WEDNESDAY 9 MAY

The Future of Work: Addressing Tomorrow's Skills and Jobs Challenges

Philadelphia Hall, Ground Floor

Ahead of the discussion panel ‘The Future of Work: Addressing Tomorrow's Skills and Jobs Challenges’, we will have the honour of hearing an address from Her Majesty Queen Rania Al Abdullah who is a passionate advocate for education, as well as youth and community empowerment.

BBC World News anchor Lucy Hockings will host this engaging session.

Disruptive changes in today’s world will have a significant impact on the demand for jobs and skills in the future. Globalisation, technological progress and demographic changes are altering the types and value of jobs available. This creates significant social and economic challenges, resulting in substantial adjustment costs. Migration and refugee flows are likely to place further strains on regional labour markets. At the same time, new technologies and new markets will generate unparalleled opportunities to generate new, more productive and rewarding jobs.

This panel will explore ways in which to strengthen the resilience and adaptability of labour markets. It will seek to shed light on the challenges that companies, workers and policy makers face but also identify opportunities to foster inclusive and sustainable growth, creating greater opportunities specifically for women and young people.

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Moderator

Lucy Hockings

Presenter, BBC World News, BBC Global News Ltd.

Mattia Romani

Managing Director, Economics, Policy & Governance, EBRD

Speakers

Ayman Ismail

Director of the Centre for Entrepreneurship and Innovation, The American University in Cairo

Mark Keese

Head of Skills and Employability Division, Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development OECD

Barbara Rambousek

Director – Gender and Economic Inclusion (Acting), EBRD

Dana Reizniece-Ozola

Minister of Finance, Latvia

Lucy Hockings

Presenter, BBC World News, BBC Global News Ltd.

Lucy Hockings is a lead presenter on BBC World News, anchoring its flagship programme GMT. She has anchored rolling coverage for the BBC on all the major news events of the past decade - from the Asian tsunami to the terrorist attacks in Paris and Brussels. In 2016, she played a central role in the BBC's coverage of the US Presidential election.

Over the years Ms Hockings has interviewed everyone from presidents and prime ministers to film stars and decision makers. She has extensive contacts in governments, NGO's and international organisations who act as valuable on-air sources.

Ms Hockings also anchors major news events on location; from Capitol Hill in Washington to the European Parliament in Brussels bringing live and breaking news from the heart of the story. She was awarded the prestigious position of Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum in recognition of her work in broadcasting with young, aspiring journalists.

 

Ayman Ismail

Director of the Centre for Entrepreneurship and Innovation, The American University in Cairo

Ayman Ismail is the Jameel Endowed Chair of Entrepreneurship at the American University in Cairo School of Business, the Director of the Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation and the Founding Director of the AUC Venture Lab. He received his PhD in International Economic Development from MIT.  Previously he was a consultant with McKinsey & Company’s Business Technology Office in New York, a research fellow at Harvard Kennedy School, and a co-founder and Managing Partner at Enovio Consulting. He is a World Economic Forum (WEF) Young Global Leader (YGL); a cofounder, angel investor and board member in several fast-growing startups in mobile payments, microfinance, logistics and digital media.

Mark Keese

Head of Skills and Employability Division, Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development OECD

Mark Keese is the Head of the Skills and Employability Division in the Directorate for Employment, Labour and Social Affairs at the OECD. He is in charge of the OECD’s work on labour market issues. This includes work on issues of skills use at work, mental health and work, displaced workers and older workers in the labour market. His published works include articles on: ageing and employment policies; labour markets in transition countries; skills; earnings inequality; and minimum wages.

 

Barbara Rambousek

Director – Gender and Economic Inclusion (Acting), EBRD

Barbara Rambousek is the EBRD’s Acting Director for Gender and Economic Inclusion. She leads the Bank’s work on gender equality and economic inclusion that creates access to economic opportunity for women, youth and refugees through private sector investments and policy dialogue. Key areas are access to employment and skills, entrepreneurship and services. Ms Rambousek has 20 years leadership experience in the design and delivery of multi-sectoral inclusion, gender and development programmes in Eastern Europe, the Middle East, Asia and the UK. Previously, as Head of Regeneration and Corporate Strategy for the London Development Agency, she led major urban regeneration programmes and the formulation of London’s 20 year Economic Development Strategy. Ms Rambousek holds an MBA (Cass Business School, London) and MScs (London School of Economics and the University of Vienna).

Dana Reizniece-Ozola

Minister of Finance, Latvia

Dana Reizniece-Ozola is the current Minister of Finance of Latvia, a position she has held since February 2016. She was Latvia’s Minister of Economics from 2014 to 2016. She was elected as a Member of the 10th, 11th and 12th Saeima (Latvian Parliament) and has worked as the Chairperson of the Commission on Education, Culture and Science, and as a Member of the Legal Affairs Commission and the European Affairs Commission. She studied international business at Häme Polytechnic University of Applied Sciences in Finland. She is also a graduate of the College of Law and Ventspils University College in Latvia and the International Space University in France. As the previous Head of Ventspils High Technology Park she managed several projects related to satellite and space technologies.. A champion chess player, Dana has represented Latvia in the Chess Olympiads and holds the title of Woman Grandmaster.

 

Mattia Romani

Managing Director, Economics, Policy & Governance, EBRD

Dr Mattia Romani is Managing Director for Economics, Policy and Governance at the EBRD. He is also Senior Visiting Fellow at the Grantham Research Institute at the London School of Economics. Before joining the EBRD in 2014, he was the Deputy Director General and Chief Economist of the Global Green Growth Institute, an international organization based in South Korea created to support developing and emerging countries on their green growth plans. He was previously with McKinsey and Company, where he worked as a senior expert since 2009. He served as Lord Nicholas Stern's deputy on the UN Secretary General High-Level Advisory Group on Climate Finance in 2010. Between 2007 and 2009, he worked as the lead economist on the Stern Review team in the UK Government. He was previously at Shell International working on long-term scenarios. Between 1999 and 2003 he worked at the World Bank in Washington DC, Abidjan and Antananarivo.