This section will be updated as speakers confirm participation. It also includes all moderators.
Dr. Sohail Inayatullah
Professor Sohail Inayatullah is a political scientist and futurist. He is the UNESCO Chair of Futures Studies; professor at the Graduate Institute of Futures Studies, Tamkang University, Taiwan; Adjunct professor in the Faculty of Arts and Business, the University of the Sunshine Coast; and Associate with Melbourne Business School, the University of Melbourne. Inayatullah has authored and edited 32 books and over 300 journal articles, book chapters, and reviews and worked with organisations and governments around the world to create their own alternative and desired futures.
Dr. Susann Roth
Dr. Susann Roth works on ADB’s innovation and knowledge management agenda. In this role she supports the implementation of Strategy 2030, which calls for more applications of technology, innovation, and strengthening knowledge management in ADB operations. Susann also works on corporate foresight to enhance the capacity of ADB and its clients to respond to and plan for emerging trends.
Dr. Pun-Arj Chairatana
Dr. Pun-Arj Chairatana is currently the Executive Director of Thailand National Innovation Agency (NIA), a Public Organization under Ministry of Science and Technology. The agency is a leader of Ministry of Science and Technology MOST STARTUP, one of seven Ministry’s flagship clusters. Previously PAC was the CEO of Noviscape Consulting Group.
Certified Foresight Practitioner, ICF-Trained Coach, Cultural Consultant, Curator, Learning and Development Specialist, Perpetual Seeker. Speaker.
Learner, Companion, and Guide — on Journeys of Individual & Collective Inquiry.
Having partnered with purpose and impact-driven individuals, institutions, and organizations across diverse areas of interest and industry, much of Sophia's work is committed to raising awareness and building capacities around futures and foresight — particularly among underrepresented, traditionally excluded and marginalized communities.
As a first-generation Haitian American who’s lived in Latin America, the Middle East, China, and now Southeast Asia, her lifework is enriched and inspired by colorful encounters and connection. The power in recognition of place, people, and potential liberating infinite possibilities.
Currently Enjoying: Numerous Futures-focused roles, partnerships, and projects in transdisciplinary approaches to world-building for inclusivity, empowerment, flourishing, and equity. Otherwise, podcasting, reading, writing, dancing, and scooter-led adventures basking in the beauty of Bali.
Jost Wagner is a senior expert in facilitation and participatory futures residing in Bangkok with a focus on achieving the Sustainable Development Goals. A former development expert himself he advises and facilitates strategy workshops, multi-stakeholder dialogues and international conferences around the globe on behalf of organizations such as the Asian Development Bank, World Bank, United Nations, German Development Agency (GIZ) and many other organizations including governments and private sector. He has been an active promoter for Futures Thinking and Futures Literacy including being the lead organizer and conference director for the APFN conferences held in 2018 and 2019 in Bangkok.
Dr. Riel Miller
James Allen Dator is Professor Emeritus and former Director of the Hawai'i Research Center for Futures Studies, Department of Political Science, and Adjunct Professor in the College of Architecture, of the University of Hawai'i at Manoa; Co-Chair and Core Lecturer, Space Humanities, International Space University, Strasbourg, France; Adjunct Professor, Graduate School of Futures Strategy, Korean Advanced Institute of Science and Technology; Daejeon, Korea, and former President, World Futures Studies Federation. He is Editor-in-Chief of the World Futures Review. He also taught at Rikkyo University (Tokyo, for six years), the University of Maryland, Virginia Tech, the University of Toronto, and the InterUniversity Consortium for Postgraduate Studies in Dubrovnik, Croatia (former Yugoslavia)
Supinya Klangnarong, Thailand Co-founder of COFACT Thailand, Fact-checking platform & communities. Co-founder of Digital Thinkers Forum, Bangkok-based ThinkTank on Digital Rights. Honorary Member, Ethics Committee of The National Press Council of Thailand. Former Commissioner of National Broadcast and Telecommunication Commission (NBTC) in Thailand between 2011 to 2017. She is Ashoka Fellow since 2004 and Eisenhower Fellow in 2007 as a long-time advocate for media rights and quality journalism, digital rights and citizenship, Supinya started off her media advocacy work as Co-Ordinator, then Secretary-General of now-defunct Campaign for Popular Media Reform, when Thailand’s major reform kicked start after the May 1993 popular democracy uprising, then a Co-founder of Thai Netizen Network, Internet freedom advocacy group emerged after military coup in 2006. In 2011, She decided to run in a candidacy for NBTC, which she was selected by the Senate to be the youngest and only female commissioner (civil society representation) in Thailand’s broadcast and telecom regulator, NBTC, to influence the democratization of policy and regulation of the country’s state-controlled broadcasting sector.
Professor Bart Édes
Professor Bart Édes is a policy analyst, trends watcher, and author of Learning From Tomorrow: Using Strategic Foresight to Prepare for the Next Big Disruption (2021). He focuses on Asia’s rise, international trade and development, and drivers of change transforming our world. Édes serves as a Professor of Practice at McGill University, a Distinguished Fellow at the Vancouver-based Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada, and a non-resident Senior Associate at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington, DC. Between 2001 and 2020, he held senior staff positions at the Asian Development Bank (ADB) with responsibility for various thematic and sectoral work areas across developing Asia and the Pacific.
Dr. John A. Sweeney
John A. Sweeney is the Co-Editor of World Futures Review: A Journal of Strategic Foresight. He also serves as a Senior Research Fellow at Westminster International University in Tashkent, Uzbekistan and co-founded the Participatory Futures Global Swarm as well as Superfluid Futures. He tweets on trends, emerging issues, and all things postnormal at @aloha_futures.
Natalie Phaholyothin joined WWF-Thailand as CEO in January 2019. She brings with her extensive experience in global health where she oversaw The Rockefeller Foundation’s global health programs in Asia. As Associate Director at The Rockefeller Foundation, her work involved global advocacy for Universal Health Coverage, disease surveillance networks and building partnerships with other private foundations and donor institutions.
