A FORUM on “Rethinking the Future of Work to Promote Inclusive Growth in Asia Pacific” will hold on June 4 at The Peninsula Manila.
Organized by Asia Society and multinational investment bank JPMorgan, the event will form the last leg of the One Step Ahead Series, a collaboration that combines the Asia Society’s mission to educate and JPMorgan’s longstanding commitment to investing in communities. Previous forums were hosted in Hong Kong, Singapore, Mumbai and Beijing.
Panelists for the Manila forum include leaders from the International Labour Organization, and the Organization for Economic Co-operation Development, as well as McKinsey and Company Associate Partner Boris Van, LinkedIn Regional Sales Leader Atul Harkisanka, NCAER Director General Dr Shekhar Shah, Bainian Vocational School Board Member Sabina Brady, and SkillsFuture Singapore Deputy Chief Executive Michael Fung.
They will be joined by local leaders Ayala Corporation Chairman and CEO Jaime Augusto Zobel de Ayala, Department of Information and Communications Technology former Undersecretary Monchito Ibrahim, and TESDA Deputy Director General Rosanna Urdaneta.
Among the key questions to be tackled are: What challenges and opportunities will the Asia Pacific region face in this age of automation and digitization? How can employers, policymakers, and educators confront the new socio-economic realities accompanying Asia Pacific’s vast digital transformation?
For the Manila leg, key panel sessions will be on the following topics: Unleashing the Potential of Inclusive Growth in the Future of Work: Findings from Research and the Field; The Future of Work Ecosystem — Aligning Supply and Demand for an Inclusive Labor Market; and Reskilling and Upskilling — Reinventing Education and Training for the Workforce of the Future.
Doris Ho, Asia Society Philippines Chair, said for her part, “Technology brings rapid changes to all facets of our life, but more so in the area of work. We need to have these discussions on confronting innovations in automation, artificial intelligence, and digitization so we are prepared to adapt.”
“With the high level discussions at One Step Ahead Manila Forum, our aim is to come up with solutions and share best practices on dealing with the challenges of the future of work. Navigating this complexity needs a multi-sectoral, multi-level approach,” she added.