Jay Ogilvy cofounded Global Business Network in 1987, the world’s foremost consultancy for scenario planning. In 2009 he left GBN to become Dean of Presidio Graduate School, which offers an MBA in sustainable business practices. Currently he is an independent consultant. He also serves as a columnist and chair of the editorial board for Stratfor (Strategic Foresight), an online provider of geopolitical intelligence.
In the 1980s he served as Director of Research for the Values and Lifestyles (VALS) Program at SRI (formerly Stanford Research Institute). While at SRI, Ogilvy also authored monographs on social, political, and demographic trends affecting the values of workers and consumers.
Since 1980, Ogilvy has been engaged in citizen diplomacy through his association with Track Two, where he serves on the board.
Ogilvy's work in future studies, values research, and citizen diplomacy builds on his background as a philosopher. He taught at the University of Texas, Williams College, and for seven years at Yale, where he received his Ph.D. in 1968. In addition to publishing dozens of essays, he is the author or editor of nine books including: Facing the Fold: Essays on Scenario Planning (Triarchy, 2011); Creating Better Futures: Scenario Planning as a Tool for a Better Tomorrow (Oxford University Press, 2002), Living Without a Goal (Doubleday Currency, 1995), Many Dimensional Man (Oxford University Press, 1977; Harper & Row, 1980); co-author, with Peter Schwartz, China’s Futures (Jossey-Bass, 2000).