Dr. Marius Oosthuizen

PMI South Africa Chapter

Dr. Marius Oosthuizen

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Dr. Marius Oosthuizen

GIBS Faculty, Centre Director: Leadership & Dialogue, Faculty: Foresight, Strategy & Ethics, SOIF: Principle for Learning & Foresight Governance

About Dr. Marius Oosthuizen

Dr. Oosthuizen states that his passion is to help institutional leaders create conscientious strategic foresight. By integrating leadership, strategic foresight and ethics, he develops long-term foresight to support better institutional decision-making.

He is the practice lead for the School of International Futures Learning and Transformation Practice in London, and a member of faculty at the Gordon Institute of Business Science (GIBS), University of Pretoria, South Africa. At GIBS, he is the director of the Center for Leadership and Dialogue (CL&D), which convenes cross-sectoral dialogue to build social capital between social partners. The Centre brings together key stakeholders from the public sector, private sector and civil society to foster insights about ESG and strategic opportunities and threats.

In his academic role, he teaches the Mastering Strategic Foresight elective on the GIBS Executive MBA, and is often invited to consult. He is an expert in strategy and scenario planning, and a previous participant of the Oxford Scenarios Programme and the Futures Forum at Saïd Business School, University of Oxford, UK.

He holds a PhD in integrative public leadership from the Stellenbosch University's School of Public Leadership, an MA in strategic foresight, MPhil in social and political ethics as well as undergraduate degrees in systematic theology.

He’s a member of the Association of Professional Futurists (APF), a global network, and past contributor to the European Strategy and Policy System (ESPAS), the foresight think tank of the European Parliament. He is regularly asked to facilitate dialogues on behalf of the Institute for Security Studies' (ISS) African Futures and Innovation Unit.

As a consultant, he has worked extensively with senior business leaders, policy makers and civil society activists using stakeholder dialogue, scenario planning and systems thinking to create future-orientated strategy. His experience covers the following sectors: IT, financial services, insurance, agriculture, manufacturing (chemicals), warehousing and logistics, oil and gas, international relations, social development, tourism, city and regional planning and mining. His work has taken him to 35 countries globally over the last eight years.

His current research is focused on social dialogue for social compacting and policy formation, in collaboration with the Indlulamithi Scenarios Trust, where he serves as a member of the executive committee.