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USB Roundtable: A Glimpse into African Futures

  Roundtable   29 August 2019       USB Campus

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2019 marks 21 years of Futures Studies as a portfolio of academic programmes and research fields at the University of Stellenbosch Business School. We are therefore proud to celebrate more than two decades of research, intellectual feats, multifaceted thinking and academic rigour.

As part of our celebration, we invite you to our USB Roundtable discussion, in which our esteemed panel will discuss African Futures. We look forward to your presence and engagement in the robust discourse on the topic.

Date: Thursday, 29 August 2019

Time: 08h00 – 10h00

Venue: Room 211, USB Campus, Tyger Valley | Map

Futures Studies has helped many reap the rewards of making prudent decisions through innovative sense-making, long-term planning and unique approaches. It was also the first Futures Studies programmes presented in Africa, and still among the only ones in the world. Today, we are honoured to continue our quest for a deeper understanding of the underlying drivers of change that affect the future.

Prof André Roux, head of the Futures Studies programmes, will be the facilitator.

Confirmed speakers

Renowned futurist Prof Sohail Inayatullah is a Pakistani-born Australian academic, futures studies researcher and a visiting professor at the Graduate Institute of Futures Studies at Tamkang University in Taipei, Taiwan. He has authored and co-edited twenty-four books/cdroms, including: What’s Next: Asia 2038; What Works: Case Studies in the Practice of Foresight (winner of the most significant work for 2016, the Association of Professional Futurists); and, CLA 2.0: Transformative Research in Theory and Practice (2015).

Dr Roze Phillips, Group Executive: People and Culture

Dr Roze Phillips joined the Group in November 2018 and oversees the Culture Transformation and Human Capital agendas across Absa.

Prior to joining Absa, Roze was the Managing Director responsible for Management Consulting and Innovation and Geographic Council member for Accenture Africa and Board member of Accenture South Africa – a company she served with distinction for 18 years.

Roze is Executive sponsor and Board member for Born To Succeed Women, a public benefit organisation dedicated to helping young South African women with the necessary skills and mentorship to prepare for the workplace and find employment. She is also a non-executive Director on SPEAR REIT, a property portfolio investment company focused on the Cape Town area.

Qualifications: MBChB, MBA, PGDip (Futures Studies)

Prof Willie Breytenbach, Emeritus Professor in Political Science at Stellenbosch University

Prof Piet Naudé is the Director of the University of Stellenbosch Business School (USB). He is a well-known academic, public speaker and column writer. Before his appointment at the USB, he was deputy vice-chancellor responsible for teaching and learning at the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU) in Port Elizabeth He has more than twenty years of management experience at a university. Prof Naudé received all his qualifications, including a doctorate in theology and a master’s degree in philosophy, cum laude at Stellenbosch. Up to today, he is the only student who was president of the SRC and a recipient of the prestigious Chancellor’s Medal as best final-year student.

Alison Jacobson is a global strategy advisor. As a Director and co-founder of The Field Institute she works with boards and management teams to help them make sense of technological change and new social patterns. She operates across industries including Retail, IT, Manufacturing, Financial Services and in Education, both at the school and higher education level. She is a thought leader on emerging technology, and our responses to it, which include blockchain and cryptocurrencies, Artificial Intelligence and robotics, Innovation and Behavioural Economics.

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