Our method and team

About us

Focusing on your future

Our premise is that everyone can become a future strategist. We strive for foresight-driven strategy in every organization. Futureconsult analyzes, supports, reflects, surprises and connects. We are equal part experts on the future as we are process managers and have been working for governments, profit and non-profit organisations for 15 years.

Futureconsult helps organizations anticipate and shape their future. We focus on future studies and future-proof strategy development. The presentation and envisioning of the future helps to break dominant thinking within an organization. We broaden and deepen perceptions.

We will assist you in the preparation, development and implementation of long term strategy. Moreover, we provide masterclasses about the theory and practice of the future strategist.

Principles

  1. Thinking and acting together
    Our projects are brought about in co-creation with our client. We encourage and offer support when needed, and our objective is to develop the ability to anticipate the future within your own organization and team.
  2. Honest about uncertainty
    Uncertainty is always the point of departure when talking about future strategy. We do not offer deterministic images of the future. Instead, we offer insight into uncertainties and how to strategically manage these uncertainties.
  3. Shared decisions
    Our working method offers the possibility to involve external and internal stakeholders in shaping your future oriented strategy.

We have vacancies!

We are always looking for talent. Send us your open application or take a look at our current vacancies. Fluent Dutch is a prerequisite.

Take a look at our vacancies

Meet our team

Our team
Jan Nekkers

Jan Nekkers

Director | Futurologist | Future Strategist

Jan Nekkers is the founder of Futureconsult. His starting point is that although the future is unpredictable, we can speak in a meaningful way about it. Jan is an experienced futurologist. Next to his work at Futureconsult, Jan lectures at the University of Amsterdam and Nyenrode Business University.

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Zsa Zsa Balian

Zsa Zsa Balian

Advisor | Future strategist

Zsa Zsa is curious about the future of our society. She wants to make sure that all new ideas, choices and solutions are future-proof. At Futureconsult she lead several municipal vision projects, about which she wrote the book ‘Vision on vision’. Zsa Zsa studied anthropology and mathematics at the University of Amsterdam.

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Maja Bosch

Maja Bosch

Advisor | Future strategist

Maja Bosch is interested in the intersection between technology and society, from her conviction that sustainability can either make or break our future. She is a member of the board of the Dutch Future Society and has lead strategy assignments for a broad spectrum of organizations. Maja studied industrial ecology at Technical University Delft.

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Loulou Nekkers

Loulou Nekkers

Advisor | Future strategist

Loulou Nekkers used to work as a teacher and manager in primary education. Now she advises municipalities and educational institutions how they can shape their future, involving the local youth.

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Tessa Speelman

Tessa Speelman

Junior advisor | Future strategist

Tessa Speelman has studied International Public Management and Public Policy at the Erasmus University Rotterdam. She is motivated to translate big societal trends and ambitious goals into concrete steps to move to a futureproof society. She aims to look beyond borders and wants to motivate others to challenge their thinking patterns and routines.

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Rosa Baggelaar

Rosa Baggelaar

Junior advisor

Rosa Baggelaar is a Master’s student in Political Legitimacy and Justice (Political Science). With a background in Philosophy, she is interested in the way we use political concepts like democracy, justice and diversity and how their broad range of meanings influences future policy. She aims to use her structural way of thinking about politics and society to advise and think about the future.

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Erwin de Craen

Erwin de Craen

Junior advisor

Erwin de Craen studies public administration and organisational science at Utrecht university and is actively involved in student participation on education affairs. Erwin is interested in a wide variety of public issues, ranging from sustainable development to homeland security. He likes to ask himself where possible challenges may arise for public managers, in the context of a rapid changing society. He is interested in making clear points of engagement out of uncertain issues and helping organisations to create value by means of future-oriented thinking.

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Wisna Philipsen

Wisna Philipsen

Junior advisor

Wisna Philipsen is a masterstudent Governance and Management of Complex Systems on Erasmus University Rotterdam with a background in Public Administration. During her master programme Wisna focuses on new forms of governance and management which deal with the complex challenges the public sector in the current network society faces. Through an internship at Futureconsult, she would like to demonstrate her knowledge and skills for a strong public sector.

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Melanie van Polen

Melanie van Polen

Online Communication

Melanie van Polen takes care of the online communication at Futureconsult.

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Associates

Associates

Peter van der Wel

Associate

Peter van der Wel loves the future. For over 20 years he has been a professional speaker at congresses, seminars and other events oriented on the future. As a futurist, economist and professional speaker he inspires and surprises with his insights and presentations. Peter has worked for many larger multinationals, SMEs, non-profits and governmental organizations.

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Wim Derksen

Associate

Prof. Dr. Wim Derksen is an independent consultant in public management. The majority of his work is focused on the training of governmental professionals at ministries, provinces and municipalities. He develops masterclasses and curricula on the interface between theory and policy, using his rich experience from various government and academic roles.

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Ellen Sprenger

Associate

Ellen Sprenger used to work for Oxfam Novib on women’s rights and quality management and was the director of Mama Cash. Her background is in international development studies. Since 2004, Ellen is located in Toronto and founded Spring Strategies. Spring Strategies helps social and environmental justice leaders and their organizations drive and accelerate change. Her approach is both down-to-earth and transformative, based on leading edge thinking, tools and innovations.

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Partners

Partners

Futureconsult involves its network of partners when needed.

Eager to find out how Futureconsult can help your organization?

Send us an e-mail at info@futureconsult.nl or call us at +31 20 320 3100.