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17 December


Rebuilding the World of Work: Visionary Voices on the Post-Pandemic Economy


3:30 - 5:00 PM (India Standard Time)


As the pandemic upends livelihoods, exacerbates inequality and deepens uncertainty about the future of work, it also casts a spotlight on how economic systems have failed to create resilient communities. Technological change, urbanization, climate change and the restructuring of global trade have all evolved faster than the ability of global, regional and national institutions to adapt. The COVID-19 crisis has revealed and amplified these institutional failures. How do we rebuild with resilience after the pandemic, such that economies, people, and their livelihoods can better withstand future shocks?


Manish Sabharwal and Sabina Dewan will discuss the role of the private sector in rebuilding a fairer, more resilient economy. COVID-19 has laid bare, and further exacerbated, the divergence in economic outcomes between the world’s most powerful corporations and the global economy’s everyday workers. How do we ensure that the economic recovery tackles massive wealth inequalities at every scale—local, national and global?

Ian Goldin and Sabina Dewan will discuss the likely length and depth of the economic crisis induced by COVID-19, and the steps that are necessary now to ensure that the economic recovery leads to more resilient economies, livelihoods and communities.

Anurag Behar and Govind Ethiraj will discuss how education must adapt to make children and youth employable in a rapidly changing 21st-century economy.  How does India’s National Education Policy strive to meet this goal?



Sabina Dewan – President and Executive Director, JustJobs Network

Anurag Behar – CEO, Azim Premji Foundation; Vice-Chancellor, Azim Premji University; Chief Sustainability Officer, Wipro Limited

Ian Goldin – Professor of Globalisation and Development, University of Oxford, Author of Terra Incognita: 100 Maps to Survive the Next 100 Years

Govindraj Ethiraj – TV and Print Journalist, Founder of IndiaSpend and Boom

Manish Sabharwal – Chairman and Co-founder, TeamLease Services


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