Objectives

The impact of the Covid-19 pandemic is huge. Combined with the digital and green transitions, industry will undergo fundamental transformations. Last month, the Updated Industrial Strategy for Europe made clear that the pathways to the recovery are forcing governments and businesses to adapt the skills of the workforce to cope with a fast changing labour market.

New technologies are transforming the way people work and acquire new skills. They offer a great potential for the development of smart services as well as new and better jobs. In this context, there is a strong need to foster skills acquisition and promote the right to training for all. It is also crucial to launch large-scale demand-led upskilling and reskilling initiatives. Launched under the European Skills Agenda on 10 November 2020, the Pact for Skills is aiming at mobilising all stakeholders - industry, social partners, education and training providers, public authorities at all levels and the workers themselves - to take decisive action.

This event focussed on the upskilling and reskilling challenges that the EU is facing, presented good practice cases, scenarios and recommendations for creating new training and jobs opportunities. New innovative and just-in-time training offers need to offer attractive solutions to the workforce. Active industrial and labour market policies, lifelong learning, increased public and private investment, individual learning accounts, micro-credentials, demand side incentives, sectoral and regional brokerage and foresight platforms, as well as demand and supply matching tools are examples of how to move forward and ensure nobody is left behind.

Online

29 - 30

June 2021

30+

Speakers & panellists

300+

participants

Programme

Day 1 – 29 June

13:30

Registration and warming-up

Videos

14:00

Welcome and overview of the event

Jan Sturesson, Moderator

14:05

Keynote Messages from Commissioner Nicolas Schmit

Nicolas Schmit, Commissioner for Jobs and Social Rights, European Commission

14:10

The Pact for Skills and the Updated Industrial Strategy

Manuela Geleng, Director Jobs and Skills, DG EMPL, European Commissio

André Richier, Principal Administrator, DG GROW, European Commission

14:25

Upskilling and Reskilling for Shared Prosperity: Stakeholders’ Views and Concrete Business Cases

Upskilling for future proof jobs – at Airbus and in the wider ecosystem
Thierry Baril, Chief HR Officer, Airbus

Upskilling and reskilling – preparing the workforce for tomorrow
Frank Heemskerk, Secretary General of the European Round Table for Industry (ERT)

Creating a smart workforce for the future – a trade union perspective
Isabelle Barthès, Deputy General Secretary, industriAll Europe

Upskilling for shared prosperity – the case of PwC
Robert E. Moritz, Global Chairman, PwC

15:10

Human Resource Management in the Post-Covid workplace

Changing job markets and talents and the next generation HR
Dr. Philipp Kolo, Partner and Associate Director, People Strategy & HR

Transformation with perspectives for all!
Dr. Ariane Reinhart, Member of the Executive Board, Continental AG

Artificial Intelligence and Skills: Upskilling in Practice
Marc Gomes, Senior VP and Head of Adecco Training, The Adecco Group

15:45

Skills for Service Innovation and Jobs Scenarios & Recommendations for 2030

Dr. Jim Spohrer, Director Cognitive Opentech Group, IBM Research

Tobias Hüsing, Senior Researcher, empirica

Laurent ProbstPartner, Economic Development and Innovation Leader, PwC

Have your say interactive session

Moderator and participants (results to be presented at the end of the day)

16:15

Matching Demand and Supply for the Creation of Better Jobs and a Highly Skilled Workforce: Expert Panel

Expert views and discussion of recommended actions for Upskilling Europe 2030 related to increasing the talent pool, matching demand and supply and upskilling ecosystems.

Moderator: Jan Sturesson

Dr. Theos Evgeniou, Professor and Academic Director of eLab, INSEAD

Mary Cleary, Secretary General, Irish Computer Society

Walter Ganz, Head of Institute, Fraunhofer IAO

Bianca Dragomir, CEO, AVAESEN The Cleantech Cluster Valencia Region

Dr. Irving Wladawsky-Berger, Research Affiliate, MIT

16:55

Conclusion and results of the polls

Jan Sturesson, Moderator

17:00

Close

Day 2 – 30 June

13:30

Registration and warming-up

Videos

14:00

Welcome and overview of the event

Jan Sturesson, Moderator

14:05

AI, Digital Transformation of Industry and Skills: Policy Actions

Dr. Lucilla Sioli, Director Artificial Intelligence and Digital Industry, DG CNECT,  European Commission

Valentina Superti, Director Ecosystems II: Tourism and Proximity, DG GROW, European Commission

14:25

Platforms, AI, Robotics: Business Responses and Strategies

Platforms Markets and Innovation: Business Responses and Strategies
Dr. Annabelle Gawer, Chaired Professor in Digital Economy and Director, Centre of Digital Economy

AI and Robotics Disruptions: Business Responses and Strategies
Mark Klein
, CDO, ERGO Group AG

15:00

Skills, Jobs and the Platform Economy: Expert Panel

Expert and stakeholder views and discussion of implications for jobs and economy and Upskilling Europe 2030 related to increasing the talent pool and options for platform governance

Moderator: Jan Sturesson

Dr. Vili Lehdonvirta, Professor of Economic Sociology and Digital Social Research, Oxford Internet Institute

Sangeet Paul Choudary, Entrepreneur, Author and Founder, Platformation Labs, Singapore

