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John Amaechi OBE

Organisational Consultant, Psychologist and Former NBA Star

John Amaechi OBE is a respected organisational psychologist, best-selling New York Times author, sought after public speaker, executive coach and CEO of APS Intelligence Ltd. John is the first Briton to have a career in the NBA.

"I would be upset if you could define me"

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In detail

On retirement from sport John pursued a PhD in psychology. He is a non-executive director of a healthcare organisation, in addition to be a board advisor for several FTSE100 organisations in the financial, legal and professional services, technology, publishing, engineering and retail sectors. In 2019, he was recognised as one of HR's most influential thinkers by HR Magazine. John is a Chartered Scientist, a Chartered Fellow of the CIPD and a Fellow of the Royal Society for Public Health. He is a Research Fellow at the University of East London and his research interests are effective, inclusive leadership, building high-performing teams and organisational design that maximises productivity and human thriving in readiness for the future world of work.

What he offers you

Drawing from all areas of life and experience John delivers strongly motivational messages on the themes of self-identity and communication, and the impact they have on leadership, culture and performance. He has created a diagnostic process that allows clients to get to the heart of their challenges and set new targets.

How he presents

In his powerful speeches John forces audiences to step outside of the everyday, poses hard questions, and personally challenges each member of the audience to create the best conditions for themselves and others to thrive.


He presents in English.

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Speaking topics

  • How to Plan for and Achieve the Improbable
  • Living with and Leading Through Disruption
  • Building and Leading Teams
  • Workplace Culture
  • Emotional Literacy
  • Anatomy of a Quest
  • Communication and Cohesion Functional
  • Diversity vs. Box Ticking
  • The Impact of Depression

Books and publications

  • 2008
    Man in the Middle: My Life in and Out of Bounds

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