Hiring Forum For the Future Global Director of Systems Change Programmes

13 February 2020 by Grace Coleman
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​Forum for the Future is a leading international sustainability non-profit with offices in London, New York, Singapore and Mumbai. The organisation specialises in addressing critical global challenges by catalysing change in key systems.

For over 20 years, Forum has been working in partnership with business, governments and civil society to accelerate the shift toward a sustainable future. Together they are reinventing the way the world works.​

Reporting to the Chief Executive, this individual would be a key member of the Senior Management Team and will drive the strategy and change processes that are at the heart of the organisation’s work. They would be responsible for the development and testing of “Challenge Labs”, the new way in which Forum is focusing their programmes in order to enhance impact by incorporating systemic design principles, and adopting experimental and collaborative approaches to solving complex problems.

Acre were selected as Forum’s executive search partner after conducting a successful recruit earlier in the year, placing a Director of UK/Europe.

In the case of both recruits, Acre were able to provide a thorough and deep search ensuring the market was covered and the right candidate was identified. As well as requiring strong sustainability expertise and credibility, this individual needed to understand systems change tools and processes; a skillset which is relatively new and novel to the sustainability world but will increasingly become important as a systems approaches are adopted to solve the worlds pressing social and environmental issues.

Acre conducted a global search namely in UK, Europe, North America and APAC where candidates from a range of background registered interest in the role. The position received applications in excess of 500+, as senior leaders and well networked individuals at Forum shared the opportunity. Despite this, it was the proactive headhunting and referral network which enabled Acre to compile a shortlist of balance and diversity, reflecting the programmatic, leadership and systems change expertise the role required – a challenging balance.

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