Riel miller

Head of Foresight, Unesco

For thirty years Riel has been co-creating innovation, leadership and transformation in both the public and private sectors around the world. He is one of the world’s leading strategic foresight designers and practitioners. Currently Riel holds the position of Head of Foresight at UNESCO in Paris. Previously he has worked as a senior manager in the Ontario public service (Ministries of Finance; Universities; and Industry) and for some thirteen years in total at the OECD in Paris (Directorates of Economics; Science & Technology; Education; Territorial Development; Development Centre; International Futures Programme). In 2005 he founded an independent consultancy – xperidox (which means knowledge through experience) to advise clients on how to use the future more effectively . Since 1988, when he managed his first major participatory foresight exercise (Vision 2000), Riel has designed over fifty applied futures projects around the world, large and small scale, public and private. He is an accomplished and innovative designer of processes for using the future to make decisions in the present.
Riel is an experienced keynote speaker, project manager, master of ceremonies, university lecturer, workshop leader, and group facilitator. He is widely published, with works that cover topics such as the future of: innovation, research, money-finance, public services, education, the Internet, identity, information technology, the knowledge society, regional development, health, universities, telepresence, etc. Riel has an extensive international network and a solid track record of creativity.


Riel Miller travaille dans l’innovation, le leadership et le changement pour le secteur public et privé depuis 40 ans. Il dirige la prospective pour l’UNESCO à Paris depuis juin 2012 après avoir fondé Xperidox en 2005, un cabinet de consultation indépendant qui utilise un futur imaginaire pour mieux faire comprendre le présent. Depuis 1988, il a mené plus de cinquante projets de prospectives autour du monde.

Chef de la prospective à l’UNESCO, Riel Miller est l’un des principaux instigateurs de la prospective stratégique dans le monde. A ce jour, il a déjà mené plus de cinquante projets relatifs à la prospective, à grande et petite échelle, dans le secteur privé et publique, partout dans le monde. La prospective, telle qu’il la conçoit, est une discipline de l’anticipation, qui vise à changer la manière de penser le passé pour aboutir à des décisions présentes. Aussi, le rôle du prospectiviste est, selon lui, de questionner le futur et la manière de l’évoquer, ainsi que d’explorer le potentiel certain du présent.