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Future of Work: Making It e-Easy

Employment, Social Policy, Health and Consumer Affairs Council (EPSCO)

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For centuries and generations, we have seen work and employment in a deliberate and non-deliberate shift. Today, we are once again debating the direction, extent and pace of the technological achievements, and the ever-changing economic landscape that will change both the quantity and the quality of work.

The presentations given at the Future of Work conference will be made available on the EU2017EE cloud after each session.

More importantly, we need to think about and negotiate the way we work in the future. We need to question the old recipes for managing employment, social security, development, and matching the skills.

The Future of Work: Making It e-Easy brings together social partners, policy makers, academics and others to address strategic readiness to capitalise on the opportunities offered by digitalisation, automation and the readiness to shape work in a way that benefits employees, employers and society as a whole.

The conference will focus on the following questions: 

  • how digitalisation and automation are changing the world of work, and could we foresee disruptive changes?
  • what could the European Union and member states policy responses be to enable and benefit from the wanted changes and tackle unwanted changes?

Our aim is to provide a vision for developing policies for the changing nature of work that will ensure high employment, decent jobs, adequate social security, and a highly skilled workforce for the productive digital economy via digital solutions.

The conference on the future of work will be organised by the Government of Estonia, in the context of the Estonian Presidency of the Council of the European Union.

There will be a live stream of the event. Videos related to the event are available on our videos page and photos of events can be accessed on our photos page or on our Flickr account

Presentations

The presentations given at the Future of Work conference will be made available on the EU2017EE cloud after each session.

Press centre opening hours

13 September from 8.30 to 18.30

14 September from 8.30 to 17.30

Agenda

8.30-9.30

Registration

9.30-11.00

Setting the Scene

Conference host: Pärtel-Peeter Pere, CEO and co-founder of Future Place Leadership

Opening words

  • Kersti Kaljulaid, President of the Republic of Estonia
  • Guy Ryder, Director-General of International Labour Organisation (via video)

The new world of work, EU employment, and social protection policy

  • Michel Servoz, Director-General, Directorate-General for Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion of the European Commission

Non-standard forms of employment: Recent trends and future prospects

  • Juan Menendez-Valdes, Director of Eurofound 

11.15-13.10

Working conditions and social security: Do they still matter?

The future of work and the challenges of policy making

  • Werner Eichhorst, Coordinator of Labour Market and Social Policy in Europe, Institute of Labour Economics (IZA)

New work forms challenging traditional social security

  • Paul Schoukens, Professor of Social Security Law, KU Leuven & Tilburg University

Employer 4.0

  • Karoli Hindriks, CEO of Jobbatical

Interactive session: How do employers and employees adapt to changes in working life?

Moderator: Stefan Olsson, Director of Employment, Directorate-General for Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion

  • Luca Visentini, General Secretary of the European Trade Union Confederation
  • Markus Beyrer, Director General of BusinessEurope
  • Marju Lauristin, Estonian Member of European Parliament
     

14.40-15.50

Working conditions and social security: Do they still matter?

Interactive session: Turning challenges into opportunities: Do states adapt or are they frontrunners?

Moderator: Stefania Giannini, Member of Italian Parliament

  • Ylva Johansson, Minister for Employment and Integration of Sweden
  • Anja Kopač Mrak, Minister for Labour, Family, Social Affairs and Equal Opportunities of Slovenia 
  • Jevgeni Ossinovski, Minister for Health and Labour, Ministry of Social Affairs, of Estonia

The White Paper Work 4.0

  • Thorben Albrecht, Permanent State Secretary at the Federal Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs of Germany

15.50-16.15

Interviews (media)

It is possible to interview the speakers on the basis of a prior agreement. Please send your requests for interviews as early as possible before the conference by sending an email to silvia.peets@sm.ee

