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How can business help solve society’s biggest problems? Take on Tomorrow brings together leading experts from around the globe to figure out what business could and should be doing to tackle the greatest challenges facing the world; from privacy to climate change to crypto. Join hosts Ayesha Hazarika, columnist and senior political advisor in London and Lizzie O’Leary, business journalist in New York, and hear some of the brightest minds and boldest thinkers on how they’re taking on these problems, and how you could too.
27 Episodes
Supply chains are the lifelines of our global economy—quietly connecting and supporting numerous facets of business operations and everyday lives. In Take On Tomorrow’s final Series 2 episode, hosts Lizzie and Ayesha delve into the seismic shifts rattling these critical networks with Darcy MacClaren, Chief Revenue Officer for SAP Digital Supply Chain, and David Wijeratne, a partner with PwC Singapore in the International Growth Practice. Together, they reveal how geopolitical, environmental, and technological forces are creating an urgent imperative for business leaders to “de-risk” and strengthen their supply chains—while also spotlighting the opportunities that exist for those who adeptly navigate this new terrain. 
If cybercrime were a country, it would be the third-largest economy in the world after the US and China, according to the World Economic Forum. In the face of such a substantial and pervasive global challenge, generative AI is emerging as a tool to level the playing field—offering sophisticated capabilities for both cyberattackers and defenders. In this episode of Take on Tomorrow, Sarah Armstrong-Smith, Microsoft’s Chief Security Advisor in EMEA, is joined by Sean Joyce, PwC’s Global Cybersecurity and Privacy Leader. Together, they spotlight how organizations can leverage GenAI for cyber defense, where policymakers fit in, and what opportunities exist for companies that get cyber resilience right. 
In an increasingly urban world—in which 70% of the global population is predicted to reside in cities by 2050—thoughtful conversations about urban development are essential. How can cities transform to meet the needs of their ever-growing populations, without compromising the health of the planet or the well-being of their residents? In this episode, we’re joined by climatologist Angel Hsu, founder of the Data-Driven EnviroLab research group, to discuss its use of satellites as a way to measure how environmentally sustainable and socially inclusive our cities really are. We’ll also hear from Hazem Galal, Global Leader for Cities and Local Government with PwC Middle East, about smart cities and smart mobility, and what these concepts mean for the future of our urban areas.
The findings from PwC’s Global CEO Survey are out, and they reveal a fascinating dichotomy: while CEOs’ optimism about global economic growth has more than doubled year-on-year, 45% don’t think their company will survive for more than a decade on its current path—a 6% increase from last year. What’s driving CEO anxiety about the long-term viability of their business models? To what extent are global megatrends, like generative AI and climate change, prompting CEOs to make changes? And what strategies can CEOs employ to keep their organizations agile and future-ready? Join special guest host Sarah von Fischer and PwC Global Chair, Bob Moritz, for a live recording from the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting, as they dissect the insights from PwC’s latest survey of 4,700 CEOs around the world.
Recorded at the annual meeting of the World Economic Forum—an event convening leaders from government, business, and civil society to address the state of the world—this episode looks at the escalating global demand for energy and its impact on achieving net-zero emissions by 2050. Special guest host Sarah von Fischer from PwC sits down with Rob Turner, Energy Transition Partner for PwC UK, and Ramya Krishnaswamy, Head of Institutional Communities and ESG Initiatives at the World Economic Forum, to discuss the importance of demand-side management to a sustainable future—plus a set of possible business actions that together have the potential to cut global energy demand by more than 30% while saving US$2 trillion per year in the process.
As the capabilities of generative AI rapidly evolve, professionals around the world are watching attentively—and wondering how the technological leap will affect their careers. There is opportunity in this moment, and also some uncertainty. How disruptive will GenAI be to the workforce? Which sectors are likely to see the biggest changes? And what should business leaders be doing now to harness the potential benefits of GenAI tools for their workers? In our latest episode, hosts Lizzie and Ayesha sit down with Jerry Kaplan, an AI expert and author, and Scott Likens, PwC’s Global AI and Innovation Technology Leader, for a conversation about the cutting edge, where GenAI is shaping the future of work.
Take on Tomorrow is on the move again—recording live in Dubai at COP28 to discuss a core theme at the annual climate change conference: climate technology. Host Lizzie O’Leary sits down with Dr. Yahya Anouti, PwC Middle East’s Sustainability Leader, and Patricia Keating, part of the ventures practice with PwC Middle East, to survey the landscape of climate change solutions and examine the role played by technology—and investment in that technology. Together, the trio spotlights today’s most impactful tools in the fight against climate change, the expansive horizon for innovation, and strategies to rejuvenate climate tech investment, which has plummeted by more than 40%, year-over-year. 
As the world grapples with the realities of climate change, a significant gap has emerged between recognizing necessary actions and implementing them effectively. So what factors are impeding progress—and is there still a way to increase the speed and scale of change? In this episode, hosts Lizzie and Ayesha are joined by Christiana Figueres, chief negotiator of the 2015 Paris Agreement, and Emma Cox, PwC’s Global Climate Leader, to discuss the role of leadership in accelerating the shift from understanding to action, the impact of emerging technologies, and the advantages for businesses that integrate climate mitigation and adaptation into their strategies.
Recorded live at the APEC CEO Summit, the most influential annual gathering of business and political leaders in the Asia-Pacific region, this quick-hit episode taps into the crucial discussions happening at this year’s event. Host Lizzie O’Leary is on-site in San Francisco, where she’s joined by PwC’s Asia-Pacific and China Chair, Raymund Chao, and PwC’s Global Chair, Bob Moritz, to explore the role of the Asia-Pacific region in the global economy. Their conversation steers beyond the surface, offering insights into the impact of AI innovation, the global pressure of climate change, and the current challenges of maintaining supply chains.
