Bronwyn Williams is an Economist, Futurist, Trend Analyst, and Partner at Flux Trends. They recently published 21 trends for 2021 and a critical trend that stood out for us was: Private Cities. In this episode, we dive deep into the emergence of Private Cities in Africa and what the not-so-distant future may hold.
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About Bronwyn Williams
Bronwyn Williams is a Futurist, Economist, and Business Trends Analyst.
Bronwyn has over a decade’s experience in strategic management, trend research, and foresight; consulting to clients in the public and private sector across the African continent. Her educational credentials include tertiary qualifications in Marketing Management (University of Johannesburg), Economics (University of London), Foresight (University of Manchester), and Future Studies (University of Stellenbosch). She is currently completing a Masters in Applied Economics from the University of Bath.
Today, as a partner at Flux Trends, Bronwyn’s research focuses on how macro socio-economic trends and emerging technologies will impact businesses, industries, and nations in the near and long term future. Part economist, part strategist, Bronwyn’s particular areas of expertise include fintech trends, alternative economic models, and sustainable future design.
Bronwyn’s clients include Top 40 JSE listed companies, The South African Reserve Bank, African government departments, and global business leaders. She also guests lectures for leading business schools, such as Duke, GIBS, UCT, and the University of Johannesburg. Bronwyn is also a published writer and a well-known media commentator on future trends and economic trajectories for network channels including CNBC Africa and ENCA News.
Below is a list of presentations that Bronwyn has given before:
Life after COVID-19
Virtual & Unreal Estate: The future of finding and creating value
Grand challenges and How to solve them
The Fragmented Future of Finance
Transhumanism: How to train your cyborg to join your workforce (and visa versa)
The BlockChain Effect
Second Wave of Disruption – Middle Management – Junior Employee Tier
Now Hiring, But Differently – The Game of Change: New industries and the new skills required to drive these industries.
About Flux Trends
Flux Trends helps to distill the barrage of information that is hurled at us in the 21st century. We identify and analyze macro trends (everything from politics, religion, youth culture, media, entertainment, and technology) that affect social dynamics and therefore our business interactions, and then package this information into digestible chunks, allowing small or corporate businesses to re-assess the business and social landscape and formulate new, forward-thinking, marketing or business strategies.
Craig Kesson is Executive Director for Corporate Services at the City of Cape Town. He’s also the Chief Resilience Officer and Chief Data Officer. We explore the data-driven strategy at City of Cape Town, overcoming the general fear of data in public departments, emerging disrupters impacting the City and how it will remain resilient, his definition of a Smart City, what he would change if he had a magic wand, his hopes for the City 20 years from now.Play Now
Ronak Gopaldas is a Director at Signal Risk, an exclusively African risk advisory firm. His work focuses on the intersection of politics, economics, and business on the continent. We discuss the biggest economic challenges currently facing the African continent, how we’ll get to the predicted Mega Cities in Africa if the African Continental Free Trade Agreement will survive the pandemic, how Africa has managed the pandemic relative to other regions of the world, where Africa features in post-pandemic geopolitics and practical strategies Africa can implement to thrive in the post-pandemic world.Play Now
Neil du Preez is Founder at MellowVans. He is passionate about urban transport and the development of last mile delivery solutions. We discuss last mile delivery, safer cities, entrepreneurship, autonomous driving technologies, the practicality of drones, local manufacturing and the need for a better education system.Play Now
Dr. Geci Karuri-Sebina is a multi-disciplinary scholar-practitioner currently occupied in several capacities working at the intersection between people, place and technological change, focusing on the global south. We discuss her work, stakeholder collaboration, smart cities, inclusive cities, what she would change if she had a magic wand and her vision for cities in 2040.Play Now
Siphelele Ngobese is a Researcher in the Inclusive Cities Programme at SA Cities Network (SACN) and is responsible for the Urban Safety Programme. We explore the Urban Safety Programme and its objectives, accomplishments, and how they are inspiring action. We look at current urban projects incorporating inclusion, wellbeing, and safety. Finally, we consider the challenges of stakeholder collaboration and Siphelele’s hopes for cities in 2040.Play Now