Noah Raford is currently the Futurist-in-Chief and Chief of Global Affairs for the Dubai Future Foundation. He is responsible for identifying emerging opportunities, strategic partnerships, and future initiatives for the Government of Dubai, as well as leading the Foundation’s thought leadership and partnerships activities.
Previously, Noah was the Chief Operating Officer of the Dubai Future Foundation and Acting Executive Director of the Museum of the Future. He was also an advisor on futures, foresight, and innovation in the UAE Prime Minister’s Office, a senior strategy consultant at Monitor / GBN, Co-founder of the technology foresight company Futurescaper, the North American Director for Space Syntax Limited, and the Senior Research Advisor to Prince’s Foundation for the Built Environment.
Some the work-related projects he has lead recently include:
- The Museum of the Future
- The Dubai Global Blockchain Council
- The Dubai Future Accelerators
- The “Office of the Future”; the world’s first fully functional 3D printed building
- The Dubai 3D Printing Strategy
- The Dubai Autonomous Transportation Strategy
- The Dubai Future Academy
- The UAE Drones for Good Award
- The UAE Robotics for Good Award
Noah completed his PhD at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), his masters at the Bartlett School of Architecture, and his undergraduate degree at Brown University. He has served as a member World Economic Forum (WEF) Global Agenda Council on Artificial Intelligence and Robotics, a Senior Research Fellow at the London School of Economics, a fellow at the Bartlett School of Architecture, and as a member of the International Futures Forum.
He lives between Dubai and London, has two children and is a fantastic DJ.