Don is EVP with The Futures Company in New York where he leads Trends and Futures Consulting. In his time with TFC and previously at Social Technologies and the Ernst & Young Centre for Business Innovation, Don has supported many organisations in the areas of innovation and future strategy.

For more details about Don please see his LinkedIn profile.


James is a Partner at The Foundation, Chair of GEN Community and a trustee of GreenThing and the RSPB. He was previously co-founder and UK CEO of Zopa, the world’s first peer-to peer-lending company. Prior to this he was Strategy Director at Egg and a consultant at LEK.

For more details about James please see his LinkedIn profile.


Nicky co-founded Best Foot Forward, a sustainability consultancy that pioneered development of carbon and ecological foot-printing. She is now Strategy Advisor at Anthesis Consulting Group and helps organisations respond to, and benefit from, the threats and opportunities of sustainability.

For more details about Nicky please see her LinkedIn profile.

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Chris has worked in trend and foresight consulting for over a decade in various capacities, and is currently Vice President with The Futures Company, working in the area of Trend and Futures Consulting. His passion is helping organizations make sense of emerging trends and consumer behaviors to identify innovation opportunities and feel more confident about their strategic decisions.

For more details about Chris please see his LinkedIn profile.


Charlie is a Founding Partner of Sensemaking and of the Growth Agenda Network. Previously with The Foundation, Charlie is an experienced strategist, marketer and innovator with particular focus on developing radical new customer experiences.

For more details about Charlie please see his LinkedIn profile.


David helps organisations make the most of their technology, innovation and strategy activities. He has recently supported InnovateUK’s Knowledge Transfer Networks, is a Board member of The R&D Society and, in the past, was co-lead of Shell’s Technology Future programmes.

For more details about David please see his LinkedIn profile.


Cornelia Daheim is founder and head of Future Impacts Consulting. Since 2000, she has been in charge of foresight projects for corporations and public sector customers, mainly in Europe, the US and Asia, and has previously led Z_punkt The Foresight Company as managing partner

For more details about Cornelia please see her LinkedIn profile.


Ali specialises in developing strategies to address customer, brand and business growth challenges.  Ali has held strategy roles with UK Government, The Foundation, WPP and YouGov. Based in Dubai, Ali is leading on Future Agenda events in the Middle East.

For more details about Ali please see her LinkedIn profile.

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Shailaja is a statistician with a background in development research and tremendous enthusiasm for  insightful dialogue. She was earlier with the World Bank and Shell. She has worked in the energy and education industries, the development sector and the entrepreneurship ecosystem in India. During her 12 years in Shell India, she worked closely with the Scenarios team, using the findings in climate policy advocacy.

For more details about Shailaja please see her LinkedIn profile.


Roger is a specialist in futures thinking and the link via strategy to innovation. Previously Future Technology Specialist at Egg Bank in Europe, he is leading the Sensing City project to turn Christchurch into a leading intelligent urban environments. He is based in New Zealand.

For more details about Roger please see his LinkedIn profile.


Caroline led the first Future Agenda programme for Vodafone and is now a communications and strategy consultant. She works with organisations to establish and run media and communications initiatives with both local and international reach.

For more details about Caroline please see her LinkedIn profile.

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Anish has had a long and distinguished career with Reckitt Benckiser plc. As Head of Strategy from 2000 until early retirement in 2013, he played a key role in a dramatic journey that saw the company’s market capitalisation grow from less than £3 billion to over £30 billion.

For more details about Anish please see his LinkedIn profile.

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Rima is a foresights practitioner and an experienced brand strategist. She has worked across various categories, brands and diverse organizations. Currently, a large part of her work is towards partnering new brands into the Indian market as well as helping existing brands future-proof their business. She also mentors start-ups and has co-founded a Lean In chapter for women entrepreneurs in India.

For more details about Rima please see her LinkedIn profile.


