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FT/ILO How to shape a future that works

Transforming the global response to the future of work

Geneva, Switzerland plus Live Streamed Webcast |
Speakers include:
Guy Ryder

Guy Ryder

International Labour Organization (ILO)

Vivian Hunt DBE

Vivian Hunt DBE

McKinsey & Company

Richard Baldwin

Richard Baldwin

The Graduate Institute, Geneva


The Financial Times in partnership with the International Labour Organization (ILO) and the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva present How to shape a future that works. Moderated by a senior FT journalist, the exclusive panel will bring together future of work pioneers from both public and private sectors to challenge the status quo and identify what needs to be done to build an adaptable future for all.



fallback Add to my Calendar 04/11/2019 16:30:0004/11/2019 18:00:00falseFT/ILO How to shape a future that worksThe Financial Times in partnership with the International Labour Organization (ILO) and the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva present How to shape a future that works. Moderated by a senior FT journalist, the exclusive panel will bring together future of work pioneers from both public and private sectors to challenge the status quo and identify what needs to be done to build an adaptable future for all.CLICK HERE TO WATCH THE PANEL LIVE AT 5PM (LOCAL TIME)



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Streamed Live

This event will also be streamed live, focusing on 3 key themes:

  • The current path – opportunities for the few, struggle for the many?
  • Policy choices – economic growth over protection of people and planet?
  • A global vision for the future





Full Overview

We are living through an era of immense change in all areas of human life. Technology and the internet combined are reshaping the nature of work, creating a mobile, shared and seamless way of operating. What do these shifts mean for companies, the nature of work, nations, and workers themselves?

Fundamentally, technology has the potential to enhance and create jobs, as well as to automate others. Innovation, particularly in industrialized economies, has created more flexible working arrangements, allowing individuals to work remotely and on-demand to improve work-life balance.

Uncertainty is on the rise as traditional methods of working are pushed aside. Regulatory frameworks and institutions will need to catch up with the pace of change.

In addition, growing inequalities within countries, high unemployment and stagnant wage growth have torn at the social fabric in advanced economies. Informality, poverty and meagre opportunities for booming young populations have exacerbated frustrations in developing nations.

The pace of change has yet to be matched by strength in policy response and leaders are grappling with ways to address the turbulence caused by automation and artificial intelligence, new working arrangements, demographic shifts, migration flows and climate change.

The G20 Leaders’ Communiqué, issued in December 2018, included a joint commitment to work together to improve a rules-based international order to respond to a rapidly changing world.

In January, the Global Commission on the Future of Work published its recommendations on how to shape a future with social justice.


Agenda - 11th Apr

  • 4:30pm
    Guest Arrivals
  • 5:00pm
    Introductory video - Live Stream begins
  • 5:02pm
    Moderator’s opening remarks

    Sarah O’Connor, Employment Correspondent, Financial Times

  • 5:05pm
    Panel framer: A new world of work order

    Richard Baldwin, Professor of International Economics, The Graduate Institute, Geneva

  • 5:10pm
    Panel discussion: Transforming the global response to the future of work
    • The current path – progress and opportunities for the few, struggle for many?
    • Policy choices – embracing opportunity for economic growth and protection of people and planet
    • A global vision for a future that works 

    Panel speakers

    Guy Ryder, Director-General, International Labour Organization (ILO)

    Dame Vivian Hunt, Managing Partner, UK and Ireland, McKinsey & Company 

    Christy Hoffman, General Secretary, UNI Global Union 

    Nazrene Mannie, Skills and Education Committee Chair, Business Unity South Africa 

    Amb. Amandeep Singh Gill, Executive Director, Secretariat, High-Level Panel on Digital Corporation, United Nations

  • 5:45pm
    Q&A session
  • 5:55pm
    Moderator’s closing remarks

    Sarah O’Connor, Employment Correspondent, Financial Times

Speakers (6)

Guy Ryder

Guy Ryder

International Labour Organization (ILO)

Guy Ryder, Director-General of the International Labour Organization was first elected in 2012 and started a second term of office in 2017. He has served the ILO in various capacities including as Executive Director for labour standards and fundamental principles and rights at work. He was elected General Secretary of the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC) in 2006. Born in Liverpool in 1956, he is a graduate of Cambridge University.

On taking office as Director-General of the ILO, he pledged to position the Organization as a determined actor translating principle into action and ensuring that it had the capacity to make a major difference to the working lives of people on all continents. To support this he initiated a major reform process geared to assuring the ILO’s authority on matters falling within its mandate.

