KRISS KEZIE UCHE CHUKWU DURU AKABUSI MBE MA
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. He began his international athletics career in 1983 as a member of the 4x400 metre relay squad and will probably always be remembered for helping Britain clinch the gold and beat the Americans in the World Championships 4x400 metre relay in Tokyo in 1991.
In 1992 as 3 times Olympic medallist, 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 programmes to discuss topic ranging from sport to business and is a regular contributor to Sky News Paper Reviews.
Kriss is currently working on a two year MBA (Masters in Business Administration) program 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. He is also an accredited personal coach, having qualified at the Hudson Institute of Santa Barbara.
Kriss Akabusi was born in London in 1958 of Nigerian parents. He has four children, Ashanti, Shakira, Alannam, and Sakhile and currently lives in Bedfordshire where he can be found teeing off at the local golf clubs or avidly supporting his favourite football team West Ham United. He is the founder and chairperson of The Akabusi Charitable Trust (TACT) a charity that has two objectives. The first goal is to work with young people in the UK, NEET (not in education employment or training) by proving a short ten-week program of professional and personal development that ultimately aims to prepare them for the world of work. The second remit promotes the social and economic development of communities in poverty in Nigeria by working with local partners and NGO’s, and funding projects in the areas of mental health education, and social enterprise, supporting sustainable projects that can make a real difference.