Maxime Cerutti, Director for Social Affairs, BusinessEurope

Oliver Roethig, Regional Secretary, UNI Europa

Sebastiano Toffaletti, Secretary General, European DIGITAL SME Alliance

Have your say interactive session

Moderator and participants (results to be presented at the end of the day)

15:50

Good practices showing the way towards the “Upskilling and Reskilling Europe 2030 Vision Scenario”

Good practice programmes, activities and initiatives for business transformation, upskilling and fostering new services and jobs creation

Moderator: Jan Sturesson

Dr. Martin Göbbels, Director Global Competence Management and Digital Learning  Bosch

Antonio Ranieri, Head of Department for Learning and Employability, Cedefop

Johannes Pfeiffer, Chairman of the Executive Board  Regional Directorate Lower Saxony-Bremen, Federal Employment Agency

Bengt Ivansson, Strategic Advisor, Beliva AB

Paul Healy, CEO, Skillnet Ireland

16:55

Conclusion and results of the polls

Jan Sturesson, Moderator

17:00

Close

Speakers

Thierry Baril
Thierry Baril
Chief HR Officer, Airbus
Thierry Baril
Thierry Baril
Chief HR Officer, Airbus

Thierry Baril was appointed Chief Human Resources Officer of Airbus and a member of the Airbus Executive Committee on June 1, 2012.

Thierry Baril joined Airbus Commercial Aircraft in 2007 as Executive Vice President, Human Resources, and Member of the Airbus Commercial Aircraft Executive Committee, with responsibility for defining and implementing a company-wide Human Resources strategy, enhancing integration and employee engagement. He oversaw the development of key skills and competences to support business growth and greater internal mobility. One of his main achievements was the transformation of the company in the areas of leadership culture and diversity, having played a key role in the implementation of "Power8" and Airbus' internationalisation strategy.

Prior to this, Thierry Baril was Executive Vice President Human Resources at Eurocopter – now Airbus Helicopters – and member of the Eurocopter Executive Committee from January 2003. In this position, Baril managed the company’s Human Resources activities globally, including the implementation of Human Resources policies across Eurocopter’s European sites and its 15 subsidiaries worldwide. He was instrumental in the implementation of “Vital”, a programme which transformed Eurocopter as a business.

Thierry Baril started his career in 1988 as Deputy Human Resources Director at Boccard SA, and transferred to Laborde & Kupfer-Repelec, a subsidiary of GEC ALSTHOM, as Human Resources Manager in 1991.

From 1995, Thierry Baril held roles as Human Resources Director of the Alstom Energy Belfort site and Vice President of Human Resources of the Alstom Energy Group.

Following on from his experience at Alstom Energy, in 1998 Thierry Baril became Managing Director of Human Resources for Europe for GE (General Electric) at their Belfort Headquarters, followed by Vice President of Human Resources at Alcatel Space’s Headquarters in Toulouse from 2000. Thierry Baril holds a University Degree in Personnel Management (Diplôme Universitaire de Technologie en Gestion des Entreprises et des Administrations), as well as a Business Degree in Human Resources Management and Development from the Institut de Gestion Sociale (IGS) in Paris.

 

Isabelle Barthès
Isabelle Barthès
Deputy General Secretary, industriAll Europe
Isabelle Barthès
Isabelle Barthès
Deputy General Secretary, industriAll Europe

Isabelle Barthès is Deputy General Secretary of industriAll Europe Trade Union, the European Trade Union Federation representing industrial workers in metal, chemicals, textile and energy sectors. She has extensive experience of the trade union movement at European level. She is dealing with Collective Bargaining and Social Policy, digitalisation and youth. She is also in charge of industrial sectors such as aerospace, ICT, mechanical engineering and defense.

Maxime Cerutti
Maxime Cerutti
Director for Social Affairs, BusinessEurope
Maxime Cerutti
Maxime Cerutti
Director for Social Affairs, BusinessEurope

Maxime Cerutti was appointed Director of BUSINESSEUROPE’s Social Affairs department in January 2012. He is responsible for a diverse portfolio of social affairs and labour market policy issues as well as the day-to-day management of the department. He also coordinates BUSINESSEUROPE’s engagement as a social partner in the context of the European social dialogue. Maxime joined BUSINESSEUROPE in November 2007 as social affairs adviser. Prior to this, he worked between 2005 and 2007 as a policy officer at the European Youth Forum in Brussels. He started his professional career with a six-month internship at the French ministry of Foreign Affairs in Paris, where he followed the work of the EU Council on Employment and Social Affairs. Graduated in European law and political science, Maxime holds a Master degree from Sciences Po Paris, a double law degree from the university of Bordeaux in France and the university of Canterbury in the UK, and he participated in a summer session at the University of California at Berkeley in the United States. His mother tongue is French. He speaks English fluently, is at ease in Italian, and is a basic user of German and Spanish.

