Keynote Speakers 2019

Geci Karuri-Sebina

Dr Geci Karuri-Sebina’s work has covered a range of projects and activities broadly in foresight and R&D spanning a range of public policy, development, and innovation issues. She has been a founding member, Chair and Director of the South African Node at The Millennium Project and Executive Manager of Programmes at the SA Cities Network, along with being a Research Associate at the Institute for Economic Research on Innovation (IERI). Dr Karuri-Sebena is actively involved in the futures study field which she champions through her roles in the SA Node of the Millennium Project. She holds an MA in Urban Planning, and a Masters in Architecture and Urban Design from the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA). She took her PhD in development planning and innovation at the University of Witwatersrand, South Africa.


Sohail Inyatullah

Professor Sohail Inayatullah is a political scientist and Professor at Tamkang University, Taipei (Graduate Institute of Futures Studies); he is an Associate at Mt. Eliza Executive Education, Melbourne Business School, and Adjunct Professor at the University of the Sunshine Coast (Faculty of Social Sciences and the Arts). In 2015, Professor Inayatullah was awarded the first UNESCO Chair in Futures Studies. In 2010, he was awarded the Laurel award for all-time best futurist by the Shaping Tomorrow Foresight Network. In March 2011, he was awarded an honorary doctorate by Universiti Sains Malaysia, Penang. He received his doctorate from the University of Hawaii in 1990. Inayatullah has lived in Islamabad, Pakistan; Bloomington, Indiana; Flushing, New York; Geneva, Switzerland; Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia; Honolulu, Hawaii; and Brisbane and Mooloolaba, Australia.


Einar Sneve Martinussen

Einar Sneve Martinussen is an Associate Professor at the Oslo School of Architecture and Design (AHO), where he is Chair of Interaction Design. Martinussen is an experienced interaction designer, researcher and educator working with technology, culture, cities and everyday life. Over the last 10 years, he has been a part of the team developing AHO’s interaction design portfolio across teaching and research. Currently Martinussen leads the interdisciplinary research-group Digital Urban Living on technology, cities and daily life. His anticipatory research-practice uses interaction design and interdisciplinary, cultural perspectives on technology to explore and theorise about the digitalisation of cities, politics and societies. His design and research practice includes visualisations of technology, films, interactive products and exhibitions. Internationally, Martinussen is know for the ‘Immaterials’ film-series about exploring and visualising technological phenomena in everyday life. He lectures widely about design, society, cities and technology at conferences and universities, including Aalto University, IxDA, DOGA, Nordic Edge, NYT Art of Tomorrow and Goldsmiths Design. Martinussen’s work has been exhibited internationally, including ‘Talk to Me’ at Museum of Modern Art in New York, ’Immaterials‘ at Lighthouse, ‘Invisible Fields’ at Laboral in Spain and ‘DREAD’ at De Hallen Haarlem in Amsterdam. Martinussen is also a part of the Oslo-based design group Voy (


Riel Miller

Riel Miller is one of the world’s leading authorities on the theory and practice of using the future to change what people see and do. Currently the Head of Futures Literacy, UNESCO, Paris, he is recognized as an innovative and globally experienced project initiator, designer and manager. He is widely published in academic journals and other media on a range of topics, from the future of the Internet to transforming strategic processes. He is an accomplished keynote speaker and facilitator. He has worked as a senior manager in the Ontario public service (Ministries of Finance; Universities; Industry) and at the OECD in Paris (Economics; Science & Technology; Education; Territorial Development; Development Centre; International Futures Programme). In 2005 he founded a consultancy – xperidox to advise clients on how to use the future more effectively. In 2012 he was appointed Head of Foresight at UNESCO. His new book is Transforming the Future: Anticipation in the 21st Century  (with a video presentation) and his publications can be found on ResearchGate.


Cynthia Selin

Cynthia Selin is an Associate Professor in the School for the Future of Innovation in Society and the School of Sustainability at Arizona State University, USA where she also directs the Center for the Study of Futures. Dr. Selin’s research and practice is focused on understanding rapid and novel technological change, accentuating the future as an object of study and lever for transformation. She investigates how the future serves as a resource to make sense of the socio-political uncertainties, ambiguities and complexities surrounding emerging technologies. This involves experimenting with and designing new approaches to foresight, with a focus on transdisciplinary methodologies. She is also an Associate Fellow at the Saïd Business School, University of Oxford and teaches in the Oxford Scenarios Programme. She holds a MA in Science and Technology Studies and a PhD in Knowledge and Management from Copenhagen Business School.