Speakers Profile - Sohail Inayatullah

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Professor Sohail Inayatullah is a political scientist/futurist at Tamkang University, Taiwan and the University of the Sunshine Coast. He also co-teaches an annual course titled, "Futures thinking and strategy development" at Mt Eliza Executive Education, Melbourne Business School. In 1999 he held the Unesco Chair at the University of Trier, Germany.

He is the 2010 Laurel award winner for all time best futurists as voted by the Foresight network, an association of 2750 foresight professionals. Previous winners include Alvin Toffler, Ray Kurzweil, James Dator and Hazel Henderson.

In the past few years, among other groups, he has addressed or conducted foresight workshops for the Australian Government Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry (workshops in Vietnam and Indonesia as well in Canberra, Australia); Department of Virtual Global Taskforce for Child Safety on the Internet; The Gold Coast City Council Surfers Paradise Vision 2040 Project; the Institute for Safety, Compensation and Research Recovery, Melbourne; the Victoria Healthcare Association, Melbourne; the Executive Challenge Academy, Brisbane; Suncorp Bank, Brisbane; The Benevolent Society, Brisbane; Workforce Council, Brisbane; the Sunshine Coast Regional Council, Maroochydore; the Canadian Police College, Ottawa; Health Canada, Ottawa; Fore-Can: Foresight for Canadian Animal Health, Ottawa; The Australia Federal Police, Canberra; the International Pearls In Policing Program, Vancouver, the Hague and Sydney; the Dutch Police Institute, the Hague; the Istanbul Chamber of Industry, Istanbul; the Australian Hospitals and Healthcare Association, Hobart; the Thai Capital Markets Academy, Phuket; The Ministry of Trade and Investment, Government of Singapore; Public Service Division, Office of the Prime Minister, Government of Singapore; the Singapore Armed Forces, Singapore; the World Congress of Health Professionals, Perth; the World Congress of Occupational Therapists, Sydney; the Institute of Hospital Engineering, Gold Coast ; John Holland Construction, Gold Coast; the Australian Government Department of Veterans' Association, Canberra; Sabanci Corporation, Istanbul; Ernst and Young, Melbourne and Sydney; BlueScope Corporation, Melbourne; Boeing, Coolum; Bristol Myers Squibb, Melbourne and Singapore; the Medical Board of Queensland, Brisbane; the Conference of Chief Procurement Officers, Melbourne; the Australian Information Industry Association, Melbourne; Microsoft Innovative Schools, Sippy Downs; GlaxoSmithKline, Melbourne; the Australian Capital Territory Principals Association, Canberra; the Brisbane Ideas Festival, Brisbane; Bio-Security Australia, Canberra; the Global Knowledge Conference, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia; the Indonesia 2014 and Beyond Forum, Singapore.

Along with teaching foresight courses at Tamkang University, he has taught foresight courses for a number of groups including the OIC Standing Committee on Science and Technology, Islamabad, the World Futures Studies Federation (in Andorra, Dubrovnik, Fiji, Thailand), for IBN International on University futures and Public sector futures (Kuala Lumpur), University Sains Malaysia (Penang), APECTF (Bangkok), the Australian Government Department of Fisheries, Agriculture and Forestry Biosecurity Services (Canberra), the Canadian Police College (Ottawa), Queensland Government (Brisbane), and for Brisbane, Logan, Maroochydore and Gold Coast City Councils (Southeast Queensland). In the near future he will run foresight courses for APEC and the Australian government on the theme of One health futures (in Hanoi, Bali and Cebu) and for the Victoria courts and tribunals on the theme of Justice futures.

Professor Inayatullah has authored/edited thirty books, journal special issues and cdroms and over 350 journal articles and book chapters as well contributed to the Oxford Encyclopedia of Peace, the Routledge Encyclopedia of Philosophy, The Macmillan Encyclopedia of the Future and the Unesco Encyclopedia of Life Support Systems.