Bob Johansen was president and CEO of the Institute for the Future from 1996 to 2004 and is now the IFTF Distinguished Fellow, as well as serving on its board. Before becoming president, Bob created and led a research program at IFTF on emerging information technologies—now called the Technology Horizons Program.
Bob is a ten-year forecaster who has outlived his forecasts more than three times over. He works interactively with top leaders across a wide range of business, government, and nonprofit organizations. He creates video-enhanced immersion experiences in the future for large and small groups. For Bob, a 10-year forecast is a story from the future that provokes insight in the present.
Bob is trained as a social scientist, with experience at the edges of multiple disciplines. He holds a BS degree from the University of Illinois, where he attended on a varsity basketball scholarship, and a Ph.D. from Northwestern University. Bob also has an M.Div. degree from Crozer Theological Seminary, where he studied comparative religions. He is the author of six books, including GlobalWork: Bridging Distance, Culture, and Time.