11 thought leaders share their definitions of what the term ‘Smart City’ consists of in an African context.
This episode is brought to you in partnership with Digital Council Africa
Musa Khumalo is the Group Head for Shared Services at the City of Tshwane Metropolitan Municipality.
Craig Kesson is Executive Director for Corporate Services at the City of Cape Town.
Vino Govender is Executive for Strategy, Mergers & Acquisitions and Innovation at Dark Fibre Africa.
Bronwyn Williams is a Partner at Flux Trends. She's a Futurist, Economist, and Business Trends Analyst.
Steve Apps is a Smart City and Industry 4.0 technology expert. He’s past CTO of Huawei Southern Africa for government services.
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.
Dr. Marco Macagnano is the Smart Cities Leader at Deloitte Consulting
Bob van Bebber is a Director at Boogertman + Partners Architects and overall winner of the 2019 SA Professional Services Awards.
Dr. Oualid Ali is the President of the Future Cities Council.
Jonathan Wilson is the Urban Data Project Manager at the South African Cities Network (SACN).
Dmitry Pozhidaev is Global Advisor at UN Capital Development Fund, he’s based in Uganda.
About the Digital Council Africa
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The Digital Council's mission is to support public and private sector to work together to deliver on the expectations of a gigabit society. Through developing the digital transformation stack - we hope to educate and guide all involved in the framework and infrastructure for the next generation of Internet applications and platforms and ultimately to remove the boundaries of technological inclusion.
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