Tendayi Viki

Innovation expert / Adjunct Professor at IE Business School


IE Business School

Tendayi Viki is an author and innovation consultant. He holds a PhD in Psychology and an MBA. As Associate Partner at Strategyzer, he helps large organizations innovate for the future while managing their core business. He has given keynotes, run workshops and worked as a consultant for several large organizations including Rabobank, American Express, Standard Bank, Unilever, Airbus, Pearson, Lufthansa-Airplus, The British Museum, Copenhagen Fintech and The Royal Academy of Engineers.

Tendayi co-designed Pearson’s Product Lifecycle which is an innovation framework that won the Best Innovation Program 2015 at the Corporate Entrepreneur Awards in New York. He has been shortlisted for the Thinkers50 Innovation Award and was named on the Thinkers50 2018 Radar List for emerging management thinkers to watch.

Tendayi has written two books based on research and consulting experience, The Corporate Startup and The Lean Product Lifecycle. The Corporate Startup was awarded the 2018 CMI Management Book Of The Year In Innovation and Entrepreneurship. He is currently working on another two books, Right Question, Right Time and Pirates in The Navy. He is also a regular contributing writer for Forbes.

Tendayi spent over 12 years in academia during which time he taught at the University of Kent where he is now Honorary Senior Lecturer. He has also been a Research Fellow at Stanford University and Research Assistant at Harvard University.


  • Adjunct Faculty IE Business School (2021)
  • Adjunct Faculty Saïd Business School, University of Oxford (2021)
  • Non-Executive Director The Answer Series (2021)
  • Associate Partner Strategyzer (2019)
  • Contributor Forbes (2016)
  • Adjunct Faculty University of Kent (2015)
  • Director of Product Lifecycle Pearson PLC (2014 — 2019)
  • Managing Partner Benneli Jacobs and Company (2013 — 2019)
  • Associate Partner EYBOX (2017 — 2017)


  • University of Kent - PhD, Psychology 2000 - 2002
  • University of Kent - Master of Business Administration (MBA), First Class 2011 - 2013
  • University of Kent - Master of Science (MSc), Psychology 1999 - 2000
  • University of Kent - Postgraduate Certificate, Higher Education 2003 - 2005
  • University of Zimbabwe - Bachelor of Science (Hons), Psychology 1995 - 1997


Courses Taught

Read about executive education

Other experts

Looking for an expert?

Contact us and we'll find the best option for you.

Something went wrong. We're trying to fix this error.