Sangeet Paul Choudary
Sangeet Paul Choudary
Entrepreneur, Author and Founder, Platformation Labs
Sangeet Paul Choudary
Sangeet Paul Choudary
Entrepreneur, Author and Founder, Platformation Labs

Sangeet Paul Choudary is the founder of Platformation Labs and the best-selling author of Platform Revolution and Platform Scale. He has advised the leadership of more than 30 of the Fortune 500 firms and has been selected as a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum. Sangeet's work on platforms has been selected by Harvard Business Review as one of the top 10 ideas in strategy and has been featured thrice in the HBR Top 10 Must Reads compilations. Sangeet is a frequent keynote speaker at leading global forums including the G20 Summit, the World50 Summit, the United Nations, and the World Economic Forum.

Mary Cleary
Mary Cleary
Secretary General, Irish Computer Society
Mary Cleary
Mary Cleary
Secretary General, Irish Computer Society

Mary Cleary is Secretary General of the Irish Computer Society (ICS) and Chair of the Irish Digital Skills and Jobs Coalition. She has extensive expertise in and experience of representing the IT profession in Ireland, particularly at a European level, where she is Chair of the CEN TC 428, Digital Competences and IT Professionalism. She advises on European and national skills policy, advising the ICS CIO Forum on professionalism and Continuous Professional Development for all domains, with particular emphasis on eHealth. She holds a Master's Degree in Education, and has extensive experience of ICT professional programme design and implementation. She has worked on several national education initiatives, promoting ICT as a teaching and learning tool. She manages education outreach initiatives, as well as the professional and advocacy activities of the ICS, and the delivery of a series of national conferences annually. She is a delegate to the NSAI (National Standards Authority of Ireland) ICT SCC, and a committee member of the Irish Expert Group on Future Skills Needs (EGFSN).  

Bianca Dragomir
Bianca Dragomir
CEO, AVAESEN The Cleantech Cluster Valencia Region
Bianca Dragomir
Bianca Dragomir
CEO, AVAESEN The Cleantech Cluster Valencia Region

Bianca Dragomir is an award-winning, cluster expert and public speaker on the power of innovation ecosystems and clean technologies.

She is the first women to be awarded by the European Commission as “European Cluster Manager of the Year” for her work as CEO of the Valencian Cleantech Cluster AVAESEN in Spain, which she currently leads.

An advisor to the European Commission’s High-Level Industrial Roundtable ‘Industry 2030’ and member of the European Commission’s Expert Group on Industrial Clusters, she pioneered the launch of the first cleantech start-up accelerator in Spain and expanded it to 12 European countries. Through her work, she accelerated over 300 European climate-related startups.

Bianca is the leader of the Spanish ClimateLaunchpad, The Global Green Business Idea Competition, and co-founder of The First European Cluster Accelerator TheCAP. She recently created the clustersofchange.eu initiative to inspire and support a new generation of open, bold, conscious cluster leaders across Europe and beyond.

Bianca’s work has been featured in major media. She has spoken at key international events in over 40 countries.

Bianca earned two Masters degrees: International Business and European Integration (Universidad de Valencia, Spain) and Business Communication (SNSPA, Romania); she completed studies in Exponential Thinking & Foresight at Singularity University  and she frequently collaborates with MIT’s Center for Collective Intelligence.

Theos Evgeniou
Dr. Theos Evgeniou
Professor and Academic Director of eLab, INSEAD
Theos Evgeniou
Dr. Theos Evgeniou
Professor and Academic Director of eLab, INSEAD

Theos Evgeniou is Professor at INSEAD since 2001, working on Machine Learning and AI for the past 25 years, on areas ranging from AI innovations for business process optimization and improving decisions, to up-skiliing and business transformation practices, AI and regulation, as well as on new Machine Learning methods. He has four degrees from MIT, two BSc degrees simultaneously, Computer Science and Mathematics, a Master and a PhD degree in Computer Science. His work has appeared in leading journals, such as in Science Magazine, Machine Learning, Nature Digital Medicine, HBR magazine, and others. He is currently director of the INSEAD Executive Education programs on “Transforming your Business with AI” and “AI for Business”. He has been a member of the OECD Network of Experts on AI, an advisor for the BCG Henderson Institute, and a World Economic Forum Academic Partner for Artificial Intelligence. He gives talks and consults for a number of organisations in his areas of expertise.

Walter Ganz
Walter Ganz
Director, Fraunhofer IAO
Walter Ganz
Walter Ganz
Director, Fraunhofer IAO

Walter Ganz is a director and member of the board of the Fraunhofer Institute for Industrial Engineering (IAO) Stuttgart, Germany. He is leading the research departments »Competence Management and the research department »Service Engineering«. Beside his leadership performance, he is taking part in a lot of supporting activities in national and international research communities with regard to service innovation and future of work, as well providing advice to different national and international governmental agencies. For instance, advising the “Federal Ministry for Education and Research (BMBF)” in Germany regarding the development of research programs and activities in the field of “Future of Work” and “Innovation in Services”.

His memberships include for instance: Member of the „Smart Service Welt“, Working Group, Strategic Initiative of Acatech, 2015. Scientific Board Member of the European Review of Service Economics and Management/Revue Européenne d’Economie et Management des Services, 2018. Editorial Board Member, Service Science Journal, 2019. Program Committee Member of the Conference on Serviceology (ICServ2019), Taiwan, 2019.Scientific Board Member of the Human Side of Service Engineering Conference, HSSE 2020. ASAP International Advisory Board Member, 2020. Board Fachgruppe «Management & Economics» der Hochschule Luzern, Schweiz, 2021. Scientific Board Member of the Human Side of Service Engineering Conference, AHFE 2021, New York, USA, 2021.

