The GLOBAL ADVISORY BOARD
Grounded in The Futures Project’s vision, mission and values, the Global Advisory Board consists of experienced stakeholders from a broad array of sectors, regions and backgrounds and encompasses a wide-ranging spectrum of voices, experiences and perspectives. Board members provide expert knowledge and recommendations and act as an independent sounding board.
Members of the Advisory Board
Galit Ariel, TechnoFuturist, thought leader and creative, Canada
Galit Ariel explores the wild and imaginative side of immersive technologies and their impact on our cultures, behaviours and interactions. She is passionate about a future in which technology is integrated into everyday life but does not control it. Her career spans across various disciplines and industries, and she is considered a thought-leader in emerging and bleeding-edge tech.
Huguette Umutoni Bitega, Champions Lead, The Global Partnership for Education, World Bank
Huguette Bitega is the Co-founder of Bitega & Omisore Associate (BOA), a communication strategist firm focusing on changing the way the world sees Africa and how Africans see themselves. She is currently working as champion engagement manager with the Global Partnership for Education at the World Bank, working with high level profiles to advocate and ensure that more children, young people and particularly girls have access to quality education and that this remains at the forefront of global attention.
Suman Bose, Executive Adviser and Board Member, Singapore and India
Suman Bose is trying to better the lives of the next 500 million people globally. He is passionate about building frugal innovative solutions in Healthcare, Education, Environment and Livelihood. As a corporate executive, he has managed highly dispersed teams across 4 continents and over 20 countries. Suman believes in the infinite capacity of humans, with the right attitude as a prerequisite. His core competency is to groom and mentor grass-root leaders, create new breakthrough opportunities, and drive outstanding business growth.
Prof. Karen Hussey, Deputy Director General, Department for Environment and Science, Government of Queensland, Australia
Karen Hussey is the Deputy Director General of the Department for the Environment, Government of Queensland. Trained as a political scientist and economist, Karen undertakes research in the field of public policy and governance, with a particular interest in public policy relating to sustainable development.
Dr. Simone Kimpeler, Head of the Competence Center Foresight, Fraunhofer ISI, Germany
Dr. Simone Kimpeler has a background in Communication Studies, Sociology and Economic Policy and has been working in Innovation Research and Futures Studies at Fraunhofer ISI for more than 15 years. Her research and consulting activities cover the analysis of socio-technological change, horizon scanning as well as scenario processes and road mapping for firms, industry associations, governments, and NGOs. Her specific fields of interest are new approaches for participatory Foresight and innovation impacts of the Creative Industries.
Ramona Liberoff, Senior Advisor, Roots of Impact, Germany
Ramona works at the intersection of climate/SDG investment, innovation, and emerging markets. She is currently Senior Advisor R & D at Roots of Impact, an impact linked advisory firm, and an expert on several impact accelerator and venture firms. She is the former Chief Operating Officer of the Innogy Innovation Hub, which invested in businesses working in the future of renewable energy. Additionally, she was CEO of SPRING Accelerator in East Africa and South Asia and been a long-term early-stage investor in impact and technology start-ups as well as a several-time founder, most recently of an inclusive transport start-up.
Chris Luebkeman, Strategic Advisor to the President and Executive Board, ETH, Switzerland
Chris Luebkeman’s career to date has spanned professions and geographies. He is deeply passionate about curating constructive dialogue, insatiably curious, relished the opportunity to discover the opportunities which will be created by change and, perhaps most importantly, to evolve positive solutions to the profound challenges we face today. For twenty years he travelled the globe sharing his observations and insights by leading projects focused on the future for Arup, Arup’s clients and for many of the world’s leading institutions. He returned to the ETH in Zurich in 2020 as a Strategic Advisor to the President and Executive Board.
Herbert Mangesius, Founding Partner, Vsquared Ventures; Co-Founder 1e9, Germany
Prior to co-founding Vsquared Ventures, Herbert has been a driving force behind the growing success of the nascent deep-tech startup scene in Europe with Vito Ventures. Beyond investing, he is passionate about giving support and shaping impactful and inspiring innovation networks, diving into science and technology work at the intersection of information sciences, physics and engineering. He is co-founder of the 1E9 Denkfabrik, the WIRED Germany successor magazine experimenting with novel forms of tech and innovation journalism. Herbert is a trained engineer and has been a researcher at leading European institutes in mathematical systems and network theory and fluid dynamics.
Prof. Aditya Singh, Director of Athena School of Management, India
Prof. Aditya Singh is Director of Athena School of Management in Mumbai – India where he also teaches Leadership & Differential Thinking. He has nearly Two Decades of experience across the corporate sector, consulting, entrepreneurship & academia. Aditya is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts (FRSA) in London, Fellow of the Royal Asiatic Society of Great Britain & Ireland (FRAS) in London, Member of Chatham House – The Royal Institute of International Affairs in London & Member of the OECD Forum Network – Paris. He is also an active Rotarian. Aditya sits on the Advisory Board of several start-ups, accelerators & non-profits across the world with a special interest in firms focusing on SDGs, Circular Economy, Sustainability & Innovation.
Leehe Skuler, Co-Founder & Executive Director, The Global Impact Tech Alliance, Israel
Leehe Skuler has been an impact investing professional since 2009, working with across the world with entrepreneurs, investors, philanthropists, and international agencies and to develop and implement impact and financial strategies, with a focus on climate issues and a passion for technology innovation.
Renaud Vercouter, CEO, Eurinvest, Luxemburg
Renaud Vercouter is fascinated by transformation processes in society and individuals. For him, nurturing a sustainable, globalized, fair world in digitalized economy is the biggest challenge. Trained as an international business lawyer in Paris and München, Renaud worked for the German Federal Ministry of Finance, the World Bank, and UNIDO, as well as in finance. He is a part-time CEO of Eurinvest, a Luxemburg based private investment fund in private equity and property. Renaud created a creative house “Chaussee 36” in Berlin hosting events and workshops in “timetravel spaces” using arts to inspire people working on socially relevant topics.