Global Advisory Council

CEF’s Global Advisory Council is a network of globally-renowned futurists who are committed to assisting the Center in building a well-rounded and pragmatic approach to futures literacy, futures thinking, and strategic foresight.

Dr. José M. Ramos

Dr. José M. Ramos holds a Doctorate from Queensland University of Technology in Global Studies and Strategic Foresight. He lectures in Strategic Foresight at the University of the Sunshine Coast and the National University of Singapore. He is Senior Consulting Editor for the Journal of Futures Studies, and is on the editorial board of the journal Futures. He has extensive journal publications in the area of futures / foresight, focused on linking foresight with action and innovation. Through Action Foresight he has over ten years experience facilitating workshops, applied research, designing change projects, multi-media production, the art of strategic conversation and dialogue, presenting and developing educational curricula. He is originally from California from Mexican American and Indigenous ancestry, now residing in Melbourne Australia with his wife De Chantal and son Ethan.

Prof. Marcus Bussey


Prof. Marcus Bussey is Lecturer in World History/Sustainable Futures and also Research Fellow in Regional Futures with the University of the Sunshine Coast’s Sustainability Research Centre, Australia and Visiting Fellow at Nanyang Technological University’s S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies, Singapore. Marcus has authored over 50 articles, book chapters and encyclopedia entries and co-authored books like Futures Thinking and Social Foresight (with Richard Slaughter), Neo-humanist Education Futures: Liberating the Pedagogical Intellect (with Sohail Inayatullah and Ivanah Milojevic) and Alternative Educational Futures. He has presented papers on futures thinking, education, social change, personal transformation and community engagement in Taiwan, Sweden, Serbia, Israel, India, Finland, Denmark, and the US.

Cesar Villanueva

Cesar H. Villanueva is the Director for Popular Peace Education at Pax Christi Institute and a part-time faculty teaching creative conflict transformation and reconciliation at the Graduate school at the University of St. La Salle in Bacolod City, Negros Occidental, Philippines. He is a consultant on conflict sensitivity using do no harm, conflict transformation, transformative mediation, peacebuilding and reconciliation. His works on peace futures and peace weaving have helped organizations and communities in the Philippines build equitable and sustainable peace. He is the national convenor of TRANSCEND Pilipinas, a peace, development and environment network affiliated with Johan Galtung. He is a fellow and a member of the Executive Board of the World Futures Studies Federation (WFSF). He is also a former Secretary General of the Federation.

Dr. Meimei Song

Dr. Meimei Song is an Assistant Professor at the Graduate Institute of Futures Studies at Tamkang University, Taiwan and the Managing Editor of the Journal of Futures Studies. She holds a doctorate degree in Education Organization and Management from Columbia University. She was a recipient of the first Jan Lee Martin Scholarship for Young Futurists. Her research interest includes university futures, youth futures, global education curriculum, and instruction.

Dr. Stuart Candy

Dr. Stuart Candy is a Foresight and Innovation Leader at ARUP Australasia and Adjunct Professor in Design Strategy at the California College of the Arts and Research Fellow of the Long Now Foundation. As a multimedia futurist at the Hawaii Research Center for Futures Studies, he worked primarily on “experiential futures” through the communication of designed experiences and interaction. He received his Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Hawaii at Manoa. He is a member of the Executive Board of the WFSF.

Dr. Sohail Inayatullah

Dr. Sohail Inayatullah is a Professor at the Graduate Institute of Futures Studies, Tamkang University, Taiwan; Adjunct Professor at the Centre for Policing, Intelligence and Counter Terrorism at Macquarie University; and Adjunct Professor at the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, the University of the Sunshine Coast in Australia. He co-teaches a one-week residential course in Futures Thinking and Strategy Development at the Mt. Eliza Centre for Executive Education. In 1999, he was UNESCO Chair at the Centre for European Studies, University of Trier Germany. From 2000-2011, he was the editor of the Journal of Futures Studies. He received his doctorate in Political Science from the University of Hawaii in 1990.

In March 2011, he was awarded an honorary doctorate in philosophy from Universiti Sains Malaysia. He is a recipient of one of the four 2010 Laurel Awards for All-Time Best Futurists, as voted by the Shaping Tomorrow Foresight Network. He is a fellow of the World Futures Studies Federation and a member of the International Advisory Council of the World Futures Society.

Dr. Anwar Fazal

Dr. Anwar Fazal is a leading international civil society person who has contributed much to our society in areas of consumer, health, environment, human rights and social ethics. He is the founder and one of the prime movers of several local and global citizens movements, among them the Consumers Association of Penang (CAP) founded in 1969; International Baby Food Action Network (IBFAN) formed in 1979; Health Action International (HAI) in 1981; and Pesticide Action Network (PAN) formed in 1982. He served with the UN Advisory Committee on Nutrition and has been a key player in developing global codes and guidelines on breastfeeding, pesticides and hazardous pharmaceuticals. He started several global popular mobilization initiatives including World Consumer Rights Day (March 15th), World Wetlands Day (February 1st), World Breastfeeding Week (August 1st to 7th) and World Migrants Day (December 18th).

Anwar Fazal was conferred the Right Livelihood Award, popularly called the “Alternative Nobel Prize” for his work in promoting and protecting the public interest in 1982.He was awarded the title “Activist of the Year” in 1983 by Ralph Nader’s magazine, Multinational Monitor, and elected to the “Environmental Hall of Fame” by Mother Earth News. In 1988, he was presented with the “Global 500” Award by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) for his work on consumers and the environment. At home, Anwar is the recipient of Honorary Doctorate in Law from Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (the National University) in Kuala Lumpur in 1997 and Honorary Doctorate in Philosophy from Universiti Sains Malaysia in Penang (his home state in Malaysia) in 1999. Anwar is the Director of the Right Livelihood College Global Secretariat at the Center for Policy Research and International Studies at the Universiti of Sains Malaysia.

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