Raya Bidshahri is the Founder and CEO of the School of Humanity, a revolutionary online school with a progressive model and skill-based curriculum with a mission to reinvent education to better serve our species. In addition to founding School of Humanity, Raya also founded Awecademy and co-founded various national and international initiatives including The Dubai Science Festival, Intelligent Optimism, and Cafe Scientifique Dubai, all organizations that serve to increase scientific literacy among the general public. Raya has spoken at numerous conferences including G20/Y20 Summit, Global Education Forum, UNESCO Expo-Sciences, and GESS Leaders. She is listed by the BBC as one of the top 100 most influential and inspiring women.
The Next Generation Foresight Practitioners (NGFP) programme exists to accelerate the transformation of the next generation of changemakers using foresight as a key tool to envision inclusive and equitable futures globally. It supports them by driving their integral role in agenda-setting and connecting them with today’s decision-makers. With over 350 members from 69 countries across 6 continents, the NGFP network is one of the largest global networks of future-alert activists and practitioners in the world. The awards and programme were established to explicitly address a lack of representation of young, non-western, future-alert activists in decisions, conversations and changes that are taking place in communities around the world, whether at a global, regional or local level. The conversations generated by this panel will focus on the importance, power and impact that the new generation of foresight practitioners, change-makers and leaders in different fields and sectors have made in reimagining and shaping desirable futures. We will particularly focus on the journey and success stories from the NGFP fellows, as well as the new and exciting NGFP programmes highlighting and strengthening the voices of the next generation of foresight thinkers around the world.