What is CIFS?

The Copenhagen Institute for Futures Studies is a non-profit, independent institute founded in 1969 by former OECD Secretary-General Thorkil Kristensen for the betterment of our society.

Today, we are a globally-oriented institute that advises customers and member organisations on a strategic level all over the world. Customers and members include Fortune 500 companies, government ministries and agencies, and non-government institutions. Read more about our consulting services here.

The Copenhagen Institute for Futures Studies is organised as an association consisting of a wide range of member companies. We are not associated with any university, nor do we receive public grants. We are wholly self-governing and independent of special interests.

Our mission is to reduce complexity and enlighten decision-makers about the future, enabling them to make the best possible decisions in the present and, on this basis, create their own future.



We are a leading global advisory firm in the use of futurist methods developed to solve strategic organisational challenges. Our clients include some of the world’s largest organisations.


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The Copenhagen Institute for Futures Studies (CIFS) is a self-owned membership organisation. The member circle consists of future-oriented organisations and institutions.