International Keynote Speaker, Bestselling Author & Change Maker

Keynote Speeches and Change Programs that make a Difference

global keynote speaker ilja grzeskowitzBe the change. That´s the mantra of international keynote speaker Ilja Grzeskowitz, CSP (spoken Graesch -ko -witz). He studied economics and marketing and was the youngest store manager for Germany´s largest retail corporation Karstadt, as well as for IKEA. During these disruptive times, he had to fight with various changes and became an expert on that topic. The author of nine books held guest lecturing positions at the Berlin School of Law and Economics and the SRH University in Berlin and constantly travels around the world to research future trends and developments. Being nicknamed „Mr. Change“ by his clients and the media, he inspires people all over the world to use the power of change to live a fulfilled and purposeful life. It is Ilja’s mission to support organizations to create a culture of change competence, that is based on innovation, flexibility and the courage to try out new ways. Among his clients are big brands like Accor, Allianz, Audi, Biogen, BMW, Capri Sun, Daimler, Lufthansa, Marriott, Nespresso, Pentax, Procter & Gamble, RWE, SWISS, T-Mobile and Zalando, as well as traditional middle sized companies. As an international keynote speaker, Ilja has given presentations on four continents. On American C-Suite TV he was introduced as Germany´s #1 change expert. He is „nordish by nature“ and together with his family he lives in Berlin. He is a loving father of two beautiful daughters, loves to play golf, drinks a lot of coffee and is a single malt aficionado.

You know what change is all about, when you listen to the real life experiences of this great keynote speaker. To hear Ilja Grzeskowitz speak energizes and inspires.
Dr. Heike Schiffler
CMO / Tetra Pak GmbH & Co KG
Dear Ilja, Thank you so much for you energetic, inspiring and fascinating keynote at our sales conference in Bangkok. All of our co-workers are still talking about TNT and #OhYeah! We are very happy, how much you motivated every single one of us.
Alexander Lapp
Manager Strategy & Processes Asia Pacific / Lapp Holding
Change – it´s the attitude that decides if we succeed or not. Thank you so much for your great presentation!
Bernd Eckl
Executive Vice President Sales, Marketing, Business Development & Corporate Communications / Getrag International GmbH
Here is our Feedback: The presentation was: 1) Very valuable: Everyone learned something new. 2) Specific: Customized to our current situation. 3) Important: It was really great that you had an external view on our challenges. 4) Worldclass: Your Keynote Speech was awesome.
Reinhard Kleber
Regional Manager Bavaria / Hypovereinsbank / Unicredit
Ilja Grzeskowitz was the Keynote Speaker for our BMW Financial Services Partner Event and we were very pleased with our choice. Working with him was extremely professional und pleasant. Not only is he a true change expert, but he also customized his speech to specific challenges of our industry. With his fascinating and humorous presentation, Mr. Grzeskowitz has definitely moved and inspired our guests. Dear Ilja, may we say thank you very much, once again. We wish you all the best and are very happy with our choice.
Roger Muhr & Martina Merki
Marketing Director / BMW Financial Services Schweiz
Ilja Grzeskowitz was the closing keynote speaker at our conference and we are very happy with our choice. The feedback was great and he made an impact on everyone!
Christin Kohnke
HR Director / Nespresso Deutschland GmbH
Ilja Grzeskowitz has implemented the Change-DNA into the audience. Our 400 Guest were very much inspired by his outstanding Keynote Speech. The combination of strong content and his entertaining presentation style was the reason, that every single guest had the desire to change and could take away specific ideas for his daily business.
Dr. Jürgen Wigger
CEO / BEWITAL petfood GmbH & Co. KG
It was a lot of fun working with Mr. Grzeskowitz. Thank you very much for the inspiring and outstanding Keynote Speech. Grzeskowitz has inspired us with his charming and very likeable personality. With real life storytelling, heart and humor, he showed us how to be able to deal with change. A great speaker who we are very pleased to recommend.
Sonia Wedell-Castellano
Sales Director / Deutsche Messe AG
Dear Ilja, we´d like to say THANK YOU for your inspiring keynote speech and so many valuable impulses at our kick-off event. It was a great start into the new year!
Erich Aschenbrenner
Vice President / GeVaS Gesellschaft für Vermögensaufbau und Sicherung AG
Thank you so much for your entertaining, inspiring and energizing keynote speech on January 19th 2018 at the Audi Forum. Not only did you amaze the audience in the room, but the co-workers in Austria and Switzerland as well, who watched you via video conference. Your message and your style of delivery were a perfect fit with our company culture.
Harm Van Tongeren
CEO Germany / Austria / Switzerland / Unilever Food Solutions
Amazing speech, we are very happy! Iljas keynote was inspiring, customized to our needs and with a strong message. Our whole team is in #OhYeah mode. Thank you Ilja for the experience!
Christine Heimes
Manager Global Service and Parts Operations / Daimler AG / Global Service Training
Ilja rocked our team right after lunch, on the hottest day of the year. Making change happen, that was the theme of his talk in front of our 250 leaders, and he inspired them all with his insightful speech about the 4 C´s of change. A very valuable preparation for the upcoming challenges of the future, and he even provided the necessary tools to master them. Awesome!
Klaus Ullmann
Head of Sales / Raiffeisenbank Oberösterreich AG
Ilja showed us, how to use the power of change to get the results we want. Practical, understandable and with a lot of humor. It is his unique style and his way of transporting his message, that makes his speeches so valuable. Highly recommended.
Franz-Josef Scherl
CEO Telekom Bavaria / Telekom Deutschland GmbH
Dear Ilja, THANK YOU for your inspiring keynote speech. This was by far the best keynote. We were truly inspired and energized. OhYEAH! Again, big thanks, it was awesome!
Salwa Abboud
HR Manager/HRBP EMEA FTAP / PALL Corporation
Ilja added lots of value to our conference and he nailed it with his closing keynote speech. He was the perfect choice as a speaker. Because of his content, but even more for his personality.
Katja Dietrich
Event Marketing Manager / Cancom GmbH
“Thanks, Ilja, for sharing your passion for change as a chance to go beyond our self-created limitations. You touched and encouraged our SWISS audience with your witty life and business anecdotes. Audience reviews stated it was the best event of this kind ever!”
Elisabeth Tanke Sugimoto
Senior Manager Culture, Change & Talent Management / SWISS International Air Lines Ltd.
We were all delighted with Ilja – his keynote address/speech was ‘on point’ and exactly what we were looking for. His ‘change message’ was easy to understand for our multi-cultural audience, delivered with good humour and self-deprecation – the attendees loved it! We particularly also appreciated that he took time afterwards and made a real effort to connect with our delegates during breaks and meals for the rest of the day. From first contact, he was easy to work with and his preparation was immaculate, he worked seamlessly with our conference production company and was generally very easy to get along with – a very likeable individual with a good, positive and constructive message. Just what we’d been looking for!
Karim Rached
Project Director, Europe Finance / Marriott Hotels International
Ilja´s keynote speech was outstanding and everybody felt inspired and valued the authenticity. We especially loved the fact, that Ilja customized his speech with all our wished from the pre-event briefing, and even used some of the content other speakers of the day were talking about. To sum it up: It was a brilliant speech and we already asked him to come back for another one.
Martin Skoda
Head Medical Science Liaison / Biogen

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