Kristel Van der Elst

Chief Executive Officer, The Global Foresight Group

Kristel Van der Elst is CEO of The Global Foresight Group, Director General at Policy Horizons Canada, Special Advisor to European Commission Vice-President Maroš Šefčovič, and a fellow at the Center for Strategic Foresight of the U.S. Government Accountability Office. She is a visiting professor at the College of Europe, and the former Head of Strategic Foresight at the World Economic Forum. Kristel has about 20 years of experience in forward-looking strategy and policy advisory roles. She works with senior executives and policy makers, providing the insights, resources and processes to help them turn long-term strategic thinking into actions and impacts. Kristel holds an MBA from the Yale School of Management, a Masters in Development Cooperation from the University of Ghent, and a Masters in Commercial Engineering from the Free University of Brussels. She is a Fulbright Scholar and a Rotary Foundation Ambassadorial Scholar.