In addition to the health programs, Natalie was seconded by The Rockefeller Foundation to serve as Asia Regional Director for the Global Resilience Partnership (GRP). In this capacity, she initiated a strategic portfolio of grants that served to build GRP’s Asia program and presence in the region. One component connected Asian digital technology innovators in the development sector with GRP and its network. Prior to joining The Rockefeller Foundation, she had worked with Education Development Center, UNDP, and IMF.
Dr. Maree Conway
Maree runs Foresight Futures, a foresight practice in Melbourne, Australia, and works with people to co-design and hold new conversations about futures. Maree has over 20 years’ experience working with organisations in Australia and internationally to use foresight in practice.
Her PhD research was on contested ideas of the university and how they enable and constrain its possible futures which included the development of the Futures Conversations Framework™, now being further developed for use in organisational strategy development processes.
Maree researches and publishes regularly on using foresight, published her first book Foresight Infused Strategy: An How-To Guide for Using Foresight in Practice in 2016, and now also provides short online courses on finding and using foresight.
Rushdi Abdul Rahim (TBC)
Rushdi Abdul Rahim is a Senior Vice-President for Malaysian Industry Government Group for High Technology or better known by the acronym MIGHT. He is also the Director of myForesight®, Malaysia’s National Foresight Institute. He oversees and manages various foresight & future related activities that is conducted by both MIGHT and myForesight®. He was also the Co-Chair for the working committee on Prioritization of Technologies for R&D under the National Science and Research Council (NSRC).
Jesica Bastidas is on the Executive Board and Core Team at Mi Calle, Nuestra Calle, a social innovation lab with gender perspective.
Jesica specializes in clown and creative facilitation. She finds humor as a powerful tool for edutainment, criticism and community work. She mixes Participatory Futures and Gender Perspective to work with a community of women, in order to run speculative experiments at their public spaces. She believes humor should be taken seriously and Futures Literacy more playfully. She lives in Mexico.
Samantha Suppiah is a Southeast Asian trickster-in-training, systems navigator, and creative disruptor, weaving South-South regenerative dialogue, leadership and design. As a design strategist for sustainability and regeneration, with particular expertise in architecture and urbanism, Samantha has a broad global perspective with a bold, radical approach to co-creative, iterative design strategy, focussing on long-term nature-based climate resilience and integrative network weaving.
One of her projects is POSSIBLE FUTURES - an endeavour that aims to make visible the South's stories and narratives of a history of colonisation and oppression, and formulate regenerative narratives relevant in the South's complex, diverse contexts and cultures. In holding space for these stories to emerge, we build our way through the generations towards planetary regeneration.
Leituala Kuiniselani Toelupe Tago-Elisara
Leituala Kuiniselani Toelupe Tago-Elisara, a Samoan national, and a regional public servant with over 23 years of professional experience working in the Pacific region; and her background is in community and social development policy and practice. Leituala is currently the Regional Director for Polynesia, leading the exploratory work for the creation of a Polynesian Regional Office for SPC, in close collaboration with 10 Polynesian countries and territories including American Samoa, Cook Islands, French Polynesia, Niue, Pictairn, Samoa, Pokelau, Tuvalu, Tonga and Wallis and Futuna.
Puruesh Chaudhary is a futures researcher, development and strategic narrative professional. She is the Founder and President of AGAHI, a non-governmental organization, which works extensively on creating platforms based on knowledge collaboration and information sharing initiatives. Pakistan Foresight Initiative, brainchild of of AGAHI is developing frameworks to improve policymaking and strategic narratives; structures enabling legislators, strategists, academicians and the community developing shared understanding for effective implementation of decisions. Championing “Shaping the future of journalism”, Chaudhary has co-founded Pakistan’s annual journalism awards (The Agahi Awards); content analysis framework (Media Credibility Index and Ethical Media Audit); created foresight research fellowship opportunities; and developed academic-industry linkages. She has also been recognized as a Global Shaper by the World Economic Forum. She is an ASPEN Alumni, a member of the World Futures Society and is on the Planning Committee of the Millennium-Project (Global Futures Studies and Research) representing the Pakistan Chair.
You can find her on twitter @mpathyDesigns
Dr. Ivana Milojević
Louis (Keji) Zheng
Having systematically studied Strategic Foresight in Silicon Valley, Louis decided to revive Futures Studies in China. In 2018, he co-founded FuturistCircle, China's first community connecting futurists, changemakers, and younger generations. As an innovation strategist, Louis is committed to providing companies with high-quality business intelligence and trend monitoring services. He is also a guest lecturer at ESSCA School of Management and the Regional Editor of The Journal of Futures Studies. He holds three Master's Degrees from California College of the Arts in DMBA,, MBA, and M.S. Finance.
Theresa now holds a position of Chief Strategy of NIA (National Innovation Agency) of Thailand, overseeing Innovation Foresight Institute, innovation strategy, international relations and internal operations of the agency. Theresa has over 20 years of experience in both public and private sectors. Her background is Electrical engineering and worked in Digital and e-commerce industries. She bridges both world of management and suggests modern style of organization development for public sector. She has passion in innovative work behavior and innovative leadership issue. Theresa led Foresight advocacy activities and trainings in Thailand, including establishment of Foresight consortium and national academic conference. In 2019, she was selected as one of 55 Women in GovTech by GovInsider (Asia), and in 2020 & 2021, she was awarded Innovative Leadership award – Thailand by World Innovation Congress (India).
Dr. Richard Hames
Dr. Richard Hames is the Founder & Executive Director, Centre for the Future. He is a corporate philosopher, author and knowledge designer. Working at the interface between organisations and society, he is widely considered to be among the world's most influential intellectuals and strategic futurists. An Australian citizen, educated in Europe and domiciled in Thailand, Richard has been honoured with numerous awards including a French Government Scholarship, a Leverhulme European Fellowship, the Mondadori Professorial Fellowship and the inaugural Lord Attlee Fellowship. Richard is Founder and Honorary President of The Hames Group (a globally distributed think-tank and strategic design laboratory); Director of Thoughtpost Edge; and Distinguished Professor and founding Director of the Asian Foresight Institute at Dhurakij Pundit University in Bangkok.
