200+ educators, design thinkers, entrepreneurs,
government officials, CSRs and technologists
will be here to explore with us


July 25th and 26th, Bangalore



Over five million youth are expected to enter India’s labour force every year over the next decade. Getting to the heart of what the future of work will look like requires us to engage with an inherent uncertainty and lack of predictability. It means that we need to understand the ways in which change could affect different groups in different ways. It requires broad-based collaborations to share what we do know, so that the classrooms of today create young people who are able to enter the workplaces of tomorrow.

While the mainstream narrative around the future of work is saturated with the risks posed by widening skills gap and growing inequality, adoption of new technologies can also catalyse positive outcomes, especially for individual development and ensuing societal progress.

A decreased need for old job roles will offset the increased demand for new ones. This necessitates cultivating an agile mindset aimed at acquiring appropriate skills and continuing that pursuit lifelong. This transition will require educators, businesses and even policy makers to reform education, training and labour market systems. It will be critical for individuals to take a proactive approach to their own lifelong learning.


Inclusive, equitable education for lifelong learning

Inclusive, equitable education for lifelong learning

Reform of the Industrial Training Institutes

Reform of the Industrial Training Institutes

Gender and progress from training to workplace

Gender and progress from training to workplace

The role of artificial intelligence (AI)

The role of artificial intelligence (AI)

New transformations in the world of work

New transformations in the world of work


Day 1: Thursday, 25th July 2019

  • 8.00am – 9.15am


    Network with other attendees over tea & coffee before the programme starts.
    Explore the Learner Zone

  • 9.15am – 10.00am
    Welcome Note

    The Future of Work and Learning

    Aakash Sethi, CEO, Quest Alliance, takes us through the transforming landscape of learning and employment

  • 10.00am – 10.45am

    Challenges & Opportunities in Lifelong Learning for Inclusion & Equity

    Dr. Anantha Duraiappah, Director, UNESCO MGIEP, sheds light on what self-learning entails in the bid for inclusion and equity.

  • 11.00am – 11.30am

    Tea & Coffee

  • 11.30pm – 12.00pm

    Journey Of A Thousand Miles: School-to-work transition for adolescent girls and young women

    Connect the dots between desires, aspirations and achievements of women to bring them back to learning and earning. Hear stories from young women and educators working for better opportunities in their communities.

  • 12.00pm – 1.00pm

    Girls Education And Skilling Of Young Women As A Force Multiplier

    Social impact investors share insights on supporting gender responsive development work, inclusive education and equity in economic opportunities.

  • 1.00pm – 2.00pm


  • 2.00pm – 3.00pm
    Parallel Track 1: Self-Learning Stories: Navigating Digital Career Pathways
    Parallel Track 2: The Self Learning Continuum
    Parallel Track 3: Learner Zone: People, Partners and Perspectives
  • 3.00pm – 3.30pm

    Tea & Coffee

  • 4.00pm – 5.00pm

    Navigating Digital Career Pathways

    Explore how online career platforms offer workers broader choices, more mobility and flexibility.

  • 5.15pm – 6.00pm

    Trends & Implications of the Future of Work in India

    Understand the new transformations in the world of work — automation and job displacement, informal economy and social protection, women and work in the digital economy, care-green-gig economy — that impact the global south.

  • 6.00pm

    Closing and high tea/dinner for key stakeholders

Day 2: Friday, 26th July 2019

  • 8.30am – 9.15am


    Network with other attendees over tea & coffee before the programme starts.
    Explore the Learner Zone

  • 9.30am – 11.15am
    Keynote + Panel

    Levers for Systems Change and Reform in ITI for 21st Century Skills

    Rajesh Aggarwal, IAS, Director General of Training will share challenges and system level factors in government ITIs that need to be addressed to ensure meaningful work transitions for youth.

  • 11.15am – 11.30am

    Quest App Launch

  • 11.30am – 12.00pm

    Tea & Coffee

  • 12.00pm – 1.00pm

    Fueling Aspirations and Autonomy: Girls in STEM Careers

    Listen to girls from government secondary schools who are learning to code, and explore the impact integrating computational thinking & STEM in curriculum can have on building career pathways.

  • 1.00pm – 1.15pm

    Trainer Recognition

  • 1.15pm – 2.15pm


  • 2.00pm – 3.30pm
    Parallel Track 1: Constructing Curriculum for those Beyond Margins
    Parallel Track 2: Reimagine Problem-Solving in Organisations Through Design Thinking
    Parallel Track 3: Building Online Professional Development Experiences for Educators
    Parallel Track 4: Coding and Making as New Literacies
    Parallel Track 5: The Self-Learning Continuum
  • 3.30pm – 4.00pm

    Tea & Coffee

  • 4.00pm – 5.00pm

    Being Less Artificial and More Intelligent

    Examine the role of Artificial Intelligence in supporting school-to-work transitions to personalise learning and work pathways. Understand opportunities and limitations in designing personalised experiences for learners and educators through adaptive learning, data, as well as counselling services to enable future trajectories.

  • 5.00pm – 5.45pm

    Closing and high tea/dinner for key stakeholders


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Bangalore International Centre (BIC)
No. 7, 4th Main Rd, Stage 2, Domlur, Bengaluru, Karnataka 560071


  • Prof. K VijayRaghavan Prof. K VijayRaghavan Principal Scientific Adviser to Government of India
  • Dr. Anantha Kumar Duraiappah Dr. Anantha Kumar Duraiappah Director, UNESCO's Mahatma Gandhi Institute of Education for Peace and Sustainable Development
  • Rajesh Aggarwal, IAS Rajesh Aggarwal, IAS Director General Training (Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship)
  • Rekha M Menon Rekha M Menon Chairman and Senior Managing Director - Accenture in India
  • Aakash Sethi Aakash Sethi CEO, Quest Alliance
  • Hosea Lai Hosea Lai Head, Social Impact (CSR) for Asia Pacific, LinkedIn
  • Rumi Mallick Mitra Rumi Mallick Mitra Head, Corporate Citizenship, IBM India (South Asia)
  • Murugan Vasudevan Murugan Vasudevan Head - South Asia, Social Innovation Group, Cisco
  • Peter Shiras Peter Shiras EVP, Corporate & Foundation Partnerships, International Youth Foundation
  • Vikrom Mathur Vikrom Mathur Co-founder, Tandem Research
  • Vandana Verma Vandana Verma Program Director, IKEA Foundation
  • Deep Ranjani Rai Deep Ranjani Rai Program Director, Vibha
  • Vipul Mittra, IAS Vipul Mittra, IAS Additional Chief Secretary,
    Labour & Employment Department, Govt. of Gujarat
  • Sabina Dewan Sabina Dewan President and Executive Director, JustJobs Network
  • Osama Manzar Osama Manzar Founder & Director, Digital Empowerment Foundation
  • Harshada Desai Harshada Desai Design Researcher
  • Mahesh Venkateswaran Mahesh Venkateswaran Chief Growth Officer, Knack App
  • Shailja Mehta Shailja Mehta Lead, Dasra Adolescents Collaborative
  • Meenakshi Rani Meenakshi Rani MyQuest Alumni,
    Quality Auditor, I - Energiser
  • Abhayraj Naik Abhayraj Naik Consultant, Advisor, Researcher and Entrepreneur
  • Sr. Dayana Rodrigues Sr. Dayana Rodrigues Principal,
    Nirmal Jyothi Technical Institute
  • Amit Malik Amit Malik Founder & CEO at InnerHour


JP Morgan
Tandem Research
Asian Venture Philanthropy Network