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- Specialist-partner of the Singapore-based consultancy BeInClarity
- Award-winning journalist for 20 years in previous occupation
- Author and editor of several books
Jacqueline on the Future
I’m always attending to the smallest things I can do to have the future that I want, whether it’s about something personal or political. Doing that small thing may not change the future, but it will change my relationship to the future I want.
Jacqueline trains managers and leaders to run engaging online meetings and collaborations, and to build trust remotely. She also coaches individuals and facilitates organisations internationally to turn the pain of conflict into a positive gain.
She is one of the leading Clean Language specialists in Asia. Clean Language is a methodology that builds attention, and cultivates group intelligence, even when there is conflict, for driving performance.
She is a specialist-partner of the Singapore-based consultancy, BeInClarity; an associate of Training Attention and Clean Learning in the UK, and of Change 3.0 in the Netherlands. She was previously an award-winning journalist for 20 years, and is the author and editor of several books.
- Chairman of Association of Professional Futurists
- Founder and Chief Futurist at the Center for Engaged Foresight
- UNESCO Futures Literacy Senior Curator and Global Expert
- Key roles at EY, PwC, and Accenture
Shermon on the Future
Our future is becoming more and more exciting, every single day!
Shermon Ortega Cruz is a senior professional futurist, an educator, governance and policy consultant, and a risk management and business continuity management professional and thought leader. Shermon has collaborated with the best in the futures field in designing transformative and cutting edge global and local events and projects that integrate foresight, creativity, experimentation, and innovation.
He is the Founder, Chief Futurist, and Executive Director of the Center for Engaged Foresight, Chair and Board of Director of the Association of Professional Futurists and Co-founder and Vice President of the Philippine Futures Thinking Society, Chair of the Millennium Project Philippines Node and a Supervising and Research Fellow at the Development Academy of the Philippines Graduate School of Public and Development Management Futures Thinking Course.
Shermon is a UNESCO Futures Literacy Senior Curator and Global Expert, The conference chairperson of the 6th Asia Pacific Futures Network Futurists Conference and a Regional Editor of the Journal of Futures Studies published by the Graduate Institute of Futures Studies, Tamkang University and a Business Continuity Management and Risk Management Consultant for John Clements Consultants Inc.
He is a full member of the Asia Pacific Foresight Group organized by CSIRO’s Data 61, Australia’s leading data innovation group, a member of the World Futures Studies Federation (WFSF), and co-founder of the Asia Pacific Futures Network (APFN). He is formerly a select member-advisor of Accenture Future Leaders Council in the Philippines and a recipient of the. 2013 World Social Science Forum and the International Social Science Council Emerging Social Scientists.
He previously served as risk management and business continuity management country location leader, manager, and senior analyst for companies like EY, PwC, and Accenture.
Shermon was formerly the executive director of the Philippine Foresight Education and Innovation Research and Associate Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at Northwestern University Laoag.
- Expert on Conscious Self-Leadership
- Coach & Trainer
- 20 years of international corporate experience
- Numerous internationally recognized certifications for coaching
Norun on the Future
Your future is in your hands!
Enthusiastic coach and trainer with a holistic approach to people and organisational development. In my work, I provide effective and transformative tools and strategies for growth and wellbeing both on a personal and a professional level. I love seeing my clients expand their awareness and find more clarity, fulfilment and balance as complex physical, emotional, mental and spiritual human beings. Before starting my own business, I gained more than 20 years of international corporate experience in communications, digital media and finance with FIFA and KPMG. A curious and avid learner, I hold numerous internationally recognized certifications for coaching individuals, teams and organisations as well as a master’s degree in Business Administration.
Originally from Norway, I live and thrive in Switzerland since my student years.
- Leadership Coach, certified in personality assessment
- Founder of Foresight Psychology
- Doctorate on the impact of rapid change on Chinese knowledge workers
- COO at Supertrends Insittute
Graham on the Future
Civilization is built upon humans’ ability to understand the future and collaborate on realizing its potential.
