Kriss Akabusi

4 x 400m Relay World Champion, 3 x European Champion, Silver & Bronze Olympic Medallist, Former Presenter of Channel 4's "The Big Breakfast", Former Co-Presenter of the BBC's "Record Breakers", Founder & Chairperson of The Akabusi Charitable Trust





Success Comes in Cans: Learning Lessons for Life

Success Comes in Cans: Learning Lessons for Life

Kriss Akabusi received a 5 star rating across 10 events in 2023

"Kriss Akabusi excels as a motivational speaker, blending sporting glory with a vibrant TV presence. His infectious enthusiasm and relatable approach keep audiences engaged and inspired, making every event memorable and impactful"

How to hire Kriss Akabusi

Contact the Champions Speakers Agency to provisionally enquire about hiring Kriss Akabusi for your next event, today. To get in touch, simply call an official booking agent on 0207 1010 553 or email us at [email protected] for more information.

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Kriss Akabusi's official speaking topics are listed below:

  • Understand the Importance of Teamwork & How to Achieve It
  • Be Flexible & Manage Change Proactively
  • Use Creativity & Innovation to Achieve Outstanding Results
  • Identify & Overcome Hurdles
  • Take Ownership of & Commit to Goals
  • Focus on Goal-Setting for Teams & Individuals
  • Set a Vision

Official Feedback from In-Person & Virtual Events

Feedback from In-Person Events:

"Kriss recently attended a leadership offsite after previously attending our Sales and Service Conference (6 weeks prior to the offsite) where he was very engaging and inspirational to over 300 attendees. With this in mind, we engaged him to work with our emerging leadership team of 30 people. Once again he was exceptionally impressive, engaging a room of 30 people for over 5 hours (and ran over by 2 hours!) – with his stories, practical advice and highly energetic approach. Huge thanks for taking this event to another level and helping our leadership team on the next step of the journey." - Sharon, UK Sales Director, AutoTrader

"Fantastic session with Kriss - very engaging and high energy. Kriss took the time beforehand to really understand our company and our values and so his messages on the day were very aligned. The delegates loved the surprise and many commented on the value Kriss added to the overall conference." - Zoe, Learning & Development Specialiser, KFC

"We invited Kriss to present at our annual Global Conference and we couldn’t have asked for anything better. He was funny, engaging, entertaining, inspirational and hugely relevant. The hairs on the back of our hands standing on end with his electricity! Kriss’s tone and content were absolutely perfect and he tailored his act beautifully to fit with our key conference theme and messages. People will be talking about Kriss Akabusi at our conference for years to come! Thanks for helping us deliver the best Speedo Conference ever. Boom! Boom! Boom!" - Finlay, Business Development Manager, Speedo

"We have contracted Kriss to be our ambassador for an exciting new vitamin range that we launched recently and to utilise Kriss’s motivational talent at various company functions. We were given the heads up about Kriss and what an asset he could be for our company and to say that turned out to be a gross understatement wouldn’t be far wrong. We have dealt with people in the public eye before with mixed results but dealing with Kriss has been an absolute breath of fresh air. Kriss has automatically brought credibility to a new brand in a very competitive market and the launch sales have been way above our expectations. We are extremely grateful to have an association with the Akabusi company and we look forward to working with Kriss and his team for many years to come." - Mike, Marketing Manager, Rowlands Pharmacy

"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." - Airbus

“Please pass on our thanks again to Kriss; a pleasure and delight to meet, and work with them and a real treat to see him in action. He went down a storm with our delegates and people are still talking about his session today and we’ve received emails from our customers saying how much they enjoyed his closing session. On a personal note, meeting a childhood hero and reminiscing about his stories during his GB Athletics days brought back very fond memories for me too. All in all a very successful event for us, thank you!” - Kronos Systems Limited

 "He was great. He was lovely to work with - and the client is absolutely delighted with the video we've made from what we shot with him. Pass on our thanks again to Kriss. He made our job very easy!" - Indigo Blue Media

“Kriss was absolutely fantastic! He was incredibly engaging and enthusiastic and brought so much energy into the room. He was an absolute pleasure to deal with and very professional from start to finish, wanting to find out as much about the company as possible in order to tailor his talk to the industry and make sure it resonated with the audience. I would definitely recommend him to others – he helped make our event such a success, thank you Champions and thank you Kriss!” - Efficio Ltd

"Kriss was a great success – we had great feedback from his session. It was great that he stayed around with us and people had a chance to speak to most on a one-to-one basis." - Sherwin Williams

"Please pass on our thanks to Kriss – he has been OUTSTANDING. Everyone was absolutely mesmerized by his talk, his charm and humour and walked away inspired and full of motivation – exactly what we wanted. We loved working with him!" - Beiersdorf

Feedback from Virtual Events:

"Well where do I start, Kriss was absolutely fantastic at the conference! I have had nothing but excellent feedback about his session, I think we planned it well by having him end the day as he left everyone on a total high and ready for what's to come this year. Everything he touched on was also so well connected back to our HR audience and I know everyone found his session extremely captivating and motivating. The only downside was that I wish we were all in the same room as I can only imagine the atmosphere in that room during his talk, it would of been amazing." - DC Thomson

  • 2024 - Keynote Speaker at the Institute of Financial Operations & Leadership Accounts Payable & P2P Leadership Conference, London
  • 2017 - Commentator on ITV's "Bigheads"
  • 1992 - Broke the British 400m hurdles record
  • 1992 - Recipient of an Honorary Degree from the University of Southampton
  • 1991 - Appointed MBE for Services to Athletics
  • 1990 - Broke the British 400m hurdles record
  • 1990 - Warrant Officer Class 2 of the British Army
  • 1981 - Member of the Army Physical Training Corps
  • 1975 - Member of the British Army as part of the Royal Corps of Signals
  • Founder & Chairperson of The Akabusi Charitable Trust
  • Former Presenter of Channel 4's "The Big Breakfast"
  • Former Co-Presenter of the BBC's "Record Breakers"
  • 1 x Silver Olympic Medallist
  • 2 x Bronze Olympic Medallist
  • 1 x World Champion
  • 1 x Silver World Championship Medallist
  • 1 x Bronze World Championship Medallist
  • 3 x European Champion
  • 1 x Gold Commonwealth Games Medallist