Skills For The Future

Speakers

  • Amany Asfour

    President International Federation of Business and Professional Women
  • Alberto Maria Barberis

    President Gruppo Giovani Imprenditori
  • Marian Belko

    Impact Officer European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT)

    Marian Belko graduated from political sciences, international relations, and financial management. He has dedicated his entire professional career to higher education management. He works currently at European Institute for Innovation and Technology (EIT) in Budapest as an Education Officer. In this role, he is responsible for managing the education agenda in trans-European innovation projects. Previously, Marian worked at several universities, where he was responsible for strategic management, international cooperation and relations with business partners. He has also gained experience as university lecturer and contributed to several international initiatives and research projects.

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  • Fabrizia Benini

    Head of Unit DG CNECT F4, European Commission

    Head of Unit for Digital Economy and Skills in the Directorate General for Communication Networks, Content and Technology of the European Commission. A lawyer by training, Fabrizia joined the European Commission in 1995 and has since worked in the Internal Market, Competition and Maritime Affairs Directorates Generals. She also served in the private office of Antonio Tajani, at the time Vice-President in charge of Entrepreneurship and Industry. Throughout her career she has worked on the intersection between regulatory frameworks and technological developments taking into account the users' perspective. At present, her work focuses on the digital economy, its measurement and the impact digital development may have on the labour market and on skills. Currently one of her main tasks is to devise policy responses to the current digital skills gap.

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  • Loubna Bensalah

    Maroc Art'Chimiste

    Loubna BENSALAH, is an ex professor of communication and public speaking at the University Mohamed 5, in Rabat. Aware of the state of women in morocco, the young lady decides to mobilize instead of wishing that things change. On 2016, she launched he project “I Walk With Her”, where she walked around 1000km, along the Moroccan Atlantic coast, to meet women, especially on rural areas.

    After her first experience, she got familiar with her concept and went for a second one, but this time in Tunisia. She, again, walked around 1000km for the exact same reasons.

    All the meetings, discussions, exchanges, testimonies… that she had with the women she met showed her that the women need to free their body and word.

    Once she was back, she started working with her reduced team on a project she named “Kayna” (a word in the Moroccan dialect that means “I exist and I act”).

    The project kept the idea of walking as a concept, but Loubna didn’t walk alone anymore: every single woman can join the walk and activities this time.

    The initiative is a feminine walk, launched at the end of March 2018, to conquer the public space. Their goal is to make women’s voice heard and to involve youth in society.

    After the primary edition, in Safi, and the launch edition, in Rabat, “Kayna” officially started.

  • Silvia Cambie

    European Lead for Watson Workspace Ecosystem IBM

    Silvia is a thought leader in digital transformation, passionate about emerging technologies. She began championing social channels ten years ago and has worked with multilaterals like the UNDP and the European Commission on international development projects. Silvia started her career in business journalism reporting from post-Cold War Czechoslovakia and Central Asia.

    At IBM, Silvia is Europe Lead for Watson Workspace Ecosystem helping business partners understand AI and apply it to the new way to work.

    Silvia is a published author and, since 2007, has been writing a blog on the impact of tech on communication.

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  • Eduarda Castel Branco

    European Training Foundation

    Extensive experience in international cooperation, with thematic concentration in skills anticipation and matching and qualifications systems and frameworks. In 2010-2011 worked as a policy officer in the European Commission, at DG Education and Culture.

    Coordinates the network on skills anticipation and matching - “Make it Match” - supported by the Eastern Partnership Platforms. In 2017 coordinated the renewal of the skills forecasting model Ukraine, and development of the concept for the Labour Market Observatory in Azerbaijan. From 2018 coordinates the ETF project “Big Data 4LMIS”.

    In 2013-2016 represented ETF at the Advisory Group of European Qualifications Framework. Drafted notes on cooperation of ETF partner countries with EQF.

  • Borhene Chakroun

    Head of Section UNESCO
  • Themis Christophidou

    Director-General for Education, Youth, Sport and Culture European Commission

    Themis Christophidou is a European public servant who became Director-General for education, youth, sport and culture of the European Commission, in March 2018.

    She is a civil engineer with 32 years of experience in private and public sector management.