Dr. Graham Norris is an organizational psychologist focusing on foresight and futures thinking. He spent 20 years living in Asia, including a decade as a journalist in Taiwan, Singapore and Japan. More recently, he worked in marketing consulting and communications in Beijing, China, before moving back to the UK. He holds an MBA from Heriot-Watt University and studied the impact of rapid change on Chinese knowledge workers for his doctoral research. His passion is helping people cultivate a healthier attitude toward the future.
- Recognized by Forbes as one of the world’s top women futurists
- Teaches Forecasting for Technology Entrepreneurship at University of Houston
- Co-authored/coedited numerous books about the Future
- TEDx Speaker, e.g. with The Museum of the Future
Alex on the Future
I hope to help people expand their sense of the present, get in touch with their inner futurist, embrace creativity, and gain skills in strategic foresight.
Alexandra Whittington is a futurist educator, writer, and researcher who believes that foresight is best applied through partnership and cooperation. She has earned recognition as one of the world’s top women futurists while teaching at the University of Houston, where her students describe her as “passionate” about the future. Alex has published widely on futuristic topics, often from a feminist perspective. She gives audiences a relatable overview of futurology through engaging live and online speeches, interviews, education sessions, and workshops. Her most recent speaking engagements include TEDx Wallingford, the Falling Walls Foundation, and the Finland Futures Research Conference.
- Successful investor in numerous start-ups
- CoFounder at Supertrends Institute and Supertrends.
- Published 17 books, including The Creative Society (2015) and Supertrends (2019)
Lars on the Future
The future will bring a tsunami of innovation, way beyond anything seen in the past. To surf it rather than drown in it, we need to use information tools and management techniques that are not common today.
Author, entrepreneur & investor, has to a large extend built his success being a formidable analyst and major consumer of a steady stream of global information. Over the years, Lars has developed a clear vision by being very well versed in the patterns and laws that history continuously and repeatedly reveals to us. These patterns and laws constitute a fabulous dance which tells us a great deal about the future we are all rapidly moving into. Especially two of Lars’ now 17 book publications, “The Creative Society” (2015) and “Supertrends” (2019) provides a beautiful insight into both the historical perspective and a future perspective on how our world and our conditions for conducting business develop.
One of the key characteristics about Lars is that he largely brings his insight into play through the start-up of new companies, where he is the lead investor, through structured private equity investments in other entrepreneurs’ start-ups and through investments in the global, financial markets. These activities provide Lars with ongoing feedback and insights into how his analyses and conclusions work in relation the specific world we all find ourselves in.
In 2020, he started the companies Supertrends Institute and Supertrends, both in Switzerland. By the start of 2021 is starting a new investment fund in Switzerland – All this requires that you keep your finger on the pulse and can feel the rhythm.
At a time when we are all working to deal with change, innovation and adaptations through strategic planning and investment allocation, it is both helpful, deeply inspiring and enjoyable to hear Lars sharing his insights into innovation, new technologies, new business models, possible societal developments, investments and expected financial markets development.
- Executive Coach at The Leets Consortium
- Coach-consultant for individuals and corporates
- Achieved Woman of Achievement and Technology All-Stars awards in 2007
Cynthia on the Future
I love how the future unfurls itself before us, riding the edge of chaos, full of potential for new creation, for opportunity to right wrongs, explore new horizons, and imbue fresh context to stories about our past and who we are
The future contains the past, as past and present contain the future: temporal expressions of a timeless but whole reality enfolded within each other. My goal as coach-consultant is to inform daily and corporate life with perspectives drawn from the complex nature of radical transformation and this deep interconnectedness of reality.
Born in India, and raised in the US, my career highlights include aerospace engineering, organizational leadership development, depth psychology, dreams, mythology, intelligent complex adaptive systems, and the evolution of consciousness. My doctoral research in human systems studied the complex nature of transformation, uncertainty, and human dynamics.
