2019 Tutu Fellow Robin Miller has been appointed to serve on the World Economic Forum's Global Future Council on the New Agenda for Work, Wages and Job Creation. The council considers what the new pathways are to creating more and better jobs in the new economy. The work of the council is possibly more relevant than ever when seen against the backdrop of the COVID-19 crisis that has led to significant economic and social disruption with sharp increases in unemployment and underemployment and radical changes in how work is done. This disruption could accelerate previous trends towards the displacement of workers through automation and digitalization – possibly leading to a jobless recovery – without proactive efforts by governments, business and workers.
Robin is a Partner and founding member of Dalberg’s Africa Team and has been recognized as a thought leader and expert on the topic of digital transformation on a range of global platforms, including the BBC, Financial Times, and the World Economic Forum.
Key themes the council will address will include areas for investment in job creation, the future of temporary work arrangements, redefining quality and safety at work, work as a means of achieving fulfilment and dignity, active labour market policies, and a shift towards revaluing “essential” work through living wages. WEF says the Global Future Councils have been established to serve as a brain trust for leaders from government, business and civil society around the world. The Councils were launched to address emerging risks, new opportunities and policy priorities in a post-COVID-19 era, and to build a more resilient, cohesive and sustainable society.
Robin is a Partner at Dalberg and leads its global data and digital practice, which focuses on building initiatives that leverage digital tools and data to drive inclusive growth. Robin’s day-to-day work includes advising national governments, co-designing solutions with innovators, global tech giants and entrepreneurs, and supporting investors and foundations on the deployment of capital.
You can read more on the council on which Robin is serving at the WEF site. The header image on this post is from the WEF site.