Chris Gibbons – Journalist Business Speaker

Chris Gibbons - Journalist Business Speaker
Chris Gibbons - Journalist Business Speaker

Chris Gibbons – Journalist Business Speaker

Chris Gibbons – Journalist Business Speaker is a broadcaster, experienced businessman and entrepreneur. He is in much demand as a conference MC, especially at events where business, strategy, finance and future trends are in discussion. Chris is now available through Speakers Inc.

Currently, Chris edits the magazine, Acumen for the Gordon Institute of Business Science (GIBS), University of Pretoria, which he has 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, and 2012).

He has 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 has also interviewed Nelson Mandela several times, as well as Margaret Thatcher and US Vice-President, Al Gore.

Chris has also worked for BBC, ABC, NBC and the Macquarie Network.

Chris Gibbons – Journalist Business Speaker

Away from the airwaves, Chris has had extensive business experience as a director of Primedia Broadcasting and the CEO of the New Holland Struik Group of publishing companies.

In 1991, Chris was adjudged as one of the Jaycees, ‘Four Outstanding Young South Africans’.

With an MA from Cambridge, he also holds an MBA from Henley, one of the UK’s leading business schools.


‘Ten Trends to Shape Tomorrow – How they will affect your business & Your Life’ is Chris’s latest keynote.

After having discussions 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.

Amongst them:

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 a few). How do they achieve this speed and how can more established corporations complete?

The Need for New Skills: Digitisation, Mechanisation, Robotics. Old-style jobs are disappearing by the thousands as computers take over. But new jobs are emerging. Do you have the new skills needed to keep up? What 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! Nano-bots 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 beings: 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?


Chris Gibbons – Journalist Business Speaker


“You were an amazing host for the Lion’s Den”.

Christine Cashmore, CEO, Fiera Milano Africa Exhibitions May 2014 – Food & Hospitality World.

“Chris –  you were superb as facilitator! Tks”.

Wan Liew, Programme Manager: Conferences, Gordon Institute of Business Science May 2014 – The Future of Finance.

“…thank you for the contribution you made to the success of our function last night. The panel discussion was well received and all our clients enjoyed the comments”.

Shirley Machaba, Partner in Charge, PwC Menlyn February 2014 – PwC Post 2014 Budget Panel, Pretoria.

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