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.

Coronavirus

Singapore Doubles Down on Preparing for Tech Disruption

The city-state’s strength lies in its ability to identify opportunities in economic disruption. In response to the coronavirus’ negative impact on economies, it’s laid out the path forward.
Kaijia Gu, Rory Heilakka
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
Rory Heilakka
Principal, Oliver Wyman Forum
Rory is a Principal in Oliver Wyman’s Transportation and Services and Pricing, Sales and Marketing practices, based in New York. He has advised clients on issues ranging from business design and go-to-market strategy to accelerating clients’ use of advanced analytics. As a Fellow for the City Readiness team, Rory collaborates with business leaders, academics, and policymakers to improve global understanding and responses to the disruption and opportunities emerging from the increased application of artificial intelligence. He has worked around the world and lived in various cities including Philadelphia, New York, and Pune, India. In his free time Rory is a competitive squash player, aspiring cook, and home brewer. Rory holds a BA from the University of Pennsylvania.
rory.heilakka@oliverwyman.com
Coronavirus

Putting Numbers on the Coronavirus’ Challenge to Cities

Nearly one in six Americans, and one in five urban dwellers, is planning or considering moving because of the pandemic, our survey finds.
Kaijia Gu, Rory Heilakka
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
Rory Heilakka
Principal, Oliver Wyman Forum
Rory is a Principal in Oliver Wyman’s Transportation and Services and Pricing, Sales and Marketing practices, based in New York. He has advised clients on issues ranging from business design and go-to-market strategy to accelerating clients’ use of advanced analytics. As a Fellow for the City Readiness team, Rory collaborates with business leaders, academics, and policymakers to improve global understanding and responses to the disruption and opportunities emerging from the increased application of artificial intelligence. He has worked around the world and lived in various cities including Philadelphia, New York, and Pune, India. In his free time Rory is a competitive squash player, aspiring cook, and home brewer. Rory holds a BA from the University of Pennsylvania.
rory.heilakka@oliverwyman.com
City Spotlight

Resilient Auckland Is Playing to Its Strengths

New Zealand’s remoteness makes it hard to attract funding, but it helped the nation contain COVID-19. Now Auckland needs to build on those gains.
Kaijia Gu, Rory Heilakka
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
Rory Heilakka
Principal, Oliver Wyman Forum
Rory is a Principal in Oliver Wyman’s Transportation and Services and Pricing, Sales and Marketing practices, based in New York. He has advised clients on issues ranging from business design and go-to-market strategy to accelerating clients’ use of advanced analytics. As a Fellow for the City Readiness team, Rory collaborates with business leaders, academics, and policymakers to improve global understanding and responses to the disruption and opportunities emerging from the increased application of artificial intelligence. He has worked around the world and lived in various cities including Philadelphia, New York, and Pune, India. In his free time Rory is a competitive squash player, aspiring cook, and home brewer. Rory holds a BA from the University of Pennsylvania.
rory.heilakka@oliverwyman.com
City Spotlight

Stockholm Draws on Past Lessons to Embrace AI Future

Social protections designed for an earlier era of industrial change are helping the Swedish capital cope with the disruption of artificial intelligence.
Kaijia Gu, Rory Heilakka
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
Rory Heilakka
Principal, Oliver Wyman Forum
Rory is a Principal in Oliver Wyman’s Transportation and Services and Pricing, Sales and Marketing practices, based in New York. He has advised clients on issues ranging from business design and go-to-market strategy to accelerating clients’ use of advanced analytics. As a Fellow for the City Readiness team, Rory collaborates with business leaders, academics, and policymakers to improve global understanding and responses to the disruption and opportunities emerging from the increased application of artificial intelligence. He has worked around the world and lived in various cities including Philadelphia, New York, and Pune, India. In his free time Rory is a competitive squash player, aspiring cook, and home brewer. Rory holds a BA from the University of Pennsylvania.
rory.heilakka@oliverwyman.com
Davos 2020

City Readiness Starts With Data

Who owns it, who can share it, how can privacy be protected? Those are the big questions policymakers need to address.
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
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
Former Partner, Oliver Wyman
As the former leader of the Oliver Wyman Forum’s City Readiness initiative, Timocin Pervane lead 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
Former Partner, Oliver Wyman
As the former leader of the Oliver Wyman Forum’s City Readiness initiative, Timocin Pervane lead 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
Former Partner, Oliver Wyman
As the former leader of the Oliver Wyman Forum’s City Readiness initiative, Timocin Pervane lead 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
Former Partner, Oliver Wyman
As the former leader of the Oliver Wyman Forum’s City Readiness initiative, Timocin Pervane lead 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
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