Knut Haanaes

World’s leading expert on Strategy and Sustainability, and bestselling co-author of “Your Strategy Needs a Strategy”.


Balancing Tomorrow’s Vision with Today’s Reality



Knut Haanaes is a leading expert in strategy and sustainability, currently holding a professorship in Strategy at IMD Business School. His professional journey is marked by significant leadership roles, including Dean of the Global Leadership Institute at the World Economic Forum and Senior Partner at The Boston Consulting Group, where he led the Strategy Practice. These positions underscore his expertise in blending strategic innovation with sustainable business practices.

Knut is the co-author of the bestselling book, “Your Strategy Needs a Strategy,” which has been translated into seven languages and praised for its forward-thinking approach to complex business environments. His TED Talk, focusing on the balance between exploration and exploitation, has garnered over 2.7 million views, highlighting his ability to convey crucial concepts in strategy and sustainability effectively.

Knut’s work emphasizes the importance of a Future-back approach to strategic planning, teaching organizations how to navigate short-term challenges while setting long-term, sustainable goals. His insights are invaluable to leaders seeking to foster innovation while maintaining a robust operational foundation, making him a sought-after speaker and advisor in the realms of business strategy and sustainability.

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