Christian Busch, PhD, is an internationally known expert in the areas of innovation, purpose-driven leadership, social impact, and entrepreneurship.

He teaches at New York University (NYU) and the London School of Economics (LSE), and is the author of  The Serendipity Mindset: The Art and Science of Creating Good Luck.

At NYU, he directs the Global Economy program of the Center for Global Affairs. Previously, he co-directed the LSE’s Innovation and Co-Creation Lab.

He is a co-founder of Sandbox Network, a global community of young innovators, as well as Leaders on Purpose, an organization convening the CEOs of Fortune 500 companies.

Christian is a member of the World Economic Forum’s (WEF) Expert Forum and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts. He was recognized as one of the ‘Top 30 Management Thinkers to Watch’ 2019 by Thinkers50 and is frequently asked to speak at international conferences such as the World Economic Forum, TED/TEDx, and the Financial Times Sustainability Summit.

His research focuses on business model innovation, entrepreneurship, social impact, and social networks, and he teaches several MSc and executive education courses at LSE.

He frequently speaks at conferences such as the World Economic Forum (WEF), TED, and Financial Times Sustainability Summit, and his ideas have been featured by outlets such as Harvard Business Review, The Economist, and the UN.

Previously, Dr Busch worked in business in Kenya, South Africa, Mexico, Russia, Germany, the US, and has served as Senior Advisor at the National Entrepreneurs Association and at multinational companies, on Ashoka’s Selection Panel, and on the Jury of the African Entrepreneurship Award.

He holds a PhD (LSE: Networks, entrepreneurship), MSc (LSE: Management), BA (Hagen: Sociology, Psychology) & BBA (Furtwangen & Moscow Business School: Business).

Expertise: impact organization; future of business; innovation; purpose-driven organizations

Keynote Talk:

Transforming uncertainty into opportunity: The science of serendipity as a tool for innovation and impact in a fast-changing world

Speaker: Dr. Christian Busch, Director CGA Global Economy, New York University; Author, The Serendipity Mindset: The Art & Science of Creating Good Luck; Visiting Fellow, LSE; Co-Founder, Leaders on Purpose

Session description: Modern life is full of chance encounters, changing plans, delayed journeys, human errors, and—yes—even pandemics. But what if we could turn such unpredictability into positive outcomes? Dr. Christian Busch has spent a decade exploring how, if acted upon, unexpected moments can enhance our worldview, expand our social circles, and create new opportunities for innovation and impact. In this talk, Christian will share how we can use uncertainty as a pathway to more purpose and success, for companies and individuals alike. This talk will enable you to:

– Understand the science of serendipity — what it is and how it can be harnessed

– Explore serendipity in the context of COVID-19 and other times of uncertainty

– Learn how serendipity can be used as a tool for innovation and impact

– Harness concrete practices on how to cultivate serendipity for enhanced meaning and success


What if being lucky was a skill that you could master and share with other people?
Modern life is full of chance encounters, changing plans, delayed journeys, human errors and other mishaps. So, what if we use such unpredictability to our advantage?

Dr Christian Busch has spent a decade exploring how, if acted upon, unexpected encounters can enhance our worldview, expand our social circles and create new professional opportunities. In this book, Christian reveals the secrets behind the hidden force that rules the universe: serendipity.

The Serendipity Mindset is a revolutionary, well-researched exploration of a well-researched and essential life skill that we can all develop in a few simple steps. By learning to identify, act on and share serendipity, we can use uncertainty as a pathway to more joyful, purposeful and successful lives. From couples who first interacted during chance encounters to business people who invented multi-million ideas after a best-laid plan misfired, Christian has studied hundreds of subjects who improved their lives by learning to see opportunities in the unexpected.

A wise, exciting and life-changing book‘ Arianna Huffington, author of Thrive

In this incisive book, Christian Busch reveals that luck isn’t always dumb. People who can see what others don’t – who are awake to the high probability of the improbable – can achieve and contribute in ways their more blinkered colleagues cannot. The Serendipity Mindset is a bracing and hopeful antidote to a world addicted to efficiency and control Daniel H. Pink, bestselling author of When and Drive

How to create the opportunities for a successful and fulfilling life? Christian Busch shows convincingly that it’s more than blind luck in The Serendipity Mindset, which offers excellent practical guidance for all‘ Paul Polman, former CEO of Unilever and co-founder of IMAGINE