Fewer students are graduating with the skills needed for the jobs AI and robotics are either replacing or re-creating. Many companies and entire countries are now confronted with significant talent shortages. According to a PwC report in 2015, 73% of CEOs surveyed see skills shortages as a key business threat. Given the essential role of human capital in the coming expansion, a global war for talent is beginning and will intensify.
The Global Talent Summit (GTS) is the premier space for multi-disciplinary stakeholders from the private sector, policy, academia/education, and innovation to come together to discuss the trends and solutions for the future of work and education. GTS—on its 6th year now—has convened over 2500 strategists, key opinion leaders, and relevant stakeholders to shape the future of talent through education, innovation, and recruitment.
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Ana C. Rold is the Founder and Publisher of Diplomatic Courier, the flagship media network and magazine for top diplomats in Washington, DC, New York, Brussels and Geneva. Rold is also the Founder of Medauras Global LLC, a global communications firm for “The Connected Generation.” Medauras specializes in custom publications for organizations and institutions that are focused on a multitude of strategic concepts of national and global importance.
In 2012, Rold founded the global futuristic think tank, The World in 2050. The think tank has convened over 3000 multi-stakeholders in the private and public sectors, partners and futurists, through a series of global summits and forums, research papers and reports, and digital and print media, to stimulate discussion and solutions on seven megatrends, including infrastructure, jobs, transportation, food security, health, wealth, and future cities.
Since 2009 Rold has served as the Editor-in-Chief of the annual leadership publications of the G7 Summit (formerly the G8), the G20 and B20 Summits, and APEC Summit. She has led the editorial production of these publications for the summits in Italy, Canada, South Korea, the United States, France, Germany as well as NATO in the United States, the G20 in Mexico, and the APEC Summit in Vietnam, Philippines, the United States and Russia.
In tandem with her publishing and editorial work, Rold has taught Comparative Politics and Political Science at Northeastern University’s College of Professional Studies since 2006. At Northeastern, she has also served as Director of the Cyprus Program and co-Director for the Egypt Program for Northeastern’s Dialogue of Civilizations Initiative.
Her advocacy and mentorship on behalf of women and women’s global issues extend around the globe. In 2012, Rold was invited to serve as a Mentor for the inaugural cohort of women fellows of Mrs. Laura Bush’s Women’s Initiative at the George W. Bush Presidential Center and the George W. Bush Institute. In addition, since 2011 Rold has served as a Member of Women’s Democracy Network Advisory Council, chaired by Mrs. Cindy McCain. As part of her position at WDN, in 2012 and 2016 Rold convened a group of women leaders from Afghanistan and Pakistan through a program funded by USAID called Pakistan-Afghan Women’s Forum for Peace and Democracy (PAWFPD). Rold, through her formal background in peace and conflict resolution served as a convener and mediator to the groups’ two meetings—one in Istanbul and one in Dubai. During the meetings, Rold held a negotiation and mediation skills training for the women. In the 2015 meeting, Rold served as the editor and publisher of the women’s policy brief Women, Peace and Security Policy Brief, which was published in the Diplomatic Courier.
Rold is the recipient of the 2018 American Women for International Understanding (AWIU’s) Internationalism Award for her exceptional work as an advocate for women’s global issues and a mentor to women leaders at home and abroad.
Rold is a member of the National Press Club (NPC), an Advisory Board Member of the Center for Education Diplomacy, and an Advisory Board Member of the Council of Women’s Democracy Network (WDN) in Washington, DC. Rold received a Master’s in International Peace and Conflict Resolution, with a focus on Alternative Dispute Resolution at American University and a Bachelor’s Degree in International Affairs at Northeastern University. She speaks five languages.
Chris Purifoy is the Cofounder and Chief Architect of the Learning Economy. A serial entrepreneur, he is also an author, technology architect, and futurist. He speaks in global forums about blockchain, the slippery slope of progress and the importance of art with purpose.
Fumbi Chima is an accomplished business executive with exceptional senior management skills in strategic planning, acquisition and business development.
Chima is a seasoned, ROI-driven Business Leader who possesses extensive experience leading large Global IT organizations with particular expertise in: executing global growth strategies—M&A; post-merger synergy capture, technology build-out, and rapidly scalable IT infrastructure—critical to the success of start-up, mid-sized, and multibillion-dollar organizations in complex, high-volume and information-intensive environments.
