About Us

Advising Cities, States and Countries on Best Practices in Smart Cities

Global Futures Group (GFG) is a consulting firm that guides both public and private clients on best practices in creating Smart Cities. GFG builds and cultivates Innovation Infrastructure enabling cities, states, countries and corporations to embrace technology driving higher productivity and job growth within a sustainable framework. GFG´s areas of expertise encompass designing innovation ecosystems, developing public, private and academic partnerships and commercializing urban tech companies around the globe.

GFG recognizes both the challenges and the opportunities that unprecedented urbanization creates. GFG is a driver of transformational change that uncovers and stimulates positive disruptors, innovators and policies that are able to build next generation infrastructure. We identify pressing urban problems, formulate and implement solutions to enable cities and their citizens to build vibrant, livable and Smart Cities.

Global Futures Group divisions are networked with one another for maximum impact:

  • Consulting

    We work with public and private city builders to create vibrant cities by implementing best Smart Cities practices from around the world.

  • Financial Advisory

    We identify, advise, and invest in high-potential smart city start-ups and high-growth companies.

  • Media and Education

    We are the host of Smart Cities NYC`17 Expo, convening thought leaders and creating provocative Smart Cities content for distribution.

  • Civ:Lab

    A 501(c)(3) who scales urban solutions and startups locally and globally.

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Co-Founders and Principals

Jerry M. Hultin - Global Futures Group

Jerry M. Hultin

Jerry is a Principal and Co-Founder of the Global Futures Group. Jerry was the 15th President of the Polytechnic Institute of New York University where he is currently the President Emeritus. Jerry was the United States Under Secretary of the Navy under President Bill Clinton. Jerry is currently the Chairman of the Global Advisory Board of the World Smart Cities Expo. Mr. Hultin is an Honorary Fellow of the Foreign Policy Association, the founding Chairman of the Technology Management Education Association, and an advisor to senior military and defense leaders.

Dr. Jules L. Coleman - Global Futures Group

Dr. Jules L. Coleman

Jules is a Principal and Co-Founder of the Global Futures Group. Prior to GFG, he had a distinguished academic career, including nearly three decades as a Chaired Professor of Law and Philosophy at Yale and most recently as the Senior Vice Provost for Academic Planning at NYU. The author of over a hundred academic articles and books and a renowned thought leader on global education and life long learning platforms, Jules has received numerous fellowships, honors and awards, most recently the Medal for Lifetime Achievement by the Attorneys General of Peru.

Harjiv Singh - Global Futures Group

Harjiv Singh

Harjiv is the Principal of GFG in India and the CEO and Co-Founder of Gutenberg Communications, a public relations firm with employees in New York, Silicon Valley, Boston, London, New Delhi, Bangalore, Hyderabad and Mumbai. Harjiv works extensively across a diverse range of industries including technology, real estate and investment management.

May Lee - Global Futures Group

May Lee

May Lee is the Principal of GFG in China and a sought-after partner for companies and organizations wishing to be successful in highly competitive, global environments. May is currently the Dean of the School of Entrepreneurship and Management at Shanghai Tech. May was previously the Vice Chancellor of NYU Shanghai, the Chief of Staff at Merrill Lynch, CEO of Fly Communications and a Vice-President at Goldman Sachs.

Ji Mi Choi - Global Futures Group

Ji Mi Choi

Ji Mi is the Chief Operating Officer of GFG. Ji Mi was previously at NYU in multiple roles, most recently as the Assistant VP for Global Programs Planning. At NYU, she had also served as the Senior Director for Integration, leading the historic merger with NYU of the affiliated Polytechnic Institute of NYU, where she was the VP of Strategic Initiatives and Chief of Staff. Prior to NYU, Ji Mi served in critical roles at the United Nations Development Programme, and Columbia University, most notably as Chief of Staff of the Earth Institute. In addition to her deep higher education experience, Ji Mi has served in entrepreneurial roles with a dotcom start-up, start-up nonprofit organizations, and political campaigns.

Simon Sylvester-Chaudhuri - Global Futures Group

Simon Sylvester-Chaudhuri

Simon is the Director of Research & Strategy for GFG. Previously Simon worked at the Urban Future Lab providing innovation management to early stage startups and was the O'Mara Fellow at the NYU Center for Global Affairs with extensive experience in China and the Gulf. Prior to New York, Simon received a BS Hons in Economics and Philosophy at the University of Sussex and an MSc in International Business Economics at the Westminster Business School, both in the UK. In 2014 Simon founded the NY Smart City and Energy Data Meetup. He is a Google Solve for X Scholar/Mentor and serves on numerous non-profit boards in NYC and has written for multiple publications.