Anne Lise Kjaer

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Anne Lise Kjaer
Born (1962-03-15) 15 March 1962 (age 56)
Esbjerg, Denmark
ResidenceLondon, United Kingdom
Nationality Denmark
OccupationFuturist, keynote speaker
Board member ofVisit Denmark, Copenhagen Goodwill Ambassador

Anne Lise Kjaer (born 15 March 1962 in Denmark) is a London-based futurist and keynote speaker. Also known as a Future Narrator, her specialty is futures studies and consumer mindsets. She is founder of Kjaer Global,[1] a trend forecasting agency that works with corporations, including Sony, Nokia, Swarovski, IKEA, Gap and Toyota. In a 2004 interview about mapping future trends, Matthew Temple of the Financial Times said: “Kjaer’s world is as fertile as Dali’s, only she creates social prototypes.”[2]


Born in Esbjerg, Kjaer is the daughter of Niels Peter Kjaer, a commercial fisherman, and Inge Agnete Jørgensen. She grew up in Hvide Sande and studied in Herning, graduating as a designer in 1983. She has a son, Vicente, from her first marriage to Colombian artist Oswaldo Maciá. She married Norwegian architect Harald Brekke in 2009.


Kjaer speaks at international conferences, both within Western Europe and in emerging markets.

In 2001 she held the first Time to Think conference.[3] The 8th International Time to Think Future Trends Conference, in collaboration with Copenhagen Institute for Future Studies (CIFS), took place in Copenhagen in October 2006, taking as its theme ‘Meaningful Consumption'.[4][5] Kjaer also wrote for CIFS about Emotional Consumption.[6] In her article about the quest for meaning and emotional connection in a time of abundance, she talks about the four consumer trends that describe the advanced stage of self-realization that the modern consumer has reached.

In 2006 she was keynote speaker at Continuum ’06 in New Delhi, India – a joint conference organised by Pearl Academy of Fashion and Nottingham Trent University – choosing as her topic ‘Meaningful Consumption and Challenges of Global Fashion Leadership’.

In 2008 she spoke BledCom, at an international symposium on public relations in Slovenia.[7] The following year saw her presenting at the 12th Annual Adam Smith Institute Russian Automotive Industry Forum.

In 2010 she took part in 2020 Shaping Ideas, an initiative by Ericsson that asks 20 thinkers about their views on the drivers of the future and how connectivity is changing the world.[8] She also spoke at the Innovation in Mind conference at Lund University.[9]

Also in 2010, she contributed a Thought Paper entitled A Future Vision 2030+ Leading the Way in a Changing World. This was her contribution to Challenge Futures: “The Future Book“ published in 2010.[10]

In March 2011, Kjaer delivered a presentation for the Ageing Well Network on the No Age society and meaningful consumption.[11] In June 2011 she spoke at the University of the Arts London, Central Saint Martins College of Art & Design on Innovation Overkill at the MA Innovation Management private viewing, part of the college's Degree Show Week.

Selected articles[edit]

  • COLOR MAGAZINE – Transportation 2050 – How will we move? (July 27, 2011).[12]
  • The Law of Success 2.0[13]
  • Trend Watching[14]
  • The Designer Magazine - Forecasting the Future.[15]

Other activities[edit]

Kjaer retains strong links with Denmark and is a regular commentator in specialist and mainstream press. She is a member of Copenhagen Goodwill Ambassador Corps[16] and the Danish-UK Chamber Of Commerce (DUCC).[17] She is also part of the Visit Denmark[18] board.

Kjaer was a member of the advisory board for Challenge Future, a global youth competition designed to foster creativity and innovation,[19] and wrote an article on people's role in shaping the future.[20]


  1. ^ "Kjaer Global – Future Trend Forecasting". Retrieved 2013-05-28.
  2. ^ Temple, Matthew (2004-12-30). "Sur-reality overtakes fashion reality". Retrieved 2013-05-28.
  3. ^ "Time to Think: Meaningful Consumption". 2006-10-03. Archived from the original on 2008-03-27. Retrieved 2013-05-28.
  4. ^ "Meaningful Consumption". YouTube. 2006-10-03. Retrieved 2013-05-28.
  5. ^ Guy Brighton on October 15, 2006. (2006-10-15). "Meaningful Consumption Conference, Copenhagen". PSFK. Retrieved 2013-05-28.
  6. ^ "Emotional consumption". Archived from the original on 2010-06-12. Retrieved 2013-05-28.
  7. ^ "Vibilia Business Portal - Tenders, Public Procurement, Business News and Reports from Serbia and Region". Retrieved 2013-05-28.
  8. ^ "Thinking Ahead". Ericsson. Retrieved 2013-05-28.
  9. ^ "Anne Lise Kjaer | Innovation in Mind". Retrieved 2013-05-28.
  10. ^ Anne Lise Kjaer*. "Challenge:Future :: A Future Vision 2030+ Leading the Way in a Changing World". Retrieved 2013-05-28.
  11. ^ [1] Archived March 31, 2012, at the Wayback Machine.
  12. ^ "How will we move, Anne Lise? | Blog". COLORS Magazine. Retrieved 2013-05-28.
  13. ^ "Law of Success 2.0: An Interview with Anne Lise Kjaer". Retrieved 2013-05-28.
  14. ^ "in the media: Forecasting the Future". 2010-02-25. Retrieved 2013-05-28.
  15. ^ "". Retrieved 2013-05-28.
  16. ^ "Home |". Retrieved 2013-05-28.
  17. ^ "Danish-UK Chamber of Commerce". DUCC. Retrieved 2013-05-28.
  18. ^ "Search" (in Lingala). VisitDenmark. 2013-04-22. Retrieved 2013-05-28.
  19. ^ "Challenge:Future :: COP15 from Anne Lise Kjaer". 2009-12-04. Retrieved 2013-05-28.
  20. ^ Anne Lise Kjaer*. "Challenge:Future :: A Future Vision 2030+ Leading the Way in a Changing World". Retrieved 2013-05-28.

External links[edit]

  • Three Layer Cake interview [2]
  • Kjaer profile at The London Speaker Bureau [3]
  • Kjaer video at Celebrity Speakers [4]

Video links[edit]