Based: Johannesburg

Mitch Ilbury is a scenario specialist, entrepreneur and published author. He is the director of the leading scenario planning firm, Mindofafox, as well as the founder of education company, Growing Foxes, which has taught thousands of students across South Africa, Australia and Zimbabwe how to more effectively plan for their future.

He has facilitated strategic sessions across a range of industries in South Africa, the UK and Australia, as well as in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, with the African Union, where he has been the designer and facilitator of the African Union Emerging Leaders Programme for the last three years. Mitch also led the team that developed the South African Development Community’s (SADC) Scenarios for its SADC Vision 2050.

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. Mitch has also written multiple articles for the Business Day and is a regular analyst on Cape Talk and 702.

Mitch read Philosophy and Politics at the University of Cape Town, where he completed an Honours degree with Distinction, and holds a Masters degree with Distinction in Intelligence and International Security from King’s College London.