Vahid Motlagh


Vahid V. Motlagh was born in Qom in Iran. He is a graduate of civil engineering from Sharif University of Technology. He is a quadrilingual professional futurist (he reads English, Arabic, Farsi, and Italian) and since 2003 an editor and advisor with the Iranian Futurist Foundation. He is also the founder and editor of the website Vahid Think Tank in which he shares his knowledge of futures studies with other Iranians and Farsi-speaking individuals ( and

In April 2011 he was an invited scholar by the Intercultural Foundation in Italy for the international conference “Reconciling Babel – Education for Cosmopolitanism.” In November 2011 he was an invited scholar by the Foundation for the Future at the international conference “Global Transitions and Asia 2060: Climate, Political-Economy, and Identity.”

An executive board member of the World Future Studies Federation (WFSF), a board member of the Shaping Tomorrow's Foresight Network, and a member of the Futures Studies Research Committee of the Center for Global Nonkilling (CGNK), he was for ten years a strategic and scenario planning analyst, editor, and translator at diverse Iranian think tanks in the private sector and was also the editor in chief of the Persian Encyclopedia of Future. He has published articles in the Journal of Futures Studies and has authored and translated more than ten Farsi books dealing with science, technology, futures studies, and decision analysis.

While still a student he received a prize for a Farsi translation of the book, Value-Focused Thinking; was selected by the National Youth Organization of Iran for Outstanding Intellectual Achievement; and shared the 2009 Iran Autumn Season National Book Award with his co-author for Scenario Planning published in Tehran by the Institute for International Energy Studies (IIES).

He has published widely online on a huge range of different topics, from the study of the brain and consciousness, to diverse areas of technology, including biotechnology and artificial intelligence, as well as cultural and global issues, environmental and ecological challenges, Eastern and Western philosophy, the history of myth and religion, methods of strategic foresight, and ethical concerns as they pertain to contemporary affairs and future possibilities.