Prof. Markku Wilenius

Finland Futures Research Centre, Turku/Helsinki - Finland

wileniusI have been working passionately with futures studies for the last twenty years. I joined Finland Futures Research Centre in the middle of 1990´s as a coordinator of the first large study program on futures studies. I completed my doctoral thesis on sociology of climate change in 1997 and started to engage with various topics and clients. I studied and worked with number of topics: the implications of information society, future of mobile technology, future of food consumption, the role of culture in our economies, the use of innovation and creativity in companies, future of media, future of sustainability and so forth.

I have worked with most of the major companies in Finland including Nokia. I have also labored with a large number of governmental bodies. I have represented Finland in international negotiations, such as Johannesburg summit for sustainable development 2002. I have led Finland futures research centre for a number of years. I am the professor of futures studies in the Turku School of Business since 2004.

In 2007 I was asked to lead the strategic research and development in one of the biggest companies of the world, German based insurer Allianz. During the two year process I also learned enormously. I am still today a senior advisor of the company, which gives me the opportunity to be engaged with other organizations as well.

I am a passionate agent for change. That is why I have been engaged with The Club of Rome, world’s best known think-tank for future. Throughout the years, I have been working with other NGO´s in order to understand where the world is heading at. I have travelled all the continents and met countless of people to hear their views and stories.

I am also very much of a nature-boy; I still practice my former profession as a gardener in my own garden on an island of Helsinki archipelago. I love to walk in the forests and sail the seas with my sailing boat. I like to express myself in many different ways for example by playing bass in a bossa nova and jazz orchestra for the last 25 years. And last but not least, I love to play around with my two sons, Konsta (21 years) and Teiko (18 years).

In the course of the years I have learned to understand the needs and the challenges of organizations and individuals as they struggle to find a brighter future. I consider myself very hands on person, while grasping the skies sometimes. I believe that the world is heading into a direction where it is all the more important to understand how the changes in our environment should trigger the evaluation of our own targets and action.

I want help you and your organization to understand how to develop your ideas about the future so that it will be consistent with your aspiration. We shall do it together in a way that re-energizes your organization and yourself.

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