Victor Vahidi Motti is a multilingual international executive, engineer, business development director, and communication director with more than 20 years of experience in the think tank industry serving non-profit associations, for-profit corporations and public sectors clients worldwide from research and planning departments across diverse industries such as banking and financial services; urban and spatial planning; energy, oil and gas strategic human resource management; industrial and heavy construction; international peer-reviewed academic scientific research publishing; corporate education and training for the high tech leading companies top managers as well as governors and mayors on specialized disciplines such as decision analysis, geopolitics and business risk assessment and management, strategic foresight, strategic intelligence, national level science, technology and innovation policy analysis and management, technology road-mapping, system dynamics conceptual mapping, value-focused thinking, robust decision making, assumption-based planning, and scenario planning.
He was granted the USA National Interest Waiver (NIW) green card for his Exceptional Advanced Ability in Strategic Foresight in July 2021. He has strong executive, project management, technical analysis, writing, consulting, negotiation, networking, public speaking, and corporate training skills in diverse scientific disciplines. He is also an invited paid professional speaker at business events and academic conferences. His 2019 book, now available also in Kindle edition on Amazon, is titled Alternative Planetary Futures. He is currently the Executive Director of the World Futures Studies Federation (WFSF) founded in 1973 with institutional and individual members from more than 60 countries and also is the Managing Editor of the European Journal of Futures Research (EJFR) published by Springer.
While still a student he received a prize for a Farsi translation of the book, Value-Focused Thinking; was selected by the National Youth Organization of Iran for Outstanding Intellectual Achievement; and shared the 2009 Iran Autumn Season National Book Award with his co-author for Scenario Planning published in Tehran by the Institute for International Energy Studies (IIES).
He has published widely online on a huge range of different topics, from the study of the brain and consciousness, to diverse areas of technology, including biotechnology and artificial intelligence, as well as cultural and global issues, environmental and ecological challenges, Eastern and Western philosophy, the history of myth and religion, methods of strategic foresight, and ethical concerns as they pertain to contemporary affairs and future possibilities.
He has been a guest speaker at international conferences in Americas, Europe, Africa and Asia, speaking on key driving forces of change and major transformations at planetary and regional levels for the 2030, 2050 and 2060 horizons.
1/ Motti, Victor V. (2021), Richard Slaughter: The master interpreter of alternative planetary futures, Futures, Elsevier.
2/ Motti, Victor V. (2019), A Transformation Journey to Creative and Alternative Planetary Futures, UK: Newcastle, Cambridge Scholars Publishing.
Reviews by: Thomas Lombardo | Patricia Lustig| Sarah Le-Fevre | Timothy Dolan | Timothy Mack | Bob Frame | Thomas Mengel
3/ Motti, Victor V. (2017), Sources of Futures Studies from Foresight to Anticipation, in Handbook of Anticipation (2017), Edited by Roberto Poli, Springer
Recent Invited Lectures
Drivers of Change and Lifestyle in 2050: A Decentralized and Autonomous Futurescape, 27 April 2021, The Paris Institute for Advanced Study
Drivers of Change and Lifestyle in 2050: A Decentralized and Autonomous Futurescape, 17 March 2021, Prince Mohammad Bin Fahd Center for Futuristic Studies
Drivers of Change and Lifestyle in 2050: A Decentralized and Autonomous Futurescape, 27 February 2021, The Classic Planning Institute
Recent Podcast and Interviews
Conversations on the future we want UN AGENDA 2030, by Claire A. Nelson
Wise Futures of Infinite Time and Space, By Peter Hayward
Re-Writing the Future, Everywoman by Rebecca Lewis
In July 2016 and May 2017 he joined a select International panel of futurists from developed and developing countries at the Royal Institute for Strategic Studies (IRES) in Morocco to explore key transitions at global and regional levels for 2030 and 2050 horizons. And in May 2016 he gave a seminar at the University of Trento in Italy on futures studies in the Middle East and North Africa, based on a recent paper he wrote for the Word Future Review.
He was an invited scholar to speak at International Conferences: a) 2011, April: Italy, Reconciling Babel: Education for Cosmopolitanism, b) 2010, November: Taiwan, Global Transitions and Asia 2060: Climate, Political-Economy, and Identity.