François Jégou created and leads the Brussels-based sustainable innovation lab Strategic Design Scenarios with 20 years of experience in strategic design, participative scenario building and new product-services system definition. François is active in various fields and research projects from investigating social innovation for sustainable living in China, India, Brazil and Africa with UNEP to European research projects focussing sustainable lifestyles 2050, exploring the future of innovation or building a deliberative platform on nanotech.
François is lead expert of an URBACT network of 10 European cities building their sustainable food governance, design manager of the LUPI the business user lab for the Cité du Design in St Étienne, France and partner of DESIS, the Design for Social Innovation and Sustainability network. He teaches strategic design at La Cambre design school, Brussels and is visiting professor at Politecnico, Milan and ENSCI, Les Ateliers Paris. His last publication: ‘Sustainable Street 2030′ is an eBook asking what might everyday life be like in a sustainable society? How would we eat food, move, work, and take care of each other?
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Dr. Sheila R. Ronis is Chair of the Department of Management at Walsh College and teaches the “Strategic Management Capstone” course of the MBA and the Master of Management Programs. She serves as the Director of the Center for Complex and Strategic Decisions at Walsh College, holding a special term appointment with Argonne National Laboratory University of Chicago.
Dr. Ronis is president of The University Group, Inc., a management consulting firm and think tank. She also serves as Vice Chairman of the National Defense University Foundation in Washington, D.C. In June 2013, she was awarded the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff’s Outstanding Public Service Award.
Dr. Ronis is the former chair of the Vision Working Group of the Project on National Security Reform (PNSR) in Washington, D.C. As a Distinguished Fellow at PNSR, Dr. Ronis was responsible for the plan and processes to develop The Center for Strategic Analysis and Assessment; the place where the President of the United States will conduct “grand strategy” on behalf of the nation.
In July 2010, Dr. Ronis chaired a conference at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) that presented the findings of the PNSR Vision Working Group Report and Scenarios which she edited, that outlined why foresight capabilities are essential to the workings of the Executive Office of the President of the United States. She was awarded a Fulbright Specialist Scholarship and studied these issues in Singapore in August and October 2011.
In August 2010, she chaired the conference: “Economic Security: Neglected Dimension of National Security” at the National Defense University that explored a “grand strategy” for a healthy U.S. economy. A publication based on that conference, edited by Dr. Ronis, was published December 2011.
In November 2011, Dr. Ronis chaired a symposium at the National Defense University, Institute for National Strategic Studies, “Forging an American Grand Strategy: Securing a Path Through a Complex Future.” A publication based on that conference, edited by Dr. Ronis, was published in 2013.
Dr. Ronis earned a Bachelor of Science in Physics, Mathematics and Education. Her M.A. and Ph.D. are from The Ohio State University in Large Social System Behavior.
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Dr. Bishop is the Founder and the Executive Director of Teach the Future, a non-profit corporation whose mission is to introduce futures thinking in classes and schools at all levels around the world.
He is also president of Strategic Foresight and Development, a firm that offers training and facilitation in strategic foresight (long-term forecasting and planning). He delivers keynote addresses and conducts seminars around the world on the future for business, government and not-for-profit organizations. Bishop also facilitates groups in developing scenarios, visions and strategic plans for the future.
Bishop’s client list includes IBM, The NASA Johnson Space Center, Nestle USA, the Shell Pipeline Corporation, the Defense and Central Intelligence Agencies, the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, the California Environmental Protection Agency, the Center for Houston’s Future and many more.
He has published two books on the topic of foresight, Thinking About the Future: Guidelines for Strategic Foresight (2007) and Teaching About the Future: The Basics of Foresight Education (2012), both with co-author Andy Hines.
Bishop is a founding board member of the Association of Professional Futurists.
Bishop came to the central campus of the University of Houston in 2005, after teaching futures studies at the UH Clear Lake campus since 1982. He retired as director of the program in 2013, and is now promoting futures thinking into the “rest of education” as well as teaching seminars for foresight and education professionals.
The Center for Houston’s Future recently enlisted Bishop as a Center Fellow to create curriculum materials for Houston schools using the Center’s Scenarios 2040 initiative as a foundation.
Bishop holds a BA in philosophy from St. Louis University, where he also studied mathematics and physics, and a doctoral degree in sociology from Michigan State University. Bishop resides in Houston and is married with two children and two grandchildren.
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Dr. Angela Wilkinson is Counsellor for Strategic Foresight at the OECD (the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development). Previously she was Director of Scenarios and Futures Research, at the James Martin Institute for Science and Civilization, University of Oxford.
Her interests lie in helping organisations and groups to learn from the future, in order to resolve the often global and seemingly intractable problems of the 21st century. She has directed several ambitious public-private initiatives to this effect, including, AIDS in Africa: Three Scenarios for the Future, for UNAIDS and The Future of Water: Navigating a Sustainable Course for the World Business Council on Sustainable Development.
Angela brings over 20 years of analytical, managerial, consultancy and leadership experience, honed in a range of organisations and international bodies, spanning the public and private sector. Prior to Oxford, Angela spent a decade as a leading member of Shell International's Global Scenario team. She holds a PhD in Physics.
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Sean oversees business development at IFTF, with a focus on the Technology Horizons and Ten-Year Forecast programs. He looks for creative ways to interact with outside organizations and works tirelessly to keep IFTF’s client database accurate and up to date. He also hosts monthly potlucks so that the IFTF crew can get to know each other better. In college, Sean switched from mechanical engineering to polymer science when he learned that polymer grads often go on to technical sales, an idea that piqued his interest and that he pursued until it landed him in Silicon Valley. Sean often tweets on Twitter and posts to Facebook for IFTF.
A self-described nerd growing up, Sean read all he could about science as a kid and immersed himself in maps for hours at a time. He also set his chemistry set on fire a few times, took junior high computer classes on a TRS-80, and was on his high school ecology team. After earning a BS in polymer science with a minor in chemistry from Pennsylvania State University, Sean ping-ponged between research organizations including Forrester Research and scrappy software start-ups like ComputerWire before joining IFTF in 2004. In 2006, Sean co-founded the STIRR Network, a group that helped catalyze early-stage entrepreneurial activity in Silicon Valley and beyond, through 2009.
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