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. Club of Amsterdam

About the Club of Amsterdam

The Club of Amsterdam is an independent, international, future-oriented think tank involved in channeling preferred futures. It involves those who dare to think out of the box and those who don't just talk about the future but actively participate in shaping outcomes.

We organize events, seminars and summits on relevant issues and publish findings & proceedings through various off-line and online media channels. Our goal is to become a global player and catalyst for innovation in industries, science and society.

The Club of Amsterdam is a not-for-profit foundation registered in the Netherlands.

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. The Team

Felix B Bopp, founder & chairman, Club of Amsterdam
Patrick Crehan, director, Club of Amsterdam
Humberto Schwab, director, Club of Amsterdam
Jan Sall, director, Club of Amsterdam

Felix B Bopp
founder & chairman, Club of Amsterdam

Felix is founder and chairman of the Club of Amsterdam, an independent, international think-tank that organises regular high-level discussions on preferred futures. It involves those who are not just talking about the future - but those who are active participants in shaping the outcome. provides rich resources about more than 100 topics from nanotechnology to philosophy.

He has an excellent reputation for putting together high-quality and high-visibility events – locally and internationally. He organised more than 400 events, conferences and festivals.

Felix has been a voice promoting streaming media since its early days in the mid 90s. He made himself a name as a high-profile trend watcher on a global scale with a close eye on information and communication technologies [ICT] and the music & entertainment industry. His wide scope of interests leads him to develop a range of outstanding products in multimedia & publishing.

His roots are in music and the music industry. He is an accomplished composer of theatre, ballet and film music and also had a successful career as a performer.

Universal Peace Ambassador in the Universal Ambassador Peace Circle, Geneva, Switzerland

Contact: felix at

Patrick Crehan
director, Club of Amsterdam
CEO and Founder, Crehan, Kusano & Associates

In 1996, after a career as a mathematical physicist in Europe and Japan, Patrick Crehan left academia to work at the European Commission Directorate General for Industry. Working in international collaboration on research in Information and Communication Technologies, he traveled extensively in countries of the Mediterranean basin, Latin America, Asia and Eastern Europe using international research collaboration as a policy tool for industrial and economic development. In 1998 he left the Commission to work as an independent consultant in international RTD, industrial and economic development policy. In 1999 he founded CKA - Crehan, Kusano & Associates. CKA is inspired by the conviction that the most important source of competitive advantage today is an ability to organize and manage knowledge-intensive activities such as research, innovation, learning & communication. CKA designs and manages processes that support complex-creative tasks in industry, society and government administration. It develops and adapts technologies to support these processes. It conducts research on management-as-work, on technologies to support organization-and-management tasks, as well as on the nature and organization of work in an age of constant change.

Contact: patrick at

Humberto Schwab
director, Club of Amsterdam
Philosopher, Owner, Humberto Schwab Filosofia SL

Humberto Schwab studied physics and philosophy in the Netherlands. He lives and works in Spain (in the surrealistic Alt Emporda) and in the Netherlands.

As a practical philosopher he uses Socratic tools to execute deep dive transformations of business, by strong collaborative thinking processes, dialogs think tanks and design-labs. New strategies which includes new services, applications and products can be the result, starting from a new generating idea.

He organized think tanks for business (Electrabel, Rabobank) government (municipality of Paris) and education (Rietveld art academy, Stockholm school of economics); always bringing to light hidden knowledge and intelligence from within the organisation.

Contact: humberto at

Jan Sall
director, Club of Amsterdam

Jan Sall is a communication and advertising expert, consultant with a long experience in initiating and organization events on corporate and consumer level. Successfully realized projects for TNT, LU-Biscuits etc.

Contact: jan at

. Board of Advisors

Simon Jones
, Owner, Ictinos Innovation

George Pór, Founder, CommunityIntelligence Ltd.
Madanmohan Rao, Consultant and prolific writer from Bangalore, Research Advisor, Asian Media Information and Communication centre (AMIC), Singapore
Hardy F. Schloer, Owner, Schloer Consulting Group
Bob Stumpel, Result Strategy, Cellspace, OpenBC, Ideabroker, LBI, GetMobile, TCS, Mendix, FON
Peter C. van Gorsel

Simon Jones
Owner, Ictinos Innovation

Simon Jones is an experienced higher education leader of international standing. He is currently President of Abu Dhabi Men's College an 8200-student, 6-site Higher Education Institute in the UAE. He also owns Ictinos Innovation which invests in select start-ups. Simon has a track record in going from R&D to the launch of a company and is a Non-exec and governmental advisor in ICT and New Media sector

In the Netherlands he led large and successful Human-Computer Studies Laboratory as part of the most prestigious Dutch University. He had full responsibility for education and research activities and liaison with Industry.

