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Christoph is a Silicon Valley entrepreneur, founder and expert in innovation and digital technologies.

In 2011, he started the think tank TinyBox with a focus on the impact of new technologies in San Francisco, CA. Partnering with Google and others, the now German based business is on a mission to make knowledge more accessible to business strategists and entrepreneurs.

In 2016, Christoph started the Burkhardt Group in San Francisco, a consulting firm specializing in emerging technologies and digital business models. Among his clients have been companies such as Pfizer, Allianz, Aldi and SAP. He has also mentored over 300 startups and coached several high-profile entrepreneurs. 

In 2019 he became CEO of OneLife, a research heavy health tech startup on a mission to save lives and protect the planet by creating clean technologies that improve people’s health at home. After successfully launching their first product, the air purifier OneLife X globally, Christoph joined the supervisory board. 

Currently, Christoph is working with several high profile executives as advisor and consultant helping them to future proof their business strategies and technology applications. 

Christoph has been a thought after keynote speaker with Fortune 500 companies around the globe. He is a regular guest lecturer at leading universities such as LMU Munich, ETH Zurich, RWTH Aachen, University of St. Gallen and has recently taught business strategy for entrepreneurs at Stanford’s executive program. 

Christoph is the author of three books, several articles and book chapters. 

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  • Born and raised in Germany

  • 2007 BSc in Cognitive Psychology at the University of Heidelberg

  • 2009 Double Degree in Business Economics and Psychology at LMU Munich

  • 2011 MSc with distinction at the London School of Economics, thesis with Google on Collective Intelligence

  • 2011 Founder of TinyBox, think tank in applied technologies

  • 2014 Newcomer Award at the German Speakers Association

  • 2016 Founder of the Burkhardt Group LLC in San Francisco

  • 2019 CEO of health tech startup OneLife

  • 2020 Top 100 European Speakers (Speakers Excellence)

  • 2021 Top 50 Healthcare CEOs (Technology Innovators Magazine)

  • 2022 Consulting with innovators around the globe

  • 2023 Founder of the Impact Innovation Institute


Christoph Burkhardt is a boundary-spanning
INNOVATION EXPERT. After over a decade life and work in Silicon Valley, California, he knows the difference between businesses whose ideas will have transformative impact and those you'll never hear about. Christoph's clients benefit from his deep understanding of emerging technologies and impeccable sense for business strategy. 

The INTERNATIONAL FUTURIST researches trends worldwide and remains an unconditional optimist about the the fate of the human race on planet earth. Christoph says that technologies will save us all in the end even if they create quite a mess in the meantime. As a great proponent of impact technologies he is about to take on his next big project right now.   

"Home is where my stuff lives" says Christoph. He is a full-on GLOBAL CITIZEN navigating between California and Europe. As a true believer in the power of diversity and global connection he has worked in projects from India to China, the US and all over Europe. "If you want to keep up with what's going on you have to go where it happens" and that seems to be a different spot all the time.

With a track record of instilling trust and curiosity with his clients the FEARLESS FACILITATOR is a master in managing psychological safety. As a trained cognitive psychologist he has years of experience in getting people to leave their comfort zone, think beyond their boundaries and create change they would not have deemed possible.

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Don't be a Robot - Seven Survival Strategies in the Age of Artificial Intelligence

(2018) [English & German]

Applied Psychology for Project Managers

(2015) [English]

Denkfehler Innovation - warum Fehlentschiedungen oft der Grund für Fortschritt sind (2016) [German]

Durchbruch - Gute Ideen sind kein Zufall
(2014) [German]


Christoph has a wonderful, natural style of enlisting and enrolling. And clearly he has a passion for his job. He really added a very special, generous and wise dimension to our event. Extremely impressed, learned so much and was truly inspired.

One of the best business presentations I've attended! Keep up the great work. This presentation will inspire your company and teams to reach for new heights and think outside the box!

Christoph’s workshop has completely changed the way I think. His innovative and exceptionally creative way of approaching existing problems makes him an extraordinarily talented trainer. An experience with long term effects.

Aidan Harney, PhD

Change Leadership

Intel Corporation

Daniar Hussain, PhD 

Founder & President

American Patent Agency

Fabio Olivotti

Head of Design Identity and Media

BMW Group


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