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Philipp Kristian deeply believes in making people trust each other: It creates a happier and healthier economy. As one of Asia’s youngest innovation strategists, he helps blue-chips and start-ups dominate their market in the digital age. Philipp has shared event stages with the likes of Ban Ki Moon, Ken Robinson and Niall Ferguson as a global authority on the Trust Economy. His book by the same name has been published in English, German and Chinese.

Philipp’s work as an innovation and trust economist has earned him recognition as a WEF Global Shaper, St. Gallen Symposium Leader of Tomorrow and KAIROS Global Fellow. His impact can be experienced around Asia: At age 21, he joined FutureBrand as first innovation strategist in Asia, where he made principal contributions to the company’s biggest ever project, the transformation of a leading financial services giant. In the same year, he started hosting DrinkEntrepreneurs Singapore, now the island’s most eminent social mixer event for the start-up ecosystem.

Then he named, branded and strategically positioned digital telco Circles.Life, one of Singapore’s most successful start-up stories. At age 22, he began a stint as digital creative director, serving hospitality brands such as St. Regis and W Hotels. At 23, he became a founder and branding mastermind behind lumenlab, MetLife’s first global R&D hub, now a household name in the industry. Next, he co-established Manulife’s first digital business in Asia, a direct health insurance for the Thai market. He also worked on reimagining retirement in Japan and charting the future of Manulife MOVE.

In 2018, Philipp left the corporate world to join the family business, Denkfabrik Digital (DDX), a German product and service innovation foundry with a 45-year track record. DDX believes in taking German-engineered innovation to address the toughest challenges companies face.