Chima has been responsible for IT organizations upwards of 2000 practitioners, including onshore/offshore sourcing solutions, to deliver IT capabilities globally across 5 continents and within 12 countries for multiple industries. She has established stakeholder engagements with key executive leaders (LOB, C-Suite and Board of Directors), securing buy-in between business areas and ensuring current and future goals are fully supported.
Chima received her bachelor’s degree from the University of Hull in the U.K. and serves in numerous leadership volunteer roles, including Walmart’s Women’s Resource Council, STEM Innovation Task Force and the African American Officer Caucus. She also serves on numerous external boards and participates in mentoring networks which include: World Affairs Council – DC; StemConnector; West Essex YMCA; NJ School of Ballet; and Information Technology Senior Management Forum (ITSMF) Executive Leadership Council (ELC) and International Women’s Forum (IWF). Chima demonstrates her passion for global education, female mentoring and international communications through her service in leadership roles within women’s organization as an Officer Sponsor for the Walmart Women’s Resource Council and Secretary of the African-American Officer Caucus.
Robin Errico is the Chief Risk Officer for EY in Switzerland and a member of the Management Committee. Ms. Errico is also an Assurance Audit Partner serving multinational United States (US) and Swiss listed companies. Further in this role, she is responsible for the US Capital Markets group in Switzerland.
Ms. Errico has experience working effectively with and building sound relationships with senior level executives and boards. She successfully provides insights and delivers value to companies, focusing on finance, accounting, capital markets transactions and other reporting challenges, including transformational finance function topics. She further engages in multiple EY internal councils and forums on a global and regional level including the Global Governance Council, the EMEIA Ethics Committee as well as the Regional Innovation & Digital Council, to name a few.
Ms. Errico is the Diversity & Inclusion Leader for EY in Switzerland, with this role she is able to carry out her passion to work closely with EY’s most important assets, the People. This role carries a significant purpose and underscores the importance a diverse and inclusive culture as well as driving Inclusive Leadership at EY.
Ms. Errico has a dual nationality, American and Swiss and she is licensed US Certified Public Accountant and Swiss Registered Licensed Audit Expert.
Anders Hedberg earned his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Physiology and Pharmacology at the School of Medicine, University of Göteborg, Sweden. Dr. Hedberg has taught and conducted research at the School of Medicine, U. of Göteborg, AstraZeneca Cardiovascular, Göteborg, Sweden, Universität Johann Wolfgang Goethe, Frankfurt a/M, Germany, University of Colorado Medical School in Denver, and University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine.
Dr. Hedberg has pursued research and published extensively on mechanisms of pharmacological intervention in hypertension, heart failure, myocardial ischemia and thrombosis, holding positions as Principal Scientist, Research Group Leader and Section Head in the Department of Cardiovascular Pharmacology, Bristol-Myers Squibb Research & Development (BMSR&D).
As Director, BMSR&D Center for Science Education, Dr. Hedberg was responsible for science communication, education, and training of BMSR&D scientists worldwide. He also developed a comprehensive science outreach program for BMS, with focus on improvement of science education in countries where BMS operates and established strong alliances with leading national and international science education agencies in government, private, and non-profit sectors.
As Director, BMS Corporate Philanthropy, in addition to oversight and governance of the company’s global charitable giving, he led the worldwide education program of Bristol-Myers Squibb, including grant making and program development in medical research, preK-20 STEM and health education.
Dr. Hedberg has served on several national boards, including the Smithsonian Science Education Center, (Chair Emer.), SSEC International Coalition (Chair Emer.), Teach for America, National Alliance of Business, Biological Science Curriculum Study, the Conference Board Education Council, Rider University Science Advisory Board (Chair Emer.), the R&D Council of New Jersey and the Newgrange School of Princeton, NJ. He is a member of the STEMconnector Innovation Task Force where he co-chairs the Subcommittee on Global Breakthroughs.
He currently leads a private consultancy firm specializing in partnership development and collaboration between the education, private and government sectors for STEM education and workforce development in the US and internationally.
Dr. Hedberg divides his time between office locations in the greater New York/Philadelphia Metropolitan area and Stockholm, Sweden.