- Specialised in executive and leadership coaching
- Professional Coach certified and accredited through ICF and CTI
- Supports organisations to develop their leadership talent and leverage change leadership
- Coach and Expert in Conscious Leadership
Philip on the Future
- Futurist and trend translator
- Future finance and strategic management specialist
- Foresight scholar from University of Manchester
- Rich business advisory experience from across the African continent
Bronwyn on the Future
“The future should be both exciting and personal. In order for individuals, organisations, nations and civilisations to progress and thrive, we need something to look forward to. The future should broaden our horizons rather than limit our choices. Foresight and futurists literacy are skills anyone can and should learn; they are not the special domain of academia or politics.”
Bronwyn has over a decade’s experience in strategic management, trend research and foresight, advising clients in the public and private sector across the African continent. Her educational credentials include tertiary qualifications in Marketing Management (University of Johannesburg), Economics (University of London), Foresight (University of Manchester), and Future Studies (University of Stellenbosch). Bronwyn is a partner at Flux Trends and she is currently completing a master’s in applied economics from the University of Bath.
Bronwyn’s research focuses on how macro socio-economic trends and emerging technologies will impact businesses, industries, and nations in the near- and long-term future. Part economist, part strategist, Bronwyn’s particular areas of expertise include fintech trends, alternative economic models, and sustainable future design.
- Hands-on management experience from UBS Investment Bank, A.P. Moller-Maersk Group, McKinsey & Company, Workday and others
- Author of Return or Ambition, co-author of Leadership at Scale
- Affiliated with the World Economic Forum
Nicolai on the Future
I am fascinated by the intersection of cutting-edge technology, global trends, and the implications they have on organizations and leaders. We are living in exceptionally dynamic times, and I believe that every organization must go through a fundamental rewiring of their operating models, capabilities, and mindsets in order to stay relevant. I am passionate about working with leaders and entrepreneurs as they adapt to this new environment, and to help them create the future rather than being subject to it.
I started my life in Brazil in my Chinese-Danish family and am grateful to have experienced living in ten different countries by now. The last eight of these years I have enjoyed living and working in New York. I have over the years worked with and in organizations of all sizes in both the public and private sectors. My main employments have been with UBS Investment Bank, A.P. Moller-Maersk Group and McKinsey & Company, and I am also affiliated with the World Economic Forum. My work focuses on leadership development, culture change, and agile transformations, and I am the co-author of the book Leadership at Scale. My wife and I, along with and our two dogs Napoleon and Caesar, are avid travellers and spend the majority our time between the US and Denmark.
- Headed the global organisational development unit at Novo Nordisk
- Assisted 400+ companies across the world in impactful execution of their plans and strategies
- Senior Leadership Coach and Facilitator
Peter on the Future
It is said that “Curiosity killed the cat”. I do not agree. Cats who are not curious about what is around the corner live a far more dangerous life.
I have a passion for getting things done – helping leaders to build organisations that have the competencies and are motivated to transform visions into results. I have a broad theoretical background from both the Airforce Academy and University of Copenhagen and hold a MSc in organisational psychology followed by executives programs at INSEAD, Harvard, and IMD
I headed the global organisational development unit at Novo Nordisk for more than 10 years, and know from personal experience what it takes to lead – especially to lead change. I know by heart the dilemmas leaders and organisations are facing and can therefore meet clients with a healthy amount of humility.
Have for the last 15 years worked in more than 25 countries and helped some 400 companies to look into the future and execute their plans and strategies.
- Futurist with a unique insight to Nordic Societies
- Developed a range of analytical tools to help navigate the future
- Keynote speaker and moderator for over 18 years
- Author of numerous articles and books
Liselotte on the Future
My dream is to democratize and globalize future studies before I die.
When I started working as futurist 20 years ago it was a skill that was nice to have. Today it’s a need to have. With a labor market in disruption, the tectonic shifts in our economy and our social fabric we can no longer solely rely on past experience and insight.
