Jerry M. Hultin - Global Futures Group

Jerry M. Hultin

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Jerry Hultin is an executive, author and leader on innovation, urban science and technology, smart city design, the future of AI, automation and work, and national security.

He is an passionate supporter of science and technology, serving as Chair of the New York Academy of Sciences, founded in 1817 with the mission of “shaping the future of science.” He also is Chair of Educational Housing Services, a non-profit real estate company that provides affordable housing to students in NYC.

As a university president, he led the strategic turnaround of Polytechnic University and its successful merger with New York University. In addition, he created some of NYC’s first technology incubators in collaboration with NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg, an innovation that started NYC’s rise to technology prominence. As Under Secretary of the Navy, he crafted the strategy that built the Navy Marine Corps Intranet, at the time the world’s largest private communications network. He was appointed by President Clinton to the board of Freddie Mac and he was a member of the Defense Business Board and the American Battle Monuments Commission for President Obama.

He is a co-founder of Smart Cities NY, a leading urban technology conference; a Distinguished Fellow of the Global Federation of Competitiveness Councils; and a co-founder of Fighting Chance Ukraine.

Mr. Hultin graduated from Ohio State University and Yale Law School.

Dr. Jules L. Coleman - Global Futures Group

Dr. Jules L. Coleman

Founding Partner

Jules is a Founding Partner at Global Futures Group and resident expert on education. He is Senior Education Advisor to the G30 Global Education Program in concert with the G30 Social Responsibility Initiative who partners with the Catalyst Foundation to bring educational opportunities to the 1.2BN children worldwide who have no formal education opportunities beyond the 4th grade. Jules is a leader in developing disruptive education platforms dedicated to taking advantage of network and system effects. In addition, he is a senior advisor to global investment firms on opportunities in education, green infrastructure and cybersecurity.

Steve Joachim - Global Futures Group

Steve Joachim

Senior Advisor

Steve serves as Senior Advisor to GFG contributing to firm strategy and operationalizing the firm’s business model. Steve brings to GFG 30+ years of experience with building new products/companies. Most recently he was Executive Vice President for Transparency Services at the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority. Prior to that he was Chief Operating and Strategy Officer for Plural, a young company designed to build technology products, Plural was ultimately bought by Dell Professional Services. He held senior roles in marketing, trading and technology at Merrill Lynch Capital Markets. Steve is on the Board of Stevens Institute of Technology’s Hanlon Financial Systems Lab and served as Chairman of the International Forum for Investor Education. Steve has an MS degree with distinction in public management and BS degree in math with computer option from Carnegie Mellon University and an MA degree in political science from Duquesne University.

Peter Psaras - Global Futures Group

Peter Psaras

Principal & Managing Director
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Peter is a global business executive with over two decades of global technology, software, and business experience with the IBM Corporation, one of the world’s foremost enterprises with nearly $60 billion in revenues and 300 thousand employees in over 170 countries around the world. During his career at IBM, Peter was a member of the corporate strategy and technology staff for two consecutive Chairman, President & CEOs of IBM. In addition, he served as a global brand leader for IBM technology businesses that grew from $100 million to over $1 billion in revenue world-wide. Later, Mr. Psaras had a similar role for IBM’s global enterprise software portfolio generating revenues in excess of $1B annually. While with IBM, he was engaged in several multi-million-dollar strategic consulting engagements, including with McKinsey & Company. He has received both US and international patents for his inventions while carrying out research as a member of the IBM Thomas J. Watson Research Center.

Mr. Psaras was named a Fellow of the National Academy of Engineering, the first in IBM’s 100 year history to receive this honor. While assigned to the National Academy of Sciences in Washington D.C. he studied and wrote on issues of national significance. Mr. Psaras is a published scientist and author, including editor of the National Academy of Science’s book, “Advancing Materials Research”, and over two dozen peer-reviewed journal articles.

Mr. Psaras received a BS (Summa Cum Laude) from Colorado State University; an Executive MBA in international business from the Lubin School of Business at Pace University; and completed executive management programs at Harvard Business School, Stanford University, University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School, and Northwestern’s JL Kellogg School of Management.


Gianluca Galletto - Global Futures Group

Gianluca Galletto

Principal Consultant

Gianluca Galletto is Principal and Managing Director at Global Futures Group (GFG), which provides advisory to nonprofits and governments on “smart cities” strategies and innovation ecosystem building, and to businesses on international expansion.

He is a Principal at Smart Cities New York, the leading conference in North America on Smart and Sustainable Cities and has previously advised former prime ministers in Europe. Most recently he has worked as an advisor to the New York City’s Mayor’s Office on foreign direct investments (FDI) in tech and inclusive innovation, Croatia’s Minister of Regional Development and EU Funds, the World Bank, the Partnership for NYC, and the Metropolitan City of Barcelona.

He is a former Director of International Business at the New York City Economic Development Corporation and has spent a large portion of his professional life in senior roles in the financial sector, mostly with Muzinich & Co. a leading global asset management firm based in New York. He is an investor, a mentor of immigrant startups and has been politically active throughout his life, in the US and in Europe, volunteering with fundraising efforts for progressive candidates.

