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Published: 17 September 2018

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Contributions and Acknowledgements


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.

System Initiative Partners

The World Economic Forum would like to thank the Partners of the System Initiative on Shaping the Future of Education, Gender and Work for their guidance and support to the System Initiative and this report.

• A.T. Kearney
• Accenture
• Adecco Group
• African Rainbow Minerals
• Alghanim Industries
• AlixPartners
• AT&T
• Bahrain Economic Development Board
• Bank of America
• Barclays
• Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation
• Bloomberg
• Booking.com
• Boston Consulting Group
• Centene Corporation
• Centrica
• Chobani
• Dentsu Aegis Network
• Dogan Broadcasting
• EY
• GEMS Education
• Genpact International
• Google
• Guardian Life Insurance Company
• HCL Technologies
• Heidrick & Struggles
• Hewlett Packard Enterprise
• Home Instead
• HP Inc.
• Hubert Burda Media
• IKEA Group
• Infosys
• JD.com
• Lego Foundation
• LinkedIn
• LRN Corporation
• ManpowerGroup
• Mercer (MMC)
• Microsoft Corporation
• Nestlé
• Nokia Corporation
• Omnicom Group
• Ooredoo
• PayPal
• Pearson
• PhosAgro
• Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz (MiSK) Foundation
• Procter and Gamble
• Publicis Group
• PwC
• QI Group
• Recruit Holdings
• Salesforce
• Saudi Aramco
• SeverGroup
• Tata Consultancy Services
• The Rockefeller Foundation
• Turkcell
• Unilever
• VMware
• Willis Towers Watson
• Workday

Survey Partners

The Future of Jobs Report 2018 is the result of extensive collaboration between the World Economic Forum and its constituents, amplified by key regional survey partners. We would like to recognize the following organizations for their contribution to the World Economic Forum’s Future of Jobs Survey and this report.


• Confederation of Indian Industry (CII)

• Observer Research Foundation (ORF)

Republic of Korea

• Korean Development Institute (KDI)

Latin America

• Inter-American Development Bank (IDB)

Russian Federation

• Eurasia Competitiveness Institute (ECI)

South Africa

• Business Leadership South Africa


• EconomieSuisse

United Kingdom

• Confederation of British Industry (CBI)


• Ministry of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs


Project Team

Till Alexander Leopold
Project Lead, Centre for the New Economy and Society

Vesselina Stefanova Ratcheva
Data Lead, Centre for the New Economy and Society

Saadia Zahidi
Head, Centre for the New Economy and Society; Member of the Managing Board

A special thank you to colleagues who made distinctive contributions to the development of this report: Genesis Elhussein, Project Specialist and Ilaria Marchese, Data Specialist. Additional thanks to our colleagues in the Education, Gender and Work System Initiative, including Piyamit Bing Chomprasob, Rigas Hadzilacos, Elselot Hasselaar, Valerie Peyre, Pearl Samandari and Lyuba Spagnoletto.

This report would not have been possible without the support of our colleagues across the Forum’s Business Engagement Team, Centre for Global Industries and Centre for Regional and Geopolitical Affairs. In particular, we would like to express our deep appreciation to Nour Chabaane, Emma Skov Christiansen, David Connolly, Renee van Heusden, Nikolai Khlystov, Julien Lederman, Wolfgang Lehmacher, Tiffany Misrahi, Andrew Moose and Julia Suit in the Forum’s Centre for Global Industries. In the Centre for Regional and Geopolitical Affairs, expansion of the report’s geographical coverage was made possible by the support of Elsie Kanza, Bertrand Assamoi, Nontle Kabanyane and Dieynaba Tandian for the Africa region; Justin Wood, Oliver Hess and Thuy Nguyen for the ASEAN region; Liam Foran for Australia; Martina Larkin, Anastasia Kalinina, Anna Knyazeva, Verena Kuhn, Rosanna Mastrogiacomo and Mark O’Mahoney for the wider Europe region, Denise Burnet and Fabienne Chanavat for France and Michèle Mischler for Switzerland; Sriram Gutta and Suchi Kedia for India; Joo-Ok Lee for the Republic of Korea; Marisol Argueta, Diego Bustamante and Ana del Barrio for the Latin America region; and Malik Faraoun and Teresa Belardo for the MENA region. Finally, a special thank you to Oliver Cann and the World Economic Forum’s Media and Publications team for their invaluable collaboration on the production of this report.

We gratefully acknowledge the excellent collaboration with LinkedIn’s Economic Graph team under the leadership of Sue Duke, with contributions from Nick Eng and Kristin Keveloh.

A special thank you to Michael Fisher for his excellent copyediting work and Neil Weinberg for his superb graphic design and layout. We greatly appreciate the work of design firm Graphéine, which created the cover.

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