Brown University, Providence, Rhode Island, USA
April 4-5, 2019

Conference Day 1: Thursday, April 4, 2019

The discussions throughout the conference will be framed by a key question: How can institutions of higher education, governments, and the private sector respond to meet the needs of a changing workforce, and what opportunities for collaboration exist between all three groups to create more efficient, equitable and effective models for educational delivery?


12:00 – 1:30 p.m.

Pre-Conference Lunch and Brown University Campus Tour

An informal lunch for pre-conference arrivals followed by a campus tour led by a current Brown University student.

1:30 – 3:00 p.m.

Pre-Conference Workshop: “Future Thinking Cross Collaborations and the Needs of Human Capital”

Pre-conference interactive workshop session for university presidents and other stakeholders to debate issues facing higher education in an era of rapidly changing technology. Through two themes such as “Graduate skills gap and measuring institutional performance in employability” and “Meeting the needs of institutional collaborations of tomorrow” participants will share insights towards better interactions within the education ecosystem.


Dan Beaudry
Author and Managing Director, QS Unisolution, USA

Nunzio Quacquarelli
CEO, QS Quacquarelli Symonds and Dan Beaudry, Author and Managing Director, QS Unisolution, USA


3:00 – 4:00 p.m.

Registration and Coffee

4:00 – 4:20 p.m.

Welcome by Christina Paxson, President, Brown University, and Santiago Iñiguez, President, IE University

Remarks will review the highlights of the 10th Reinventing Higher Education Conference and provide important context to the conference objectives and the anticipated outcomes.

4:30 – 5:45 p.m.

Opening Plenary: Technology and Education in the Global Economy

Technology is providing the means for talent markets to become truly global. Given these changes, what are the implications for educational institutions and how are they rethinking their traditional models to ensure long-term relevance and sustainability?


Kofi Appenteng
President and CEO, The Africa-America Institute, US/Africa

Michael Arthur
President & Provost, University College London, UK

Jean Chambaz
President, Sorbonne University, France

Elsa del Castillo
Rector, Universidad del Pacifico, Peru

Ahmad Hasnah
President, Hamad Bin Khalifa University, Qatar

Du Peng
Vice President, Renmin University of China, China


Andrew Jack
Global Education Editor, The Financial Times, UK

Conference Day 2: Friday, April 5, 2019

7:45 – 8:45 a.m.


9:00 – 10:00 a.m.

Keynote Address: Building The Human Capital of Tomorrow

With technological progress placing a premium on higher-order skills, the failure of countries to lay the groundwork for their citizens to lead productive lives will not only carry high costs; it will also generate more inequality and will put security at risk as unmet aspirations lead to unrest. This keynote address will underscore the urgency of investing in human capital and provide a framework for how to measure human capital so that societies can prepare its citizens to compete and thrive in the economy of the tomorrow.


Jim Yong Kim
Vice Chairman and Partner, Global Infrastructure Partners; Former President, World Bank Group

A discussion between Dr. Kim and Christina Paxson, Brown University President, will occur following the address

10:00 – 10:45 a.m.

Panel 1: The Future of Work

There is a growing academic and popular interest in the impact of new technologies on the workplace and workforce of the future. Research on the “future of work” has demonstrated how the growth of artificial intelligence, machine learning and other technologies are transforming industries and occupations — as well as how these technologies are contributing to a more polarized labor market. These developments raise essential questions for institutions of higher education. What is happening to various occupations and career trajectories in different workplaces/industries? How have schools and universities adjusted to this mix of threat and opportunity for employees with different skills or pursuing different careers? How might universities rethink their approach to teaching, learning, and career development given these powerful forces of change?


Umran Inan
President, Koç University, Turkey

Santiago Iñiguez
President, IE University, Spain

Alison Lewis
Dean of the Faculty of Engineering & the Built Environment, University of Cape Town, South Africa

Carlos Montúfar
Founder and Rector, Universidad San Francisco de Quito, Ecuador

Maria Zuber
Vice President for Research, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, US


Richard M. Locke
Provost, Brown University, US

11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Panel 2: Meeting the Demands of Tomorrow’s Workforce: A Leadership

What are skills that businesses need to be able to compete in a global marketplace and how can they continue to have the right workforce as this model rapidly evolves? What is the impact of new forms of work — whether mediated by new technologies and data analytics, participation in the gig economy, or outsourced models — on the workplace and building and sustaining a company culture? How can companies partner with universities to train and sustain the workforce of the future?

Please note, this session will begin with a discussion between Brian Moynihan, Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer, Bank of America, and Anne McElvoy, Senior Editor, The Economist. Following, the discussion will transition to a panel format in response to the opening conversation.


Bob Chapman
Chairman and CEO, Barry-Wehmiller Companies, US

Meghan Hughes
President, Community College of Rhode Island, US

Brian Moynihan
Chairman of the Board and CEO, Bank of America, US

Fred Swaniker
Founder & CEO, African Leadership University, Mauritius/Rwanda

Nick Van Dam
Chief Learning Officer, IE University; Former Global Chief Learning Officer, McKinsey & Company, Spain


Anne McElvoy
Senior Editor, The Economist, UK

12:15 – 1:00 p.m.


1:00 – 1:45 p.m.

Panel 3: The Social Impact of Universities

University mission statements frequently include ambitions for constructive impact on the world beyond the institution’s physical and virtual campuses and communities. This discussion will surface the roots and motivations of such ambitions, how external communities contribute to constructive societal impact strategies, how progress is assessed, and how technology helps to further these efforts.


Julio Frenk
President, University of Miami, USA

Dilly Fung
Pro-Director for Education, London School of Economics, UK

Lucas S. Grosman
Rector, Universidad de San Andrés, Argentina

Fadlo Khuri
President, American University of Beirut, Lebanon

Ebenezer Oduro Owusu
Vice-Chancellor, University of Ghana, Ghana

Jane Larsson
Executive Director, CIS, Netherlands


Jill Agostino
Deputy Editor, Special Sections, The New York Times, US

2:00 – 2:45 p.m.

Panel 4: Keeping Pace with Change: Innovation in Design & Delivery

Are there tensions between the historic mission of universities and the burgeoning narrative of education for skills and jobs? What are some of the innovations in the delivery of teaching and learning in tertiary education that could help increase human capital development in lower and middle-income countries? How can these innovations be adapted to address the needs of an intergenerational workforce of the future?


Jose Escamilla
Head of Disruptive Innovation, Tecnológico de Monterrey, Mexico

Andrea Prencipe
Rector, Luiss University, Italy

Rosanne Somerson
President, Rhode Island School of Design, US

Federico Valdés
Rector, Universidad del Desarrollo, Chile


Nick Leiber
Journalist, US

3:00 – 3:30 p.m.

Closing Remarks by President Iñiguez and President Paxson

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