Annual Workshop and Conference

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Thursday 18 and Friday 19 October 2018

Table Bay Hotel, V & A Waterfront, Cape Town


View photos of the 2017 conference here

The Table Bay offers the ultimate in 5-star luxury hotel accommodation in Cape Town. Considered to be the best address in Cape Town, this sophisticated Sun International property was opened in May 1997 by former South African president, Nelson Mandela. As part of the Sunlux Collection, The Table Bay continues to set its own standards in international service, cuisine and luxury.

Situated on the historic Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, The Table Bay hotel is perfectly positioned against the stunning backdrop of Table Mountain and the Atlantic Ocean. The Table Bay is synonymous with friendly service, environmental sustainability awareness, and a keen attention to detail.

The future is not something that needs to be survived, but something that should be created. One of the core objectives of the IFR is to assist senior leaders to make better decisions by anticipating risk earlier and to sense the opportunity, particularly before the competitor does, and in doing so create the future. 

Dr Morne Mostert, Director of the Institute for Futures Research

The IFR Annual Conference offers the latest thinking on various topics that can inform strategic 
long-term decision making. The speakers are experts in their respective fields and will challenge the way you view the future, so as to foster learning and provoke conversations that matter.

The key focus of this year’s conference is once again to bring together a diversity of speakers to share their insights on South African Futures in Africa.

Live video call with Dr Morne Mostert from the Club of Rome Conference.

The IFR Workshop will be interactive and creative, with the intention of equipping participants with broader narratives and expanded perspectives, as well as the tools and approaches of Futures Thinking. This will be done to inform alignment, decision making and actions towards realising preferred futures for businesses in South Africa and Africa.


As the flagship annual publication of the Institute for Futures Research (IFR), Business Futures is a useful reference for the latest developments in the field of futures. This publication is a must-have as it assists in providing foresight to strategic planners grappling with an ever-changing environment. The 2018 publication will be unveiled at the cocktail function following the workshop.

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IFR Associates can enrol up to 3 delegates at no charge

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18 and 19 October 2018

Table Bay Hotel, V & A Waterfront

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18 and 19 October 2018

Table Bay Hotel, V & A Waterfront

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Conference Speakers

Freek Robinson
Conference factlitator

Freek Robinson is a TV anchor with some 40 years’ experience in the industry. Also a trainer of business executives in TV and radio interview skills and facilitator of public debates and conference chair. Freek holds among others a Master’s degree in Journalism, the University of Stellenbosch, Honours Degree in Literature, University of Pretoria, Diploma in Business Management, University of Stellenbosch Business School.

Prof David Priilaid
Unlocking creativity in the 21st century

David Priilaid (PhD, MSc, MBA) is an Associate Professor at the University of Cape Town where he convenes the Postgraduate Diploma in Entrepreneurship. His recent book Creativity Explained – From Music and Art to Innovation in Business (2018), explores creativity’s “black box” using the lives of great artists and musicians as a source of insight.

Prof André Roux
A possibilist’s view of the future

André Roux lectures on economics and futures thinking on numerous programmes at MBA level and on executive education programmes in South Africa and, from time to time, in Australia, Belgium, Namibia, Swaziland, Tanzania, Ghana and Nigeria. He is also the initiator and still programme head of two postgraduate programmes in Futures Studies.

Martin Butler
Artificial Intelligence:  
Africa & Ethics

Martin Butler is the Programme Head of MBA at the USB after holding the position of Head of the Postgraduate Diploma in Business Management & Administration. His research interest lies in information systems alignment with organisation strategy, enterprise information systems, project portfolio management and technology futures.

Professor Shadrick Mazaza

Transformation and Co-creation  
of the Africa We Desire

Prof Mazaza is a physician, philosopher and university academic. He is honorary professor, department of Family Medicine, School of Clinical Medicine, University of Free State; honorary Professor, Division of Family Medicine, School of Public Health and Family Medicine, University of Cape Town and faculty member of the Graduate School of Business at the University of Cape Town. He is Founder of African Consciousness Institute, a Centre for advanced human transformation for Africa’s development and integration.

Workshop Facilitators

Dr Njeri Mwagiru
Futures Thinking Method(s)

Dr Mwagiru is currently Senior Researcher at the Institute for Futures Research (IFR). She has a Masters in International Relations from the University of the Witswatersand and received her PhD in Business Administration at the University of Cape Town Graduate School of Business. Her doctoral thesis focused on issues of organisational leadership, knowledge, gender and diversity, and transformation. Her work supports and facilitates integrated strategic planning and organisational performance to achieve desired futures.

Sabine Lehmann
Experiencing Futures Thinking

Sabine holds a Master’s Degree in Futures Studies from the University of Stellenbosch as well as an MBA and a BSc Logopaedics from UCT.
She is a research associate for the Institute of Futures Research (IFR) in Sabine was the COO of the Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa, the continent’s largest museum of contemporary art. She currently runs a specialist consulting firm, CURIOSITAS, which merges the art and science of visitor attraction management with futures thinking.

Doris Viljoen

Organisational foresight, why bother?

Doris Viljoen is the senior futurist at the Institute for Futures Research, with specialised skills in strategy development and environmental strategic awareness. She has consulted to leading listed organisations in South Africa and abroad. She is a curious, forever-learning optimist, passionate about thinking with business leaders to connect the ‘dots on the horizon’. As Senior Futurist, she endeavours to interpret global trends and assess their relevance for South Africa. Doris has post-graduate qualifications in business management, education, project management as well as an MPhil in Futures Studies.

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