16.15-17.25

e-Solutions for digital frontrunners

e-Estonia: Building a digital society

  • Siim Sikkut, Government CIO of Estonia

e-Solutions in the future tax-benefit system

  • Dmitri Jegorov, Deputy Secretary General, Ministry of Finance of Estonia

Finnish e-state solutions and cross-border cooperation between Estonia and Finland

  • Janne Viskari, Director of Digital Services, Population Register Centre of Finland

9.15-10.50

e-Transforming the economy and the labour market: Implications for skills

International challenges of the new world of work

  • Mari Kiviniemi, Deputy Secretary-General, OECD

Making digital frontrunners lead

  • Jacques Bughin, Senior Partner at McKinsey and Director of McKinsey Global Institute

Skills and learning in the digital era

  • Maive Rute, Deputy Director-General, European Commission's Joint Research Centre

Reskilling, upskilling and overcoming the skill divide

  • Mark Keese, Head of the Employment Analysis and Policy Division in the Directorate for Employment, Labour and Social Affairs, OECD

11.20-13.00

e-Solutions for future skills

Skills and e-learning for future work

  • Mike Feerick, CEO of Alison 

 Future work skills via e-learning: How does it work in Canada?

  • David Porter, CEO, eCampusOntario

Matching future work and worker skills

  • Barbara Wittmann, Head of Germany, Austria and Switzerland at LinkedIn 

 Skill development and talent management in the future workplace

  • Iarla Flynn, Director of Public Policy and Government Affairs, Google

14.30-15.40

Challenge to Tackle: Skills divide and inequality

Interactive session: What can be done about the inequality caused by the skills divide?

Moderator: Jaak Aaviksoo, Rector of Tallinn University of Technology

  • Evarist Bartolo, Minister for Education and Employment of Malta
  • David Porter, CEO, eCampusOntario
  • Mike Feerick, CEO and founder of Alison
  • Jacques Bughin, Director of McKinsey Global Institute

 Conference conclusions and looking forward

  • Jevgeni Ossinovski, Minister for Health and Labour of Estonia

15.45-16.15

Interviews (media)

It is possible to prearrange interviews with the speakers. Please send your requests for interviews as early as possible before the conference by sending an email to silvia.peets@sm.ee

Location

Tallinn Creative Hub (Kultuurikatel)

Tallinn Creative Hub (Kultuurikatel), Põhja pst 27a, 10415 Tallinn, Estonia

Speakers

Pärtel-Peeter Pere

Pärtel-Peeter Pere (conference moderator)

CEO and co-founder of Future Place Leadership

Pärtel-Peeter Pere leads a management consultancy company, based in Stockholm, that focuses on strategic talent-attraction management. Cities like Copenhagen, Helsinki, Gothenburg, Oslo, Berlin, Birmingham, Eindhoven, Bilbao, and others have worked with them on how to become more attractive to talents. This entails setting up and coordinating (for example) reception and integration services, as well as pre- and post- arrival information people need before and during their stay at their new location.

The international competition between cities and regions is gathering momentum and with a growing supply of attractive cities for ever-mobile talent, these soft-landing services matter. Pärtel has worked as an adviser and project leader in the Nordics as well as internationally. Pärtel was involved in the City Nation Place jury during the annual place branding and marketing conference in London. He has also spent five years as an adviser in European Parliament with foreign affairs regional development and public relations.

President of Estonia Kersti Kaljulaid

Kersti Kaljulaid

President of the Republic of Estonia

Previously, she served from 2004 to 2016 as a Member of the European Court of Auditors. Kersti Kaljulaid was the CFO and CEO of the Iru power plant of the state-owned energy company Eesti Energia from 2002 to 2004. From 1999 to 2002, Kersti Kaljulaid was the Economic Advisor to Prime Minister Mart Laar.

Kersti Kaljulaid was a member of the supervisory board of the Estonian Genome Centre from 2001 to 2004. She was also a member of the advisory board of the University of Tartu from 2009 to 2011 and the council chair of the University from 2012 to 2016.

