1. Drawing on public and private sources and governed by global standards and norms, how do we create good and sustainable jobs in a post-COVID world?
2. How do we protect the livelihoods of workers within global supply chains, and provide high-quality jobs and training, particularly for women and girls, marginalised groups and those living in poverty?
It is now clear that COVID crisis is as just as much an economic crisis as a health crisis. The economic crisis has been global, but as usual the global south has been particularly hard hit: not only have most countries been unable to provide public social safety nets to their populations, but most were already confronting an uncertain economic future to start with as the forces of the fourth industrial revolution and the knowledge economy, the imperatives of climate change, and ongoing changes in global value chains challenge historic models of economic development.
How does the COVID crisis provide another impetus to revisit old models of economic development? Has COVID accelerated these trends to create new economic and business models challenging conventional approaches, decision making systems and “business as usual” culture?
What is the agenda of public investment that can create the basis for good, green and sustainable jobs in the wake of COVID? What is the best way to harness and deploy private investment? Are there new ways of blending finance or coordinating activity across sectors to bolster sustainable productive activity and good jobs for the vast majority of humanity? How do we ensure that these investments ensure equal opportunities for women, minorities, and other historically marginalized populations?
Governance and Sustainability, CEO, Expert Consulting on Governance
Khalil Z. Sharrif
CEO, Aga Khan Foundation
Khalil Z. Sharrif
CEO, Aga Khan Foundation
Khalil Shariff has served as Chief Executive Officer of Aga Khan Foundation Canada (AKFC), a leading Canadian global development agency, since 2005. He was previously with the Toronto office of McKinsey & Company, an international management consultancy, where he advised governments, financial institutions, and health care providers on strategy, organization, and operational improvement. He has also served in a variety of research and policy capacities with the Harvard Program on Humanitarian Policy and Conflict Research, the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda, and the UN Department of Peacekeeping Operations. He currently sits on the Boards of the Global Centre for Pluralism, the Rideau Hall Foundation, and the Institute for Canadian Citizenship, and served a term as an elected School Trustee in his hometown of Richmond, BC, in his youth. He holds a BA from the University of British Columbia and a JD from the Harvard Law School.
Carol Anne Hilton
Carol Anne Hilton, MBA is the CEO and Founder of The Indigenomics Institute. Carol Anne is a recognized First Nation’s business leader and adviser with an international Masters Degree in Business Management (MBA) from the University of Hertfordshire, England, a partnership through Vancouver Island University. Carol Anne is of Nuu chah nulth descent from the Hesquiaht Nation on Vancouver Island.
Carol Anne currently serves on the BC Emerging Economy Task Force as an adviser to the Minister of Jobs, Trades and Technology as well as on the BC Indigenous Investment Council for the Ministry of Indigenous Relations and Reconciliation. Carol Anne was appointed as a senior advisor to the federal Finance Minister on the Canadian Federal Economic Growth Council.
Carol Anne has led the establishment of a line of thought called #indigenomics- the building and strengthening of Indigenous economies. Carol Anne is currently authoring ‘Indigenomics- a Global Power Shift.’
Carol Anne’s work has been recognized with an ‘Outstanding Business Achievement Award’ from the BC Achievement Foundation, a ‘Creating Wealth Award’ from the National Indigenous Council of Elders and ‘Business of the Year Award’ from the Nuu chah nulth Economic Development Corporation and most recently the ‘Excellence in Aboriginal Relations Award’ from the Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business.
Carol Anne currently serves as Director on the McGill University Institute of the Study of Canada, the National Canadian Community Economic Development Network as well as a juror on the national Smart Cities Challenge. Carol Anne is an instructor at Simon Fraser University’s Community Economic Development Program and a faculty lead at the Banff Center’s Indigenous Business Program where she was also a Fleck Fellow.
Geraldine Joslyn Fraser-Moleketi
Chancellor of the Nelson Mandela University
Geraldine Joslyn Fraser-Moleketi, is the Chancellor of the Nelson Mandela University, Chairman of the Advisory Council of the Mapungubwe Institute for Strategic Reflection (MISTRA); Chair of the Committee of Experts on Public Administration (CEPA) an expert body of the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC); Lead Independent Director for Exxaro; Non Executive Board member of Standard bank Group and Standard Bank South Africa. Chairman Designate of the Tiger Brands Group.
Ms. Fraser-Moleketi previously served as Special Envoy on Gender of the African Development Bank; former Director of Global Democratic Governance Practice of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP); Former Minister of Public Service and Administration; and Former Minister for Welfare and Population Development in South Africa. Whilst serving as the Deputy Minister of Welfare and Population Development, she was Deputy Leader of the South African Delegation to the Fourth World Conference on Women in Beijing, in 1995.
She has worked in inter- governmental structures, interacted with political leaders, business leaders and civil society, and have been involved in complex negotiations across different issues and sectors. She also served as a member of the Reference Group on the quadrennial comprehensive policy review (OCPR) of the United Nations Development System.
Some of Geraldine’s early achievements include working on the preparation of the African National Congress for its first democratic elections in 1994 as National Deputy Elections Coordinator of the African National Congress. She was elected to South Africa’s first democratic parliament in April 1994 and served in three consecutive parliaments until her resignation in September 2008.
Geraldine serves on various boards across academia, government and development organizations on issues including youth, women empowerment, capacity development & education, governance and poverty eradication.
