Kristel Van der Elst is CEO of The Global Foresight Group, 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.