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Richard B. Freeman
Richard B. Freeman holds the Herbert Ascherman Chair in Economics at Harvard University. He received is BA from Dartmouth College, and his PhD from Harvard University. He is currently serving as Faculty Co-Director of the Labor and Work-life Program at the Harvard Law School, and is Senior Research Fellow in Labor Markets at the London School of Economics' Centre for Economic Performance. He directs the Science Engineering Workforce Project at the National Bureau of Economic Research, and is co-Director of the Harvard Center for Green Buildings and Cities. Freeman's research interests include the job market for scientists and engineers; the development of scientific ideas and innovations; Chinese and Korean labor markets; the effects of immigration and trade on inequality; forms of labor market representation and shared capitalism, and the effect of robotics on the labor market.
Polly Toynbee is one of the UK’s leading political and social commentators. She writes a regular column for the Guardian newspaper and appears frequently on BBC, BBC World, ITV and Sky Television. She was previously Social Affairs Editor at the BBC. Granddaughter of the distinguished historian Arnold Toynbee and the philosopher Gilbert Murray, she has won national press awards as Commentator of the Year twice, the George Orwell prize and Magazine Columnist of the Year. She is vice president of the British Humanist Association and Chair of the Brighton Dome and Festival. She is a trustee of the Political Quarterly, founded by George Orwell. Among her many books are <A Working Life, Hospital>, <Lost Children>, <The Way We Live Now> and <Hard Work: Life in Low-Pay Britain>. Together with David Walker, she has co-authored <Unjust Rewards: Ending the greed that is bankrupting Britain>, <The Verdict: Did Labor change Britain>, <Cameron’s Coup - How the Tories Took Britain to the Brink> and in 2017 <Dismembered: How the attack on the state harms us all>.
- Member of the Managing Board of Siemens AG
- Vice President, Delivery and Sales of Cisco Systems
Dr. Hartmut Seifert is senior research fellow at the Institute for Economic and Social Research within the Hans-Böckler-Foundation. He received his Diploma at the Freie Universität Berlin and his Ph. D. at University of Paderborn. He was assistant at Freie Universität Berlin, research officer at the Federal Institute for Research of Vocational Training Berlin (Bundesinstitut für Berufliche Bildungsforschung), worked as senior researcher at the Institute for Economic and Social Research and from 1995 as head of this institute. He taught at the Applied University of Economics in Berlin and at the University of Konstanz. He was a visiting scholar at Economic Policy Institute, Washington, DC and Japan Institute for Labor Policy and Training, Tokyo. He also served as a council member for several federal and public advisory councils as well as for German and some European Trade Unions in labor market oriented issues. He carried out several research projects funded by national and international organizations on the subject of working time, forms of employment and on industrial relations. He has published widely in national and international journals on the subject of working time, labor market policies, employment forms (a typical and precarious employment), on industrial relations and on further training.
Guy Standing is Professorial Research Associate at SOAS University of London. He is a Fellow of the British Academy of Social Sciences and co-founder and now honorary co-president of the Basic Income Earth Network (BIEN), an international NGO that promotes basic income.
He was previously Professor of Development Studies in SOAS, Professor of Economic Security at the University of Bath, Professor of Labor Economics at Monash University, and Director of the International Labor Organization’s Socio-Economic Security Program. He has been a consultant for many international bodies, including the United Nations, the European Commission and the World Bank, has worked with the Self-Employed Women’s Association (SEWA) in India for many years, and was Director of Research for President Nelson Mandela’s Labor Market Policy Commission for South Africa.
His latest book is <Basic Income: And How We Can Make It Happen> (2017). Other recent books are <The Precariat: The New Dangerous Class> (2011), which has been translated into 19 languages; <A Precariat Charter: From Denizens to Citizens> (2014); with others, <Basic Income: A Transformative Policy for India> (2015), and <The Corruption of Capitalism: Why Rentiers Thrive and Work Does Not Pay> (2016).
Sandra Polaski is an independent expert on labor and social policy at the international and national levels. She was the Deputy Director-General for Policy of the International Labour Organization (ILO) from 2012-2016. In that capacity, she provided overall leadership for the Organization’s research, statistics, policy analysis and policy advice for the ILO’s 185 Member States. She served as the ILO Sherpa to the G20 and led ILO’s work in the G20 Employment Working Group and BRICS employment ministers track.
Prior to joining the ILO, Ms. Polaski served as U.S. Deputy Undersecretary of Labor in charge of the International Labor Affairs Bureau, where she led U.S. government work on labor rights and working conditions in global supply chains and bilateral and regional policy dialogues with other governments. Earlier she directed a research and policy program focusing on economic growth, trade, development, livelihoods and income distribution at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, a global think tank.
She has testified before committees on foreign affairs, trade, finance and employment of the European Parliament, U.S. Senate, U.S. House of Representatives and Canadian Senate. She has spoken in a wide variety of multilateral fora and published widely.
She was educated at the Johns Hopkins School for Advanced International Studies (SAIS), University of Wisconsin and University of Dayton and holds an honorary doctorate from Middlesex University.
David Walker is Contributing Editor with Guardian Public Leaders Network, part of Guardian Media Group, and has extensive experience in communications, research and public management. After a Harkness Fellowship in the US, he pursued a career in journalism, working with The Economist, The Times of London, the BBC and the Guardian. He was Managing Director Communications and Public Reporting at the Audit Commission (the government agency supervising local authorities and the police). His board experience includes Places for People, a provider of social housing, the Nuffield Trust, the National Centre for Social Research and the Economic & Social Research Council, the government agency supporting social science. He is currently deputy chair of Central and North-West London National Health Service Foundation Trust, which operates community and mental health services across a wide geography. David is a member of the Ethics and Governance Council of UK Biobank and holds honorary academic positions at University College, London and City University. His books include <Sources Close to the Prime Minister> (with Peter Hennessy), <Media Made in California> (with Jeremy Tunstall), <Municipal Empire, Exaggerated Claims> and, with Polly Toynbee, <Better or Worse>, <Unjust Rewards>, <The Verdict>, <Cameron’s Coup> and <Dismembered>.
President and CEO of Sankyo Times, Japan Economic Daily.
Born in Kanagawa Prefecture Yokohama and graduated from the Department of Political Science at Chuo University.
He is a professional journalist who has been working as a semiconductor journalist for more than 30 years. In 1994, he served as editor-in-chief with the publication of the Semiconductor Industry Newspaper. He also served as vice chairman of the Japan Semiconductor Association (acting chairman) and director of the Japan Semiconductor Venture Association, and is now vice chairman of the Japan Electronics Device Industry Association (NEDIA).
- President, Chung Hae-shin Neuropsychiatric Clinic
- Healing Activist of <Healing Space: Neighbor> for bereaved families of Sewol Ferry disaster.
- Consultation Doctor of Ssangyong Automobile layoff worker Psychological Healing Center <Warak>
- Governor, Chuncheongnam-do
- Professor, Department of Industrial Engineering, Seoul National University
- <Time of Accumulation: Suggestions for the Future of Korea>, <The Way of Accumulation: Suggestions for the Future of Korea Part 2>
- CEO, Hansoll Textile
- President, New paradigm Institute
- Emeritus Professor, Seoul National University
- Chair Professor, The Academy of Korean Studies
- Former Minister, Ministry of Commerce Industry and Energy.
- Emeritus Professor, Kyungpook National University
- Former General Policy Chief, Presidential Secretary