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.