Paul Higgins

Paul established Emergent Futures as a consulting company combining his long experience in business with his training as a futurist to assist organisations and individuals in the creation of strategy. Paul believes that the application of foresight tools to the strategy process can give organisations a critical edge in a fast moving modern world.

He holds a First Class Honours Degree in Veterinary Science, a Bachelor of Animal Science, and a Masters Degree in Strategic Foresight. Paul is also a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Paul was a veterinarian, and an agribusiness consultant before becoming a futurist with Emergent Futures. He has also been involved in politics having been President of Country Labor in Victoria for 5 years. Paul was also a director of Auspork for 16 years. Auspork is an unlisted public company that markets pork, beef, chicken, and lamb, including branded retail ready packs of ready to cook meat products.

Paul is a graduate of the Leadership Victoria Program. Paul is also a venture philanthropist by being a partner of Social Ventures Partners International (Melbourne Chapter) 

Paul has served on a number of commercial and not for profit boards and is currently a Chair of the Policy and Research Advisory board of the Future Business Council. He is also an Associate at Melbourne University Business School

Paul writes and presents regularly on future disruptions to business models, and consults to a range of organisations on how to think about the future.

Paul believes that the combination of his experience and his foresight training gives him a unique perspective on business strategy.

Paul’s business experience has taught him that critical business decisions have as much impact on business success as long hours of focused execution. However, he recognises that most people have little time to look around and think about what might be happening. Therefore the approaches that Emergent Futures uses align themselves to the reality of a fast moving, time-critical modern world from quick scanning processes to longer strategic analysis.

You can  follow Paul on Twitter at @futuristpaul

Or contact him on:

Mobile: 0408 557 583


Examples of Recent Presentations and Project work Include:

  • Company Offsite session for Energetics on future business models for energy services consulting (March 2020)
  • Foresight workshops for Melbourne City Mission Leaders Network and Board/Executive Team (2020).
  • Foresight, strategy and risk training workshops for regional councils for LGPro (2020)
  • Executive Challenge for young leaders of the Northern Australian Beef Industry (2019)
  • Foresight for Practical Strategy for the LGPro Emerging Leaders Program (2019)
  • Start-up Bootcamp Energy Incubator mentoring (2019)
  • Melbourne Business School – Approaches to foresight for leadership and strategy program (2019)
  • Melbourne Business School – Approaches to foresight for leadership and strategy program (2019)
  • State Library of Victoria – Opening Keynote to the State Public Libraries Planning Summit: The Future of Libraries in our Communities (2019)
  • CEO Institute Centurion Club ($100 million turn over and above companies): Foresight for Practical Strategy (2019)
  • ALT Foresight Program Melbourne: Wardley Mapping for Foresight Strategy Work (2019)
  • Central Highlands Development Corporation Business Development Day Keynote on how to work with multiple views of the future (2019)
  • RSPCA (Vic) – Foresight and Strategy Work for a redesign of their organisation (2019).
  • Melbourne Water – Building Foresight Capacity (2018)
  • Transport for Victoria – Workshops on Single Point of Customer Contact (2018)
  • CEO Institute – Multiple presentations on Foresight for Practical Strategy (2018)
  • Paraway Pastoral – Workshop/Presentation on the implementation of new technology in Agriculture (2018)
  • City of Moonee Valley- Presentation/Workshop for Councillor Offsite on Future Changes for the Region (2018)
  • PEXA Australia – 2 Presentations for Client Day and Internal Staff Day on How to Think About Future Strategic Landscapes (2018)
  • National Australia Bank -National Tour With Chief Economist Alan Oster on the Future of Health for clients (2018)
  • City of Melbourne: Consulting on Using Foresight in Planning (2018)
  • Investec- Strategy offsite for Energy and Transport Group (2018)
  • Jetstar Airways – Presentation to Engineering Leadership Team on Foresight and Innovation (2018)
  • Outback Tourism Awards – Keynote on Future of Tourism (2018)
  • ·McPherson Media Group – Executive Team Session on Future Media Opportunities (2017)
  • Yolla Cooperative – The Future for Technology in Agricultural Cooperatives (2017)
  •  Dairy Australia – Strategic Plan Review (2017)
  • Moreland City Council – Staff Workshops on the Future of the Region (2016/17)
  • Australian Veterinary Board Council (2016/17) – Scenario Planning for the Future of Veterinary Education and Regulation
  • Mindshop Australia (2017) – Bringing the Future into the Professional Advisors Practice
  • Hobsons Bay City Council – Foresight Input into the Community Vision (2016)
  • Australian Tax Office (2016) – Strategic Foresight Workshops on the Future of the Tax System
  •  Epworth Hospital – Strategy for the Epworth Radiation Oncology Research Centre (2016)