Ethical Markets congratulates Dr. Amy Zalman as ceo of the world Future Society. We look forward to continuing our longtime collaboration with WFS ~ Hazel Henderson, Editor
World Future Society Names Amy Zalman, Ph.D., as CEO
Zalman to Guide Strategic, Financial, and Operational Leadership of
Largest Membership Organization in the Futures Field
Washington, DC [July 7, 2014]— The world future society (WFS) today announced that its Board of Directors has appointed Amy Zalman, Ph.D., as Chief Executive Officer and President. Dr. Zalman will assume her new role effective immediately. She will be only the third CEO to head WFS since it was founded in 1966.
Dr. Zalman brings to WFS a wealth of knowledge and experience, and a multidisciplinary approach to the position. She aims to build on the Society’s strong history as a forum for exchanging ideas and to develop a global network of people, resources, information, and activities that advance the world’s best ideas for creating desirable futures.
By working with a strong set of partners and diverse forms of self-support, Dr. Zalman intends to invigorate a self-sustaining World Future Society that is globally recognized as the preeminent source of information for pioneering ways of thinking about the future.
A longtime supporter and member of WFS, Dr. Zalman, 46, is widely recognized as an original thinker on potential futures of national security strategy in the digital age and strategic behavior on an evolving global landscape. To engage WFS in its role as a connector, Dr. Zalman foresees fostering new exchanges of ideas in a wide variety of categories – climate, the environment, entrepreneurship and innovation, philanthropy, education, public sector foresight, and art and entertainment, to name a few.
“The World Future Society built an enduring and impressive brand around its mission to serve as a neutral clearinghouse of ideas on the future among both experts and laypeople,” explains Dr. Zalman. “Building on that strong foundation, I plan to cultivate an organization that ignites the world’s most dynamic ideas about the future, based on the Society’s core values of neutrality, imagination, and expertise.”
The World Future Society is a nonprofit educational and scientific organization dedicated to exploring possible, probable, and potential futures. With 9,500 members in 80 countries throughout the world, WFS’s mission is to understand and identify the social, economic, and technological developments that shape the course of human society. It has developed into a highly respected neutral forum for applying anticipatory thinking to create innovative solutions for tomorrow’s problems.
Because WFS is defined by its acknowledged experts and leaders, Dr. Zalman will reaffirm the organization’s value to current members and launch substantive outreach initiatives to new communities. The development of a more robust and engaging social media presence will play a key role in the cultivation of new professional members from business and industry, global experts, and a younger generation of futurists. To fully engage the diversity of these members within the framework of WFS, Dr. Zalman will establish specialized schools of thought, or “hubs,” as a means for futurists to convene across a myriad of vertical markets.
Dr. Zalman has significant experience identifying leaders and influencers in markets that range from military and national security to media and communications. Previously, she was the Department of Defense Chair of Information Integration and a professor of Strategic Studies at the National War College in Washington, D.C., educating future leaders of the Armed Forces, State Department, and other civilian agencies in national security policy and strategy. Prior to that, Dr. Zalman worked at Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC, now Leidos), a Washington, D.C., based science and technology firm, where she developed new market strategies and basic research projects in the government strategic communications
As the founder of Oryx Communications, an intercultural communication and executive education firm, her outreach was global, providing advisory services and information products to organizations expanding in the middle east and North Africa. Her Strategic Narrative website has been a key influencer in guiding strategy and communications for governments as well as the private sector.
Dr. Zalman serves on the steering committee of the National Defense University Foresight Initiative, the Board of Directors of the Council on Emerging National Security Affairs, the Influence Advisory Panel, and the Senior Information Operations Advisory Council. She is a former research fellow at the EastWest Institute, a former Fulbright scholar, and holds a Ph.D. in Middle Eastern Studies from New York University, a Master’s Degree of Fine Arts from Cornell University, a Bachelor’s Degree from Columbia University, and an honorary Master’s Degree in Security Studies from the National War College. She is proficient in Arabic and Hebrew.
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