Thursday 11 May 2017

The Private Sector as an Engine for Economic Inclusion

Jean Monnet Auditorium, Level 0, Filoxenia Press Centre

Nine out of ten jobs are created by the private sector worldwide, making it a major force for economic growth and prosperity across the EBRD region. However, the demand for talent and skills often remains unmet by formal education systems. This leaves young people without the skills needed to compete for jobs and firms unable to fill open positions. The EBRD’s unique economic inclusion approach supports clients across a wide range of sectors to address this skills mismatch and so enhance equitable access to jobs and training.

To mark the launch of the EBRD’s first Economic Inclusion Strategy 2017–2021, this session will explore the critical role of the private sector in addressing inclusion challenges, in partnership with policy stakeholders, to achieve inclusive and sustainable growth.

Following the Panel Discussion there will be a Press Conference for the launch of the Economic Inclusion Strategy.

Mr Suma Chakrabarti, EBRD President will open the session with the launch of the Bank’s first Economic Inclusion Strategy

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Moderator

Barbara Rambousek

Lead Economist, Economic Inclusion, EBRD

Keynote

Iveta Radičová

Prime Minister of the Slovak Republic (2010-2012)

Speakers

Andrii Dykun

Chairman, Ukrainian Agri Council, Ukrainian Agri Council

Adel Elboseli

Cofounder, Shekra

Dragica Pilipović Chaffey

Vice President, Corporate Affairs, United Group RS

Uwe Wieckenberg

Director of Programmes, STA – Elsewedy Technical Academy

Andrii Dykun

Chairman, Ukrainian Agri Council, Ukrainian Agri Council

Andrii Dykun is the Chairman of National Association of Sugar Producers of Ukraine and Head of Ukrainian Agri Council (UAC). The members of the Association are more than 200 enterprises, located throughout Ukraine.   He is also Co-chairman of the working group on dairy industry issues at Ministry of Agrarian Policy and Food of Ukraine. This working group was founded with support of EBRD, the FAO and all sectorial NGOs. Mr Dykun is the Founder of agro-consulting company "DYKUN" which helps Ukrainian farmers to learn best worldwide practices and imply it in Ukraine. He was previously the Deputy Minister of Agrarian Policy and Food of Ukraine and the President of Association of Milk Producers. Mr Dykun was educated at the Uman State Agrarian University, with Honors degree in Management and the Baltic business School, University of Kalmar, with an MBA.

Adel Elboseli

Cofounder, Shekra

Adel Boseli is the Head of Incubation in Qatar Business Incubation Center (QBIC); QBIC is one of the largest business incubators in the MENA region. He is also Cofounder of Ripples Fund and Shekra Crowdfunding; with a focus on advancing the entrepreneurial eco system in the region. Boseli is a senior advisor for Ahead of The Curve (ATC); MENA’s leading think tank and consultancy firm focusing on inclusive and sustainable economic growth. Moreover, he has been focusing on SME financing since 2009.

Dragica Pilipović Chaffey

Vice President, Corporate Affairs, United Group RS

Prior to becoming VP for Corporate Affairs at the United Group in July 2015, Dragica Pilipović Chaffey served as CEO of SBB (member of the United Group), largest telco operator in Former Yugoslavia region. Besides her position in SBB, until November 2014, Ms Pilipović Chaffey was appointed by the EBRD as non-executive director of Komercijalna Banka, second largest bank in Serbia. Since June 2015, she serves as a member of the Supervisory Board of Addiko bank, Austria. Between November 1991 and April 2008 Ms Pilipović Chaffey held a number of posts within the EBRD: Country Director of Serbia and Montenegro (2003 - 2007) and Russia (1999 - 2003), Departmental Director in charge of Poland, Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia. Between 1976 and 1991, Dragica worked for the IMF in Washington DC. She began as Junior Researcher and rose to senior positions in charge of macroeconomic research. Ms Pilipović Chaffey holds an MBA in business and finance and a BA in Economy.

Iveta Radičová

Prime Minister of the Slovak Republic (2010-2012)

Iveta Radičová served as Prime Minister of the Slovak Republic from 2010 to 2012. As the Vice-Chairwoman of the Slovak Christian Democratic Union – Democratic Party (SDKÚ-DS) she has been responsible for social affairs and healthcare since 2006. In former positions, she served as deputy Chairman of the Parliamentary Committee on Social Affairs and Housing at the Slovak National Parliament (2006-2009), as Minister for Labour and Social Affairs of the Slovak Republic (2005-2006) and as an expert for social policy at the European Commission.

Iveta Radičová has devoted most of her professional career to social and family policies. In 1992, she founded the non-profit Social Policy Analysis Centre, which she headed until being appointed Director of the Slovak Academy of Science’s Institute of Sociology in 2005.

Barbara Rambousek

Lead Economist, Economic Inclusion, EBRD

Barbara Rambousek is the EBRD’s Lead Economist and Associate Director for Economic Inclusion. She developed and leads the Bank’s approach to economic inclusion and equality of opportunity, specifically in relation to access to employment, services, skills, and corporate standards and practices for youth, women and disadvantaged communities. Ms Rambousek brings 15 years of senior management experience, having directed large scale development and refugee programmes across 20 countries in Europe, the Middle East and Asia. Previously, as Head of Regeneration and Corporate Strategy for the London Development Agency, she led major urban regeneration programmes and the formulation of London’s 20 year Economic Development Strategy. Ms Rambousek holds an MBA (Cass Business School, London) and MScs (London School of Economics and the University of Vienna).

Uwe Wieckenberg

Director of Programmes, STA – Elsewedy Technical Academy

Mr. Wieckenberg has been working in the area of international TVET for more than 25 years for different international institutions. He joined the ElSewedy Technical Academy (STA), a corporate Technical Secondary School in Egypt in August 2016 as Programme Director.