Annabelle Gawer
Dr. Annabelle Gawer
Chaired Professor in Digital Economy and Director, Centre of Digital Economy
Annabelle Gawer
Dr. Annabelle Gawer
Chaired Professor in Digital Economy and Director, Centre of Digital Economy

Professor Annabelle Gawer is Director of the Centre of Digital Economy at the University of Surrey, Chaired Professor in Digital Economy at Surrey Business School, and a Visiting Professor of Strategy and Innovation at the University of Oxford Saïd Business School. A pioneering and award-winning scholar on the business strategy of digital platforms and innovation ecosystems, she is a highly cited author of 40 articles and 4 books, including The Business of Platforms: Strategy in the Age of Digital Competition, Innovation, and Power (2019). She has advised the European Commission as an Expert Member of the Observatory of the Online Platform Economy, the European Parliament and the UK government on the regulation of online platforms. Her most recent report (2021) Online Platforms: Economic & Societal Effects was published by the European Parliament.

Manuela Geleng
Manuela Geleng
Director Jobs and Skills, DG EMPL, European Commission
Manuela Geleng
Manuela Geleng
Director Jobs and Skills, DG EMPL, European Commission

Manuela Geleng works for the European Commission where she is currently the Director for “Skills” in the Directorate-General for Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion. As Director, she is responsible for implementing the Commission's Skills Agenda and the corresponding tools, such as the European Qualification Framework, as well as policy processes related to vocational and educational training (VET).

Dr. Martin Göbbels
Dr. Martin Göbbels
Director Global Competence Management and Digital Learning, Bosch Learning Company initiative
Dr. Martin Göbbels
Dr. Martin Göbbels
Director Global Competence Management and Digital Learning, Bosch Learning Company initiative

 

Dr. Martin Göbbels is responsible for the global competence management at Bosch and Director of the Bosch Training Center. He started his career as a Research Fellow at the Medical Faculty of Kiel University and had a focus on teaching and digital learning. After some years he joined the Faculty of Engineering & Computer Science at the University of Applied Sciences Hamburg to work on digital learning projects. After dissertation,  two years as Head of Product Development in a Hamburg-based start-up followed. After that he joined Bosch in 2018.

 

Marc Gomes
Marc Gomes
Senior VP and Head of Adecco Training, The Adecco Group
Marc Gomes
Marc Gomes
Senior VP and Head of Adecco Training, The Adecco Group

Marc Gomes is Senior Vice President Adecco Training at The Adecco Group in charge of accelerating the development of the upskilling and reskilling capabilities of the group.

Before joining The Adecco Group in February 2021, Marc was Partner at EIM, an executive interim company. From 2011 to 2018, he was Chief Talent Officer and Chief Learning Officer at Carrefour, focusing on building a new generation of leaders ready to cope with the exponential digitization of the retail operations. Prior to joining Carrefour, Marc started his own company on Learning & HR consultancy, after having served in the energy sector as founding Managing Director of Areva University from 2005 to 2010.

Marc started his career in strategy & management consulting at Impac and then Celerant where he remained for 8 years, in charge of selling, designing, and implementing transformation programs in the energy and manufacturing industries.

Marc earned an MSc in International Management from King’s College London and a MEng in Mechanical Engineering from Ecole Nationale d’Ingénieurs de Tarbes. He is also a certified six sigma master black belt and executive coach.

Paul Healy
Paul Healy
CEO, Skillnet Ireland
Paul Healy
Paul Healy
CEO, Skillnet Ireland

Paul is the Chief Executive of Skillnet Ireland, the Government agency responsible for boosting the competitiveness, productivity and innovation of Ireland’s enterprise sector through industry-led talent development. Paul is an expert in enterprise and labour market policy, corporate governance and public affairs with 20 years executive level experience spanning both the public and private sectors. He is a member of Ireland's National Skills Council, the National Training Fund Advisory Group and the Skillnet Ireland Board (ex officio).  Paul is a respected analyst on the enterprise sector and human resource development, and a regular media commentator on workforce development and future skills. He qualified as an Economist, holds MBA from Dublin City University, and is a post-graduate lecturer in Human Resources.

Frank Heemskerk
Frank Heemskerk
Secretary General, European Roundtable for Industry
Frank Heemskerk
Frank Heemskerk
Secretary General, European Roundtable for Industry

Frank Heemskerk is Secretary General of the European Round Table for Industry (ERT) since 1 January 2019.

ERT is a forum of around 60 Chief Executives and Chairs of multinational companies with their roots in Europe. They are united by a vision for a strong, open and competitive Europe, as a driver for inclusive growth and sustainable prosperity.

Frank Heemskerk graduated with an economics degree in 1994 from the University of Amsterdam and had spent an Erasmus year in Leuven, Belgium. 

He began his career at ABN AMRO Bank where he held various positions until 2003 when he pursued a career in politics.

Between 2003 and 2006, he was a Member of Parliament for the Dutch Labour Party (PvdA).

Between 2007 and 2010 Frank Heemskerk was Minister for Foreign Trade, also responsible for Telecoms & IT, SMEs, and the better regulations agenda.

