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Chair at the Association of Professional Futurists

PROF. SHERMON CRUZ is one of the world’s leading futurists and the first Non-American and Asian Chair of
the Washington-based Association of Professional Futurists (APF), the largest professional association of credentialed professional futurists in the world with a membership of 600 professional foresight practitioners and experts in over 60 countries.
A Global Advisor to the UNESCO and Dubai Future Foundation Global Futures Literacy Initiative, Prof. Cruz is also a UNESCO Chair Candidate on Anticipatory Governance and Regenerative Cities. Prof. Cruz is a co-founder, vicepresident, and chief futurist of the Philippine Futures Thinking Society (PhilFutures), the only professional
membership association of futurists and foresight practitioners in the Philippines.
He is the Founder, Executive Director, and Chief Futurist of the Center for Engaged Foresight, a strategic foresight
and futures innovation firm with global operations based in Manila.
He is the current Chair/CEO of The Millennium Project Philippines Node, a global foresight research think-tank linked to the Washington-based The Millennium Project, a strategic foresight research think tank that publishes The Global State of the Future Index since 1997.
He is a currently a Ph.D in Futures Studies Candidate at the University of Sunshine Coast as a Higher Education By Research Scholar of the Australian Government.
Prof. Cruz is a Partner and co-organizer of the 2021 Global Foresight Summit based in Madrid, Spain, Partner at the CSIRO Data 61 Asia Pacific Foresight Group based in Australia, Partner at the Supertrends Institute, a Switzerland based strategic foresight consulting company based in Switzerland and Partner at MakeOurFuture.Org, a futures thinking and strategic foresight firm based in the USA.
Prof. Shermon O. Cruz Page 2 of 17 Prof. Cruz is the Regional Editor of the Journal of Futures Studies, a global futures thinking journal published by the Graduate Institute of Futures Studies at Tamkang University, Taiwan.

He formerly Chaired the Asia Pacific Futures Network, a network of top futurists and government foresight institutions in the Asia and the Pacific that includes futures and foresight organizations and experts membership from the strategic foresight units of the governments of Singapore, Thailand, Indonesia and Malaysia, the Asian Development Bank, UNESCO, UNDP among others.
As a futures researcher and academic, he is the supervising fellow and research fellow at the Development Academy of the Philippines Graduate School of Public and Development Management Certificate Course on Futures Thinking and Policy Foresight Expert at the Development Academy of the Philippines, NUCESO and Aboitiz CLICK Program on Policy Foresight. As a part time lecturer, he crafted and designed the first futures thinking, public policy and anticipatory governance course for the undergraduate and graduate programs of the University of the Philippines
National College of Public Administration and Governance and Northwestern University, Laoag. Prof. Cruz is also an instructor and advisor to the National University of Singapore Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy Executive Education Pioneering Course on The Future of Leadership Development Programme. Prof. Cruz is also a lecturer on strategic foresight and public safety for the Philippine Public Safety College. He is also an upcoming lecturer on futures thinking and public health at the St. Luke’s College of Medicine Pioneering Planetary Health Global Program.

