Kirk Vallis
Chief Disruption and Innovation Officer, Moving Ahead, Head of Creativity Development, Google

Kirk believes the principles behind why we do brilliant stuff are the same everywhere. All over the world, and inside and outside of tech. Whether we're building space elevators or simply looking for new options to solve everyday challenges, the conditions we create for ourselves and others in those moments is the difference between getting stuff done and getting awesome stuff done!

Kirk's time is mainly spent helping Google to close the gap between how we know we should behave at work, and how we often do. He helps Googlers understand what it is about the approach and behaviours that teams and individuals exhibit, that results in awesome innovation, a fresh way to solve a challenge, or simply positive change. Away from Google, Kirk acts as an advisor to companies including Adidas, Anheuser Busch InBev, AbbVie and Viiv Healthcare, and as Chief Disruption and Innovation Officer at Moving Ahead.

Kirk is a mentor to The Hope Fund for Cancer Research, helping some of the world’s most respected biologists, geneticists and Nobel prize winners, to disrupt traditional thinking with the power of technology. He also partners with Singularity University to help senior executives unite the power of technology and human creativity. Kirk has also led sessions as part of Stanford University-Google Executive programmes, on innovation leadership in a technology-driven world.

Kirk is an experienced and engaging speaker whose real-world approach helps senior leaders to disrupt their ingrained thought patterns, and to access new levels of creativity, deep thinking and critical problem solving.

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