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Artificial Intelligence and its impact on economic growth


Increases in capital and labour are no longer driving the levels of economic growth the world has become both accustomed to and desires. Fortunately, a new factor of production — artificial intelligence — is on the horizon, and it promises to transform the basis of growth. To avoid missing out on this opportunity, policy makers and business leaders must prepare for, and work toward, a future with artificial intelligence.

Accenture and GIBS are developing a white paper about how African organisations can benefit from Artificial Intelligence (AI) while managing the associated transition processes. We have reached out to influential thought-leaders and business executives for their valuable input and insights about the realities of AI for African organisations. Each member of the audience will receive a copy of the white paper at this forum.


  • Arthur Goldstuck, Founder, World Wide Worx
  • Rory Moore, Innovation Lead, Accenture
  • Pushkar Gokhale, Chief Strategy Officer, Openserve 
  • Bradley Coward, CIO, Sappi

Arthur Goldstuck is an award-winning writer, analyst and technology commentator. A winner of SA's Distinguished Service in ICT Award, he is author of 19 books and editor-in-chief of South Africa's longest-running online consumer technology magazine, His weekly gadgets column is the most widely syndicated technology column in South Africa and he writes a weekly trends column for the Sunday Times. He is founder of World Wide Worx, leading groundbreaking market research, and presents his insights to audiences across the globe.

Pushkar Gokhale, Chief Strategy Officer, Openserve has over 13 years of global leadership experience with expert knowledge in Business Strategy, Enterprise Business Architecture, capability and operating models through transformation. Global experience in Off-shoring/Outsourcing & Go-to-Market strategies across industries. He has a Masters in Information Systems from La Trobe University, Melbourne, Australia with a specialization thesis in Mobile Transactions. He also has an MBA (Distinction) from the Gordon Institute of Business Science, University of Pretoria.

Bradley Coward has a bias for action and a level of digitisation savvy that has brought huge success within the organisations he's worked. This has included implementing cost containment measures that saw a 56% decrease in IT expenditure whilst consolidating global SAP instances and digitising the global manufacturing environment. His M&A integration expertise coupled to a transformational CIO trait has made him a standout visionary leader.

Bradley began his career in IT during 1986 when he joined international management consultancy Byrne Fleming. Initially his under graduate studies had led him first into the technical side of mining in the early 80's then into more computerisation around mine planning and economics.

Subsequently he moved up the management leadership ladder within various industry sectors namely:

  • Group Consultant Caltex Oil Corporation,
  • Managing Director within Computer Configurations Group,
  • Strategic Executive Edcon Ltd,
  • CIO SABMiller plc,
  • CEO of Oryx Natural Resources,
  • Director Operations Derivco (Pty) Ltd and
  • Since 2008 Group CIO of Sappi Ltd. 

Bradley has had a lifelong interest in IT driven Innovation and has developed numerous 'world firsts' from online payment systems to revolutionary software systems in the online gaming sector. He also believes in value-based IT thinking driving sustainable corporate performance and growth in a disruptive environment. His specific interest in IT governance began with a Post Graduate Diploma in Corporate Direction in 2000. Subsequently he has not only maintained this interest but has also promoted its adoption during his tenure within the various organisations he's worked in. As such he was instrumental in the development of the IT Governance chapter in the King III Code of Corporate Governance – a listing requirement for companies wishing to list on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange.

Identified as a visionary CIO he also sits on the board of the SAP Africa User Group and has been a Top Technology 100 best companies in South Africa adjudicator for six years. Currently he is completing his doctoral studies in the Management of Technology & Innovation.

Rory Moore is the Innovation Lead for Accenture as well as Adjunct Faculty at GIBS. Rory has an MBA from a leading university where his focus was on innovation in complex environments. Rory is an innovation pioneer and assists companies in reframing their businesses through innovation initiatives. He uses innovation and change approaches and rigorously combines academic principles with real world experience to deliver business benefit.

Additional Info

Registration: 17:45

Starts: 18:00

Ends: 19:30

Cocktails will be served after the event.


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