Global Foresight Advisory Council

The Global Foresight Advisory Council supports The Futures School’s mission of ethically democratizing the future around the world. In addition to offering mentorship and guidance, the Council also serves as the accrediting body for The Futures School Professional Foresight Certification.

This international group of visionaries are redefining their industries, intrinsically guided by an innate futurist mindset. As multidisciplinary luminaries they are uniquely positioned to guide and expand this movement into the future with the right balance of practical experience and provocative thinking.

 

 

GFAC Areas of Focus

Guided by the framework of the competency domains and supported by the foundation of the core beliefs, the Global Foresight Advisory Council organizes its ongoing efforts in terms of the following three areas of focus:

Products and Experiences

What ideas and objectives does the GFAC want to develop in terms of training individuals and groups that will reinforce the core principles and democratize the future?

Thought Leadership

How will the GFAC inspire transformational and aspirational action fueled by foresight?

Recognition and Credentialing

How will the GFAC promote the mindsets that lead to democratizing the future among individuals and groups around the world?

Read More About the GFAC's Charter

Co-Chairs

Robin Jourdan

Robin Jourdan

Ford IT Futurist (retired) - USA

Robin has been an information professional and research scientist for 30+ years with nearly 25 of those years at Ford Motor Company. She holds multiple degrees including Professional Certificate in Strategic Foresight from the University of Houston, a Master’s in Library & Information Science from Wayne State University, Master’s in Science from the University of North Dakota, and a Bachelor of Science from the University of Michigan. 

Iris Stein

Iris Stein

Competitive Intelligence & Strategy Analysis Manager, Amdocs - Israel

Iris combines her 15+ years of experience in competitive intelligence and strategy formation to help organizations achieve the agility and flexibility needed to succeed in today’s business world. Her current focus is on the future of artificial intelligence and other emergent technologies.

Isabel de Salas

Isabel de Salas

Strategy Director, Picnic - Spain

Isabel’s career is focused on helping business leaders to take better decisions in high-complexity moments, contributing tools, processes and knowledge that help identify the opportunities ahead. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology, a Master’s Degree in Management from ESADE Business School, and also studied Disruptive Strategy at the Harvard Business School.

Anita Dinshaw

Anita Dinshaw

Strategy Manager, The Walt Disney Company - Australia

Anita is responsible for supporting the planning, evaluation, development and tactical implementation of business initiatives in Australia and New Zealand for The Walt Disney Company. Prior to her current role, Anita was an Equity Research Analyst at Goldman Sachs. She holds a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Melbourne.   

Diane Edwards

Diane Edwards

General Manager People, Foresight and Innovation, Ports of Auckland - New Zealand

Diane’s career spans roles in a diverse range of positions including teaching, management, accounting, business reengineering, IT, L&D, HR, and change management. She has worked within multiple sectors and has overseas experience in the UK, USA, Australia, India and Tanzania.  She is the recipient of multiple national and international awards in NZ and Australia.

Boel Ferguson

Boel Ferguson

Interactive Media Executive - United Kingdom

Boel brings a wealth of experience in building and developing teams to grow the entertainment businesses – ranging from TV, games to digital platforms. Specializing in leading businesses through change, she has delivered major strategic change projects in large matrix organizations across EMEA. Boel holds a Masters in Economics and Business Administration.

Trish Long

Trish Long

Vice President & General Manager, Walt Disney Studios - Ireland

Trish is Vice President & GM of Walt Disney Studios, Ireland and has held a variety of roles in Disney since 1994. She has core responsibility for WDS in Ireland, across  Disney Animation Studios; Disney Live Action; Pixar; Marvel & Lucas Films plus Twentieth Century Studios and Searchlight Pictures. As part of the UK & Ireland Senior Leadership team, she helps identify and develop new business opportunities. She has a history in activism relating to Gender and social issues. Boards include: Irish Film and Television Academy; University of Limerick;  Medicinema; Troy Film Studios.

Colette Matthews, Ph.D

Colette Matthews, Ph.D

Vice President of Innovation and Marketing, Alpha Guardian - USA

Colette is the Vice President of Innovation and Marketing at Alpha Guardian. In her current position, Colette has end-to-end accountability from concepting to commercialization. In her previous role at the world’s leading manufacturer of major home appliances, Whirlpool Corporation, Colette led the Global Innovation, Connectivity & Smart Home Strategy, and, the Consumer Insights organizations. Her most notable WHR contributions included establishing the company’s first trends & foresight competency; repositioning three 100-year old brands; and building innovation roadmaps to drive product and brand leadership.

John McCabe

John McCabe

Director of Strategy, Aether Learning and Shift - USA

John thrives at the intersection of design, technology, social innovation, and education. With 15 years of experience, John founded Aether; a think tank focused on connecting education and industry to explore wicked challenges and develop creative leadership and talent.

Kelsey McMehan

Kelsey McMehan

Innovation Strategist , Eastman - USA

Kelsey is a blockchain enthusiast and courageous leader who is known for turning future dreams into product innovations today. Her strengths lie in her use of foresight training to create strategies around the future of mobility, and she is a vocal advocate for the value of Eastman’s digital journey.

Lea Plato

Lea Plato

Lead Industrial Designer, Milwaukee Tool - USA

Lea is a strategic and future forward Design Leader at Milwaukee Tool. She has successfully launched over 20 products currently on the market today along with award winning products that have won IDEA Silver, IDEA Honorable mention, Edison Award, Popular Science Best Innovations Award, and the Chicago Innovation award.

Sarah Rose

Sarah Rose

Organizational Development - Australia

Sarah has a broad Organizational Development skillset and works with key stakeholders in large matrixes organizations. Sarah is passionate about making better team experiences by managing end to end change and embedding sustainable cultural and behavior transformations while delivering strategies and solutions that meet both current and future business needs.

Sean Svendsen

Sean Svendsen

Sr. Industrial Designer, Priority Designs - USA

Sean has over 25 years of experience in award-winning, game-changing, sales-leading product design and brand development. He is a multi-time IDSA IDEA award winner and is credited on over 70 U.S. design patents. His background includes developing products, packaging, displays, and environments for such diverse clients as Nike, Lowe’s, Stanley Black & Decker, and Cardinal Health.

Zenia Tata

Zenia Tata

Chief Impact Officer, XPRIZE - USA

With over 25 years of experience in business development, program design, and strategic management, Zenia oversees XPRIZE’s global impact strategy ensuring that impact is incorporated into all facets of the organization’s work. Additionally, She leads XPRIZE’s future foresight work to help partners map the emerging landscape to identify challenges, uncover opportunities, and spot breakthrough innovations for transformative change.

Marty Vanags

Marty Vanags

Principal, BespokeFuture - USA

Marty has over 33 years of experience in community and economic development, private commercial real estate development and business management. He now provides leadership to the fastest growing county in New York State, specifically in attraction and business retention. He also works with the growing advanced manufacturing, semiconductor, AI and futures scenario industry.

Ytasha Womack

Ytasha Womack

Author, Afrofuturist, Director - USA

Ytasha is a critically acclaimed author, filmmaker, independent scholar, and dance therapist. Her book Afrofuturism: The World of Black Sci Fi & Fantasy Culture is a leading primer on African/African diasporic cultures, identity, and futures. She lectures on Afrofuturism and the imagination at conferences, universities, and comic book conventions around the world. Other works include Post Black, Rayla 2212, and A Spaceship in Bronzeville. She was a writer in residence at Emerson College, a creative in residence at Kickstarter, and an inaugural resident at Black Rock Senegal helmed by celebrated artist Kehende Wiley.

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