10th ADB International Skills Forum: A New Era Digitalized and Climate-Resilient Human and Social Development


10th ADB International Skills Forum: A New Era Digitalized and Climate-Resilient Human and Social Development

17 October 2023 to 19 October 2023

ADB organized the10th International Skills Forum, an innovative gathering of Asia-Pacific stakeholders and global experts focused on the transformative power of technology in education. The event explored vital themes like digital transformation, climate change, and interdisciplinary learning to forge innovative, skilled, and sustainable future.

Program and Learning Materials: 
Date Session / Activity Presentation Material Speaker(s)
17 Oct 2023 Opening Opening Session
Jost Wagner, Fatima Yasmin, Jutta Urpilainen, Shanti Jagannathan
17 Oct 2023 Keynote and Plenary Session 1 Reimagining Human and Social Development for Digitalized and Climate-Resilient Economies
This plenary panel of policy makers and education leaders will outline a new vision for education in an increasingly technology-enabled world where economies...
Fernando Reimers, Romny Om, Don Pomb Polye, Rukmini Banerji, A. Lin Goodwin, Ayako Inagaki
17 Oct 2023 Plenary Session 2 Unlocking the Future of Learning: Leveraging Big Data and Generative AI for Educational Excellence
This session centers on sharing comprehensive market and sector data, spotlighting the EdTech and AI realms in education.
Stephanie KC Hung, Anant Agarwal, Patrick Brothers, Rafaelita Aldaba, Yaacob Bin Ibrahim
17 Oct 2023 Plenary Session 3 Round Table of University Presidents and Leaders: Rethinking the Future of Higher Education (HE)
This session delves into the exciting realm of reimagining higher education for the future.
Sungsup Ra, Tirso Ronquillo, Jekuk Chang, Ojat Darojat, G.A.S Ginigaddara, Anju Sharma
17 Oct 2023 Spotlight Session 4A Adopting Tech-inclusive Approaches to Learning Quality, Assessment, and Reforms to Scale-up Education Access
In an era where technology has become an indispensable enabler in education, our panel of distinguished experts dive deeper into the vital components ...
Jian Jeffrey Xu, Angeles Cortesi, Paulina Pannen, Amit Kaushik, Masahiro Fukuhara, Bo Chankoulika
17 Oct 2023 Spotlight Session 4B Empowering Tomorrow's Workforce: Reshaping Skills and Careers in the 4th Industrial Revolution
This session encapsulates the latest strides in the 4th Industrial Revolution, spotlighting the evolving job landscape and the pressing demand for new...
Fook Yen Chong, Ravi Bhushan Singh, Dan Lachica, Raimund Klein, Giovanni Crisona, Linda C K Lim
17 Oct 2023 Roundtable Session 4C Economists’ Round Table: Investing in Human Capital in a Post-Pandemic Era
This session discusses strategic pathways for sustaining investment during economic crises, shedding light on the evidence-backed efficacy of EdTech solutions...
Albert Park, Elizabeth King, Najma Rajah, Alisa DiCaprio, Thomas Kelly
17 Oct 2023 Regional Session 5A Scaling Innovative Education Projects in South Asia
This session spotlights a curated selection of 3-5 projects in South Asia, distinguished by their strong alignment with digital transformation (DT), climate...
Gi Soon Song, Shamsun Naher, Norbu Wangchuk, Anju Sharma, Dilli Ram Luintel, Nihal Ranasinghe
17 Oct 2023 Regional Session 5B Scaling Innovative Education Projects in Southeast Asia and Pacific
This session presents a case study from Thailand (Bio Green Circular economy) and one on the implementation of the Pacific Regional Education Framework...
Lynnette Perez, Kitipong Promwong, Filipe Jitoko, Wayne Mendiola, John Kaltau, Lay Phallin, Taufan Marhaendrajana
17 Oct 2023 Regional Session 5C Scaling Innovative Education Projects in Central West Asia and East Asia
This session spotlights a curated selection of 3-5 projects Central West Asia and East Asia, distinguished by their strong alignment with digital transformation...
Sofia Shakil, Lamei Luo, Shao Wen Zheng, Tamar Kitiashvili, Zohaib Mushtaq, Lisa Lahalih
17 Oct 2023 Story-telling Session 5D Teacher Digital Learning: Teachers’ Own Stories
