Unlocking Foresight Know How announces Professor Michael Mainelli as Chairman

Unlocking Foresight Know How (CIC) announces the appointment of Professor Michael Mainelli as Chairman.


Unlocking Foresight Know How CIC is delighted to announce the appointment of Professor Michael Mainelli as Chairman. This represents the latest step in the Unlocking Foresight Know How mission to build a strong and committed community across business leaders, foresight practitioners and academics. Unlocking Foresight and our stakeholders, including sponsors, community and individual subscribers, will benefit immediately from Michael’s broad experience and expertise in the area of foresight.

Patricia Lustig, Managing Director of Unlocking Foresight said “I welcome Michael to the Unlocking Foresight leadership team. Our vision from day one has been to unlock the potential of strategic foresight for business, government and society. I know that Michael shares this passion. Together we will continue to strive to demystify strategic foresight and show our subscribers and sponsors how it can be practically employed to build a better future, through the provision of easy to find, intuitive to understand and simple to access foresight knowledge

Gill Ringland, NED Unlocking Foresight and author of a number of seminal books in this field added, “Michael has been a thought leader personally, for instance as Professor of Commerce at Gresham College, and has been influential in resetting the agenda on foresight in finance through Z/Yen’s Long Finance programme with the City of London Corporation and Gresham College. I am looking forward to working with him on Unlocking Foresight”

Michael, the Chairman of Z/Yen, brings with him an outstanding background, including the co-founding, in 2005, the well-respected Long Finance initiative, a group of thousands of professionals addressing the question “when would we know our financial system is working?”, and the London Accord, an agreement among over 65 investment research firms to share environmental, social, and governance research with the public and policy makers. Foresight has long been one of Michael’s passions, evidenced by his Foresight Challenge award for visualising risk in the Financial Laboratory. 

According to Michael, “William Gibson is correct, ‘The future is already here; it’s just not evenly distributed.’  The key to Unlocking Foresight is to pick the locks of imagination and the mind in a structured way. A good example is that mutual distributed ledger (aka blockchain) technology has been around for two decades, but it was cryptocurrencies that fired up interest in their use. I hope that Unlocking Foresight helps society to advance by providing glimpses of futures we can use to address the world’s wicked problems.”


A qualified accountant, securities professional, computer specialist and management consultant, educated at Harvard University and Trinity College Dublin, Michael gained his PhD at London School of Economics where he was also a Visiting Professor. Michael co-founded Z/Yen in 1994, the City of London’s leading think-tank to promote societal advance through better finance and technology. He previously worked as a research scientist, an accountancy partner and director of Ministry of Defence research. He is an Alderman of the City of London, Emeritus Professor & Trustee at Gresham college, non-executive director of two listed firms and a regulator and trustee of several charities. Michael has also written many academic papers and books, including “The Price of Fish: A New Approach to Wicked Economics and Better Decisions”, which won the 2012 Independent Publisher Book Awards Finance, Investment & Economics Gold Prize.