Timothy Shoup is a senior advisor & futurist with a background in investment banking, corporate finance and strategic planning across a diverse range of sectors.

At the Copenhagen Institute for Futures Studies, he provides strategic advisory services to corporations, institutions and governments on a global basis in the areas of long-term strategic planning, scenario thinking, technological disruption, geopolitical development, and emerging risks assessment.

Timothy believes that – due to exponential change and growing uncertainty – it is becoming more difficult for organisations to anticipate what might be waiting around the next corner. Forecasting and traditional strategy processes often make little sense in a volatile world challenged by geopolitical instability, emerging technology platforms, and a dynamic, complex global economy that is changing radically. He advocates “inverting the strategy process”, directly engaging with future uncertainty, and planning for what you don’t know. Developing organisational agility, adaptability and resiliency will be key to survival and flourishing in the 21st century.


Timothy is a dynamic and challenging presenter, who enjoys an interactive, collaborative style with participants from a variety of backgrounds and interests.

Current talks

  • Scenario Planning – Inverting the Strategy Process in the 21st Century
  • The 4th Industrial Revolution – Acceleration & Complexity in an Increasingly Global World
  • Geopolitics & Power Shifts in the 21st Century

All talks are tailored to the specific needs and wishes of the client.

Research highlights

Timothy co-wrote the report Beyond Tomorrow: Scenarios 2030 Vision Study for the Danish multinational engineering company Brüel & Kjær. The report generated scenarios for the future of product development around critical uncertainties related to the pace of technology adoption (gradual vs. exponential) and product development ecosystems (multitude vs. end-to-end).

He has recently been working on projects concerning the future of financial services & banking, European chemicals industry, megatrends-driven investing strategies, higher education & learning, as well as migration scenarios for Africa.

Education & career

MTS in Philosophy, Theology & Ethics from Boston University

BA in Psychology, Sociology & Anthropology from Samford University

Work experience before joining CIFS:

  • 2015-2017: Senior Economist, Strategy – Maersk Group
  • 2014-2015: Financial Planning & Analysis – Maersk Group
  • 2000-2007: Associate & Financial Analyst, Houlihan Lokey

Timothy was previously a senior economist in the corporate strategy department at Maersk Group, where he was responsible for providing data-driven research on macroeconomic and industry trends, as well as analysis and recommendations for strategic and operational decision-making regarding investment planning, capital allocation, M&A and optimising the financial performance for the $8 billion offshore drilling portfolio.

He started his career in the Los Angeles office of the investment banking firm Houlihan Lokey, where he was a deal team member of various industry advisory groups focused on technology, media, telecom, sports and entertainment. Timothy was responsible for advising senior management teams, boards of directors & special committees, private equity funds, hedge funds, and institutional investors on diverse corporate finance transactions with an aggregate value of $50 billion, including sell-side mergers & acquisitions, leveraged buyouts and portfolio valuation & advisory.

Bonus info: traveling the world to find denmark

Timothy took a mid-career sabbatical starting in 2007, after almost 8 years in investment banking, to go travel the world.  He ended up spending the better part of 5 years doing independent, solo, backpacker-style adventure travel – traversing all 7 continents – and has now been to 100+ countries, overseas territories, and remote island archipelagos. 

Along the way, he met a Danish girl – on a bus, in the middle of the desert, high up on the Altiplano, in the remote far reaches of Southern Bolivia. Long story short, he moved permanently to Copenhagen in 2012.

Contact details

Are you interested in booking Timothy Shoup for a talk, presentation or keynote? Please contact Carsten Beck, Director, Live Inspiration, at +45 3065 1101 or by e-mail:


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