…that gracefully make routine rounds at a different customer’s lunge line in the consulting business.
There is no such thing as a one-size-fits-all strategy for the future. That is why we do not sell standardized packages or mass products. As passionate futurists, we devote ourselves to exclusive studies and projects that separate the wheat from the chaff.
Together, we launched the think tank and foresight company Themis Foresight in April 2021. We are curious about the future, passionate, and motivated to deepen our understanding of possible and probable futures. Every single one of us has passed up safer or better-paid jobs to live our mission.
is to infuse businesses with our understanding of the future, to enable them to seize the opportunities of market-shaping technologies and thereby shape the future of the European and global economies.
The countries where we have studied or worked which have broadened the horizon of our team.
We all know and trust each other through a shared working experience at an established consulting and research institute. Our strength as a team comes from our combined expertise as highly qualified researchers from a wide range of disciplines. The distinctiveness of our research questions and the depth of our answers are strengthened by the diversity of our work and life experiences.
Jan founded Themis Foresight to anticipate economic, technological, social, and political drivers of future change. He and his team are driven by the conviction that outstanding futures research is key for the strategic direction of Europe’s business and entrepreneurial elite. Accordingly, he has injected unique quality standards into the DNA of Themis Foresight’s research ethics for the European region.
Client Projects: Jan is a highly demanded sparring partner and speaker. He exclusively advises business leaders on how to steer their companies towards a prosperous future. To this end, he has developed a deep and broad understanding of various industries and their future potential through years of research and consulting.
Research experience: Futures research on industrial work, social market economy, preventive health care, AI, food production, trade, major international ports, financial sector, urban and rural development, mobility.
Other research interests: China, life extension.
Academic Training: Modern and Contemporary History and Slavic Studies
Jan has lived and worked on four continents. He has held leadership positions in corporations and startups. His career path has taken him through publishing, real estate, IT, and finance. Until founding Themis Foresight, he was most recently CEO of 2b AHEAD ThinkTank GmbH for seven years. There, he led the ThinkTank Universe research team. Jan finds his balance in many intellectual interests. He gets peace, energy, and inspiration from his private family house in Bulgaria, where he brings friends and acquaintances together several times a year to exchange ideas and experiences.
Carina is the co-founder and Managing Director of Themis Foresight. She shoulders her wide-ranging responsibilities with a passion for the future, entrepreneurial thinking, organizational talent, and a love of innovation. In her previous job, she worked as ThinkTank Curator and Content Strategist at the futures research institute 2b AHEAD. She also gained valuable experience at Lufthansa in digital innovations and communications. Carina’s ambition is it to bring the uniqueness of Themis Foresight in a genuine way to our customers on all communication channels.
Other research interests: Digitalization and culture, conversational AI
Academic background: Sociology, Media and Communication.
As part of her double master’s degree in Italy, Carina took a particularly close look at implementing culture in artificial intelligence. Carina loves to travel and enjoys living abroad; she has already lived in 7 different cities in Europe alone. In doing so, she has built a large network. Most importantly, she has developed a deep understanding of cross-cultural interaction and how Europe is evolving in the digital era. This perspective inspires her for the mission of the Themis Foresight team: to help Europe’s corporate elite shape the European and global economy through future knowledge.
James, our Canadian living in Germany, enriches us with a non-European perspective. As a Senior Researcher and Strategist, he pursues a deep understanding of the future. In doing so, he engages in strategic recommendations on how to succeed in preparing for possible future scenarios.
Projects: Studies on financial services, cybersecurity, and telecommunications
Research experience: Futures research in cybersecurity, quantum computing, financial services, and agriculture
Other research interests: The Future of Data – What is the true role of data in the future?
Academic background: Public Policy with a focus in International Affairs and International Political Economy
Prior to joining Themis Foresight, he was a Senior Researcher, Strategist at 2b AHEAD ThinkTank. Before he worked as a Junior Associate at the Copenhagen Institute for Future Studies and as an external consultant for the European Centre for International Political Economy. James also brings his determination, perseverance, and team play to the team.
Norbert supports Themis Foresight as a Senior Associate. With more than 15 years of experience in research and consulting on trends and innovations, he has his finger on the pulse of European business. He is our link in the exchange of knowledge and perspectives between Themis Foresight and decision-makers in large European companies.
Projects: Retail, Financial Services, Entertainment, Health
Other research interests: Marketing and Communication, New Work, Creativity
Academic background: Journalism and Corporate Communications
Thanks to his extensive network of top managers, Norbert knows first-hand which strategic decisions are not easy for current corporate leaders: The challenges, worries, visions of the future, and options for shaping the future with which they operate on a daily basis.
