Symposium “The State Of Foresight Studies in the World”


10:00 am May 2023


2:25 pm May 2023
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Location: PCNS Headquarters  




The Policy Center for the New South (PCNS), the Islamic World Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (ICESCO) and the Prince Mohammad Bin Fahd University are co-organizing “the State of Foresight Studies in the World” conference and workshop sessions on May 26 and 27, 2023 at Mohammed VI Polytechnic University in Rabat.

The world is undergoing a major demographic boom. Projections state that global population will reach 9.7 billion people in 2050, with population growth almost coming to an end at 10.4 billion in 2100 . This growth represents a considerable heavy trend that requires different actors and stakeholders to think about the future strategically. Indeed, the global landscape is becoming increasingly complex and dynamic, exposing decision-makers to a remarkably higher level of uncertainty and complexity. With this context in mind, it is crucial for all actors within the international community to emphasize on the importance of anticipating and understanding change in order to ensure proper policy implementation through strategic decision-making.

This conference will rely on an inclusive and participatory approach, in order to involve the largest number of Foresight centers and institutes across the world. This initiative will include a High-level conference during the first day, as well as workshop sessions during the second day, to discuss in depth the state of Foresight studies in the world, alongside networking sessions.


May 26, 2022


Session 1: Opening Remarks  

H.E. Dr. Nouzha Chekrouni, Senior Fellow at the Policy Center for the New South Kingdom of Morocco

H.E. Dr. Salim M. Al Malik, Director General, Islamic World Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (ICESCO)

Dr. Faisal Alanezi, Vice-President, Prince Mohammad Bin Fahd University Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

H.E. Dr. Leila Benali, Minister of Energy Transition and Sustainable Development Kingdom of Morocco

Dr. Kais Hammami, Director of the strategic foresight center (ICESCO)                                        


Session 2:    The State of the Art in Foresight Studies: Best Practices & Strategic Approaches


Panel 1: Foresight for Educational, Economic, Social & Industrial Development

Dr. Abdelaaziz Ait Ali, Principal Economist and head of the Research Department at the Policy Center for the New South Kingdom of Morocco
Mr. Rafal Kierzenkowski, Head of the Strategic Foresight Unit, Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)

Dr. Patrick Noack, Executive Director, Future Foresight and Imagination, Dubai Future Foundation United Arab Emirates

Mr. Olivier Woeffray, Foresight Practice Lead, World Economic Forum, DAVOS Switzerland

Dr. Salim Araji, Economic Affairs Officer | Leading the future of work initiative at UN ESCWA United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (UN ESCWA)

Prof. Ted Fuller, Professor of Entrepreneurship and Strategic Foresight, UNESCO Chair on Responsible Foresight for Sustainable Development Lincoln International Business School, University of Lincoln United Kingdom

Dr. David Fernández Puyana, Ambassador, Permanent Observer of the United Nations University for Peace to the United Nations Office and other international organizations in Geneva, Permanent Delegate of UPEACE to the UNESCO headquarters in Paris

Prof. Adama Ouane, Former minister of Education in Mali and former Director of UNESCO Institute for Lifelong Learning in Germany Mali

Ms. Ahlem Bouchiba, Director of the General Committee for Sectoral and Regional Development and SDG Project Coordinator, Ministry of Economy and Planning Tunisia

Q&A Session


Panel 2: Foresight for Improved Resilience in the Face of Major Challenges

H.E. Dr. Mohammed LoulichkiSenior Fellow at the Policy Center for the New South Kingdom of Morocco
Ms. Laura Palatini, Chief of Mission at the International Organization for Migration International Organization for Migration (IOM)

Ms. Rania Machlab, Head of Delegation, International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) Republic of Tunisia

Dr. Christin Pfeiffer, Head of the Futures Literacy and Foresight Programme at UNESCO/SHS United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO)

