Dr. Claire Nelson is Chief Ideation Leader of The Futures Forum, a research and education practice specializing in bringing the power of strategic foresight, and the discipline of sustainability engineering to challenges facing organizations and communities. A sought-after speaker, her engagements have included: ASME, Congressional Black Caucus Annual Legislative Conference, Development Bank of Jamaica, Pacific Skills Summit, Salzburg Seminar, Scotia Bank Jamaica, US Air Force, Women of Color in Pharmacy, World Bank, and World Steel.

Named on Forbes as one of the Top 50 Female Futurists, she is Editor-At-Large of the World Futures Studies Federation’s HUMAN FUTURES Magazine.  An active member of the Association of Professional Futurists, she serves on the Editorial Advisory Board of the Journal of Futures Studies and the World Futures Review. She is a Founding Director and Chair of the Futures Lab & Science, Engineering and Technology Advisory Board of the Center for Global Governance and Emerging Law at Albany Law School. Her other Board appointments have included the Institute of Industrial Engineers Sustainable Development Division and Black Professionals in International Affairs.

Before establishing The Futures Forum, Dr. Nelson held a variety of positions at the Inter-American Development Bank, over a thirty-year career and pioneered the Bank’s development with equity agenda, as well as strategic foresight as a tool for engendering development effectiveness.  As a result of her leadership, the Bank honored her with its coveted Ortiz Mena Award.

A visionary community leader, Dr. Nelson is recognized as the Architect of the Campaign for National Caribbean American Heritage Month, the Caribbean American Heritage Awards, and Convenor of the Caribbean Space Society. An award-winning writer, she holds a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Industrial Engineering from the University of Buffalo and Purdue University respectively.  She received her Doctorate in Engineering Management from the George Washington University.  Dr. Nelson has received numerous awards for her leadership including Outstanding Leadership, Maryland House of Delegates; Outstanding Alumni of Purdue School of Industrial Engineering; Commendation in the US Congressional Record; and honored as a White House Champion of Change.

She will be speaking at the session Media/Social Media: Challenges and opportunities for the constructive deployment of modern technological methods to solving social problems.