Many people talk about the need to look ahead, unfortunately very few people know how to do so in a systematic manner. My aim is to teach as many people as possible how navigate the future. Preparing for the future has to be a collaborative effort where all kinds of skills and perspectives are brought into play. For that I have developed a range of analytical tools. Working with soft and hard trends, transformative trends and game changers will help you spot the future ahead of the curve.
My professional ambition and drive is to empower decision-makers wherever they are.
- Change Coach and Expert in deep change
- TEDx speaker on AI
- Founder of Metamorphosers reTHINK Hub
- Member of the Viennese Thinker Circle
Xerxes on the Future
Futures are the outlooks that we imagine from today’s perspective. “The future” is the given potential that we cultivate today.
Xerxes Voshmgir has an interdisciplinary background in social sciences, traditional oriental medicine, psychology and mysticism as well as futurism, strategy and organisational development. He is a transcultural traveller between diverse communities, combining different people, approaches and ideas to identify new solutions for currents and future challenges. In recent years he has increasingly focuses on naturally induced altered states of consciousness to gain deep insights into complex issues. He works as a futurist, counsellor and public speaker and is based in Vienna and Athens.
- Keynote speaker, facilitator, author
- Advisor and specialist in Strategic Foresight and Appreciative Inquiry
- Board Member at Association of Professional Futurists, APF
- CEO of LASA Insight
Patricia on the Future
The future is guaranteed to be different to what we expect. I’m always curious to explore what it might be and how it will emerge.
I am a strategic foresight practitioner, author of the award winning Strategic Foresight: Learning from the future, on the board of the Association of Professional Futurists. My passion is to help organisations and people make better decisions for today AND tomorrow for all stakeholders in the system – the planet, our children, and their children. I am a synthesiser, pragmatic, and endlessly curious.
I have line business experience from working in major corporations: Logica, Motorola and BP, have been Executive Faculty at Henley and Programme Director at Management Centre Europe. I am multi-lingual, having lived in Europe, Asia, and the USA.
- International leadership coach and mentor
- Facilitator of diverse groups and intact teams
- Expert in resilience and handling uncertainty
- Co-Founder at Inspire Coaching
Martin on the Future
I believe we are on the cusp of enormous change that will herald a new wave of conscious, heart based, leaders who embrace vulnerability to lead with passion and authenticity.
Focused on helping decision makers identifying their pathway to better craft a blooming future by removing stress. Having contributed to the pharmaceutical sector for far too long, most latterly in Corporate Communications, Martin traded his role for that of Psychological Coach to, on the face of it, help people deal with stress and build resilience, but at a deeper level to help them get out of their own way, remove often deeply held unhelpful beliefs to be at their best.
Central to his practice accessing the wisdom of the heart and developing trust in our own intuition, a proposition clients in the pharmaceutical, banking, fashion, search engine sector and in other walks of life find compelling.
- Facilitator of and TEDx speaker on Pioneering the Future of Work
- Named a leading female futurist by Forbes
- Founder of Future of Now and Mosaic Career
- Featured in work with Tony Robbins and Trevor Noah
Elatia on the Future
I believe the most empowering and exciting thing about the future is that it isn’t some out there, distant, ethereal thing. It is shaped, crafted, designed, and determined in the actions and decisions that we take and make right now, and now, and now… We get to decide what comes next – together.
Elatia Abate, a Detroit native, is an entrepreneur, futurist, and educator whose personal mission is to ignite the flame of life in the hearts of those around her. She founded the Future of Now to help humans and companies around the world thrive in the face of great disruption and prepare for the ever-changing future ahead.
In addition to her entrepreneurial endeavors, Elatia is a sought-after keynote speaker. She is tri-lingual in English, Spanish and Portuguese and employs all three languages to share her messages of possibility, opportunity, and potential. She has spoken to audiences of tens and auditoriums of thousands. She has a TEDx talk entitled, “Pioneering the Future of Work.”
- Foresight and Solutions Navigator at DeepDive Foresight
- Vice-Chair of Ascent Virginia
- Member of the Association of Professional Futurists, APF
- Past President of the Washington, DC, chapter of the World Future Society
Jim on the Future
Every single day we are invited to be open to surprises before we are surprised and to shape and influence our futures, starting with ourselves.
