Derek Woodgate is a consulting futurist, educator, author, speaker and curator. He is the President and Chief Futurist of The Futures Lab, Inc., a foresight consultancy, he founded in 1996, which specializes in creating future potential for major corporations and institutions, including governments, NGOs and academia.
In addition, Derek is an Assistant Professor in the ICT Department of the Engineering and Science Faculty at the University of Adger in Norway and an Adjunct Professor at the University of Houston College of Technology Foresight Program. In all cases, he teaches Grad and PhD students in Applied Foresight. Recently, he was appointed to the Executive Board of the Center for Futures Studies at the University of Dubai. Derek is also a member of the World Futures Studies Federation UNESCO Committee. Derek is a resident of USA and UAE and has extensive experience of UAE government operations. Derek has BA in Eastern European Studies and a MA in Political Economics and is currently a PhD candidate in the ICT Department at the Faculty of Engineering and Science University of Adger, where he is awaiting his dissertation defense.
His book, Future Frequencies (2004) was considered paradigm shifting in the foresight field, and his various pieces already published from his forthcoming book Future Flow give a fresh look at how experiential manifestations can be designed to facilitate new approaches to exploration, innovation, and learning. Presently, his academic papers are concerned primarily with advances in futures studies methods and approaches, emerging technologies, the future of work and societal development, immersive spatial narratives and increasing human creativity. Derek's other published works include: The Future of Advertising - a chapter in “PR Rules: The Playbook" (2014), “Calling the Toads—A Burroughs Compendium” (1999), co-authored with Lee Ranaldo of Sonic Youth, Allen Ginsberg, and Douglas Brinkley. His recent paper “Immersive spatial narratives as a framework for augmenting creativity in foresight-based learning systems” (On the Horizon 2019) won the 2020 Emerald Literati Award for Excellence.
Executive Management Experience
Prior to The Futures Lab Inc., Derek had previous experience as an executive on the board of two major international corporations with over 20 years SVP-level management in global strategy. He started his career as a diplomat with the British Government (FCO).
Derek is a world-renowned conference speaker on a myriad of future-related subjects, particularly those related to the impact of future technologies on transformative societies, security and intelligent environments, policing, smart city development and transportation, multimedia and technology enhanced training, future lifestyles and the changing human and the future of work.
He has lived and worked in eleven countries and is at home in seven languages (English, Croatian, French, Italian, Bulgarian, Russian and Dutch).
Derek is a founding and ex-board member of the Association of Professional Futurists and ex-President of the World Futures Society Texas Chapter and a long-term member of the World Futures Studies Federation, where he now sits on the UNESCO Committee.