i help companies 

innovate at scale

Innovation strategy design

Innovation leadership training

Innovation lab design   

Team innovation and transitions

Executive coaching

Innovation culture consultancy

released on 28th feb 2020

Clients include:


The secret life

of great ideas 




I am an award-winning innovation consultant and associate professor of innovation, entrepreneurship and marketing for MBA and executive education programmes.

My clients include some of the world’s most innovative organisations in the finance, technology, music, drinks and publishing industries.

I have coached hundreds of corporate innovation initiatives around the world, helping leaders and managers overcome the many barriers that they face when trying to turn new ideas into action.

My experience extends from working with new and disruptive technology start-ups, through to seasoned leadership teams inside conservative, global institutions.



"I recommend Elvin to colleagues and contacts when they need real innovation expertise coupled with an understanding of complex organisational requirements. He is credible, current and has a great approach."

Surinder Kooner, Head of Innovation, Allianz

"From Day 1 we have benefited greatly from his impressive breadth of insight into the world of business innovation and how to apply this in the ‘real world’. I am sure we have managed to do great things with our talent innovation work largely due to do Elvin’s provocative thinking style. This has pushed us to approach the time old conundrums in new and exciting ways. I’d certainly recommend working with Elvin to anyone."

David Reay, VP Sony Music Entertainment

Elvin is a spectacular partner in designing and facilitating innovative leadership development experiences. We have worked together on various projects including an EA talent development program that included a blockbuster hit with our leaders. It involved a creative simulation in the world of Hollywood entertainment that had a wonderful, mind-opening impact on our leaders. Elvin is super-easy to work with, creative yet pragmatic, and brings a big toolkit of insights and ideas. You will enjoy working with him.

Andy Billings, VP Electronic Arts

"In Cisco, we have used Elvin to help us reshape and deliver pivotal innovation training for our leaders. Elvin exceeded my expectations and as a result, has moved our team and company forward."

Harvey Wade, Innovation Programme Manager, Cisco

Elvin has brought his extensive innovation expertise to his partnership with us through pragmatic, grounded and insightful guidance, enabling us to tailor every phase of our project to our culture and business priorities. Elvin is highly credible, extremely well networked and has a versatility of approach and interpersonal style that make working with him a pleasure. I have no hesitation in recommending him.

Bridget Gardner, Head of Talent Development, Pernod Ricard UK

I was delighted to be able to co-deliver several entrepreneurship and innovation sessions with Elvin on the MBA programme at Surrey Business School. Elvin brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to share with students, and ensures that his sessions are educational, insightful, and fun! Very high quality, and highly recommended.

Professor Alan Brown, University of Surrey

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