Anita Sykes-Kelleher is passionate about development – individual, organisational, community and international. With 25 years experience in strategic analysis and long-range planning, coupled with transformational leadership and development expertise, Anita typically works with government and community benefit organisations building their capacity and confidence to successfully navigate the emerging challenges of the 21st century. Her practice is notable for its customised project design, strategic thinking, and for crossing boundaries – disciplinary, cultural, political, sectoral – drawing from a diverse range of intelligence sources to catalyse ideation, creativity and innovation. In addition to positioning clients for future development and change, Anita’s projects have resulted in long-range outlooks and mid-term plans, product and service innovations, ecosystem collaborations, community activation and shifts in organisational values.
Anita holds a Master of Leadership and Management; Master of Future Studies; and a PhD in Social Science (future global governance). Anita is Chair of the Australasian Node of the Millennium Project. Learn more about Anita via her LinkedIn profile.
Chris Stewart has 15 years consulting experience providing project management, communications planning, and policy and strategy development services. Combining hindsight from practical experience with foresight from futures research, Chris assists business owners and management teams to develop a wealth of strategic insights into their business, markets and industry and find how to better navigate to the futures they want. Historically specialising in delivering large scale strategy development projects involving multi-stakeholder coordination, in recent years Chris has focused on assisting organisations to adapt to continually changing operational business technologies. This change has come from establishing over a dozen organisations, for profit or for social benefit, and also led to him investing directly in technology focused start-ups.
Chris has a Bachelor of Communication (PR/Psychology) (UC); Master of Science in Strategic Foresight (SUT); is a certified Spiral Dynamics practitioner (National Values Centre, USA) and Workplace Trainer & Assessor (AQF). Learn more via his LinkedIn Profile.
Josh Floyd works with organisations to develop improved decision making and action in the present through rigorous exploration of their emerging future contexts. His practice is oriented towards the nexus between innovation, sustainability, and individual and organisational learning. He brings to this work a strong grounding in strategic foresight, with a particular emphasis on systems thinking and practice. Josh works with organisations from the corporate, government and community sectors, ranging in operational scope from national health services NGOs to FMCG manufacturers.
With a strong focus on sustainability specialising in the interrelationships between energy and society, Josh has taught at the National Centre for Sustainability, and is currently teaching Principles of Sustainability in Swinburne University’s Master of Engineering program. He writes on the energy context for societal futures at Beyond this Brief Anomaly. Prior to developing his strategic foresight practice, Josh’s professional background was in mechanical engineering, working for ten years in metallurgical technology development and commercialisation. Josh holds a Bachelor of Engineering (Hons) (Monash) and a Master of Science (Strategic Foresight) (SUT). He is a member of the Association of Professional Futurists and World Futures Studies Federation, and a member of the Editorial Board for the journal Futures. Learn more about Josh via his site or via his LinkedIn Profile.
Marcus Barber is one of the most extensive multi industry experienced Strategic Futurists in AustralAsia, driven by a pragmatic view of client outcomes: ‘What do you want to achieve and by when do you want to achieve it?’ In focusing on the end goal, he guides clients through an exploration of the assumptions and realities needed for action. His skills have been called upon by organisations large and small in for profit and not for profit areas along with Government agencies at all levels, and in almost every conceivable industry sector, working with Management teams to improve their decision making and emerging changes in their sector.His facilitation skills are world class and his key note presentations have a lasting impact.
Marcus has a Master of Science in Strategic Foresight (SUT); Grad Cert in Teaching & Learning (Napier University, Scotland) and Cert IV TAA (Holmesglen), along with multiple certification in Spiral Dynamics (Values Systems) (National Values Centre, USA). He is a Visiting Fellow at the Centre for Strategic Studies in Canberra. Follow Marcus on Twitter via @rightfuture, learn more about him via his site and via his LinkedIn Profile.
Maree Conway is a leading foresight trainer in Australia and globally, working with people to enable them to use foresight approaches and tools in their organisations. Maree helps people to expand thinking that underpins new and existing strategic projects, and to embed foresight into existing strategy development frameworks. Challenging business-as-usual assumptions to enable potential organisation futures to emerge are at the core of Maree’s work, allowing her to deliver practical and immediately usable results for clients. Maree also publishes the popular Strategic Futures Guides, which provide practical advice and ‘how to’ guidelines for using strategic foresight in organisations.
Maree spent almost 30 years in universities before leaving to focus on foresight in organisations. Her commitment to universities and their possible futures continues via her University Futures site. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in History and Media Studies (Griffith), a Masters in Educational Administration (Hons) (UNE), and a Graduate Diploma in Strategic Foresight (SUT). She is currently doing her PhD on the future of university management at Swinburne University of Technology. Find out more here and via her LinkedIn profile.