Association of Professional Futurists

Laurent Bontoux

European Commission, Joint Research Centre
Brussels / Belgium / Europe


Short Biography
Dr. Laurent Bontoux holds a food technology engineering degree from ENSIA (Paris, France), a research habilitation (DEA) from the Technological University in Compiègne (France) as well as a MS and PhD in environmental engineering from the University of California at Berkeley (USA).
After a 3 year stint ensuring the environmental safety of household products at Procter & Gamble in Brussels, Laurent had a long career at the European Commission starting in 1993. There, he spent most of his efforts dealing with research and with science to inform policy making, especially regarding health and environmental risk assessment. From 2008 to 2012, he managed the independent Scientific Committee for Emerging and Newly Identified Health Risks (SCENIHR) and dealt with nanotechnologies, antimicrobial resistance and the health effects of electromagnetic fields. In that function, he gained hands on experience in stakeholder engagement.
Since then, Laurent has been heavily involved in bringing future oriented systemic thinking into EU policy making by using foresight, design thinking and serious gaming as a Senior Expert. He has applied this to topics such as the sustainable transition, the sharing economy, the future of industry and more.