Markku Wilenius

Ph.D., Adjunct Professor

Tel. +358 50 5929 121

Finland Futures Research Centre
Korkeavuorenkatu 25 A 2
FI-00130 Helsinki



Doctor of Political Sciences (1997)
Garden Architect (1988)

Experience and Main positions

  • Professor, 1.11.2014–
  • Senior Advisor, 2012–31.10.2014
  • Professor of Futures Studies In Turku School of Economics 2004–2012 (as of 1 Jan 2010 University of Turku)
  • Senior advisor/ Allianz SE Jan 2010 – Jan 2011
  • Senior Vice President at Allianz SE / Munich, Germany Dec. 2007 – Nov 2009
  • Director of Finland Futures Research Centre 1999–2001, 2003–2005
  • President of three foundations
  • Partner of a start-up company
  • Member of Club of Rome

Fields of Expertise and Professional Interest

Dr. Markku Wilenius' (born in 1961) interests lie in understanding the challenges and possibilities of the long-term future and bringing this foresight to the strategic thinking of society and companies. During his career he has served in surplus amount of major companies and high-level governmental bodies to bring new insight to their future activities.
Markku Wilenius has always actively pursued to foster and systematize the position of strategic thinking inside organisations. In this work, he has developed and articulated the concept of visionary leadership vis-à-vis opportunistic short term thinking.  His mission here has been to “futurise" the organisations, but particularly their management teams, to lead the everyday activities of the company from the basis of more fundamental and far-reaching vision.
Wilenius has had a deep interest in understanding how culture can be seen more clearly as an asset for the whole society as well as for the companies. In 2004 he published a widely appreciated book “Towards Creative Economy". He has continued this work by using values assessment methods with a number of companies to analyse their current organisation culture. In 2006, he published e a book based on intensive research on creative knowledge capital. In 2008, he published a book “Mediators" on media communication, where they critically looked at the challenges on responsible communication.  In recent years, he has published a number of articles and given numerous speeches on the topic of corporate responsibility, pressing companies to understand the benefits of creating shared value.
In Allianz SE, world’s largest property & casualty insurance company, Wilenius focussed first on strategic foresight & research and development in Group Development, building new model for assessing trends that have potentially major impact on Allianz. During 2009, he led Trends & strategy unit in Economic Research & Corporate development department. He launched “Rejuvenating Allianz" initiative that led to development of a new service model to match the growing demands of flexibility and convenience in the market.
Wilenius has been increasingly active internationally and he has spent considerable time abroad with various projects. He is Vice-Chair of the advisory board of the European Futurists Conference, a body for professional European futurists. In 2001 Wilenius was awarded the international Aurelio Peccei prize by L’eta Verde organisation, based in Rome. As natural a part of his scientific activities, he has given innumerable lectures is his home universities as well as abroad. In 2009 Emerald Literary Network awarded him for the most outstanding article of the year.



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