    Since she joined the European Commission in 2001, she held various positions in the Directorate-General for Regional and Urban policy; as Deputy Head of Cabinet of Androulla Vassiliou, Commissioner for education, culture, multilingualism, youth and sport, 2010-2011; as Head of Cabinet of Maria Damanaki, Commissioner for maritime affairs and fisheries, 2011-2014; and as Head of Cabinet of Christos Stylianides, Commissioner for humanitarian aid and crisis management, 2014-2018.

    Born in Famagusta, Cyprus, she is trilingual Greek, French, English.

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  • Jordi Currell

    Director for "Labour Mobility" in the Directorate General for Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion European Commission

    Jordi Curell has a law background and since 1986 has worked in different positions in the European Commission, including in DG Employment, where he was responsible for coordinating the preparation and implementation of the European Social Agenda and afterwards in DG Education and Culture at the head of the Directorate for "Higher Education and International Affairs", where he led the negotiations on the new Erasmus+ programme.

    He is presently Director for "Labour Mobility" in the Directorate General for Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion. The Directorate is responsible for enhancing labour and social considerations in the EU's overall external and trade policy, as well as developing the relations with international organisations, third countries and regions, including the EU strategic partners and the European neighbourhood in these fields. He is in charge of advancing high quality labour mobility within the EU by promoting free movement of workers and by facilitating the coordination of social security systems.

  • Mirjam De Jong

    Specialist in Qualification Systems European Training Foundation (ETF)

    Mirjam de Jong, European Training Foundation, has been involved in Vocational Education and Training throughout her working career; as technician, as teacher and as company trainer. She worked for many years on qualification and curricula development at a Dutch sectoral body for the process industries. She led bilateral projects in Eastern Europe and Asia, providing technical assistance on development and implementation of vocational qualifications and curricula, assessment and teacher training. As specialist in qualification systems at ETF, Mirjam works with partner countries in South Eastern Europe and Turkey on implementation of national qualification frameworks and quality improvement of qualifications.

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  • Mario Deaglio

    Professor of International Economics University of Turin
  • Zeynep Dereli

    Founder and CEO Tink Technology and Humanity Colleges

    Zeynep Dereli, the Founder and CEO of Tink is an educational innovator who has been nominated for numerous awards just one year after the launch. She and her team have developed an educational ecosystem that embeds e-learning with the classroom allowing for entrepreneurial minded teaching and peer learning. Partnerships with the largest corporations in Turkey add another layer to this ecosystem proving much needed real life experience to Tink teachers and students.

    Tink, Technology and Human Colleges, is the first and leading chain of applied technology mid to high schools in Turkey. Based on its uniquely designed curriculum and e-learning platform Tink has converted 21st century skills training to students’ academic curricula.

    Tink students are future ready with a special focus on digital competencies and personal skills.

    Tink has become a thought leader in Turkey and is planning to expand its school network via its franchise management system.

    Zeynep holds a master's degree in Development Economics from SOAS University in London and a degree in Engineering and Middle Eastern Studies from Princeton University.

    She is one of the founders of Endeavour Turkey and is on the boards of TÜBİSAD and Digit4Turkey.

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  • Patrick Develtere

    Principal Advisor European Political Strategy Centre - European Commission

    Patrick Develtere is Principal Adviser for European Social Policy at the European Political Strategy Centre (EPSC), the in-house think tank of the European Commission. Before joining the EPSC, he was the President of the Belgian Christian Workers’ Movement (Beweging.net). Beweging.net is one of the largest civil society networks in Belgium with over 4.5 million members and over 250,000 volunteers involved in trade union, mutual society and other civil association activities. Patrick also teaches ‘politics and society in developing countries’ and ‘international development cooperation’ at the University of Leuven, Belgium. Earlier, he was the Director of HIVA, Research Institute for Work and Society of the same university.

    Patrick has a PhD in Social Sciences and has been a visiting professor at the University of Saskatoon (UoS - Canada), the Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM - Canada) and the Université de Kinshasa (UNIKIN - DRCongo) among others. From 2010 to 2017 he was a member of the Board of the European Social Observatory.

