Meet Amy

Amy Zalman, PH.D.


Amy Zalman is a global security futurist dedicated to leveraging the power
of narrative to accelerate innovation.

She founded the Strategic Narrative Institute LLC to provide consulting services and training for leaders and institutions seeking to strengthen their ability to understand, manage, and benefit from disruptive change.

Amy is currently also an adjunct Professor in the Department of Culture, Communication & Technology at Georgetown University in Washington DC, a member of the Board of Visitors of the U.S. Air Force Air University, and a Board Director of the Council on Emerging National Security Affairs.

During the course of her career, Amy has served as a leader, teacher, author, and consultant in public, private, and non-profit sectors. She is the former Chief Executive Officer and President of the World Future Society, the world’s first and largest membership organization for futurists and advocacy on behalf of future-critical issues.

… At the end of the first day, I said to the organizers [of a national educational research and development conference], you have to learn a new methodology, Strategic Narrative. You have created 3 stories about your potential future today. Go to the website of Amy Zalman, and begin to learn that you have to think about which story do you want. At the end of the day, the organizers asked everyone what they had learned and one said, ‘My takeaway from this is the idea of Strategic Narrative. We can choose our future story.’ Almost every day, I ask people to change the way they tell their story, and they always learn something new, just from changing their narrative. This is the power of what Amy does.

– Guy Levi, Chief Innovation Officer, Center for Educational Technology


In other leadership roles, Amy served as the inaugural Department of Defense Chair of Information Integration and professor of security strategy at the United States’ National War College, which educates future leaders of the Armed Forces, State Department, and other civilian agencies for high-level policy, command and staff responsibilities; and led original research projects and new market capture efforts at Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC, now Leidos), a Washington DC-based Fortune 500 science and technology firm and as a founding partner of Oryx Communications, which supported organizations expanding into the Middle East and North Africa. She has also served on the faculties of New York University, Cornell University, and the New School University in New York.

Amy has maintained a career-long focus on the impacts of change in the global security environment, such as shifts in global balance of power, defense- and intelligence-related issues, and information security, and on the critical roles of cultures, communication, narrative, and myth in generating change and innovation.

Amy holds a Ph.D. in Middle Eastern Studies from New York University, a Masters Degree of Fine Arts from Cornell University, a Bachelors Degree from Columbia University and an honorary Master’s Degree from the National War College. She has been a Fulbright scholar in Jordan, and a research fellow at the EastWest Institute in New York. She lives in Washington DC and St. Michaels, Maryland with her partner, Jonathan.