Ilmas Futehally

Executive Director

Ms Ilmas Futehally is Co-founder, Executive Director and Vice President of Strategic Foresight Group, with responsibility for overall management of the organisation. She has been a member of SFG delegations for consultations with Heads of Governments and Foreign Ministers of several countries on various global issues. In 2010-2011, she led projects on water security in the Himalayan River Basins and the Middle East.

She is the Co-author of Big Questions of Our Time (2011), Co-author of Cost of Conflict in the Middle East (2009), Principal Author of Global Security and Economy: Emerging Trends (2008), Principal Author of Cost of Conflict between India-Pakistan (2004) and co-author of about ten other internationally acclaimed research reports. She has contributed chapters to three books on regional cooperation in South Asia. 

Ilmas has been a non-residential fellow (2001-2002) at the Carnegie Council for Ethics and International Affairs, New York, and a Visiting Fellow (1998) in regional security at the Henry L. Stimson Center in Washington, DC. She has travelled to more than 40 countries for consultations with government leaders and experts on global issues. She is the recipient of Young Achievers Award of Indo-American Society for 2001 for her work on issues of relevance to the relationship between the two countries. She was profiled by timesofindia.comamong India's ten upcoming young leaders on the occasion of the 60th anniversary of India's independence. 

She obtained her Master of Science degree from Bombay University. She has also undertaken advanced professional courses in Security, Technology and Arms Control conducted by King's College, London. She worked as a research scientist in Excel Industries and as Assistant Director at the International Centre for Peace Initiatives prior to her current responsibilities.