Kriss Akabusi Former Olympic Medallist and CEO of The Akabusi Company started his career in Her Majesty’s forces where he spent 9 years in the physical training corps. It was during this time that Kriss developed his athletic career, which led to major Olympic and world-class success. He is now a world-class motivational speaker.
With his enthusiasm, his powerful messages and his vivacious character, Kriss Akabusi captivates his audience often beyond the highest of expectations. Kriss is famous for his achievements in Athletics where his greatest individual triumph was his Gold Medal in the 1990 European Championships when he beat David Hemery’s 22 year old British Record. He began his International career in 1983 as a member of the 4×400 metre relay squad and will probably always be remembered for helping Britain clinch the Gold and beat the Americans in the World Championships 4×400 metre relay in Tokyo in 1991. In 1992 as three times Olympic medallist, World, European and Commonwealth Champion Kriss was awarded the MBE by Her Majesty The Queen in recognition of his services to the country through athletics
After his retirement from top athletics almost 10 years ago Kriss channelled his energies into public speaking. His start in television began when he presented the Big Breakfast; this was followed by a full time position as co-presenter of BBC’S Record Breakers. He has presented various children’s programmes and appears regularly on game and chat shows where the brief is “fun and entertainment.”
Drawing from his wealth of experience as a world-class athlete and TV presenter he is now considered to be one of the country’s top business motivational speakers and presenters. Kriss speaks at over 120 engagements each year to FTSE 100 companies, training organisations, conferences and seminars. His message tailored for you is: in your arena, focus, innovation and teamwork are the route to success.
Kriss was born in London in 1958 to Nigerian parents and is married to Monika with whom he has two children, Ashanti and Shakira. When not speaking motivationally, Kriss can be found teeing off at his local golf club and still participates in various sports such as basketball, tennis and football.
1992 Kriss was awarded the MBE by Her Majesty The Queen in her Birthday Honours List in recognition of his services to the country through athletics.
What he offers you
Internationally recognised and respected motivational speakers; Kriss offers audiences advice on becoming an achiever in any chosen field. He also demonstrates the importance of teamwork and self belief. He engages with communicating high energy, inspirational messages from the conference platform or creating exciting, motivational workshops and awards presentations.
How he presents
Sportsman and TV personality, Kriss’s inspirational and high energy presentations are guaranteed to leave audiences feeling energised and ready to achieve their ambitions.
“We wanted a speaker who could enthuse our audience about the future, at the end of a conference that had some difficult messages for our staff. Kris’s energy and delivery brought the room to life. He captured the challenges we face perfectly and left people feeling confident about our ability to take them on and win.” —Merlin Housing Association
“What a legendary and evangelical performance. Kriss’ personality filled the room right from the start. His energy is matched by his professionalism. Kriss did his homework on our company, our history and our vision for the future. He brought together the threads of his personal life and career to make it relevant to our national management conference. The theme of our event was ‘managing change’, and Kriss provided an inspirational, emotional and often funny presentation about the need to embrace change to win. Kriss is like a firework – colourful, loud, eye-catching and full of impact. I have seen many motivational speakers and would not hesitate in recommending Kriss as a corporate speaker at any event.” Tim Watts, lifelong president, Pertemps Network Group
“Kriss was headline speaker at our staff conference and gave us an inspirational session that linked his own life experience to the vision and values of our business. He was well received by our staff, and spent time at the end of the event meeting people and making them feel special – an experience many will not forget. ” – Ken Goodsell – B3 Living
“Our Half Yearly Sales Meeting had an athletics theme and in choosing an external speaker we wanted to try and capture at least a part of the inspirational performances and atmosphere generated from London 2012 and we could not have asked for a more enthusiastic and perceptive speaker who hit the brief perfectly. Kriss not only delivered, inspired and motivated, but created a serious buzz amongst the sales and marketing team and ear to ear smiles were clearly evident following his involvement and the momentum created by Kriss’s involvement made it a truly special event for all. An engaging and awe inspiring talk we could not have asked for more’ “- Gareth Walsh, Olympus Medical
“Kriss joined us for our annual charity golf match. In short, he did a fantastic job. He had taken the time to find out about our business; he was totally engaging, generous with his time, funny, inspirational and genuinely warm with the audience – who loved him. Suffice to say, we raised more for our two chosen charities than ever before – the credit for that lies very much with Kriss. An outstanding professional.” – Cubic Transportation Services
“I have seen many motivational and after dinner speakers and have to say you stood out from the pack. What was fantastic about you was: 1. Your empathy and the research you had done about our business. 2. The amount of time you gave us. 3. The presentation was humorous, motivational, funny and extremely articulate. You managed to keep everybody in the room engaged and on the edge of their seats, you made everyone feel cherished and was very kind.” Tina Whitley, Capita SIMS
“Kriss was just amazing on Friday. He had the audience in the palm of his hand with his humour, commitment and the pure passion and intensity of his performance. I have had a fantastic response to the day and a large part of that is down to Kriss. He was so good after his speech, he met our Help For Heroes guests, one of whom has less that 6 months to live and gave such strong words of encouragement to them both. He stopped and had pictures taken with everyone that asked and signed autographs non stop. I found him to be one of the nicest and most accommodating of people that I have met during 16 years of organising this event. It was a pleasure to have him attend the day and I hope that you will passion my personal thanks for all he did on the day. ” TedGroup
“Fantastic motivator- with energy and passion. ‘ the past is for reference not for residence’. I remembered this. ‘ see the potential’ in people. Competition raises the bar. Asking for help is a strength not a weakness. Nothing in life worth doing comes easily. Have used this at home already! My arena- was very relevant and inspiring. Bring him back so that all of George can benefit from his motivation! The only speaker we have had that has taken the time to learn about the George and Asda business, a great find and would love to hear from him again. ” – George at Asda
“Kriss’s experiences are a perfect demonstration of how you can succeed if you apply yourself correctly, something that we can all learn from. The fact that Kriss had a room full of accountants up on their feet exercising, clapping and shouting at the end was testament to the quality of his delivery. Kriss’s knowledge of and reference to the social housing sector was a clear indication of the fact that he had done his homework and hadn’t just turned up on the day Once again Kriss, thank you so much, you are an inspiration.” – Weaver Vale Housing Trust
“Kriss went down a storm, was very personable and down-to-earth whilst funny and inspiring in equal measures. It was really fantastic to watch him in action and made the day extra special. In my direct dealings, I found him so personable and a pleasure to deal with. I will have no hesitation recommending him to colleagues and peers.” – Danny Curtis, Airbus
“We are really grateful to Kriss for stepping in so last minute and for the absolutely fantastic job he did on the night. He was truly inspirational – I don’t think I’ve ever witnessed a speaker fire an audience up as much as Kriss did! We really cannot thank him enough.” Barbara Gill, BOA
“I just wanted to say what an amazing conference we had last week. Ending the day with Kriss was the absolute highlight and made a major difference to a number of people. The night was full of people talking about Kriss and how they have now looked at themselves in a new light, people were buzzing! My thanks again for an amazing session and the effort that had gone into making sure it was relevant and tailored to my messages. Kriss certainly is in a class of his own!” Paul Dawson, Capita IT
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Matthew Willetts MA is the Director of Comicus who has over 35 years experience in television, film, theatre, and comedy club/cabaret entertainment, working as a performer, screenwriter, producer and agent. He lectured at Southampton Solent University in Comedy, Screenwriting, Television, Theatre & Radio. Matthew can sometimes be seen and heard on TV & Radio and often quoted in the national press and media publications. As well as speaking regularly at festivals and industry conferences, he has been a judge at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and the Montreux Television Festival.
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