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What is the NGFP Fellowship?:

The Next Generation Foresight Practitioner (NGFP) Fellowship is designed to help change the status quo and democratise the futures and foresight field with diverse perspectives from younger generations and emerging practitioners, living in under-represented geographies and communities. As part of this, we partner with Teach the Future in the Next Generation Foresight Practitioner – Young Voices (NGFP-YV) Awards to showcase younger, future-thinking changemakers, aged 12-17.

NGFP Fellows and Young Voices winners are selected by a panel of judges for the excellent quality of their applications. They demonstrate an innovative approach and a clear theory of change for the creation of alternative and better futures, engage the community in a participatory way in their projects, and have a clear commitment and route to using insights about the future to create transformation today.

The 2023 Story:

The 2023 Fellowship includes seven new, thematic categories, that are part of a wider programme of work within SOIF’s Foresight Transformation Missions. They are: Climate & Just Transitions, Democracy & Governance, Emerging Technology, Futures Methods from Around the World, Intergenerational Fairness, Nuclear Security, and Peacebuilding.

Fourteen fellows have been selected as champions of the Foresight Transformation Mission categories by our judges, due to the relevancy and high quality of their applications. This year, an additional two fellows have been granted Judges Choice special recognition. We are proud to support younger voices and have three fellows aged under 25 joining this year’s cohort, marked below as Early Practitioners. Finally, 2023 marks the inaugural year of the Balkans Fellowship, in memoriam of our dear colleague Sophie Middlemiss, The new cohort of fellows will join over 600 NGFP network members from more than 90 countries, 151 of which have the status of fellows. 

Check out who they are below and read more by clicking on their photo to expand their project description:

Our cohorts

2023

Abigael Anaza-Mark – Nigeria
Can intergenerational dialogues, storytelling and scenario-based activities be the instruments we need to design a gender-balanced STEM sector in Africa?
Alex Turner – United Kingdom
Can future scenarios help us to co-create strategies for social safety nets and equitable outcomes for worker protections as AI reshapes the nature of work?
Emerging Technology
Alice Dimond – New Zealand
How might we imagine and navigate towards a better future for Indigenous people by reconnecting with Indigenous knowledge systems?
Futures Methods from Around the World
Alicia Richins – Canada
How can narratives of alternative presents inspire engagement in climate futures?
Amaleehah Aslam-Forrester – United Kingdom
From awareness to actions: A foresight and youth led approach to ending violence against women and girls.
Early Practitioner
Judges Choice
Ammaarah Nilafdeen – Sri Lanka
How can we establish an early warning system in Sri Lanka to prevent anti-Muslim violence through pattern mapping and community collaboration?
Early Practitioner
Peacebuilding
André Arruda – Brazil
Facilitate the exchange of knowledge and tools related to Strategic Foresight & Futures Design applied to governance and civil society, with the aim of stimulating sustainable long-term strategies for the Global South.
Candela Martinez – Spain
How can we prepare our built-in systems for tomorrow’s climate disasters in rural, isolated, low tech and underfunded areas by tapping into participatory foresight and opening the door to new epistemological angles?
Climate & Just Transitions
Carlo Lopa – The Philippines
My project seeks to cultivate transformative change in the Philippines by capacitating the next generation of politicians with the skills to reimagine our nation and work together to achieve it.
Early Practitioner
Democracy & Governance
Estefania Simon-Sasyk – Venezuela
Transform: Food preparation as a space for reflection and togetherness.
Fran Quintero Rawlings, Ziyan Hossain and Calla Lee – Canada
Space for Grief is an initiative that aims to improve personal and community wellbeing through a combination of immersive art and placemaking focused on challenging stigmas around grief and its many causes and expressions.
Francesca Fattorini – Italy
Young people as protagonists of today, not only of tomorrow. How? By observing trends and taking actions to shape their future.
Ishtiaq Azim, Muhammad Jibran Arshad & Mohammad Hayat Khan – Pakistan
“Peshawar in 2035” is an interdisciplinary research group with the goal of shaping a desirable future for Peshawar through the creation of two sci-fi stories centered around the themes of education and law.
Emerging Technology
James Balzer – Australia
James’s project seeks to determine the pathway for a more equitable and resilient extreme heat governance future for Sydney.
Kenneth Nsah – Cameroon
Kenneth Nsah intends to leverage creative writing and foresight tools with young people in workshops to explore alternatives futures for the Congo Basin in order to address climate change, biodiversity loss and other ecological challenges in the Basin and on Earth.
Judges Choice
Kevin Martens Wong – Singapore
How can creole and indigenous communities engage in structured, authentic and respectful decolonisation, reindigenisation and cultural, linguistic and socioemotional revitalisation through stronger relationships with the unknown, the intangible and the unconscious?
Futures Methods from Around the World
Maria Teresa Santos – Portugal
Can we do gentrification right? Finding solutions between the need for young urban generations to reconnect with the basics and the urgency for bringing back action to ageing rural communities.
Intergenerational Fairness
Miguel Bello – Colombia
Empowering conflict-impacted children with foresight, blending historical narratives and envisioned futures for peacebuilding and ecosocial transitions.
Peacebuilding
Sabina Mihailescu – Romania
How can we facilitate genuine & open intergenerational dialogue in order to imagine and start working towards a common, desired future?
Balkans Region
Sandile Mtetwa – Zimbabwe
Unlocking the potential of community-led projects to achieve an energy secure future and a just transition in Zimbabwe.
Climate & Just Transitions
Shadi Rouhshahbaz & Mikhail Silvestro Sustersic – Iran & Italy
We will use Immersive experience design and live action role-playing (LARP) for people to gain firsthand experiences of the dilemmas of the futures of nuclear security.
Nuclear Security
Siddhi Ashar – India
Exploring a post 1.5 °C future, I use speculative fiction to propose an intergenerational approach to identity and governance where children are born as transboundary citizens rather than tied to territorial lines, prompting different long-term governance models, and transformative funding mechanisms.
Democracy & Governance
Solophina Nekesa & Jehan Bhikoo – Uganda & South Africa
We shall explore how to shape the African Cities we aspire to live, work and thrive in.
Thays Prado – Brazil
Feminist Futures: what would the world look like if it was imagined and co-created by feminist humans and AIs?
Thomas Walker – Australia
Thomas is undertaking a participatory process with Australia’s younger generations to craft a long-term economic vision and reform movement by asking the question: how do we want to live our lives, and how can our tax and economic systems support that?
Intergenerational Fairness
Young Voices Winners 2023 – Global
The Next Generation Foresight Practitioner – Young Voices (NGFP-YV) Awards aims to showcase the voices of our youth 12-17 years of age. Visit Teach the Future’s website to meet the 27 winners for 2023!
Young Voices

