Gaia Grant

Gaia Grant, Co-Author
Gaia Grant, Book Co-Author

MD of Tirian Consultancy, researcher on innovation culture and sustainability at Sydney University Business School, global innovation culture consultant, and bestselling international author.

The Innovation Race bookGaia Grant is the MD of Tirian, the co-author of The Innovation Race: How to change a culture to change the game, and Who Killed Creativity?... And How Can We Get it Back?, and the author of a number of additional books and resources, including A Patch of Paradise and The Rhythm of Life.

Gaia is a doctoral (PhD) researcher focusing on sustainable innovation at the University of Sydney Business School, where she is also a lecturer on innovation in international business. She also has an MSc in Creative Thinking and grad Dip Change Leadership (State University of New York), BA Dip Ed (Macquarie university), BD (hons),.

Gaia is a highly skilled presenter and facilitator carrying with her a wide range of tools that can be used to find solutions to the most difficult challenges. Gaia’s corporate clients have included Google (US), JP Morgan (Asia Pacific), Visa (US), Salesforce (Asia Pacific), Four Seasons Hotels & Resorts (Canada), Citibank (Asia Pacific), Baker & McKenzie (Asia Pacific), Colgate Palmolive (Innovation Lab America), Deutsche Bank (Asia Pacific) and many other MNCs who can all attest to her insightful and engaging approach.

Gaia has presented keynotes at a number of high profile events including Salesforce International Roadshow (Asia Pacific), Optus / Singtel national event (Australia), Worktech International Conferences (invited for Melbourne, Australia and selected countries in South America), and the Growth Faculty Conference (Sydney, Australia – spoke alongisde Margaret Hefferan (BBC producer and author of Wilful Blindness), and Neil Rackham (author of Spin Selling). Selected industry keynote and workshop presentations have include Ci Creative Innovation Conference (Melbourne, Australia) and the Creative Problem Solving Institute (State University of New York, US). Gaia has also presented her research papers at a number of universities and academic forums internationally, including delivering at a major European management conference organised by EGOS.

Gaia is particularly interested in working with her corporate clients on corporate responsibility and sustainability programs, and she has run these programs for clients such as PwC, YPO (Young Presidents Organisation), and IFC World Bank. She has helped to design a program for Nestle headquarters in Switzerland that focused on helping them to come up with ideas on how to produce sustainable products for emerging countries, and she worked with Duke Executive Education to help design and run a program for Google headquarters in the US on how to improve their social responsibility in the local area.

Gaia contributes to a number of major magazines and newspapers (link), and she has also been featured in a number of international media including BBC and ABC TV along with commercial TV, Reuters, Harvard Business review, Fast Company and the Wall St Journal (link). As a dynamic husband-and-wife team, Gaia can team up with her partner and co-author, Andrew Grant, who is also a Director of Tirian Consultancy. Andrew is a globally recognised (TEDx) speaker.

Client's Feedback

"A phenomenal session! The feedback was excellent and many of our members gave this session a 10 out of 10. Really unique in bringing real depth and understanding to innovation. I saw a lot of lights go on today with our CEOs, and this will help our CEOs to be more effective in innovating. Excellent job – It was much appreciated!" Robert E. Fiske
President & CEO, Chief Executives Guild, USA
"This presentation provided our clients with the tools to help them become a marketing success." Sam Lasseter-Moore
Country Director, Marketing Cloud
(4 city roadshow)
"Your contribution in so many ways turned the Optus Learning Fiesta into a smooth event with very interested participants and a great atmosphere for discussion & collaboration." Optus Sydney
(Gaia Grant opening Keynote talk live streamed throughout Aust and simultaneously presented with Andrew Grant at Singtel in Singapore)
"I was delighted with the workshop Who Killed Creativity?, which has both quality and depth. The combination of your depth of knowledge, presentation skills, and the delightful game made the experience safe, enlightening, and most important, change-enabling. The experience is both easy and fun. We know that experiential learning has the most likely chance of changing behavior over the long term, and the extended value is in the likelihood of the experience “sticking”. Business, education, and government need to engage the new learnings you offer through your program." Jon Michael Fox
International Center for Studies in Creativity
State University of New York (Buffalo)
"Superbly presented – scoring a very high evaluation feedback of 6.8 out of 7. Gaia is a knowledgeable and entertaining trainer who presented an excellent session for us, really well facilitated and introduced. Really enjoyed it and liked the creative presentation through the game." AIM (Australian Institute of Management)
Queensland Australia

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