Till Alexander Leopold is a Project Lead in the World Economic Forum’s Centre for the New Economy and Society. His responsibilities include co-leadership of the insights workstream of the System Initiative on Education, Gender and Work; co-authorship of the Forum’s Global Gender Gap Report, Global Human Capital Report, Future of Jobs Report and Industry Gender Gap Report; and management of the Forum’s Global Future Council on Education, Gender and Work. He has presented the System Initiative’s insights work at a number of high-level events and in the media, and has co-organized activities at the World Economic Forum’s Annual Meeting and regional summits. Till previously served as an economist and project manager at the United Nations and International Labour Organization, where his work focused on policy analysis, research and technical cooperation in the fields of entrepreneurship, labour economics, and innovation ecosystems, and as a consultant and analyst in the fields of impact investing and social entrepreneurship, with first-hand research and consulting experience in Sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia. He holds master’s degrees in Social Anthropology and Finance and Development Economics from the University of Cambridge and SOAS (University of London), and is currently pursuing a PhD at the United Nations University—Maastricht Economic and Social Research Institute on Innovation and Technology (UNU-MERIT).
Vesselina Ratcheva is a Data Lead in the World Economic Forum’s Centre for the New Economy and Society. Her responsibilities include co-leading the insights workstream of the System Initiative on Education, Gender and Work, with a particular focus on data and innovation in that domain. Ratcheva is a co-author of the Forum’s Global Gender Gap Report, Global Human Capital Report, Future of Jobs Report and Industry Gender Gap Report, and in the past has led and collaborated on research projects spanning topics such as skills, identity (gender, ethnic), organizational culture, political mobilization and international migration. Ratcheva has consistently employed quantitative and qualitative research methods in endeavours aimed at finding the best ways to ensure more just social and political systems. Ratcheva previously led on research and evaluation in skills and has specialized on the Balkan region. She holds a PhD in Social Anthropology and an MSc in Comparative and Cross-Cultural Research Methods from Sussex University, and a BA in Social Anthropology and Mathematics from the University of Cambridge.
Saadia Zahidi is a Member of the Managing Board and Head of the Centre for the New Economy and Society at the World Economic Forum. Through the System Initiative on Economic Progress and the System Initiative on Education, Gender and Work, her teams work with leaders from business, government, civil society and academia to understand and shape the new economy, advance competitiveness, drive social mobility and inclusion, close skills gaps, prepare for the future of work and foster gender equality and diversity. Saadia founded and co-authors the Forum’s Future of Jobs Report, Global Gender Gap Report, and Global Human Capital Report. Her book, Fifty Million Rising, charts the rise of working women in the Muslim world and is longlisted for the FT/McKinsey Business Book of the Year 2018. She has been selected as one of the BBC’s 100 Women and won the inaugural FT/McKinsey Bracken Bower Prize for prospective authors under 35. She holds a BA in Economics from Smith College, an MPhil in International Economics from the Graduate Institute of Geneva and an MPA from the Harvard Kennedy School. Her interests include the future of work, the impact of technology on employment, education and skills gaps, income inequality and using big data for public good.