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Craig Wing – Keynote Speaker

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  • Digital Strategy
  • Corporate Culture
  • Project Management
  • Innovation
  • Future

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  • English

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Biography

Craig Wing is a partner of FutureWorld international, working alongside clients understand, create and design their ideal futures through Imagineering and thinking from the future. His areas of expertise include emergent technology (AI, blockchain, Quantum, CRISPr), business models, company culture and New World of Work. Across Africa, he has spoken at length on the Fourth Industrial Revolution and the preparedness of the continent. He’s converted his own car to electric: proof he believes in creating the future we could have! He also turned down an opportunity to head up one of Richard Branson’s companies to create a global platform for tomorrow’s leaders.

Wing moderated the 10th BRICs summit on 4IR with H.E. Presidents Xi, Putin and Ramaphosa & PM Modi in attendance, African Innovation Symposium with the United Nations. He is a keynote speaker at conferences including the SA Innovation Awards, Finance Indaba, Manufacturing Indaba, Africa Agri conference & ITWeb Digital Economy. He is an adjunct professor at the Indian School of Business (ISB) and Duke Corporate Education. Clients include UNAIDS, Tata, Shell, MTN, Airbus, Danone, Microsoft, Fidelity, Accenture, Barclays, Investec, Discovery, Standard Bank, BMW, Huawei and the Indian government.

He has a BSc (Eng), MSc (Usability) and MBA from Babson College (USA) as a recipient of the prestigious Frederic C Hamilton scholarship for significant entrepreneurial achievement. During his MBA he was elected the first “non-American” class president. He is completing his PhD to formulate new models for “Futures Thinking” for leaders to create their ideal futures by “creating memories from the future” by working backward from the future when creating company strategy.

As Head of Small Business Marketing for Google, he launched South African Business Woza online where SME’s created 50,000 websites in it’s inaugural year – one every ten minutes. He grew revenue by 82% YoY and was selected the African “Googliest Googler!”

Wing’s accolades include being an AFLI Desmond Tutu Fellow, AshokaU Changemaker, World Economic Forum Global Shaper, Mail and Guardian Top 200 under 35, Destiny Man & African Independent Top 40 under 40, disruptive Innovation speaker at TEDx and profiled at the Clinton Global Initiative. He is the youngest graduation speaker at University of Johannesburg. He is a Non-executive for WomHub, a non-profit inspiring woman into engineering, former chairperson of Moving into Dance educating disenfranchised youth and disabled through dance and improving their life prospects and self-confidence and advisor to several government initiatives.

Craig Wing has travelled to 45 countries: swam in the Amazon, trekked gorilla in Uganda, swam with whales in Mozambique, skydived in California, hiked Machu Pichu (and Great Wall), shark dived (twice!) visited the Wailing Wall and Taj Mahal and been tear-gassed in Turkey!

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