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Clem Sunter

Biographical info

Clem Sunter was born in Suffolk, England on 8th August 1944 and was educated at Winchester College. He went to Oxford where he read Politics, Philosophy and Economics. He is now Chairman of the Anglo American Chairman’s Fund, which in a recent survey was rated the premier corporate social responsibility fund in South Africa.

In the early 1980s, he established a scenario planning function in Anglo with teams in London and Johannesburg. He put together a presentation entitled “The World and South Africa in the 1990s” which became very popular in South Africa in the mid-1980s. In it, two scenarios were offered for South Africa: the ‘High Road’ of negotiation leading to a political settlement and the ‘Low Road’ of confrontation leading to a civil war and a wasteland. South Africa took the High Road. Two highlights for Clem were a presentation to FW de Klerk and the Cabinet in 1986 and a visit to Nelson Mandela in prison to discuss the future just before his release.

Since 1987, he has authored 13 books some of which have been bestsellers. His other main interest is seeking to mobilise the private sector in the war against HIV/AIDS.

He was recently awarded an Honorary Doctorate by the University of Cape Town for his work in the field of scenario planning. He was also voted by leading South African CEOs as the speaker who made the most significant contribution to, and impact on, best practice and business in South Africa in 2004.

Published titles

21st Century Megatrends (2014)
Calling All Foxes
(2012 )
The Fox Trilogy: Imagining the Unimaginable – and Dealing with It (2011)
Foxy Futurists And How To Become One (2010)
Games Foxes Play: Planning for Extraordinary Times (2005)
Socrates and the Fox  (2001)
The Mind of a Fox (2001)
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