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Kamal Zaki Mahmoud Ali Shaeer

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Kamal Zaki Mahmoud Ali Shaeer

Prof Kamal Zaki Mahmoud Ali Shaeer, M.D. is Founder Ex-Director Future Research and Study Center (FRSC), Cairo University, Chairperson-Cairo Node of the Millennium Project, Professor of Medicine Emeritus, and Editor-in-Chief of Human Andrology.

Kamal is also President of The Egyptian-Arab Futures Research Association (EAFRA), a non-governmental organization (NGO) of individual and corporate think tanks, devoted to the study and research of the futures in Egypt and the Arab region, in the framework of the global future scenarios.

EAFRA develops visions about alternative futures; the possible, the plausible and the preferable, in relation to the current and future changes and challenges, and the available choices. Thus it serves policy making. Clients are the public (governmental) and private (non-governmental) organizations. EAFRA provides future-oriented information for both the domestic and international markets.

MD. Medicine
Diploma in Law
Diploma Islamic Studies

Kamal Mahmoud answered a few questions about his perspective and on being a futures thinker.


You identify yourself as an African futures thinker or practitioner. How would you describe to the woman or man on the street what it is that you do in this regard?

Watch your tomorrow, and after tomorrow's facts and destiny.

How many years have you worked as an African futures thinker / practitioner?

Since 1995 till now.

In which countries or places have you had working experience as an African futures thinker / practitioner?

Egypt, Gulf Area, Millennium Project, Washington DC, World Future Society

In what languages have you undertaken futures / foresight related work or research?

English, Arabic

What is it that motivates you to work or participate in the foresight / future studies / related field

To avoid or at least reduce human hazards and conflicts.

What goal/s would you most like to reach with your work as an African futures thinker / practitioner?

To encourage future thinking and implementation.

Who or what most influenced your thinking as a futures thinker / practitioner, and how?

Millennium Project work and objectives.

What is your main disciplinary background? (i.e. your primary training / qualification)


How do other people describe you and how do you describe yourself?

Others describe me as… a futurist

I describe myself as… innovative



What is one of your favourite quotes about the future?

The future is built today, better by your own hands than others.

How would you describe the state of African futures thinking right now?

Just emerging, and individualistic.

What is, in your opinion, the main barrier to uptake of futures knowledge by African institutions and organisations?

Poor governance and poor states.

If you were to give advice to someone who wants a career in African foresight / future studies, what would you say to him or her?

Read first and understand the future of Africa, one reference is the State of the Future 2011 (annual reports), the Millennium Project.

What are your recommended readings for every African futures thinker / practitioner?

State of the Future annual report of the MP

What are your recommendations for other favourite futures resources: websites, newsfeeds, mailing lists, associations, etc.?

  • Futura, and foresight Journals
  • Encyclopedia of the Future - Kurian and Graham Molitor (1996)


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