Kriss Akabusi MBE


Kriss Akabusi MBE is a British athletics legend, with gold medals on both an individual and team basis. Kriss is best known for his Gold Medal in the 400m hurdles during the 1990 European Championships with a time of 47.92 seconds, beating David Hemerey’s 22 year old British record. A wonderful olympic speaker, Akabusi is one of the favourite personalities on the after dinner speaker circuit.

Kriss began his career in international athletics in 1983 as part of the 4x400m relay squad. Akabusi is best known for beating the Americans and clinching a British Gold medal in the 4x400m relay at the Tokyo World Championships in 1991. In 1992, as a three-time Olympic medalist as well as European, Commonwealth and World Champion, Kriss was awarded an MBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours in recognition for service to Athletics.

After retirement from Athletics, Kriss entered the world of television, presenting The Big Breakfast. This was shortly followed by a full time position as co-presenter of BBC‘s Record Breakers. Kriss continues to present various childrens programmes and appears regularly on chat and game shows, bringing fun and entertainment every time.

CEO of The Akabusi Company, a corporate training and communications company, Kriss’ infamous and infectious personality allows him to deliver wonderful talks as an after dinner speaker and motivational speaker. His approachable attitude in front of an audience allows Kriss to interact on a person-to-person basis, making him a firm favourite on the after dinner speaker circuit.

Equally at home hosting a conference or event, Kriss ensures your audience stays entertained throughout the event as well as ensuring that everything runs to plan and on time.

To book Kriss Akabusi as the sports speaker for your corporate event, function or conference, simply contact the Champions Speakers agency using the contact details below.

When at corporate events, Kriss is known to cover the following topics:

  • Olympic Speaker
  • Sports Speaker
  • Award Ceremonies
  • Advertising Campaigns
  • Peak Performance
  • Business Strategy
  • Athletics & Sports

Watch Kriss talk about the highlights of his extraordinary career and the prospects of Tokyo 2020 in our interview below:

“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 hestiation recommending him to colleagues and peers.” – Danny Curtis, Airbus

“Please pass on our thanks again to Kriss; a pleasure and delight to meet, work with 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 with 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!” – Elisa, 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 resonates 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!” Robyn Loubser, Efficio Ltd