While at MIT he ran MIT Media Lab (Europe), reporting to Nicholas Negroponte, the founder of the "$100 Laptop", this was a 150-strong private not for profit Research and Innovation Laboratory where he was responsible for Scientific Direction, MIT/Government liaision, raising of funds and exploitation of IP. In addition he was a Visiting senior Research Fellow Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

In the UK he was previously Dean of Engineering and Design at the University of Bath and ARM/Royal Academy of Engineering Chair in Embedded Microelectronic Systems.

George Pór

Founder, CommunityIntelligence Ltd.
Former Senior Research Fellow at INSEAD

Tracking and moving the edge of innovation in business, society, media and technology

I am an evolutionary thinker-activist and a strategic learning partner to visionary leaders in business, government and civil society, in matters of culture change and sustaining the next level, innovation and resilience, and social media strategies.

I’ve been tracking the edge of innovation in electronic and social technologies for the last 30 years, and contributing to it, in the areas of collective intelligence, knowledge ecology, communities of practice, and personal mastery. I co-authored several books on related subjects and held Research Fellow positions at INSEAD and London School of Economics.

I am the founder of CommunityIntelligence, serving as Research Fellow in the Business School of Universiteit van Amsterdam, and on the Editorial Board of the Journal of Knowledge Management.

My clients include or included: AT&T, British Petroleum, Bull S.A., Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce, CanWest, Dow Chemical, EDS, Elf Aquitaine, Ericsson, European Commission, European Foundation for Management Development, Dutch government, European Investment Bank, Flemish government, Ford Motor Co., Greenpeace International, Hewlett Packard, INSEAD, Intel, Procter & Gamble, Prudential, Siemens, Solvay, Sun Microsystems, Swiss Re, Unilever, and the World Business Academy. I can be reached at george(at)Community-Intelligence(dot)com.

Madanmohan Rao

Consultant and prolific writer from Bangalore, Research Advisor, Asian Media Information and Communication centre (AMIC), Singapore.

Dr. Madanmohan Rao, a consultant and author from Bangalore, is research
advisor at the Asian Media Information and Communication Centre (AMIC). He
is the editor of three book series: The Asia Pacific Internet Handbook,
The Knowledge Management Chronicles and AfricaDotEdu. He is the research
director of Mobile Monday, a global network of mobile and wireless
communication professionals, and the Bangalore K-Community, a network of
knowledge management professionals. He is editor-at-large of
DestinationKM, world music editor for Rave magazine, RJ for world music at
WorldSpace Radio, editor-at-large for Wireless World magazine, and
contributor to the Poynter Institute blog on new media trends.

Madan was formerly the communications director at the United Nations Inter
Press Service bureau in New York, and vice president at IndiaWorld
Communications in Bombay. He graduated from the Indian Institute of
Technology at Bombay and the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, with
an M.S. in computer science and a Ph.D. in communications.

Madan is a frequent speaker on the international conference circuit, and
has given talks and lectures in over 60 countries around the world. He has
worked with online services in the U.S., Brazil, and India. His articles
have appeared in DestinationKM, The Economic Times, Electronic Markets
magazine, Economic and Political Weekly, and the Bangkok Post. Madan is
on the board of directors/advisors of numerous content and wireless
services firms in Asia. He also participates in consultations at UNESCO,
IDRC, and the Friedrich Ebert Stiftung (FES) foundation.

Madan was on the nominating committee of ICANN (International Corporation
for Assigned Names and Numbers), which designs and manages the
infrastructure of the global Internet, and was on the board of directors
of CPSR (Computer Professionals for Social Responsibility). He is on the
board of editors of the journal Electronic Markets and the Journal of
Community Informatics, and was on the board of the journal Convergence.
Madan was also on the international editorial board of the recently
published book, Transforming e-Knowledge.

Madan is adjunct faculty at the International School of Information
Management in Mysore, India, where he teaches KM courses at the
master's level. He is also adjunct faculty at the Indian Institute
of Information Technology in Bangalore, for whom he coordinates exchange
programmes with Malmo University in southern Sweden. Every summer, Madan
conducts workshops on enterprise workspace design, knowledge work and
usability for students and professionals, hosted by Malmo University.

Madan is conference chair or on the conference committee for the following
events: Digital Worlds (Asia, Arabia, Latin America, Africa), Mobile Monday Global Summit 2008, Mobile Monday India (Bangalore, Mumbai, Delhi, Chennai, Hyderabad), Wireless India, RFID India, AMIC annual summit (Asian Media Information and Communication Centre).

