Kerstin Cuhls has been working at the Fraunhofer Institute for Systems and Innovation Research ISI in Karlsruhe since 1992 as a scientific project manager. She took her degree in Japanese studies, sinology and business administration at the University of Hamburg. In 1993 she was seconded for four months to the National Institute of Science and Technology Policy (NISTEP) in Tokyo, Japan, to assist in setting up a scientific cooperation. In 1997 she was awarded a PhD at the University of Hamburg (Japanology) on technology foresight in Japan.
From 2006 until 2007 Kerstin Cuhls fulfilled the intra-departmental, cross-cutting function of a foresight coordinator in ISI. From 2008 until 2010 she was Head of the Business Area „Futures Research and Foresight“. From 2011 to 2012 she was Professor for Japanology at the Ruprecht Karls University in Heidelberg, Center for East Asian Studies, where she taught amongst others Innovations in Japan, Management of International Enterprises in Japan or Time Concepts in East Asia.
Kerstin Cuhls had teaching assignments on "Innovation Policy and Management in Japan" at the University of Bremen, in 2009 on "Innovations in Japan: Actors, Topics, Policy" at the Ruprecht Karls University, Heidelberg, and, at the end of her interim professorship, on "Demographic Change and its Implications in Japan and Germany". Since 2010 she has been teaching in the Masters program „Futures Research“ at the FU Berlin.
From 2007 until 2009 Kerstin Cuhls was project manager of the BMBF Foresight Process. She now manages follow-up projects and is involved in the second cycle. She already coordinated the German foresight studies Delphi '93, Mini-Delphi 1995, Delphi '98 and monitored the BMBF Futur Process, inter alia as "scientific secretariat" for both evaluations by an international committee. Kerstin Cuhls teaches in various seminars on priority-setting, foresight and Delphi methods (UNIDO, ESTO/EU, others) and works in different regional, national and international foresight projects, as well as in a comparison between Japanese and European innovation policy. She is involved in several Advisory Boards (institutions, journals).