Adrian Johnson is an Adjunct Professor of Entrepreneurship and a technology and media entrepreneur.

Since 1993 he has co-founded several companies, including Poptel, Germany’s first phone-to-phone Internet telephony service provider (VC-funded and successfully sold in a trade sale); Archimation (, Germany’s first architectural animation and visualisation company; MrFootage (, a web-based film footage library; Eventival (, the world’s leading online film festival management system and SeriesIMPACT, an “EdTech” business creating “NextGen” live cases (

At INSEAD Adrian is an Adjunct Professor and teaches the legendary “Your First Hundred Days” (YFCD) MBA/EMBA course as well as Executive Education company-specific and open-enrolment programmes at INSEAD’s campuses in Fontainebleau, Singapore and Abu Dhabi. Adrian is also a supervisor of final EMBA student projects, and has been teacher, judge and mentor for Startup and Sci-Tech Commercialisation Bootcamps. After fourteen years on the INSEAD MBA Admissions Committee, he now sits on the INSEAD Global EMBA Admissions Panel. Investing in the next-generation leaders of tomorrow, Adrian is the Programme Director of the Summer@INSEAD business awareness summer camp for 15 to 17 year olds.

Before becoming an entrepreneur, Adrian began his career with ICI, then the largest manufacturer in Britain. After his MBA, he moved to the IT services industry, later working for the German Treuhandanstalt, privatising East German companies in Dresden and Berlin.

After a childhood spent in Sierra Leone, Kenya and the USA, Adrian studied Electrical Engineering at Imperial College London and earned his MBA from INSEAD.