WISE Plenary Session at the World Strategic Forum in Miami

WISE 2015


Date: Monday, April 11 
Time: 3:15 PM 
Location: The Biltmore Hotel, Miami

Recognizing the pressing need to strengthen dialogue between the education and the economic worlds, WISE and the International Economic Forum of the Americas are partnering in 2016 to co-host a plenary session at the World Strategic Forum, taking place on April 11-12 in Miami, Florida, USA.

This Forum, attended by over 1,200 delegates, has grown to become a strategic platform for business synergies, engaging actors of the global economy towards partnership and dialogue. By linking this platform to WISE’s education community, we aim take a step further towards a true understanding between economic actors and education stakeholders, translated into concrete practices for collaboration. Under the format of a panel discussion, this session will examine the best practices to bridge the widening skills gap and how to raise fulfilled professionals, having a true impact in economic growth and social progress.

To learn more about the panel session and the speakers, please scroll down:

LEADING IN LEARNING - Fostering an Education for 21st Century Economy

Summary: While technological advancements and innovation are propelling changes across all sectors of our societies and markets, the change in educational thinking and skill preparation to face a highly disrupted economy is not as evident.

What are the skill-sets that need to be acquired by current and future generations for their insertion and success in the 21st century economy and what are the best ways to teach them?

How can education systems and the private sector collaborate effectively to prepare and integrate youth to the world of work?

How can education become an engine of innovation and entrepreneurial force, as it increases its impact in generating jobs, fostering development, reducing inequality and increasing competitiveness?


Mr. Stavros N. Yiannouka,
Chief Executive Officer, World Innovation Summit for Education (WISE)
Qatar Foundation,



Dr. Eduardo Padrón,
Miami Dade College

Dr. Jean Lebel,
President, International Development Research Center,

Dr. Anant Agarwal,

Mr. Salvador Medina,
Senior Vice-President,
Banco Santander

Ms. Gina Burkhardt,
Dean of Chief Executive Officer,
Job of the Future


The International Economic Forum of the Americas

Increasing the understanding of pressing economic issues since 1995. The International Economic Forum of the Americas (IEFA) was created to promote an exchange of views and perspectives on pressing economic issues of our times among world leaders, renowned experts and business executives. Its mission is also to facilitate agreements, offer business opportunities and provide access to unique insights from leading specialists. The Forum has grown to become a landmark organization bringing together more than 7,000 delegates and over 400 speakers combined under the auspices of three annual conferences held in the USA and Canada: the Miami World Strategic Forum (April 11-12, 2016), the Conference of Montreal (June 13-16, 2016), and the Toronto Global Forum (September 12-14, 2016).