At the same time, he knows the repertoire of common standard offers of the European consulting industry. This makes him irreplaceable in awakening the research interest of those European shapers for whom Themis Foresight can deliver viable, tailor-made answers for the future. Privately, Norbert is also in the thick of things and enjoys life as a “kiteboarding maniac”.
Stefan is a futurist by heart. He is passionate about sharing inspiring visions of the future. He opens our clients’ eyes to unimagined opportunities based on upcoming changes. Therefore, he uses his passion for scalable disruptors to demonstrate clearly actionable innovation paths.
Projects: Studies on the future of regions and the future of international ports.
Research experience: Futures research on urban futures, mobility, sustainability, blockchain, and AI.
Other research interests: The Future of Assets – What will be the economic value of assets and how will cash flow be generated? What is the future of collateral and liquidity management?
Academic background: Sociology and Political Science
Stefan puts innovative developments in the context of future societies and connects technology with demands on people, politics, and the economy. This enthusiasm led him to the Science-Technology-Society Institute in Vienna, where he studied international governance models for artificial intelligence. Through his time in futures studies at a German automotive company, Stefan brings experience from the industry and the concrete application of future technologies to the Foresight team. He finds his private balance in DIY and hiking.
Jacky continuously puts the methods and results of our futures research to the test. Clients and colleagues alike appreciate her sharp and non-conformist thinking to get to the bottom of issues and execute projects with precision.
Projects: Study on the future of preventive health care
Research experience: Futures research on industrial labor and professional education
Other research interests: The Future of Competition – How will official and informal rules in the economic sphere develop in international competition? How will these affect resource allocation, trade, and environmental protection? What roles will political alliances play? What new spheres of economic policy influence will emerge?
Academic background: International economics
Her interest in the developments of society as a whole also directs her researcher’s gaze. After her double master’s degree in Halle and Milan and various practical experiences, she continues to drive for broadening her horizon: for example, she conducted part-time research at the Wittenberg Center for Global Ethics on the topic of Discourse Failure & Gender. Yoga and jogging provide her with balance and energy.
Tobias expands the diversity of scientific approaches to our futures studies. A thoughtful approach, change of perspective, and perseverance particularly distinguish him as a researcher. His project work frees our clients from the shackles of constricting “either-or” questions. This opens the future with a variety of target options and enables different implementation strategies.
Projects: Study on the future of food
Other research interests: The Future of Space – In which way will other spaces beyond the earth be economically developed, e. g. as resources? What technologies are being developed for this purpose? What potential is there for German hidden champions e. g. as suppliers?
Academic background: Media Management
In 2021, he will complete his doctorate on “Decision-Making in the NBA Draft” at the Chair of Sports and Health Economics at Friedrich Schiller University in Jena. He finds inspiration and energy outside of research in nature, on the basketball court, or in chess.
Gerrit complements the Foresight team with his drive to help shape the future and his keen interest in sustainability projects. Having worked and studied in Hong Kong, India, and the United States, he has developed a deep understanding of cultural diversity which he uses to shed light on different perspectives of the future.
Gerrit is currently working on his master’s thesis on the future of AI ethics in talent management. His business background makes him an expert in the strategic implementation of futures research in business models. In his free time, he finds his balance in basketball and hiking. At Themis Foresight, he is currently working on “The Future of AI Ethics in HR”. The combination of a scientific approach and business-oriented perspective is what makes the research and the content of the study so unique.
Sophia is a cultural scientist with a special interest in economic and cultural perspectives in futures research. After intensive experiences abroad in Hong Kong and the USA, she is currently expanding her field of academic expertise with a Master’s degree in International Area Studies in Halle. She is a diverse and passionate dancer – ballet and swing dance – and has thus developed skills that are also quality pillars of her work at Themis Foresight: Discipline, Creativity and Enthusiasm. In the past, she has worked on several futures analyses, organized futures events, and prepared the research team’s content for the digital world.
“Themis Foresight is an example of customer orientation par excellence. We were not treated as an assignment that was simply processed. Instead, an incredible amount of empathy and the ability to understand our entire Highland culture has been expressed.”
CEO Hochland Germany
Dr. Ewald Böhlke
Senior Associate GEPAGroup, former futures researcher at Daimler
“Futures research thrives on thinking with curiosity about how to manage or regulate certain problems with a different approach to thinking. This is a point that both Themis Foresight and the ring of experts around Themis Foresight deliberately focus on.”
“Visualization has incredible power. We are more likely to achieve things that we imagine than things that we dare not imagine or that seem immeasurable.”
Dr. Jutta Krienke
Head of Markets, NORD/LB
“Themis Foresight helps us to adjust our business model to new challenges and to use them positively for us. This is very important work. The impulses we got from Themis Foresight we couldn’t have worked out ourselves in that time.”