BNN Spotlight: Dr. Ilham Mansour Al-Dakheel, Chair of the B20 Saudi Arabia Future of Work & Education Task Force
What does it mean to you personally to head the B20 Future of Work & Education Task Force?
Leading the task force on the Future of Work & Education is incredibly important to me, as I have devoted much of my professional life to the advancement of education across age, race, gender and social groups. Saudi Arabia has made great strides to create equity for education, and to be the leader of this task force as Saudi Arabia hosts the G20 Summit for the first time is an honor.
I have experience in both the private and public sectors working on education matters. These issues, of course, do not only affect Saudi Arabia and I am excited to push the policy recommendations of this task force into all G20 countries.
I hope to drive the conversation about work and education into the new decade as we tackle issues such as automation and gender equality in the workplace. The future of work and education is the future of our society, and the goal is to train the next generation for the workforce and retrain those in jobs that have been lost due to automation.
I am incredibly proud to take on the responsibility of chair of the Future of Work & Education Task Force and I look forward to working with my counterparts as we drive these issues to the forefront of policy decisions.
Can you provide an overview of the priorities for your task force?
The Future of Work & Education Task Force will address persistent challenges such as unemployment and poverty, inequalities and inefficiencies in labor markets, education, training and job opportunities. The arrival of the 4th industrial revolution accelerates the urgency to address these deficiencies. G20 nations need to prepare effectively for the impending technological, economic and demographic challenges facing the world. The task force has identified three priority themes for the B20 Summit:
- Enabling dynamic and responsible labor markets;
- Designing future-ready education; and
- Upgrading the workforce and skills.