Futures Festival Team
Carlos AlvarezFutures Festival Organizer
Graciela GuadarramaFutures Festival Organizer
Hala BeishaFutures Festival Organizer
Prateeksha SinghChair, 2019 Futures Festival
Vera FearnsFutures Festival Organizer
Carlos is a design and user researcher interested in digital wellbeing. Carlos is a PhD student at Northumbria University in the UK. He works in a multidisciplinary lab that focuses on critically understanding the role, and implications, that computer science has in delivering future digital systems and digital aspects of living.
Previously, Carlos worked for three years with the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, designing strategies and digital engagements for its innovation and strategic foresight unit.
In his free time, Carlos enjoys playing Dungeons & Dragons, tasting beers and cooking spicy food.
Follows: #Futureofwork #worklifebalance #userresearch #graphicdesign #futureofworkskills #humancomputerinteraction
Graciela Guadarrama has experience in innovation and design from problem finding to solving – she likes to make sense of the complex, wicked problems critical to a sustainable future. Originally from Mexico City, her background is in Industrial design; particular areas she works in are social innovation, design and systems thinking, and 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 big companies such as BASF and Compass Group. Her projects often vary in the expertise within the team and the industries themselves, which has shown her the many applications of design and the myriad faces of innovation. She is now part of Futures Space, a network of freelance Futurists in Germany who help organizations shape a better future.
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Company Website: https://home.futures-space.com/
Thesis: Air Pollution in Mexico City
Article: My Journey into Space
Other APF: Diverse Futures (2018) Organizer
Hala Beisha is a designer, futurist and strategist with a focus on the human factor. She partners with emerging and established leaders of Fortune 500 companies to identify “leverage points” and amplify what works. She works with professionals navigating complex and transforming environments and that include multinational companies, law practices, global construction companies and scaling tech firms.
With an MBA and a Master of Design in Strategic Foresight and Innovation, she combines creative and analytical thinking to design outcomes that move the dial. Hala has worked in cities around the globe and in Toronto to build brand equity and to increase market share for brands such as Four Seasons Hotels & Resorts and Hyatt International.
Hala volunteers as a board member to support Newcomer Kitchen. Newcomer Kitchen is a Toronto based nonprofit and social enterprise with plans to scale globally. As well, she is a business mentor for the Forum for Women Entrepreneurs. Finally, she volunteers as a project manager to support Ignite, a global initiative of the International Coach Federation Foundation.
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Follows: #grit#perseverance #interests #iteration #futureofworkskills #longterm#frame #entrepreneur #adaptivestrategy #build #flexible #biggerpicture #workinprogress #tranforming
Prateeksha Singh is a multidisciplinary designer based in Canada and India. Working at the intersection of foresight + systems + design, she collaboratively explores how applying a living system lens to a design-futures and arts-based practice can provide additional tools and perspectives for working with complex yet adaptive challenges. She is driven to working with diverse voices and harnessing inclusive and plural images of the future.
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 on the board of the Association of Professional Futurists and chairs their annual Futures Festival. She also holds a U.S. CPA license and has a Master of Design in Strategic Foresight and Innovation from OCAD University in Toronto, Canada. Her professional experience spans corporate, non-profit, start-up, social enterprise, government, and academia. Additionally, she has lived in eight countries. Hence, her diverse experiences inform her richly textured projects.
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Other APF: Diverse Futures (2018) Chair
Vera Fearns is a designer and researcher who works at the intersection of the arts, environmental humanities, and management. She designs moments and environments that serve as a catalyst for conversations and facilitates experiences and interactions that encourage people to imagine possible and impossible futures. She is currently completing a PhD in Management at the Universidade Nova de Lisboa, looking at how tangible future scenarios are contributing to sustainable behaviour and decision-making. In addition, Fearns is the founder of the community platform Speculative Futures Lisbon.
She previously held positions as a Design Futurist at BMW, as a researcher at DJCAD in collaboration with FutureEverything, and as a researcher at the Chair for Sustainable Urbanism of the TU Munich.
Fearns holds a diploma in Design from the Free University of Bolzano; a postgraduate in Literature, Art, and Media from the University of Constance; and she spent some time studying traditional design techniques mixed with new media art at the Faculty of Fine Arts Lisbon, and Public Spaces and Urban Cultures at the TU Vienna.
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Raul J. Valenzuela
Raul Valenzuela is an interdisciplinary professional who draws from his diverse academic background and thorough retail experience in business management roles. He uses a design approach applying tailored design research and foresight frameworks to redefine brands by unearthing their genuine value proposition.
Raul is currently leading brand and product efforts at a social enterprise. His interests lie in speculative design and experiential foresight, indigenous knowledge for sustainable innovation, and social innovation.
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