Since retiring from national politics, Frank Heemskerk has held various professional positions. Between 2013 and 2018, he was an Executive Director of the World Bank, where he also chaired the World Bank Group Audit Committee. He was a member of the Executive Board of Royal HaskoningDHV from 2011 untill 2013.

Since November 2018 Frank Heemskerk is a visiting lecturer in Geo-Economics at Leiden University. In June 2020 Frank Heemskerk was elected as Chair of the Board of Amnesty International in the Netherlands.

Tobias Hüsing
Tobias Hüsing
Senior Researcher, empirica
Tobias Hüsing
Tobias Hüsing
Senior Researcher, empirica

Tobias Hüsing is senior researcher and project manager at empirica. For more than 20 years, he has been responsible for empirical and data based research and policy consultancy in projects and studies for the European Commission, government and industry clients. His research focuses on skills - especially digital, transversal and leadership skills – and their change process in “future of work” and “future of education” scenarios. He has also recently worked on strategies for the university of the future, IT professionalism, process standards and bodies of knowledge, the digital transformation of SMEs and digital entrepreneurship. Tobias has been doing quantitative labour market analyses, scenarios and forecasts, international large scale surveys, benchmarking, scoreboards and policy oriented indices which have received wide acclaim and informed strategy development and policy making in several international bodies and organisations. His research and consulting work is based on the approach of combining empirical research and data analysis with deep involvement of the most relevant stakeholders to achieve both insight and impact.

Bengt Ivansson
Bengt Ivansson
Strategic Advisor, Beliva AB
Bengt Ivansson
Bengt Ivansson
Strategic Advisor, Beliva AB

Bengt Ivansson is a serial entrepreneur from Skelleftea, Sweden, working as a strategic advisor to international companies and governments. He has been active and strongly engaged in many startup companies from a young age. His focus has been creating products for global companies with strong brand identity.

After his latest exit he became the chairman of a local citizen pressure group in city of Skelleftea. The purpose with this initiative was to energize the political leaders of Skellefteå to take new steps in strategic development, economic growth and job creation using the cities competitive advantages (Water & Forest - Eco friendly) and the regions entrepreneurial skills. This process resulted in Bengt being ask to serve as the executive director of industry and business development for the city council. His task became to create 4000 new jobs in the region and to deliver brand awareness and recognition for the city of Skelleftea.

By using entrepreneurial skills and out of the box thinking Bengt is today one of leaders behind the success story of city of Skelleftea and its transformation. Today Skellefteå is a leading green & clean energy hub being the hosting place for a huge green battery production plant - Northvolt - a 4 Billion Euro investment project with many new international investors, creating the future of energy storage together in a new energyecosystem in the north of Sweden. More than 4000 jobs are in the making and currently being delivered. New international companies are moving to Skelleftea and investing, which creates jobs and new demands on skills. 

Mark Klein
Mark Klein
CDO, ERGO Group AG
Mark Klein
Mark Klein
CDO, ERGO Group AG

Mark Klein is responsible for partner businesses as well as the digital transformation process at ERGO. In addition to implementing digital technologies, his activities also include establishing ecosystems and innovative business models. Klein spent around eleven years in leading positions in telecommunications (most recently at T-Mobile Netherlands, Telekom and Vodafone) before joining ERGO in 2016.

Philipp Kolo
Dr. Philipp Kolo
Partner and Associate Director, People Strategy and HR, Boston Consulting Group
Philipp Kolo
Dr. Philipp Kolo
Partner and Associate Director, People Strategy and HR, Boston Consulting Group

Philipp Kolo is a Partner and Associate Director at The Boston Consulting Group. He joined in 2007 and is a leading expert for People Strategy and HR. Philipp co-leads the topic in Europe and publishes extensively in this field. His latest publication was on the 'Future of Jobs in the Era of AI' that modelled the impact of technology and digitization, as well es the demographic situation on the labor markets of key countries . He is also a lead author in the largest global HR study joints with the World Federation of People Management Association (WFPMA) on the state of HR.

In his client assignment Philipp supports mainly in the areas of Strategic Workforce Planning (SWP), managing the Up- and Reskilling challenge, leadership development and the transformation of entire HR organizations. Between November 2013 and February 2015, he was as Recruiting Director also responsible for BCG's own talent acquisition. He is the responsible product manager for BCG's proprietary Strategy Workforce Planner.

Philipp studied Economics at the Ludwig-Maximilians-University in Munich and at the Université de Lausanne and holds a PhD in Development Economics from the Georg-August University in Göttingen.

Vili Lehdonvirta
Dr. Vili Lehdonvirta
Professor of Economic Sociology and Digital Social Research, Oxford Internet Institute
Vili Lehdonvirta
Dr. Vili Lehdonvirta
Professor of Economic Sociology and Digital Social Research, Oxford Internet Institute

Vili Lehdonvirta is Professor of Economic Sociology and Digital Social Research at the Oxford Internet Institute, University of Oxford. Lehdonvirta is the principal investigator of iLabour, a major research project on online freelancing and the gig economy, funded by the European Research Council. His other current projects include DomesticAI, a major UK-Japan collaborative research project on household automation, and Platform Alternatives, a UK-Germany collaborative research project on digital platform governance. Lehdonvirta has previously led research projects on online labour markets’ effects in rural areas and crowdworkers’ skill development. Lehdonvirta is a Senior Research Fellow of Jesus College, Oxford, an associate member of the Department of Sociology, Oxford, and a Fellow of the Alan Turing Institute, London. He was a member of the European Commission’s Expert Group on the Online Platform Economy and the High-Level Expert Group on Digital Transformation and EU Labour Markets.

