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Kriss Akabusi

Kriss is famous for his achievements in athletics where his greatest individual triumph was his gold medal in the 1990 European Championships, beating David Hemery’s 22-year-old British record for 400m hurdles, which Kriss currently still holds 28 years on. He began his international athletics career in 1983 as a member of the 4×400 metre relay squad and will probably always be remembered for helping Britain clinch the gold and beating the Americans in the World Championships 4×400 metre relay in Tokyo in 1991.

In 1992 as 3 times Olympic medalist, and a World, European and Commonwealth Champion, Kriss was awarded the MBE by Her Majesty the Queen in her birthday honours list, in recognition of his services to the country through athletics. His move into television and entertainment began when he presented The Big Breakfast. This was followed with a full time position as co-presenter with BBC’s Record Breakers and various other children’s programmes. Kriss is consulted today on a variety of radio and TV programmes to discuss topics ranging from sport to business and is a regular contributor to Sky News Paper Reviews.

Kriss embarked upon an MBA (Masters in Business Administration) programme at Ashridge Business School, to augment his twenty plus years experience gained through professional speaking, training, and facilitating presentations and workshops in the corporate arena where his marvellous personality and reputation as an engaging, inspiring and informative public speaker have made him a very popular and attractive advocate. Kriss is currently pursuing a Masters in existential psychotherapy and is also an accredited personal coach, having qualified at the Hudson Institute of Santa Barbara.