The Global Talent Summit (GTS) is an annual event, which was founded by Diplomatic Courier in 2013 and produced by its think tank the World in 2050. Since its inception, GTS has traveled from Washington to Switzerland, and now back to its home in Washington, DC. In 2020 it will be organized in collaboration with ScienceAtHome and the Learning Economy Foundation.
Today's educational systems are not providing the necessary skills to train students in tomorrow's AI-driven industries. Companies and entire countries are confronted with significant talent shortages. According to a PwC report in 2017, 77% 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. This year's summit will address the following areas (among many others):
-21st Century Skill Gaps
-The Future of Universities
-Hybrid & Collective Intelligence
-Social & Emotional Learning
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 7th year now—has convened over 6,000 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.
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.
Jon Clifton manages Gallup’s global government work and the Gallup World Poll, an ongoing study conducted in more than 160 countries, representing 98% of the world’s adult population. He is a member of Gallup’s Public Release Committee, the governance board that oversees and maintains Gallup’s public release standards for data, research, and methodology.
Jon is a nonresident Senior Fellow at Baylor University’s Institute for Studies of Religion. He serves on the board of directors of the Meridian International Center, StreetWise Partners, and Chess Challenge.
Jon received a bachelor’s degree in political science and history from the University of Michigan and a juris doctorate with a focus in international law from the University of Nebraska. He lives and works in Washington, D.C.
Joysy is an entrepreneur, digital consultant, advisor and speaker. She is a global connector and a collaborator who makes things happen. She wants to inspire others, especially women and those from low-income backgrounds, to achieve their potential. She mentors startups and high potential leaders.
She is the former Chief Industry Officer of Ada, the National College for Digital Skills where she led the College’s industry engagement and Ada.Advance, online learning website. Prior to this, Joysy headed up international strategic development for EF Learning Labs, led business development for Emerge Venture Lab, Europe’s first education technology accelerator and advised Level 39, technology incubator based in Canary Wharf.
Joysy is passionate about technology education, entrepreneurship and women’s empowerment. She helped launch three non-profits focused on education: Flow (to develop essential qualities), STIR Education (to identify and scale micro-innovations) and Startup Leadership Program (to train entrepreneurial leaders). She founded Founders Fit to help people find the right cofounders based on interests, skills and stage of venture.
Joysy has over a decade of experience in technology, business management, strategy and sales roles with JPMorgan and Morgan Stanley in Singapore, US and UK. She was the youngest person selected into the Future Leader Development Programme at JP Morgan Chase.
She holds a Computer Engineering (Honours) degree from Nanyang Technological University, Singapore and an MBA with Distinction from London Business School where she was the President of the Women in Business Club and a Forte Scholar.
Maia Chankseliani is Associate Professor of Comparative and International Education at the University of Oxford. Maia Chankseliani’s research on tertiary education—higher education, university-based research, and VET/apprenticeships—focuses on the societal, institutional, and policy forces that shape tertiary education and the potential of tertiary education and research for transforming societies.
Rajika Bhandari, Ph.D., is the President and CEO of the IC3 Institute. The Institute is an integral part of the IC3 (International Career and College Counseling) Movement, a mission-driven and systemic effort that aligns high schools, colleges and universities, and employers to bring effective counseling to high school students around the world, paving the path for college readiness and career success. Prior to joining IC3, Dr. Bhandari served for over a decade in senior roles with the Institute of International Education (IIE), where she shaped and led IIE’s global and groundbreaking research and impact studies focused on student and scholar mobility, including the flagship Open Doors Report on International Educational Exchange, Project Atlas, and the ongoing ten-year alumni impact study of the Ford Foundation International Fellowships Program. She also led IIE’s Center for Academic Mobility Research and Impact and helped shape IIE’s thought leadership strategy in the U.S. and globally. Her other roles include ones at MPR Associates (now part of the Research Triangle Institute); at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill; and serving as an Adjunct Professor at Teachers College, Columbia University.
A global expert in international higher education, Dr. Bhandari is a frequent speaker and writer, has authored six books and numerous book chapters, reports, and articles in major global publications. Her work has also been cited extensively in all major press outlets in the U.S. and abroad. She has served on the U.S. National Commission for UNESCO and is one of 100 recipients worldwide to be awarded an IIE Centennial Medal in 2019, marking the Institute's 100th anniversary. She holds a B.A. (Honours) in Psychology from the University of Delhi in India and a Ph.D. in Psychology from North Carolina State University in the U.S.
Ben Nelson is Founder, Chairman, and CEO of Minerva, and a visionary with a passion to reinvent higher education. Nelson started Minerva in 2011 with the goal of nurturing critical wisdom for the sake of the world through a systematic and evidence-based approach to learning. Over the past 8 years, Nelson has built Minerva Schools at Keck Graduate Institute into the most selective and effective university in the United States, and has developed a business to share Minerva's unique approach with other like-minded institutions, corporations and governments.