He has spoken at KM World in California, KM Asia in Singapore, KM
Challenge Australia in Sydney, and InfoVision/KM India in Bangalore. He is
on the conference committee for the annual India Infovision Summit and the
National Seminar on KM for the Public Sector, in India. Madan is also a
regular at APQC's annual KM Summit and the Braintrust KM
conferences. His KM consulting engagements have included Fortune 500
companies such as Perot Systems and Philips, and Indian IT services
pioneers such as HCL Technologies. His clients in mobile and wireless
space include Wolff Solutions, IndiaCom and AMIC.

Hardy F. Schloer
Owner, Schloer Consulting Group

Hardy F. Schloer is a strong team builder, entrepreneur, accomplished scientist and visionary theoretical thinker with extensive people and public relation skills.

For three decades now Schloer has built successful global technology solutions and practical problem-solving infrastructures for clients and partners in the Americas, Europe and Asia. Schloer has extensive hands-on experience in the design and the conceptualization of successful solutions and complex technology architectures on global scale. His strong ability to view problems through their complex layers of context has enabled him to become a highly effective analyst and 'out-of-the-box' thinking problem solver.

Schloer is founder and former CEO of RavenPack AG in Germany and RavenPack International in Spain, a world leader in computational linguistics and real-time financial applications. Schloer is also the inventor of numerous Information and Communication Technology patents and of the Quantum Relation Theory, a breakthrough concept in Artificial Intelligence. The Quantum Relation Theory has been academically reviewed and discussed (see Reviews on QRT). (Read more about the Quantum Relation Technology)

In 2001 Schloer received the award of “One of 25 Best Technologies of the Future” from NetInvestor in Germany for the invention of his Quantum Relation-based technology platform, 'RavenSpace'.

Schloer made also important intellectual contributions to the field of healthcare with his groundbreaking concept ‘AlphaMedic’, a global approach to modern healthcare that envisions globally standardized, centralized and AI managed patients record keeping, combined with computer assisted real-time medical diagnostics and automated clinical trials in a global 24/7 processing approach. Schloer’s AlphaMedic concept to healthcare problems has received a European Grant and has been published and discussed in the press and online healthcare publications

Schloer has developed a strong transdisciplinary and intercultural approach to problem-solving consultancy that is now leading in its field. He is an internationally acclaimed speaker and is frequently invited to international conferences, public discussion panels and other global Think Tank events.
ppt SCG Company Introduction

Bob Stumpel

Bob Stumpel started his first career as a researcher of and teacher in Dutch mediaeval literature. The contours of his role as an expert in the TIME industry took shape when he co-founded and managed 2 subsequent advertising agencies. In '94 he also founded interactive agency CLIC.

As an advisor, Bob worked for many large and mid cap companies, like KPN, VNU, Sanoma, Grupo Clarín, Irdeto, RTL, and many automotive and retail brands. As an interim manager, Bob worked for numerous TIME companies, a.o. Xing, LinkedIn, CaliberMedia, Ikki, and Bidster. He has helped several Dutch companies to roll-out internationally. Bob is or has been involved in many new media companies, a.o. Overloaded, Infocaster, Mendix, IRL Connect, and Peers. He holds or held board positions at these same companies. He is part of the management team of Result.

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Peter C. van Gorsel

Peter Charles van Gorsel was born on 23rd September 1948 in Rotterdam. He has lived in Amsterdam for the last 30 years. He spent part of his youth in Africa and has lived in Utrecht, Leiden and London. He is a fluent speaker and writer in English and German with a passive knowledge of French. His education is varied to say the least, running form a Dutch High School, Graphic Design and Art school via the Publishing School and Stanford Master of Publishing. He has a degree in marketing and communication. He thinks of himself as always curious, an independent thinker, driven and a goal orientated strategist and a team player; communicative and innovative with a broad orientation in media, IT, arts and urban development; interested in issues dealing with talent development and leadership. After resigning from his post as Dean of the Faculty of Media, Creation and Information at the University of Applied Science of Amsterdam in 2012 he went on as an independent consultant and adviser. Before he became a dean he has worked in national and international publishing in various positions: sales, marketing, publishing and business development. He has been on the board of several organisations and is at present on the board of the Dutch Public Broadcasting AVRO.
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. Experts

You can reach the Club of Amsterdam Expert Group by email:

Yves Boillot
Arnab B. Chowdhury, Founder, Ninād
Thomas Ugo Ermacora, Founder and creative director, Etikstudio
Ahmed El Sheikh, Scenario Planning, The Pharmaceutical Strategist
Tim Harper, Founder, CMP Cientifica
Fernanda Ibarra
Gerd Leonhard, Music Futurist, former CEO,

Yves Boillot

Expertise: Telecom

He is a former entrepreneur, management consultant and engineer. He has 12 years of experience in the space and telecom industry. He has earned an MBA from the Rotterdam School of Management, a degree at the International Space University and a Master's in Engineering from the Institut National des Sciences Appliquées in Lyon.
Yves is a French national and lives in Leiden with his wife and two children.

