Sohail Inayatullah

Expertise: The Future, Strategic Development,
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Sohail Inayatullah

Professor Sohail Inayatullah is the first Unesco Chair in Futures Studies. He is an associate at Melbourne Business School, the University of Melbourne, where he runs a bi-annual course for senior executives. He is also a professor at Tamkang University and the University of the Sunshine Coast. In 2013, he presented to TEDx Noosa. In March 2011, he was awarded an honorary doctorate by University Sains Malaysia, Penang. In 2010, he was awarded the “Laurel” award for all-time best futurist by the Shaping Tomorrow Foresight Network.

His corporate clients include: Bluescope Steel, Sydney; Northern Queensland Airports, Cairns; Bristol Myers Squibb, Singapore; Glaxosmithkline, Melbourne; Australian Pharmaceuticals Association, Sydney; Fuji Xerox, Sydney; Zurich, Sydney; AAMI, Sydney; Tenaga Nasional Berhad, Malaysia, Dow and Sadara Chemical Company, Dubai; National Transport Insurance, Queensland; Stepbeyond, Perth; the Family Wealth Forum, Sydney; Cisco, Melbourne; Indue, Sydeny; Ozri, Melbourne; BUPA Group, Melbourne; Ergon, Queensland; Suncorp Bank, Queensland; and John Holland, Queensland.

Sohail has addressed or conducted foresight workshops for The Knowledge Park, Office of the Prime Minister, Government of Thailand, Bangkok; Worldvision International, Geneva and London; Bond International, London; Joint Research Centre, European Commission, Brussels; African Youth Futures Network, UNESCO, Paris; Council for Scientific and Industrial Research, South Africa; National Academy of Sciences and the Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation, Government of Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur; Office of the PM, Government of Singapore, Singapore; Office of the President, Government of South Korea, Seoul; Office of the Prime Minister, Government of Canada; The European Commission, Brussels; Royal Automobile Club of Western Australia, Perth;  Loreto Normanhurst, Sydney; Pearls of Policing (a consortium of Europol, Australia Federal Police, the Dutch Police, the RCMP and the FBI), Hong Kong and Sydney; Australian Council for International Development, Canberra; the Ministry of Science, Research and Technology, Government of Iran, Tehran; Victoria Government, Department of Health and Human Services; Jesuit Social Services, Melbourne; the Lowitja Institute, Melbourne; Centre for Investment Education, Melbourne; the City of  Greater Geelong;  Department of Fire and Emergency Services, Brisbane; ; the City of  Greater Geelong; and National Disability Services, Brisbane

He has authored over 30 books and journal special issues including Asia 2030 – the rights of women, the rise of robots, and futures after capitalism; What Works -Case Studies in the Practice of Foresight, Macrohistory and Macrohistorians: Perspectives on Individual, Social, and Civilizational Change, and The University in Transformation: Global Perspectives on the Futures of the University.

Sohail received a Ph.D. degree in Political Science from the University of Hawaii in 1990.


Your seminar on futures and technique in scenario development was pivotal to the seminar. The feedback from participants included descriptors as ‘exceptional, eye opening and beyond informative.”

I again thank you and congratulate you on this outcome.

Andrew Colvin

Commissioner, Australia Federal Police

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