About Futures Festival
Futures Festival is a purely volunteer run annual knowledge sharing event, hosted by APF (Association of Professional Futurists). The 2020 team is made up of returning and new global volunteers living in Canada, Germany Portugal, Thailand, Mexico and the US. All united in valuing the festival’s principles of inclusion, plurality, and collective participation as a means to how we can move towards challenging the status quo and move towards preferable shared futures.
We are committed to creating an event that showcases global and diverse examples of inter-disciplinary, multi-disciplinary practitioners and organizations who are putting these principles to practice. In that sense, as a team we have chosen to prioritize applied examples over speculative work. We would love to know you more so please do reach out - you can find our contact info on our bio pages!
Futures Festival Team
Chair of Futures Festival
Prateeksha Singh is a multidisciplinary designer based in Bangkok, Thailand. Working at the intersection of foresight + systems + design, she is driven to working with diverse voices and harnessing inclusive and plural images of the future. She currently serves as the Head of Experimentation with the United Nations Development Programme’s (UNDP) Asia Pacific Regional Innovation Centre. In this role she works with regional Country Offices to understand the cohesion amongst current portfolios of work, and identifies innovative opportunities to address deeper systemic change. In her personal time, she continues to seek ways to creatively apply her skills to social issues.
Her work (solo and collaborative) includes facilitated sessions, workshops, experiential installations, written articles, and has been published in a range of leading publications, radio channels, conferences, and art shows.
Prateeksha is pretty involved with the global foresight community. She holds a M.Des in Strategic Foresight & Innovation from OCAD University in Toronto, sits on the board of the Association of Professional Futurists, chairs the annual virtual APF Futures Festival, and is the 2019 Next Generation Foresight Practitioner global award recipient.
Co-Chair of Futures Festival
Design Researcher | Strategist | Futurist
Mexican & Spanish, Mexico City is her home but she’s a globetrotter. Graciela’s experience lies in Innovation and Design from problem finding to solving – she tries to make sense of the complex, wicked problems critical to a sustainable future. Her professional background is in Industrial design and Product Innovation; particular areas she works in are Social Innovation, Design and Systems thinking & mapping. She is an avid workshop facilitator and enjoys participatory, co-creation sessions. Graciela incorporates in her practice both primary and secondary research methodologies and her interest and expertise include Experiential Futures and Strategic Foresight. Grace has worked with the public sector, nonprofits and startups as well as with multinationals such as BASF and Compass Group. She is co-founder of Futures Space, The Digital Home for Futurists, an online global community for futurists and forward thinkers to learn and challenge each other. Graciela is also an Associate of the IPD (Institute for Development Planning) a think-tank based in Mexico City which projects focus on social development, where she assists with research, strategic foresight and design.
Raul J. Valenzuela
Designer & Storyteller
Raul brings projects to life through story-telling and branding, or what he calls mood-setting. His approach couples his business management experience with Design Research and Foresight frameworks.
His Industrial Engineering background and retail experience as a Buyer equipped him with quantitative and business knowledge that he leverages to engage leaders in the importance of brand-building and organizational culture.
Raul leads brand and product efforts for a social enterprise in Toronto, and his current work encompasses Biomimicry and Social Innovation.
Visual Design & Branding
Graphic Designer & Photographer
Daniel Bravo is a graphic designer from Mexico City. He has experience in different areas of visual communication such as photography, branding, packaging design, digital content, editorial design, space design for public relations events and creative direction.
From 2016 to 2019, he developed as Creative Director for mass consumer brands such as Bioré® Jergens®, John Frieda®, Ban® and Curél® in Latin America.
During 2020 he started his independent career with his own creative studio, Bravo. This is a space for experimentation and concept creation focused on the client's needs without leaving the target user aside. This has allowed him to make his way nationally and internationally with projects in the United States and currently in the development of the visual identity of the 2020 Futures Festival.
He is currently working on his Master's Degree in Creativity for Design, within the School of Design of the National Institute of Fine Arts (EDINBA) where his object of study is innovation in the design process taking into account the inclusion of users with visual weaknesses such as color blindness.
Visual Design & Branding
Design Researcher | Graphic Designer | Artist
Najeeba (they/them) is a graduate student in design at Carleton University in Canada. They are currently working as a research coordinator and lead graphic designer for the Gendered Design in STEAM project as well as the Unveiling Co-design research group. In the past, they have worn many different hats, from studying butterfly flight patterns to working in Sri Lankan with women entrepreneurs. Currently, their research interests span around topics of gendered design, the concept of a pluriverse, participatory design, speculative futures, feminist utopias,design for non-humans, and decolonization.
Developer & Designer
Jeremy is well rounded developer and designer, and aims to study the future of change and how we can better transition between the present and the future. He is the host of the Design for Voice podcast and recognized by SoundHound as a top influencer in voice design. He works as a software engineer and voice developer and designer at VMware. He is also a Google Developer Expert for the Google Assistant, Web Technologies, and Angular.