Wednesday, March 15
15:00 to 15:50
Sandton Convention Centre - Bill Gallagher Room Level 2

Led by the City of Johannesburg

This session explores cities and emerging urban clusters that will drive dramatic growth and demographic changes over a certain period. Various methodologies and variables are utilised to make this measurement, from looking at total GDP, total number of foreign nationals to the number of headquarters. Other measurements also focus on functionality by looking at business activity, human capital, information exchange, political engagement and cultural experience.

This session provides a discussion on what makes global cities and what we can look forward to in future global cities from the perspective of representatives from the following countries - Indonesia, Kenya and South Africa.

Learning outcomes:

  1. Provide an overview of the global city concept
  2. Provide key features that differentiate a global city from normal cities
  3. Challenges and benefits of global cities
  4. The key role of global cities


  • Tsholo Mogotsi (moderator), Director of Economic Development, City of Johannesburg
  • Philip Gaskin, Director for Entrepreneurial Community, Kauffman Foundation
  • Sharon Peetz, Economic Development, City of Johannesburg
  • Julius Muia,¬†Director General Kenya Vision 2030
  • Tri Rismaharini, Mayor of Surabaya, Indonesia¬†
Tsholo Mogotsi
City of Johannesburg

South Africa

Speaker Bios: 


Sharon Peetz
City of Johannesburg

South Africa

Julius Muia
Kenya Vision 2030 Delivery Secretariat


Philip Gaskin
Kauffman Foundation

United States