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The history of CIFS

OECD secretary general and CIFS founder Thorkil Kristensen visiting the US President John F. Kennedy in 1961.

The Copenhagen Institute for Futures Studies was founded in 1970 by Professor Thorkil Kristensen, former Minister of Finance and Secretary-General of the OECD. It was set up in co-operation with a number of visionary organisations wanting to qualify their basis for making decisions through futures studies.

Since then, the CIFS has been at the front edge of developments of new working methods and analysis tools. These are regularly revised and improved in line with new knowledge and experience acquired, for instance through the CIFS contacts with research communities around the world.

Due to its size, a highly educated and experienced staff and co-operation with other international research teams, the Institute is capable of taking on a wide variety of tasks, including very complex ones.

CIFS Executive Committee

The CIFS council consists of representatives appointed by the Academy for Futures Studies, the member companies and the CIFS staff.

Member representatives

Academic representatives

Staff representative


See also CIFS Statutes

Since its foundation, CIFS has been a membership organisation.
We count a number of the largest and most influential organisations and companies among our members.

Membership offers a unique opportunity to get in touch with futurologists and trendsetting companies.

We always work as an interdisciplinary team; dependent on the task, the team will be composed of economists, political scientists, psychologists, engineers, communication experts, sociologists, philosophers and ethnologists.

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Copenhagen Institute for Futures Studies

Founded in 1970 by Professor Thorkil Kristensen, former Minister of Finance and Secretary-General of the OECD.    
We strengthen the basis for decision-making in public and private organizations by creating awareness of the future and highlighting its importance to the present.  

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