Kersti Kaljulaid graduated from the University of Tartu in 1992 in the field of genetics in the Faculty of Natural Sciences and completed her master's studies in the Faculty of Economics and Business Administration in 2001.

Guy Ryder, Director-General, International Labour Organisation

Guy Ryder

Director-General, International Labour Organisation

Guy Ryder, who has been Director-General of the International Labour Organisation since October 2012, is focusing the ILO on a better future for all in the world of work, anticipating and responding to 21st-century realities while remaining true to the ILO’s social justice mandate.
He previously served the ILO as the Executive Director for labour standards and fundamental principles and rights at work, Director of the Office of the Director-General, and Director of the Bureau for Workers’ Activities. With a strong background in the trade union movement he led its global unification and was elected first General Secretary of the International Trade Union Confederation in 2006.

Michel Servoz, Director-General for Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion, European Commission

Michel Servoz

Director-General for Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion, European Commission

Michel Servoz is the Director-General for Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion in the European Commission. He has almost 30 years experience working in European institutions. His main responsibilities are the coordination of the European Semester (the Annual Growth Survey in particular) and the creation of recommendations to member states. Previously, he also worked on the creation of the Europe 2020 strategy for jobs and growth and on the European Economic Recovery Plan. Michel Servoz has a wide professional background, as previously he was a law professor at Lyon University in France and a judge and Deputy Secretary General in the Court of Cassation in France.

Juan Menéndez - Valdés, Director, Eurofound

Juan Menéndez-Valdés

Director, Eurofound

Juan Menéndez-Valdés has been, since 2010, the Director of Eurofound, the EU agency providing knowledge to assist in the development of social, employment, and work-related policies. He is responsible for the development of Eurofound´s strategy and work programmes, and leads a team of more than 100 staff members in their implementation. From 2015 to 2016, he was chair of the network of EU decentralised agencies. In his earlier career, he served as Head of Employment, Immigration, Education and Training Policies at the Spanish Confederation of Business (CEOE) and Manager for Guidance, Training and Employment programmes in the Spanish National Employment Service (INEM). From 2007 to 2009, he was Chair of the Governing Board of the European Centre for the Development of Vocational Training (CEDEFOP). He holds a degree in psychology, a master’s degree in industrial psychology and human resources, and a postgraduate degree in European studies.

Werner Eichhorst, Coordinator of Labour Market and Social Policy in Europe, Institute of Labour Economics

Werner Eichhorst

Coordinator of Labour Market and Social Policy in Europe, Institute of Labour Economics

Werner Eichhorst is the Coordinator of Labour Market and Social Policy in Europe at the Institute of Labour Economics (IZA) in Germany. He obtained his doctoral degree in political science from the University of Konstanz with the thesis ‘European social policy between supranational regulation and national autonomy’, in 1998. His main areas of expertise are comparative analysis of labour market institutions and performance, the political economy of labour market reform strategies, the future of labour, the analysis of international and EU employment policies, protection against risks in the labour market, and European integration. He is also a permanent consultant to different international labour organisations, European institutions, and the German government, among others.

Paul Schoukens

Paul Schoukens

Professor of Social Security Law, University of Leuven

Paul Schoukens is an expert in the challenges of atypical work and its consequences on social security. He is a Professor of social security law and the head of the Social Law department at the Catholic University of Leuven. Schoukens earned his doctorate with research on the impact of European Union law on the social protection of self-employed people. His research topics of interest are the social protection of atypical workers, healthcare systems, social welfare, and the relationship between e-technology and social security administration, among other topics. He is the author of more than 50 academic articles and is often invited to speak at international meetings and conferences.

Karoli Hindriks, CEO, Jobbatical

Karoli Hindriks

CEO, Jobbatical

Karoli Hindriks is changing the way we work. She is the founder and CEO of Jobbatical - a platform connecting globally minded companies with a community of ready-to-relocate professionals from the business, technology and creative sectors. She founded her first company at the age of 16, officially becoming the youngest inventor in Estonia. Hindriks successfully led the launch of 7 television channels in Northern Europe (including the National Geographic Channel, MTV, and Fox Entertainment). She was named one of the 20 most promising young entrepreneurs under 25 in Europe by the prestigious international business magazine BusinessWeek, and one of the 50 most influential women in technology in Europe in 2016 by EU-Startups, also being placed in the top 50 of the similar poll conducted by Wired magazine.