Prior to Minerva, Nelson spent more than 10 years at Snapfish, where he helped build the company from startup to the world’s largest personal publishing service. With over 42 million transactions across 22 countries, nearly five times greater than its closest competitor, Snapfish is among the top e-commerce services in the world. Serving as CEO from 2005 through 2010, Nelson began his tenure at Snapfish by leading the company’s sale to Hewlett Packard for $300 million.
Prior to joining Snapfish, Nelson was President and CEO of Community Ventures, a network of locally branded portals for American communities.
Nelson’s passion for reforming education was first sparked at the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School, where he received a B.S. in Economics. After creating a blueprint for curricular reform in his first year, the principles from which he drew to frame Minerva, Nelson went on to become the chair of the Student Committee on Undergraduate Education (SCUE), a pedagogical think tank that is the oldest and only non-elected student government body at the University of Pennsylvania.
Dr. Carol O’Donnell is the Director of the Smithsonian Science Education Center (SSEC), a unit of the Smithsonian Institution that is dedicated to transforming the learning and teaching of science throughout the nation. As the Senior Executive of the SSEC, Carol is responsible for all operational activities and planning for the unit, including building awareness for P-12 science education reform among State and district leaders; conducting programs that support the professional growth of P-12 teachers and school leaders; and, overseeing all research and curricular resource development, philanthropic development, and administration. In this capacity, Carol was recently appointed by the National Academy of Sciences, a founding organization of the SSEC, to serve as the US representative on the Global Council of the InterAcademy Partnership (IAP) Science Education Programme (SEP), the global network of the science academies.
Carol earned her Bachelor of Science in Education at the University of Pittsburgh, a Master of Science in Geosciences at Mississippi State University, and her doctorate in Curriculum and Instruction with a focus on science education at The George Washington University (GWU). Prior to coming to the Smithsonian, Carol worked at the US Department of Education for nearly a decade, where her experiences included overseeing nearly $17 billion in annual federal investments under the Elementary and Secondary Education Act focused on education reform, school improvement, teacher professional development, and improved student achievement, and assisting States as they build their capacity to implement and sustain those education reforms and achieve continued improvement in student outcomes. Carol also oversaw the Cognition and Student Learning research program at the Institute of Education Sciences (IES), the research arm of ED. While earning her doctorate at GWU, Carol managed a five-year NSF-funded clustered randomized control trial aimed at identifying the conditions under which effective middle school science curricular interventions improve student learning and reduce achievement gaps when scaled-up. Carol’s seminal research on curriculum implementation, which was published in the Review of Educational Research, earned her an “American Educational Research Association Division of Learning and Instruction Graduate Research Award” in 2008. Before joining GWU, Carol spent 11 years developing science curriculum materials for SSEC’s Science and Technology Concepts (STC) Elementary and Secondary Programs. One of her six books, Catastrophic Events, won a National Oceanic and Atmospheric Mark Trail Award for raising students’ awareness of natural hazards and weather alerts.
Dr. O’Donnell, who began her science teaching career in Virginia public schools, is still in the classroom today, serving on the part-time faculty of the GWU Physics Department. Carol is the proud mother of four children and the wife of a 30-year special education teacher.
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.
Clare Shine was appointed vice president and chief program officer of Salzburg Global Seminar in 2012. She is responsible for multi-year program strategy, design, partnerships and implementation in Salzburg and around the world; next-generation leadership development; communications and marketing; and the Salzburg Global Fellowship which straddles nearly 170 countries. Prior to joining Salzburg Global, Clare worked from 1990-2011 as an independent environmental lawyer and policy expert for intergovernmental organizations, national governments, the private sector and NGOs. Her work and publications focused on biodiversity and sustainable development, climate change, international trade, global and cross-border governance and cooperation, coastal and oceans policy, and conflict transformation. She has played an influential role in global biosecurity and biodiversity policy development, working as legal adviser to the World Bank, European Union, Council of Europe and African governments, and led environmental capacity-building projects across four continents. Clare is a UK-qualified barrister, an associate of the Institute for European Environmental Policy, a member of the IUCN Commission on Environmental Law, and a bilingual French speaker and professional facilitator. She began her career in industry, working in the media and publishing sector with responsibility for marketing and new ventures. Clare is also a professional journalist who was the Financial Times' theater critic in France from 2001-2011. She holds an M.A. in English literature from Oxford University, UK and post-graduate degrees from London University and the Sorbonne University, Paris, France.