Dr. Nur Anisah Abdullah
Dr. Jose Ramos
Dr. José Maria Ramos is director of the boutique foresight consultancy Action Foresight, is Senior Consulting Editor for the Journal of Futures Studies, and is Senior Adjunct Professor at the University of the Sunshine Coast. He has also co-founded numerous civil society organizations, a social forum, a maker lab, an advocacy group for commons governance, and a peer to peer leadership development group for mutant futurists. He is originally from California of Mexican ancestry.
Ora is the Founding Director of the School of Public Policy at Chiang Mai University (Jan 2018 to present). She is a former member of the United Nations Committee of Experts for Public Administration (CEPA) (Jan 2018 - July 2021). Her current research interests are in public policy, public management, sustainable governance, wellbeing and the public sector.
She has spearheaded numerous workshops on strategic foresight covering topics from higher education, traveling, innovation landscape, to Thailand's governance systems. Her organization has developed and executed foresight training programs that blend critical approaches, complexity thinking, creativity, and design thinking to strategic foresight. She is a firm believer in the need to be future ready. Her work aims to influence policy-makers and public officials to adopt new mindsets to be more open to new possibilities.
Fazidah’s interest in Futures Studies started in 2012 when she was given the task to coordinate the preparation of her university’s Strategic Plan. It was during the period of study that she found the significance and complementarities of futures studies in ensuring a robust strategic plan. Mentored by a renowned futurist, her interest in strategic foresight and Futures Literacy extended further. Her active works in futures studies involved facilitating courses, writing books and articles for journals and bulletins. She also actively participated in international conferences and seminars where she presented plenary papers on futures studies and foresight approaches in her discourse analysis especially within the realms of higher education in Malaysia.
Fazidah teaches English as a Second Language of which she has over 30 years of experience. She is currently attached to Universiti Teknikal Malaysia Melaka (UTeM) where she teaches the undergraduate students and concurrently oversees the operations of the Chancellery Management and Relations Office where she is the Director, administering areas related to among others, university marketing, media planning and relations, corporate image and branding as well as event management. Fazidah views Futures Literacy and Futures Studies as mandatory requisites for a sustainable future for any nation and organization and she hopes to be able to develop futures literacy awareness in her home country, Malaysia where it has not been widely adopted yet. She is currently pursuing her M.A (Ed) focusing on Curriculum for the Future via Futures Studies
Kwamou Eva Feukeu
FEUKEU Kwamou Eva is an Anticipation Specialist acting as the Africa coordinator for Futures Literacy at UNESCO. She is an experienced facilitator and lab designer involved in labs run mainly in Africa and Europe since 2014, a member of the editorial board of the scientific journal Futures and a full member of the World Futures Studies Federation (WFSF) and Plurality U+ network. A jurist by training, she focuses her recent works on the role that norms play in the production and evolution of anticipatory systems using lessons learned from decolonial studies and pluralist legal contexts as evidence of complexity. She is also keen to work on African representations and uses of the future. She is currently a PhD candidate in Complexity Studies and Law at University of Lancaster (UK) and a research fellow on Decolonial Comparative Law at Max Planck Institute for Comparative Private International Law. She holds a Master’s Degree in business litigation and arbitration and a Bachelor in African studies from Sciences Po Paris.
Shiela R. Castillo
Shiela R. Castillo is a social development professional, foresight practitioner, and climate advocate.
Dr. Lizan E. Perante-Calina
Dr. Reginald G. Ugaddan
Dr. Reginald G. Ugaddan is an Assistant Professor and Director at the University of the Philippines, National College of Public Administration and Governance, Diliman, Quezon City. He served as an associate professor at the Institute for Public Administration and Governance, Isabela State University, Echague, Isabela. He is also a senior researcher in the Research Center for Public Human Resource Development, Sungkyunkwan University, Seoul, Korea. He earned his masteral and doctorate degree in public administration in the Graduate School of Governance (GSG) at Sungkyunkwan University.
He worked as a program manager for the Global Master of Public Administration (e-Government and e-Policy) and Master in Public Management for the Latin and Caribbean civil servants. He also worked in various researcher institutes and involved in numerous research projects such as entrepreneurship in the public sector, conflict management in East Asia, funded by the National Research Foundation of Korea, and among others. His research interests lie in the areas of human resource management in the public sector, public management, public sector leadership, organizational behavior, disaster management, e- Government and e-Policy, behavioral public administration, international and local governance, democracy, and futures thinking in organizations.
Emmanuel De Guia (Noel)
Emmanuel De Guia (Noel) has been in the forefront of change in the various initiatives of government. Since 2012, he has been sharing his forward looking ideas in the different Senate Committees he’s been involved in. From 2013-2016, he ably represented the Chairperson of the Senate Committee on Education, Arts and Culture in several Boards of State Universities and Colleges (SUC) all over the Philippines. His insight in the SUC Boards gave rise to reforms in governance in Higher Education. During the same period, Emmanuel was the Committee’s representative to the National Commission for the Culture and the Arts Board of Commissioners and in the Board of Trustees of the National Museum of the Philippines. At the cultural front, he was instrumental in the Senate Investigations of Heritage issues, one of which was the case of the “Pambansang Photobomber” that ruined the vista of the Jose P. Rizal National Monument. His Strategic Digital Media expertise was extensively been utilized in both national and local election campaigns. He conceptualized creative ideas for the National Commission for the Culture and the Arts in its efforts to promote our Heritage and Pride of Nation to the Filipino Youth via the KulToura Mobile app. The KulToura Mobile app concept was awarded the Anvil Honors in 2019. At the moment, his commitment to national development and progress brought him to serve as a consultant to the Senate Committee on the SDG, Innovations, and Futures Thinking where his ideas and insights of the Futures are valued.
