5th International Workshop

Futures Thinking and Strategy Development




September 19-21, 2019
Bangkok, Thailand




by world renowned political scientist and futurist

Dr. Sohail Inayatullah (Australia)

Winner of the Laurel Award 2010 for all-time best futurist &
UNESCO Chair for Future Studies


About the course

During this three day workshop you will plan for the future, learn from it, and shape it into your preferred vision. You will learn from international futurist Dr Sohail Inayatullah, analysing past and future trends to identify new opportunities and anticipate and manage change across your organisation.

This workshop is hands-on. In Futures Thinking and Strategy Development each participant will select relevant questions to them, for example, the future of their organization, the future of Bangkok, the future of transportation, the future of technological innovation, the future of child poverty, and use the futures methods and tools and develop scenarios, visions, and strategies around the issue. The trainers will guide participants step by step through this action learning process.

For whom is the course

Our future thinking and strategy development course is suitable for managers, trainers, consultants, and facilitators with strategic planning responsibility from all sectors including the public sector, corporate sector, and private sector.

  • Interactive sessions delivered by our world-class futurists provide tools and models to frame your future and increase strategic thinking.
  • Case studies provide real-world examples that translate futures thinking theory into strategic skills.
  • Group projects enable participants to apply futures methods and tools to their own organisation and gain insights from different industries.
  • Peer learning groups facilitate knowledge sharing and feedback to ensure you have a powerful experience that drives results.
  • Foresight consulting with the program facilitators allows you an opportunity for advice, insights, and feedback specific to your organisational futures strategy.
About the Trainer

Futurist speaker Professor Sohail Inayatullah is a political scientist and futurist at the Graduate Institute of Futures Studies, Tamkang University, Taiwan. He is also an associate with Mt Eliza Executive Education, Melbourne Business School, where he co-teaches an annual course titled “Futures Thinking and Strategy Development.”

He is one of the 2010 Laurel award winners for all time best futurists as voted by the Shaping Tomorrow foresight network, an association of 2,900 foresight professionals. He received his doctorate from the University of Hawaii in 1990. In March 2011, he received an honorary doctorate from the Universiti Sains Malaysia, Penang.

Professor Inayatullah has authored and edited thirty books (including such titles as Questioning the Future; The University in Transformation; Youth Futures; Macrohistory and Macrohistorians; and Alternative Educational Futures), journal special issues and CDs, and over 350 journal articles and book chapters and has contributed to the Oxford Encyclopedia of Peace, the Routledge Encyclopedia of Philosophy, The Macmillan Encyclopedia of the Future, and the Unesco Encyclopedia of Life Support Systems.

What do participants say about the course?

“Any doubts I had going into the workshop as to how I might use foresight approaches in my own work quickly evaporated; I had used them twice with specific clients before I even left Bangkok! I will certainly keep trying to use these thought muscles, which prior to the workshop I did not even know I had (or needed).”

– Dr. Tim France, Managing Director, Inis Communication, Thailand

“Dr. Sohail Inayatullah is a true expert in the field of strategic foresight studies who combines academic expertise with a wealth of practical experiences of running futures foresight workshops with organisations around the world. Highly recommended!”

– Dr. Detlef Reis, Founder and Chief Ideator, Thinkergy and Adjunct Associate Professor, Hong Kong Baptist University

“The course ‘Futures Thinking and Strategy Development’ has offered me a glimpse into what one can achieve once he or she shift the perspective or as Dr. Sohail would say the metaphor.  It was extremely interesting and definitely will not be my last experience in learning more about  future thinking and strategy development.”

– Ms. Ottilie Mooshofer, Principal Adviser Biodiversity and Adaption to Climate Change, GIZ

“The course ‘Futures Thinking and Strategy Development’ has offered deep insights into analytical thinking and persuasive communication. I am indeed thankful to have had the opportunity to become part of the futurist family.”

 – Dr. Matthias Bickel, Project Director “ASEAN Sustainable Agrifood Systems”, GIZ


Jasmine City Hotel
Sukhumvit 23,
BTS Asok Station
Orchid Room IV,
11th Floor

Questions about the Futures Thinking and Strategy Workshop?