Robert Sumner is the Associate Director of Disney Research Zurich (DRZ) and an Adjunct Professor at ETH Zurich. At DRZ, Robert leads the lab’s research in animation and games. His research group strives to bypass technical barriers in animation and game production pipelines with new algorithms that expand the designer’s creative toolbox in terms of depiction, movement, deformation, stylization, control, and efficiency. Robert received a B.S. degree in computer science from the Georgia Institute of Technology and his M.S. and Ph.D. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He spent three years as a postdoctoral researcher at ETH Zurich before joining Disney. At ETH, Robert teaches a course called the Game Programming Laboratory in which students from ETH and the Zurich University of the Arts work in small teams to design and implement novel video games. In 2015, Robert founded the ETH Game Technology Center, which provides an umbrella over ETH research, teaching, and outreach in the area of game technology.
Jacksón is a Co-Founder and the CTO of the Learning Economy, a modern infrastructure to fuel tailored learning and solve the skills gap. He is a storyteller, technology architect, and lifelong learner who partners with global influencers to synthesize the chasm between enigmatic techies and visionary fuzzies— giving breath and momentum to disruptive napkin ideas through zeros, ones, and words. When writing his prose, he embraces confusion and makes up words when existing words won’t do. The following mantra guides his work: technologies are tools that should be radically accessible to everyone and wielded for good and only good.
Upholding this doctrine, Jacksón built augmented reality applications for street workers to see beneath the ground, inventory control systems for satellites to safely reach the stars, video games for students to learn English, report cards for parents and realtors to gauge environmental toxins, and algorithms for insurance companies to quantify the value of preventative health care.
But his work extends beyond building tech. Jacksón writes about blockchain and value transfer, the changing nature of work, and the future of education for people and global forums across 140 countries. In his upcoming novel, Community of One, Jacksón wrestles with the fundamental questions of our epoch: in particular, how to find meaning in a world obsessed with data, optimization, and happiness.
Jacksón, a Frank Seaver Leader and Edward J. Sexton Fellow, holds a B.A. in philosophy, politics, and economics from Claremont McKenna College.
Jacob is an established quantum physicist who has, amongst other achievements, set the world record for quantum teleportation. He founded ScienceAtHome to create an online platform that democratizes science by turning research problems into engaging games. Now, with the help of gamers around the world, Jacob aspires to better understand the difference between human and artificial intelligence and how interfaces can be created to make optimal use of both. In addition, he is establishing a global effort to link citizen science with the core school curriculum in order to foster students' love of learning and curiosity for how the world works while empowering them to contribute to cutting edge research.
Janet is an incoming doctoral researcher in hybrid intelligence. She was formerly a U.S. Fulbright Fellow, with degrees in physics and studio art. Her current research includes theoretical and phenomenological turbulence, Human Computer Interfaces, Research through Design, and Research-Enabling Game-Based Education. She is also the international coordinator for the ScienceAtHome activities associated with the global educational initiative, Think Like a Scientist.
Ji Han currently serves as the Director of Curriculum and Learning at the Zurich International School. Over the past 28 years, her professional journey has included positions as Principal, Curriculum Coordinator, classroom teacher and educational consultant in many schools and countries around the world. She holds a Masters in Educational Leadership from Lehigh University, and fosters an ongoing commitment for pedagogical leadership, shaping school culture and concept-driven learning. She remains active in promoting collaboration and sharing mutual best practice through her involvement as a workshop facilitator, conference presenter, accreditation leader and a member of various committee groups. Ji continues to be keenly involved in working with curriculum design and development and professional growth. Her partnership with the Common Ground Collaborative has provided exciting opportunities for pioneering these ideas and fueling her commitment to continuous learning. She is passionate about supporting school communities in developing successful frameworks which give all learners access to deep conceptual understanding and sustainable competencies. Ji has been a co-leader for the Principal's Training Centre since 2008 and has extensive experience as a consultant for international agencies such as the International Baccalaureate, Council of International Schools and the New England Association of Schools and Colleges.
