Alexander Osterwalder is an entrepreneur, speaker and business model innovator. He is the lead author of Business Model Generation #bmgen, a visual business book on the topic of business model innovation. Fast Company magazine named #bmgen one of the Best Books for Business Owners in 2010. The German edition was named Management Book of the Year 2011. The global bestseller is now available in 25 languages.

Alexander crafted #bmgen with Professor Yves Pigneur and 470 collaborators from 45 countries and published it with an innovative business model. Alexander’s Business Model Canvas, a tool to visualize, challenge and (re-) invent business models is used by leading organizations and startups around the world.

He is a frequent keynote speaker at Fortune 500 companies and has held guest lectures in top universities around the world, including Wharton, Stanford, Berkeley, IESE, MIT, KAUST and IMD. Strategyzr, his current start-up, builds software-based strategy tools for enterprises. Previous start-ups include netfinance.ch and Arvetica. Alexander holds a PhD from HEC Lausanne, Switzerland, and he is a founding member of The Constellation, a global not-for-profit organization aiming to make HIV/AIDS and Malaria history.