Jerome C. Glenn

Director of the Millennium Project

The World Federation of United Nations Associations



Jerome C. Glenn is the Director of the Millennium Project (on global futures research) of the World Federation of United Nations Associations and co-author with Ted Gordon of the annual State of the Future of the Millennium Project for the past eleven years.


He has 37 years of Futures Research experience working for governments, international organizations, and private industry in Science & Technology Policy, Economics, Education, Defense, Space, Futures Research Methodology, International Telecommunications, and Decision Support Systems with the Committee for the Future, Hudson Institute, Future Options Room, and the Millennium Project. He has addressed over 300 government departments, universities, NGOs, UN organizations, and/or corporations around the world on a variety of future-oriented topics. Glenn has published over 100 future-oriented articles.


Glenn was the Deputy Director of Partnership for Productivity International involved in national strategic planning, institutional design, training, and evaluation in economic development in Africa, the Middle East, Asia, the Caribbean, and Latin America and created CARINET in 1983 as the leading computer network in the developing world subsequently bought by CGNet.  He has been an independent consultant for the World Bank, UNDP, UNU, UNESCO, FAO, UNEP, US/EPA, USAID, and several governments and corporations.


He invented the "Futures Wheel" a futures assessment technique, Futuristic Curriculum Development, and concepts such as conscious-technology, transinstutions, tele-nations, management by understanding, definition of environmental security, feminine brain drain, just-in-time knowledge and learning, information warfare, feelysis, and nodes as a management concept for interconnecting global and local views and actions. Saturday Review named him among the most unusually gifted leaders of America for his pioneering work in Tropical Medicine (national Leprosy system while a Peace Corp Volunteer), Future-Oriented Education, and Participatory Decision Making Systems in 1974. He was instrumental in naming the first Space Shuttle the Enterprise and banning the first space weapon (FOBS) in SALT II.




Kirsti Lonka

Professor of Educational Psychology, Director

Research Centre for Educational Psychology, University of Helsinki



Kirsti Lonka, Ph.D, is Professor of Educational Psychology and Director of the Research Centre for Educational Psychology, University of Helsinki, Finland. She is also a Foreign Adjunct Professor at the Department of LIME, Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm, Sweden. In 2007-2008, she was the J.H. Bijtel Visiting Professor at the University Medical Centre Groningen, The Netherlands. She was working as Professor of Medical Education 2001-2005 and the Director of Centre for Cognition, Understanding and Learning 2002-2005 at the Department of LIME, Karolinska Institutet, Sweden. During 1996-2001, she was a Senior Lecturer and the Director of the Development and Research Centre for Learning at the Faculty of Medicine, University of Helsinki, Finland. During that time, she was helped the Medical School to move into problem-based curriculum. During 1986-1996 she was Junior Lecturer at the Department of psychology, University of Helsinki, Finland.


Kirsti Lonka became Master of Arts (Psychology) 1986 and Ph.D. (Psychology) in 1997 at the Department of Psychology, University of Helsinki, Finland. During the years 1988-1989 she carried out her Ph.D. course work at OISE (Ontario Institute for Studies in Education), Toronto, Canada.


With business people, she has collaborated in the field of HR. People are usually interested in hearing, how people learn, how to develop competencies and intelligent organizations as well as leadership. She is also a productive author, and has published plenty of scientific articles, book chapters, text books (also edited) and popular texts in Finnish, Swedish and English. Her main research interests are student learning in higher education, especially in medicine, psychology, and teacher education. Other topics are study strategies, psychology of writing, problem-based learning, interprofessional teamwork and web-based learning. She has been involved in developing new activating ways of teaching and learning at the university.



Pasi Sahlberg

Senior Education Policy Expert (Lead Education Specialist)

European Training Foundation



Pasi Sahlberg has a long career in education. He was teaching mathematics and physics in the Teacher Training School at the University of Helsinki from1986 to 1991. He then moved to the Ministry of Education (National Board of Education) to serve as Senior Advisor in science education, Head of the Curriculum Implementation Unit, and later as Counsellor to the Deputy Director General. In 2000 he was invited to take the leadership of the Center for School Development in the University of Helsinki until the end of 2002. He is Adjunct Professor in the Faculty of Education, University of Helsinki.


From the beginning of 2003 he worked as Senior Education Specialist in the World Bank in Washington, DC. He was responsible for education projects in Europe and Central Asia. He was working with a number of governments to help them in improving education policies and implementing system-wide education reforms. Since June 2007 he has been working with the European Training Foundation, in Torino, Italy, as Lead Education Specialist helping governments, schools and leaders to learn and improve their education policies and practices for better quality of life for all.