This session delves into captivating storytelling presentations by teachers from Cambodia, Indonesia, the Philippines, and Viet Nam as they narrate their...
Jost Wagner
Date Session / Activity Presentation Material Speaker(s)
18 Oct 2023 Keynote and Plenary 6 Charting the Course for Climate-Smart Education and a Just Transition
Ramesh Subramaniam, Kelly Sims Gallagher, Toru Kubo, Christina Kwauk, Dimple Quyn, Prof. Wim van den Doel, Rika Yorozu
18 Oct 2023 Special Session Introduction to the Innovation Marketplace
This session showcases Innovative Practices across K-12, TVET and HE, and Tech Startups.
18 Oct 2023 Thematic Session 7A Greening the Curriculum for a Climate-Smart Future
This session offers a unique opportunity to explore the status of climate education, both regionally and globally.
A. Lin Goodwin, Kati Anttalainen, Bert Tuga, Seow Ing Tricia Chin, Ji-Youn Seo
18 Oct 2023 Thematic Session 7B Transforming Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) for a Green and Just Transition
This session discusses the strategic significance of the TVET sector as it becomes a cornerstone of a sustainable and equitable future.
Sameer Khatiwada, Shaun Wellbourne-Wood, Manuela Prina, Navonil Das, Ronald Jacobs, Shri Nilambuj Sharan
18 Oct 2023 Roundtable Session 7C Round Table of CEOs of Foundations- Boosting the Role of Philanthropic Organizations in Scaling Quality Education and Skills
This roundtable session delves into the evolving landscape of philanthropic agencies and foundations’ involvement in the education sector.
Shanti Jagannathan, Fahad Hamad Hassan Al-Sulaiti, Chris Shahinian, Stanley Lee, Padraig Power, Hassan Al-Mulla
18 Oct 2023 Innovative Marketplace 8D Classroom Teaching and Learning Demonstration
Embark on an immersive learning journey with education technology through six 15-minute classroom demonstration sessions run by educators from K-12, TVET...
Date Session / Activity Presentation Material Speaker(s)
19 Oct 2023 Thematic Session 9A Gender-Transformative Education for a Climate-Resilient Future
The session highlights the role gender-transformative education plays in achieving a sustainable and climate-resilient future.
Zonibel Woods, Christina Kwauk, Sana Kazmi, Cindy Bryson, Coldrine Kolae
19 Oct 2023 Cross-Sectoral Session 9B Professionalizing the Care Economy through Skills, Training, and Quality Jobs
The session examines education at the intersection of other sectors such as health workforce and medical education, energy transition mechanisms, sustainable...
Dinesh Arora, Tran Nhu Minh Hanh, Sudath Warnakulasuriya, Margrieta Langins, Ian Curran
19 Oct 2023 Cross-Sectoral Session 9C Scaling Private Sector Investment in Education and Training
This session provides a detailed look at how private sector investment is shaping the education and training landscape.
Aniruddha Vinaykumar Patil, Nandita Ganapathy, Bui Thanh Hang, Quang Minh Dam, Jianfeng Hu, Jiraporn Kerdchoochuen
19 Oct 2023 Cross-Sectoral Session 10A Boosting Capabilities for the Digital Creative Industry
This session spotlights the importance of digital creative industries for inclusive growth and the future of quality jobs and underscores the need to ...
Shanti Jagannathan, Ludovica De Santis, Rafaelita Aldaba, Yee Ler Lau, Sergio Vinay
19 Oct 2023 Cross-Sectoral Session 10B Re- and Upskilling for Quality Jobs in the E-Mobility and Rail Industry
This session focuses on skills development for high-quality jobs in the e-mobility and rail industry.
James Leather, Mark Holmes, Kathleen Contreras, Navonil Das, Hiroaki Shiraishi
19 Oct 2023 Cross-Sectoral Session 10C Establishing Global High-Tech Agricultural University Network
This session explores the dynamic intersection of education, training, and the rapidly evolving landscape of Hi-tech and Sustainable Agriculture.
Sungsup Ra, Chang-gil Kim, Emdadul Haque Chowdhury, Rossana Marie Amongo, Bakhadir Mirzaev Suyunovich, Iqrar Ahmad Khan, Erika Budiarti Laconi
19 Oct 2023 Closing Keynote and Remarks Putting “Space” in the Future of Education and Jobs
Shelli Brunswick, Ayako Inagaki, Gi Soon Song, Lynnette Perez, Sofia Shakil, Shanti Jagannathan, Sungsup Ra


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