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USB Leader’s Angle Series: Surviving our prosperity

  Leader’s Angle     15 July 2019       Cape Town CBD

“What humans do over the next 50 years will determine the fate of all life on the planet.” – Sir David Attenborough

How can we move toward collective sustainable prosperity when our cities have to accommodate a growing population and technology is threatening jobs? During this USB Leader’s Angle Series we will explore various aspects of environmental sustainability and our prosperity, including youth, education and technology.

Join us at this USB Leader’s Angle Series in celebration of World Environment Day and Plastic Free July. This also forms part of our 21 years of celebrating Futures Studies as an academic programme.

Date: Monday, 15 July 2019

Time: 17:30 pm

Venue: FNB Portside Building, 5 Buitengracht Street, Cape Town CBD | Map

Cost: Free but booking is essential

Join the conversation online. Follow us at @USBStellenbosch and use the hashtag #USBLeadersAngle #USBprosperity

More about the facilitator

Prof André Roux is head of the Futures Studies programmes at the University of Stellenbosch Business School. Before being appointed by the USB, he was Director of the Institute for Futures Research (IFR) at the University of Stellenbosch since 1996. In that capacity, he ran various workshops and other strategic intervention sessions with and for leaders and strategists in business and government. Prof Roux’s areas of expertise are business economics and labour economics. His research focuses on globalisation and socio-economic development in Africa. He is a member of the management committee of the Bureau for Economic Research and holds a BCom, Hons BCom in Economics, an MCom in Economics and a PhD, all from Stellenbosch University.

More about the panellists

Dr Lize Barclay is a Senior Lecturer in Futures Studies and Systems Thinking at USB. Her current research explores policies and its future impact, gentrification, hipster culture, gaming, gender, the 4th Industrial Revolution and indigenous knowledge systems.

Dr Arnold Smit is head of USB’s Social Impact and Associate Professor in Business in Society at USB. His teaching, research and facilitation focus on the contextualisation and integration of ethics, responsibility and sustainability in management education and organisational practice.


Lisa Parks is a Design expert who will talk about how circular design can assist us in envisaging a better world.

Prof Nancy Odendaal, an Associate Professor in the School of Architecture, Planning and Geomatics at the University of Cape Town, will talk about smart and sensing cities (especially community level innovations) and how it can assist us in envisaging a better world.


Kirsten Wilkins, an Urban Designer and Strategic Design Thinker, is presenting on the importance of urban design (with an emphasis on accessibility and environmental sensitivity) and how it can assist us in envisaging a better world.


Clint White is a community activist, motivational speaker, mentor, artist and social entrepreneur. He is best known for his selfless message book campaign for Olympic World Champion, Wayde Van Niekerk, in which he united South Africa, walking over 400km across Cape Town, collecting messages of support in honour of the world champion athlete. He will talk about the importance of youth empowerment through art and design in envisaging a better world.


Lars Espeter, founder of Friends of Design: Academy of Digital Arts, will talk about how technology can assist us in envisaging a better world.


Karen Shippey, Chief Director: Environmental Sustainability at the Western Cape Government, will talk about Green Procurement to assist us in envisaging a better world.


Donovan Will is the Director of ProVeg South Africa, the South African chapter of ProVeg International; a leading international food awareness organisation working to promote plant-based food options across four continents. Donovan is a passionate advocate for a more conscious lifestyle, and will talk about the role that our food choices play in working towards a more sustainable future.

Christie Munro is a Marine Biology post-grad student at UCT with a research focus on marine litter. She is also founder of Minimal Waste SA, an earth friendly stationery start-up. The fast five years saw her using various education tools to educate people on how to easily adopt a zero-waste lifestyle with a specific focus on single-use plastics. Solving the problem of marine litter requires many people to take action. Her aim is to have her actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more in the fight to conserve our oceans.


Tags  Leader’s Angle, 15 July, Environment, Social impact, Sustainability


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