Investing in Skills Development to Ensure a Just Transition
Investing in Skills Development to Ensure a Just Transition
How will the transition to a clean energy economy shift economies and labor markets around the world?
Reductions in fossil fuel use and the transition to a clean energy economy portends significant shifts in economies and labor markets around the world. According to new research by Deloitte, nearly a quarter of the global workforce – over 800 million jobs – have a high vulnerability to climate extremes and economic transition impacts. These climate-related impacts are likely to be felt most acutely across the Global South, particularly in countries that are dependent on fossil fuels and extractive industries. A keen focus on economic and workforce policy coupled with near-term investment in skills training is imperative in order to minimize economic dislocation and harness the economic opportunity associated with the energy transition. This panel conversation, curated by Foreign Policy with support from Deloitte, focused on strategies for adaptive education and ways in which the public and private sectors and civil society can collaborate to facilitate a just transition by strengthening green collar workforces around the world.
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Global Audit & Assurance Sustainability and Climate Services Leader, Deloitte & Touche LLP
Kristen is a partner with Deloitte & Touche LLP and leads Sustainability and ESG Services. Kristen also serves as the Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu Limited’s Global Audit &...
Kristen is a partner with Deloitte & Touche LLP and leads Sustainability and ESG Services. Kristen also serves as the Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu Limited’s Global Audit & Assurance Sustainability and Climate Services Leader and the Integrated Reporting Community of Practice Leader. Kristen serves as a member of the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) Community, the Sustainability Accounting Standards Board (SASB) Assurance Task Force, the Sustainable Stock Exchange (SSE) Initiative Corporate Working Group, and as Chair of the AICPA Sustainability Task Force.
Kristen has more than 25 years of experience with Deloitte, beginning her career in Deloitte’s Audit and Advisory Services, working in Deloitte’s National Office in several capacities, and working with the deputy CEO of Deloitte LLP focused on regulatory and public policy matters. Kristen is a CPA (CT, MO) and CGMA and earned SASB’s Fundamentals of Sustainability Accounting (FSA) Credential. Kristen completed the Berkeley Law Executive Education Certification: ESG: Navigating the Board’s Role.
Kristen also serves as a member of the Eureka College Board of Trustees and the Financial Women’s Association. Kristen lives in Greenwich, CT, with her three-year-old daughter.
Director, Division of Global Communications and Advocacy, UNICEF
Paloma Escudero was appointed Director of the Division of Global Communications and Advocacy at UNICEF in April 2013. Bringing her extensive experience and expertise in the area...
Paloma Escudero was appointed Director of the Division of Global Communications and Advocacy at UNICEF in April 2013. Bringing her extensive experience and expertise in the areas of communications, fundraising, advocacy and brand management, she oversees UNICEF's global public outreach and communications as its senior communication official. Prior to the appointment, Ms. Escudero had already been well known among the UNICEF family as Executive Director of the Spanish National Committee. Under her management between 2007 and 2013, the Committee was transformed into a highly efficient organization ─ increasing its contribution to UNICEF programmes in over 150 developing countries and contributing significantly to emergencies such as the Haiti earthquake in 2010.
Ms. Escudero started her professional career, which spans more than two decades, in 1989 at Procter & Gamble Spain, where she was the company’s Brand Manager overseeing the marketing teams responsible for the brand repositioning of products.
After a sabbatical year spent travelling around the world with her husband, and working as an aid worker in Guatemala, Ms. Escudero joined Oxfam in 1997. In 2000, she became the Director of the Oxfam International Advocacy Office for the European Union. First based in Spain and later in Brussels, she worked on issues such as overseas development aid, external debt, humanitarian law, international agriculture and trade, and climate change.
Escudero holds a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and Business Sciences from ICADE – Universidad Pontificia Comillas in Madrid. She obtained an Erasmus grant to specialize in marketing at ESSEC Business School in Paris.
Dr. Moustapha Kamal Gueye
Global Coordinator, Green Jobs Programme, International Labour Organization (ILO)
Moustapha Kamal Gueye is the Global Coordinator of the Green Jobs Programme at the International Labour Organization. Prior to joining the ILO, he served as Head, Green Economy ...
Moustapha Kamal Gueye is the Global Coordinator of the Green Jobs Programme at the International Labour Organization. Prior to joining the ILO, he served as Head, Green Economy Advisory Services at the UN Environment Programme and Senior Programme Manager at the International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development in Geneva. Earlier, he spent twelve years across Asia working at the Institute for Global Environmental Strategies in Japan. Kamal started his career working for the UN Food and Agriculture Organization on fisheries in West Africa. He serves in several boards and committees including the UNFCCC Katowice Committee of Experts; the OECD Steering Committee on low-carbon transition in resource rich developing countries, and the UNEP GEO for Business. Kamal holds a Ph.D. from Nagoya University, Japan; DEA and LL.M from Dakar University; and Executive Certificates from the World Bank Institute; Columbia University; Foundation for Advanced Studies on International Development, Japan; and Integrated Research and Action for Development, India.
Environmental scientist, climate change activist, and YOUNGO Global South Focal Point
Dr. Pradeep Philip
Lead Partner, Deloitte Economics Institute, and author of Global Turning Point
Pradeep is the Lead Partner for Deloitte Access Economics. He has had a long and successful career in public policy, with deep expertise in economics and proven leadership exper...
Pradeep is the Lead Partner for Deloitte Access Economics. He has had a long and successful career in public policy, with deep expertise in economics and proven leadership experience. Pradeep has been a senior bureaucrat, working at the highest levels of public policy, across three jurisdictions in Australia.
Pradeep’s experience includes: Director of Policy in the Prime Minister’s office, Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services in Victoria, CEO of LaunchVic – a company established by the Victorian Government to promote start-ups and entrepreneurship – and Associate Director General of the Department of Premier and Cabinet in Queensland. He holds a PhD in Economics and Bachelor of Economics (Hons) from the University of Queensland.
Editor in Chief, Foreign Policy
Ravi Agrawal is the editor in chief of Foreign Policy, a role he assumed in November 2020 after two years as the magazine’s managing editor. Before joining FP, Agrawal worked ...
Ravi Agrawal is the editor in chief of Foreign Policy, a role he assumed in November 2020 after two years as the magazine’s managing editor. Before joining FP, Agrawal worked at CNN for more than a decade in full-time roles spanning three continents, including as the network’s New Delhi bureau chief and correspondent. Agrawal has shared a Peabody Award and three Emmy nominations for his work as a TV producer, and his writing for FP was part of a series nominated for a 2020 National Magazine Award for columns and commentary. Agrawal is the author of India Connected: How the Smartphone Is Transforming the World’s Largest Democracy. He is a graduate of Harvard University. Agrawal hosts FP’s Global Reboot podcast and is a frequent commentator on world affairs on CNN, MSNBC, NPR, and the BBC.
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