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The Emergence of Megacities and Their Impact on our Supply Chains


In this episode of the Road Ahead Podcast, host Ray Ghanbari, Chief Technology Officer at Omnitracs, speaks with Homaira Akbari, President and CEO of AKnowledge Partners, a global strategy advisory firm., about megacities. They discuss what is a megacity, if the pandemic has accelerated the growth of megacities, if remote working is here to stay, and the impact of megacities on our supply chain and goods transportation.


  • [00.00] Intro
  • [01:23] What is the definition of a megacity and what is driving their emergence?
  • [04:35] Has our experience of living, working, and learning from home accelerated the growth of megacities, or does our collective pandemic experience change that trend?
  • [09:10] Is our experience of remote working here to stay?
  • [11:45]Does the emergence of megacities change our goods transportation and delivery models?
  • [14:35] Outro


Ray Ghanbari

Ray Ghanbari - CTO, Omnitracs

Ray Ghanbari is the Chief Technology Officer at Omnitracs, LCC. Most recently, Ray was CTO at SmartDrive, which was acquired by Omnitracs in October 2020. Prior to that, he was VP, Product Development for FICO and the CTO and EVP of Product Development for PatientSafe Solutions, EVP of Strategy and Products for Vital Images, CTO at Ingenix and CTO for the Performance Marketing division of Yahoo! Ray earned his Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from MIT. In addition, he earned a Master of Science degree in physics from Cambridge University in England and a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from the University of Illinois-Urbana.

Dr. Homaira Akbari

Dr. Homaira Akbari - President and CEO of AKnowledgePartners, LLC

Dr. Homaira Akbari is President and CEO of AKnowledgePartners, LLC, a global strategy advisory firm providing services to leading private equity funds and large corporations in the sectors of Internet of Things, Cyber Security, Artificial Intelligence, and Enterprise Software. She currently serves on the Board of Directors of Banco Santander S.A. and Temenos AG. Dr. Akbari has held senior management roles in Fortune 1000 companies including Microsoft, Thales, and Liberty Media subsidiary, Trueposition. Dr. Akbari has served as the President and CEO of SkyBitz, Inc. Under her leadership, the company had record performance. She successfully sold SkyBitz to Telular Corporation She holds a Ph.D. with honors in particle physics from Tufts University and an MBA with distinction from Carnegie Mellon Tepper School of Business. She is the author of more than 50 scientific articles in international journals, has two patents in IoT/Advertising, and is a frequent speaker in industry confere

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