Stefan Olsson

Stefan Olsson

Director of Employment at the Directorate-General for Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion, European Commission

Stefan Olsson is working to develop a new labour agenda for Europe that will innovatively change the working landscape. He serves as the Director of Employment at the Directorate-General for Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion. For more than 20 years Olsson has been involved in the process of improvement of the European employment sector, particularly focusing on anti-discrimination laws and policies. He holds several degrees in international and tax law.

Luca Visentini, General Secretary, European Trade Union Confederation

Luca Visentini

General Secretary, European Trade Union Confederation

Luca Visentini is the General Secretary of the European Trade Union Confederation, elected two years ago at the 13th ETUC Congress in Paris. Before that he was an ETUC Confederal Secretary for four years. He has some 28 years of experience with regional and national trade unions in his native Italy, and at the European and international level. He has worked on a wide range of areas including collective bargaining and wage policy, migration and mobility, education and training, the EU budget, structural funds, economic and social cohesion, regional policy, interregional trade union councils (IRTUC) and the EURES network. Visentini has been active in coordinating the work of many organisations including the European Social Fund Committee, the Advisory Committee for Freedom of Movement for Workers, the Structured Dialogue with European Structural and Investment Funds, and others.

Markus Beyrer, Director General, BusinessEurope

Markus Beyrer

Director General, BusinessEurope

Markus J. Beyrer has been Director General of BusinessEurope since late 2012. Prior to this, he held the position of CEO of Austrian Industry Holding ÖIAG, as well as Director General of the Federation of Austrian Industries (IV) and Director for Economic Affairs of the Austrian Federal Economic Chamber. Prior to this, Beyrer served as Chief Economic Advisor to the Federal Chancellor of the Republic of Austria, Wolfgang Schüssel. In addition to his executive positions, Beyrer held a number of non-executive board functions in various Austrian industrial companies and was a member of the non-executive board of the Austrian Central Bank. Beyrer studied law and commercial sciences in Vienna, graduating in law at the University of Vienna. Later he completed postgraduate studies in European law at Danube University in Krems (Austria), and the Stanford Executive Programme at the Graduate School of Business at Stanford University.

Marju Lauristin, Member, European Parliament

Marju Lauristin

Member, European Parliament

Social and political change is Marju Lauristin's passion. Lauristin is an Estonian Member of the European Parliament in the Group of Socialists and Democrats. In the European Parliament she is a member of the Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs Committee, as well as a substitute member of the Employment and Social Affairs Committee. Lauristin was one of the founding members of the independence movement in Estonia. She has since been Chairperson of the Estonian Social Democratic Party, Deputy Speaker of the Estonian parliament, Minister for Social Affairs of Estonia, and a Member of the Estonian Parliament. Besides having an outstanding political career, Lauristin is also one of the most influential Estonian social scientists and a professor at the University of Tartu. She is the author of several books and academic papers on social and political change.

Stefania Giannini

Stefania Giannini

Member of Italian Parliament

Being a member of the Italian Parliament, Stefania Giannini is preoccupied with the way how states get adapted to the changes in the working life. She has experience of serving previously as the Minister of Education, Universities and Research of Italy. Ms. Giannini has consulted on the issues of immigration and multilingualism at the Directorate General for Education and Culture of the European Commission. Besides having an outstanding political career, Ms. Giannini is a respected scholar on linguistics and glottology. She has issued more than 50 publications in both national and international journals. For outstanding achievements she has obtained the ‘America Award’ issued by the Italy-USA Foundation.

