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Professor Sohail Inayatullah

Professor Sohail Inayatullah has been writing in the area of future studies for over 30 years. Regarded by his peers as one of the leading 'futurists' in the world, he conducts research into alternative futures with a specific interest in examining non-western futures.

A leading political scientist and futurist, he presents on futures thinking, strategy development, innovation and foresight, and bio-securities futures around the world, including at the Hague, MBS-Mt Eliza Executive Education, Macquarie University, Tamkang University (Taiwan), and for other leading institutions across Asia. In 2013, he delivered a talk on causal layered analysis for TEDxNoosa.

Professor Sohail Inayatullah is a political scientist/futurist in residence at the Graduate Institute of Futures Studies, Tamkang University, Taiwan; the Centre for Policing, Intelligence and Counter-Terrorism, Macquarie University, Sydney; and the University of the Sunshine Coast, Sippy Downs. In 1999, he held the Unesco Chair at the University of Trier, Germany, and the David Sutton Fellowship with the International Management Centres. He was awarded an honorary doctorate from the Universiti Sains Malaysia, Penang in March 2011.

Sohail presents on futures thinking around the world. In the past few years, among an extensive list of other groups, he has addressed or conducted foresight workshops for the Office of the Prime Minister, Public Service Division, Centre for Strategic Futures (Australia); the Organization of Islamic Conference, Committee on Science and Technology; Oxfam; International Centre for Biosaline Agriculture, Dubai; Statistics New Zealand; the Malaysian Government, Ministry of Higher Education; Victoria Museum; Samsung Press Foundation; Indue; Suncorp Bank; Universiti Teknikal Malaysia, Melaka; Centre for Investor Education; the Government of Bangladesh, Ministry of Health; the Asia-Europe Foundation, Singapore; the New South Wales Department of Local Government; the Pearl Fishers International Policing Executive Program, the Hague; the Asia-Pacific Cities Summit; the Victorian Government, Department of Justice; the Victoria Healthcare Association; and the Australian Government National Mineral Visions 2040.


  • PhD (Political Science), University of Hawaii
  • Honorary PhD (Philosophy), Universiti Sains Malaysia
  • Master of Political Science (Alternative Futures), University of Hawaii
  • Bachelor of Arts (Liberal Studies), University of Hawaii


  • Futures thinking
  • Foresight
  • Innovation
  • Creating alternate futures
  • Macrohistory
  • Construction of the future

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