He speaks four languages and holds an MA in International Economics from Yale University and an MA in Economics, Business and Law from Bocconi University in Milan.

Andre Correa d'Almeida - Global Futures Group

Andre Correa d'Almeida

Principal Consultant

André is Principal Consultant at GFG, and Adjunct Associate Professor of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University. As Assistant Director of the Master of Public Administration in Development Practice program (MPA-DP), he founded and leads the Development Practice Lab. He is the President and Founder of ARCx–Applied Research for Change, where he created and coordinates a network of collaborators from 10 universities and 22 research centers to work on cities, innovation, and development.

He is the editor of Columbia University Press’ book “Smarter New York City: How City Agencies Innovate”, and the Research Director at New Lab, where he created and leads the first Circular City program in NYC. This program includes several initiatives on data collaboratives, data sharing for the public good and impact assessment for urban tech start ups (see example here).

André is a former Senior Adviser to the UN Development Program, he holds a Ph.D. from the University of Colorado Denver (US), an MSc from the University of Saint Joseph (China) and a Licenciatura from the New University of Lisbon (Portugal).

Strategic Partners and Advisors

Raj Pannu

Raj is Global Future´s Group Chief Marketing Officer. He is Co-Founder and CEO of Emergence Creative which translates private sector approaches to behaviour change to the public. Raj has implemented large-scale communication strategies with a range of clients including the Coca-Cola Company, Sesame Workshop, and PEPFAR. As Director of Global Health at McCann Health, he facilitated collaborations with multinational companies, and NGOs including the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, USAID, and UNICEF. A former member of the UN Essential Medicines Working Group, Raj has been an invited speaker to Harvard University, Columbia University, and the Qatar Foundation. He holds an MS of Immunology and a PhD in Biochemistry from the University of Alberta.

May Lee

May Lee is a lead strategic advisor on Asian affairs for Global Futures Group. She is a sought-after partner for companies and organizations navigating highly competitive, global environments. May is currently the Dean of the School of Entrepreneurship and Management at Shanghai Tech. She 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.

Guo Bai

Guo Bai Global Futures Group´s Asia regional Advisor based in China. She is a researcher at China Institute of Fudan University, and a Ph.D. candidate of strategic management at HEC Paris. Guo is co-author of the book “China’s Development: Capitalism and Empire”, on China’s reform. Her research focuses on governance of inter-organizational collaborations for complex ICT-driven projects with a Smart City focus. Guo was a senior researcher in economy and finance at the French Embassy in Beijing. She received her master degree at ESCP Europe and her bachelor’s degree at Peking University.

Yannick Mireur

Yannick is a Senior Advisor to Global Futures Group on corporate governance and energy. He is the founder of Nexus forum, an independent platform which convenes corporate and government leaders on energy, infrastructure, climate, and security around the globe. Formerly a European gas expert at Cambridge Energy Research Associates, Yannick is an international affairs specialist, author, lecturer, and frequent media guest. A graduate of the Paris School of Political Studies (Sciences-Po) and a Fulbright scholar, Yannick earned an MA and a PhD at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University in Boston.

Harjiv Singh

Harjiv is a lead strategic advisor on communications for Global Futures Group. He is CEO and Co-Founder of Gutenberg Communications, a public relations firm with operations 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. He is board member of the Loomba Foundation and the World Council of Alumni at International House. Harjiv also sits on the Advisory Board of Knowledge@Wharton.

Dr. Paolo Taticchi

JPaolo Taticchi is the Director of the Weekend MBA and Global Online MBA at Imperial College Business School where he also covers the position of Principal Teaching Fellow in Management and Sustainability, and the role of Director of Global Initiatives. At the Business School, in the past, he also directed the MSc Management and the MSc Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Management. Prior to this, Paolo has been Associate Professor and Director of MBA Programmes at the Royal Docks Business School of the University of East London; Director of Studies of the Bradford-Perugia MBA in Italy; and Assistant Professor in Business and Management Engineering at the University of Perugia. Paolo has been visiting New York University (US) and ESAN Business School (Peru).

Simon Sylvester-Chaudhuri

Simon is the Executive Director of CIV:LAB and was formerly the Managing Director at Global Futures Group spearheading products and programs driving urban innovation. He is a Strategic Advisor to the US Department of Commerce and the International Trade Administration on Smart Cities. Simon is an Adjunct Professor at NYU’s Center for Global Affairs. He is the Founder of Urban Data NYC – NYC’s largest smart city Meetup (+1,300 members). Simon served on the founding group of the UN’s Digital Technologies for Sustainable Urbanization Network. Simon earned an MS in Global Affairs from NYU where he was the O’Mara Energy Fellow. He holds an MSc in International Business Economics from the Westminster Business School.

Michael B. Coleman

Michael Coleman is a partner and member of Ice Miller’s Public Affairs and Government Law, Internet of Things Groups, and serves as the firm’s Director of Business and Government Strategies. Michael draws upon his experience as Mayor and Chief Executive Officer for the City of Columbus to guide clients through the challenges and opportunities of creating partnerships between business and government. Coleman brings to Ice Miller’s clients his considerable experience in successfully matching the needs of businesses with the resources of government to build, grow and protect thriving communities. Coleman also provides clients opportunities to advance Smart City concepts.