Arnab B. Chowdhury
Founder, Ninād

Arnab Bishnu Chowdhury is an explorer of music and consciousness in the form of composer - musician - teacher as a third generation from a family of Indian Classical musicians.

Along with Indian Classical music, he has also delved into Western classical, electronic and world music. He has composed music for films, theatre and multimedia on spiritual evolution, therapy and healing, social reform, environmental education, community building among other forward-looking themes that raise consciousness.

In the late 90s, he worked at Extended Csound Lab, a part of MIT Media Lab's 'Music, Mind and Machine Group' as computer music composer where he explored composition, perception and sound design with computer music synthesis programming language called Csound, the parent technology to MPEG 4 Structured Audio. He was a member of Taito Karaoke on Demand project, considered the world's first AI-based Karaoke machine. Both, Taito Karaoke on Demand and MPEG Structured Audio were considered among MIT Media Lab's top 25 inventions when it completed 25 years. ( , )

Arnab is the founder of 'Know Your Rhythm' (KYR) - a training programme that helps participants discover their musicality and their own sense of rhythm - in life and work. Through immersive exercises in a spirit of self-culture and joy, KYR creates 'conditions' for participants to experience Aha! Moments, raising cognition and productivity.

He has presented KYR at several international seminars worldwide including 14th World Congress for Music Therapy (Vienna, 2014) empowering university professors, govt. officials, youth and students, development practitioners, managers, policy makers, neuro scientists, anthropologists, social scientists, teachers, special educators, therapists, patients, medical practitioners, healthcare researchers, and seekers from all walks of life! :-)

Arnab grew up and studied at Sri Aurobindo International Centre of Education, Pondicherry, India.
To get a feel of his musical explorations, please tune in to:

Thomas Ugo Ermacora
Founder and creative director, Etikstudio

Expertise: Sustainability

Founder and creative director for Etikstudio, Ermacora works with a variety of companies to develop sustainable concepts, products and services. Along with a series of entrepreneurial activities in Media and lifestyle as well as technological start-ups, Thomas curates events with the intent of bringing a "debate with outcomes". Amongst those he exhibited "dreams on wheels" on cycling cities in the national design centre of Denmark in 2004. Prior to this he worked as a telecom strategy consultant on the digital divide for Tactis. He holds a degree in Urban Design from the Sorbonne and a bachelor of International Affairs from Northwestern University.

Ahmed El Sheikh

Scenario Planning, The Pharmaceutical Strategist

Expertise: MENA - Middle East & North Africa

Ahmed is a senior partner at The Pharmaceutical Strategist, a forward looking think tank focused on scenario building for the life science industry.

Tim Harper

Founder, CMP Cientifica

Expertise: Nanotechnology

Tim Harper is the founder of CMP Cientifica, Europe's largest nanotechnology information company, the Executive Director of the European NanoBusiness Association and an advisor to the US NanoBusiness Alliance.
Before founding CMP Cientifica, Tim was an engineer at the European Space Agency's research and development centre in Noordwijk, The Netherlands. He managed the micro and nanoscale characterisation facility, and has published extensively on analytical techniques and characterization of advanced materials.
Tim lives in Madrid, Spain, with his family, after working in the UK, US, Germany, and the Netherlands. Originally from the UK, he also speaks French, Spanish, and Dutch.

Fernanda Ibarra

Expertise: COP - Communities of Practice

Fernanda is a consultant with a wide expertise in Computer-mediated-communication strategies and technologies, web publishing systems, Internet-mediated communities of practice (design, implementation and facilitation) and Online Learning systems. She has a broad knowledge on psychology of the cyberculture, consciousness studies, change methodologies and complex system theories.

Her major interest lies in the cultural and social development through the use of Information and Communication Technologies. Issues like Digital and cultural divide in between modern, premodern and postmodern worldviews are part of her menu. She is aligned to the vision of enhancing more participative ways of organising as a mechanism to allow each individual to connect with their sources of creativity and to being able to participate in the key decisions that affects one future.

