Association of Professional Futurists

Cornelia Daheim

Future Impacts Consulting
Cologne / Nordrhein Westfalen / Germany / Europe


Professional Background
My background is in the humanities, I studied comparative literature, English and organizational / work psychology. I’ve been a foresight consultant since 2000.
Areas of Expertise
I have a focus on: • energy • societal and demographic developments • Integrating foresight in strategy • Combined qualitative/quantitative approaches
Other organisation memberships
I am the founder and haven been head of the Millennium Project’s German Node since 2003. The Millennium Project is the world’s largest independent network for future research. I am also a WFS member.
Short Biography
Cornelia Daheim is a foresight expert and consultant. Since 2000, she has been leading corporate foresight projects for customers from several industries such as Alstom, SKT or BASF, up to CEO level, and within the framework of international as well as European research networks. In recent years, her topic focus was on the future of work, energy, mobility, future of food and societal change. She has successfully developed Z_punkt The Foresight Company’s international business and a new quantification and modelling approach in corporate foresight, and has led the company as managing partner from 2008 throughout 2014.
Ms Daheim has experience in foresight assignments in Europe, the US and Asia. In 2003, she founded and has since acted as head of the Millennium Project’s German Node – the MP is the world’s largest continuous foresight NGO working on future global change. Furthermore, she is a member of the scientific committee of the EU Commissions’ board for the “Futures-Oriented Technology Analysis Conference”, a member of the board of the academic journal “World Futures Review”, member of the jury of the “Janssen Zukunftspreis” (Health Futures Award). Furthermore, she is Vice President, Foresight Europe Network, aiming to advance foresight in Europe (former European Foresight Collége and European Millennium Project Nodes Initiative).
She majored with distinction in Comparative Literature, English, and Organizational Psychology, studying at the University of Essen and at King’s College, London. Before starting her career as a futurist in 2000, she worked as a photographer and a bookseller as well as at the University of Essen.
With her background on organizational change and the foresight expertise, Cornelia has also led a number of projects on the future of work, for example several ones for the HR departments of international corporations, research-projects such as project on the “future of leadership” for Hay, a research project on how gender and social change relates to the future of work for a German ministry, and recently the high-impact study of the UK Commission for Employment and Work (UKCES) on “Jobs and Skills 2030: The Future of Work”. The latter encompasses a trend and disruptions analysis, visualized and narrative scenarios as well as implications for stakeholders and generated high impact among the stakeholders. It was featured in e.g. The Independent, BBC News and the Financial Times, and was called “one of the most comprehensive studies of its kind” by Toby Peyton-Jones, Director of HR for Siemens in the UK and North-West Europe.