Pasi Sahlberg has been one of the leading figures in promoting educational change and cooperative learning in Scandinavia through both training and research. He has published numerous books, most of them written for Finnish audiences. He sits at the Board of Directors of the International Association for Studies of Cooperation in Education (IASCE) and Editorial Board of Journal of Educational Change.


Currently his research interests are related to cooperative learning in practice, educational change, school improvement and global education policy development. He has worked with OECD, World Bank, European Union and the Government of Finland in more than 30 countries in Africa, Central Asia, Middle East, Central and Eastern Europe and North America. This work includes preparing projects, providing policy advice to Ministries, evaluation education reforms and speaking to the professional communities. He has led workshops on cooperative learning, mathematics learning and teaching methods in several countries, been a keynote speaker in conferences and facilitated seminars on education reform. He continuously keeps up close relation to school life by visiting classroom and working with pupils who want to experience the joy of learning together. See www.pasisahlberg.com for more.







Finland Futures Research Centre, Turku School of Economics



Professor Pirjo Ståhle's main area of specialization is the capability of organizations and societies for renewal and innovation. For several years, she has occupied a bridge-building position between business, academia and government. At the same time, she is one of the few experts who has inside knowledge of the challenges of renewal faced by both the business world and education system. Pirjo Ståhle has emphasized that not only businesses, universities and intermediary organizations, but also schools play a crucial role in the development of the national innovation system.


Pirjo Ståhle has been involved in business renewal and innovation projects for more than 20 years and written numerous books and publications on organizational renewal. She has also served on many national and international expert panels in the areas of innovation, education and foresight.


Professor Pirjo Ståhle is often mentioned as a pioneer of Finnish knowledge management: She was the country's first-ever Chief Knowledge Officer (Sonera 1998-2001), first Professor of Knowledge Management (Lappeenranta University of Technology 2001-2007), and her book on knowledge management (together with M. Grönroos) was the first Finnish book on this subject. In 2006, Professor Ståhle was invited to become a founder member of the New Club of Paris, an international forum dedicated to knowledge society issues.


Professor Ståhle has published several books and more than 100 articles in popular and scientific publications and given numerous lectures and presentations on themes related to organizational renewal, innovative management, and knowledge-intensive economy. She is currently a Professor at the Finland Futures Research Centre, Turku School of Economics.





Karl-Erik Sveiby

Professor of Knowledge Management

Hanken, Swedish School of Economics and Business Administration



Professor Karl-Erik Sveiby is often described as one of the "founding fathers" of Knowledge Management, having pioneered many of the fundamental concepts. In 1986 he published his first book in Swedish, "Kunskapsföretaget", in which he explored how to manage the rapidly growing "Knowledge Companies", organisations that have no traditional production, only the knowledge and the creativity of their employees. It became an instant bestseller and he became the source of inspiration of the very early "Swedish movement" in knowledge management in both research and practice.



Being owner and a manager of a publishing company for 15 years, which he was instrumental in developing into Sweden's largest in trade press Ekonomi & Teknik Förlag, he recognised the need to measure the intangible assets, and he went on pioneering accounting practices for intangible assets, testing them in his own company. Today he is professor, researcher, developer of tools and methodologies and advisor to corporations and governments worldwide. He has published 13 books and numerous articles and scientific papers.





Teppo Turkki


Institute for Art, Development and Education for the Art Universities of Finland (IADE)


Teppo Turkki has been working with his visions and insights into the future of many aspects of information society, culture, media and our daily lives. He is also a specialist for development of ICT, culture industries and economics and change in the societies in Asia - especially in Japan.

Before entering the post in IADE he worked as a visiting scholar in Waseda University in Tokyo. Mr Turkki is also a Research Fellow, Centre for Global Communications, International University of Japan. Mr Turkki has worked as an Executive Adviser for the CEO from Elisa Corporation which is a leading nationwide communications group in Finland (1998-2003) and a researcher in SITRA (Finnish National Fund for Research and Development (1996-1998). In this position he learned how the digital culture may influence the creation of individual identities and the establishment of diverse groups. Earlier he has worked as director of the audiovisual journalism programme in the Department of Film and Television, at the University of Art and Design in Helsinki.

Two years ago Mr Turkki wrote a very well received book about Japan (Kahdeksan pilven takaa - Japanin murros ja uusi nousu, Behind the Eight Clouds - transformation and new rise of Japan, EDITA 2005) and a book about digital culture titled Selfhood in the Media - Hunting for New Identities (1998). Mr Turkki was one of the founders of Finland's first local radio station, Radio City, and he has worked as a journalist and a columnist in Finland's leading media. He has also directed and written several documentary programmes and extensive serials on TV and in the radio.