Doug Witschi is the Assistant Director Cybercrime Threat Response of at the Interpol Innovation Center in Singapore. With over three decades of criminal investigations experience at State, Federal, and International level. Doug has experience and expertise in: Cybercrime, Counter Terrorism, specialist investigations, including Homicide and task force policing, Senior leadership roles taking responsibility for large organisational change programs; transnational criminal and intelligence investigations, and covert policing operations.
Since August 2018, Doug has been seconded by Australia to INTERPOL Global Centre for Innovation in Singapore. Initially heading up the Strategic Innovation branch, focusing on future crime threats to public safety and security for the 194 member countries of INTERPOL. In January 2020, he was tasked to establish and head a new operational capability for INTERPOL known as Cybercrime Threat Response. With extensive academic qualifications and an experienced teacher and facilitator, Doug demonstrates foresight thought leadership that inspires change in the digital revolution. When not working, he is a passionate sailor, scuba diver and enjoys spending as much time as he can with his family.
Muamar Hassan Abdel Rahim Salameh
Dr. Muamar Hasan Salameh is the Director of the Prince Mohammad Bin Fahd Center for Futuristic Studies at Prince Mohammad Bin Fahd University. - Assistant Professor in Public international law and Human rights, Constitutional law. College of law, Prince Mohammad Bin Fahd University, Saudi Arabia. Dr. Muamar is a deputy chair of “European Federation for Freedom of Belief” (FOB). Research Interests Dr. Muamar’s current fields of research include Human rights, Palestinian – Israeli conflict, public international law, human rights, constitutional law, legal education and of course Futures Studies.
Head of Innovation Foresight, National Innovation Agency (NIA)
Dr. Anne Kyoya
Dr. Annah Kyoya is the Founder/CEO, Leadership Impressions Ltd, one of the African futurists, and a member of APF, and culture enthusiast. Popularly known as Anne, Dr. Kyoya has over 25 years’ local and regional experience in organizational leadership and humanitarian development in over 12 African countries. Kyoya holds a doctorate in strategic leadership (USA), two masters degrees (Kenya and UK), and an undergraduate degree (Kenya). Kyoya has also been a university lecturer in Kenya and South Africa. Anne has authored various leadership articles and a book (2020) - Tackling Corruption in Africa: Anti-Corruption Solutions Beyond 2030. Kyoya is passionate about strategic-foresight leadership, and mentors young professionals in diverse leadership issues under the burner Apex Leadership Dialogues. Kyoya is a Kenyan and lives in Nairobi, Kenya.
She is currently a public sector consultant for Astria Corporation, a Digital Forensics and Incident Response solutions provider in the APAC region. They are relentlessly trying to aid the country’s anti-OSEC (Online Sexual Exploitation of Children) efforts and other crimes that warrant digital/AI evidence.
The other hat that Ms. Valera wears is the futurist hat. She is a Foresight practitioner, and a Futures Learning Advisor of Center for Engaged Foresight (CEF). She is also a member of the Association of Professional Futurists (APF), PhilFutures Thinking Society, and Futures Space.
Dr. Catheryn Khoo
Dr. Catheryn Khoo is a tourism researcher, trainer and consultant. Based at the Griffith Institute of Tourism (GIFT) in Australia, she consults for regional and national tourism destinations and is a Judge for Australia’s Queensland Tourism Awards. She was appointed the Regional Expert for Asia and the Pacific by the United Nations World Tourism Organization for their Global Report of Women in Tourism.
She is a multi-award-winning researcher who co-edits for the book series, “Perspectives on Asian Tourism”, which has published a total of 10 titles on tourism issues in Asia and the Pacific. Catheryn co-published the book, Asian Genders in Tourism, and a collection of research articles on Asian female travellers. Catheryn is Editor-in-Chief of an international scientific journal, Tourism Management Perspectives and Special Advisor to World Women Tourism and is a formidable voice on women in tourism. Catheryn’s work advocates for a tourism future that is more equal and inclusive.
Dr. Joseph M. Cheer
Joseph M. Cheer is Co Editor-in-Chief of Tourism Geographies by Taylor & Francis. He is Professor at Center for Tourism Research, Wakayama University, Japan. Joseph is also Adjunct Professor, Auckland University of Technology, New Zealand; Visiting Professor, UCSI University, Malaysia; and Adjunct Research Fellow, Monash University, Australia. He is presently an elected board member of PATA (Pacific Asia Travel Association).
His recent book projects include: (i.) Modern Day Slavery & Orphanage Tourism (2020); (ii.) Masculinities in the Field: Tourism and Transdisciplinary Research (2021); (iii.) Travel and Tourism in the Age of Overtourism (2021) and; (iv.) Global Tourism & COVID-19: Implications for Theory and Practice (2022). Joseph has published in The Conversation and the World Economic Forum and is a regular commentator for Nikkei Asia (Japan) and Channel News Asia (Singapore).
Recent jointly guest edited special issues appear in Journal of Sustainable Tourism, Sustainability, Journal of Tourism Futures and Tourism Planning & Development. He is an Australian Research Council (ARC) Linkage Project grant recipient with colleagues at the University of Melbourne, among others, investigating Aboriginal futures through tourism in Central Australia.
Liz Ortiguera is a senior executive with over 25 years of global experience and expertise in general management, marketing, business development, and partner network management. Liz is passionate about innovation, business transformation, and community building. Her career spans several industries - travel/lifestyle, technology, financial services, and pharmaceuticals. She has experience in working at both multinational corporations including American Express and Merck and start-up environments in software as a service (SaaS), e-commerce, and ed-tech. For 10 years she was the General Manager for Amex's Travel Partner Network in Asia-Pacific, managing partnerships with top travel management companies, MICE, and leisure agencies in the region. She is able to adeptly work across cultures and business environments to catalyse opportunities and drive growth.