Kelly Palmer is on the executive team at Degreed as the Chief Learning and Talent Officer. A respected thought leader on the future of learning and career development, Kelly was the Chief Learning Officer at LinkedIn, VP of Learning at Yahoo!, and held executive positions in learning, M&A, and product development at Sun Microsystems. She speaks regularly at industry conferences around the world, and has been featured in Big Think, Forbes, and Chief Learning Officer (CLO) magazine where she writes a regular column on the employee experience.
Lauren Maffeo has reported on and worked within the global technology sector. She started her career as freelance journalist covering technology trends for titles like The Next Web and The Guardian. She has also worked with CEOs at pre-seed to profitable SaaS startups on editorial strategy. Lauren currently works as a senior content analyst at GetApp - a Gartner company - where she covers the impact of emerging tech like AI and blockchain on small and midsize business owners. Lauren's writing has been cited by Forbes, Fox Business, The Atlantic, and more. She has been featured on LeanIn.org, BBC Capital, and Inc.com, and has spoken at Gartner's IT Symposium in Florida, ETH Zurich in Switzerland, the British Embassy in Washington, DC, and the Washington West Film Festival in Virginia. In 2017, Lauren was named to The Drum's 50 Under 30 list of women worth watching in digital.
Manjula Dissanayake, an investment banker turned social entrepreneur, is the Founding Executive Director of Educate Lanka Foundation - a non-profit social enterprise with a mission of democratizing opportunity and inclusion for all through a unique merger of technology and social private partnerships.
Manjula’s efforts have been recognized and backed internationally, including by the U.N., USAID, the U.S. Department of State, Mastercard Foundation, and Clinton Foundation. Manjula was named an under-33 “Global Influencer” by Diplomatic Courier and a top 10 social innovator in the U.S. by American Express and Ashoka. He gave a TEDx Talk in 2015 titled “Talent is universal. Opportunity is not.”
Manjula holds a bachelor’s in finance from the University of Maryland and a master’s in social innovation and entrepreneurship from the Fletcher School at Tufts University. He also completed his executive education in social entrepreneurship from Stanford University. He lives in Washington DC and splits his time between the U.S. and Sri Lanka.
Since 2016, Shalini Trefzer has devised and operationalized commercialization strategy and new business development for emerging and scale-up AI companies. On occasion, she partners with the CEO’s of very young AI startups to help build their business from the ground-up and secure initial funding.
Prior to this journey of AI, Shalini spent 15 years managing programs and operations in product development for multinationals like Cisco Systems and Novartis. Relevant to her ability to contribute in the technology sector, Shalini recently completed an AI business applications course in MIT, studied project management at Stanford and has had her PMI certification since 2008.
Shalini is skilled at “moving the needle” and brings this expertise in the service of the Global Talent Summit. She is deeply passionate about using emerging technologies to create a thriving future for humankind.
As Chief Executive Officer of OceanicPartners, Tim Sullivan is accountable for the strategic direction andfunctional execution of business objectives. Formerly, as CEO of MicroVentures,Tim took the startup firm from less than $100K per year to over $3M per monthrun rate in deal flow and execution. Prior to MicroVentures, Tim was Presidentand second employee of SharesPost Financial Corporation, where he built thefirm’s transactions team and trading infrastructure, which were responsible forSharesPost’s preeminent position in today’s secondary market. Tim hastransacted with over 100 private issuers, including Facebook, Tesla, Twitter,LinkedIn, Etsy, Nutanix, cloudera, Docusign, Kayak, and SpaceX, to name a few.As an investor, Tim participates actively at both the angel and late stages,with a personal portfolio of over 40 private companies. Previously, Tim hasheld leadership roles at Susquehanna Financial Group, Oracle, and IBM. ThroughoutTim’s career, he has managed more than $3B worth of private equity transactionsand enjoys a consistent track record of surpassing expectations. Tim has a BAin Political Science from Colgate University and holds the FINRA Series 7, 24,66, 79, and 99 licenses.
Volker Stephan has served in the role of Head of Human Resources for ABB Europe as well as HR Manager for Switzerland and Group Head for Labor Relations since January of 2015. Previously, Volker held various positions as Business HR and HR Manager at ABB Kraftwerke AG, Germany (power generation business) and at ABB Gebaeudetechnik AG, Germany (building systems business). He is currently based in Baden, Switzerland and earned a degree in Business Administration from the BA Mannheim, Germany.
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