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Big Data for the Future of Work webinar

  • 24 Jun 2021
  • Online, 09:00 - 10:30 London time
  • EBRD


Decision-makers at corporate and national levels need faster and more comprehensive information on workforce and skills development to monitor and respond to the challenges created by current and upcoming socio-economic trends, including the Covid-19 pandemic, as well as long a term shift to green and digital economy as part of Future of Work megatrend. Providing information in (quasi) real-time, so called ‘big data’ and data analytics, offer great potential to improve decision-makers’ understanding of evolving landscapes related to the Future of Work.

At the same time, big data is not the panacea as it does not capture all different aspects of the challenge. Also, the potential of Artificial Intelligence (AI) for negative stereotyping need to be well understood and the appropriate measures devised to ensure that collection and analysis of big data do not lead to further labour market barriers for women, older workers, youth from lower education background and other groups.

For EBRD clients, big data – in combination with the traditional assessment methods - can contribute not only to more competent business planning. Skills intelligence and HR analytics can also allow companies to become more strategic about their workforce management and improve hiring practices, engage in more effective reskilling and upskilling and team performance enhancements in a gender responsive and inclusive way. For policy makers, big data can complement business survey to enable quicker, evidence-based and more efficient decisions on education, skills and labour market policies as a way of increasing the resilience of the human capital for the greener and more digital future.

The purpose of this webinar is twofold: i) to exchange ideas and learn from policy makers and practitioners’ perspectives on the use of big data for employability and skills development, and ii) to get inputs into the design of the EBRD’s new approach and products related to the Future of Work (FoW).


Welcoming remarks: Barbara Rambousek, Director, Gender and Economic Inclusion, EBRD

Keynote speaker: Stijn Broecke, Labour Market Economist, Directorate of Employment, Labour and Social Affairs, OECD

Panel discussion

Konstantinos Pouliakas, Expert on Skills and Labour Markets, CEDEFOP
Michael Kollo, Chief Economist, Faethm Consulting
Soon-Joo Gog, Chief Futurist/Skills Officer, SkillsFuture, Singapore
Uğur Cem Yıldız, HR and Change Manager, Tofaş/ Tofaş Academy

Moderator: Biljana Radonjic Ker-Lindsay, Associate Director, Gender and Economic Inclusion, EBRD

Listen to event recording (1hr 26 mins)



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