John A. Sweeney

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Iryna Sweeney

Dr. John A. Sweeney is the UNESCO Chair for Futures Studies in Anticipatory Governance and Sustainable Policymaking at Westminster International University in Tashkent, Uzbekistan. He also currently serves as Co-Editor-in-Chief of World Futures Review: A Journal of Strategic Foresight and teaches in the University of Houston's Master's Program in Strategic Foresight. As a practitioner, consultant, and educator, John has organized, managed, and facilitated workshops and seminars, multi-stakeholder projects, and foresight games and simulations in 50 countries on five continents in-person and online with participants from all around the world. Over the past 13 years, John has led and collaborated on designing and delivering futures and foresight engagements across a range of sectors and thematic areas, including central and private banks, climate and energy transition, and post-recovery and active conflict remediation. He has worked with numerous universities, international development and humanitarian aid agencies, nonprofit foundations, Fortune 500 companies, and educational and cultural organizations, such as the Asian Development Bank, CDC, CMI, IAEA, IFRC, INTERPOL, GIZ, The Joint Research Centre of the European Commission, NESTA, WHO, and numerous UN agencies. John is a member of the World Futures Studies Federation and the Association of Professional Futurists. His work has been published in Futures, Futures & Foresight Science, The Journal of Futures Studies, World Futures Review, and other academic and media outlets.