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Registration, Coffee & Tea





Welcome address

  • Welcome by the moderator
  • Welcome by the host


Prof. Dr. Bruno Lanvin, Executive Director of Global Indices at INSEA

Hang Ho, Head of Europe, Middle East & Africa and Latin America, JPMorgan Chase Foundation


Fostering diversity in Europe

The European Commission policies and strategies on ICT skills and diversity

Fabrizia Benini, Head of Unit, Digital Economy and Skills, European Commission, DG CONNECT


Setting the scene for competitiveness

The value of diversity in the workforce

Lynsey Campbell, Executive Director, Global Technology Communities and Inclusion, J.P. Morgan

Derek Joyce, Managing Director, Technology Strategy, J.P. Morgan






Diversity - country results

ICT skills training for diverse groups: seven country comparison, country reports and good practice showcases

Werner B. Korte, Director, empirica GmbH & Daniel Schmidtmann, Research Consultant, empirica GmbH



 Buffet LUNCH


Session 1: Methodologies of training and pathways

The panel will focus on strategies how best to reach those at risk of social inclusion in highest need for employable skills, the most promising pathways to ICT skills training and jobs, the role of vendor-based training programmes, the type of multi-stakeholder partnerships needed for successful training and placement, other relevant success factors including the importance and value of certification and quality labelling for (later) labour market integration and ways of integration into traditional formal education and training systems.



  • Farid Bidardel, CEO, (Germany)
  • Cristina de la Cuesta Marina, Responsible of "Conecta Empleo_Vulnerable Groups" Project, Fundación Telefónica (Spain)
  • Olivier Crouzet, Director of Pedagogy, école 42 (France)
  • Ángela Caballero, La Rueca Asociacón (Spain)
  • Marcin Leszcylowski, Portfolio Director Poland, (Poland) 

Session moderator:

Agnieszka Orzechowska, Analysis & Research Specialist, Education Research Institute (Poland)


Session 2: Scalability and sustainability

The panel will focus on the key issues related to scalability and sustainability. The experts will report about their experiences and what they see as the crucial factors and framework conditions for success, whether and how scaling-up of their programmes has contributed to and how they managed to achieve sustainability of their initiatives.



  • Aoife Sheehy, Tech Research and Development Officer, FIT (Fast Track to IT) (Ireland)
  • Armonia Pierantozzi, International Development Manager, Simplon.Co (France)
  • Christiane Schubert, Deputy regional head JOBLINGE gAG (Germany)
  • Tiffiny Humphries, Project Manager at Maharishi Institute and Impact Sourcing Academy (South Africa)

Session moderator:

Mary Cleary, Deputy CEO, ICS Irish Computer Society & ICS Foundation (Ireland) 




Session 3: The way forward

The panel will address the way forward for inclusive ICT training with a focus on the need for a stronger engagement of specific stakeholders, policy actors and the special role of national industry, employers and different types of associations. It will give special attention to the different pathways and the topic of certification and their relevance for entering the labour market. Finally, issues around the relevance of connectivity of the different training programmes to the formal education and training systems and the ways how best to achieve this will be elaborated on.

  • Priska Altorfer, Managing Partner, wikima4 AG and member of the European Taskforce for Women in IT for The Council of European Professional Informatics Societies (CEPIS) (Switzerland)
  • Kirsten Vollmer, Federal Institute for Vocational Education and Training (BIBB) (Germany)
  • Ruben Nieuwenhuis, Jobs of the Future, TechConnect, Chair International Advisory Board, Amsterdam Economic Board (Netherlands)  
  • Alexander Riedl, Deputy Head of Unit, European Commission DG CONNECT or
  • Laurentiu Bunescu, CEO, ALL DIGITAL (Belgium)

Session moderator:

Debbie Forster, MBE, CEO, Tech Talent Charter (United Kingdom)


Concluding remarks


Prof. Dr. Bruno Lanvin, Executive Director of Global Indices at INSEAD and Executive Director of the Global Talent Competitiveness Index

17:15 - ...


Contact in case of problems and questions

Daniel Schmidtmann: daniel.schmidtmann@empirica(dot)com,    

Werner B. Korte: werner.korte@empirica(dot)com,

Tel.: +49 228 98530-0