We are not show
…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.
We strive for better. Not just for good.
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.
About Jan Berger
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.
About Carina Stöttner
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.
Jan David Ott
About Jan David Ott
Jan has accompanied the team of Themis Foresight since their founding days. As Enablement Coach & Development Trainer he supports, encourages and challenges each team member with decision crossings and questions about self-organization, communication and conflict clarification. For the whole team he designs trainings and development impulses around all challenges that await us on our future mission. He gained previous experience in corporate topics such as strategy, change, company culture, transformation and agility as the managing director of a Hamburg-based call center service provider for several years and as a change consultant, mediator, trainer and coach in Germany and the UK. Last but not least, he manages our selection processes for open positions.
Other research interests: Change & Change Management of the future: Under which conditions do people, companies and societies find it easiest to seize the opportunities of the future?
Academic background: Law, Romance Studies, Modern & Contemporary History
Poem or law: Finding room for interpretation and thinking through options is something Jan learned from scratch in a wide variety of contexts. After school, study and work experiences in the USA, France, UK, Morocco, Syria, Yemen and Russia, one thing is certain for him: the proactive search for horizon-expanding changes of perspective is becoming more than ever the linchpin of management success worldwide. Be it to navigate one’s own company through future geopolitical changes. Or to leave the success paths of the present in time (i.e. 10 to 15 years in advance) and to elicit the best design potential from the radical newness of the future.
Siv Helen Hesjedal
About Siv Hesjedal
Siv Helen Hesjedal brings over 15 years of experience as a foresight practitioner, researcher, facilitator and strategist to Themis Foresight. She has helped numerous public sector leaders develop future-proof strategies and guided them through organizational change processes. As a passionate and experienced futures researcher, she uses her skills of asking the right questions and looking at alternative futures to successfully shape business models for the next 15 years.
After almost two decades in South Africa, she now works in Europe and supports our team with her experience and passion from Norway.
Academic background: Futures Studies (MPhil), Sociology (M.A), Development Studies with Oversea Studies (B.A)
Work Experience: Prior to joining Themis Foresight as a Senior Researcher, she spent 18 years at the Eastern Cape Socio-Economic Consultative Council (ECSECC), where she was most recently Chief Knowledge and Operations Officer. The public body is dedicated to setting the development agenda for the Eastern Cape. Among other things, Siv was involved in the strategic development of the organization based on foresight methods and principles, and her work was instrumental in providing governance and oversight by the board of directors, shareholders, and legislature. She also worked as a foresight practitioner for governments, NGOs, and other public agencies in South Africa. Prior to that, she led a multidisciplinary project team at the Eastern Cape Planning Commission. Siv’s training includes scenario exploration and human-centered design.
In total, she brings 25 years of experience in development work, community organizing and leadership, among others founding the the Sinempumelelo Reading Club, training and policy advocacy work or chairing Save the Children’s Youth organization in Norway.
About James Hoefnagels
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.
About Stefan Raß
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.
Prof. Dr. Lothar Abicht
About Prof. Dr. Lothar Abicht
Prof. Dr. Lothar Abicht studied education and technology at the Martin Luther University in Halle and the Engineering School in Eisleben, and earned his doctorate and habilitation at the University of Halle on topics at the interface between science and technology. There he also taught in the subjects of general technology and energy economics.
In 1991, he began a long career as managing partner of a private research institute, where he headed educational research. At the same time, he taught in the adult education program at Chemnitz University of Technology, where he again completed his habilitation and was appointed honorary professor of adult education.
For more than ten years, he has been investigating the connections between scientific, technological, demographic, social and economic developments as a futures researcher. He has published 6 monographs on this subject.
He is currently working as a Senior Associate at Themis Foresight on a research project on the “5th Industrial Revolution”, in the context of which all technologies used by humans are being redesigned in the direction of decarbonization and climate protection.
About Norbert Hillinger
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”.
“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 Hochland 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.”