In her personal life, she has been a continual advocate for poverty eradication programmes and education initiatives across the region. Liz is an alumna of the Stanford University Graduate Business School, Columbia University Business School, New York University, and The Cooper Union in New York.
Sérgio Brodsky (L.LM, MBA) is a leading brand and foresight strategist and founder of Surge Advisory. He is also Inaugural Chair at The Marketing Academy Australia - Alumni, an Agenda Collaborator at the World Economic Forum and occupies Board positions across different organisations. Sérgio began his career as an IP lawyer in his native Brazil, then transitioned as a strategic consultant for a high-tech military company in Israel. This was followed by a pivot towards the marketing communications industry in the UK and Australia before finally landing on the discipline of Strategic Foresight where he has made notable contributions since.
Dr. Liam Mayo
Prof. Dzulkifli Abdul Razak
Dr. Marcus Bussey
Marcus Bussey is a cultural theorist with a keen interest in social change and our embodied relationship with both the past and the future. Marcus publishes widely on topics of cultural and philosophical interest and has developed a distinctive futures voice that weaves together poetry, metaphor and myth with hot topics in academia and beyond. Marcus works at the University of the Sunshine Coast, Australia.
Dr. Camila Mozzini-Alister
Camila Mozzini-Alister is a Writer, PhD Researcher and Social Media Educator based on the Sunshine Coast, Australia. Her background is a double PhD in Communication (UERJ-Brazil) and Arts: Production and Investigation (UPV-Spain), with a Research Master’s in Social & Institutional Psychology (UFRGS-Brazil) and a Bachelor (Honours) in Journalism (UFRGS-Brazil). She works as an Adjunct Research Fellow at the University of the Sunshine Coast (USC), Australia. She has also worked as an Art Educator at both Iberê Camargo and the Mercosul Biennial Foundations, and a Social Educator at La Salle Foundation.
As an author, she's published the books Does Social Media Have Limits? Bodies of Light and the Desire for Omnipresence (2021), Phenomenologies of Grace: The Body, Embodiment, and Transformative Futures (2020) with Dr. Marcus Bussey, and Impressions of a Connected Body: How Advertising is Inciting Us to Digital Connection (2019). My goal as a social media educator is to address the core of our current addiction to social media and help society to consciously shape our hegemonic technologies as a tool for self-knowledge in four different levels: personal, social, environmental & humanitarian, as well as spiritual.
Dr. Peter Black
Dr Peter Black is a foresight practitioner and veterinary epidemiologist who combines strategic foresight, One Health and Ecohealth approaches to address the interconnected challenges of emerging infectious diseases, climate change, sustainability and food systems. Since 2018, he has worked as a private consultant from his base in Queensland, Australia. From 2014 to 2018, he was the Deputy Regional Manager of the Emergency Centre for Transboundary Animal Diseases (ECTAD) based in Bangkok with the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). This role managed the implementation of the Emerging Pandemic Threats (EPT) Programme with a wide range of government and non-government partners across ten countries in South and Southeast Asia.
Before joining FAO, he worked for the Australian Government Department of Agriculture in various roles including as Director of One Health and Director of Emergency Animal Disease Preparedness. Foresight approaches have underpinned his work focused on building better anticipation, preparedness, prevention, detection and response capabilities. His work also highlights and questions the choices societies make about future food system development. Peter is on the editorial board of the Journal of Futures Studies.
Adam Sharpe is a Learning and Development specialist with a background in youth development, facilitation, program design, and evaluation. He is also Founder and Chief Executive Officer of the new consulting agency Futurely.
He was first exposed to futures while working at UNESCO Bangkok from 2016-18, and he hasn’t looked back since, becoming Director of Learning at futures think-tank Metafuture, and regularly integrating futures into his consulting practice.
Adam works on youth development projects all over Asia as a Consultant for the Asian Development Bank, and back in his hometown of London as Director of Research and Learning at Young Creators UK. He also sits on the advisory boards of Rapid Asia, NOICE Sustainable Cosmetics, and the Asia Pacific Youth Exchange.
In 2009, Frank founded Kedge – Aa global foresight, innovation, and strategic design firm which pioneered The Futures School. Throughout his career, Frank has worked as a leadership coach and developer with entrepreneurs, social communities, networking initiatives, and SMEs, helping them in areas such as development, innovation, and networking. He holds a Master of Arts in Strategic Foresight from Regent University. With a strong background in both business and academic foresight, Frank was the creator and lead instructor of the The Futures Institute: Shaping the Future Now at Duke University's Talent Identification Program Institute, teaching students to use foresight to develop transformative solutions to grand challenges (2010, 2011). He has worked on Strategic Foresight projects for companies such as Kraft, Mars, Marriott, and The Walt Disney Company. He is a prolific speaker, having delivered presentations to groups and conferences around the globe over the last 20 years. Frank holds memberships in World Futures Society (WFS) and the Association for Professional Futurists (APF).
Yvette Montero Salvatico
Holding a bachelor’s degree in Finance and an MBA from the University of Florida, Yvette has over 15 years of corporate experience with large, multi-national firms such as Kimberly-Clark and The Walt Disney Company. Before co-founding The Futures School, she led the effort to establish the Future Workforce Insights division at the Walt Disney Company, identifying future workforce trends and leveraging foresight models and techniques to assess potential threats and impacts, emerging ideas, and exciting opportunities for the organization.
With membership in organizations such as Society For Human Resource Management (SHRM), Association for Talent Development (ATD), Association for Professional Futurists (APF), and World Futures Society (WFS), Yvette is an experienced and polished speaker, leadership coach, and consultant, addressing large audiences and organizations on topics such as business policy, talent, work, diversity, career management, strategy, innovation, foresight, and Futures Thinking.
