Chris Whelan

Chris is the CEO of Accelerate Cape Town, a business think tank and catalyst focussed on growing a robust, sustainable & inclusive regional economy. Chris has extensive skills & experience as a management consultant & is a qualified futurist. He has worked both locally & globally in the areas of strategic thinking, strategy development & business transformation. Prior to returning to SA to lead Accelerate Cape Town, Chris was the CKO for EY Knowledge in Asia Pacific. Chris specializes in the use of systems thinking, scenario planning and foresight development in performance improvement. He spends his time on leadership development, business relationship building & advocacy in the focus areas of Africa, innovation & entrepreneurship, connectedness & talent attraction & retention.