Born in Denmark, Anne Lise Kjaer holds the honorary title of Copenhagen Goodwill Ambassador. She is an entrepreneur who worked in design before embarking on a career in trend forecasting. In 1988 she founded the Ideas & Trend Management agency Kjaer Global, working with names including Amazon, BBC, Dell, O2, Huawei, Nokia, IKEA, Volvo, and Wired. As a leading trend agency, Kjaer Global has for more than 30 years provided global organizations with insights to drive new business models and innovation. In the 21st Century, only organizations that foster visionary thinking, fast-cycle learning and agility will be able to respond effectively to the challenges of tomorrow’s world and satisfy people’s real needs.
While Kjaer Global is an internationally recognized brand, so is Anne Lise – having built a reputation as a renowned futurist, speaker, and author of the Trend Management Toolkit – A Practical Guide to the Future. She speaks regularly at international conferences across the world and lectures at Cambridge University, LSE, MIT. She has delivered talks to more than 50,000 people since 1999.
As well as contributing to academic papers and publications, Anne Lise is a regular media commentator on trends and has featured on CNN, BBC and Aljazeera. In 2015 she was one of seven top futurists the Huffington Post featured with their predictions for the next decade in technology. She says: “It is time for fresh thinking and new models to drive more sustainable economic growth. Organisations and businesses already working with trends and scenario planning know that seeing the future in a new light is the only way to discover viable solutions and recognize untapped opportunities.”