Jacobus Kamfer Cilliers

Chairman, ISS Board of Trustees and head, African Futures & Innovation

Dr Jacobus Kamfer (Jakkie) Cilliers, Chairman, ISS Board of Trustees and head, African Futures & Innovation

Dr Jacobus Kamfer (Jakkie) Cilliers is the chairman, ISS Board of Trustees and head, African Futures & Innovation. He has a B Mil (BA) from the University of Stellenbosch and an honour’s BA, MA (cum laude) and DLitt et Phil from the University of South Africa. Awards include the Bronze Medal from the South African Society for the Advancement of Science, and the H Bradlow Research Bursary. He was born in Stellenbosch, South Africa, on 16 April 1956. Dr Cilliers co-founded the Institute for Security Studies in 1990 and played an important role in the transformation of the South African armed forces and the institution of civilian control over the military in the period 1990 to 1996. At present, most of Dr Cilliers’ interests relate to the emerging security architecture in Africa as reflected in the developments under the banner of the Peace and Security Council of the African Union, as well as issues around Africa’s long-term future. Dr Cilliers has presented numerous papers at conferences and seminars and published a number of books on various matters relating to peace and security in Africa. He serves on the editorial boards of the African Security Review and the South African Journal of International Affairs. He is a regular commentator on local and international radio and television and has attended a large number of international conferences. He is an extraordinary professor in the Centre of Human Rights and the Department of Political Sciences, Faculty Humanities at the University of Pretoria. He also serves on the International Advisory Board of the Geneva Centre for Security Policy, in Switzerland, on the board of advisers of the Center on International Conflict Resolution, Columbia University, New York, and on the World Economic Forum’s Think Tank Leaders Forum.

Jacobus Kamfer Cilliers will be speaking on the following topic:

Keynote: South African futures

This presentation will look at the future predictions of organisation in Africa and what influences them and what risks can GRC practitioners watch out for.

  • The latest scenarios and implications of new technologies
  • Understanding what the future hold for organisations in Africa and how you can prepare

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