Advisory Board

Neal Patel, M.B.A.

Neal Patel, M.B.A. is Senior Partner at Strategic Foresighting Associates, a management consulting firm that specializes in improving innovation and corporate strategy as well as providing training programs for those who would like to learn the futuring field.
His specialities include:

  • Fine-tuning of Your Innovation Process for Better Break-Through Innovation
  • Fine-tuning of Your Marketing Research Process for Nurturing Break-Through Ideas
  • Futuring
  • Scenario Development
  • Strategy Development and Testing
  • Trends Analysis and Deep Dives on issues
  • Uncovering Fuzzy Front End
Futuring is a structured planning process that empowers corporations to proactively prepare for what lies ahead; turning uncertainties into opportunities, and bringing the future into better focus.
Unlike forecasting (which is a linear projection of the current trends based on past performance), futuring identifies several possibilities of how all cumulative trends and events may work out in the years ahead. Neal take its a step further and helps you prepare for “black swan” events that could have a potentially enormous impact on your organization. Whether it be a positive or negative impact, the need to assess the impact of potential uncertainties is vital to your planning success.
Gaining a broader perspective and assessment of what the world may look like — as far as the economy, future trends, current market environment — allows for a more efficient innovation and effective corporate strategy development.
Neal earned his B.S.M.E. at the University of Vermont and his M.B.A. at Northeastern University.