Alethia Berenice Montero Baena
Director Hub Mexico
Executive Board and Core Team Member, Teach the Future
Forward Theater pioneer & Psychoprospective Co-Creator
Personal Futures Adviser & Experience Creator
WFSF Executive Board Member
DVL Padma Priya
DVL Padma Priya is an independent journalist who has written for leading media houses such as The Hindu, The Wire, and IndiaSpend. She has also worked as an advocacy and communications specialist for the Nobel Peace Prize-winning organisation Doctors Without Borders. She is the Co-Founder and Editorial Lead at Suno India. She has hosted multiple podcasts on under-reported stories such as "Dear Pari" on adoption, "The Suno India Show" on current affairs and "Pinjra Tod Kar" on women's empowerment, to name a few.
Chen Quifan aka Stan Chan
Chen Quifan aka Stan Chan is an award-winning author, translator, creative producer, and curator. He is the president of the World Chinese Science Fiction Association. His works include Waste Tide, Future Disease, and The Algorithms for Life. The founder of Thema Mundi, a content development studio, he lives in Beijing and Shanghai.
Kristel is an international development practitioner who specialises in strategy and performance improvement. She has a post-graduate degree in International Humanitarian Action from Uppsala University in Sweden and undergraduate degrees in International Relations and Business Management from the University of Queensland. An early career opportunity as a project coordinator on a law and justice program for the Regional Assistance Mission to the Solomon Islands, and interest in the many rich and intertwined histories and cultures of the Pacific, has steered the last 12 years of her career to working for international and regional development organisations and agencies in Fiji, New Caledonia, Solomon Island and Vanuatu. Kristel’s current position is Strategy and Foresight Advisor at the Pacific Community (SPC). In this role, Kristel works to build individual and organisational-wide strategic foresight capability, to grow a futures community of practice and to support a member-driven, inclusive and future-focused strategic plan for the organisation.
Dr. Amerita Ravuvu
Dr. Amerita Ravuvu is a development professional and regional public servant at the Pacific Community’s (SPC) Public Health Division. Her current role as a Non-Communicable Diseases (NCD) Adviser in the NCD Programme mainly focuses on policy and planning with a key role in leading the Pacific Ending Childhood Obesity Network (PACIFIC ECHO) for the Pacific Community (SPC). She is also an early-career and avid development and trade policy researcher with a background in human and development geography. She has a keen interest on issues concerning the development aid agenda – particularly the interrogation of development aid for rural development, climate change financing and aid for trade policy instruments and their impacts on health in Pacific Island Countries and Territories.
Sarah Mecartney is from Vanuatu and is a regional public servant. She joined the Pacific Community (SPC) in 2019 as the Principal Strategy Adviser. Prior to this she worked for the United Nations in Afghanistan and in the Pacific. In her current role, she is guiding the use of futures methodology for inclusive engagement on the development of the Pacific Community’s Strategic Plan 2021+. Sarah has over 20 years in international development, public policy and planning, strategic analysis, and programme management, working in the Pacific region with a particular focus on sustainable development and built environments. She has a keen appreciation for incorporating diverse perspectives for vibrant and robust strategic planning and policy development processes. Sarah holds a Master of Science from the University of Sydney.
Dr. Mema Motusaga
A Samoa national and a regional public servant. She joined the Pacific Community (SPC) with over 20 years of professional experience, largely working as a social and community development practitioner in the Pacific and Samoa. Mema joined SPC in 2018, following holding positions with the National University of Samoa, Ministry of Women, Community and Social Development and the Ministry of Youth, Sports and Culture in Samoa. Mema has worked on a wide range of substantive areas, including youth and sports development, language and culture development, gender equality, project management, human rights, education and good governance. She is the Youth and Social Inclusion Adviser with the Human Right and Social Development Programme.
Dr. Michael McAllum
Dr. Michael McAllum is an internationally recognised speaker, author and facilitator-consultant. Based in Melbourne, Michael’s work and writing as a macrohistorian is at the intersection of futures thinking, systems transformation and structured conversation. His focus is on transformational projects with countries, sectors and companies as they seek to adapt to high levels of uncertainty that exist in a transition phase with no clear destination. He was a key architect of the New Zealand Foresight Project and is the Asia Lead for the Chôra Foundation. He was a co-founder of the Sustainable Benefits Tourism Initiative; was a foundation member of the Association of Professional Futurists and is a member of the Oxford Futures Forum. In addition to the book Designing Better Futures and numerous essays and book chapters, Michael was instrumental in defining the concept of strategic foresight and co-authored a book on the subject in 2001.
Scott Jordan, philosopher and political scientist, is a writer, editor, and podcaster currently working extensively in Malaysia and South East Asia. Scott is currently the Executive Assistant Director of the Centre for Postnormal Policy and Futures Studies (CPPFS). A specialist in East-West Studies, he writes extensively on postnormal times, politics, culture, philosophy, and education. He authored the book A Very British Muslim Activist: The life of Ghayasuddin Siddiqui. He is also a deputy editor with Critical Muslim, a quarterly literary journal put out by Hurst in London, UK.
Having studied and explored China and Malaysia extensively, Scott is always seeking to expand his knowledge on various facets of Asia while promoting futures literacy in the region and advocating more global polylogues with the awareness of postnormal times. Presently he is investigating how postnormal times shape identity, particularly in the areas of religious, sexual, gender, and economic identities. When not editing or reading, his research is focused on the postnormal dimensions of policy, politics, philosophy and governance which he enjoys exploring through film.
Shakil Ahmed is an educator, storyteller and futurist at Ridiculous Futures and is the network coordinator for #NextGenEdu. As a futurist, he has facilitated safe spaces with a diverse spectrum of organizations, including exploring the futures of health in 2030 with BRAC, the futures of education in 2041 with the Prime Minister’s Office, Bangladesh and the future of work in 2040 with trade union leaders. As an educator, he has taught thinking skills to kindergarten children and corporate professionals in Singapore, innovated low-cost school models at the BRAC Institute of Educational Development, has coached Alumni and managed public affairs at Teach For Bangladesh and nurtured communities for leadership development for change-makers working to address poverty and social justice at Acumen Academy Bangladesh. His bachelor’s was in Theoretical Physics at the National University of Singapore and his Masters’ was in Educational Leadership and School Improvement at BRAC University. In 2019, he was recognized as a Young Global Changer at the Global Solutions Summit in Berlin and as a Next Generation Foresight Practitioner by the School of International Futures.
