Alberto Echavarría, Member of the ILO Governing Body (employers of Colombia) and Vice-President for Legal Affairs of the Colombian Business Association (ANDI)Alberto graduated as a Lawyer from the Universidad Bolivariana de Medellín and trained as a specialist in Finance at the Universidad Eafit. Member of the Board of Directors of several National, public and private institutions and companies. Member of the CINTERFOR Advisory Council at the ILO. Member of the Board of Directors in the Global Apprenticeship Network, GAN. Vice President of CEATAL, at the OAS.
Roxana Maurizio, ILO Regional Specialist in Labour EconomicsRegional Specialist in Labour Economics for Latin America and the Caribbean, ILO. Previously, Independent Researcher at the National Council for Scientific and Technical Research (CONICET). Researcher at the Interdisciplinary Institute of Political Economy (IIEP-BAIRES). Deputy Director of the Economics Department, UBA. She has published articles (in journals such as Journal of Development and Change, International Review of Applied Economics, Journal of Income Distribution, Journal of Development Studies, Journal of Economic Inequality, International Social Security Review, International Labour Review) and books on labour informality, labour institutions, international migration, income mobility, inequality and poverty, and labour and social programmes. He holds a BA in Economics, an MA in Economics and a PhD in Economics.
Antonio Montero, CSA Education and Organisational AdvisorAntonio studied theology at the Catholic University of Costa Rica (UCCR); law at the International University of the Americas (UIA) and the Autonomous University of Central America (UACA). He has a specialisation in Local Management and Leadership from the Universidad Estatal a Distancia de Costa Rica (UNED). He has worked for various NGOs, social networks in the world of work and with international trade union organisations and has been an external collaborator for the ILO/ATRAV. From 2006 to 2015 he was Executive Director, Researcher and Trainer for the Trade Union Institute for Central America and the Caribbean (ISACC) in Managua. As an independent consultant, he works on issues of risk management, local development, environment and labour; leadership and empowerment of vulnerable groups with a gender focus, both in rural and urban sectors, and provides technical assistance in strategic planning processes.
Christine Hofmann, Team Lead on Skills for Social Inclusion, ILO Skills and Employability BranchChristine works as the Team Lead on Skills for Social Inclusion in the ILO’s Skills and Employability Branch in Geneva. Promoting the inclusion of persons with disabilities, informal economy workers, forcibly displaced people, LGBTI people and other vulnerable groups in skills and lifelong learning systems is her daily business. She leads research, knowledge products and capacity building on the topic, speaks at conferences, supports ILO constituents in making skills development and recognition systems more inclusive, and works with the ILO’s network of skills specialists around the world. She spent five years in Cairo as the ILO’s skills specialist for North Africa and published articles and guides on skills for social inclusion, upgrading informal, recognition of prior learning, skills for green jobs, and skills in fragile context. Before joining the ILO, Christine worked as a political consultant and coordinated development projects for trade unions in Africa and Asia for a German labour foundation. She holds a degree in International Business and Area Studies.
George Westermann, Senior Lecturer at the MIT Sloan School of Management and a Principal Research Scientist, J-WEL Workforce LearningGeorge works at the dynamic intersection of executive leadership and technology strategy. During more than 17 years with MIT Sloan School of Management, he has written three award-winning books, including Leading Digital: Turning Technology Into Business Transformation. As a pioneering researcher on digital transformation, George has published papers in Harvard Business Review, Sloan Management Review, and other top journals. He is now focused on helping employers, educators, and other groups to rethink the process of workforce learning around the world.
George is co-chair of the MIT Sloan CIO Leadership Awards, a member of the Digital Strategy Roundtable for the US Library of Congress, and faculty director for two executive courses at MIT Sloan. He works frequently with senior management teams and industry groups around the world. Prior to earning a Doctorate from Harvard Business School, he gained more than 13 years of experience in product development and technology leadership roles.