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Introduction to Strategic Foresight, Futures and Anticipatory Governance

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Exploring the basic concepts, history, and importance of foresight and anticipatory governance for the public and private sectors. The course covers the inception of strategic foresight and its historical significance and use, delving into the core concepts and methodologies, and emphasising the application of anticipatory governance for strategy and policy. The course integrates these concepts into actionable strategies for responsible future planning.


Dr. Marius Oosthuizen
Senior Lecturer Dubai Future Academy

Dr. Marius Oosthuizen is a futurist, academic, consultant and facilitator. With a dual Masters degrees in strategic foresight and social and political ethics, as well as a PhD in leadership, Dr. Oosthuizen helps executives in government, business and civil society build future-ready institutions.

He holds the position of Director, Scenarios at the World Energy Council (WEC) and Director for Learning at the School of International Futures (SOIF), both in London. As an adjunct faculty member of the Gordon Institute of Business Science (GIBS), he teaches the annual Mastering Strategic Foresight elective on the executive MBA. He is Senior Faculty with the Dubai Future Academy, at the Dubai Future Foundation.

As a speaker, Dr. Oosthuizen has the unique ability to blend political and economic analysis, with social and cultural nuances at both local and international levels.


Delivery Format:


29 April – 1 May

9:00 AM – 4:00 PM

3D Printed Office, Emirates Towers, Dubai, UAE

Target Audience:
Mid career professionals in government or business, seeking to deepen their capabilities in leadership, strategy and policy making.


AED 8,500
Per Participant


Day 1

Foundations of Foresight: An exploration of the evolution and definition of strategic foresight, understanding its roots and development over time.

  • Foundational concepts of strategic foresight
  • History and major developments of the foresight field
  • Evolution of foresight uses and methods
  • Showcasing leading foresight thinkers and practitioners and their work
  • Detailed overview of foresight methods and approaches
  • Applied Foresight uses in government and business
Day 2

Principles of Anticipatory Governance: A deep dive into the frameworks and methodologies that underpin anticipatory governance within the public sector.

  • Principles of Anticipatory Governance
  • Case study: Dubai in a regional and global context
  • Visionary strategic leadership
  • Institutionalising foresight
  • Foresight as a whole-of-society competency
Day 3

The Role of Foresight in Strategy & Policy Development: Examining how foresight is integrated into policymaking, with a focus on practical implications for future-oriented governance.

  • Role of foresight in strategy and policy development
  • Planning amid uncertainty
  • Foresight in the policy and strategy cycle
  • Foresight in decision-making
  • Exploring needs-based foresight uses

Learning Objectives and Outcomes

Learning Objectives

  • Foresight Integration Proficiency: Ability to integrate strategic foresight, futures thinking, and anticipatory governance into public and private sector planning.
  • Analytical and Interpretive Competence: Mastery in identifying, analysing, and interpreting global and local trends, drivers, wildcards, and shocks. Proficient use of both quantitative and qualitative data to construct foresight scenarios. 
  • Ethical Leadership and Change Management: Demonstrated understanding of the dynamic interplay between various political, economic, social, technological, legal, regulatory, environmental, and value-based factors.

Learning Outcomes

  • Understand the basic concepts, recognising the significance of foresight in strategy and policymaking, and applying this understanding to anticipate and prepare for future challenges.
  • Apply this knowledge to real-world scenarios across various sectors like public health, such as urban planning, and national security, as well as sectoral strategies.
  • Lead responsibly with a foresight-oriented approach, considering the ethical implications of decisions and actions, and effectively enabling progressive change within an organisation and broader community.


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