Developing Foresight for South Africa’€™s Knowledge Economy

Special Session at the ICKM 2012 organised by the New Club of Paris
6 September 2012, 14.00 -17.00, Johannesburg, FNB Conference and Training Centre in Grayston Road, Sandton.

The International Conference on Knowledge Management (ICKM) provides a forum for researchers and practitioners from all over the world to discuss and exchange ideas concerning theoretical and practical aspects of knowledge management and economy.

This year the conference will be hosted for the first time in Africa, and we would like to use this opportunity for share some insights on the future socio-economic development of South Africa and neighboring countries.

The Worldbank’€™s Knowledge Economy Index 2012 ranks South Africa as number 2 within Africa (behind Mauritius), followed by Botswana and Namibia; and 67th in the global ranking.

How can we better understand the underlying challenges and opportunities for knowledge economy development, looking at the indicators in the different categories: economic incentive and institutional regime, education, innovation and ICT as well as national investments in other intangibles.

We have invited speakers from government, international organizations, private sector and civil society for short interventions and lively discussion among speakers and delegates.

Joining our panel discussion:
– Dr. Kobena Hanson, Head of ACBF Knowledge Management Department, African Capacity Building Foundation, Zimbabwe
– Zelda Roberts, Senior Specialist, National Advisory Council on Innovation, Pretoria
– Ansilla Nyar, Senior Researcher, Gauteng City-Region Observatory, Johannesburg
– Other speakers to be confirmed

Programme development and facilitation: Jean-Jacques Mertens and Waltraut Ritter

For inquiries, please contact:

If you wish to attend the seminar, please RSVP Prof. Adeline du Toit (, Department of Information and Knowledge Management, University of Johannesburg, South Main conference site

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