2022

Adam Sharpe – United Kingdom
What will the future be like when our populations are predominantly aged?” Adam will use gamification to engage intergenerational audiences in
Alija Blackwell – United States
Alija will facilitate collective speculative art-making workshops to prototype artefacts of just climate transition futures that centre the visions of historically
Courteney Mukoyi – Zimbabwe
Vote Bot is an artificial intelligence solution to increase youth and women’s participation in elections in Zimbabwe. Accessible on WhatsApp, the
Daniel Odediran – Nigeria
By working within the Startup Support, Advisory, and Investment Ecosystems across the African continent, Daniel has observed that startup founders are
Dhanasree Jayaram – India
Solar geoengineering refers to a set of speculative technologies to lower global temperatures by artificially intervening in the climate systems of
Edson Niwamanya – Uganda
Tackle social problems like poverty through entrepreneurship education and skills development for grassroots community members across ages and demographics. Edson and
Goodness Chama – Nigeria
Goodness is committed to increasing efficiency in crop and livestock farming. He has a business which uses the System Dynamics technology
Julie Reindl – Germany
Julie will conduct workshops with scientists and civil society communities to explore perceptions and imaginaries around climate engineering – large-scale interventions
Julius Lindsay – Canada
Prismatic is a futures game targeted at climate action groups. Julius envisions that, while climate action groups working across Canada play
Kalyani Jayant Tupkary – India
Calendar Collective is a design-led research investigation that challenges the normative understanding of time as linear, objective and neutral. Through co-designed
Melissa Ingaruca – Peru
Melissa is a transdisciplinary designer and researcher committed to envisioning how urban design can restore biosphere integrity. Her project, “Future Tinkering:
Navyashree Gunjur Vedachala – India
It is currently hard for newcomers to a field – especially related to technologically advanced tools – to be given work
Olga Shaeva – Russian Federation
Olga and Nikolay believe that schools’ curriculums are not currently fully supporting their students’ development for the world they will live
Salime Goharinezhad, Hanieh Neshastesaz, Fereshteh Khaleghi and Amirhossein Naghipour – Iran, Islamic Republic of
Salime’s Planetary Health for Planetary Futures is a student-led initiative that brings together medical sciences students from all over Iran who
Sangam Paudel – Nepal
Sangam strongly believes that the relationships and mindsets that people have around nature influence the kind of futures that we move
Siddhi Patil – India
“What would technology look like if it was developed in smaller places like Melghat instead of Silicon Valley?”. This is the
Tonny Michael Wamboga, Anne Elfi Quednau, Josephine Nakiyimba, Mackline Kobusingye and Kisitu Aloysious Musanyusa – Uganda
Tonny and his team at Jangu International developed a self-organised, self-governed, cost-effective, and “freesponsible” learning space, where disadvantaged youth unleash their
Xiomara Acevedo Navarro – Colombia
Barranquilla+20 is a youth-led organisation dedicated to educate and empower children and youth, so they can be the advocates for a
Yuri Calleo – Italy
Whenever there is great uncertainty about the future, experts tend to opt for the use of different approaches. A widely used

