Panellists 4.2 Skills for a Digital World


Aurelio Nuño Mayer  

Aurelio Nuño Mayer is the Mexican Minister of Public Education. As such, his main duty has been the thorough implementation of a reform that aims to improve the quality of the education system. Prior to this appointment, he served as Chief of Staff to President Enrique Peña Nieto at the beginning of his government and was in charge of the communication strategies during his Presidential Campaign in 2012. Mr. Nuño also served as Chief of Staff to the former Budget Committee’s Chairman and as advisor to the then Governor of the State of Mexico, Enrique Peña Nieto. Furthermore, he was in charge of communication strategies during the campaign for the election of the current Governor of the State of Mexico. Aurelio Nuño holds a Bachelor of Science in Political Science and Public Administration from the Ibero-American University (UIA) and a Master in Latin American Studies from Oxford University. 



Manuel Caldeira Cabral – The Minister of Economy is responsible for strategy and policy aimed at economic growth and competitiveness. The Minister’s main policy areas are: business law, enterprise and business support, innovation, internationalisation of enterprises and promotion of trade, industry and investment, consumer protection, tourism, energy and geology.  Manuel Caldeira Cabral was Professor of Economy in University of Minho since 2004. He was a former member of Parliament since October 2015. He was columnist in the economic newspaper Jornal de Negócios since 2007.  In 2013 and 2014 he represented the Socialist Party in the negotiation of the partnership agreement between Portugal and the European Commission for the implementation of the European Structural and Investment Funds.  He was an invited researcher in the World Bank Department of Commerce Investigation and Economic Integration, in Washington D.C., in 2012. He was economic advisor to the Minister of State and Finance between 2009 and 2011 and economic advisor to the Minister of Economy and Innovation in 2009. He was member of the Council for the Promotion of Internationalisation (2010 and 2011) and member of the coordination network for EU's Europe 2020 Strategy (2010 and 2011).  He was expert evaluator of the Open Budget Questionnaire of East Timor (2010 to 2013) on behalf of International Budget Partnership. He worked in the cooperation program of the Foundation of Portuguese Universities in East Timor (in 2004 and 2007). He was researcher of the Economy Department of Nottingham University during his PhD and advisor of the Economy Department of University of Minho until he finished his PhD. He was advisor of the Portuguese Insurers Association (1991-1992).  While he was studying, he worked as a journalist in Diário Económico and Semanário Económico (1988-1991).

