Geci Karuri-Sebina is a Johannesburg-based scholar-practitioner who mainly works on urban planning and governance issues. She is currently an associate of South African Cities Network, visiting research fellow with the Wits School of Governance, and national organiser of the Civic Tech Innovation Network in South Africa. Karuri-Sebina’s experience and interests span a range of development foresight, policy, innovation and practice topics, particularly relating to the intersection between people, place and technological change, focusing on the global south. She has two decades’ experience working and publishing in these fields. Her recent publications include the book Innovation Africa: Emerging Hubs of Excellence (Emerald 2016) and a Foresight journal special issue on Urban Futures.
Karuri-Sebina’s previously worked with South Africa’s National Treasury Neighbourhood Development Partnership Grant programme, the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) and Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC), and the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) Advanced Policy Institute. She holds Masters’ degrees in Urban Planning and Architecture from UCLA, and a PhD from the University of Witwatersrand in South Africa.
She is active a number of roles including as a Regional Advisor: Africa Innovation Summit; Curator: The Emergence Network; Vice Chair of Board: African Network for the Economics of Learning, Innovation, and Competence Building Systems (AfricaLics); Board member: PlanAct NGO, and Open Cities Lab; founding director: Southern African Node of the Millennium Project and co-founder: ForesightForDevelopment.org; Associate Editor: African Journal for Science, Technology, Innovation and Development (Taylor & Francis), and Africa Regional Editor: foresight – The journal of future studies, strategic thinking and policy (Emerald).