    Career Highlights:

    • President, Belgian Christian Workers' Movement, 2010-2017
    • Director, HIVA – Research Institute for Work and Society (KU Leuven), 2007-2010

    Academic Highlights:

    • PhD in Social Sciences, KU Leuven (Belgium), 1994

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  • Paulo Feliciano

    Vice-President Institute for Employment and Vocational Training, Portugal
  • Anastasia Fetsi

    Head of Operations Department European Training Foundation (ETF)

    Since January 2015 Anastasia Fetsi is Head of the Operations Department in the European Training Foundation (ETF). She is an economist and has a long experience on skills development policies in transition economies. As staff member of ETF since 1996 she analysed labour markets and skills matching mechanisms in countries of Eastern Europe, Western Balkans, Central Asia and North Africa; advised policy makers in adapting vocational education and training (VET) systems to emerging socio-economic needs; designed EU programmes in VET and employment. In a managerial role Anastasia guided the ETF work in the fields of qualifications, skills and migration, education and social inclusion; VET prnvision and quality assurance; entrepreneurial learning and enterprise skills.

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  • Vusal Gasimli

    Executive Director Economic Reforms and Communication

    Vusal Gasimli currently serves as Executive Director of the Center for Analysis of Economic Reforms and Communication since 2016. Prior to this role, Dr. Gasimli served as Head of the Department of the Center for Strategic Studies from 2011 to 2016. In 2013, he was a guest scholar in the Korea Institute for International Policy. From 2009 to 2010, he worked as a Expert at the European Union. Between 2003 and 2O07, he was President of ANS PRESS Publishing House. Dr. Gasimli is a specialist in macroeconomics, economic development, competitiveness, modernization, and geo-economics. In recent years, he has hosted and participated in more than twenty academic research projects, published about 500 articles, and wrote or co-authored ten books. Dr. Gasimli's book Resource-rich Countries was published in 2013 in Germany and Geo-economics was published in 2015 in Turkey. He has delivered lectures in Washington University, California University in Los Angeles, Hanyan University, Milan University, Warsaw University, Hankuk University, Cairo American University, Rio de Janeiro University etc. Dr. Gasimli earned his Master of Arts in Economics from the Azerbaijani State Economic University in 1997 and a Master of Arts in Journalism from the Georgian Institute of Public Affairs in 2004. He earned a PhD in Economics in 2009 and Doctor of Science in 2017. He knows Azerbaijani, English, Russian, Spanish (elementary), and Turkish.

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  • Douja Gharbi

    1-st Vice-President CONECT

    Serial entrepreneur, Business and Entrepreneurship consultant and Mentor with a strong community development motivation. Expert on Entrepreneurship and Investment Promotion. President of CEDE- Entrepreneurship Center and Endogenious Development, Vice-President of CONECT- Confederation of Citizen Companies in Tunisia and vice-president of FPAM- Finance Participative en Afrique et Méditerranée and recently appointed High Commissioner Tunisia to WBAF-World Business Angel Forum. Specialized in project management, entrepreneurship and employment projects, focus on ecosystems development, value chains development, CSR strategies, Social Business, business counselling and training.

    Has a master degree from the University of Economics and Management of Tunis. Condensed training in Business Administration by the Beyster Institute of the University of California (MEPI Program in San Diego-USA), training on export techniques, management and capacity development of Women in Africa (ICT and Trade Facilitation Office Canada program), Business Training and counselling of UNIDO (ARCEI Program Bahrain).

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  • Eva Giovannini

    RAI

    Italian TV Journalist for public Tv (RaiTre), where she works as a reporter covering the main european issues. She is now part of the team of "Mezz'ora in più", one of the most popular talk shows. She was part of the special commission of "EURO SAGGI" selectioned by former President of Italian Chamber of Deputies, Laura Boldrini (2017). She presented two editions of Strega Prize, the most prestigious Italian literary award (RaiTre, 2017-2018). "Europa Anno Zero: The Rise of Nationalism" (Marsilio, 2015) is her first book.

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  • Sidney Roy Thomas Haberland

    Representative of the European Apprentices Network European Network for Young Apprentices/ KulturLife, Gemany

    German, born and raised in the north of Germany where he still works and lives today.He finished High School at a vocational school and is currently doing his apprenticeship at Kulturlife as an office management assistant. Kulturlife is a non-profit cultural exchange organization and through that work Sidney developed his interest for international issues. He has participated to an internship abroad in England last year. Because of that experience he wants every apprentice to have the chance to be part of a mobility program to gain more knowledge in terms of vocational work.

