Christopher Graves

President & Founder
Ogilvy Center for Behavioral Science

Christopher Graves was named founding President of the Ogilvy Center for Behavioral Science in 2017 after serving 12 years as Global Chairman, Global CEO, and Regional (APAC) CEO for Ogilvy Public Relations. He also served as a member of the Ogilvy & Mather Worldwide Board and Executive Committee.

Graves joined Ogilvy after two decades in media and news, including 18 years with Dow Jones & The Wall Street Journal. He also headed all news & programming for the TV networks CNBC Asia and CNBC Europe.

He was elected life member to the Council on Foreign Relations in 2010, the most influential foreign policy think tank in the US.

Christopher was awarded a prestigious Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Residency in 2016 for his work in behavioral science in communications.

Graves served two terms as chairman of the industry association, PR Council, and as a trustee of the Institute for Public Relations where he co- founded their behavioral insights initiative.

Christopher is an active and highly-rated public speaker. He appears as a guest expert on television news, and as a guest anchor on CNBC. He has chaired sessions with world leaders and CEOs at the World Economic Forum (Davos and Summer Davos in China) for more than a decade. He has also been a speaker at SXSW, The Clinton Global Initiative, the World Islamic Economic Forum, and has keynoted hundreds of summits and corporate meetings.

Awards include: a Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Residency; four WPP Atticus Awards (for thought leadership); Top 25 Innovator (Holmes Report); Agency of the Year, Asia Pacific PR Professional of the Year, Asia Pacific Consultancy of the Year; a news EMMY nomination and more than a dozen awards from The New York Film and Television Festivals and the Asian Television Awards. In 2011, Graves was chosen to serve on the jury for the Cannes Festival of Creativity.

Graves contributes frequently to the Harvard Business Review and was a contributing author of three recent McKinsey books: “Korea 2020;” and the business bestsellers “Reimagining Japan” and “Reimagining India.”

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