  Natalia Piergentili Domenech is Public Administrator of the University of Santiago, Chile and holds a Masters in Political Studies at the University Institute and Ortega y Gasset Research. With over 15 years’ experience in the public sector and academia. Among other responsibilities, she was Executive Secretary of the Interministerial Committee for the Development of end zones.  Since February 2016 serves as undersecretary of Economics, where her administration has been characterized by putting mainly focus on matters of Corporate Social Responsibility, the role of women in the country´s economy, the Social Economy and digital development as an engine of growth and sustainable development
     Mr. Rudiantara has been Minister of Communication Information Technology (MCIT), Republic of Indonesia since 2014. In 2014 he was also President Commissioner at PT Rukun Raharja Tbk. Natural Gas Supplier & Distributor. From 2012-2015 Mr. Rudiantara was an Independent Commissioner at PT Indosat Tbk (mobile operator) and from 2011-2012 at PT Telekomunikasi Indonesia (Persero) Tbk (Diversified Telecom Group) as well as Chief of Audit Committee. From 2010-2014 he was CEO of PT Rajawali Asia Resources, Invesment Company and PT Bukit Asam Transpacific Railways, Transportation. Prior to this, Mr. Rudiantara held a number of positions in various companies including PT Semen Indonesia (Persero) Tbk., PT PLN (Persero), PT XL Axiata Tbk., PT Telekomindo Primabhakti. Telecoms, PT Telkomsel and PT Indosat Tbk. Mr. Rudiantara has a Bachelor of Science in Statistics from the University of Padjadjaran and a Master in Business Administration, IPPM.
  Nanna Højlund was elected to her current post as Vice-President of the Danish Confederation of Trade Unions, LO-Denmark, in October 2015. Her areas of responsibilities in this office include equal opportunities, industrial policy and growth policy, research and innovation and shop steward training, among others. Nanna Højlund is also the newly elected President of the Danish Women's Council and is represented in a number of bodies and committees, nationally and internationally, including the ITUC General Council and the ETUC Women’s Committee. She has studied systemic management and has a Master’s degree in Public Administration from Copenhagen Business School. Prior to her current office, Nana was Confederal Secretary of the Danish Union of Public Employees, FOA, for ten years from 2005-2015.
Charles Fadel   Charles Fadel is a global education thought leader and expert, futurist and inventor; founder and chairman of the Center for Curriculum Redesign; visiting scholar at Harvard GSE; Chair of the education committee at BIAC/OECD; co-author of recently published “Four-Dimensional Education” and best-selling  “21st Century Skills”; founder and president of the Fondation Helvetica Educatio (Geneva, Switzerland); senior fellow, human capital at The Conference Board. He has worked with education systems and institutions in more than thirty countries. He was formerly Global Education Lead at Cisco Systems, visiting scholar at MIT ESG, and angel investor with Beacon Angels.  He holds a BSEE, an MBA, and six patents.   
  Rich Pearson leads the global marketing and categories teams at Upwork, a website through which freelancers in 180 countries earned over $1 billion USD last year.  He is a frequent speaker on the future of work and a passionate advocate of the digital economy’s positive social impact.  He has led Upwork’s partnerships with the World Bank, World Economic Forum and Rockefeller Foundation.  Rich holds an MBA from the Haas School of Business and a BS in Marketing and Finance from UC Berkeley.
  Chris Dede is the Timothy E. Wirth Professor in Learning Technologies at Harvard University.  His fields of scholarship include emerging technologies, policy, and leadership.  His funded research includes grants to design and study immersive simulations, scaling up educational improvements, and online professional development.   In 2007, he was honored by Harvard University as an outstanding teacher, and in 2011 he was named a Fellow of the American Educational Research Association.  His books include Scaling Up Success, Online Professional Development for Teachers, Digital Teaching Platforms, and Professional Development and Teacher Learning in the Digital Age.
Carolina Rossini  

Carolina Rossini, a Brazilian lawyer with over 15 years of experience, is the Vice President for International Rights and Strategy at Public Knowledge and a 2016 World Economic Forum Young Global Leader. Alongside her work at Public Knowledge, she is a Global Partners Digital International Associate and an X-Lab fellow. She sits on several advisory boards, including at Open Knowledge Foundation, CodingRights, Instituto Educadigital, and InternetLab. She is the founder of OER-Brazil, Previously, Carolina was a Project Director at New America Foundation’s Open Technology Institute, the International Intellectual Property Director at Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF), and a Fellow at the Berkman Center at Harvard University. Back in Brazil, she was an in-house council for Terra Networks S/A, part of Telefonica Economic Group, and a law lecturer and project coordinator at the Center for Technology and Society and Fundação Getulio Vargas. Carolina has an LLM in Intellectual Property from Boston University, a MBA from Instituto de Empresas, a MA in International Economic Negotiations from UNICAMP/UNESP, and a JD from University of Sao Paulo – USP.

Key Interveners  
Walid Al-Saqaf   Walid Al-Saqaf is a member of the Internet Society's Board of Trustees. He is a scholar in media studies at Stockholm University where his research revolves around the use of the Internet during times of conflict. While he is known in his home country Yemen for being a leading journalist as he was the publisher and editor-in-chief of Yemen Times during 1999-2005, he has become well-known internationally for founding Alkasir as a global Internet censorship mapping and circumvention solution that was used extensively during the Arab Spring to overcome website filtering in several countries in the Middle East. Featured by CNN, the Guardian, the Huffington Post and other media, Walid's work in promoting freedom of expression online was recognized by several institutions including Orebro University, which awarded him the 2010 Democracy Prize and TED, which awarded him a senior fellowship in 2012. He has participated in ICANN, RIPE, the Arab IGF, and the World Wide Web Foundation through research or active participation. Walid has also been actively promoting youth engagement in innovation and technology in Yemen through several initiatives that he started including ISOC-YE, TEDxSanaa and the Sanaa Hub, which is part of the Global Shapers Community of the World Economic Forum.


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