Minh Nguyen is a Senior Youth Regional Program Manager in the Asian Development Bank (ADB) Youth for Asia team, a youth-led initiative helping ADB realize its goals of a more prosperous, inclusive, resilient, and sustainable in Asia and the Pacific through cross-generational partnerships between governments and local young leaders. Minh Nguyen designs meaningful youth-led elements into ADB projects to enhance inclusion and innovations
Sadip Raj Pandey
Sadip Raj Pandey is a recent undergraduate of Environmental Science from Kathmandu University, Nepal and has been involved in different human rights as well as sustainable development campaigns. Soon after his bachelor's he was involved as a Facilitator in Bagmati River Basin Youth Program, a river restoration project supported by ADB YfA, and currently working as a AI core team member. He is also working as a Research Assistant at Biodiversity Conservancy Nepal and Kathmandu University.
Senior Public Management Specialist (Digital Transformation), Asian Development Bank
Arndt facilitates the effective use of digital technology, advising ADB clients, regional departments, as well as sector and thematic groups on digital transformation. He is a senior public management specialist in ADB’s Digital Technology for Development Unit and serves as a member of the Innovation Task Force, supporting the bank’s futures thinking and foresight activities. His work is focused on digital connectivity infrastructure, tech start-up ecosystems, digital agriculture, sustainable transport and urban development. Prior to ADB he worked with the UNDP at national, regional, and global levels. At UNDP’s Global Centre in Singapore, he was responsible for the Empowered Futures Initiative that promoted foresight as a key component to public service excellence with developing country partners in Africa, Asia and the Pacific.
Cheryl is the Programme Director, Executive Education Singapore Futures at the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, National University of Singapore. She also heads the School’s Strategic Planning department and together with a team, is building the futures research and teaching capabilities at the School with the “Future Ready Singapore” project. As part of her teaching responsibilities, she curates the Lee Kuan Yew School Course, a core module for new Masters students that asks the big questions of public policy, using Singapore as an illustrative case study. Her interests focus on the intersection of technology, economic and regulatory policy and on capability development in futures thinking for policy makers.
Before joining the School in 2015, Cheryl worked in the Singapore Government where she led futures projects across several ministry portfolios for 8 years. She entered the world of public policy futures as part of the pioneer team for the Ministry of Trade and Industry’s Futures Group. There, she led projects exploring the industry development potential of trends such as big data, and 3D-printing. After MTI, she moved to the Strategic Policy Office, under the Prime Minister’s Office, where she co-led the Emerging Strategic Issues Project v2.0 and led research work on the Evolving Role of the State. She also designed, developed, and delivered their in-house training programme, Futurecraft, focussing on foresight communication. Cheryl’s most recent ministry posting was to the Ministry of Transport where she helped to start the Ministry’s futures team and led the development of their policy framework for Autonomous Vehicles.
Miguel Jiménez is a futures intelligence and foresight practitioner, CEO & Founder of FFWD - Futures Intelligence and Strategic Foresight, a firm headquartered in Madrid, with offices in Singapore and Dubai. Miguel's background is cross-disciplinary, with an education in computer science, technology, social sciences, business administration, and industrial design. He has over 20 years of expertise helping companies and governments worldwide to raise the standards of foresight, strategic thinking, and world-class innovation.
Dr. Kais Hammami
Dr. Kaïs Hammami holds a Ph.D. in Strategic Foresight from Paris with a high distinction. His Ph.D thesis was supervised by Dr. Michelle Godet and entitled: “ Islam, Time and Foresight: a linguistic, conceptual and doctrinal analysis: foresight practices in the context of Arab-Muslim culture.”
Dr. Kais Hammami is a professor of foresight and strategic decision in multiple universities notably in the university of Carthage in Tunisia.
Founder of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) chair, “Foresight, anticipation and strategic decision '', first of its kind in North Africa and the Arab world. In 2019, he established the Chair of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) at the University of Carthage in Tunis, which assumes the role of a laboratory of ideas for foresight and strategic decisions.
Director of the Center for Strategic Foresight at the Islamic World Organization for Education, Science and Culture (ICESCO). An international expert with more than 15 years of professional experience in multiple international organizations. Dr. Kais Hammami's activities varied during his career in many countries where he participated in the achievement of more than 100 international foresight studies. Dr. Kaïs Hammami has also trained more than 3000 individuals on the regional and international levels.
Dr. Kais Hammami has also been providing training courses in foresight and strategic decision-making inside and outside the organization and all of the state members. He has been instilling the foresight culture in the Islamic World and beyond.
Nicole Anne K. Parreño
Nicole Anne K. Parreño is an active member of the Philippine Futures Thinking Society and the Association of Professional Futurists, where she also serves as Secretary to the Chair and Board Liaison. Her experience in futures and foresight began with a Futures Thinking Course from the Development Academy of the Philippines, where her scenario paper on the future of Philippine Exports received an award. She was also an active volunteer for the 2020 Asia-Pacific Futures Network Conference, and the Philippine Futures Thinking Society's Founding Anniversary - the Fiesta of Imagination.
She likewise has a Certificate in Moonshot Thinking from the Futur/io Institute, and certification from the Institute For The Future for their Foresight Essentials Course. She currently assists the Center for Engaged Foresight in facilitating workshops for its University Futures program, funded by the Philippine Government.
Nicole was formerly an employee of the Commission on Human Rights prior to joining the labour movement, where she was introduced to various activities as a Policy and Advocacy Officer of the Trade Union Congress of the Philippines, and as legislative staff of the labor representative to Philippine Congress.
At the moment she is taking her graduate studies majoring in Public Policy at the University of the Philippines. She is particularly interested in the future of work, and how workers can make a just transition towards Industry 4.0.