Ylva Johansson

Ylva Johansson

Minister of Employment and Integration of Sweden

Ylva Johansson oversees the employment issues and integration of newly arrived immigrants into Swedish society. She is currently the Minister for Employment and Integration of Sweden. Her main areas of expertise include the labour market, labour law, the working environment, and the introduction of new arrivals.

Johansson has previously held two more ministerial positions in the government: Minister for Schools and Minister for Health and Elderly Care. Ylva Johansson has been a Member of the Riksdag (Parliament) where she was responsible for the labour market as well as health and welfare issues, for over 10 years. She also has private sector experience in companies such as Att Veta AB and Telia Business Innovation.

Anja Kopač Mrak, Minister, Ministry of Labour, Family, Social Affairs and Equal Opportunities of Slovenia

Anja Kopač Mrak

Minister, Ministry of Labour, Family, Social Affairs and Equal Opportunities of Slovenia

Anja Kopač Mrak is Minister for Labour, Family, Social Affairs and Equal Opportunities of Slovenia. Besides having an outstanding political career, she is also dedicated to academic work. Kopač Mrak received her PhD in the field of social policy, where she dealt with issues related to the reform of the welfare state. She is an assistant professor of sociology and a lecturer at the Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Ljubljana, where she teaches Sociology of Social Policy, and European Social Policy. She is the author of several scientific works in the field of social and employment policies, including a book entitled Activation - Turn in Social Policy.

Jevgeni Ossinovski, Minister, Ministry of Social Affairs of Estonia

Jevgeni Ossinovski

Minister, Ministry of Social Affairs of Estonia

Jevgeni Ossinovski is working to improve the working environment of Estonia in an innovative way. He is currently the Minister for Health and Labour of Estonia and the leader of the Estonian Social Democratic Party. His main fields of expertise are modernising education to fit the needs of the labour market, improving the labour environment, employment relations, and the promotion of equal treatment of all people in the workplace. Previously, he was the Minister for Education and Research. He has a master’s degree in philosophy from Warwick University as well as a master’s degree in political science from the London School of Economics and Political Science.

Thorben Albrecht, Permanent State Secretary at the Federal Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs of Germany

Thorben Albrecht

Permanent State Secretary at the Federal Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs of Germany

Thorben Albrecht is pushing forward a digital agenda in the field of labour, serving as a Permanent State Secretary at the Federal Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs of Germany. His main responsibilities are labour market policies, labour laws and labour protection. He has successfully led several significant projects related with the introduction of a statutory minimum wage. Albrecht has also created a work 4.0 dialogue aiming at the initiation of public discussion on the future of work in the digital era. He holds a master’s degree in history from the University of Hannover.

Siim Sikkut

Siim Sikkut

Government CIO of Estonia

Siim Sikkut is the Government CIO of Estonia, also titled as Deputy Secretary General for IT and Telecom in Ministry of Economic Affairs and Communications. His role is to set strategy and policies, and to launch and steer strategic initiatives for the development of digital government and society in Estonia. Siim is one of the founders of Estonia’s groundbreaking e-Residency programme.

Dmitri Jegorov, Deputy Secretary General, Ministry of Finance of Estonia

Dmitri Jegorov

Deputy Secretary General, Ministry of Finance of Estonia

Dmitri Jegorov serves as the Deputy Secretary General for the Ministry of Finance of Estonia. He is responsible for tax and customs policy. Jegorov has experience of leading several departments and served as a Deputy Director-General for the Estonian Tax and Customs Board for almost 10 years. He holds a master’s degree in economics (University of Tartu) and he has undertaken PhD studies at the Strategy and Management Department of the Norwegian School of Economics.

Janne Viskari, Director of Digital Services, Population Register Centre of Finland

Janne Viskari

Director of Digital Services, Population Register Centre of Finland

Janne Viskari leads the implementation of the National Architecture for Digital Services, which has created a digital platform for a wide range of national services. This is the core digital infrastructure in Finland that will help organisations to build their digital services. The Suomi.fi platform includes a strong e-identification service, email for public organisations, the National Data Exchange Layer (based on the Estonian X-Road), the role-based Digital Authorisations service, and the national e-government portal for citizens, entrepreneurs and civil servants. Also included is the Finnish Service Catalogue that will be the centralised information resource for all public services and service channels. Viskari works as a director in the Population Register Centre, and in addition to Suomi.fi services, his responsibilities also cover certificate services and the opendata.fi portal.

