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.
VFS was founded by Richard Lum, a Hawai'i native 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’ 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 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. He resides in Honolulu, HI.
Wendy Schultz, PhD
Foresight and Training
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.
Based in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, Mr. Margolese-Malin is an experienced researcher and analyst working in foresight, with particular experience in science, technology, and environmental policy. Mr Margolese-Malin holds a Master's Degree in International Studies with a concentration in Futures Studies from the University of Denver.
Ms. Arnold is a USGBC LEED Accredited Professional focused on sustainability and multiple bottom-line strategies (financial, environmental, and social). She holds a BS in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Colorado at Boulder and a Master’s in Corporate Sustainability from San Jose State University.
Ms. Butchart is earning 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.
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 New York.
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 Hawaii and New Zealand.
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.
Mr. Hooge is an accomplished futures researcher and services designer who holds a MSc in Management from EM Lyon Business School and a MPhil in Management Science from Jean Moulin Lyon 3 University. He works with most major French cities on participatory futures research. He lives in Lyon, France.
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.
Ms. Lazarova is an exceptional reseacher and analyst, trained in futures techniques and methodologies by Infinite Futures, Oxford, UK. Ms. Lazarova holds a Master’s Degree in International Relations and European Politics from the University of Westminster. She currently lives in Singapore.
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.