Leadership

Greece

Epaminondas Christofilopoulos, PhD

Epaminondas is Head of the Foresight & Tools Unit in Foundation for Research and Technology Hellas FORTH/PRAXI Network (Greece). Having a background in Physics, Environmental Studies, International Relations and Foresight, Epaminondas has initially worked in the field of technology transfer and research commercialization, before setting up a new activity related to international research co-operation. Since then, Epaminondas has coordinated several projects in Eastern Europe, Asia, the Gulf peninsula and Central America.

Since 2010, Epaminondas draws particular focus on future studies and foresight and set up the Foresight Unit in FORTH/PRAXI. He is a Certified Future Strategist, member of the World Future Society (WFS), the Foresight Europe Network (FEN) and Co-Chair of the Greek Node of the Millennium Project. His current research interests include the use of gamification methods in foresight and the concept of futures literacy.

Finland

Nicolas Balcom Raleigh

Vice President

Nick is a researcher at Finland Futures Research Centre (FFRC), Turku School of Economics – University of Turku. He is co-chair of the UNESCO Chair on Learning for Transformation and Planetary Futures and consortium leader of Futures Literacy across the Deep (FLxDeep [link: https://ty.fi/flxdeep]). He is also part of the Disruption Lab team at the school’s Centre for Collaborative Research. He is a PhD student in Futures Studies researching the relationships among capabilities, complexity, transformation, and innovation to address the climate crisis. He aims to develop practical knowledge about how futures literacy functions in sustainability innovation processes.

He was first introduced to FEN when he was the Millennium Project Intern hosted by FFRC in 2015. During his tenure at FFRC, he has worked on projects about making 100% renewable energy scenarios, benchmarking FFRC’s master’s degree program in futures studies, studying futures of mobility in Turku from a complexity viewpoint, reviewing how policymakers can use big data for multi-region, multi-nation growth corridor development, and investigating key ethical challenges which could arise over the long-term development of an extensive and widespread bioeconomy. His current interests focus strongly on developing societal understanding of the capability UNESCO calls [link: https://medium.com/flxdeep/demystifying-futures-literacy-a-key-skill-for-climate-innovation-4cf868a63e93 ]Futures Literacy – the capability to diversify how and why we use futures. (Photo credit: University of Turku – Noora Mela)

Poland

Anna Sacio-Szymańska

Vice President

Anna is a strategic accounts manager at Warsaw-based corporate foresight company 4CF, which represents the emerging school of professional foresight, one that is focusing on the use of anticipation to reach strategic goals in a fluid and uncertain environment.

She holds a PhD in Management from Cracow University of Economics. Her main area of interest is foresight capacity building. Anna has extensive knowledge and experience in the public sector research, innovation management and technology foresight activities. She has been a scientific leader, manager and team member of 10+ European and national R&D projects. She has published on foresight-informed decision-making in public policy planning, in the business sector and in career development.

She is a Member of the Polish Node of The Millennium Project and a Member of the Polish Society for Futures Studies. Anna is evenly passionate about poetry, photography and long-distance running, which allow her for the immediate time-travelling.

Germany

Cornelia Daheim

Past Vice President, 2017-2018

Cornelia Daheim is a foresight expert and consultant, founder and director of Future Impacts Consulting in Cologne, Germany. Since 2000, she has been leading foresight projects for customers from several industries and policy fields such as Alstom, BASF, DEFRA, SKT or UKCES, up to CEO level, and within the framework of international as well as European research networks. In recent years, her topic focus was on the future of work, energy, mobility, future of food and societal change. Before founding her own company, she has successfully developed Z_punkt The Foresight Company’s international business, a new quantification and modelling approach in corporate foresight, and led the company as managing partner from 2008 to 2014.

Ms Daheim has experience in foresight assignments in Europe, the US and Asia. In 2003, she founded and has since acted as head of the Millennium Project’s German Node.

Slovenia

Blaž Golob

Past Vice President, 2015-2016

Blaž Golob, Director of GFS (GoForeSight) Institute, Slovenia EU (Millennium Project Node), Chairman Ljubljana Forum on Future of Cities and Co-Chairman of Zagreb forum on Creative cities. He is an author of Smart City Platform – Power to the People knowledge concept design that has an impact on smart city solutions developments in the region of South East Europe. He is an adviser to SmartIS company leading regional smart city solutions provider that has offices in Slovenia and Croatia. He became a member of the European Commission EU Strategic Policy Forum on Digital Entrepreneurship on February 2014 and European Commission Expert Group “Foresight Leaders for Research, Science and Innovation Policies” (FLEG) in March 2015. He was elected as president of Foresight Europe Network FEN in Paris UNESCO headquarters in November 2014.

Blaž is an expert for smart cities development, foresight and governance, EU affairs, digital economy and law. He co-operates with EU Institutions, different governments and city authorities, civil society and private companies. He graduated at University of Ljubljana Slovenia & specialized on European Law at Cambridge University.

Spain

Ibon Zugasti

Past Vice President, until 2013

Ibon Zugasti, M.S. is Partner/Director at PROSPEKTIKER, Manager of the Industry Business at MONDRAGON Engineering and Services Division, Chairman of the Millennium Project Node in Spain, Member of the Board of Foresight Europe Network (FEN) and National coordinator in Spain for the PREPARE Network.

Since 1999, Ibon has led several consultancy and research projects in fields like foresight, regional sustainable development, labour & training and energy for different Governments and Corporations (Repsol, Iberdrola, Guggenheim, MONDRAGON,…). He has also advised the Committee of the Regions of the EU for the launching of a European Platform on Territorial Foresight. Since 2010, he is the Chairman of the Millennium Project in Spain and President of the European Regional Foresight College.

He is coauthor of different publications such as Latin America 2030: Delphi Survey and Scenarios (The Millennium Project), An initial assessment of territorial forward planning/foresight projects in the European Union (Committee of the Regions of the EU), and The aging Basque population. Economic and social consequences (Basque Government). He also contributes to the yearly publication State of the Future by the Millennium Project.

Ibon earned his Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration from the University of Deusto, Spain and earned his Master’s in Strategic Management from Marquette University, Milwaukee, USA. He has been teaching strategic management and foresight at the University of Deusto and Mondragon and in many seminars at the international level.