Chris Gibbons is a successful journalist and broadcaster, as well as an experienced businessman and entrepreneur. He is much in demand as a conference MC, especially at events where business, strategy, finance and future trends are in discussion.
Currently, he edits the magazine Acumen for the Gordon Institute of Business Science (GIBS), University of Pretoria, which he also conceptualized and launched in 2012. In addition, he presents a daily market report on AlgoaFM.
Between 2002 and 2012, Chris anchored The Mid Day Report, a hard-hitting news, current affairs and business show, simulcast on Gauteng’s Talk Radio 702 and the Western Cape’s 567 Cape Talk. The show won three successive MTN Radio Awards (2010, 2011, 2012).
He has had a distinguished career on both radio and television, anchoring Newstalk on 702 from 1987 until 1997 and News Hour on SABC TV3 between 1997 and 1999. During his career at 702, he conducted a number of historic interviews, including the first between any SA radio station and the still-exiled Thabo Mbeki. He also interviewed Nelson Mandela several times, as well as Margaret Thatcher and US Vice-president, Al Gore.
He has also worked for the BBC, ABC, NBC, and the Macquarie Network.
Away from the airwaves, Chris has also had extensive business experience as a director of Primedia Broadcasting and CEO of the New Holland Struik Group of publishing companies.
In 1991, Chris Gibbons was adjudged one of the Jaycees’ “Four Outstanding Young South Africans”.
With an MA from Cambridge, Chris also holds an MBA from Henley, one of the UK’s leading business schools.
Chris Gibbons is married, with two grown-up sons, and lives in Knysna. His hobby is photography. Book chris through Conference Speakers
NEW 2015 KEYNOTE
From one of South Africa’s most respected journalists and commentators comes a new Keynote for 2015.
Ten Trends to Shape Tomorrow – – How they will affect your life and your business
After discussion with a number of local and international experts, Chris has developed a view of some of the key shifts unfolding in our world. They encompass both threats and opportunities, on a personal and business level.
The Emergence of the Megacity. Are you ready for the 24/7/365 business? Where will the resources come from for these vast entities? How will they be governed?
The Agile Corporation. At no point in human history have so many giant corporations emerged so quickly: Google, Amazon, Facebook, Airbnb, Uber, to name just a few. How do they achieve this speed and how can more established corporations compete?
The Need for New Skills. Digitisation. Mechanisation. Robotics. Old-style jobs are disappearing by the thousand as computers take over. But new ones are emerging. Do you have the new skills needed to keep up? What about your children – or will they be condemned to a life of menial labour and low wages?
Healthcare. Technology’s uses grow in this area by leaps and bounds. Smartphones that can already detect diseases like Parkinson’s – before your doctor! Nanobots delivering tiny amounts of drugs and fighting diseases from deep within your body. A massive slowing in human ageing as a result.
The Haves vs. The Have Nots
The emergence of two distinct types of human being: those with super-fast, super-expensive, all pervasive technology – and those without. Which side of the divide will you fall on? And could this lead to the emergence of a new species of mankind – no longer Homo Sapiens, but Homo Digitalis?
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