MEET TEAM VFS
Our teams are built around a core of academically-trained and experienced foresight professionals, augmented by a network of experts with a unique spectrum of skills and experience in business, nonprofits, and government. We live and work by our core values: sinceritas, humilitas, and implacabilis.
VFS was founded by Richard Lum, a native Hawaiian who loves big picture thinking, big history, and complex challenges. Getting ready to finish college he stumbled upon the field of study that he was born to work in: futures studies. Hawai'i is a beautiful place, but it also happens to be one of the few global centers of excellence for foresight education, and many of VFS’s associates found their way to the futures program tucked away in the lush green valley of Manoa and overlooking the famed beaches of Waikiki.
While most leaders today grow concerned when they confront the rising complexity of the world and the deepening uncertainty about the future (and rightly so, frankly), our foresight professionals get excited by the challenge this poses to planning and prioritizing. With training from some of the world’s best and longest-running foresight programs, we are skilled at “formulating the mess” and making sense out of confusing signals of change and turbulence. And we love teaching others to navigate the uncertainties (and possibilities) that lie between us and the future.
Our mission: to help others make better sense of the world around them so they can create the most desirable futures possible.
Richard Kaipo Lum, PhD
Founder and CEO
Richard Kaipo Lum is the founder and chief executive of Vision Foresight Strategy. He is an academically trained futurist who holds a PhD in Political Science from the University of Hawai‘i's Alternative Futures Program. Kaipo resides in Honolulu, HI.
Director of SOF Futures
Mr. Brown holds a Master of Science in Defense Analysis. He is a retired Army Special Forces officer, he served in key roles in Joint Operations Planning, Strategic Analysis, and Technology Integration. Chris lives in North Carolina.
Ms. Arashiro earned her MS degrees in Computer Engineering and Engineering Management. She has worked in aerospace, biosciences, and telecommunications. Lori lives in Honolulu, HI.
Ms. Samiere earned her Master of Public Administration from the University of Hawai'i. She has worked in public sector research and legislative analysis. Jasmine lives in Honolulu, HI.
Wendy Schultz, PhD
Dr. Schultz earned both her MA and PhD in Alternative Futures at the University of Hawai’i at Manoa and has over thirty years of foresight practice all over the world. She lives in Oxford, England.
Anna Butchart, PhD
Dr. Butchart earned her PhD in the Alternative Futures Program at the University of Hawai'i. She has ten years of experience in the British Diplomatic and Civil Services with expertise in Energy and Climate Change, Maritime Security, and the Middle East and North Africa. Anna lives in the UK.
Mr. Cederquist is a retired Navy SEAL with 24 years of service. His focus is on strategic leadership, complex decision making, and emerging technology. He holds a Bachelors in Civil Engineering from the Virginia Military Institute and is based in Virginia Beach, VA.
Mr. Costigan is a strategist and technologist in diverse security and technology fields including cybersecurity and foresight. He directs studies on Emerging Security Challenges and teaches information technology and international affairs courses in the US and Germany. He is based in the Mid West.
Malia K. Du Mont
Ms. Du Mont has spent most of her career in national security, serving most recently as Director of Strategy in the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Policy, managing the intelligence, futures, and strategic risk portfolios. She is a China specialist and received her Master of Public Policy from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government.
Ms. Gardner has more than a decade of experience working with global leaders in Asia, North America, and Europe on economics, foreign policy, and leadership development. She holds an MS in Negotiation and Conflict Resolution from Columbia University. She is based in New York.
Fourteen years in the military took Anne Gibbon from her undergraduate studies as a Naval Academy midshipman to a final assignment of building an internal think tank at Naval Special Warfare. Ms. Gibbon has been a fellow at Stanford’s Design School. She currently works in Washington State.
Mr. Golden is an academically trained futurist who holds a Master's degree from the University of Houston Futures Studies program. He is co-author of Designing Your Future (2008) and has co-written several business white papers including the Future of the Social Web and the Future of Green as a Business Strategy.
Ms. Hichert is a futurist and expert scenario planner/facilitator of strategic conversations who holds an MBA specializing in Strategy and Forecasting, and a M.Phil in Futures Studies (cum laude) from Stellenbosch University. She is based in Cape Town, South Africa, and works all over the world.
Ms. King is a Master's candidate in the Foresight program at the University of Houston. She has consulted on the futures of education with organizations such as Knowledgworks, The San Diego Foundation, and the Lumina Foundation. She works with Teach the Future. She is based in Northern California.
William Wieninger, PhD
Based in Honolulu, Hawai‘i, Dr. Wieninger has an extensive career in the US Air Force providing command policy advice and designing and conducting training on a variety of global and security issues. Dr. Wieninger has an MA in Political Science from UC Riverside and holds a PhD in Political Science from McGill University.