Jim Burke is founder and Foresight and Solutions Navigator at DeepDive Foresight. He has experience leading foresight and change management for Federal government agencies, non-profit, and commercial clients, including Fortune 500 and foreign governments. His non-profit work covered the future of multicultural environmentalism, integrating renewable energy into state power portfolios, and sustainable development. Jim focuses on the ways anticipatory foresight, design, and complexity can play in personal and organizational transformation. Jim learned over his decades of experience that paying attention, asking questions, and listening were key to seeing futures. His undergraduate degree is in History and he has masters’ degrees in Public Administration and Science and Technology Studies.
- Coaching with outset in your full body
- Founder of 4-bodies Coaching School
- Trainer & Mentor for (aspiring) Coaches
Mona on the Future
The future stands for many things. Above all it stands for hope.
Mona was born in Austria to a South Korean mother & an Egyptian father. Having lived abroad for the past 11 years across 6 countries she truly embodies diversity. Most of her career she worked in Corporate Sales until the day she decided that her futuristic and entrepreneurial spirit needed to be fully expressed.
Her work puts 1 thing in the foreground: human(e) potential. In a world of AI and data she believes that IQ will not provide competitive advantage. Being human will. Her work focuses around tapping into emotional, bodily and spiritual intelligence in order to access the skills of the future: empathy, creativity, adaptability. As restless learner she holds 4 degrees and 5 coach certifications. She now teaches her methods in her own coaching school and in companies that strive for becoming future ready.
“I believe people carry all the answers within them. Often not found in the mind but in their hearts and guts.”
- Expert in Agile hierarchy-free, corporate culture
- Founder of FLOW-culture
- Author of the book Hierarchiefrei ist besser! (Hierarchy-free is Better!)
Peter on the Future
I have a dream: A future with self-direction and relationships on equal footing – in our society, in politics and in companies. True partnership beyond hierarchy, stunning results through self-organized teams, intrinsically motivated people working in an atmosphere of mutual inspiration, compassion, and joy, bubbling over with creativity.
Peter Wyss, MA (lic.phil.), is the author of the book ”Hierarchiefrei ist besser!” (hierarchy-free is better!), founder of FLOW-culture and a very experienced consultant, coach and trainer with more than 23 years of experience in the business world. As a consultant and trainer, he specializes in corporate culture transformation and leadership on equal footing. As a coach, he focuses on team building and on interpersonal skills needed in culture transformation, such as trust building, facilitation skills and effectiveness.
Peter is convinced that people already possess the complete capacity for finding their own solutions – we just have to provide the appropriate conditions. He is full of passion for giving birth to this re-engineering of our work, to these entirely new mindsets and operating systems of our businesses. He lives in Zurich, Switzerland, and has a passion for his family, quantum physics, neurobiology, rock-climbing, dancing, skiing, and yoga.
- Advisor on Futures Learning at the Center for Engaged Foresight
- Speaker on the Future
- Passionate about animal rights and our climate
Shiela on the Future
The futures are a commons. We should fight for it with the same vigor as we do for water and air. If we don’t, we might lose both.
Shiela is the Futures Learning Advisor of the Center for Engaged Foresight. She is one of the co-founders of the Philippine Futures Thinking Society (PhilFutures). Shiela is an Association of Professional Futurists Emerging Fellow for 2021 and currently in the Inaugural Cohort of Common Purpose’s Sky Blue Environmental Leadership Program.
Shiela worked as a social development professional and consultant in the Philippines for more than 15 years and briefly in Cambodia before focusing on futures work. She is an activist and speaker on animal rights, the climate crisis, and futures.
- Future-proofing You facilitator and mentor
- Leadership facilitator and coach
- Change and process consultant
Yoga Nesadurai on the Future
The future is about our adaptability and the brain is where it all happens!
