How To Think Like A Futurist: Developing Strategic Foresight

Having the right talent is crucial for companies and organisations to navigate through volatile and unpredictable business environments.

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In this two-day in-person workshop, participants will learn about the two worlds of present and future, as a way to understand, and to an extent predict, what is to come, and how best we could prepare for it so all of us are able to continue to remain in the growth path. This workshop will discuss about the rationale for using foresight techniques as part of strategy and planning processes, and present some methods for doing so. It will share the main principles of foresight from a practitioner’s point of view, including an approach by which the participants can learn about the future and study trends, drivers and signals of change. Special emphasis will be given to scenarios, which are one of the main tools that are used. Frameworks introduced in this workshop differs from traditional scenario planning approaches, which generally build on models.


Participants will engage in plenary sessions, interactive workshops, and case discussions with Teaching Fellows from Harvard University and other world-leading institutions. It also serves as a forum of small group discussion by participants in discussing some of the challenges they are facing or have faced.


Through the program, participants will:

  • Understand the value of strategic foresight in a VUCA context
  • Learn about the different types of futures and analysing each of these
  • Gain a toolkit of skills on scenario planning, systems approach, and decision making
  • Map out and analyse the current opportunities and challenges faced by their organisations
  • Identify the common patterns and transformational factors from which strategies will be developed
  • Create the framework of a plan for how to put the concepts learned into action


Working Professionals in Business, Government, International Organisations, and Non-Profit Organisations who hold mid- to senior-level decision making roles.


Samuel Kim
Harvard University, MPA

Samuel Hungsoo Kim, a Korean national, is the Founding President of the Center for Asia Leadership. He is passionate about nurturing and empowering talent in Asia and runs over 70 programs annually, in 31 Asian countries, to help the region’s emerging leaders explore ways of being socially responsible as they face today’s complex challenges. His research and programs focus on overcoming the immunity to change, addressing maladaptive leadership practices, defining leadership in the times of an absence of authority, and dealing with macro and micro uncertainties. To date, some 42,000 burgeoning and established leaders from the governmental, political, non-profit, and corporate spheres in Asia have benefited from his programs.

Prior to establishing CAL, Samuel worked in a wide range of sectors, from strategy consulting and social entrepreneurship to international development, politics, and government. He has worked for and with over 30 renowned organisations, including the United Nations, UNESCO, Samsung, and Toyota. He also has served as a visiting fellow at the Asia Center at Harvard University and the Kellogg School of Management in Northwestern University. Samuel holds a MPA from Harvard University. He is the editor of twelve books and regularly writes opinion pieces and editorials.

Rahul Daswani
Harvard University, MPP

Rahul Daswani is a Futurist, Intrapraneur, Coach, and Ex-McKinsey Consultant. Passionate about designing and implementing organisation-wide initiatives to build capabilities, he has over ten years experience founding or being in the early stages of 3 government startups: Strategy Group in Singapore’s Prime Minister’s Office, SkillsFuture Singapore (to encourage lifelong learning), and the Climate Change Development Authority of Papua New Guinea.

He has worked at both macro and micro levels, assessing the demand and supply of critical skills across industries at SkillsFuture Singapore, crafting scenarios for the future at the Prime Minister’s Office in Singapore, creating sustainable development plans with provinces in Indonesia while at McKinsey, scaling up agricultural extension services in Ethiopia through good governance and business practices, and building talent at the Office of Climate Change and Development in Papua New Guinea. Rahul holds a Master in Public Policy at Harvard University, focusing on political and economic development.

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  • We will adhere to strict social distancing SOP and hygiene practices as advised by the Malaysian National Security Council (MKN) during the workshop.
  • Workshop ticket includes SST charges, COVID-19 antigen rapid test kit, teaching fee, program materials and meals for both days (excludes travel and accommodation expenses).
  • Breakfast, lunch and tea meals will be individually packed.
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