Dr. Noah Raford is an advisor on futures, foresight, and innovation at the UAE Prime Minister’s Office and the Chief Operating Officer of the Dubai Futures Foundation. Noah helped establish the country’s first national foresight unit, helped established the Dubai Future’s Foundation and the Museum of the Future, and is part of a team that identifies emerging opportunities, develops strategic partnerships, and prototypes future initiatives for the Government of Dubai.
Some of his and his team’s recent projects include:
- The Museum of the Future
- The UAE Drones for Good Award
- The UAE Robotics for Good Award
- The Dubai Global Blockchain Council
- The International Council on Artificial Intelligence and Robotics (iCAIR)
- The “Office of the Future”; the world’s first fully functional 3D printed building.
Prior to his work in the UAE, Noah was a senior manager at the management consultancy Monitor / GBN, the CEO of the technology foresight company Futurescaper LLC, the North American Director of Space Syntax Limited, the co-founder of Sensitive Dynamics, and the Senior Research Advisor to Prince’s Foundation for the Built Environment. He is also Senior Research Fellow at the London School of Economics, a fellow at the Bartlett School of Architecture, an advisor to the Scenarios Lab at the USC Annenberg School of Communications, a fellow at the International Futures Forum, and a member of the World Economic Forum Global Agenda Council on Artificial Intelligence and Robotics.
Noah completed his PhD at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), his masters degree at the Bartlett School of Architecture, and his undergraduate studies at Brown University. He lives in Dubai, is married with two children and is a semi-retired techno DJ. He maintains an occasional podcast called NerdHouse (mixing deep techno with deep lectures and spoken word) and recently finished his second book, “Warlords, Inc.”.