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Kai D. Wright

Lecturer; Global Consulting Director, Ogilvy

A long-time geek at heart, Kai D. Wright is a trained data and social scientist masquerading in media and marketing. From childhood, Wright turned a personal curiosity for math and science into a professional passion for applying creativity strategically, namely using mass communication (marketing, advertising, content, and PR).

Before he was placed on 30 under 30 lists for ForbesAdweek, and CableFax, Wright was a Vice President at Atom Factory, REVOLT TV, and Porter Novelli. As a Global Consulting Director at Ogilvy, Wright advises clients on disruption. He is an avid world traveler and global culture junkie, having lived in Germany and France, in addition to having visited over 20 countries.

As a lecturer at Columbia, Wright teaches Battle of the Mind and Principles in Persuasion to graduate students. Through teaching, Wright weaves communication and influencer strategy with his business and pop culture acumen, acquired while working for Fortune 100 clients including Bank of America, IBM, HP, Bacardi, and L’Oreal, to name a few. He has also worked for leading cultural influencers, including artist/entrepreneur Sean “Diddy” Combs (REVOLT) and investor/music manager Troy Carter (Atom Factory).


  • M.S., Columbia University
  • B.A., University of Chicago