Ivan Gavriloff, CEO of Kaos consulting: « Africa has a future to invent »

Co-founded by Ivan Gavriloff, innovation expert, and Sophie Troff, co-founder of winamax.com, Kaos Consulting has been a consulting agency in brand creation, studies and innovation since 1986. Partner of Women In Africa Initiative, the company was at the top in Dakar to offer a unique experience.

Before talking about Women In Africa (WIA) Initiative and your commitment, introduce to us Kaos consulting?

Kaos is an innovation consulting company. It has been conducting about 50 missions a year for almost 30 years. We are rich in this thousand experiences.

What brought you to support WIA Initiative?

We have worked with Aude de Thuin for a very long time, and supported all its initiatives, always just and original. Having lived in Africa for seven years, the first of my life, I am very happy to return, and if possible make myself useful!

At the Dakar Summit, you organized a giant brainstorming. What was the idea?

A wise saying reminds us that there is more intelligence in ten heads than in one, let alone in hundreds of heads. Provided that these brains cooperate. It is called collective intelligence. In all innovation processes, Kaos implements brainstorming that gives the opportunity to think together. This often starts with a plenary meeting, with ideas production, and then the continuation is done on an intranet site. Then we sort out all the ideas and select the best ones. Regarding the giant brainstorming held in Dakar, this will be done before the World Summit in Marrakech to be held on 27 and 28 September 2018.

Africa today appears as a land of innovation. What is your view on the subject, you, the expert?

Personally, I always see the glass half full, that is to say, the beautiful part of reality, and especially its potential transformation. Africa was the cradle of humanity, it has specific assets and a future to invent.

What role do women play in this innovative ecosystem?

Women make up half of humanity. As such, they must have the same role to play as men. Man or woman, it is not a difference that makes sense to me. I see in every being a person who has the right to happiness and who can give it.

How does Kaos provide specific support to women?

We will collect all the ideas of the participants of the Dakar forum, inject also those which we saw flourishing here and there with success, and propose a list of measures that could promote the development of woman entrepreneur, that will benefit all. The best ideas are not always spectacular or expensive. « Ah, if the youth knew, ah, and if the elderly could» says the proverb. We will seek to marry the best of these worlds, namely energy and wisdom.

Quick Bio

  • Poly-technician,
  • Chief Executive Officer of Kaos Consulting since 1986,
  • Expert in innovation at Medef,
  • Lecturer at HEC Management.
  • Ivan Gavriloff has given more than 400 creativity seminars and participated in more than 100 innovation consulting missions to medium and large companies.