2021

Amala Mhaiskar and Srishti Roshan – India
Amala and Srishti created the speculative recipe book on Sustainable Food Futures in India. Their proposal builds on this work to
Anna Titova – Russia
Information coming soon…
Cherie Minniecon – Australia
Cherie is a Yorta Yorta woman and a descendant of a stolen generation survivor in Australia. She explores futures processes and
Clarice Garcia – Brazil
Clarice is a researcher, designer and facilitator. Her work aims to solve the contradiction between sustainability and fashion in a way
Dexter Docherty and Kushal Sohal – Canada, United Kingdom
Dexter and Kushal’s project explores toxic masculinity and what it might mean to be a feminist man in the future, applying
Elias Mouawad – Lebanon
Elias has been exploring the use of alternate reality as a tool to help decision-makers engage with uncertain and unexpected events.
Elizabeth Possee Corthell – United States
Liz is a strategist, service designer, and futurist. Her project aims to establish a futures thinking lab in Mad*Pow’s Centre for
Evy Peña – Mexico
Evy champions migrants’ rights through her transnational narrative work. Through survivor-focused storytelling, leadership development, and strategic communications, she ensures that migrant
Fisayo Oyewale – Nigeria
Fisayo works to identify the gaps and opportunities the agro-sector presents to different actors, with a special interest in rural communities.
Irene Coletto – Italy
Irene has been working with foresight and graphic facilitation as part of the Prot(A)ction project run by Forwardto that is building
Jessica Thornton and Heather Russek – Canada
Jessica and Heather have been using participatory foresight to explore labour markets and the skills and occupations needed in Canadian cities
Karl Satinitigan – The Phillipines
Karl has been working to promote futures thinking among startup founders and social entrepreneurs, especially as they help transition the Philippines
Koen Vegter – Netherlands
Koen is a foresight practitioner with an academic background in business. His project aims to help the world accelerate towards a
Kushal Sohal – United Kingdom
Kushal’s focus has been on global citizenship and the potential to liberate ourselves through vulnerability. His project is to run a
Laila – United States
Laila, a multimedia Afro-Arab artist, views art as a means of detangling the complexity of intersectionality while in turn giving space
Lee Zhong Han – Singapore
Lee has led social enterprises that reduced food wastage and provided training for youth involvement in social and environmental issues. Building
Ludwig Bengtsson – Sweden
Ludwig works on climate politics. He started with activism—at the UNCOPs as a youth delegate and through CSOs. Later, he joined
Marcela Capaja – Poland
Marcela has been working as a champion for futures thinking and youth leadership in security through her work, including a participatory
Marguerite Coetzee – South Africa
Marguerite has a rich experience in visual storytelling. Her project seeks to address the alienation, disorientation, and displacement of people on
Maria Razquin, Paula Jimeno, Ane Eguiazabal and Olatz Ibarretxe – Spain
Maria, Paula, Ane and Olatz win the Main Award for their ongoing work at The Future Game, a future forecasting and
Nicole Kahn Parreño – The Philippines
Nicole has been championing futures work in the Philippines including through the Philippine Futures Thinking Society (PhilFutures), the Center for Engaged
Plearn Janvatanavit, Paricha Duangtaweesub and Kanravee Kittayarak – Thailand
Kanravee, Paricha and Plearn have a dream of empowering their community of social justice changemakers in Thailand. They have been using
Randy Lubin – United States
Randy is a game designer and entrepreneur working to create positive futures through games and technology. Through his studio, Leveraged Play,
Reinhold Mangundu – Namibia
Reinhold has been participating in and leading participatory games to explore how Namibia can meet the challenge of the Sustainable Development
Rodrigo Mota – Brazil
Rodrigo co-created the WFP Youth Network – a global, diverse, self-organized platform for youth advocacy and humanitarian action at the United
Samuel Egbedeyi – Nigeria
Over the years, Samuel has learned the soft and hard skills required to drive a lasting change in Africa. His project
Trishia Nashtaran – Bangladesh
Trishia is a feminist organizer and a foresight strategist working in gender-based discrimination in the workplace. Her foresight initiative, Third Space
Yelena Muzykina – Kazakhstan
Yelena is a lecturer and trainer, consultant working in Kazakhstan. Her project is focused on expanding futures literacy in Kazakhstan. She

