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Futurist Axel Olesen has passed away

It is with deep regret that we inform you that our colleague and CIFS’s former director Axel Olesen has passed away. Axel was 52 years old and died after a short illness.

Axel Olesen started at CIFS in 1989, was head of research from 1995 to 2004, and then CEO from 2004 to 2011. From 2011 to 2016, Axel worked as associated partner. Axel will be remembered as a colleague and CEO who lived for futures studies, had time and energy for everyone, and contributed to developing methods and ideas – all of it while puffing his pipe and with great humour and humility. Axel will be missed by all who are or have been working with or for CIFS. We honour his memory.

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