Patrick is an expert in digital, innovation and brands and runs thoughtengine helping organisations grow and learn. He was formerly a director at The Futures Company, VP Business Development and Innovation at T-Mobile and Director of Creaticity at Orange.

For more details about Patrick please see his LinkedIn profile.


Frederik is a Hong Kong-based researcher who previously focused on solutions for closing the energy supply gap on a global scale with an affordable, safe and clean technology. He recently joined a Think Tank working to promote sustainable finance and Impact Investing in Asia..

For more details about Frederick please see his LinkedIn profile.


Katie is a business mentor and coach and a co-founder of Sensemaking, helping organisations make sense of the world so they do the right thing well. She spent 20 years with Shell leading and motivating large, global teams through periods of significant change.

For more details about Katie please see her LinkedIn profile.


Stephen is co-founder of Aging2.0 and CEO of Fordcastle. Based in San Francisco, he is a leading thinker on the application of new technologies and was previously Senior Manager in Business Development for Nokia where he led corporate strategy programmes to identify new areas of growth.

For more details about Stephen please see his LinkedIn profile.


Tim is Programme Director of the Future Agenda global open foresight project. He is also a founder of the Growth Agenda network and leads the Innovation Leaders research project. Tim is an expert in innovation, growth and foresight and advises a wide range of organisations on these issues.

For more details about Tim please see his LinkedIn profile.


Dave worked for Shell for over 30 years leading strategy development, developing business scenarios, identifying emerging growth opportunities and supporting the organisation in making pivotal strategic decisions. Based in the UK, he is a Founding Partner of Sensemaking.

For more details about Dave please see his LinkedIn profile.


Lisa is Customer Engagement Manager with Ogilvy & Mather in Cape Town helping organisations communicate more effectively. Previously with The Foundation in London, she led proposition development projects with organisations including The Carbon Trust, M&S, IHG and Travelex.

For more details about Lisa please see her LinkedIn profile.


Emilene is a Dubai-based researcher who has been involved in a diverse range of studies in the quantitative field including studies in the government sector, banking and finance, healthcare, media and leisure and FMCG  – she excels in statistical analysis and loves working with data to provide actionable insights.

For more details about Emilene please see her LinkedIn profile.


Robin can be considered one of the early pioneers of the use of anthropological thought and ethnographic research for research and innovation in the UK. He has founded a multiple award winning research agency, worked across all sectors with multi-nationals, governments and the 3rd sector, and has recognised expertise in understanding Chinese culture and consumers, as well as working with ‘hard to reach’ populations locally and internationally to uncover new insights.

For more details about Robin please see his LinkedIn profile.


Alka is the Founder of Roads Ahead Consulting, an Innovation & Foresights company based in Mumbai. Her mission is to make these areas relevant and simple for individuals and teams. She has lived and worked across India, Singapore and Zurich, with experience across a host of diverse organizations & industries, including multinationals, local companies, start-ups and NGOs

For more details about Alka please see her LinkedIn profile


Hamsini is an experienced consumer insights researcher, semiotician and brand strategy consultant. Prior to starting up Leapfrog, a leading brand strategy firm and co-founding Semiofest, a global semiotics event company, she was VP Strategy & Planning at JWT. She has led studies on socio-cultural change in India for leading global companies, identifying the mega-trends for 2025.

For more details about Hamsini please see her LinkedIn profile

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Neal founded leapSTONE, which specialises in strategic design management and service design innovation – helping organisations unlock innovation using the power of effective design. He is based in London and a fellow of the RSA and visiting lecturer at the Royal College of Art. Neal was formerly the Head of Design for British Airways where among other projects, he led the design of the world’s first flat beds in business class (Club World).

For more details about Neal please see his LinkedIn profile


Anupam is passionate about placemaking, experience design and brands. Presently based in Singapore, he has advised and engaged a range of organizations across the public and private sectors in these areas.

For more details about Anupam please see his LinkedIn profile