Prof. Sohail Inayatullah is the UNESCO Chair in Futures Studies at USIM, Malaysia. He is a political scientist / futurist at Tamkang University, Taipei; an Associate at Melbourne Business School, the University of Melbourne; and Adjunct Professor at the University of the Sunshine Coast, Australia. From 2011-2014, he was Adjunct Professor at the Centre for policing, counter-terrorism and intelligence, Macquarie University, Sydney. In 1999, he was the UNESCO Chair in European Studies at the University of Trier, Germany. He is the co-director of Metafuture.org, a global think-tank.
Inayatullah has authored and co-edited twenty-four books/cd roms, including: Asia 203: Ten Disrupons that Change Everything (2018); Transformation 2050: the Alternative Futures of Malaysian Universities (2018); What Works: Case Studies in the Practice of Foresight (winner of the most significant work for 2016, the Association of Professional Futurists); and, CLA 2.0; Transformative Research in Theory and Practice (2015). Inayatullah has written more than 350 journal articles, book chapters, encyclopedia entries and magazine editorials. His articles have been translated into a variety of languages, including Catalan, Spanish, Urdu, Hindi, Bengali, Italian, Japanese, Russian, Indonesian, Farsi, Arabic, and Mandarin.
He is one of 2010 Laurel award winners for all me best futurists as voted by the Shaping Tomorrow foresight network, an association of 2900 foresight professionals. He received his doctorate from the University of Hawaii in 1990. In March 2011, he received an honorary doctorate from the University Sains Malaysia, Penang.
In the past year, among other groups, Sohail has addressed or conducted foresight workshops for the Bangladesh Government, Ministry of Health (in association with the Rockefeller Foundation); Ergon Energy; BUPA Health Insurance; Queensland Government Smart Services Division; The Local Government Managers Association, Queensland; The New South Wales Department of Local Government, the Victorian Government, Department of Justice; The Victoria Leadership Forum; the Australian Government Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry (workshops in Vietnam, Indonesia and Canberra, Australia); the Executive Challenge Academy, Brisbane; Suncorp Bank, Brisbane; The Australian Government National Mineral Visions 2040, Brisbane; the Canadian Police College, Ottawa; Health Canada, Ottawa; Fore-Can: Foresight for Canadian Animal Health, Ottawa; Government of Canada, Policy Research Institute, Ottawa.