Robert Moritz
Robert Moritz
Global Chairman, PwC
Robert Moritz
Robert Moritz
Global Chairman, PwC

Bob Moritz is Global Chairman of PwC, which spans 155 countries and includes more than 284,000 people. PwC is a professional services network, providing audit, tax, consulting, and deals services around the world, in order to build trust and contribute to productive solutions for the world’s most pressing problems. In his role, Bob leads the international network’s leadership teams,champions diversity and inclusion, sets strategy, and enhances the brand of PwC through quality service to our stakeholders. Bob is also PwC’s representative with IFIAR, GPPC, and other profession-focused organizations to enhance investor confidence and public trust in the capital markets.Prior to taking on the global role, Bob led the US firm of PwC as its Chairman and Senior Partner forseven years. He has been with PwC his entire career, joining in 1985 and becoming a partner in1995. He has an Audit and Assurance background, primarily dealing with financial services, banking, and capital markets clients. During the course of his career, Bob spent three years with PwC Japan, working with European and US-based financial services companies operating in Asia. Bob chairs the Global Leadership Council of Generation Unlimited, a UNICEF-affiliated organization which brings together partners from government, multilateral organizations, civilsociety, and the private sector to help young people around the world reach their potential. Additionally, PwC is a founding member of the UN’s HeforShe 10x10x10 Impact Champions network. Bob is also a trustee of The Conference Board, a member of the Committee Encouraging Corporate Philanthropy, and a director of the SUNY-Oswego College Foundation, his alma mater .Bob is married and lives just outside of New YorkCity

Johannes Pfeiffer
Johannes Pfeiffer
Chairman of the Executive Board Regional Directorate Lower Saxony-Bremen, Federal Employment Agency
Johannes Pfeiffer
Johannes Pfeiffer
Chairman of the Executive Board Regional Directorate Lower Saxony-Bremen, Federal Employment Agency

Johannes Pfeiffer has been working for the Federal Employment Agency since the mid-1980s. During this time, he has held various management positions in the Employment Agencies, the Regional Directorates as well as in the Head Office of the Federal Employment Agency. Since September 2020, Johannes Pfeiffer has been Chairman of the Executive Board of the Regional Directorate of Lower Saxony-Bremen and thus responsible for the success of 16 employment agencies with a total of 6,800 employees and a total budget of €5.4 billion. He is also responsible for the approximately 5,200 BA employees in the 31 job centres run jointly with the municipalities, which have a budget of €2.8 billion (including the administrative budget). Johannes Pfeiffer is very concerned with accompanying and helping to shape the transformation process in the world of work by the Federal Employment Agency, the vocational training and further education of young people, the unemployed and those in employment, as well as combating long-term unemployment."

Laurent Probst
Laurent Probst
Partner, Economic Development and Innovation Leader, PwC
Laurent Probst
Laurent Probst
Partner, Economic Development and Innovation Leader, PwC

Laurent is a Partner at PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) Luxembourg developing and implementing innovative strategies for governments and institutions to reap the full benefit of the current technological revolution. Laurent is the co-author of the book UPskill, a 6 steps solution to unlock economic opportunity for all
For governments and EU institutions, Laurent initiated and developed international partnerships between leading research Institutes and companies in the field of big data, cybersecurity and biomedicine. Laurent regularly advises European Institutions and Governments to accelerate the digital transformation of their economies through the launch of innovative policies or solutions. For instance, Laurent developed the EU Business Innovation Observatory and manages the EU Digital Entrepreneurship aiming at fostering the uptake of digital technologies in the EU industry. Laurent ‘s team has proposed many forward looking policy recommendations recently adopted by the EU Commission on Big data, Artificial Intelligence, upskilling the workforce, fostering Public Private partnership on EU cybersecurity investments and industry or transforming cities as a Launchpad for digital transformation. Over the last months, Laurent started to investigate market opportunities in space resources utilisation and quantum key distribution via satellite.
For High tech companies, Laurent has also developed the “PwC’s Accelerator” aiming at supporting fast growing tech companies in their internationalisation strategy. As of today more than 500 european technology companies have been accelerated from Europe to Asia under Laurent’s leadership..
On the personal side, Laurent has created two coding schools for unemployed young people bringring 100 people back to jobs in less than 5 months as web developer over the last 16 months. Laurent is an advisor of UNPD Global Knowledge Index program 2017 supported by MBRF.

Antonio Ranieri
Antonio Ranieri
Head of Department for Learning and Employability, Cedefop
Antonio Ranieri
Antonio Ranieri
Head of Department for Learning and Employability, Cedefop

Antonio Ranieri is Head of Department for Learning and Employability at Cedefop. He manages a team of European experts working in research and policy analysis on vocational education and training (VET). The mission of the Department is to support the development of European policies aimed at increasing attractiveness, effectiveness and inclusiveness of VET in EU Member States. An economist by training, Antonio has taught regional economics at the University of Rome since 2002. He also lectured at the National High School of Public Administration on cost-benefit analysis and public expenditure. Prior to joining Cedefop, in 2010, he was Head of Research and Studies at the public services authority of the Municipality of Rome.

