About us

Our expertise: Helping organizations benefit from future foresight

Our founding team at Futures Platform has a unique combination of expertise in market intelligence, foresight work, co-design, and software to support team work in organizations.

The idea of Futures Platform grew from this experience. In our work with customers we have seen that the value of foresight is widely recognized in companies and public organizations, yet tools to help look into the future are usually not available. As a result, many organizations don't utilize strategic foresight in their plans and end up not sufficiently preparing for future trends and disruptive changes that will have great impact on their operations.

Futures Platform manifests our vision of foresight at its best: It should be easy, engaging and fun. Clients praise Futures Platform for its engaging visual approach and for allowing them to quickly and easily customize the setup to match the topic they are working with. Futures Platform is often used to support work related to strategic planning, product and services innovation, marketing development and thought leadership, to name some of the most usual application areas.

 

FUTURES PLATFORM FOUNDERS

Mika Ilari Koskinen, CX & Technology Director

Mika is in charge of the Futures Platform user experience, which has delighted users ever since the first version of Futures Platform was presented to customers years ago. Mika Ilari is a designer and architect with over 20 years of experience in digital service design. He was a co-founder of foresight consulting firm Alternative Futures together with Tuomo Kuosa and Jari Koskinen, the team that designed the original product versions of Futures Platform.

 

Dr. Tuomo Kuosa, Content Director

Tuomo leads the foresight content delivery team at Futures Platform. He is a futurist specialising in strategic foresight, futures research methodology, and anticipating societal transformation. Author of the book "The Evolution of Strategic Foresight“. Tuomo has extensive experience of customer needs with regards to strategic foresight, having worked in Finland and Singapore advising organizations in future focused planning processes.

 

Jari Koskinen, Consulting Director

Jari makes sure the functionality of Futures Platform is in line with customers’ practical use cases, adding real value to innovation and change processes that customers go through. Jari is a futurist & co-designer with a vast consulting experience in service concept design, brand management, participatory strategy work and facilitation of change processes.

 

Ville Vanhala, CEO

Ville steers Futures Platform as a company to grow, develop and have what it takes to provide an always-evolving tool to support customers' future foresight ability. Ville has worked with market insights all his professional life. He developed deep expertise in market insights solutions after he co-founded a market intelligence company in 1999 and led the development of the firm’s market monitoring services, which by 2014 were being delivered to customers worldwide by 150 intelligence professionals working in offices across Asia, Europe and Americas. Ville started his career at McKinsey & Company.  

 

Markko Vaarnas, Chairman of the Board

As Managing Partner of accelerator company Takeoff Partners, Markko is a specialist in internationalizing B2B software and service companies. Markko has a background as an entrepreneur, in 1999 co-founding market insights company Global Intelligence Alliance  and growing the company to 10 offices across four continents. 

 

A GROWING TEAM

At Futures Platform we are happy to have  an expanding, diverse team of experts working together to ensure Futures Platform constantly develops as the most helpful tool for bringing foresight into your work. Our experts are here for you, ready to advise on both the technical aspects of how to optimally use the functionality of the Futures Platform tool, as well as discuss with you about the trends and megatrends we cover in the content set of Futures Platform.

 

CONTENT ADVISORY BOARD

We strive to continuously develop Future Platform's trends database as a balanced and unbiased repository of knowledge about important drivers of change. We seek expert feedback and development suggestions from internationally recognized experts in future foresight and we have established a Content Advisory Board for a regular exchange of viewpoints with these key experts, whose feedback we gratefully receive.

Current members of the Futures Platform Content Advisory Board

Sohail Inayatullah, PhD

Professor at Tamkang University, Taipei (Graduate Institute of Futures Studies); Associate, Melbourne Business School, University of Melbourne, and Adjunct Professor at the University of the Sunshine Coast. First UNESCO Chair in Futures Studies.  Laurel award for all-time best futurist by the Shaping Tomorrow Foresight Network. Co-Editor of the Journal of Futures Studies and on the editorial boards of World Future Review, and Foresight.

Gerard D. Drenth, MBA, Msc

Associate Fellow at Saïd Business School, Oxford University, and Senior Partner and Managing Director at NormannPartners, an international consulting firm focusing on innovation, strategy and scenarios. Prior to moving into Consulting Gerard was with Shell in a variety of roles during 1990-2004. He spent the last five years with Shell as the Scenario Manager in Shell’s global scenario team in London. During 2004-2011 Gerard worked in the financial sector as VP at Morgan Stanley.  

John P. Geis, PhD

Col John P. Geis II, PhD, USAF, retired; Director, Airpower Research Task Force. Formerly Chief of Research at the Air Force Research Institute and the former director of the Air Force Center for Strategy and Technology (CSAT) . Published author on long-range strategic planning, widely read publications including  “Discord or Harmonious Society? China in 2030" , "Blue Horizons II: Future Capabilities and Technologies for the Air Force in 2030” and "The Alternative Futures for Air Force 2025."

 

CONSULTING PARTNERS

While our Futures Platform team is always happy to advise you on the best ways to bring foresight into your work and help integrate Futures Platform with projects or prcoesses in your organization,  we are eager to connect you with experts in relevant domains if you are looking for support on how to best integrate foresight with your work. We have established partnerships with consulting firms that are experts in strategy work, foresight and scenario projects, marketing renewal, innovation processes, and HR development.  Feel free to ask us for a recommendation on the most suitable partner for your situation. Our partners are experienced in bringing the value of the Futures Platform tool into different projects and organizational contexts.