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John Sweeney Chief Futurist at Etch Foundation


John A. Sweeney is an award-winning designer, author, and futurist. Having worked in over 40 countries with extensive experience in Eastern Europe, Southeast Asia, and the MENA region, John has consulted for universities, international development and humanitarian aid agencies, nonprofit foundations, Fortune 500 companies, and educational and cultural organizations, such as The Joint Research Centre of the European Commission, the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, Singapore's Centre for Strategic Futures, Dubai's Mohammed Bin Rashid Center for Government Innovation, and numerous UN agencies. At present, John works as the Chief Futurist at the Etch Foundation. He recently served as Deputy Director at the Centre for Postnormal Policy and Futures Studies and, during his PhD studies, as a Researcher at the Hawaii Research Center for Futures Studies. He will complete his PhD in Futures Studies in December 2018. John's research has been published in Futures, The Journal of Futures Studies, and other academic and media outlets. He tweets on trends, emerging issues, and things just over the horizon at @aloha_futures.

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