In his second term, Ryder launched seven Centenary Initiatives designed to examine the place of work in our lives and societies. These address labour standards, enterprises, green jobs, governance, poverty, gender equality and the future of work. In 2017 he convened a Global Commission on the Future of Work, which published its recommendations in January 2019.

Vivian Hunt DBE

Vivian Hunt DBE

Managing Partner, UK and Ireland
McKinsey & Company

Vivian Hunt is the Managing Partner for McKinsey & Company’s United Kingdom and Ireland offices and is a Senior Partner. She previously led the firm’s Pharmaceutical & Medical Products practice in EMEA, and continues to advise leading companies on a broad range of strategy topics, with a particular focus on performance transformation and organisational development. She also provides strategic advice to leading British companies in the private, public and third sectors. She serves on the firm’s global Board of Directors, its Values Committee, and on several personnel committees.

In addition to her client responsibilities, Ms Hunt is a leader within the firm on leadership and diversity. She frequently speaks on McKinsey & Company’s flagship research and co-authored publications such as: 'Women Matter', 'Diversity Matters' and 'The Power of Parity: How advancing women’s equality can add $12 trillion to global growth'. She was previously named ‘the most influential black woman in Britain’ by the Powerlist Foundation and the Financial Times identified her as one of the ‘European Women to Watch’ and more recently as one the 30 most influential people in the City of London. She is on the Board of several important business groups in the UK, including BritishAmerican Business, the CBI London Council, and the Mayor of London’s Business Advisory Board. She is also a member of the Trilateral Commission. Ms Hunt is a trustee of the Henry Smith Charity and is Chair of HRH Prince of Wales’ Business in the Community's ‘Seeing is Believing’ programme as well as a reader for the Queen’s Anniversary Prize. She sits on the Advisory Council of the Tate Modern and the Southbank Centre, as well as Teach First’s Business Leaders Council and on the Board of the US-UK Fulbright Commission. She is an alumna of Harvard College and received her MBA from Harvard Business School. She has also been awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Law from the University of Warwick and an Honorary Doctorate from the University of York. In 2018, she was appointed Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire for services to the economy and women in business.  

Richard Baldwin

Richard Baldwin

Professor of International Economics
The Graduate Institute, Geneva

Richard Baldwin is Professor of International Economics at the Graduate Institute, Geneva since 1991, President/Director of CEPR since 2014, and Editor-in-Chief of Vox since he founded it in June 2007. He was visiting professor at Oxford (2012-2015), and MIT (2003).

In terms of government service, he was a Senior Staff Economist for the President’s Council of Economic Advisors in the Bush Administration (1990-1991) on leave from Columbia University Business School where he was Associate Professor. He did his PhD in Economics at MIT with Paul Krugman with whom he has co-authored several articles. He advises governments and international organisation around the world, and is the author of numerous books and articles on international trade, globalisation, regionalism, and European integration. His latest book, The Great Convergence: Information Technology and the New Globalisation, was published in November 2016 by Harvard University Press.

Amb. Amandeep Singh Gill

Amb. Amandeep Singh Gill

Executive Director, Secretariat, High-Level Panel on Digital Corporation
United Nations

Amandeep Singh Gill is Executive Director of the Secretariat for the UN Secretary-General’s High-level Panel on Digital Cooperation. Previously, he served as India’s Ambassador and Permanent Representative to the Conference on Disarmament in Geneva. He joined the Indian Foreign Service in 1992 and served abroad at the Indian Missions in Tehran, Colombo and Geneva. From 2013-2016, he served as Head of the Disarmament and International Security Affairs Division in the Ministry of External Affairs. In 2017, he helped set up the National Task Force on Artificial Intelligence for India’s Economic Transformation.

As Chair of the Group of Governmental Experts of the Convention on Certain Conventional Weapons (CCW) on emerging technologies in the area of lethal autonomous weapons systems from 2017-2018, he led 125 States party to the CCW in adopting a set of guiding principles on the use of AI in weapons systems. He serves on the UN Secretary General’s Advisory Board on Disarmament Matters, the IEEE-MIT Media Lab’s Global Council on Extended Intelligence and co-chairs WEF’s Global Futures Council on values and ethics in innovation. Amandeep Gill has a PhD from King’s College London on Multilateral Learning. During 2008-2009, he was a visiting scholar at Stanford University’s Centre for International Security and Cooperation (CISAC).

