Frans Johansson

Budget: $30 000 >
Languages: English
Geography: USA and Canada

Frans Johansson is the world-known speaker and the best-selling author of The Medici Effect: What Elephants and Epidemics Can Teach Us About Innovation. Translated into 18 languages, The Medici Effect was named one of the top ten business books by Amazon.com. Frans Johansson advocates looking to other cultures and disciplines — science, art, business, politics and fashion — for innovation inspiration.

In his book and in his presentations, Johansson clearly shows how the best ideas and innovation come from collaboration between people with diverse experiences, skills, expertise, perspectives, backgrounds, and cultures. Simply stated, he is known for making the business case for diversity.

Beyond lip service, he packs his programs with plenty of examples and gives people what they need to know and what they need to do to break down silos and bring out the best that everyone has to give to any challenge or opportunity, regardless of rank or where they reside on the org chart – even if they aren't on the org chart! Johansson has lived all his life at the intersection where ideas from different fields and cultures meet and collide. He was raised in Sweden by his African American-Cherokee mother and Swedish father. Johansson earned his BS in environmental science at Brown University and his MBA at Harvard Business School.

He founded both a Boston-based software company and a medical device company operating out of Baltimore, Maryland and Stockholm, Sweden. He has written articles on healthcare, information technology, and the science of sport fishing and has been featured on CNN's Anderson Cooper 360, ABC's Early Morning Show, and CNBC's The Business of Innovation series along with Jack Welch and Muhammad Yunus.