Amy Zalman is a global security futurist who helps leaders and organizations explore the implications of future trends and prepare their organizations for transformative change. She founded the Strategic Narrative Institute in 2016 after over a decade of hands-on experience accelerating change in public, private and non-profit organizations to keep them in the vanguard of emerging global realities.
Her work began with her own firm, Oryx Communications, in 2005. The boutique consultancy developed new cultural media products for US defense clients, and provided expertise on cultural and global trends that helped Congressional leaders, diplomats, military leaders and enlisted officers from the US and allied nations better understand the geopolitical and technological trends impacting foreign affairs. As a new markets strategist and a senior researcher at Leidos, a Washington-based science and technology firm, from 2007 to 2012, Zalman cultivated new products and markets that leveraged sentiment analysis technology and in-house analytic capabilities.
As the CEO and President of the World Future Society from 2014 to 2016, she led the transformation of the world’s first and largest membership organization for futurists from a publishing model to a facilitated ecosystem to meet the demands of a digitalized and globalized membership, positioning it for global impact and new fundraising opportunities.
Zalman is a part-time professor of strategic foresight in the Department of Culture, Communication & Technology at Georgetown University, Washington, DC. She is also a member of the Board of Visitors of the US Air Force Air University, and a Board Director of the Council on Emerging National Security Affairs, and a professional member of the Association of Professional Futurists. She has also served on the faculties of New York University, Cornell University, and the New School University in New York.