The OBSERVE project is
supported by an Advisory Board of outstanding Foresight experts:
- Dr. Elena Hiltunen is CEO and Founder of What’s Next Consulting Oy. Elena holds a Doctor of Science (Business Administration). She is a leading thinker on horizon scanning methods, in particular weak signal screening, author of a number of key publications on weak signal scanning (c.f. Hiltunen 2008, 2007 and 2006) including the very recent book “future of technology in year 2035” (forthcoming in English in 2014). Elena is board member of European Futurist Conference and Editorial board member of Journal of Futures Studies.
- Tatsuro Yoda, Ph.D., Senior Analyst Institute for Future
Engineering, (Tokyo Japan), a think tank with a key role in advising Japanese
Science and Technology Policy for more than 40 years. Mr Yoda specializes in
science and technology policy, policy analysis, and technology foresight. He
was a key contributor to the technology aspects of Japanese Foresight exercises.
His prior experiences include policy analysis
works at the RAND Corporation (1998-2005), and policy coordination and management
(civilian) at the Ministry of Defense (Defense Agency at the time) of the
Japanese government (1992-1997).
- Dr. Anne Stenros is Design Director at KONE
Corporation, a world leading elevator and escalator company. She has the
doctorate in technology in the field of architectural theory from Helsinki
University of Technology. In 2005 she was Executive Director of Hong Kong
Design Centre. She has lectured around the world and written articles on the
theory and philosophy of architecture, design and innovation. She has been
appointed as a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, Manufacture and Commerce
(FRSA, London) and has been actively contributing to a number of EC high level
- Radu Gheorghiu, Ph.D., is a founding member of Institutul de Prospectiva and advisor for the Romanian Minister of National Education and Research. In the last years, he has coordinated large scale foresight exercises supporting the elaboration of national strategies in the fields of R&D, education and public administration. He has also coordinated the development of a horizon scanning mechanism combining human analysis and machine learning, and published several scientific articles on foresight methodologies.
The board will review the
project’s methodology and findings in particular at two critical junctures
indicated by the two Milestones: After the end of the Horizon Scanning Phase
(Month 8) and upon delivery of the first potential hotspots for Milestone 2