Ahmed Baghdady (EdD) is an education and research management professional with twenty-five years’ experience in education, research, capacity building, strategic planning and institutional development. He currently serves as the Manager, Research and Content Development at the World Innovation Summit for Education (WISE), an initiative of Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development. Ahmed has been with Qatar Foundation for thirteen years where he held research and program management positions including six years in the RAND-Qatar Policy Institute (RQPI), a partnership between Qatar Foundation and the RAND Corporation, where he led and supported various policy studies.
Prior to joining Qatar Foundation Ahmed has held program management positions with the Institute of International Education (IIE) in Qatar and AMIDEAST in Egypt for seven years. He started his career as an instructor of English in 1995 and has taught a variety of English language and teacher training programs to university graduates and working adults for five years at several institutions in Egypt including the American University in Cairo.
Ahmed has Master (MSc) and Doctor of Education (EdD) degrees in Educational Leadership from the University of Leicester. His research focuses on the leadership dynamics in university international branch campuses (IBCs) and their implications on policy and practice. Ahmed has co-authored a number of research reports in addition to a few single-author publications on topics related to education policy and governance, and has presented in regional and international conferences on higher and transnational education topics.
Dr. Asmaa Al-Fadala is the Director of Research and Content Development at WISE, an initiative of Qatar Foundation. She is also a visiting fellow in the Department of School Education and Policy at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois, USA, and serves on the program committee of Hamad Bin Khalifa University’s School of Public Policy.
Dr. Al-Fadala has twenty years of professional experience in K-12 education and higher education. In her current work at WISE, Dr. Al-Fadala is leading the research team in support of the QF CEO’s Office in a number of projects and initiatives, including the Empowering Leaders of Learning Program (ELL), which supports school leaders in navigating school improvement processes; the Agile Leaders of Learning Innovation Network (ALL-IN), an international network of school leadership experts and practitioners aimed at raising awareness of educational leadership policy globally through research and advocacy; and the WISE-Academyati Innovation Lab Project, an early childhood education research initiative of Qatar Foundation focused on learner and educator development in progressive school settings. Dr. Al-Fadala’s research interests include leadership for learning, school improvement, entrepreneurship education, teacher professional development and educational reform.
Prior to joining WISE in 2014, Dr. Al-Fadala was an associate policy analyst at the RAND-Qatar Policy Institute. She has also taught in the College of Education at Qatar University, and worked at Qatar’s Ministry of Education and Higher Education as a teacher and then as the head of the science department. She is also a fellow at Qatar Leadership Centre (QLC), an initiative of His Highness Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani, Amir of the State of Qatar. She is widely published in the field of educational leadership and policy, and author of the book Qatari School Leadership Portraits: Lessons Learned from Education for a New Era Reform (HBKU Press, 2019).
Dr. Al-Fadala is a member of the Comparative International Education Society (CIES), and the International Congress for School Effectiveness and Improvement (ICSEI). She also serves as an advisor for the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation's education strategy and is a board member at Qatar Academy Sidra school in Doha. She is a jury member for Riyada award, the Entrepreneurship Award in Oman. Dr. Al-Fadala holds a Ph.D. and M.Phil. from Cambridge University, UK, in Educational Leadership and Policy, and an M.A. in science education from Brighton University.
Dominic Regester joined Salzburg Global Seminar as a Program Director in March 2017. He is responsible for designing, developing and implementing programs on education, sustainability and innovation. Prior to this he worked for the British Council for 14 years, initially on programs promoting education co-operation between the UK and China, Russia and Japan and then on school partnership programs. He lived in Bangladesh from 2008 to 2013 leading the British Council's school sector programs in Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka. He was then posted to Jakarta where he was Deputy Director for Education across the East Asia region. He returned to London in 2015 to become a senior schools adviser, responsible for global program development, partnerships and research, all with a particular focus on 21st century skills. He has an M.A. in Chinese Studies from the School of Oriental and African Studies in London and an M.A. in Education and International Development from University College London Institute of Education. He is a member of the International Union for Conservation of Nature’s Commission on Education and Communication.
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.
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.
Louka Parry is a member of the executive committee of Karanga: The Global Alliance for Social Emotional Learning and Life Skills and is the CEO and founder of the consulting firm The Learning Future. He is an educator, facilitator and entrepreneur working at the global forefront to help schools and systems adapt to support their learners and employees to thrive in school, work and life. As a school teacher, he was promoted to principal at only 27 years old and was named Inspirational Public Secondary Teacher of the year for his work in South Australia. After working as a system leader in policy, he has since trained thousands of educators and leaders all over the globe to create positive change and increase their impact. Speaking five languages and having visited over 75 countries, he holds two Masters degrees and has acquired expert knowledge in leadership, communication, social emotional learning and organizational change and culture.
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.
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