John Ratcliffe is President of The Futures Academy and, until 2009, was a Director of the Dublin Institute of Technology, where he remains as Emeritus Professor. In the past he has served as Secretary-General of the World Futures Studies Federation and Vice President of the European Futurists Conference. He acts as a consultant to countries, cities, companies, colleges and communities in the area of strategic foresight and is currently conducting several projects on the future of sustainable cities and sustainable real estate development. His current work focusses on the field of Leadership through Strategic Foresight.
John is a chartered planning and development surveyor with over forty years of experience. During this time, he has been an active member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors, including as a former Chairman of the London Branch, and of the Urban Land Institute, having been the initial Chairman of the Policy and Practice Committee of ULI Europe.