Tour guide to the Future, Engineer, Innovation expert, Technology Strategist, Academic
Pieter is first and foremost a futurist. He excels in highlighting the key technological, social and business model changes that will redefine our future. He furthermore helps companies identify new business opportunities in a changing landscape, and finally, he assists organisations in managing innovation in an increasingly complex and unpredictable environment.
Pieter has a degree in Electronic Engineering, an MBA specialising in Technology Strategy and is currently busy with a PhD thesis in Innovation Management and Complex Adaptive Systems. He was the previous Vice-Chair of the Innovation Focus Group at the International Telecommunication Union in Geneva, Switzerland, and was a Technology Strategy advisor to the CEO of Vodacom.
He is the Founder and Director of the Institute for Technology Strategy and Innovation, aligned with North-West University. Over the past decade, he has guided more than 3000 students and more than 80 innovation projects within South Africa’s largest technology companies. He has developed 7 post-graduate University accredited training programmes in the Innovation, Technology Strategy and ICT fields since 2004.
As public speaker, he has more than 800 radio and more than 1000 public appearances under his belt, has done a TEDx talk and has spoken to audiences in more than 20 countries. He has recently been commissioned to create a new TV series entitled “2025”.
As academic, he was honoured in 2014 with a nomination to the prestigious South African Academy of Science and Arts. He is also a member of the Professional Speaker’s Association of South Africa.
He believes the only way to effectively predict the future is to create it.