Ozan Varol

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Ozan Varol

Rocket Scientist turned Professor, Bestselling Author, and Expert on Creativity and Critical Thinking

The #1 bestselling author of Think Like a Rocket Scientist, Varol is one of the world’s foremost experts in creativity, innovation, and critical thinking. He helps industry-leading organizations reimagine the status quo with moonshot thinking.

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When the stakes are high, the unknowns are threatening, and the problems seem insurmountable, you need a superhero — which means you need Ozan Varol.


Ozan Varol is a rocket scientist turned award-winning professor, #1 bestselling author, and internationally acclaimed speaker. He is one of the world’s foremost experts in creativity, innovation, and critical thinking. He helps industry-leading organizations reimagine the status quo with moonshot thinking.

Today, thinking like a rocket scientist is a necessity. Learning to embrace uncertainty and the unknown will be the lifeblood of the most successful leaders and organizations for years to come. Those who can tackle these challenges with a mindset that combines extraordinary thinking with a practical, proven moonshot process, will achieve extraordinary results. As Varol poignantly shares in his keynotes, “It is only when we sacrifice the certainty of answers and embrace uncertainty, that breakthroughs happen.” As a former rocket scientist, and the Bestselling Author of Think Like A Rocket Scientist, there is arguably no one better than Ozan Varol to help audiences understand the process behind Moonshot Thinking, that will ultimately help you imagine the seemingly unimaginable and solve the seemingly unsolvable.

Varol is consistently ranked one of the top speakers at conferences and private events. Audiences love his blend of big ideas, witty stories, and down-to-earth humor. He’s a master at simplifying complex topics and delivering numerous “a ha!” moments. Varol has the rare ability to get people to drop their phones and leave them with practical insights they can implement right away to level up in work and life.

Varol’s diverse personal background (as a former rocket scientist turned lawyer turned university professor and bestselling author) allows him to connect with wide-ranging audiences. He’s delivered keynote speeches to small and large crowds at conferences, start-ups, and Fortune 500 companies across numerous industries. He’s trusted by institutions like Microsoft, Intel, Adidas, Google X, the U.S. Department of State, and the U.S. Navy.

Varol is the Bestselling Author of Think Like a Rocket Scientist: Simple Strategies You Can Use to Make Giant Leaps in Work and Life. The book is:

  • One of Inc.com’s “6 Business Books You Need to Read in 2020 (according to Bill Gates, Satya Nadella, and Adam Grant)”
  • One of Amazon’s Top 20 business books of 2020
  • Adam Grant’s # 1 pick of his top 20 leadership books of 2020
  • One of 6 Groundbreaking Books of Spring 2020 (according to Malcolm Gladwell, Susan Cain, Dan Pink, and Adam Grant).

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Ozan Varol – We Are A Species of Moonshots
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Ozan Varol – How Audiences are Applying Moonshot Thinking
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Ozan Varol – Test as You Fly, Fly As You Test
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Ozan Varol on Business: Are You at the Forefront of Change?
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Ozan Varol – Backcasting is a Key Strategy for Moonshot Thinking

Ozan Varol’s Speech Topics

  • Reimagine the Status Quo with Moonshot Thinking

    Moonshot thinking is a way to imagine the unimaginable and solve the unsolvable. It’s the marriage of idealism and pragmatism, a mindset that combines extraordinary thinking with a practical, proven moonshot process for achieving extraordinary results. In this time of unrelenting change and uncertainty, it’s moonshot thinking that sets apart industry-leading businesses from the rest.

    Ozan Varol will reveal his 4-step moonshot process to help businesses launch their own moonshot, spot opportunities they couldn’t see before, and create an extraordinary advantage to shape the future of their industry. 


