Institut Royal des Etudes Stratégiques
International Panel of Futurists

The Royal Institute for Strategic Studies (IRES) set up in 2016, an International Panel of Futurists from developed countries (USA, UK, Switzerland, France) and emerging and developing countries (Brazil, India, China, Russia, Mexico, South Africa, Egypt, Iran) and where gender parity is respected.

The objective sought by IRES comes under the ambition to develop a global vision that integrates the specifics of different continents, while enlightening Morocco’s strategic options, through anticipation of key transitions that will the Kingdom external context would encounter, at the global and regional levels.

The first meeting of this panel held on 11, 12 and the morning of July 13, 2016 at the headquarters of the IRES. It was devoted to identifying trends (stable or bifurcating), emergences and weak signals and their coherence to develop systemic visions in 2030 and 2050. Innovative alternative strategies to address major issues were suggested, paying particular attention to the euro-Mediterranean region and the African continent.

On the sidelines of this panel, a conference was organized by the Institute at the National Library of the Kingdom, the afternoon of July 13, 2016, on "Great challenges of tomorrow's world", in the presence of diplomatic corps accredited in Morocco, senior representatives of public and private sector as well as civil society actors and academic experts.

Monday 11 July

10 – 13

  • Opening by Mohammed Tawfik MOULINE, CEO of IRES,
  • Self-introduction of participants
  • Appropriation of the working method (Q/A)
  • Creation of a common lexicon
  • Choice of the representative speakers delivering the results at the public conference



  • Evidence-based identification of the main trends (stable or bifurcating), weak signals and emergences at the world level (possibly at a continent level)

Diner in the hotel

Tuesday 12 July

9 – 13
Sequence 3 : SENSEMAKING

  • Systemic thinking from the results of Seq2 to form comprehensive alternative visions of the world in 2030 and in 2050


Seq3 : identification of the most important issues at the world level (prioritization and clarification) – up to 5


Wednesday 13 July

9 – 13
Sequence 4 : Strategic thinking

  • For each key issue, identification of innovative strategies implemented in different regions/countries. Elaboration of a set of alternative innovative strategies that could be recommended

    Public event at the National Library, Rabat

    opening by Mohammed Tawfik MOULINE,
    Director General – IRES

    Opening keynote:
    Dr Antonio ALONSO-CONCHEIRO, Chairman of the Iberoam Chapter,
    World Futures Studies Federation.

    Round-Table: Tomorrows’s World

    Moderator : Fabienne GOUX-BAUDIMENT, Director of Progective
    Former President of the WFSF
    Exponential urbanization questions not only our capacity to deal with waste, mobility or health but above all our ability to create a sustainable economic development for all urban people. Yet the economic system itself is going to be re-found by the Bitcoin revolution. And, behind and beyond algorithms, looms the way artificial intelligence and robots will drastically change our life.
    Geci KARURI-SEBINA, Executive Manager for programmes at South African Cities Network and founding director of the Southern African Node of the Millennium Project

    Christopher CORDEY, CEO of Futuratinow, member of the World Future Society (WFS) and the Association of Professional Futurists (APF)
    James A. DATOR, Professor Emeritus and former Director of the Hawaii Research Center for Futures Studies

    Question and answer


    Round-Table: Tomorrow’s Biosphere

    Moderator : Fabienne GOUX-BAUDIMENT
    The future of humanity might be a much darker one if unleashed climate change keeps its promises: water and food could become the next luxury for some happy few.
    Aditi KAPOOR, Co-founder of Alternative Futures

    Nisreen LAHHAM, founder and Head of Futures Studies Forum for Africa and the Middle East (FSF), advisor for the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ), at the Water Policy Sector Program

    Wendy SCHULTZ, Director of Infinite Futures, Vice President Operations of World Futures Studies Federation.

    Question and answer

    Closing address