Dr. Oualid Ali is the President at the Future Cities Council. He's a futurist, technologist and future cities expert. We discuss trends and opportunities for African Cities, Artificial Intelligence as the ‘new electricity’, Smart Cities and its challenges in Africa, Smart City projects in Africa, the future of education and his vision of African cities in 2040.
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Trends and Opportunities for African Cities
Artificial Intelligence as the ‘new electricity’
Smart Cities and its challenges in Africa
Smart City Projects in Africa
Oualid’s vision of African cities in 2040
On the future of education
About Dr. Oualid Ali and FutureCitiesCouncil
Founder and President of www.FutureCitiesCouncil.org, connecting the dots between government, academia, business and citizens in the field of smart, sustainable and innovative cities of the future: www.FutureCitiesCouncil.org
Now I'm in the Sultanate of Oman as Director at Training and Smart Solutions Center (TSSC) at the German University of Technology in Oman (GUtech), the number one tech and innovative university in Oman.
What do we do in FutureCitiesCouncil?
First of all “Future” here mean smart, sustainable, innovative, safe, creative, healthy, etc. cities, due to the confusion in the definition of these concepts, we preferred to come up with a generic name “Future” because the ultimate goal is to tackle Future challenges for cities.
In FutureCitiesCouncil (FCC), which is based in the smartest cities in the world Toronto, Canada, we are connecting the dots of the quadruple helix, cities (government), business (industry), academia, and citizens together to work on developing future cities. Building future cities needs a collaborative effort from everybody. In FCC, we are developing digital strategies and transformation strategies for both greenfield and brownfield cities in order to help them face future challenges and to be technology-driven and citizen-centric at the same time. We cover all the verticals of future cities (mobility, health, education, safety, etc.). We have more than +70.000 members from all the quadruple helix (government (Cities), Industries, Citizens, and Academicians) from all over the world.
We have studied more than +200 cities across the globe (from Konza City in Kenya to Rio in Brazil) in order to learn from their success and failure and advise other cities that want to become smart, sustainable, and innovative.
We provide the following services related to future cities (smart, sustainable and innovative): Consultancy, training, events management, etc. See all services in www.FutureCitiesCouncil.org
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Episode 1 of the Series focussing on urban governance and how to get it right in managing urban growth in towns and cities in Kenya. Show guest: Cyrus Mbisi, a Town Planner and Chairperson of the Town Planners Chapter of The Architectural Association of Kenya.Play Now
Visionary City Leader Show #1. With Executive Mayor Geordin Hill-Lewis, the Mayor of Cape Town. We discuss what is means to be a visionary city leader, his 1st 100 days in office, how he will define success over his 5 year term, the importance of partnerships in solving complex problems, future-proofing cape town, how the role of the mayor has changed in recent times, and much more.Play Now
Sarah Findlay is 'Africa Data Hub' Project Lead at Open Cities Lab. We explore the importance and key features of the Africa Data Hub, responsibly sourced data, enabling trust in the media, value offered by the Africa Data Hub, how to collaborate with them and their plans to have a quantifiable impact.Play Now
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