Christy  Hoffman

Christy Hoffman

General Secretary
UNI Global Union

Christy Hoffman was elected in June 2018 as General Secretary of UNI Global Union, the global union federation representing 20 million service workers in 150 countries. She first joined UNI in 2004 and became UNI’s Deputy General Secretary in 2010. She  has been instrumental in transforming UNI’s work, emphasising worker organizing and union growth across the UNI sectors. Christy was instrumental in the creation of the 2013 Bangladesh Accord on Fire and Building Safety and its renewal in 2018, as well as the successful enforcement of this agreement. For over a decade, she has campaigned to strengthen the international standards and tools that govern corporate accountability and advance the human rights of workers. 

Christy has more than 40 years of experience as a trade unionist, beginning as a shop steward in a U.S. jet engine factory and later as legal counsel to leading U.S. unions -- spanning sectors including coal miners, delivery drivers, security guards and healthcare professionals.

Nazrene  Mannie

Nazrene Mannie

Skills and Education Committee Chair
Business Unity South Africa

Nazrene Mannie is a specialist in the field of social policy focusing in youth employment and skills development. Ms Mannie has worked at Business Leadership South Africa, a business organisation made up of the largest companies and multi-nationals since 2016. Her key role at BLSA has been leading the Beyond Advocacy Fund (BAF). The Beyond Advocacy Fund (BAF) is a business led programme, funded jointly by business and USAID to create systemic impact in the areas of Youth Employability, Support to small and medium enterprises education development and infrastructure support. 

Nazrene has previously held roles as the Skills Development/Human Capital Executive in various sectors including the temporary employment services and manufacturing sector.  She has also worked within the management consulting, human resources and banking sectors. Nazrene has served on a number of Sector Education and Training Authorities (Setas) which are responsible for sector based skills development in South Africa.  

Nazrene holds board memberships on several entities. These include the National Skills Authority, the advisory Board to the Minister of Higher Education and Training in South Africa; APSO (Private Employers Association) and Business Unity South Africa (BUSA) amongst others. She has with several international organisations including the European Union, the International Labour Organisation, the British Council as well as USAID, across various projects. Nazrene is the chairperson of the BUSA committee on Education and Training and represents Business on a number of international platforms focused on skills development and youth employment.


Moderator (1)

Sarah O'Connor

Sarah O'Connor

Employment Correspondent
Financial Times

Sarah O’Connor is the Financial Times employment correspondent. She covers global labour market issues such as technology, demographics, corporate surveillance and the future of work. She also writes a weekly column on employment.

Ms O’Connor joined the FT in 2007 as a graduate trainee and took on the employment correspondent role at the start of 2015. She was Business and Finance Journalist of the Year in the 2014 British Press Awards, and her project on wearable technology in the workplace won the Digital Innovation Award in the 2016 British Press Awards.


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  • Employment policy makers
  • Employer organisations
  • Worker organisations
  • Private sector leaders
  • Think tanks
  • UN Agency and International Organisation employees
  • Academics
  • Students
  • Journalists

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The Financial Times is one of the world’s leading business news organisations, recognised internationally for its authority, integrity and accuracy. The FT has a record paying readership of one million, three-quarters of which are digital subscriptions. It is part of Nikkei Inc., which provides a broad range of information, news and services for the global business community.

The International Labour Organization (ILO) is the United Nations specialized agency for the world of work. It sets international labour standards and promotes rights at work, decent employment opportunities, universal social protection and dialogue on work-related issues. The ILO has a unique structure, bringing together governments, employers’ and workers’ representatives to agree measures that positively impact people throughout their lives.

At the same time the ILO works in countries through projects to help improve employment opportunities and working conditions, end labour abuses and strengthen social protection measures. The goal is to ensure decent work for all. Jobs that allow everyone to live with dignity, to provide for themselves and their families, to work with their rights upheld, and have cover if things go wrong.  The ILO turned 100 in 2019 and with its Global Commission on the Future of Work, has proposed measures to address the challenges posed by transformations in the jobs landscape and shape a future that works for everyone.

The Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies is an institution of research and higher education dedicated to the study of world affairs, with a particular emphasis on the cross-cutting fields of international relations and development issues.

Through our core activities, we aim to promote international cooperation and make a contribution to the progress of developing societies. More broadly, we endeavour to develop creative thinking on the major challenges of our time, foster global responsibility and advance respect for diversity.

We are a cosmopolitan community located in the heart of Geneva, an international city and a centre of global governance. By intensely engaging with international organisations, NGO’s, governments and multinational companies, we participate in global discussions and prepare future policy-makers to lead tomorrow’s world.

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