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Opening session

1.1 The Road Ahead: Skills for a Resilient Future


The COVID-19 pandemic has brought unprecedented disruption to education, threatening to affect an entire generation of future workers. Restrictions have also encouraged innovative approaches and solutions that could guide the road to a more inclusive recovery. This session will look at the learnings of the past year and shed light on the skills set needed to build a resilient future.

Welcome Messages
- Zhang Jinan, MOHRSS, China
- Senior official, Shanghai Municipal People's Government
- Chris Humphries, WorldSkills International

Panel Discussion
- Nicolas Schmit, European Commissioner for Jobs and Social Rights
- Guy Ryder, ILO
- Martin Raiser, The World Bank
- Bernardo Calzadilla-Sarmiento, UNIDO
- Ivy Chen, WorldSkills Champions Trust

Moderator: Laurence Gates, Board Member WorldSkills International


Bernardo Calzadilla-Sarmiento

Managing Director, Directorate of Digitalization, Technology and Agri-Business, and Director, Department of Digitalization, Technology and Innovation, United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO)

Ivy Chen

Regional Representative for Asia, WorldSkills Champions Trust

Chris Humphries

President and Chair of the Board, WorldSkills

Zhang Jinan

Minister of Human Resources and Social Security (MOHRSS), China

Martin Raiser

Country Director for China and Mongolia, and Director for Korea, The World Bank

Guy Ryder

Director General, International Labour Organization

Nicolas Schmit

European Commissioner for Jobs and Social Rights

Gong Zheng

Mayor of Shanghai, China