Impacts of Covid-19 on the Konza Technopolis in Kenya

Engineer John Tanui is the CEO of Konza Technopolis Development Authority (KoTDA), a semi-autonomous government agency tasked with building Kenya's first smart techno city. We chat about the Konza Technopolis, his worst nightmare of Coivd-19, the impact of Covid-19 on them, rapid urbanisation, new opportunities and what future cities will need.

Ask how you can partner with Future Cities Africa

Key Takeaways

Introduction to the Konza Technopolis

  • Objective to bring in a new economic driver for the Kenyan economy especially for engineering, ICT, and life sciences.
  • Enhancement in innovation and knowledge economy

The worst nightmare of Covid-19

  • Issue of people being infected.
  • Consequences and impact on individuals and the economy and the projects that they are working on.

The end of rapid urbanization?

  • There will be serious impacts and the consequences of Covid-19 will live with us for a long time.
  • Urbanisation will continue but in a different way.
  • We need to rethink densities.
  • Cities are still the best platform to provide opportunities and access to healthcare

John’s beliefs that has now been confirmed

  • Enhanced his belief in smart, resilient, and sustainable cities which it well-positioned to address pandemics.
  • New buildings limit the need for contact, limiting points of touch
  • Work from home will arrive and stay for a long time

Impact of Covid-19 on Konza Technopolis

  • Detailed new guidelines to comply regarding new regulations
  • New processes and ways of doing things at Konza Technopolis
  • The main agenda of a CEO is the safety of your people

Focus on new opportunities

  • Put good programs and systems in place to ensure safety first. People must feel secure.
  • Look at opportunities that are presenting themselves
  • New cities will factor in the smart city concept with a solid digital platform, limited need to travel, minimal contact points, automation, ease of collaboration and communication.

About Eng John Tanui, Konza Technopolis Development Authority (KoTDA) and Konza Technopolis

Eng. John Tanui is the CEO of Konza Technopolis Development Authority (KoTDA), a semi-autonomous government agency tasked with building Kenya’s first smart techno city whose aim is to create a new economic drive for the Nation aimed at advancing Kenya’s global role in Innovation, Technology and Knowledge economy.  Prior to joining KoTDA, Eng. Tanui was the deputy country CEO & VP Huawei technologies responsible for delivery in four countries namely Kenya, Tanzania, Somalia, and Djibouti. Prior to that, he was the Director of Technical Service Department Huawei Technologies (Kenya) where he was responsible for its assets, revenue, costs and profit and a wireless product Manager in 13 countries of East and Central Africa.  He holds a Bachelor’s Degree of Technology in Electrical and Communication Engineering from Moi University and an MBA in International Business from the University of Nairobi where he is currently pursuing PhD in global business management. He is a member of the Institution of Engineers of Kenya (MIEK), a registered engineer and a member of the Academy of International Business.

The Government of Kenya established the Konza Technopolis Development Authority (KoTDA) as a special purpose entity to facilitate the development of Konza. The mission of KoTDA is to ensure that Konza grows into a sustainable, world-class technology hub and a major economic driver for the nation, with a vibrant mix of businesses, workers, residents, and urban amenities. KoTDA is responsible for overseeing the development and management of Konza, and for establishing a strong value proposition for businesses to locate and expand in Konza. KoTDA’s Board of Directors was appointed in 2013. The Board is currently overseeing the development of infrastructure for Phase 1 of Konza.

Konza (Konza Technopolis) is a key flagship project of Kenya’s Vision 2030 economic development portfolio. Konza will be a world-class city, powered by a thriving information, communications and technology (ICT) sector, superior reliable infrastructure, and business-friendly governance systems.


Join our digital discussions

We'll send you the lastest podcasts to your inbox.

Share this discussion

Share John Tanui - Impacts of Covid-19 on the Konza Technopolis in Kenya on Linkedin Share John Tanui - Impacts of Covid-19 on the Konza Technopolis in Kenya on Facebook Compose a Tweet about John Tanui - Impacts of Covid-19 on the Konza Technopolis in Kenya on Twitter Share John Tanui - Impacts of Covid-19 on the Konza Technopolis in Kenya via Whatsapp

You might also be interested in some of our other discussions

Podcast By Lindiwe van Staden and Genesis Cleveland about Training Green Economy Decision Makers to Shape the Future of African Cities
Training Green Economy Decision Makers to Shape the Future of African Cities

GreenCape and the Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom are running a series of Green Economy decision-makers courses that have a reach into African cities. This episode explores the decision-makers courses, the planned Symposium, and the impact that this initiative is seeing by equipping decision-makers to understand and align their strategies with green economy principles.

Play Now
Podcast By Neil du Preez about Moving the Last Mile with MellowVans
Moving the Last Mile with MellowVans

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
Podcast By Nomfundo Dlamini about Economic Recovery (Lessons from the Pandemic Series)
Economic Recovery (Lessons from the Pandemic Series)

Nomfundo Faith Dlamini is Programme Manager for Productive Cities at South African Cities Network. We explore various economic impacts on our cities and towns, key ingredients and steps to economic recovery and the main lessons taken from 2020, and how to use them going forward.

Play Now
Podcast By Prof. Hangwelani Hope Magidimisha-Chipungu about Cities that Respond to People's Needs
Cities that Respond to People's Needs

Prof. Hangwelani Hope Magidimisha-Chipungu is a Professor of Town and Regional Planning at the University of KwaZulu-Natal, SARChI Chair for Inclusive-Cities, and Academic Leader for Planning and Housing. We explore the challenges keeping us from inclusive cities, what can be done to solve the challenges, improving the role of local authorities in inter-governmental dialogues and how to build cities that respond to the people’s needs.

Play Now
Podcast By Nikolas Badminton about Putting Humanity First
Putting Humanity First

Nikolas Badminton is a world-renowned keynote speaker and futurist consultant that shows you the future trends that shape impactful organizations, trillion-dollar companies, and progressive governments. We discuss the type of future city that Africa needs, explosive growth expected in Africa, lessons from global smart city initiatives, the world in 400 years, cities in 2040, and shifting mindsets from ‘’what is’’ to ‘’what if’’.

Play Now

Get the latest podcast delivered to your inbox

Don’t miss a discussion, sign up and be the first to know.