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  • Majdi Hassen

    Directorate for Education IACE
  • Stefaan Hermans

    Executive Director Directorate for Education, Youth, Sport and Culture, European Commission
  • Shada Islam

    Director Friends of Europe

    Shada Islam is Director of Europe and Geopolitics at Friends of Europe, a renowned and influential independent think tank based in Brussels. Ms Islam has spent most of her professional life researching, writing and speaking about the European Union’s relations with Asia. She has built up a reputation in both Asia and Europe as a leading commentator, analyst and writer as well as a fresh and original thought leader on EU-Asia relations.

    Last year, Ms Islam was selected as one of the 20 most influential women in Brussels by the magazine Politico. She is also a Solvay Fellow at the Vrije University Brussel (VUB).

  • Jaana Kettunen

    Vice Director, Research coordinator Finnish Institute for Educational Research

    Dr. Jaana Kettunen is a Researcher at the Finnish Institute for Educational Research of the University of Jyväskylä, Finland. ln her work she has been focusing on the design and use of information and communications technology (lCT) in learning and working environments. She has extensive experience on training, supporting and working with practitioners throughout Europe. Her research interest is on the role of ICT and social media in career guidance. lt is both theoretical and practical: it aims at the development of theory-based and evidence-informed pedagogical practices. Recently her research has also focused on the ethical practice in social networking and in the role of ICT in relation to national lifelong guidance policies.

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  • Regina Kleingeld

    Manager Credential Evaluation Cooperation Organisation for Vocational Education, Training and Labour Market

    Regina Kleingeld is currently manager Credential Evaluation at the Cooperation Organisation Education, Training and Labour Market (SBB). SBB executes legal tasks for senior secondary vocational education and training and the labour market. In this position at SBB she is responsible for credential evaluation of diplomas in senior secondary vocational education and training and for internationalization. Before that she was director Director of the National Coordination Point for the Netherlands Qualifications Framework (NLQF) and responsible for the implementation of the EQF/NLQF in the Netherlands. Regina worked for the Dutch Ministry of Education, Culture and Science in various positions especially in the field of Life Long Learning and Vocational Education and Training.

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  • M’hammed Kouidmi

    Founder and CEO Business Wise
  • Gerardo Larghi

    Member European Economic and Social Committee (EESC)
  • Sangheon Lee

    Director, Employment Policy Department International Labour Organization (ILO)

    Sangheon LEE is the Director of the Employment Policy Department of the ILO which leads ILO's action for promoting full and productive employment by developing integrated employment, development and skills policies.

    Before his current position, he was the Special Adviser to the Deputy Director-General for Policy on Economic and Social Issues (2014-18), providing advice on analytical work, policy development and advocacy across a range of economic, employment and social issues as well as coordinating ILO's work at multilateral fora such as G20, G7, and BRICS.

    Mr. Lee has written extensively on economic, employment and labour issues, including articles in the International Labour Review and Socio-Economic Review, as well as editing volumes under the global research project of Regulating for Decent Work (Palgrave Macmillan). He is also one of the main authors of ILO flagship reports such as the Global Wage Report and the World Employment and Social Outlook. He co-authored Working Time around the World (2007 Routledge).

    Mr Lee holds a PhD in Economics from Cambridge University.

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  • Ioannis Maghiros

    Head of Unit Joint Research Center, European Commission

    loannis Maghiros is Head of the Human Capital and Employment unit of the Directorate General Joint Research Centre of the European Commission (DG JRC/B4). He has been working for the European Commission since 1990 on various research activities in the scientific area of the Digital Transformation of society and the economy . The unit he leads supports policy initiatives in the areas of education and training, skills and competences, the changing nature of work and implications for the European welfare state. His research interests focus on educating people to make the best of their potential in the digital age.

  • Fabio Mercorio

    Assistant Professor University of Milan-Bicocca

    Fabio Mercorio, is Assistant Professor of Computer Science at University of Milan-Bicocca. He received his PhD in 2012. His interests include Artificial Intelligence and Big Data. His main contribution is in the design and development of an automated algorithm for performing Data Quality Cleaning through AI. In 2015 he was visiting researcher at AI Planning Group at King's College London. As member of the CRISP research centre, since 2011 he has been involved in many International projects related to Labour Market Intelligence through AI. He is Associate Editor of AICom, the European Journal of AI.

