HTHIC2017 Speakers

Markku Wilenius

Keynote Speaker

Markku Wilenius is professor of futures studies at the Turku Business School/University of Turku. He is also UNESCO Chair in Learning Society and Futures of Education.

Markku Wilenius has been working for over 20 years in the field of futures studies. In 2015 he co-founded the Turku Complex Systems Institute at the University of Turku. His current research interests include understanding socio-economic long-term waves, the future of the financial industry, forest industry and non-hierarchical organisations. His latest project focuses on the future of cities and communities.

Markku Wilenius has worked with Allianz, world’s largest private insurer, leading their strategic research and development. He is a member of the Club of Rome and has led the Finnish delegation in the Johannesburg Sustainable Development Summit.

Markku Wilenius has published books and articles on a wide variety of topics and blog posts on http://markkuwilenius.fi. His forthcoming book is called Patterns of the Future. Understanding the Next 40 Years of Global Change (World Scientific, London). He is a sought-after speaker in the financial world and gives training courses on foresight for financial executives via the Education Centre for Financial Sector (FINVA) in Finland.

Markku Wilenius recent positions include:
May 2016: Unesco Chair in Learning Society and Futures of Education. Unesco/University of Turku.
Jan 2016: Co-director, Turku Complex Systems Institute, University of Turku.
Nov 2014: Professor of Futures Research, Finland Futures Research Centre, Turku School of Business/University of Turku.
Aug 2012: Senior Advisor, Finland Futures Research Centre, University of Turku.
Jan 2004-Aug 2012: Professor of Futures Research, Finland Futures Research Centre, Turku School of Business/University of Turku.
Dec 2007-Jan 2011: Director Strategic Research, Director Trend Assessment Strategy Unit and Senior Advisor, Allianz SE.

Recent Research and Development Projects include:
Dec 2016–Dec 2020: Co-director of Bioeconomy and Justice research project, Academy of Finland.
Jan 2015: Director of the project Bastu, Sixth Wave Entrepreneurship, Sitra and University of Turku.