Meet Amy

Amy Zalman, Ph.D.


Amy Zalman is a global security futurist who helps helps leaders and organizations explore the implications of future trends and to prepare their organizations for transformative change.

She founded the Strategic Narrative Institute in 2016 after over a decade of hands-on experience successfully accelerating change in public, private and non-profit organizations to keep them on the vanguard of emerging global realities.(Learn more.)

Her work as  a global security futurist began with her own firm, Oryx Communications, in 2005. The boutique consultancy developed new cultural media products for US defense clients, and provided expertise on cultural and global trends that helped Congressional leaders, diplomats, military leaders and enlisted officers from the United States and allied nations better understand the geopolitical and technological trends impacting foreign affairs. As a new markets strategist and a senior researcher at Leidos, a Washington DC-based science and technology firm from 2007-2012, Amy cultivated new products and markets that leveraged sentiment analysis technology and in-house analytic capabilities.

As the CEO and President of the World Future Society from 2014-2016, she led the transformation of the world’s first and largest membership organization for futurists from a publishing model to a facilitated ecosystem to meet the demands of a digitalized and globalized membership, positioning it for global impact and new fundraising opportunities.

Amy is a part-time professor of Strategic Foresight in the  Department of Culture, Communication & Technology at Georgetown University in Washington DC. She is also 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, and a professional member of the Association of Professional Futurists. She has also served on the faculties of New York University, Cornell University, and the New School University in New York.

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.

… 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