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.
The Steering Committee
Members of the Steering Committee provide strategic advice and oversight, in-depth input to The Futures Project’s strategic planning, organisational budget, programmatic priorities, and execution of programmes.
Mr Suman Bose, Advisor to Boards and Chief Executives, 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
Dr Simone Kimpeler, Head of the Competence Center Foresight, Fraunhofer ISI, Germany
Ms Huguette Umutoni Bitega, Champions Lead, External Relations, World Bank Global Partnership for Education
Huguette 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.
Members of the Advisory Board
Riefqah Jappie, ITC Representative to the UN
Riefqah holds degrees in Economics and Arts from the University of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia, and an Executive Master of Public Administration from the Hertie School of Governance in Berlin, Germany. In addition to her home languages of English and Afrikaans, she is fluent in Spanish and French.
Dr Lyn Jeffery, Distinguished Fellow, Institute for the Future, Palo Alto, US
Mr 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.
Msgr. Prof. Obiora Ike, Executive Director of Globethics.net, Switzerland
Obiora is Executive Director GLOBETHICS.net Geneva, Professor of Ethics and Intercultural Studies at Godfrey Okoye University Enugu Nigeria and Prelate of the Catholic Church. He presides the Club of Rome Nigeria chapter and has co-founded one of the largest financial institutions to access credit to poor people in Nigeria. In addition, he is a human rights activist engaged in culturally rooted sustainable development and African self-determination.
Nivi Sharma, COO, BRCK, Kenya
Dr Leena Srivastava, Deputy Director General (Science), IIASA, Austria
She is a member of various committees and boards both at the international and national levels. Among others, she serves as the Co-Chair of the Science Advisory Group for the UNSG’s Global Climate Action Summit and a Co-Chair on the Science Advisory Committee of Future Earth.