Along with fast economic growth, Africa is undergoing impressive urban growth. By 2030, it is expected that six of the world's 41 megacities will be African, including Cairo, Lagos, Kinshasa, Johannesburg, Luanda and Dar es Salaam. This puts an imperative on policymakers to establish competitive host cities for the newly urbanised. Smart cities are arguably a key arrow in the policymaker's quiver.
What is less well-known – or often little known and many times misunderstood – is the detail beneath these headlines. Understanding the drivers, dividers, diversions, distractions and complexity that make up this continent, is key to building stronger businesses, implementing more effective policies and developing paths to prosperity for our companies and countries.
- Unicorns, Dragons, Lightning Birds and Lions (An Economic Overview of What's Happening on the Continent)
- Insights from the EY 2019 Africa Attractiveness report, which looks at how the African continent has been attracting Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) to grow their economies and highlights some of the business environment enabling initiatives that countries have implemented to stimulate economic growth and attract FDI
- Africa 2035: Can a Focus on Key Strategies Accelerate Africa's Transformation to Prosperity?
- Smart Cities in the African Context: Inclusive Urban Economies
- Blackouts to Smart Grids: Driving the Energy Transition in Africa
- Mobile Tech: Bringing Financial Inclusion and Disruption to the Continent
- Agriculture Transformation and Innovation
Speakers confirmed to date:
Sandile E Hlophe, Partner: EY Africa Government & Public Sector Leader
Mutsa Chironga, co-author, Africa's Business Revolution: How to Succeed in the World's Next Big Growth Market and Managing Executive, Consumer Banking at Nedbank
- Professor Adrian Saville, director of the GIBS Centre for African Management and Markets (CAMM)
- Marius Oosthuizen, GIBS faculty, director of the Future of Business Project (an initiative that uses strategic foresight methods to explore the future of South Africa, Africa and BRICS), and author of The Future of Energy and Power Utilities in Africa (white paper)
- Ronak Gopaldas, GIBS fellow, director at Signal Risk and Africa specialist
Brian Bosire, Founder, UjuziKilimo & Hydrologistics Africa (HydroIQ). Brian is a Kenyan entrepreneur and innovator and was voted a UN young leader. His interests lie in building water & agriculture technologies in emerging markets. Brian has passion for emerging technologies in Big data, internet of things and AI & applying them to solve the biggest challenges in Africa focusing on Agriculture, Water & Sanitation with the goal of building resilient food and water systems to support the additional 2 billion people and create a sustainable livelihood for the current population.At the age of 19, Brian developed a technology that reads soil to inform thousands of smallholder farmers how to better utilize resources like fertilizer and water.
Débísí Àràbà, Ph.D, Director │ Africa Region, International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT) Regional Office for Africa – Nairobi, Kenya
Thireshen Govender, Principal Architect and Urban Designer at Urban Works
Dr Geci Karuri-Sebina, Associate: South African Cities Network
Dr. Tijsbert Creemers-Chaturvedi, Managing Director and Partner Johannesburg, South Africa, BCG (Boston Consulting Group)
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