trust each other again, and faster than ever before. Never before has trust been as tangible, quantifiable and actionable. Trust is the new capital and currency of the digital age.

Distrust is a threat to the present, and trust is an enabler of the future. This keynote looks at global macrotrends and how the transformation of trust is shaping our future. Designing and managing for trust is the new imperative for success in the digital age. Make trust your advantage to survive and thrive in these turbulent times.

Hello Humanoid: Trusting the Future of Artificial Intelligence

Deep technology is the magic of the 21st century. Artificial intelligence blurs the lines between humans and machines. Tapping its potential will advance our species. But this raises important questions: Should we trust something we may never be able to fully understand? What are appropriate governance approaches? How do we coexist peacefully and effectively? The time to address these important dimensions is now. Integrating artificial intelligence into our personal and work lives will become inevitable. Navigating this transformation is complex. Ethical dilemmas and game theory problems lurk everywhere: Would you entrust your life to a self-driving car if you were unable to intervene? Should the car prioritise your safety and life or that of pedestrians? If you were able to intervene, what would happen if someone deliberately decided to override the autopilot? Unless we understand and resolve critical trust issues of interacting with intelligent machines, we are headed for disaster.

This keynote provides solution approaches to some of the most intriguing challenges humanity is facing around artificial intelligence. It provides answers and raises important questions surrounding the age of AI. Question your notions of deep technology and yield its full potential.

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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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    £15k to £30k

  • Europe:

    £15k to £30k

  • US:

    £15k to £30k

  • Africa/Asia/ME:

    £7k to £15k

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  • Singapore, Germany



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