Ariane Reinhart
Dr. Ariane Reinhart
Member of the Executive Board, Continental AG
Ariane Reinhart
Dr. Ariane Reinhart
Member of the Executive Board, Continental AG

Dr. Ariane Reinhart was born October 23, 1969 in Hamburg, Germany and graduated from the University of Hamburg with a law degree in 1998 and received a doctorate in 2000. Dr. Reinhart started her career at the International Labour Organization from 1998 to 1999. From 1999 to 2014, Dr. Reinhart served in various roles within the Volkswagen Group. She served as the Head of International Labour Relations at Volkswagen AG from 1999 to 2002 as well as the Head of Management Development in Sales & Marketing from 2008 to 2012. From 2002 to 2003, she served as the Head of Human Resources at Auto 500 GmbH. From 2003 to 2006, served as the Head of VW Talentos at Volkswagen do Brasil. From 2006 to 2008, she served as the Head of Human Resources at Volkswagen Retail GmbH. From 2012 to 2014, she served as a Member of the Board at Bentley Motors Ltd. Since 2014, Dr. Reinhart has served as a member of the Executive Board at Continental AG, Group Human Relation and Sustainability, Director of Labour Relations.

André Richier
André Richier
Principal Administrator, DG GROW, European Commission
André Richier
André Richier
Principal Administrator, DG GROW, European Commission

André Richier is Principal Administrator in DG GROW (Directorate-General for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs) at the European Commission. He is responsible for coordinating policy issues related to skills for competitiveness and innovation and is contributing to the Pact for Skills. He was the 2002-2003 EU Fellow attached to the LBJ School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas in Austin. In the 1990s, he was in charge of research projects within the European Strategic Programme for Research in Information Technology (ESPRIT). He started his career at IBM in 1985.

Oliver Roethig
Oliver Roethig
Regional Secretary, UNI Europa
Oliver Roethig
Oliver Roethig
Regional Secretary, UNI Europa

Oliver Roethig heads UNI Europa, the European service workers union with 7 million members, as its Regional Secretary, first elected in 2011. He is a member of the Executive Committee and former vice-president of the European Trade Union Confederation (ETUC) and a member of the Management Committee of the European Trade Union Institute (ETUI) since 2011. He also sits on the Executive Board of UNI Global Union. He was a member of the governing body of the EU’s Digital Skills and Jobs Coalition (2018-2021), the European Commission’s high-level working group on business services (2013-2014) and a board member and Vice-President of Finance Watch (2011-2014). From 2003 to April 2011, Oliver Roethig was Head of UNI Finance, the global union for the banking and insurance industry. As part of his global remit, he coordinated activities of finance unions within the context of the G20. From 1998 to 2002, he worked as policy officer for UNI Europa, with particular responsibility for European Companies (SEs) as well as professional and managerial staff issues, including holding the position of Executive Officer of Eurocadres, the European trade union organisation of professional and managers (1998-2001). Born in Essen/Germany, Oliver Roethig studied political science, industrial relations, history and law at the universities of Bonn and Aberdeen as well as the London School of Economics where he graduated with a master degree in European Studies.

Nicolas Schmit
Nicolas Schmit
Commissioner for Jobs and Social Rights, European Commission
Nicolas Schmit
Nicolas Schmit
Commissioner for Jobs and Social Rights, European Commission

Nicolas Schmit took up office as European Commissioner responsible for Jobs and Social Rights in December 2019. Prior to this, and following a long career of public service in his native Luxembourg, he took up duty as Permanent Representative of Luxembourg to the EU in 1998 for a six-year term. In 2004, he was appointed Minister Delegate for Foreign Affairs and Immigration.

From 2009 to 2018, he held the position of Minister for Labour and Employment in the Luxembourgish government. He served as a Member of the European Parliament for the social-democratic Lëtzebuerger Sozialistesch Aarbechterpartei following his election in May 2019. Nicolas Schmit holds a Doctorate in International Economic Relations and a Masters in French Literature from the University of Aix-Marseille.

Lucilla Sioli
Dr. Lucilla Sioli
Director Artificial Intelligence and Digital Industry, European Commission, DG CNECT
Lucilla Sioli
Dr. Lucilla Sioli
Director Artificial Intelligence and Digital Industry, European Commission, DG CNECT

Ms Lucilla Sioli is the Director for "Artificial Intelligence and Digital Industry" within Directorate-General CONNECT at the European Commission. She is responsible for the coordination of the European digitisation of industry strategy and for policy development in the area of artificial intelligence (AI). The directorate also supports R&D&I in key digital industrial technologies including microelectronics, photonics, robotics and AI. Lucilla holds a PhD in economics from the University of Southampton (UK) and one from the Catholic University of Milan (Italy) and has been a civil servant with the European Commission since 1997.

