In the Age of Acceleration: Making Time for Learning
Date Friday, Dec 2 Time –
How can we cope with speed? Life is getting faster. The world is speeding up. We live our lives at a frantic pace, which is always quickening. We are in the midst of an era of continuous technological innovation, relentless globalisation and quickening climate change. Welcome to the Age of Accelerations. How can we learn to survive and prosper in this new world, in which speed shapes our lives?
With more work and less time, how can you (and your organisation) nurture talent, encourage leadership and ensure that individual employees reap the benefit of growth? Is the acceleration we all face the chance to get to a better aligned approach to learning - or is it the end of learning? How will the relationship between work and learning - and the role of those who accompany learning - continue to change?
Sustainable Energy for All (SE4All), Austria
Session Plenary C
Monika Weber Fahr is Chief Operating Officer at Sustainable Energy for All (SE4All).
Previously, Monika was Chief Knowledge Officer and Senior Manager at the World Bank Group's Independent Evaluation Vice Presidency. Transforming how the World Bank Group and its staekholders learn from independent evaluation was her primary focus, working with IEG evaluators on shaping their products and engagement tools for enhanced uptake and usability - with the ultimate objective to deepen World Bank Group impact and effectiveness. Monika's teams also delivered IT supported analytical tools and coordinated partnerships and capacity development for evaluation, both within the Bank Group and externally. In her previous assignment, as Director for Knowledge, Learning and Results for Sustainable Development at the World Bank, Monika oversaw quality and portfolio management for knowledge services that were specifically designed to strengthen sustainable development. She was an advocate for innovative approaches in generating new knowledge and learning opportunities for the Bank Group and its clients.
Monika has worked for several years with the private sector, setting up and leading within the International Finance Corporation (IFC) its Business Line for Sustainable Business Advisory. She also worked with the World Bank Institute (WBI) where she built and led the Global Development Learning Network and Multimedia Division at the World Bank Institute (WBI), spearheading the Institute’s engagement with an international partnership of independent Learning Centers. In 2000, Monika led the team that designed and delivered the World Bank’s first global innovation competition, the Development Marketplace. Monika brings private sector experience also from working several years with the Boston Consulting Group. She holds a PhD in business economics. Monika and her family live in Washington DC.
Monika heads the Council of the Centers for Learning in Evaluation and Results (CLEAR) Initiative and is a member of the Board of COSA (Committee on Sustainability Assessment).
BNP Paribas SA, France
Session Plenary C
Xavier Durochat earned an MBA in International Management in San Francisco. He began his career in 1989 at SFMI Chronopost in sales and managerial positions before joining the Westland consulting firm two years later where he engaged in managerial consulting and coaching assignments, an experience that led him to create Outline, his own management and organization consulting firm, in 1993.
In 1996, he joined the Altran Group where he worked through 2008 in a number of different positions, including Consultant Manager in a startup, and Coach and Training Manager in the Group’s Corporate University, before creating, in the capacity of ‘intrapreneur’, a skills development service unit. In 2006, he assumed the position of Human Resources Director in the Group’s holding company.
After completing an assignment for Altedia on behalf of Hewlett-Packard as coach of the executive responsible for HP’s merger with EDS, he joined BNP Paribas International Retail Banking in 2010, assuming the position of Director of Learning, Change and Transformation, and thus becoming a member of the BNP Paribas Group’s Learning & Development committee.
Session Plenary C
Marcia Conner, former corporate executive, now dedicates her time to making the world a better place. She works with everyday people doing ingenious work and ordinary organizations reinventing themselves to work in inspiring ways. She has authored four books, including The New Social Learning: Connect, Collaborate, Work (2nd ed., ATD Press, June 2015). She was vice president of Education Services at PeopleSoft before founding the company’s design organization; ensuring training wasn’t needed to navigate a confusing user experience. She lead education strategy at Wave Technologies International, instrumental in taking the company public in 1994, and headed Worldwide Training at Microsoft in their early days. A SupporTED Mentor and fellow of the Darden School of Business at the University of Virginia, she’s advised executives on employee, support partner, and customer communities in more than 30 companies in five countries.
partake AG, Germany
Session Plenary C
Prof. Andreas Mack has a degree in business administration with a focus on strategy development, consumer behavior, innovation management, and organizational psychology. Since 2012 he is a honorary professor at the University of Arts in Berlin. At Partake he is responsible for consulting and brand management. Andreas manages customer projects in the field of strategy development and the development of user experience design. He uses the methods and techniques of Design Thinking.
His best-known projects include, among others, the brand campaign and the “Be Berlin” claim. In addition, he has led customer projects conducted in the sectors of energy, ICT, and public administration.
Andreas Mack is the practice lead consulting.