Association of Professional Futurists

Melissa Sterry

London / United Kingdom / Europe


Professional Background
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Areas of Expertise
Future Cities, Design, Architecture, Materials, Construction, Utilities, ICT, Sustainability, Ethics
Other organisation memberships
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Short Biography
Design scientist Melissa Sterry is recognised as a world leading authority on the science, technology and thinking that could help build a brighter future. A recipient of several innovation, creativity and enterprise awards, including the Mensa Education and Research Foundation International Award for enhancing intelligence that benefits society, Melissa is listed in the 'Libertine 100’ women with complex, beautiful and potentially world-changing ideas.

Melissa has worked with leading-edge innovation for more than two decades, of which the past fifteen years have been at executive board-level, primarily working with first-to-market start-ups exploring the potential of emerging technology and its applications. One of the world’s most high profile female futurists, Melissa consults to both private and public sector clients globally. 

Regularly featured throughout the media, Melissa is published in over 60 international trade, consumer and academic titles. She has participated in wide-ranging media productions for film, television, radio and Internet, including podcasts, to-camera interviews, fly-on-the-wall documentaries, presenting, and both live and pre-recorded radio interviews. To date, Melissa has contributed as keynote speaker, panelist and/or panel chair at more than fifty leading international conferences, seminars, festivals, awards ceremonies, and product launches in regions including Europe, United Kingdom, United States, Asia and Russia. Melissa has further contributed in the capacity of editor-in-chief, guest editor, editorial board member and curator to several design, architecture, urban, arts, and style books and magazines worldwide. 

Melissa's academic activities include visiting lecturer, visiting fellow, workshop host, Masters thesis supervisor, guest critic and scientific committee member at several leading European architecture and design research institutes and organisations. A PhD Researcher at the Advanced Virtual and Technological Architecture Research group at the University of Greenwich, her hypothesis posits the potential of the city as a complex adaptive system, which mimics the behaviours, relationships and systems found in nature to build resilience to wildfires, droughts, heat waves and floods.

Melissa is the creator and director of Bionic City, which seeks to answer the question “how would nature design a city?” and examines the potential of biomimetics, biotechnology and bio-inspiration in the built environment in the now, near and far future. More info at