Business leaders are at a crossroads with generative AI—grappling with its vast potential while untangling intricacies of privacy and trust. Join our hosts Lizzie and Ayesha as they facilitate a rich dialogue with two experts working on the leading edge of AI. Keith Enright, Chief Privacy Officer of Google, sheds light on the complexities of managing privacy in an AI-driven ecosystem. And Mona de Boer, Data and Technology Partner at PwC Netherlands, outlines the AI regulatory landscape and addresses both risks and opportunities facing companies that use GenAI tools.
Today’s CEOs face a daunting dilemma: too many open jobs, and not enough of the right workers to fill them. In this episode, hosts Lizzie and Ayesha are joined by LinkedIn VP Aneesh Raman and PwC’s Global Workforce Leader, Peter Brown, who suggest an innovative solution to workforce gaps: skills-first hiring. By focusing on skills in addition to employment history and academic credentials, Aneesh and Peter reveal a game-changing approach for businesses of all sizes to identify and utilize their untapped talent—plus practical starting points for implementation.
As the global economy grapples with escalating environmental decline, the imperative to protect our natural world is climbing the agenda for both governments and businesses. In this episode, hosts Lizzie and Ayesha discuss the crucial interactions between nature and business with acclaimed global climate scientist Johan Rockström and PwC’s Daniel O’Brien. Together, they explore the intrinsic and quantifiable importance of nature, offering actions for organizations not only to become nature positive and reverse nature loss, but to foster resilience and create value amid intensifying environmental challenges.
Take on Tomorrow is back, and we’re kicking off the new series by taking listeners behind the scenes at Climate Week NYC. Join PwC’s Global Sustainability Leader, Will Jackson-Moore, for a special on-site recording at the largest annual climate gathering of its kind. This quick-hit episode taps into the buzz on the ground at the event, and digs into what climate actions businesses can take to deliver on commitments—and make the biggest impact.
Today’s tensions vs. tomorrow’s threats: how can CEOs master the balancing act? Find out—and hear the big takeaways from our 2023 CEO Survey. Listen now.
Can you make green by going green? Could incentives be reimagined to align the power of the profit motive with the interests of the planet? Several green initiatives involving trillions of dollars in assets are already reconfiguring capital markets. But can this approach work?Ayesha and Lizzie are joined by Alison Rose, the CEO of NatWest Group, and Andrew McDowell, a Strategy& partner with PwC Luxembourg, and former vice president of the European Investment Bank. We’ll learn why one of the biggest banks in the UK is prioritizing the fight against climate change, what it means in concrete terms, and what financial institutions around the world can learn from the decision.   
We live in a world of greatly increased mobility—of information, of goods and services, and of the world’s 8 billion people. We move for all sorts of reasons, and that movement can create challenges—but also opportunities. In fact, could a world on the move provide solutions to some of the challenges we face?This week, hosts Lizzie O’Leary and Ayesha Hazarika talk to Parag Khanna, author of Move, a book that examines current trends shaping migration and its historical precedents, and predicts an increasingly mobile future. Dion Shango, PwC’s territory senior partner for Africa Central and Southern Africa, discusses how those trends are playing out now—and what business should do to adjust and prepare.  
Though the global youth population has grown by 30% in the last 20, the number of young people between the ages of 15 and 24 in the labor force has actually fallen by approximately 12%. Even as many countries face labor shortages, the global picture shows deep youth unemployment and underemployment. How can business help close the gap? And can it do so in a way that gives people the skills to succeed and contribute to economic development in the future? Hosts Lizzie O’Leary and Ayesha Hazarika talk with Nadi Albino, from Generation Unlimited, about why upskilling youth is so important for the world, and with Chaitali Mukherjee, the people and organization lead partner with PwC India, about how and why businesses should respond, and what they are already doing in this area.
New technology, from alternative energy sources to digitization to artificial intelligence, is changing how we live, how we work, and how our businesses function. But what happens when those advances move so fast that we can’t keep up? And, if businesses and governments don’t understand the technologies, what happens to society? We talk with Azeem Azhar, entrepreneur, author, and founder of the future-focused podcast and newsletter Exponential View, about this “exponential age”—and the gaps it has created.   These fast-moving technologies can also create opportunities for business. So, what do CEOs need to understand to be able to harness them? How do businesses use AI and other technologies responsibly, and what’s at risk if they don’t adapt to the pace of change? Annie Veillet, national data and advanced analytics lead partner with PwC Canada, weighs in on the risks and the upsides for business. 
People don’t want to be taken for granted. That’s the message coming from employees around the world, who are finding new confidence and empowerment in the shifting world of work. Their call to employers is to listen, learn, and engage. So, how can businesses and employees find fresh opportunities in this era of new expectations?  And can they find ways to thrive together?  Hosts Lizzie O’Leary and Ayesha Hazarika speak with Standard Chartered’s group head of human resources, Tanuj Kapilashrami, and the joint global leader for PwC's people and organization practice, Pete Brown, to dig into what workers really want and how today’s leaders can tap into the power of their people for the future. 
If you want less of something, tax it more. That’s what many governments have been trying to do with carbon. But carbon pricing is controversial and difficult to implement technically. So, given the urgency to reduce the use of fossil fuels, reduce emissions and reach more aggressive climate goals, should businesses prepare for an expansion in carbon taxation? Should it be a priority for people who care about climate change?   Hosts Lizzie O’Leary and Ayesha Hazarika talk with Danae Kyriakopoulou—from the Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment—about the role this kind of tool can play in the race to net zero, and with Ian Milborrow, a sustainability and climate-change partner with PwC UK, about what business needs to know. 
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