The WFSF Executive Board consists of eleven members: the President who is elected for a four-year term and oversees the organization; the Director who is appointed by the Executive Board and manages the Secretariat; and nine Executive Board members elected for a four-year term. The current Executive Board consists of the following individuals.
Jennifer Gidley, PhD, Australia
Dr. Jennifer Gidley was elected President of the World Futures Studies Federation in 2009, and re-elected in 2013 to serve a second four-year term. Jennifer has held academic positions within three Australian universities: Southern Cross University (1995-2001); Swinburne University (2003-2006); and RMIT University (2008-2012); and now holds visiting academic positions in Sydney and Europe.
** Jennifer's new book just published: Postformal Education: A Philosophy for Complex Futures (Springer).**
** Forthcoming: The Future: A Very Short Introduction (Oxford University Press) is due to be released early 2017.**
Vice-President - Operations
Wendy Schultz, PhD, UK
Wendy Schultz earned a Masters and a PhD in Alternative Futures (Political Science) from the University of Hawai’i at Manoa (Honolulu, Hawai’i, USA), and was a Research Associate at the Hawai’i Research Center for Futures Studies. She is the Director of Infinite Futures, a consultancy specializing in futures studies and foresight research and training. She also serves as the Vice-President of Training for Vision Foresight Strategy LLC; as Emergentista for LASA Development, which focuses on leadership and organizational renewal; and is a Principal of SAMI Consulting, known for scenario planning.
Director - Secretariat
Annie Ferguson, Australia-NZ
Recently appointed Interim Director of the Membership Secretariat to oversee the transition to the new Membership and Payments system. Annie has a Masters degree in Strategic Foresight from Swinburne University and spent 11 years with The Parliament of Victoria as IT Project & Planning Coordinator.
Vice-President - Latin America
Guillermina Baena Paz, PhD, Mexico
Elected to the Executive Board in 2009, and re-elected in 2013 for a second four-year term. Guillermina is a WFSF Regional Vice-President and also the Secretary-General of the Iberam Chapter. She is a Professor at the National Autonomous University in Mexico.
Natalie Dian, Sweden
Elected to the Executive Board in 2009, and re-elected in 2013 to serve a second four-year term. Natalie is the Vice-Chair Membership and a Conference Liaison. She is Owner/Director for The Vision Center for Futures Creation in Sweden (Visionscentret Framtidsbygget).
President's Envoy to UNESCO, Paris
Thierry Gaudin, PhD, France
Elected to the Executive Board in 2013 to serve a four-year term. He is the President's Envoy to UNESCO in Paris and President of «Prospective 2100», a non-profit organisation studying world programs for 21st century.
Youth Council Mentor
Lelio Filho Fellows, Brazil
Elected to the Executive Board in 2013 to serve a four-year term. Lelio is one of our two Youth Council Mentors and is working on an edited collection of futures studies activities in Latin America to be published by WFSF and also working with Guillermina towards a regional meeting of the Iberam Chapter in 2016.
President’s Envoy to UN, New York
Dana Klisanin, PhD, USA
Joined the Executive Board in 2014. Dana is the President's Envoy to the UN in New York and Co-Chair Youth Council. Her interest is conscious evolution, and how we might better use media and digital technology to promote it. She promotes positive futures media.
Victor Vahidi Motti, Iran
Appointed to a vacancy on the Executive Board in March 2012, and re-elected to the Board in 2013 for a four-year term. He is News Editor and Co-Chair Youth Council. Victor is a quadrilingual (reads English, Arabic, Farsi, and Italian) international writer, speaker and foresight consultant.
Treasurer & Director - Research
Erik Øverland, PhD, Norway
In his second four-year term as an Executive Board member. Erik works on multiple foresight projects in Norway, and across Europe, including the Master of Arts in Futures Studies at the Free University of Berlin. Erik is an Editor for the European Journal for Futures Research.
Director - Futures Course Development
Cesar Villanueva, The Philippines
Elected to the Executive Board in 2009, and re-elected in 2013 to serve a second four-year term. He was formerly the WFSF Secretary-General (1997-2001). Cesar is Director - Futures Course Development and one of our two Youth Council Mentors. He coordinated the Penang futures course in 2011 and led the World Futures Learning Lab (LEALA) pilot program in Penang in 2014.
Core Support Team
In addition to the Executive Board, there are numerous other WFSF members and supporters who give generously of their time and energy to the Federation. Current Core Team includes the following individuals.
President's Executive Assistant
Galina Kääriäinen, Russia & Finland
Galina was appointed EA to the President in January 2013. Galina grew up in St Petersburg, Russia and now lives in Turku, Finland. Currently she is in the final stage of getting her MA in Turku School of Economics, Finland with a major in Futures Studies. Her Bachelor's Degree from St. Petersburg University consisted of courses related to relations between Russia and Northern Europe and various integrations. The topic of her Bachelor's Degree thesis was "Business Culture of Finland in the Beginning of the 21st century." Her other interests include: international cooperation, human rights and sustainable development, special education, strategic foresight, business development and innovation.
Director - Finance
Evelyne Koenig, France
Evelyne has been the Accountant for WFSF since 2009. She has overall responsibility for handling and recording the income and expenditure of the Federation. Evelyne is a professional Accountant who has run her own business since 2001 after working in several large companies in Strasbourg, Antibes, Biarritz and Kingersheim. Evelyne lives in the Alsace region of France with her family.
She is also an author of a futuristic novel set in 2019: "Et meme..." (2007). Evelyne loves all things Egyptian.
Director - WFSF-UNESCO Global Projects
Maya Van Leemput, PhD, Belgium
Maya was an Executive Board Member from December 2011 to December 2014. Maya oversees the World Futures Learning Lab (LEALA), a WFSF-UNESCO Participation Program Project. She led the LEALA pilot program in the DR Congo 2013 & 2014 and will coordinate the 2015 UNESCO Participation Program Project.
Maya is a professional futurist combining research and consultancy with a creative multi-media practice. She was awarded as the WFSF President's Outstanding Woman Futurist: 2013. She received the award in honour of a lot of incredible work in 2012-2013 with young people in Katanga, Congo. Maya's consultancy focuses on foresight in the fields of science, technology, culture and development. She specializes in futures studies, foresight, images of the future, future-oriented practice, art and science, methods, technology impact assessment, creative multi-media production and media.