Meet Yoga Nesadurai
Yoga helps leaders, their teams and solopreneurs find their bigger, better options. Over the 25+ years of her international career Yoga often found people, unconsciously, holding themselves back. Her focus now is to help people get out of their own way.
Yoga is a third culture kid, she is Malaysian but grew up in Malaysia, Nigeria, India and England. Then lived and worked in Australia, Asia, and Europe. She now lives in Kuala Lumpur with her Austrian husband and share their common love for the great outdoors. One such love is mountain-biking, and they cycled the Munda Biddi trail in Western Australia, the longest off-road cycling trail in the world, 1075 km!
- Coaching with a passion for environmental impact
- Expert in organizational performance development
- Founder of Waterford Inc.
Beth on the Future:
As a Green Career Coach and Talent Development Consultant, I collaborate with clients to focus on and leverage the intersection of foresight, future sustainability, careers, personal transformation, and organizational success.
As a Green Career Coach and Talent Development Consultant, I collaborate with clients to focus on and leverage the intersection of foresight, future sustainability, careers, personal transformation, and organizational success.
Among the questions and broad topics I explore with clients include:
● What trends, emerging ideas, and external forces are influencing the demand for Green careers? What opportunities are created as a result for professional and personal transformation?
● What might the future of work look like in sustainability organizations? How can leaders draw on these insights to build the kinds of organizations that attract, inspire and engage current and future team members?
● What do individual professionals and leaders need to know, so they can effectively shape and manage their own careers and the future of their organizations, in support of “green” goals?
- Forbes Top 50 Female Futurist
- Author of The Future of You: Can Your Identity Survive 21st Century Technology?
- Go-to trend and futures commentator appearing on BBC Business Matters, BBC Radio Four, Talk Radio, LBC, and in the Financial Times, Guardian, and Daily Mail
Tracey on the Future
The future is plural. My mission is to help us rediscover our personal and professional autonomy and help each of us choose our futures wisely.
Tracey Follows works with clients on long-term strategies for future business and forecasting consumer futures for brand growth. Her clients have included Telefonica, Google, Sky, Farfetch, Conde Nast, and Virgin, and she features in a list of the top 50 female futurists around the world, in Forbes. She regularly speaks at events and organizations including at UN HQ in New York, the UK Foreign Office, the YMCA Europe General Assembly, and Think With Google. She is a go-to trend and futures commentator appearing on BBC Business Matters, BBC Radio Four, Talk Radio, LBC, and in the FT, Guardian, and Daily Mail. She was an Adage ‘Woman to Watch’ 2017, awarded the Women in Marketing Award for Outstanding Contribution to Marketing 2016. Passionate about technology and societal change, she is the author of The Future of You: Can Your Identity Survive 21st Century Technology?
- Chairman at Strategic Consulting Group Pvt Ltd
- Written over 350 research papers and articles and 7 books
- Founder & President of the Project and Technology Management Foundation
- Chairman of the Institute of Management Consultant of India
Rajat on the Future
The future will be influenced by new generation technologies where businesses operate in a competitive environment to collaborate and create radical, sustainable, farsighted innovations focused in a digital economy.
I am trained in engineering and management and over my career spanning 45 years have witnessed great change in the industry. I have worked for very large businesses and multinational corporations in senior management positions, managed large strategic projects, successfully launched new products in competitive marketplaces, taught in renowned business schools and have authored 8 books, and I am still very excited about the future. I am an entrepreneur and have diverse interests – from business, economics, finance, travel, music and culture. I feel and think like a global citizen and truly believe that the world is my oyster. I live in New Delhi, India with my wife who is a social worker.
- Expert change facilitator from a neuroscience perspective
- Director National Accounts at Eterneva
Olga on the Future
Embracing the awareness that I expand through questions while I’m constrained by answers.
As the rate of change and technological innovation continues to exponentially increase in all aspects of our lives, it is imperative for future leaders to become fluent navigators and facilitators of change. I am deeply curious about how to reduce the increasing gap between the speed of change in the external world and the rate of change of our internal maps as well as interested in the change dynamics present in a complex interconnected system.
