Africa: The Leapfrog Generation

New writing My latest piece for Eniday takes us to Africa, where fintech meets cleantech to bring the green power of mobile money to the unbanked and the  grid-unconnected, on a continent larger than the US, China, India and most of Europe put together. To learn more about how cellphones and solar panels are together transforming lives, read the full story of: ‘The Leapfrog Generation”.*

* In a footnote to the story above, activity continues apace in the renewable energy market, with recent news that French global utility ENGIE Group is to acquire Fenix International, the African solar home systems pioneer mentioned in the piece.

Why Nairobi is a Global City in the Making

New writing… My piece for Real Views is now live, looking at the emergence of Nairobi, which has long been known as one of Africa’s most dynamic cities. Now, as its growing economy and rising prosperity levels fuel a development boom, it’s fast building a reputation on the world stage and Kenya’s capital has soared to tenth in JLL’s latest City Momentum Index, despite only entering the top 30 last year.

My article explores the reasons ‘Why Nairobi is a global city in the making’.

‘Public Sector Technology’ in The Times

pstNew writing… Pleased to say I have had another piece published in The Times newspaper, as part of a special report on Public Sector Technology by Raconteur. It looks at the emergence of Bristol as a leading advocate and achiever in smart city thinking and doing, tacking challenges and pioneering solutions:

‘Why Bristol’s a city of the future’.

There is also a short footnote box-out (please scroll down) on smart traffic management in the city where cycles outnumber cars – ‘Copenhagen’s Intelligent Infrastucture’.

The full 16-page Public Sector Technology report is available to view/download here.

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