He has served as a highly technical consultant, senior futures advisor and advisor to the Asian Development Bank (Education Sector), the Rockefeller Foundation (Global Futures Literacy), East-West Center Leadership Academy (Smart Cities Foresight – United States Cities and Indonesia Cities Project), UNICEF (Civil Society and Youth
Futures), UNDP (Royal Government of Cambodia Youth Futures), UNESCO (Global Futures Literacy), UNFCC (Climate Change Adaptation and Innovation), UNHCR (Innovation Fellows Program), National Futures Institute of the South Korean National Assembly to name a few and has collaborated with the best in the futures field and global foresight institutions as a strategic foresight expert for the OECD Strategic Foresight Unit and Program (Europe), Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy Executive Education Futures Thinking and Public Policy (Singapore), USAID Opportunity 2.0 Program, USAID Stride Program (United States), Public Sector Foresight Network (United States), The Cities Today Institute (London), the Local Government Innovation Alliance (United States), The Dubai Energy and Water Authority (United Arab Emirates), Asia South Pacific Association for Basic and Adult Education (India) among others.
He is a sought-after futurist speaker, resource advisor and expert of the Philippine Senate Committee on Sustainable Development Goals, Innovation, and Futures Thinking (Public Policy and Governance), the Armed Forces of the Philippines (Anticipatory Risk Management), the Philippine Navy (Anticipatory Risk Management), the National Academy of Science and Technology (Science, Technology and Innovation), the Department of Science and Technology PCAARD (Science-based and foresight driven-public policy and research), National Economic Development Authority (Scenario Planning), Department of Health (Universal of Health Care), Commission on Higher Education (Higher Education and Research), the Center for Local and Regional Governance (Public Policy and Leadership), Department of Trade and Industry (Entrepreneurship), University of the Philippines Los Banos (Food Systems and Indigenous Food Futures), Visayas State University (Agriculture), Polytechnic University of the Philippines (Artificial Intelligence), University of the Philippines Diliman (Governance), Batangas State University (Engineering), University of Southern Mindanao (Agriculture), Mindanao State University Institute of Technology (Artificial Intelligence), Biliran State University (Agriculture), The Global In-House Center Council for the Philippines (Business Process Outsourcing), Business Continuity Managers Association of the Philippines (Business Continuity), Department of Interior and Local Government

(Decentralization, Devolution and the Mandanas Ruling), Department of Education, Commission on Higher Education, Philippine Society for Talent and Development, and Philippine Public Administration Society to name
a few.
He has worked and advance futures and foresight in over 30 countries with the best in the futures and strategic foresight field and has conducted futures literacy to around 15,000 people around the world. He has served and provided support to more than around 500 corporate, government and community-based clients on strategic foresight and provided foresight training and certifications to more than 5,000 professionals, experts, think tanks and organizations around the world.
Prof. Shermon O. Cruz Page 3 of 17 He was a recipient of the 2014 International Social Science Council and the World Social Science Forum for Early Career Social Scientists from the Global South and was a member-advisor of Accenture Philippines Future
Leaders Council.
He previously served as Director of the Philippines Center for Foresight Education and Innovation Research (PhilForesight), Associate Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences and Department Chair of the Public
Administration and Political Science programs and planning Officer of Northwestern University.
As a business continuity and risk management leader, he served as a country location lead for business continuity and risk management for EY Global Delivery Services Philippines, business continuity manager for PWC Acceleration Center Manila, site lead for Accenture Delivery Services Philippines and Senior Consultant for John Clements Business Continuity Advisory Services. He has supported more than 300 hundred Fortune 500 global companies for business continuity and risk management.
Prof. Cruz is an expert in strategic foresight informed public policy and governance, strategy development, scenario-based planning, emerging issues analysis, horizon scanning, narrative foresight and anticipatory government and risk management



Invisible Agency. Data and the Real Time City

Stanza focuses on the landscape of monitored and networked real-time information flows, and the artworks created reflect this. Underpinning his artworks are a whole series of potential problems about observation, invisible agency, and the ethics of the control space. Stanza\’s digital artworks are experienced as fused mashed-up data cities and real-time performative city experiences, all re-presented online as systems of control and systems that demonstrate how these systems control. Furthermore the artwork demonstrates how we are complicit and thus entangled in the surveyed and monitored technological layers that the artworks are communicating and fit seamlessly into what he calls panoptic aesthetics. What becomes real are the art installations, sculptures, and paintings Stanza exhibits. The work asks how new technologies can imagine a world where we as citizens are liberated and empowered by using new technologies in an inclusive, connected, collaborative, and shared experience. The artwork merges online virtual data layers to create The Third Space, enabling new possibilities in the virtual world of shared data. This leads to new questions and new economic possibilities, and a new perspective on understanding the world around us. 

This city governs itself and its actions, and the intelligence is completely controlled by the data interactions of the system. The different ‘districts’ of his artwork act as a frame for the different expressions of data which in effect make up a connected city. Imagine walking out the door, and knowing every single action, movement, sound, micro movement, pulse, and thread of information is being tracked, monitored, stored, analyzed, interpreted and logged. Selected artworks explore these concepts relating to the behaviours, activities, and changing information, of the world around us using my networked devices and information across the internet. 

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