Dr. Noah Raford is an advisor on futures, foresight, and innovation at the UAE Prime Minister’s Office. Noah helped establish the country’s first national foresight unit and is part of a special projects team that identifies emerging opportunities, develops strategic partnerships, and prototypes future initiatives. Some of his recent projects include:
- The UAE Drones for Good Award
- The UAE 3D Printing Innovation Alliance
- The world’s first “Museum of Future Government Services”
- A range of other studies, briefings, projects and prototypes.
Prior to joining the UAE Prime Minister’s Office, Noah was a senior manager with strategy consultancy GBN / Monitor, 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 a 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, and a fellow at the International Futures Forum.
Noah completed his PhD at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), a masters at the Bartlett School of Architecture, and a multi-disciplinary undergraduate degree 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 finishing his first edited volume, “Warlords, Inc.”.