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Tanja Hichert

Individual South Africa, East and South Africa

Tanja Hichert is an academically qualified, highly experienced, futures and foresight practitioner who specialises in; applied systems thinking, scenario planning, horizon scanning, strategic foresight, risk management and facilitating strategic conversations, that provide clarity and direction for organisations and institutions faced with complexity and uncertainty.

In addition to running the Hichert & Associates futures/foresight consulting firm for the past 18 years, Tanja holds positions as:

·     Co-chair of the UNESCO Chair in Complex Systems and Transformative African Futures at Stellenbosch University, and

·     Strategic Foresight Advisor for the UNDP’s Strategy and Futures Team

Tanja has extensive experience in strategic foresight process design, and applying futures / foresight to a vast range of issues in the public and private sector, together with a solid track record of accomplishment in business strategy and strategic planning project management.  

She teaches post-graduate students and has a passion for expanding and building the practical application of Future Studies on the African continent, and where opportunity allows, a love for innovative and experimental approaches working at the intersection of complex issues.

Operating in:
East and South Africa
South Africa
South Africa


Visions of Good Anthropocenes in southern Africa

There is a need for positive visions of the future to counteract the negative narratives that surround us every day and influence our actions. Based on Seeds of Good Anthropocenes, a diverse mix of scientists, artists and changemakers created hopeful future scenarios for southern Africa at a creative visioning workshop held in Cape Town. Participants described the process as deeply transformative, and developed a set of radical scenarios with a strong emphasis on engaged citizenry, decentralized power and local, small-scale production systems.


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