Aarathi Krishnan

Humanitarian Futures and Strategic Foresight Advisor
@akrishnan23

Aarathi specialises in humanitarian futures and strategic foresight. She has worked in humanitarian and development aid globally for over 15 years, the last ten with the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent where she recently led an process to design and develop its Global Strategy 2030 to transform the movement.  She is now supporting a range of international humanitarian organisations on how to embed foresight and strategy to drive institutional and systems transformation, including the UN in Cambodia and Macedonia, the Royal Cambodian Government, UNDP, UNHCR and ICRC. She is also working on research initiatives with a range of partners, including the World Economic Forum on inclusive technologies, artificial intelligence and civil society.

She is specifically interested in issues of planetary health, inclusive and equitable technology futures, new forms of growth, inclusion, intersectionality, and power. Her practice covers emergent strategy design, systems and institutional transformation processes, training, research, horizon scanning and experiential futures, with a specific lens on decolonised and feminist futures. She writes, speaks and has been published extensively.

“I love working with systems practitioners and those working at the front line of social change. I am deeply excited at doing very hard institutional transformation work with those working on development and humanitarian need. It isn't easy, it isn't 'sexy' ...but it is much needed.”