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DR. JOHN A. SWEENEY


Award-Winning Author & Futurist




Dr. John A. Sweeney is an award-winning author, designer, and futurist. As a practitioner, consultant, and educator, John has organized, managed, and facilitated workshops and seminars, multi-stakeholder projects, and foresight gaming systems in over 45 countries on five continents with participants from around the world.

At present, John is an Assistant Professor of Futures and Foresight at Narxoz University in Almaty, Kazakhstan where he serves as Director of the Qazaq Research Institute for Futures Studies. John has worked with numerous universities, international development and humanitarian aid agencies, nonprofit foundations, Fortune 500 companies, and educational and cultural organizations, such as NESTA, INTERPOL, The Joint Research Centre of the European Commission, the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, and numerous UN agencies.

Additionally, he has experience working with public sector and civil service foresight and innovation units, such as Singapore’s Centre for Strategic Futures, Georgia’s Public Service Development Agency, and Dubai’s Mohammed Bin Rashid Centre for Government Innovation. John’s private sector work primarily comes through Duke Corporate Education, which is one of the world’s top-rated custom executive education providers.

John is a member of the World Futures Studies Federation and the Association of Professional Futurists. His work has been published in Futures, The Journal of Futures Studies, World Futures Review, and other academic and media outlets. He tweets on trends, emerging issues, and things just over the horizon at @aloha_futures.