She is a fellow of the Institute of Politics, Kennedy School of Government, at Harvard University, and has completed a Leading Organisational Change course at Wharton Business School at the University of Pennsylvania. Geraldine holds a Master’s Degree in Administration from the University of Pretoria, South Africa, and has received several awards including the OP Dwivedi Public Service Award from the International Association of Schools and Institutes of Public Administration and a Special Award for Outstanding Achievement from University of Pretoria’s School of Public Management and Administration. In 2017, she was awarded a D Phil Honoris Causa by Nelson Mandela University.
Geraldine Fraser Moleketi was named “2016 New African Woman of the Year”, an award made by London-based magazine New African.
Director of the Columbia Center on Sustainable Investment
Lisa Sachs is the Director of the Columbia Center on Sustainable Investment. Since joining CCSI in 2008, she established and now oversees CCSI’s robust research portfolio on Mining & Energy; Land, Agriculture & Food Systems; Investment Law & Policy; and Sustainable Finance.
She has overseen advisory work in Chile, Guinea, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Paraguay, Tanzania and Timor-Leste, among other countries. She teaches a masters seminar at Columbia Law School and Columbia’s School of International and Public Affairs on Extractive Industries and Sustainable Development, and lectures at Externado University in Colombia on International Investment Law.
She has served on World Economic Forum Global Future Councils on International Governance and on Mining & Metals, and is a co-chair of the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network’s thematic group on the Good Governance of Extractive and Land Resources.
She received a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from Harvard University, and earned her Juris Doctor and a Masters degree in International Affairs from Columbia University, where she was a James Kent Scholar and recipient of the Parker School Certificate in International and Comparative Law.
Nasser Saidi & Associates
Dr Nasser H. Saidi, heads Nasser Saidi & Associates a niche consultant and advisor to the banking & financial sector, governments, central banks, regulators, multi-national and regional companies. He is the former Chief Economist of the Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC) from 2006 to 2012, where as a senior executive he built & promoted the centre and its strategic development and developed the links with governments, central banks, IFIs, banks & financial institutions and international financial centres. Dr Saidi is the Founder and former Executive Director of the Hawkamah-Institute for Corporate Governance and the Mudara Institute of Directors, 2006-2012.
He was senior adviser to the UAE Minister of Finance, 2004- 2006. Dr Saidi was the Minister of Economy and Trade and Minister of Industry of Lebanon between 1998 and 2000. He was the F irst Vice-Governor of the Central Bank of Lebanon for two successive mandates, 1993-1998 and 1998-2003, a period of spanning reconstruction of Lebanon’s economy & its banking and financial sector. He was a Member of the UN Committee for Development Policy (UNCDP) for two mandates over the period 2000-2006, a position to which he was appointed by former UN Secretary General Kofi Annan, in his personal capacity.
Dr Saidi is Chairman of the regional Clean Energy Business Council, promoting clean energy solutions & policies in the MENA countries. He is a member of the IMF’s Regional Advisory Group for MENA and a member of the Advisory Board of the Official Monetary and Financial Institutions Forum (OMFIF) and a member of the Private Sector Advisory Group of the Global Corporate Governance Forum, an institution of the I F C / World Bank driving global corporate governance reforms, and Co-Chaired OECD MENA Corporate Governance Working Group. He is active in FinTech, crowdfunding, and seed funding in MENA. In 2013, he was named among the 50 most Influential Arabs in the World by The Middle East magazine, for the fourth consecutive year and named among the 500 Most Powerful Arabs in the world by Arabian Business for the second consecutive year. He is the author of numerous articles and has written a number of books and publications addressing macroeconomic, capital market development and international economic issues in the MENA region, the GCC countries and Lebanon. Hisresearch interests include macroeconomics, financial market development, FinTech, payment systems and international economic policy, corporate governance, climate change and digitalisation.
Prior to his public career, Dr Saidi was a private banker and served as an economic adviser and director to a number of central banks and financial institutions in Arab countries, Europe and Central and Latin America. Dr Saidi was an academic, serving as a Professor of Economics in the Department of Economics in the University of Chicago, the Institut Universitaire de Hautes Etudes Internationales (Geneva, CH), and the Université de Genève. He also served as a lecturer at the American University of Beirut and the Université St. Joseph in Beirut. Dr Saidi holds a Ph.D. and a M.A. in Economics from the University of Rochester in the USA, a M.Sc. from University College, London University and a B.A. from the American University of Beirut.
Governance and Sustainability, CEO, Expert Consulting on Governance
Elissar Sarrouh is a Founding President and CEO/Expert Consulting on Governance. She is a seasoned executive leader and former UN Diplomat/Representative with over 30 years of experience in international development, global governance, diplomacy and political representation. She brings a wealth of expertise with particular strength in areas of Agenda 2030, financing for development; Canada’s Feminist International Assistance Policy; corporate governance and sustainability, business development, and women economic empowerment with focus on gender impact investment. Ms. Sarrouh brings strong geographical knowledge and in-depth understanding of the history, culture, politics and development challenges of the Middle East, North Africa, and the Arab Gulf States.
Ms. Sarrouh is Professor of Practice at ISID/McGill University. A former United Nations Diplomat/Representative, she held senior leadership positions and diplomatic postings in Egypt, Belgium, Lebanon, New York, the United Arab Emirates, Qatar and Oman. She is a member of the External Advisory Board of the Victoria Forum and a Board Member and a former Vice-President of the Canadian Association of International Development Professionals (CAIDP).