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Leader’s Angle: The impact of the 4IR on South Africa

  • Leader’s Angle
  • 19 JUL 2018

The Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR) is a new period that expands the impact of digital technologies in new and unpredictable ways and changing the way we live and work. USB is pleased to invite you to a Leader’s Angle panel discussion around the impact that the 4IR will have on South Africa with experts in this field. It will take place at the FNB Portside Building in Cape Town CBD.

The following topics will be addressed:

  • Is South Africa prepared for the Fourth Industrial Revolution?
  • Practical advice for businesses on how to prepare
  • The impact of the Fourth Industrial Revolution on agriculture;
  • How technology can improve the lives of South Africans

DATE: Thursday, 19 July 2018
TIME: 07:30 for 08:45 – 10:30
VENUE: 28th Floor, FNB Portside Building, 5 Buitengracht Street, Cape Town | Map
COST: Free


Martin Butler

Martin Butler is the Programme Head of MBA at the USB after holding the position of Head of the Postgraduate Diploma in Business Management & Administration when it was introduced in 2015. Martin has been a long-time researcher for the Institute of Futures Research, regularly contributing to its publication Business Futures, and teaches on Executive Development programmes whenever his busy schedule allows. He is passionate about innovation in technology and exposing school learners and educators to the benefits of technology in education and learning.

Speakers confirmed so far


Dr Albert Strever

Albert Strever is a senior lecturer at the Department of Viticulture and Oenology at Stellenbosch University (SU). He was part of the research team of a detailed report by USB for the Western Cape Department of Agriculture (WCDoA) on rapid changes brought about by the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR) and the crucial contribution of the agricultural sector toward food-security, employment, and economic growth.

Thomas Thurner

Thomas Wolfgang Thurner was born in Austria and studied International Business Science, History and Energy Engineering. From 2008 to 2011 he worked as Associate Professor at the University of Cape Town and subsequently joined the prestigious Higher School of Economics in Moscow, the Russian Federation, as Full Professor.He participated in various technology foresight exercises for policymakers and major state-owned enterprises. In 2017, he joined the Cape Peninsula University of Technology as Research Chair for Innovation in Society. Thomas has authored over 45 research articles (SCOPUS) in leading international journals and received his habilitation by the University of Innsbruck in 2018.

Alison Jacobson

Previously Group Principal Digital Strategist at Dimension Data, Alison works with senior client leadership from business, government and civil society, helping them navigate the future of work and strategic change. She is a thought leader on emerging technology, and our responses to it, which include blockchain and cryptocurrencies, AI and robotics. Alison has an extensive background in online learning and development where she pioneered numerous, industry first solutions. She coaches various executives and operates across technical, structural and commercial models, underpinned by digital patterns and emergent thinking. Alison is one of the founders of The Field.

Tags  Leader’s Angle, Panel Discussion, 4IR


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