Position Description

Head of Inclusive Business (Industry Accelerators Practice - Centre for the New Economy and Society)
Job category Permanent Employee
Group Centre for the New Economy and Society
Location Geneva
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HEAD OF INCLUSIVE BUSINESS
 
INDUSTRY ACCELERATORS PRACTICE - CENTRE FOR THE NEW ECONOMY AND SOCIETY
 
The World Economic Forum, committed to improving the state of the world, is the International Organization for Public-Private Cooperation.
 
The Forum engages the foremost political, business and other leaders of society to shape global, regional and industry agendas.
 
Why we are recruiting
 
The World Economic Forum’s Centre for the New Economy and Society is the global platform for shaping the future of inclusive economies and societies. It is committed to building prosperous, inclusive and equitable economies and societies that create opportunity for all. It provides leaders with an integrated hub to understand emerging socioeconomic trends and to shape the future through new policies, practices and partnerships. It delivers on this mission by accelerating impact on three interconnected systems: Future of Growth and Competitiveness, Future of Education, Skills and Work, and Future of Equality and Inclusion.
 
Reporting lines and interactions
 
The role will be based within the Centre’s Industry Accelerators Practice, dedicated to developing concepts and coalitions for business to optimally combine dynamism, efficiency and inclusion. The Head of the Practice will report directly to the Head of the Centre for the New Economy and Society, will manage a sub-team of 3-4 project leads, supported by external collaborators, and will work closely with other sub-team Heads and staff across the Centre.
 
The successful candidate will be assessed on
 
  • Shaping the strategic and conceptual direction of the Centre’s inclusive business agenda and developing action platforms for business to lead action on new approaches to social responsibility and inclusion (individually, in industry communities and through large-scale public-private collaborations).
  • Delivering against the 2019-2020 portfolio of activities in this practice, including developing new holistic concepts for social responsibility in the new economy, preparing industries and their workers for the future of work through reskilling and redeployment, creating change frameworks for Diversity and Inclusion 4.0 and developing new standards for the gig economy workforce.
  • Developing a strong pipeline of new areas of work, building a portfolio of Forum-led, co-led and externally-led activities, including areas of tangible value to the Centre’s business partners.
  • Developing strong relationships and working closely with relevant external stakeholders, including from business, government and other constituents, to engage appropriate externally-led efforts through the Forum’s platform.
  • Efficient, transparent and collaborative management of financial and human resources in the Centre, including this Practice.
  • In collaboration with other members of the Centre’s leadership team, supporting the development and refinement of the Centre’s insight and action activities, designing for both impact and engagement.
  • Developing a strong understanding of the Forum’s mission and regularly monitoring relevant global developments in the areas pertinent to the Centre’s remit as well as the intersections between them.
 
Preferred requirements and experience
 
  • Advanced university degree in business, economics, finance or other relevant fields.
  • 15+ years of relevant professional experience, ideally across public and private sectors; proven knowledge and skills in delivering socio-economic impact through business engagement and leadership, applying systems change skills.
  • Excellent team management, relationship development and operational skills.
  • Proven interest in shaping the areas covered by the Centre’s mission, especially economic growth and competitiveness, education, skills and work, equality and inclusion, and a high degree of comfort with interdisciplinary approaches.
  • Capacity to apply critical thinking, synthesize various viewpoints, consult broadly, work collaboratively in a team and manage both long- and short-term objectives and navigate ambiguity.
  • Outstanding command of written and spoken English; knowledge of other languages would be an asset.
 
Why work at the Forum
 
The World Economic Forum believes that progress happens by bringing together people from all walks of life who have the drive and the influence to improve the state of the world by building awareness and cooperation, shaping mindsets and agendas and driving collective action. Join us and become a driver for positive change!
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