Philipp Kristian Diekhöner

Philipp Kristian Diekhöner believes trust drives our digital economy and loves to turn deep human insights into simple, beautiful businesses that imagine the future. He is a keynote I TEDx speaker, global innovation strategist and author of The Trust Economy, published in English (2017), German (2018) and Simplified Chinese (2019).

Philipp has spoken at eminent global organisations such as Facebook, P&G, Microsoft, Turner, MunichRe, Zillow, Globe, CPA Australia, German Federal Ministry for Economics and Energy, Economist Intelligence Unit and many others. He has written for Forbes, Esquire, e27, Marketing Magazine, InVision Blog plus several industry publications and featured across Springer Professional, Men’s Folio, Money FM 89.3 and YourStory.

Philipp is also founding partner of a strategy practice on data and trust-driven transformation and the impact of breakthrough technologies like Blockchain and Artificial Intelligence (AI) on established industries. Advisory clients include Daimler Financial Services, SES, Standard Chartered, The Boston Consulting Group (BrightHouse) and Singapore Life.

Prior, Philipp shaped the Asian innovation activities of several Fortune 500s and helped some of the most commercially successful start-ups in Singapore (such as Circles.Life) transform their respective industries. Over the course of his career, he served clients in over a dozen countries including Bhutan and the Maldives. He now guides C-Suites in making the most of The Trust Economy, build winning data value propositions and achieve greater value through trust.

Philipp was named a WEF Global Shaper, Kairos Global Fellow and St. Gallen Symposium Leader of Tomorrow. He is a co-founder of DrinkEntrepreneurs in Asia, a popular social mixer event for the start-up ecosystem. In his free time, Philipp is an avid sailor and yogi.


The Trust Economy

How technological disruption and the trust economy is transforming the way we do business. All our everyday social and economic activities bank on a foundation of trust, and technology and digitisation are transforming who, what and how we trust. Established companies need to change the way they build trust with their customers if they want to continue to thrive. Why trust is companies’ single most valuable competitive asset, and a crucial requirement for the adoption of transformational technologies and the successful execution of innovation and digital transformation.

Trust and the Future of Work

Trust in both the public sector and in ‘old economy’ corporate structures are at an all-time low. Workplace cultures built on a command-and-control mentality and on extensive bureaucracy now threaten the very future of large organisations, and prevent them from reinventing themselves to remain competitive in the long term. Emergent technologies like Artificial Intelligence (AI) and distributed ledgers will be impossible to control effectively in a traditionally centralised manner. How will trust play its role in more self-regulated, peer-to-peer work communities?


Philipp is a rare talent. Vision, deep thinking, insight, connectedness and confident execution. He’s proven all
~ CEO, Singapore Life

Philipp is one of the most creative yet astute thinkers I’ve met in many years as an investor and entrepreneur
~ Co-Founder, Circles.Life

Phil is without doubt one of the most impressive visionaries I have had the pleasure of working with. He is exceptionally skilled at not just technology, but the human element of innovation. Brilliant in this day and age of The Trust Economy.
~ Bim Gutierrez, Chief Innovation Officer, Manulife Philippines

Fantastic presentation – thank you, it really resonated with me!
~ Consultant, PWC

Your presentation was amazing.
~ Marketing Manager, Terapinn Events

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