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.
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.
Of the US' biggest leases in 2019, over 32 percent were by tech companies, according to CBRE. And while the tech industry has created plenty of job opportunities in major cities, a higher cost of living has sent employees flocking to smaller cities like Sacramento, Austin, and Tucson, who have enjoyed a 27 percent increase in tech jobs.
For more on how small cities are luring tech talent away from metropolises, read more here.