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Noah Raford

Dubai Future Foundation
Chief Operating Officer (COO)

Dr. Noah Raford is the Chief Operating Officer, “Futurist-in-Chief” at the Dubai FutureFoundation and a former advisor on futures, foresight, and innovation in the UAE PrimeMinister’s Office.Noah helped establish the country’s first national foresight unit, helped established theDubai Future’s Foundation and the Museum of the Future, and is part of a teamthat identifies emerging opportunities, develops strategic partnerships, and prototypesfuture initiatives for the Government of Dubai.Some the projects he has recently been involved with include:

  • The Museum of the Future
  • The Dubai Global Blockchain Council
  • The UAE Drones for Good Award
  • The UAE Robotics for Good Award
  • The Dubai 3D Printing Strategy
  • The Dubai Self-Driving Vehicle Strategy
  • The International Council on Artificial Intelligence and Robotics (iCAIR)
  • The “Office of the Future”; the world’s first fully functional 3D printed building
Prior to his work in the UAE, Noah was a senior manager at the strategy consultancyMonitor / GBN, CEO of the technology foresight company Futurescaper LLC, the NorthAmerican Director of Space Syntax Limited, and the Senior Research Advisor to Prince’sFoundation for the Built Environment.
Noah completed his PhD at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), his mastersdegree at the Bartlett School of Architecture, and his undergraduate studies at BrownUniversity. He is a member of the World Economic Forum (WEF) Global Agenda Councilon Artificial Intelligence and Robotics, a Senior Research Fellow at the London School ofEconomics, a fellow at the Bartlett School of Architecture, a member of the InternationalFutures Forum.He lives in Dubai, is married with two children and is a semi-retired techno DJ. Hemaintains an occasional podcast called NerdHouse(mixing deep techno with deep lecturesand spoken word) and recently finished his second book, “Warlords, Inc.”.