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  • Mario Mezzanzanica

    Professor- Scientific Director of the CRISP University of Milan-Bicocca

    He is Associate Professor of Computer Science at the University of Milano-Bicocca where he leads both the Department of Statistics and Quantitative Methods and the "CRISP" centre - Inter University Research Centre on public services. His research interests include Information Systems, Big Data, Business Intelligence and Knowledge Discovery, with a particular focus on Labour Market Intelligence.

    In the last years, he is leading several projects on LMI for studying, designing and implementing Big Data systems for real-time analysis based on Web Job Vacancies. He authored more than 100 research articles.

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  • Paolo Mulassano

    Direttore Innovazione di Impatto Compagnia di San Paolo

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  • Anna Muraveva

    Leading Expert Center for VET Studies

    Dr Anna Muraveva, senior researcher at the Centre for Vocational Education and Training (VET) Studies, Moscow, Russia; expert of the National Qualifications Council of the Russian Federation. Author of numerous publications and articles in domestic and international sources on education in the field of knowledge-based economy, qualifications frameworks development, social partnership, occupational and VET standards and curricula development, VET teacher training; quality assurance in VET and higher education, internationalization in education, greening VET, adult education and training.

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  • Cesare Onestini

    Director European Training Foundation (ETF)

    Cesare Onestini is the Director of the European Training Foundation since 1 September 2017. Mr Onestini combines a background in education and training policy with extensive experience in policy development and management at the highest level in the European Union.

    Mr Onestini is a graduate of Oxford University, where he achieved a doctorate in higher education policy. He joined the European Commission in 1995, working for six years in education and training policy before serving in a variety of roles in energy, trade, the Secretariat General and external relations, where he was Head of Political and Security Council Affairs in the EU Delegation to the United Nations in New York. Mr Onestini joined the European External Action Service in 2010, playing a key role in setting the service up, as advisor to the Chief Operating Officer and Head of the Corporate Board Secretariat, before his appointment as Deputy Head of the EU Delegation to India and Bhutan, where he served for three years.

  • Biljana Radonjic Ker-Lindsay

    EBRD - European Bank for Reconstruction and Development
  • Thomas Roca

    Data Strategist Microsoft, LinkedIn

    Thomas is an Economist and Data Strategist at Microsoft & Linkedln. He conducts economic research about the impact of Artificial Intelligence and automation on the labor market. Thomas' favorite field of research is at the cross roads between data-science and socio-economic analysis.

    Thomas gives data-training for the United Nation System Staff College in collaboration with Data-Pop Alliance (ODI, MIT media Lab, Harvard HHI).

    ln his previous roles, Thomas was researcher and statistician at the Agence Française de Développement - France's Bilateral Cooperation Bank. Thomas lead a research program on alternative welfare indicators, Big Data for Development and data visualization.

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  • Agnes Roman

    Advisor European Trade Union Confederation - ETUC / ETUCE
  • Guido Saracco

    Rector Politecnico di Torino
  • Besa Shahini

    Deputy Minister Ministry of Education, Sport and Youth

    Besa Shahini is the Deputy Minister for Education, Youth and Sport in the Republic of Albania. Prior to joining the Albanian government, for 15 years Besa worked as a policy analyst for think tanks based in Berlin, Brussels and Prishtina. Her work took her South East Europe and South Caucasus, looking at EU integration, development and education issues. Besa holds an MPP from the Hertie School of Governance in Berlin, Germany.

  • Oleksandr Shubin

    Vice-President for Social and Economic Issues Federation of Trade Unions of Ukraine

    Experienced professional with wide experience of work in Ukraine in all three parties of social dialogue on expert and top managerial positions and as head of national secretariat for social dialogue.

    Doctor of Philosophy in Economics, Master of International Law, Master of International Relations.

    Former Secretary General of Ukraine National Tripartite Social and Economic Council, Head of Secretariat, Strategic Programs Director of the Institute for Strategic Studies, Ltd., Deputy Head of State Property and Equity Agency of Ukraine. Used to work on different positions in the Ministry of Industrial Policy of Ukraine.

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  • Siria Taurelli

    Strategic Project Leader European Training Foundation (ETF)

    Siria Taurelli is leading the VET Governance strategic project at the ETF.

    VET Governance refers to the concept of good multi-level governance of the EU. In the ETF work, this concept applies to legislative, institutional and financing arrangements of VET systems. She is coordinating the ETF study, aimed at comparing types and forms of PPPs in the skills development domain, internationally and in Jordan, Kazakhstan, Serbia and Ukraine. The study started in 2018 and results are expected in 2019.

