Vanessa Carstens

Executive Director, Futures Matter


Vanessa is a foresight practitioner, psychologist and experienced business coach. Her calling is to inspire people, teams and organizations to realize their true potential and let go of any fears that keep them stuck. She is curious about the true nature of things and uses her intuition to explore and understand patterns that lead to new insights for greater sustainability.

Vanessa has more than 25 years of experience in People Management. She consulted to leading organizations in Africa.

Vanessa holds both a MCom Degree in Industrial Psychology from the University of Johannesburg and MPhil degree in Futures Studies from the University of Stellenbosch Business School. She is a registered Industrial and Organizational Psychologist with the Health Professions Council of South Africa (SA) and the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychologists of SA. She is an accredited coach with the ICF and a member of the Association of Professional Futurists (APF).