2020

Alejandro Juan Manuel Repetto, Jimena Califa, Enrique Martín Cortés Funes at Extendidos – Argentina
For their work to connect and empower foresight practitioners across Latin America with a focus on community, public sector and diffusion
Christy Casey and Nour Batyne, Resilience 2032 – United States
For their aim to democratize and scale futures thinking by leveraging social media theater to inspire widespread civic engagement with a
Claire Marshall and Mel Rumble – Australia
For their participatory approach to encourage futures literacy, which enables the co-creation and sharing of preferred futures through the Museum of
Finn Strivens – United Kingdom
Finn is a multidisciplinary designer and futurist. He is a recent graduate of Global Innovation Design at the UK’s Imperial College
Ioanna Sotiriou and Thomas Tsoulias – Greece
For their work and ambition to establish Epoch Labs and its network as a dedicated strategic foresight institute and resource for
Jorge Camacho, Fernanda Bonilla, Emma Herrera and Jaime González from Diagonal – Mexico
For their project will build on their work in MMexico City to explore post-pandemic futures with excluded communities and give them
Madhumitha Ardhanari – Singapore
For her project to tackle the unsustainable use of sand for land reclamation in Singapore, and its environmental impact beyond the
Mansi Parikh – India
For her work to transform the Future Tense Community in India into a Collective experimenting with applied, indigenous, culturally contextual and
Markus Becker – South Africa
For his project which will help companies in South Africa address systemic issues using foresight, shifting corporate culture and creating better
Mathew Markman – United States
For his work on academic freedom and ambition to use foresight to protect our freedom of thought from nefarious actors.
Namatai Kwekweza – Zimbabwe
Namatai is a youth, peace, democracy and human rights activist. Namatai’s winning project aims to drive youth friendly constitutional and governance
Olga Remneva, Anna Peplova, Irina Danilicheva, and Anastasia Evgrafova from VZOR Lab – Russia
For their work combining agency, motivation challenges, foresight through art perspectives and creative challenges and ambition to scale their work.
Oliver Bream McIntosh – United Kingdom
For his ambition to expand the impact of his work taking futures literacy and his participatory futures methods to a broader
Otto Tähkäpää – Finland
For his ambition to promote and scale futures literacy and futures education by developing a series of picture books for children
Raya Bidshahri – Iran
Raya Bidshahri, from Iran, lives and works in the UAE. Raya is an entrepreneur, author, futurist and keynote speaker. Her winning
Rohan Patankar and Aditya Prakash from Quicksand – India
For their research on capacity building for on-ground humanitarian workers and communities to solve their own problems through the creation of
Samantha Matters – Canada
For her project which aims to develop an online course that draws on the concept of ancestral accountability to catalyze Canadian
Seble Samuel – Canada
For the collaborative project Menged Le Sew, which tackles threats of rising air pollution, public health decline and unsafe streets through
Tolu Oni – Nigeria
Her project proposes to establish an emergency health foresight platform and movement to co-develop and implement a Marshall Plan for urban
Virkein Dhar – India
For her “Futures from the Periphery” approach that uncovers the rituals, inherited knowledge and lived experiences of people in cities through