    Siria has been working on lifelong learning with focus on continuing VET, skills for enterprise development, equity and human capital development thematic areas. She is experienced in project evaluation and impact assessment.

    She is author and contributor to a number of ETF briefings and publications, on social partners’ engagement in VET, country progress indicators, Torino Process analysis, VET sector in Morocco, and others.

  • Birgit Thomann

    Head of Department BIBB

    Birgit Thomann is director and head of department "VET International" at BIBB, the Federal Institute for Vocational Education and Training in Germany. She holds master degrees in social sciences as well as in adult education. After gaining international experience in France and the Middle East, Mrs. Thomann worked three years as a senior advisor for VET and team leader of a bilateral VET project in the Western Balkans. She is an appointed member in an expert committee on education at the German Commission for UNESCO and lecturer at the University (TU) of Darmstadt.

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  • Sahin Tuna

    Vice President Turkey Small and Medium Enterprises (KOSGEB)
  • Gazmend Turdiu

    Deputy Secretary General Regional Cooperation Council

    Mr. Gazmend Turdiu took office as Head of Program Department at the Secretariat of the Regional Cooperation Council (RCC) on 2 September 2013. On 1 March 2014 he was appointed Deputy Secretary General of RCC. Mr. Turdiu joined the diplomatic service of Albania in May 1992 and held several positions, both in Albania and abroad.

    At the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of his country, Mr. Turdiu has held the position of the Director of the Department for Euro Atlantic Cooperation (1998-2000), Director of the Department of Europe (2003), Director General for Legal and Consular Affairs (2008-2009) and Secretary General of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (2009-2013). From 2001 to 2002, Mr. Turdiu served as Director General for Coordination of Foreign Aid at the Albanian Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Trade. Mr. Turdiu was Ambassador of Albania in Bern, Switzerland (1992-1997), and Ambassador of Albania in Berlin, Germany (2003-2008).

    During his career, Mr. Turdiu has been member of the Board of Governors of the International Atomic Energy Agency (2009), President of the 10th Meeting of the States Parties to the Ottawa Convention (2010-2011) and member of the Council of Foundation of the Geneva Center for Humanitarian Demining (2010 to 2013).

    Mr. Turdiu holds a Civil Engineering Degree from the University of Tirana. Born on 6 April 1959, he speaks Albanian, English and Italian. He is married and has two children.

  • Giorgio Vernoni

    Senior Researcher Centro Einaudi and IRES Piemonte

    Giorgio Vernoni is an expert in labor economics. He is currently researcher at IRES Piemonte - Regional Institute of Economic Research. He is also associate of the Laboratorio Riccardo Revelli - Centre for Employment Studies and editorial collaborator of the Centro Einaudi of Turin, where he also contributes to the Report on Global Economy and Italy.

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  • Loukas Zahilas

    Head of Department CEDEFOP

    Dr Loukas Zahilas is Head of Department for VET Systems and Institutions at Cedefop. He studied Chemistry and IT and he has a PhD in educational policies. After a six-year stint in the industry he has concentrated his efforts entirely on education and training. His more than 24 years of professional experience in VET were mainly acquired at the Greek Ministry of Education and Cedefop. He served for many years at various Directorate posts representing Greece in EU bodies and groups. He joined Cedefop in 2006 working on qualifications and the EU tools. Currently he is member of Cedefop's management team.

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  • Helmut Zelloth

    Strategic Project Leader European Training Foundation (ETF)

    Helmut Zelloth is a Strategic Project Leader and Senior Specialist in VET Policies and Systems at the European Training Foundation (ETF). He joined ETF in year 2000 and works on VET policies, career guidance, work-based learning (WBL) and apprenticeships. He worked in more than 60 countries, is author of ETF position papers on career guidance and on WBL and a frequent invited speaker at international events. He published in international books and journals, co-edited international publications, such as ‘The Architecture of Innovative Apprenticeship’ and is co-editor of a forthcoming special edition of the British Journal for Guidance and Counselling. He has been member of several European Commission Expert and Working Groups, is Board Member of the ICCDPP-International Centre for Career Development and Public Policy and of INAP-International Network of Innovative Apprenticeships. He holds a master degree in philosophy, psychology and pedagogy, and geography with economic focus from the University for Educational Sciences in Klagenfurt/Austria