About Us

The Institute's founder professor Thorkil Kristensen with U.S. President John F. Kennedy

The Copenhagen Institute for Futures Studies was founded in 1969 on initiative by former Finance Minister and OECD Secretary-General, Professor Thorkil Kristensen. The foundation was established in collaboration with visionary Danish public and private organisations to better qualify decision-making through futures studies and to benefit the betterment of our society.

The Institute was founded as a self-owned independent, non-profit think tank. The Institute is registered as a community making it possible for organisations and individuals to become members of the Institute, gaining full access to our offerings and insights.

Professor Kristensen was the CEO of the Institute from its inauguration until 1988, after which Rolf Jensen took over until 2000. In 1999 the Institute published the book The Dream Society written by Jensen, which became an international bestseller putting the Institute on the world map. From thereon the international outlook was expanded and an especially Nordic focus characterised the circle of members and projects.

Today the Institute is a truly global entity, working for and with public, private, and academic organisations around the world. This includes advising governments and Fortune 500 companies, to startups and NGOs, on a strategic level.

The Institute is a global leader in applying futures studies methods to solve strategic challenges within organisations. Our core advisory offerings include megatrend analysis, scenario planning, risk assessment, innovation processes, and strategic foresight.

Besides our advisory services, we publish reports and magazines, host various events, organise talks, classes, and courses, and create and launch various joint-venture initiatives.

All of the Institute’s profits are allocated to further futures studies and to realising our purpose.

Since 2018, Daria “Dasha” Krivonos has been our CEO.