Principal Investigator of the UK Defence Academy/Seaford House Cyber Inquiry
CEO of Synthesys Strategic Consulting in Cambridge
Hardin is a strategy consultant and futures researcher with extensive experience of scenario–based strategic thinking. His work is focused on helping organizations operate with confidence in an environment marked by accelerating social and technological change, and rising economic and environmental instability.
He has worked with major companies, government agencies, and non–profit organizations in the United States, Europe, Australia and Asia. This work has spanned a wide range of industries, government areas and institutions, including electricity, aviation, cement, insurance, household products, food, biotechnology, urban infrastructure, natural resources, taxation, transport and defence.
He is a skilled strategic analyst and process facilitator, with a background in product development and visual communications, and frequently gives presentations on future–related topics. In addition to his strategy work, Hardin has made significant contributions to the analysis of sustainability, and on issues of technology and environment, contributing to the early development of the concept of industrial ecology.
Hardin is CEO of Synthesys Strategic Consulting in Cambridge. Previously, he was a senior consultant with Global Business Network (GBN) in California, playing a role in its development in the 1990s as an influential scenario consultancy. Before this he was a consultant at Arthur D. Little, Inc. in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
Hardin teaches at a number of UK business schools including the Judge Business School at Cambridge University, and helped to develop the executive education scenarios programme at the Saïd Business School, Oxford University. He is also a Fellow of the Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures & Commerce (RSA) in London, UK.