Mari Kiviniemi, Deputy Secretary-General, OECD

Mari Kiviniemi

Deputy Secretary-General, OECD

Mari Kiviniemi is Deputy Secretary-General of the OECD. Her responsibility is to increase the impact and relevance of OECD work and to contribute to the public policy challenges of promoting inclusive growth, jobs, equality and trust. She was Prime Minister of Finland from 2010 to 2011. Prior to that, she was Special Advisor on Economic Policy to the Finnish Prime Minister, Minister for Foreign Trade and Development, Minister for European Affairs, and Minister for Public Administration and Local Government. She was a Member of Parliament from 1995 to 2014. An economist by training, she studied political science at the University of Helsinki and holds a master's degree in social sciences.

Jacques Bughin, Director, McKinsey Global Institute

Jacques Bughin

Director, McKinsey Global Institute

Jacques Bughin is a senior partner at McKinsey and a director of the McKinsey Global Institute, McKinsey’s business and economics research arm, and one of its three global co-leaders. He is also a leader of McKinsey’s Media and Entertainment, Corporate Finance, and Strategy Practices and co-leads the Digital Economy Initiative, a recently launched McKinsey knowledge programme. He has co-authored numerous publications, including the McKinsey Global Institute reports on globalisation, the internet of things, big data, and social technologies and numerous articles in the McKinsey Quarterly as well as academic journals on industrial economics, organisation, digitisation of firms, and corporate finance. Jacques is a frequent speaker at conferences and universities worldwide on a range of economic and technology trends. He is a fellow at the Aspen Institute, Ecore, a think tank on economic policy in Belgium, and at the University of Leuven. He co-leads the McKinsey Advisory Board on media management at Insead.

Maive Rute, Deputy Director-General, European Commission's Joint Research Centre

Maive Rute

Deputy Director-General, European Commission's Joint Research Centre

Prior to taking up her current post as Deputy Director-General at the European Commission's Joint Research Centre, Maive Rute held director positions in the Directorate-General for Research and Innovation and in the former Directorate-General for Enterprise and Industry. Before joining the Commission in 2005, Maive was the CEO of KredEx, the Estonian funding body for businesses, innovation, housing and export. Maive Rute graduated as an economist from the Estonian University of Life Sciences. She holds an MBA from the Danube University in Austria, received an MA in international politics from Ceris in Brussels and has been a visiting research fellow at Harvard University.

Mark Keese

Mark Keese

Head of the Skills and Employability Division, Directorate for Employment, OECD

Mark Keese is Head of the Skills and Employability Division in the Directorate for Employment, Labour and Social Affairs at the OECD. His main expertise is in the analysis of labour market issues and the development of effective employment and training policies to promote more and better jobs in OECD member and non-member countries. He has worked on a wide variety of labour-market issues including minimum wages, the measurement and modelling of productivity, training policies, ageing, and activation policies for the unemployed. Keese is currently responsible for the OECD’s activity on the Future of Work and for country reviews on adult learning, older workers and activation policies.

Mike Feerick

Mike Feerick

CEO, Alison

Mike Feerick is an internationally acclaimed pioneer in the field of free online education. The movement he founded by launching the first massive open online education platform has forced a reassessment in the world of education and skills training policy-makers, as they rethink their traditional understanding of how people can learn. He is the CEO and founder of Alison - an Irish-based massive open online course (MOOC) educational technology platform which gives open access to more than 800 courses, to more than 10 million students worldwide. With over one million graduates, this educational innovation has widened the horizons for people of all income levels as they can obtain the necessary professional knowledge for free, in the process getting access to better job opportunities. For this, Feerick has received a number of very prestigious awards from UNESCO (2010) and the World Innovation Summit for Education (2013). He is a graduate of Harvard University, where he received his MBA, and the University of Limerick.

