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World Economic Forum

Bain's Global Future Councils

The World Economic Forum's Network of Global Future Councils is the world's foremost interdisciplinary knowledge network dedicated to promoting innovative thinking on the future.

The network convenes the most relevant and knowledgeable thought leaders from academia, government, business and civil society to challenge conventional thinking and develop new insights and perspectives on key global systems, as well as the impact and governance of key emerging technologies. In a global environment marked by short-term orientation and siloed thinking, the network fosters interdisciplinary and long-range thinking to support a sustainable and equitable future. 

Members of the network meet annually at the Annual Meeting for the Global Future Councils in the United Arab Emirates, and virtually several times a year, to monitor trends, identify global risks, discuss ideas and explore interconnections between issues. They also develop recommendations and integrate their findings into World Economic Forum activities such as the Annual Meeting in Davos and regional and industry events, as well as into global decision-making processes.

The Future of Consumption

A member of the Global Future Council on the Future of Consumption, Sanjay Dhiri is a partner in Bain & Company’s London office and a leader in the firm’s Utilities & Alternative Energy and Organization practices. He has also worked extensively in the firm’s Industrial Goods & Services and Consumer Products practices, focusing on organization and strategy. Sanjay has over 10 years of consulting experience with Bain & Company. Previously, Sanjay served as a strategy and policy advisor with the Overseas Development Institute and United Nations World Food Program and as an economic advisor with the UK Home Office.

The Future of Consumption Council explores the future of the system of consumption, addressing the changing face of the consumer, new patterns of consumption and advancement of technology.

The Future of Energy

A member of the Global Future Council on the Future of Energy, Julian Critchlow is a partner in Bain & Company's London office, and heads the firm's Global Utilities & Alternative Energy practice. He has particular experience working across all elements of the energy value chain, including gas exploration and production, electricity generation, wholesale and trading and retail supply, across strategic issues such as global gas market dynamics, the investment priorities in the digital and distributed electricity system, and the evolving nuclear fuel cycle.

Julian is the author of a range of articles on trends in the utilities sector and has been quoted in leading publications such as the Financial Times, Bloomberg Businessweek and the Wall Street Journal. He also led Bain's work with the World Economic Forum on the Future of Electricity in 2014 and 2015. With nearly 30 years of consulting experience, Julian is an active contributor to Bain's Mergers & Acquisitions, Strategy and Organization practices.

The Future of Energy Council acts as a think tank to provide a longer term (5–20 years) vision and solutions for an effective transition toward a more sustainable, secure and affordable energy future.

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