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Marius Oosthuizen is a member of faculty at the Gordon Institute of Business Science, University of Pretoria, South Africa and teaches leadership, strategy and ethics, heads up the Future of Business Project that uses strategic foresight methods to explore the future of South Africa and Africa.

Marius is a graduate of the Oxford Scenarios Programme at Saïd Business School, University of Oxford, UK.

He holds a Masters in Strategic Foresight from Regent University, Virginia Beach, USA and an Honours Bachelor in Systematic Theology from the University of South Africa (UNISA).

He is currently completing a Masters in Applied Social and Political Ethics and works with business leaders, policy makers and civil society activists, using his expertise in stakeholder dialogue, scenario planning, strategic foresight and systems thinking.

Also is a member of the Advisory Council of the Association of Professional Futurists and recent participant in the London-based School of International Futures as well as a recent speaker at the European Strategy and Policy Analysis System in Brussels, Belgium.

Marius Oosthuizen


Keynote: South Africa 2020: Navigating the Un-negotiated Unsettlement

  • What are the societal fault-lines of South Africa?
  • How will they shape the political landscape in 2017?
  • What are their economic implications?
  • Will 2017 be the year of the un-negotiated unsettlement?

In this keynote, futurist and GIBS faculty in strategic foresight Marius Oosthuizen, discusses future scenarios for the country and addresses the key strategic challenges these pose.

  • How will companies protect their brands and investments as South Africa drifts towards a second transition?
  • How will institutional leaders frame their strategic conversation to ensure that South Africa moves towards a preferred future?

This scenario-based keynote provides executive leaders with the contextual intelligence to adapt and make decisions that ensure organisational resilience in a time of uncertainty, radicalism and populism.

Keynote: Navigating the Political and Digital Storm around South African Banking

The keynote will cover, trends in the business environment and technology that will up-end old business models of South Africa’s leading banks, insurers and services businesses.

Marius knows corporate companies are struggling with the changes this requires as he is increasingly being invited to facilitate strategy reviews which address this question.

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