She has produced a large number of online learning events and meetings (Synchronous and asynchronous) in Asia, US and Mexico. She currently mentors in the 'Communities of Practice Foundation workshop' which is leaded by Etienne Wenger and is a consultant for the Instituto Mexicano de Contadores Públicos (IMCP) which is a Federation of 61 Associations, in the development of their Social Learning System called SAL, which includes their Knowledge Managment and Informational Strategy. Their Online Learning System will launch its first 200 hours certification course in March 2005.

Gerd Leonhard
Music Futurist, former CEO,

Expertise: Music & Entertainment

Gerd Leonhard (42), is a musician and producer, writer, strategic adviser and music business entrepreneur. Originally from Germany, Gerd spend almost 20 years in the U.S., working in the music industry, and now resides in Basel, Switzerland.

1996-2002, during the heydays of the Digital Music and dot-com years, Gerd was the founder and President & CEO of, a company that revolutionized the B2B music-licensing space by inventing a web-based software product (and online marketplace) that reduced the average transaction time for music licenses from 6 weeks to 2 hours. LicenseMusic counted thousands of clients in the Film, TV, Advertising and New Media industries, worldwide, including Disney, McCann-Erickson, Paramount Pictures, Saatchi & Saatchi, and Fox TV.

As a musician and composer (guitar), Gerd won the highly acclaimed Quincy Jones Jazz Masters Award which allowed him to attend Boston's Berklee College of Music and, in 1987, graduate with a diploma in Jazz Performance. Gerd has appeared on many recordings, concert bills and instructional videos, and has toured internationally, including some opening engagements for major acts such as Miles Davis. As an event producer, Gerd served as the Executive Producer of the pan-European talent event EuroPopDays, in Freiburg / Germany , which featured over 200 showcases with new bands and unsigned artist, sponsored by the European Commission and covered by MTV Europe.

Gerd served as an Expert Adviser to the European Commission in Brussels, Belgium, in 1993-1996, as Senior Adviser to the London-based Rightscom Ltd, currently sits on the Advisory Board of the Music Business Management Division of Westminster University (London), and has consulted dozens of start-ups and SMEs in the music and technology sectors, both in Europe and the U.S. Gerd also works with venture capitalists and financial services companies in discovering interesting investment opportunities in the media-technology business.

Gerd is a very active writer (look for a new book to be published in early 2004), speaker and strategic adviser, and has been quoted in Billboard, Variety, the Hollywood Reporter, the San Francisco Chronicle, Business2.0, the WSJ and Wired. He publishes his music business visions at, a think-tank site that has been syndicated to hundreds of websites around the globe. Gerd is also the Founder of, a network platform for entrepreneurs in the music business.

Gerd has spoken, moderated and presented at dozens of music industry events, including Webnoize, MIDEM, MILIA, Gartner Conferences, Streaming Media and the Content Summits; and has lectured at Berklee College of Music, UC Berkeley, University of Miami, City University London, University of Colorado, and many others.

Gerd speaks German, English, and French, and, on a good day, a little bit of Spanish and Italian.

. Club of Amsterdam Round Table

Current Members are:

Felix B Bopp, chairman, Club of Amsterdam
John Grüter, Systems Thinker, Digital Knowledge
Ola Parcinska

Job Romijn, Artist

. Members

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. Motivation


Alvin Toffler - one of the world's most reputable and influential futurists:

"There is a slightly odd notion in business today that things are moving so fast that strategy becomes an obsolete idea. That all you need is to be flexible or adaptable. Or as the current vocabulary puts it, 'agile'. This is a mistake. You cannot substitute agility for strategy. If you do not develop a strategy of your own, you become a part of someone else's strategy. You, in fact, become reactive to external circumstances. The absence of strategy is fine, if you don't care where you're going."

Ed Lindaman, Futurist and Director of Program Planning for the design and manufacture of the Apollo Spacecraft Project:

"If humankind could spend just a fraction of the countless millions of dollars and millions of hours we spend trying to predict the future, instead on imagining preferred future options together, we'd be living in a different world."

Albert Einstein, winner of the Nobel Prize for Physics in 1921:

"We can't solve problems by using the same kind of thinking we used when we created them."

Mahatma Gandhi, political and ideological leader of India during the Indian independence movement:

"The future depends on what we do in the present."

Ray Bradbury, American fantasy, horror, science fiction, and mystery writer:

"People ask me to predict the future, when all I want to do is prevent it. Better yet, build it. Predicting the future is much too easy, anyway. You look at the people around you, the street you stand on, the visible air you breathe, and predict more of the same. To hell with more. I want better."

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