Economy and Future of Work

Building the economy with people at its heart


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This stage examines how Covid-19 and other recent economic shocks have changed the way we live, work and do business. We explore how the revolution in technology has accelerated upheaval in our working lives; how the pandemic has overturned how we value the work people do; and how we can build a better, more resilient future – with people at its heart. We identify the most pressing opportunities and challenges and the best strategies for recovery. The choices we make now will shape the future of our working lives for decades to come.


Darren Jones MP

Member of Parliament, Bristol North West Panel

Emily Kennedy

President & Cofounder Marinus Analytics Panel

Nyasha Weinberg

Research Fellow The Bingham Centre for the Rule of Law

Laura Ellis

Head of New Technology Forecasting BBC Panel

Claire Wardle

Executive Director First Draft Panel

Matthew Stadlen

Presenter LBC Panel

Chris Yiu

Executive Director - Technology and Public Policy Tony Blair Institute for Global Change Panel

Andrew Pakes

Research Director Prospect Union Panel

Damian Bradfield

Chief Creative Officer WeTransfer Fireside

Brian Komar

Vice President, Global Impact Engagement Salesforce Panel

Jim Knight

Chief Education & External Officer TES Panel

Tera Allas

Director of Research & Economics McKinsey & Company Panel

Osvald Bjelland

Founder and Chairman Xynteo Fireside

Dr. Chris Brauer

Director of Innovation in the Institute of Management Studies Goldsmiths University of London Fireside

William Hobbs

Chief Investment Officer Barclays Panel

Ann Cairns

Executive Vice Chairman Mastercard Fireside

Jennifer Dixon

Chief Executive The Health Foundation Panel

Jacqueline O’Reilly

Director of ESRC Digital Futures at Work Research Centre University of Sussex Panel

Hanna Johnson

COO Public Panel

Sir Christopher Pissarides

Co-Chair, Institute for the Future of Work and Nobel Lalaureate in Economics Institute for the Future of Work Panel

Peter Cheese

CEO Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development Panel

Naomi Climer CBE

Co-Chair Institute for the Future of Work Panel

Professor James Hayton

Professor of Entrepreneurship and Organisational Resilience Warwick Business School Panel

Daniel Susskind

Fellow in Economics, Balliol College University of Oxford Panel

Adam Durant

Chief Executive Officer Satavia Panel

Theo Blackwell MBE

Chief Digital Officer for London Greater London Authority Fireside

Roopa Dandamudi

Senior Project Manager XPRIZE Panel

Zahra Davidson

Director Enrol Yourself Panel

Lilian Edwards

Professor of Law, Innovation & Society Newcastle University Panel

Deb Oxley

CEO Employee Ownership Association Panel

Samuel Marleau Ouellet

Director, Artificial Intelligence Hub Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada / Government of Canada Panel

Dr. Zhenzhi Chng

Director (National AI Office) Smart Nation and Digital Government Office - Singapore Panel

Andy Haldane

Chief Economist Bank of England Keynote

Caroline Gorski

Group Director Rolls-Royce Keynote

Rachel Gawley

Programme Director Emergent Alliance Panel

Jason Stockwood

Founder and Partner 53 Degrees Capital Panel

Professor Sir Michael Marmot

Director UCL Institute of Health Equity Panel

Sana Khareghani

Head UK Office for Artificial Intelligence Panel

David Hughes

CEO Association of Colleges Panel

Anthony O’Sullivan

Director Whiteshield Partners Panel

Camille Francois

Chief Innovation Officer Graphika

Arbel Vigodny

COO Zzapp Malaria Panel

Caitrin Armstrong

CTO Aifred Health Panel

Jackie Ashley

Chair The National Brain Appeal Panel

Ott Velsberg

Government Chief Data Officer Estonian Ministry of Economic Affairs & Communications Panel

Radhika Chadwick

Expert: Complex Strategic Change, Co-Founder Economic Singularity Network Panel

Carl Benedikt Frey

Director, Future of Work Oxford Martin School at the University of Oxford Panel

Alexandra Mousavizadeh

Partner, Tortoise Media & Director of Tortoise Intelligence Tortoise Media Panel

Calum Chace

Speaker & Author Panel

Anthony Seldon

Vice-Chancellor The University of Buckingham Panel

Clare Barclay

COO Microsoft UK Fireside

Joshua Gans

Professor University of Toronto Panel

Renée DiResta

Research Manager, Stanford Internet Observatory Stanford University Panel

Anna Thomas

Co-founder & Director Institute for the Future of Work Panel

Anne-Marie Imafidon

Founder, Stemettes & Trustee, Institute for the Future of Work Panel

Helen Mountfield, QC

Principal, Mansfield College University of Oxford Panel

Mike Lynch

Founder Invoke Capital Fireside

Priya Lakhani

CEO & Founder CENTURY Tech Panel

Megan Schaible

COO, Reaktor Education Reaktor Panel

Rose Luckin

Director EDUCATE Panel

Dan Murray-Serter

Co-Founder Heights Panel

Tom Watson

Chair UK Music Panel

Kay Firth-Butterfield

Head of AI & Machine Learning World Economic Forum Keynote

Margaret Heffernan

Author, Uncharted: How to Map the Future Panel

Ivana Bartoletti

Technical Director Deloitte Panel

Rebecca Henderson

John and Natty McArthur University Professor Harvard University Panel

Smart Concrete

Stage: 10:20 - 11:20


Main Talks