Dr Chris Luebkeman

Chris Luebkeman’s career to date has spanned professions and geographies. His multidisciplinary education (geology, civil engineering, structural engineering, entrepreneurship and a Doctorate in Architecture) was encouraged by his Mid-Western family of educators. His journey included Vanderbilt, Cornell and the ETH in Zurich, and teaching courses on Design and on Technology at the University of Oregon, the Chinese University of Hong Kong and MIT.

He joined Arup in London to lead the Research and Development group in 1999and became a corporate intrapreneur by founding the Foresight, Innovation and Incubation teams. He is deeply passionate about curating constructive dialogue, insatiably curious, relished the opportunity to discover the opportunities which will be created by change and, perhaps most importantly, to evolve positive solutions to the profound challenges we face today. For twenty years he travelled the globe sharing his observations and insights by leading projects focused on the future for Arup, Arup’s clients and for many of the world’s leading institutions. He has spoken at TED, hosted conversations at, and for, WEF and keynoted dozens of conferences around the world.

He returned to the ETH in Zurich in 2020 as a strategic advisor to the President and Executive Board.