Anna Kirstgen is a futurologist and works at the Fraunhofer Institute for Systems and Innovation Research ISI in the business unit Foresight for Strategy Development. Her work includes identifying and analyzing signals, trends and possible futures in order to better understand the drivers of change in society, technology and markets. Anna structures complex issues and maps out possible future developments. With her work she helps clients to identify opportunities and designs robust strategies for the future. Her portfolio includes methodologies such as roadmapping, visioning, scenario processes, horizon scanning and trend radar. She works with a wide range of clients, including ministries, industries and the European Commission.
Anna studied architecture at the Hafencity University in Hamburg and was a member of the International Doctoral Program "Spatial Research Lab –Urban Transformation Landscapes". In her doctoral thesis, she addressed the interplay of perception and effect of the built world by investigating the way in which space affects people and the means by which it is perceived. Before joining Fraunhofer Gesellschaft, she worked in the foundation sector on the topic of sustainable futures with a special focus on sustainable urbanization processes in Europe and Sub-Saharan Africa.