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DATE: October 11, 2017

DAY: Wednesday

3:30 PM - 4:45 PM


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The New Economy Forum will focus on the future of work from three areas. First, the technological innovations that will bring about changes in our workplaces and labor markets. Second, the socioeconomic impact of technological innovation. Lastly, the skills and education necessary to adapt to change and how to design policies that respond to change while ensuring sustainable and inclusive prosperity.

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New Economy Forum Future of Work

New Economy Forum Future of Work


Moderator: Christine Lagarde

Christine Lagarde

Since November 2019, Christine Lagarde has been the President of the European Central Bank. Between 2011 and 2019, she served as the eleventh Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund (IMF). Prior to that, she served as the French Economic Finance Minister from 2007 to 2011 after having been the Trade Secretary from 2005 to 2007. A lawyer by background, she practiced for 20 years with the international law firm Baker McKenzie, of which she became global chairperson in 1999. She was the first woman to serve in all of these positions.

In 2020, Lagarde was ranked the second most influential woman in the world by Forbes and has been named by TIME as one of the 100 most influential people in the world. Christine Lagarde was named Officier in the Légion d'honneur in April 2012 and Commandeur dans l’ordre national du mérite in May 2021.

Panelist: Jim Clifton

Jim Clifton is the CEO of Gallup, a global leader in public opinion research and advanced analytics. He is the creator of The Gallup Path, a metric-based economic model that establishes the linkages among human nature in the workplace, customer engagement and business outcomes. Clifton has received honorary degrees from Medgar Evers, Jackson State and Bellevue Universities. He is also a Distinguished Visiting Professor at UNC-Chapel Hill and Duke University.

Panelist: Deborah Greenfield

Deborah Greenfield is the Deputy Director-General for Policy at ILO. She leads policy, research, and statistical work across a range of labor and employment issues. Before joining the ILO, Greenfield served as the Deputy Solicitor for the U.S. Department of Labor where she advised senior officials in the Obama administration on a range of labor issues. She has more than 30 years of experience as a labor and employment attorney, and holds a J.D. with honors from the University of Pennsylvania.

Panelist: Sara Horowitz

Sara Horowitz is the Founder and Executive Director of Freelancer’s Union, a nonprofit organization that promotes the interest of 55 million independent workers in the U.S. She is also currently the Chair of the Board of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York. Horowitz received a MacArthur Foundation fellowship, was recognized as a Global Leader for Tomorrow at the World Economic Forum, and received the Eugene V. Debs Award for her contribution in building the labor movement for gig workers.

Panelist: Jeremy Johnson

Jeremy Johnson is the Co-founder and CEO of Andela, a company that recruits the most talented software engineers on the African continent and pairs them with global tech companies. Prior to founding Andela, he co-founded 2U, one of the fastest growing education technology startups to date. Johnson is recognized broadly for his work as an education innovator and a thought leader on distributed teams. He was named “30 Under 30” by Inc. Magazine in 2012 and Forbes in 2013 and 2014.

Panelist: James Manyika

James Manyika is the Chairman of the McKinsey Global Institute (MGI). Based in Silicon Valley for over 20 years, he has worked with the chief executives of many of the world’s leading technology companies on a variety of issues, including strategy and business transformation and the launch of several market-shaping products and services. Manyika also works with chief executives in other sectors on opportunities from technology and other global trends.