The APF Board consists of twelve members who are recommended by the general membership and brought forward by the Nominations Committee for final voting by the board. The Board is a working board that oversees governance and operations of APF, which remains an all-volunteer organization. The Board is governed by the APF bylaws to fulfill the mission of the organization. 

The Nominations Committee makes a deliberate effort to ensure representation on the Board that reflects the membership’s global diversity and specific needs for governance and operations. The Committee is chaired by Dr. Cindy Frewen and consists of volunteer APF members and follows the APF's Nominating Principles.

ABOUT
THE BOARD

APF EXECUTIVE BOARD

 
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Shermon Cruz

Philipines

APF Chair

Shermon leads APF and directs the Center for Engaged Foresight, a futures innovation and social foresight hub in the Philippines and the Asia Pacific.

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Tanja Schindler

Germany

APF Vice-Chair

Tanja is an international award-winning futurist with experience in foresight, innovation, and strategy. In 2019 she founded futures-space.com.

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Rebecca Ryan

United States

APF Treasurer

Rebecca is a passionate futurist and economist who helps her clients in the public sector understand what is coming. She hosts an annual Futurist Camp each summer for civic leaders.

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Modafar Akhoirshieda

United Abrab Emirates

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Modafar is founder of EMKAN Futures, host of EMKAN Podcast, and foresight and Innovation management advisor who works towards foresight localization in the MENA region.

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Bryan Alexander

United States

APF Board Member

As an author and consultant, Bryan hosts a weekly open video conversation about the future of higher education and how technology is transforming learning. 

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Zan Chandler

Canada

APF Board Member

Zan is a foresight practitioner and educator. She is passionate about bringing the power of futures thinking to new audiences and creating space for inclusive futures to thrive.

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Jay Gary

United States

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Jay helps teams launch new ventures, build alliances through market research, and create programs in executive leadership development.

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Joyce Goia

United States

APF Board Member

Joyce is the publisher of the Herman Trend Alert, helping organizations tackle the future of workforce and workplace issues.

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Mauricio Hernandez

Mexico

APF Board Member

Mauricio is the founder of the “Universidad del Futuro®,” an on-line school based in Mexico, offering futures & foresight courses, conferences, workshops and interviews in Spanish, aimed to expand futures literacy in the Latin America and the Caribbean region.

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Maya van Leemput

Belgium

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As a Senior Lecturer at Erasmus University, Maya combines futures research into images and with a creative multi-media consultancy. 

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Patricia Lustig

United Kingdom

APF Board Member

Patricia is a foresight, strategy and change consultant and author, with a background in senior positions at major blue-chip companies such as BP, Motorola and Logica.

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Steve Tighe

Australia

APF Board Member

APF Board Documents

Members who are logged in may find the APF Board's Minutes in the Download Area.

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This group represents fourteen board members, three board chairs, multiple committee chairs, and four Most Significant Futures Works authors. Many were not only founders of the APF but also created initiatives. Much appreciation is due to this group, who had the foresight and leadership to begin a new organization for professional futurists. Thanks to each of you!

Two other members should be remembered, now deceased. Joe Coates was a founder and pillar of the professional futures community for decades. Ken Harris started the Most Significant Futures Works program, ran it until 2014, and is fondly remembered by all.

APF
Founding Members

ANDY HINES
DEREK WOODGATE
JAY FORREST
JIM MATHEWS
KATE DELANEY
MICHAEL MCALLUM
PERO MICIC
RANDY SCHEEL
VERNE WHEELWRIGHT
CHRISTIAN CREWS
DOMINIQUE PURCELL JAUROLA
JAY GARY
JOHN MAHAFFIE
LEE SHUPP
MICHELE BOWMAN
PETER BISHOP
STEPHEN MILLETT
DAVID SHANNON
HERB RUBENSTEIN
JENNIFER JARRATT
JOYCE GIOIA
MARY JANE NAQUIN
MIKE DE BETTENCOURT
PETER PADBURY
TERRY GRIM

Past APF
Board Members

The first APF board was constituted in 2002 and consisted of nine members: Peter Bishop, Michele Bowman, Sandy Burchsted, Tom Conger, Mike de Bettencourt, Bob Hahn, Andy Hines, Jennifer Jarratt, and Herb Rubenstein. Randy Scheel served as the Executive Director, a role later assumed by Andy Hines.

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