For the last two decades, Dr. Amy Zalman has worked with leaders and organizations to accelerate vanguard thinking and accelerated approaches to future change. She is the founder and CEO of Prescient, a strategic foresight firm and a professor of Strategic Foresight at Georgetown University in Washington DC. Huffington Post called her one of the world’s seven top futurists in 2015, and she was cited in Forbes as one of the world’s 50 leading female futurists in 2020.
Dr. Zalman is the former Chief Executive Officer and President of the World Future Society, the world’s first and largest membership organization for futurists, and advocacy on behalf of future-critical issues. She was the first Department of Defense appointed Chair of Information Integration at the U.S. National War College in Washington DC.
Dr. Zalman has provided keynotes and briefings to corporate, government and military leaders on five continents, on topics including the future of government and industry in a global, hi-tech world; leadership and organizational transformation; how to think like a futurist to anticipate and create change; and how to use uncertainty as the key to competitive advantage.
Dr. Zalman has also developed a proprietary approach to organizational transformation using a narrative framework, and has worked with diverse organizations to help them generate new narratives that model and invite new stakeholder behavior. Her book, Strategic Narrative: A Framework for Accelerating Innovation, offers practical guidance for leaders seeking to reinvent their organizations.
She has provided testimony to U.S. Congress and regularly advises senior military and intelligence leaders on issues related to the long term future environment. Her expertise has been featured on CGTN, BBC, CNBC, MSNBC, Voice of America and in many other publications.
She holds a Ph.D. in Middle Eastern Studies from New York University, and additional degrees in literature and fine arts from Cornell and Columbia Universities. She is a former Fulbright scholar in Jordan, and a former fellow at the EastWest Institute in New York, and has served on the faculties of New York University, Cornell University, and the New School University. She also holds an honorary masters degree in national security studies from the U.S. National War College.