Bett Asia partner event – Organised by Asian Development Bank


Topic: Scaling IR4.0 Skills for the Digital Economy Post COVID

Date: Wednesday 12 October 2022 (Day 2)
Time: 11.00-13.00
Venue: London Room - The Athenee Hotel, 61 Witthayu Rd, Lumphini, Pathum, Wan District, Bangkok
Target audience: Education leaders, policy and decision-makers and technology champions 


Even before the COVID-19 pandemic, technological advances brought by the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR) had already disrupted the world of work. New sets of skills and competencies were in demand; jobs were lost, created, and reprofiled; and new pathways for commercial activities were unveiled. While the use of 4IR technologies have accelerated the creation of new opportunities (especially through remote working), the risk of job displacement for low-skilled workers, and routine and manual labor has also increased. Skills gaps continue to be high as in-demand skills across jobs change in the next five years. Lack of digital skills has become the key barrier for digital transformation for many sectors.

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Session Objectives:

  • Is there a strong case for a sharp acceleration in skills development initiatives in a post COVID 19 economy powered by far greater use of technologies? Is there a business case for ‘disruptions’ and ‘transformations’ in skills development to match the digital transformation in the economy and society

  • What is the key outlook for skills development for the millennials and Gen Z to prepare them for increasingly volatile labor markets? What are the radical new tools for skills development to ensure an effective eco system of career planning, coaching, counselling, job placements and on the job training and mentoring?

  • Sharing by developing member countries (panel and audience) on digital transformation initiatives and framework, and on ADB operations supporting industry 4.0 transformation.

  • Sharing of research, studies, and industry transformation practices from ADB and Partners such as LinkedIn, INCIT, Samsung and Schneider


Andrew Khaw
Regional Director
Samsung Electronics
Ayako Inagaki
Director Human and Social Development Division Southeast Asia Department
Asian Development Bank
Brajesh Panth
Chief of Education Sector Group
Asian Development Bank
Gi Soon Song
Human and Social Development Division (SAHS) South Asia Department, ADB
Fook Yen Chong
Senior social sector specialist
Asian Development Bank
Rafaelita M. Aldaba
Department of Trade and Industry-Competitiveness and Innovation Group (DTI-CIG)
Raimund Klein
Founder and Chief Executive Officer
International Centre for Industrial Transformation (INCIT)
Ravi Bhushan Singh
Senior General Manager – Industry and academic partnerships, Sustainable development, Global Strategy
Schneider Electric
Ms. Shanti Jagannathan
Principal Education Specialist
Asian Development Bank

Session Agenda:



Speakers/ chair 

1.   Introduction / Opening  
 Brajesh Panth, Chief of Education Sector Group, ADB 
5 mins  
2.   Keynote Speech LinkedIn study – digital jobs,

 Shanti Jagannathan, Principal Education Specialist, ADB  
15 mins 
3.    Panel Discussion  
 Moderator: Fook Yen Chong, Senior Social Sector Specialist (Skills Development), ADB 
35 mins 
 Future of Jobs from World Economic Forum 
 Raimund Klein 
 Founder and CEO, International Centre for Industrial Transformation (INCIT) 
 Voices from developing member countries (PHI) 
 Rafaelita M. Aldaba, Under Secretary, Department of Trade and Industry, Philippines 
 ADB/LinkedIn Study 
 Shanti Jagannathan, Principal Education Specialist, ADB  
 Private Sectors Sharing  
 Andrew Khaw, Regional Director Government Affairs, South East Asia and Oceania,
 Samsung Asia 
   Private Sectors Sharing 
 Ravi Bushan Singh, Senior General Manager, Corporate Citizenship, Schneider Electric 
4.    ADB commentary and sharing 
  30 mins
 ADB Operations Sharing (South Asia Department) 
 Gi Soon Song, Director South Asia Regional Department, ADB 
   ADB Operations Sharing (Southeast Asia Department) 
 Ayako Inagaki, Director Human and Social Development Division Southeast Asia Department, ADB
5.    Q&A with audience and panellists 
 Facilitated by Fook Yen Chong, Senior Social Sector Specialist, ADB 
15 mins 
6.   Conclusion/final thoughts  
 Brajesh Panth, Chief of Education Sector Group, ADB

10 mins 



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