Mr. Mohammed Maktit, Head of the Studies and Planning Division, Ministry of Energy Transition and Sustainable Development Kingdom of Morocco

Dr. Muhammad Bechari, Secretary-General of The World Muslim Communities Council United Arab Emirates

Mr. Abdelhak Ghouli, Deputy Director of the Directorate of Strategy, Statistics and Planning, Ministry of National Education, Preschool and Sports Kingdom of Morocco

Ms. Sarah Parker, Acting Team Leader of the Research and Innovation Unit in the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) Switzerland

Dr. Hamid Bouabid, Director of Scientific Research and Innovation, Ministry of Higher Education, Scientific Research and Innovation Kingdom of Morocco

Q&A Session

May 27, 2022

9:00- 14:25

Session 3: From Vision to Action: Key Recommendations


Panel 1: Futures Insights Through an Expertise Scope: Converting a Vision into an Action Plan

Dr. Jamal MachrouhSenior Fellow at the Policy Center for the New South Kingdom of Morocco  
Dr. Faisal Alanezi, Secretary General, Arab Council for Youth, Prince Mohammad Bin Fahd University Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

Dr. Hala Abu Ali, Vice President of the Institute of National Planning Arab Republic of Egypt

Ms. Sandra Coulibaly Leroy, In charge of mission, foresight expert, International Organization of La Francophonie (OIF) France

Mr. Kristian Bartholin, Secretary to the CAI, Head of Digital Development Unit, Council of Europe France

Dr. Geci Karuri-Sebina, Associate Professor: Digital Governance, Coordinator | Civic Tech Innovation Network | Wits School of Governance, Coordinator | Tayarisha African Centre of Excellence in Digital Governance South Africa

Dr. Ivana Milojević, Director and Instructor, Metafuture School Australia

Mr. Jayar La Fontaine, Foresight Strategist, Cognizant, Toronto Canada

Dr. Sohail Inayatullah, UNESCO Chair in Futures Studies, IIUM. Professor, Tamkang University. Editor, the Journal of Futures Studies, and researcher at Metafuture Australia

Q&A Session


Panel 2: Think Tanks as New Actors of Strategic Diplomacy

Mr. Akram Zaoui, International Relations Specialist at the Policy Center for the New South Kingdom of Morocco 
Dr. Mohammed Abdullah Al-Ali, CEO and Founder of the New TRENDS Research and Advisory United Arab Emirates

Dr. Emile Servan-Schreiber, Managing Director Hypermind | Professor | School of Collective Intelligence | Mohammed VI Polytechnic University United Arab Emirates

Dr. Alioune Sall, Executive Director, African Futures Institute Senegal

Mr. Victor Vahidi Motti Director World Future Studies Federation

Dr. Diana Cheong, Executive Director and chief researcher, Centre for Strategic and Policy Studies Brunei Darussalam

Dr. Epaminondas Chritophilopoulos, Senior Foresight Expert, chairholder, UNESCO Chair on Futures Research Foresight Europe Network

Prof. Dr. Ahmad Faris Ismail, Professor at the International Islamic University Malaysia Malaysia

Q&A Session


Panel 3: Contributions of Artificial Intelligence to Foresight

Dr. El Mostafa RezraziSenior Fellow at the Policy Center for the New South Kingdom of Morocco 

Dr. Maha Gmira, Artificial Intelligence Expert, Holder of the ICESCO Chair “Women in Sciences: AI and the Future” Kingdom of Morocco

Ms. Somia Djacta, Head, ICESCO Office to UNESCO, Paris France

Dr. Hosni Ghedira, Director of Engagement Services, Mohamed bin Zayed University of Artificial Intelligence United Arab Emirates

Dr. Adel Smeda, Expert at the science & technology sector ICESCO

Q&A Session


Closing ceremony

Dr. Anar Karimov, Head of the Partnerships and International Cooperation Sector ICESCO

Dr. Kais Hammami, Director of the Strategic Foresight Center ICESCO