David Porter, CEO, eCampusOntario

David Porter

CEO, eCampusOntario

David Porter is CEO of eCampusOntario, the primary face of the Ontario Online Learning Consortium (OOLC), a not-for-profit corporation whose membership is composed of all publicly-funded colleges and universities in Ontario. Porter is a long-time advocate for the benefits of adapting new technology to deliver educational opportunities, and has been involved in open and distance learning since the 1990s, at both the K-12 and higher education levels. Porter was formerly the Associate Vice President, Educational Support and Innovation at the British Columbia Institute of Technology
For 11 years, Porter was the Executive Director of BCcampus. During his tenure at BCcampus, he and his team engineered Canada’s first government-funded open-textbook programme, a leading-edge move in higher education in 2012. David has also worked as a project leader and consultant for international open and distance learning projects, most recently in Mongolia, Malaysia, and Vietnam. He is a co-editor of the International Journal of eLearning and Distance Education (IJEDE.ca), an open-access journal.

Barbara Wittmann, Director Recruiting Solutions, LinkedIn

Barbara Wittmann

Director Recruiting Solutions, LinkedIn

Barbara Wittmann is the director of recruiting solutions at LinkedIn and leads business development, and company strategy execution in Germany, Austria, and Switzerland. Prior to her role at LinkedIn, she was the senior vice president of sales and operations at ImmobilienScout 24 and held leadership positions at Dell. Overall, Barbara has over 20 years of industry experience. She holds a master’s degree in business administration and management from the University of Austin, Texas.

Iarla Flynn, Director of Public Policy and Government Affairs, Google

Iarla Flynn

Director of Public Policy and Government Affairs, Google

Iarla Flynn is the Director of Public Policy and Government Affairs for Google in Northern Europe. Prior to joining Google in 2007 he spent 12 years in senior government and industry roles including in Ireland’s telecommunications sector, where he was a leading advocate for the benefits of competition and digitisation. Flynn holds a master’s degree in economics from Trinity College Dublin.

Evarist Bartolo, Minister for Education and Employment of Malta

Evarist Bartolo

Minister for Education and Employment of Malta

Evarist Bartolo took office as the Minister for Education and Employment on 13 March 2013. He was born on 14 October 1952 in Mellieħa and has three brothers and three sisters. His father worked as a primary school teacher. He has two children, Katrin and Louisa, with his wife Gillian. In 1975 Bartolo graduated from the University of Malta with a BA (Hons) degree in English literature and continued his studies in journalism at Stanford University. He also read for a master’s in education at the University of Cardiff. A Member of Parliament since 1992, he worked mostly in education, European affairs and tourism, as well as serving as Minister for Education and National Culture under the Labour government between 1996 and 1998. Minister Bartolo is known for being a proponent of civil rights in Malta, co-sponsoring a Parliamentary Bill for the introduction of divorce legislation in Malta. The bill was approved in Parliament in October 2011 following a successful referendum campaign.

Jaak Aaviksoo

Jaak Aaviksoo

Rector, Tallinn University of Technology

Jaak Aaviksoo was nominated as the rector of Tallinn University of Technology in September 2015. His former roles have included being the Minister for Education and Research and the Minister for Defence of Estonia. He has also been elected as the rector of Tartu University twice, and also served as an EUA Board member. Before becoming the rector of Tartu University he was a professor of optics and spectroscopy at Tartu University, and headed the Institute of Experimental Physics and Technology.

In 1994 he was elected to the Estonian Academy of Science. Jaak Aaviksoo has worked in many foreign institutes as a guest professor: the Novosibirsk Institute of Thermal Physics, the Max Planck Institute for Solid State Research in Stuttgart Germany, Osaka University, and Paris Diderot University.

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