Markku Wilenius is Professor of Futures Studies in Turku School of Economics at the University of Turku. He also holds the position of UNESCO Chair in Learning Society and Futures of Education.
Markku has been researching, publishing and speaking about future studies for more than 25 years. During this time, he has worked in all areas of future studies and sustainable development. Over the last 15 years, he has been working with various governments, businesses, public sector organisations and NGOs using strategic intelligence to make key decisions.
Some of his research interests and ongoing projects include:
Climate change and the new energy futures
Future development of urban cores in terms of revitalisation
Wicked socio-economic problems and how to prepare for them
The future of organisational excellence and how to get there
Global trends and future paths of the bio-economy
Futures literacy for second and third level education institutes across the world
Markku has been a member of the Club of Rome, one of the most prestigious NGOs in the world, for 10 years. He is also a member of various groups and organisations including:
LUOTSI – the strategic foresight group at the Prime Minister’s office in Finland
SITRA – the Finnish Innovation Fund
The Finnish Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) working group
The scientific committee of the World Resources Forum
The editorial board of the Global Challenges journal
The scientific advisory committee for the National Audit Office of Finland
He is president of the Walter Ahlström and Runar Bäckström foundations and a supporter of innovation and sustainable technology development. From 2007-2010, Markku worked with Allianz, the world’s largest private insurer where he led their strategic research and development and was praised for his research innovations and ideas. He is a highly accomplished speaker and author, with many books and research papers to his name. In 2001, he was awarded the International Aurelio Peccei Prize by L’eta Verde organisation, based in Rome.