Jim Spohrer
Dr. Jim Spohrer
Director Cognitive Opentech Group, IBM Research
Jim Spohrer
Dr. Jim Spohrer
Director Cognitive Opentech Group, IBM Research

Jim Spohrer directs IBM’s open source Artificial Intelligence developer ecosystem effort. He led IBM Global University Programs, co-founded Almaden Service Research, and was CTO Venture Capital Group. After his MIT BS in Physics, he developed speech recognition systems at Verbex (Exxon) before receiving his Yale PhD in Computer Science/AI. In the 1990’s, he attained Apple Computers’ Distinguished Engineer Scientist and Technologist role for next generation learning platforms. With over ninety publications and nine patents, he received the Gummesson Service Research award, Vargo and Lusch Service-Dominant Logic award, Daniel Berg Service Systems award, and a PICMET Fellow for advancing service science.

Moderator Jan Sturesson
Jan Sturesson (Moderator)
Founder, RESTING
Moderator Jan Sturesson
Jan Sturesson (Moderator)
Founder, RESTING

Founder of RESTING - Advice from the FUTURE. A C-suite consulting brand advising private and public clients linked to business intelligence & strategic navigation, economic growth & innovation and leadership. The has been an advisor to the European commission on the Skills agenda the last year. Jan is an author of many books in his professional areas, such as; Leadership, Corporate governance, Cities of the future, Future of Government and SOEs - State own Companies. He is a global speaker and has clients around the globe and in Sweden where he lives. Jan is a former PwC Partner and global leader of government & public services industry between 2008 2015. He was also the globally responsible partner for international organizations such as: EU, UN, NATO and WB/IMF. He founded the PwC’s public leadership program - “Leaders of the Future”. 

Jan was a member of and active adviser to World Economic Forum (WEF) and their Global Agenda Council (GAC) 2010-2016, regarding;  Future of urbanization & cities, future of government and future of institutional governance system

He was the Chairman of New Club of Paris Advisory Board, 2014-2016. NCP is an international academic organization with focus on societal innovation and the intangible knowledge economy linked to Intellectual capital, and he was 2014 awarded being one out of the 50 most influential persons in the world on SMART CITIES by Microsoft. He was the Chairman of the Globe Award’s Sustainable City Committee and pioneering for sustainable cities early 2000 - this was global event which recognizes and encourages cities, the corporate sector, individuals and academia to champion a new more wholistic approach to sustainability and capitalism. “Sustainagility” and “capiholism” described this pioneering work in a nutshell. He was the youngest (32) private sector consultant who has been awarded the title “Public economist of the year in Sweden”

Valentina Superti
Valentina Superti
Director Ecosystems II: Tourism and Proximity, DG GROW, European Commission
Valentina Superti
Valentina Superti
Director Ecosystems II: Tourism and Proximity, DG GROW, European Commission

Valentina Superti is a Director in DG GROW (Directorate-General for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs) at the European Commission. She is responsible for the policies on tourism, textiles, social economy, culture and creative industries, and the digitalisation of industry. Valentina is graduated in Law at the Catholic University in Milan, Italy, in 1988. She took a Master in EU Law at the College of Europe in Bruges, Belgium, in 1989 and has been a civil servant with the European Commission since 1990.

Sebastiano Toffaletti
Sebastiano Toffaletti
Secretary General, European DIGITAL SME Alliance
Sebastiano Toffaletti
Sebastiano Toffaletti
Secretary General, European DIGITAL SME Alliance

Sebastiano Toffaletti heads the Brussels secretariat of the European DIGITAL SME Alliance, which he contributed to found in 2008. DIGITAL SME is Europe's largest association for digital Small and Medium sized Enterprises, representing about 20.000 companies across the continent. The association covers EU initiatives, legislation and policies related to topics such as cybersecurity and privacy, data economy, IoT, Artificial Intelligence and blockchain. In 2019, DIGITAL SME published its Manifesto for Europe’s digital future highlighting 10 key priorities and the role of SMEs in the digital revolution.

Sebastiano authored several articles and position papers on topics such as Intellectual Property Rights, Standards, data economy and digital skills, and serves as an expert in EU working groups and task forces, where he brings forward the interests and views of SMEs. He is currently chairman of the Working Group on SMEs at the European Cybersecurity Organisation and has led the creation of the label “Cybersecurity made in the EU” in support of SME cybersecurity providers. Since 2014, Sebastiano is also a member of the Board at ETSI, the European Telecommunications Standards Institute, where he is responsible for the Board program for better inclusion of SMEs in standardisation activities.

Irving Wladawsky-Berger
Dr. Irving Wladawsky-Berger
Research Affiliate, MIT
Irving Wladawsky-Berger
Dr. Irving Wladawsky-Berger
Research Affiliate, MIT

Dr. Irving Wladawsky-Berger is Research Affiliate at MIT’s Sloan School of Management,
a Fellow of MIT’s Initiative on the Digital Economy and of MIT Connection Science.
He retired from IBM in May of 2007 after a 37 year career with the company, where his
primary focus was on innovation and technical strategy. He’s been an Adviser on Digital
Strategy at Citigroup, at HBO, and at MasterCard. He’s been writing a weekly blog,
irvingwb.com, since 2005.
Dr. Wladawsky-Berger received an M.S. and a Ph. D. in physics from the University of Chicago.

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