Nur Anisah Abdullah


  • United Kingdom

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Personal Statement

Dr Anisah graduated with a PhD (Operations Research) from Strathclyde University and is a member of the Association of Professional Futurists. She helps organisations plan strategically, and to design and develop performance measurement systems for organisational improvement. She uses foresight and scenario planning in helping organisations go beyond just forecasting to the generation of preferred futures. 

Her portfolio of strategy development workshops includes UNDP Georgia and Innovative Service Lab Georgia, Employee Provident Fund Malaysia, Ministry of Higher Education Malaysia, National Higher Education Research Institute Malaysia and International Islamic University Malaysia. 

Her teaching and research work now extends to Foresight and higher education. She has conducted futures literacy workshops with high school and university students and teachers in Dubai, New York, Taipei and Sierra Leone. In an effort to advance futures literacy, Anisah has created @Futures_Sandbox (on Twitter), an initiative for transformative action learning and youth development. The Sandbox aims to develop critical and reflective modes of awareness and inquiry. The Futures Sandbox is an independent, collaborative and open platform for workshops, seminars, and hands-on projects to educate and inspire youth toward imagining and creating preferred futures. Anisah conducts workshops using games and exercises that take participants into a future mental space.

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Philosophy, Strathclyde Business School

Master of Research, Strathclyde Business School

Master of Science, Universiti Putra Malaysia

External positions

Co-Editor, World Futures Review : A Journal of Strategic Foresight

1 Jan 2020 → …

Researcher/Practitioner, Global Swarm- Action Foresight

1 Apr 2019 → …

Associate Consultant, 2GC Active Management

1 Jul 2009 → …


  • Business Performance
  • Corporate Foresight
  • Strategic Planning
  • higher education
  • public sector
  • Scenarios
  • Futures Literacy

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Research Output

Alternative assumptions: a call for a more inclusive ontology

Abdullah, N. A., 10 Dec 2018. 1 p.

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    Challenges faced by Malaysian private HLIs in providing quality education: a thematic analysis

    Anis, A., Islam, R. & Abdullah, N. A., 2 Jul 2018, In : Quality Assurance in Education. 26, 3, p. 349-373 25 p.

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