    • The single principle Elon Musk used to revolutionize the aerospace industry (and how you can use the same principle to transform your business)
    • What sets apart top performers when it comes to solving complex problems
    • How invisible rules constrain your business (and what to do about it)
    • How to reframe questions to generate better answers
    • What George Costanza and rocket scientists have in common, and what you can learn from both in starting your next project
    • How to nail your next product launch using an unstoppable astronaut training strategy

    When you learn how to apply moonshot thinking, you won’t just change the way you view the world. You’ll be empowered to change the world itself.

  • Think Different: The Power of Cognitive Diversity

    Many businesses strive to promote a diverse and inclusive workplace. But an often-overlooked aspect of the issue is cognitive diversity—which is based on differences in viewpoint or perspective. According to cutting-edge research, cognitive diversity can promote problem-solving and increase innovation by bringing a wide variety of perspectives to the table.

    Most businesses stifle cognitive diversity. As a result, groupthink and conformity pop up even in institutions whose lifeblood is creativity. Employees hide their best selves rather than go against the grain.

    In this keynote, Ozan Varol will share a lively, anecdote-filled roadmap that business leaders can use to promote a thriving corporate culture that harnesses cognitive diversity.


    • Learn two reasons why most modern workplaces stifle cognitive diversity and undermine creativity.
    • Understand how conformity led to the biggest disasters in rocket-science history (and what businesses can learn from these disasters).
    • Learn why the best ideas come from great teams, not great individuals
    • Understand how to harness the power of diversity while maintaining team unity.
    • Promote psychological safety where employees feel free to speak up.

  • Future Proof: How Businesses Can Fly in the Face of Uncertainty

    The COVID-19 pandemic has exposed what has always been true: The world around us is evolving at dizzying speed, and the ground we stand on is never solid. Business leaders of all kinds are trying to keep the train on the tracks, while reacting to a multitude of new frontiers: remote work, declined demand, and disrupted consumer behavior. Former rocket scientist, acclaimed professor and bestselling author Ozan Varol will share how your business can fly in the face of uncertainty and thrive in a world of constant change.


    • Discover how to leave behind the baggage of history and reinvent yourself.
    • Cultivate agility, which is the business superpower that will enable you to define the future.
    • Learn strategies from rocket science where people routinely tackle seemingly insurmountable challenges while the clock is ticking.
    • Understand how the world’s elite companies not only endure market shifts and global changes, but leverage them to their advantage.

What other organizations say about Ozan Varol

Ozan’s presentation was fantastic – his content is thought provoking, challenging and compelling packed with pertinent examples to bring his concepts to life. Ozan was also a pleasure to deal with throughout developing our event. He was always responsive and worked with us to make sure his keynote would meet our needs. I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend Ozan as a speaker and author for teams looking to improve and challenge how they work and think.


What other organizations say about Ozan Varol

Ozan’s keynote was very well received. He customized his presentation so well to our industry (Pharma R&D). Many speakers during the rest of our two-day leadership retreat made references to the concepts he introduced.


What other organizations say about Ozan Varol

An exceptional keynote speaker—who’s also gracious, humble, and enjoyable to work with. Speaking at our Annual Meeting, he delivered an insightful message that resonated with the civic, political, and business leadership of our community. A former Mayor referred to him as “the most on-point speaker we’ve had in 30 years.

Chambers of Commerce

What other organizations say about Ozan Varol

Ozan spoke at our internal company kick-off events and was a revelation for many in the audience. His talk was inspirational, thought-provoking, and energizing. Ozan’s talk resonated with our employees so well that people continually referenced Ozan and “moonshots” for not only days but weeks afterwards! Highly recommend him a speaker.

Human Resources

What other organizations say about Ozan Varol

Ozan is well on his way to becoming a household name. He is incredibly bright, professional, easy to work with, responsive and kind. He speaks with ease and keeps his audience intrigued and engaged. His stories are fantastic.

Financial Services

What other organizations say about Ozan Varol

Ozan’s presentation rocked the house at Lawyernomics and got rave reviews from the attendees. Many called it the ‘highlight of the conference.


What other organizations say about Ozan Varol

I felt like I was watching a live TED talk!



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