Kaijia Gu
Partner, Oliver Wyman

Kaijia Gu is a leader of the Oliver Wyman Forum’s City Readiness initiative and is a partner at Oliver Wyman. Kaijia has 15 years of strategy consulting and management experience. She has lived in major cities around the world most of her life including Beijing, Xi’an, Ithaca, Boston, New York, and London, where she currently lives with her family.

Kaijia has routinely helped companies harness their potential in the midst of market-shaping disruptions. She has advised executives in a wide range of industries across Europe, North America, and Asia on strategies, business designs, pricing, sales, and operations. She has planned and supported transformations at leading B2B and B2C services companies. Kaijia has also developed innovative business designs for a number of large businesses in the media, technology, consumer goods and insurance sectors that have enabled them to reinvent their business model and thrive despite shifts in consumer demands, technological innovations, and new competitors.

As a leader of the City Readiness team, Kaijia collaborates with business leaders, academics, and policymakers to identify ways that cities can transform potential waves of disorder into new opportunities for innovation, in part by tapping into the potential of their diverse networks of people and organizations. She has a passion for improving the interactions and dynamics between technology and people and is particularly interested in the “human angle” of city readiness.

Kaijia holds a Master of Public Administration with Honors from Cornell Institute for Public Affairs and a B.A. in Economics from Peking University. She is fluent in Chinese.

WORLD ECONOMIC FORUM

How Small Cities are Luring Tech Jobs Away From Metropolises

Tech jobs in mid-sized cities like Orlando, Austin, and Tucson increased by almost 27% in the last decade.
Timocin (Timo) Pervane, Kaijia Gu
Timocin (Timo) Pervane
Partner, Oliver Wyman
As leader of the Oliver Wyman Forum’s City Readiness initiative, Timocin Pervane leads a team focused on enabling cities to prosper in an age of unprecedented urbanization and technological innovation. He currently resides with his family in his hometown of Boston but has also enjoyed being an urban citizen in cities as varied as London, Munich, Brussels, Istanbul, Beijing, and Washington D.C.
Timocin.Pervane@oliverwyman.com
Kaijia Gu
Partner, Oliver Wyman
As a leader of the City Readiness team, Kaijia Gu collaborates with business leaders, academics, and policymakers to identify ways that cities can transform potential waves of disorder into new opportunities for innovation, in part by tapping into the potential of their diverse networks of people and organizations. She has lived in major cities around the world most of her life including Beijing, Xi’an, Ithaca, Boston, New York, and London, where she currently lives with her family.
Kaijia.Gu@oliverwyman.com
MIT Sloan Management Review

How Cities Should Prepare For Artificial Intelligence

It’s time for city administrations and local employers to close AI-related skills gaps.
Kaijia Gu, Timocin (Timo) Pervane
Kaijia Gu
Partner, Oliver Wyman
As a leader of the City Readiness team, Kaijia Gu collaborates with business leaders, academics, and policymakers to identify ways that cities can transform potential waves of disorder into new opportunities for innovation, in part by tapping into the potential of their diverse networks of people and organizations. She has lived in major cities around the world most of her life including Beijing, Xi’an, Ithaca, Boston, New York, and London, where she currently lives with her family.
Kaijia.Gu@oliverwyman.com
Timocin (Timo) Pervane
Partner, Oliver Wyman
As leader of the Oliver Wyman Forum’s City Readiness initiative, Timocin Pervane leads a team focused on enabling cities to prosper in an age of unprecedented urbanization and technological innovation. He currently resides with his family in his hometown of Boston but has also enjoyed being an urban citizen in cities as varied as London, Munich, Brussels, Istanbul, Beijing, and Washington D.C.
Timocin.Pervane@oliverwyman.com
AI’S IMPACT

The Impact Of AI On Cities: Poll Results

People Are Split Over If AI Will Make Cities Better Or Worse
Kaijia Gu, Timocin (Timo) Pervane
Kaijia Gu
Partner, Oliver Wyman
As a leader of the City Readiness team, Kaijia Gu collaborates with business leaders, academics, and policymakers to identify ways that cities can transform potential waves of disorder into new opportunities for innovation, in part by tapping into the potential of their diverse networks of people and organizations. She has lived in major cities around the world most of her life including Beijing, Xi’an, Ithaca, Boston, New York, and London, where she currently lives with her family.
Kaijia.Gu@oliverwyman.com
Timocin (Timo) Pervane
Partner, Oliver Wyman
As leader of the Oliver Wyman Forum’s City Readiness initiative, Timocin Pervane leads a team focused on enabling cities to prosper in an age of unprecedented urbanization and technological innovation. He currently resides with his family in his hometown of Boston but has also enjoyed being an urban citizen in cities as varied as London, Munich, Brussels, Istanbul, Beijing, and Washington D.C.
Timocin.Pervane@oliverwyman.com
Building the Future