Dr. Mei-Mei Song
Professor, D-School, National Taiwan University
Dr. Kuo-Hua Chen
Dr. Kuo-Hua Chen is professor of Department of Education and Futures Design and Director of Center for Futures Intelligence and Research (CFAR), Tamkang University, Taiwan. He was director of Graduate Institute of Futures Studies and the Center for General Education and Core Curriculum and Dean of College of Global Research and Development. Other work-related experiences are: co-editor of Journal of Futures Studies, international editorial board member of World Futures Review, fellow and executive board member of World Futures Studies Federation. He has been teaching futures for over 25 years and teaches courses in a multi-disciplinary fashion, including social futures, change and development, speculative design, future-oriented policy studies, futures research methodology. His research interests include metaphors of the future, youth images of the future, evaluation of futures education, measurement of foresight styles and futures consciousness, aging society and health futures.
Dr. Barkathunnisha Abu Bakar
Director, Innovative Growth Research Group National Assembly Futures Institute
Diversity Strategist, World Women Tourism
Kalyanii KL Chew
Project Advisor with AMURT Indonesia & Board Member of Ananda Marga Gurukula Inc.
All his life, James has been searching for the best ways to change himself and change the world. He started as an entrepreneur at age 6 and since has co-founded or helped build 9 businesses and 16 organizations, including the premier conference for the effective altruism movement, the world’s first global lifehacking event series, Southeast Asia’s first social innovation hackathon series, a university for today’s Leonardo da Vincis, and Singapore Futurists. He graduated from the University of Texas at Austin as a triple major/quadruple minor.
Born in Tehran, Ali Montazami, is a Professional Futurist, Film Director, Mechanical Engineer, Industrial Designer, and multi-skill Artist with more than 25 years of multifunctional experience. He graduated in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Tabriz in Iran, 1999. Before moving to Taiwan in 2017, he used to serve as Consulting and TDC General Manager at Renault Iran, a branch of Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance. Despite creating several fundamental and systemic structures for the car manufacturing industry in Iran and directing technical and systemic departments and projects, Ali also innovated several designs for the products, vehicles, and technologies of the future.
Ali has received his Master’s degree in Futures Studies from Tamkang University in Taiwan and his research thesis was about futures images in science fiction films and the preferred futures of youth. Since 2017, Ali has also included Futures Thinking into his consulting and training services to the organizations in Iran and Taiwan. He also served as Managing Assistant to the Journal of Futures Studies where he prepared more than 120 articles to be published and created some operational standards. Now, based in Taiwan, Ali is directing his co-founded M.A Productions Group where writing and producing futures-oriented fiction films and providing Futures Thinking workshops are among their major activities.
Clarice Garcia has a background in design and trend forecasting. She has been developing trends and cultural analysis since 2014 for different industry sectors, such as fashion, entertainment, design, food and beverage, education, and automobile. As a trend forecaster, she has worked in partnership with important trend forecasting companies, such as The Future Laboratory, Kantar, Float, Questto Nò Maynone, Box 1824. She concluded her master’s degree in Design at University of Brasilia in 2017.
In 2018 she published a book about color forecasting methods entitled ‘ Color Forecasting: as previsoes de tendencias de cores na moda contemporanea’. She is a doctoral researcher passionate about fashion as an expression of culture and social change. At RMIT University, she investigates how fashion forecasting might be transformed by design, fiction, and long-term thinking to contribute to a transition to more sustainable futures. Her interests lie where fashion, sustainability, culture, futures, design, and participation collide.
Passionately Curious, Reverse Superhero (In defiance of the superhero norm, she attempts her world building & saving by day), Mansi is the Founder of Future Tense, a Strategic Foresight & Innovation Consultancy & a Next Gen Foresight Practitioner Fellow. She runs experiments in the liminal spaces between the past, present & futures, real and imagined with projects like the design fiction zine Variations on Tomorrow.
A full stack venture builder she researches and designs innovative new business models, understands culture and imagines future scenarios for businesses across the for profit & social impact spectrum. She has worked with brands like Playboy, Bacardi, Scotch Malt Whisky Society, Balipara Foundation, etc. If she is not doing any of these things you’ll find her deeply engrossed in a novel or watching cricket.
Passionately Curious, Reverse Superhero (In defiance of the superhero norm, she attempts her world building & saving by day), Mansi is the Founder of Future Tense, a Strategic Foresight & Innovation Consultancy & a Next Gen Foresight Practitioner Fellow. She runs experiments in the liminal spaces between the past, present & futures, real and imagined with projects like the design fiction zine Variations on Tomorrow. A full stack venture builder she researches and designs innovative new business models, understands culture and imagines future scenarios for businesses across the for profit & social impact spectrum. She has worked with brands like Playboy, Bacardi, Scotch Malt Whisky Society, Balipara Foundation, etc. If she is not doing any of these things you’ll find her deeply engrossed in a novel or watching cricket.
Dr. Gillian Polack
Gillian POLACK is a Jewish Australian speculative fiction writer based in Canberra, Australia. She was the 2020 recipient of the Ditmar (best novel, for her 2019 novel The Year of the Fruit Cake) and the Bertram A. Chandler (lifetime achievement in science fiction) awards. Her graduate qualifications are in Medieval History, Creative Writing, and Education. She is an ethnohistorian with a special interest in how story transmits culture, both Medieval and modern.
Her current research examines how contemporary speculative fiction novels serve as vectors for cultural transmission. A study of this will be released in 2022 (Story Matrices: Cultural Encoding and Cultural Baggage in the Worlds of Science Fiction and Fantasy, Academic Lunare). Her research at Deakin University as a doctoral student furthers this work.
Dr Polack’s publications include ten novels, short stories, a monograph (History and Fiction, shortlisted for the William Atheling Jr Award for Criticism or Review) and various works of non-fiction. A list of her books can be found at https://gillianpolack.com/my-books/