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Chantell Ilbury

Since 2001, Chantell has specialised in the use of scenarios to guide the strategic conversations of organisations and governments worldwide. 


Chantell holds a BSc in Chemistry, a post-graduate Higher Diploma in Education, an Executive MBA from the University of Cape Town Graduate School of Business, and has studied Strategic Negotiation at Harvard Business School in Boston. 


She has co-authored three best-selling books on scenarios and strategy with Clem Sunter: The Mind of a Fox, Games Foxes Play, and, Socrates and the Fox. Her latest book is A Fox’s Tale: Insights from one of Africa’s most creative strategic thinkers.

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Clem Sunter

Attended Oxford, where he read politics, philosophy and economics.


Moved to Lusaka in Zambia to work at Anglo American in 1971 and eventually went on to serve as chairman and CEO of its Gold and Uranium division from 1990 to 1996.


In the late 1980s Clem was the principal driver behind the popularising of the High Road, Low Road scenarios that helped pave the way to South Africa’s shift to democracy.


Clem has authored 17 books since 1987, and been awarded an Honorary Doctorate by the University of Cape Town for his work in the field of scenario planning.

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Mitch Ilbury

Scenario and intelligence specialist, with a Master’s degree in Intelligence and International Security from King’s College, London.


Designer and facilitator of the African Union Emerging Leaders Programme, which he has facilitated for the last 3 years in Addis Ababa. Mitch also lead the team that developed the South African Development Community’s (SADC) Scenarios for its SADC Vision 2050.


As a writer, Mitch was the author of a chapter in Fake News: A Roadmap, published by the NATO Strategic Communications Centre of Excellence (2017), which was adopted as evidence in the UK Parliamentary Inquiry into Disinformation and Fake News. He has also co-authored a book with Clem Sunter, titled Thinking the Future: New Perspectives from the Shoulders of Giants, published by Penguin Random House in July 2021.

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Leslie Rance

Seasoned global business executive, with more than 25 years experience working across the Mining and FMCG sectors in multiple countries.  


Uniquely placed to be around the board room, having held a variety of executive positions, including those of: Corporate Strategy and Planning, Information Technology, Corporate and Regulatory Affairs, and Human Resources Director, as well as General Management for a cluster of 15 business units. 


Currently consolidating years of Corporate experience in a Masters in International Business with Law at the University of Salford, UK.  Leslie is an Associate Leadership Coach, Fellow of the African Leadership Initiative (ALI) and the Aspen Institutes’ Global Leadership Network.

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Jack Cleminson

Strategy specialist with global experience in a diverse range of contexts spanning military, commercial, and academic spheres. 


Academic writer and geopolitical analyst having read International Relations and Economic History at the University of Cape Town.


With a keen interest in military strategy and the origins of strategic thinking, he is concurrently undergoing a selection process to become an Officer with the British Army Reserves.