Born in 1964, initially pursued a career in the international luxury hotel industry. He held numerous management and senior management positions in the Middle East, Southeast Asia and East Africa, where he was responsible for several multi-unit hotel management resorts. After his Stanford MBA and advanced management training in Senior Leadership and Organisational Behaviour at INSEAD, he furthered his studies in Cultural and Social Anthropology at Columbia University.
Kurmann then founded Authentic Hotels®, a South African boutique management company. One day, however, his inner alarm sounded and he found himself diagnosed with a malignant brain tumour. He chose to retreat as a Buddhist novice to a remote mountain monastery in Bhutan for several months, practicing ancient Tibetan mediations and cultivating mindfulness during 100 days of isolation in a tiny mountain retreat hut, teaching him to reflect inwardly. There, his disease was cured without medicine.
Today, Christian is encouraging and guiding decision makers and their organisations around the world to become more mindful entrepreneurs, sustainable companies, questioning the current concept of leadership and organisational culture. He is also the founder of the Mindful Leadership Symposium™ and The Next Mindful Generation™.
Christian’s most recent book, The New Zeitgeist for the 21st Century, published in 2016, focuses on a radical new leadership approach that fosters a more sustainable, balanced mind-set for employees and teams. It is based on his experience as a Buddhist novice of the transformation in culture and leadership that is necessary when obvious and simple entrepreneurial rituals are ignored in favour of bureaucracy and rationality.