APAC Gearing Up For Smart City Deployments

"At the end of the day, a city won’t thrive if the fundamentals driving its economic growth falter."
Kaijia Gu
Kaijia Gu
Partner, Oliver Wyman
As a leader of the City Readiness team, Kaijia Gu collaborates with business leaders, academics, and policymakers to identify ways that cities can transform potential waves of disorder into new opportunities for innovation, in part by tapping into the potential of their diverse networks of people and organizations. She has lived in major cities around the world most of her life including Beijing, Xi’an, Ithaca, Boston, New York, and London, where she currently lives with her family.
Kaijia.Gu@oliverwyman.com
DIGITAL DISRUPTION

City Readiness Confidence: Poll Results

People Are Unsure If Their Cities Are Ready for Disruptive New Technologies Like AI
Kaijia Gu, Timocin (Timo) Pervane
Kaijia Gu
Partner, Oliver Wyman
As a leader of the City Readiness team, Kaijia Gu collaborates with business leaders, academics, and policymakers to identify ways that cities can transform potential waves of disorder into new opportunities for innovation, in part by tapping into the potential of their diverse networks of people and organizations. She has lived in major cities around the world most of her life including Beijing, Xi’an, Ithaca, Boston, New York, and London, where she currently lives with her family.
Kaijia.Gu@oliverwyman.com
Timocin (Timo) Pervane
Partner, Oliver Wyman
As leader of the Oliver Wyman Forum’s City Readiness initiative, Timocin Pervane leads a team focused on enabling cities to prosper in an age of unprecedented urbanization and technological innovation. He currently resides with his family in his hometown of Boston but has also enjoyed being an urban citizen in cities as varied as London, Munich, Brussels, Istanbul, Beijing, and Washington D.C.
Timocin.Pervane@oliverwyman.com
No Deal

Why Amazon’s Canceled Move To New York Matters To Every City

Cities need to consider both the risks and opportunities that tech giant investments can create
Kaijia Gu, Timocin (Timo) Pervane
Kaijia Gu
Partner, Oliver Wyman
As a leader of the City Readiness team, Kaijia Gu collaborates with business leaders, academics, and policymakers to identify ways that cities can transform potential waves of disorder into new opportunities for innovation, in part by tapping into the potential of their diverse networks of people and organizations. She has lived in major cities around the world most of her life including Beijing, Xi’an, Ithaca, Boston, New York, and London, where she currently lives with her family.
Kaijia.Gu@oliverwyman.com
Timocin (Timo) Pervane
Partner, Oliver Wyman
As leader of the Oliver Wyman Forum’s City Readiness initiative, Timocin Pervane leads a team focused on enabling cities to prosper in an age of unprecedented urbanization and technological innovation. He currently resides with his family in his hometown of Boston but has also enjoyed being an urban citizen in cities as varied as London, Munich, Brussels, Istanbul, Beijing, and Washington D.C.
Timocin.Pervane@oliverwyman.com
WHO WILL WIN?

Helping Cities Succeed In A Disrupted Future

Some will thrive in the new era, attracting companies, workers, and entrepreneurs. Others will stagnate.
Timocin (Timo) Pervane, Kaijia Gu
Timocin (Timo) Pervane
Partner, Oliver Wyman
As leader of the Oliver Wyman Forum’s City Readiness initiative, Timocin Pervane leads a team focused on enabling cities to prosper in an age of unprecedented urbanization and technological innovation. He currently resides with his family in his hometown of Boston but has also enjoyed being an urban citizen in cities as varied as London, Munich, Brussels, Istanbul, Beijing, and Washington D.C.
Timocin.Pervane@oliverwyman.com
Kaijia Gu
Partner, Oliver Wyman
As a leader of the City Readiness team, Kaijia Gu collaborates with business leaders, academics, and policymakers to identify ways that cities can transform potential waves of disorder into new opportunities for innovation, in part by tapping into the potential of their diverse networks of people and organizations. She has lived in major cities around the world most of her life including Beijing, Xi’an, Ithaca, Boston, New York, and London, where she currently lives with her family.
Kaijia.Gu@oliverwyman.com