2019

Adeiye Oluwaseun-sobo – Nigeria
Pilot of Prototype testing the Futures Literacy Labs in Nigeria
Alanna Markle – United States
Pilot and development of a simple framework to distil futures analysis into key policy messages and recommendations for decision-makers.
Ana Tiquia – Australia
All Tomorrow’s Futures: connecting artistic and creative practice with foresight. A project series starting with futures of energy in Australia.
Carin Ism – Sweden
To support the Future Governance Agency for a deeper purpose of promoting an increased understanding of governance innovation.
Charlie Warwick – United Kingdom
Project to drive positive and future-fit community planning in a town planning context and pilot for an urban planning ‘Futures Toolkit’
Deepshika Dash and Sugandh Malhotra – India
A project to support designers to design future possibilities in Mobility for congested metropolitan cities.
Krizna Gomez – Philippines
Creation of a school for young futurists (15-25 years old) to promote social justice globally and in their local contexts.
Lauren Keeler – United States
To translate futures games from analog to digital to allow their impact to scale across communities through online resources, training and
Leah Zaidi – Canada
A participatory approach to experiential futures to help build capacity and communicate complex emerging problems.
Maha Hosain Aziz – Pakistan
Visual stories on global risks: spinoff of her award-winning 2016 political comic book The Global Kid to enlighten both youth and
Naidel Ardilla – Mexico
Addressing internal barriers to self-valuation, and quality of decision-making in the lives and futures of Mexican women.
Nisreen Lahham – Jordan
Solutions for water-energy-food security Nexus in MENA and SSA, using participative foresight.
Prateeksha Singh – India
Prateeksha is a multidisciplinary designer based in Canada and India. Her project collaboratively explores how applying a living system lens to
Rodrigo Mendes Leal de Souza – Brazil
Participative scenarios to address Brazilian development challenges.
Shakil Ahmed – Bangladesh
Creation of a futures space in Bangladesh to support people to explore and create their preferred futures.
Stephanie Yesmukanova – Kazakhstan
The future identity of Kazakhstani citizens.

2018

Aileen Moeck – Germany
Future-maker: Bringing futures to schools to help kids to deal with complexity, uncertainty and accelleration and to become an entrepreneur of
Aline Roldan – Brazil
A 7-year effort to understand what a community-led foresight means in practice and in theory; what does it mean to build
Bunmi Ajilore – Nigeria
Development of a futures lab to bring participatory foresight approaches to young professionals across Africa and support them to shape their
Cathy Madge – United Kingdom
Futures Literacy – A collaboration to enable 15-17 year olds to reach their potential. Designing innovative processes for schools to shift
Corina Angheloiu – Romania
Foresight pollinators: a multidisciplinary community of practice building the wider field of futures-led inquiry.
Daniel Olarte – United States
Building on experience driving a collaborative, human-centered approach to tackling future-shock in American healthcare, Daniel aims to explore how Colombians feel
Elliot Brenan – Australia
Communication, communication, communication. Elliot aims to further develop a platform for communication in foresight, early warning and conflict analysis – to
Emily Empel – Canada
Having pioneered the Future According to Women at MISC Magazine, Emily seeks to understand representations of female genitalia in popular culture
Erica Bol – The Netherlands
Pilot in Netherlands to embed futures work into Primary and Secondary schools alongside teacher in training programmes. Erica is capturing and
Juan Manuel Avalos – Mexico
Working towards a center for prospective and strategic thinking in Latin America, that can support the region to understand take advantage
Justyna Król – Poland
Foresight for Cities. Working with cities to help them support their citizens and better prepare for cities – through participation and novel
Maggie Greyson – Canada
A personal experiential futures technique – Making the futures present with inspiration from theatre and design to drive creativity and challenge
Özge Aydogan – United States
Founder of the Young UN Policy Lab on Frontier Issues. A crowd-sourcing platform to identify emerging issues that will impact future
Pupul Bisht – India
Decolonizing Futures: Exploring Storytelling as a Tool for Inclusion in Foresight. A novel, non-Western approach to foresight inspired by folk-storytelling tradition,
Veerappan Swaminathan – Singapore
Building on his experience building makerspaces and a Sustainable Living Lab in Singapore. Veerappan aims to build futures-based communities and create

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