Aarathi is a dynamic and inspiring speaker who captivates audiences with her profound insights. With a unique ability to connect with diverse audiences, she empowers individuals and organizations to unlock their full potential and drive meaningful change.


Aarathi Krishnan specializes in humanitarian futures and strategic foresight. She has worked in humanitarian  and development aid globally for over 15 years, and the last 10 with the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent. She currently focuses her work on reimagining futures for the humanitarian system and social change. She works at the intersection of humanitarian futures, strategic foresight, and institutional transformation. 

She recently led a global strategic foresight process for the Red Cross Red Crescent movement of 191 countries to design and develop its Global Strategy 2030 aimed at transforming the Red Cross and Red Crescent network over the next decade. She is now supporting a range of international humanitarian organizations to embed foresight and strategy to drive institutional and systems transformation. This includes the UN in Cambodia and Macedonia, the Royal Cambodian Government, UNDP, UNHCR and ICRC. She is working on research initiatives with a range of partners, including the World Economic Forum, on inclusive technologies, AI and Civil Society Futures. 

She is specifically interested in issues of planetary health, inclusive technology futures, new forms of growth, decolonized and feminist futures. She writes, speaks and has been published extensively.

In 2020, Arathi joined the United Nations Development Programme as a Strategy & Foresight Advisor, building on great work being done reimagining the futures of development.

She can be found on Twitter @akrishnan23  

Speech topics

Strategy, Futures and Institutional Transformation

Our complex futures in the 21st century require 21st century strategies. How do you design inclusive strategies that can drive transformations that are fit for the complexities of our upcoming century? How do you do it in ways that take into account the plurality of vision, planetary boundaries, social good, and inclusion and goes beyond just a singular narrative? How might utilising futures and strategic foresight help build flourishing communities and institutions? 

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