I approach change facilitation from a neuroscience perspective looking at the top core reasons change acquisition and sustainability may get stuck particularly when unlearning is required and how to incorporate unlearning goals into the change-design process to achieve desired outcomes. I believe Future-Fluent organizations that thrive in fast-changing and disruptive environments are those able to scale their why; create psychological safe environments – scaling trust; ensure espoused values match underlying beliefs present in the organization; align processes to values – often the changes we want to make are restricted by our adherence to the processes that support the old way versus the new way; develop self-leaders regardless of positional status – allowing for shape-shifting model or “open power” model for leadership: moving away from structural hierarchy and instead fluidly shifting to have the most appropriate person/s leading depending on the need. I believe there are many exciting and thrilling things ahead.
Costa on the future
‘Many discoveries are waiting to be made.‘
My view that digitalisation is leading to a disintermediation also at the level of the state is discussed in my book Democracy in the digital age: How we will vote and what we will vote about (2017). Having covered the emerging markets professionally for more than thirty years, I am very aware of the powerful forces of both convergence and divergence impacting society and asset prices. My view that not everything is on the internet and not everything has been discovered, was confirmed when I published a book about the algorithm of German gender. I remain curious and enjoy discovering and building new things.
Dasha on the future
‘Futures are multiple up until they are the present.’
An economist by training but a curious soul by nature, I believe that staying abreast of current developments and looking beyond the immediate planning horizon is equally essential for manoeuvring through uncertainties of the future. Having grown up behind the iron curtain, I have been endowed with a natural geopolitical curiosity and a nuanced perspective of the interplay in international relations. Prior to CIFS, I headed up Enterprise Risk Management in Maersk.
Venkat on the future
‘As a strategist and futurist, I believe that we are at an interesting inflection point: tested and proven modes of creating and capturing value in economies reflecting the industrial age are challenged by new relatively unproven but potentially exciting models that are born with digital technologies at the core. What does this mean for individuals and society? Will we see digitization give rise to greater concentration of wealth among those that are able to master digital technologies? Or will we see more decentralized and distributed models of value creation and capture? What should today’s leaders do to make sure that their corporations are relevant and thriving in the digital future? As an optimist, I see a future where digital technologies could unleash functionalities that truly benefit us as humans. At the same time, I am entirely cognizant of the potential dysfunctional possibilities of digital technologies.’
Author of The Digital Matrix—New Rules for Business Transformation through technology, I am now the David J. McGrath Jr. Professor of Management at Boston University Questrom School of Business. Previously, I taught at MIT Sloan School of Management and at London Business School. My research to date has been awarded accolades and I feel honored to have become one of the most cited scholars in the area of digital strategy.
Tim on the future
‘The future is an opportunity and a responsibility.’
I am passionate about the development of leaders and using experiential learning to grow talent. I have been designing, developing and delivering learning simulations for 25 years as a consultant in the learning space. My goal is always to combine rich, realistic, and relevant experiences that are fun for the participant, whether it be about leadership capabilities or business acumen. I now have my own company focused on board game simulations. I grew up in Canada and have been a US resident for most of my career. My wife is a milliner and personal design consultant, and our son is a sophomore at university.
Jens on Leadership
Leadership is about having the courage to lead. Leading based on listening and checking that you have understood. Leading guided by a vision that you hold full ownership of. Leading by clear language, trust and empowerment. Leading by connecting and combining your heart, your head and your guts.
Future strategist, entrepreneur, facilitator and coach. Loves to empower strategic Future Readiness across organization, together with people that desire to make an impact on our future.
Graham on Leadership
In situations of great uncertainty, action may seem risky, but inaction is even more so.
I’ve spent most of the past 25 years getting to know people from all over the world, managing teams through disruption and navigating uncertainty. I’ve worked in education, journalism, marketing and the non-profit sector, leading multinational teams in Taipei, Singapore, Tokyo and Beijing. I hold an MBA from Edinburgh Business School and I love Korean pop music.