Workforce of the Future: How and Where to Attract Global Talent

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Workforce of the Future: How and Where to Attract Global Talent

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Ageing populations, technological advancement and global economic realignment are a few of the many factors currently shaping the business landscape. To improve workforce productivity and stay competitive in today’s challenging marketplace, it is necessary to strategically strengthen human capital. Top talent today is scattered across the globe, no longer concentrated in traditional education hubs of the UK and US, as the quality and availability of education rises in regions such as Asia and Latin America.

Accessing and investing in new university graduates has grown increasingly nuanced and complex, and what has emerged is a race for skilled and engaged workers. Corporates globally have begun implementing innovative mechanisms to locate and engage with new graduates.  However, only when human resource managers link student mobility, national education policies and skills acquisition trends, can they create evidence-based recruitment strategies that are efficient, streamlined, and impactful.

Education Intelligence, a specialist research team at the British Council, will present data and on-the-ground insights on the global driving forces that pinpoint what students are learning, the skills they gain, and how that influences the talent available to corporations. Among the highlights are where talented youth are from and where they are going, the direct impact of government policy on graduate opportunities, how technology is shaping how people learn and work, and the impact of shifting global economic power on graduate career trajectories.


About the speaker

Prior to joining the team in 2012, Zainab Malik worked at the University of Pennsylvania, conducting research to capitalise on overseas market demand and expansion.  She currently focuses on global market research and strategic planning and has particular interests in student insights, policy impact and the future of higher education; her recent research includes horizon scanning and analysis of global mobility trends. She presents regularly at conferences and her work has been quoted by the BBC, the Guardian, the Economist, The Australian and numerous education sector-related outlets.   Zainab earned her bachelor’s degree in Economics and International Relations from Colgate University and a master’s degree with distinction in International Education Development from the University of Pennsylvania.  She additionally holds an Executive Certification in Corporate Social Responsibility.


Anna Esaki-Smith provides research and analyses to higher education institutions to help guide marketing and recruitment strategies. Her work focuses on examining student mobility trends and the significant factors influencing education policies, with her research cited in The Wall Street Journal, Forbes, the Times, and other publications. She also specialises in global communication strategies and brand development. Anna received her undergraduate degree from Cornell University and a graduate degree in journalism from Columbia University. She recently earned a Trinity CertTESOL qualification and teaches English to asylum-seekers and refugees in Hong Kong.



Member $ 400.00 HKD
Non-Member $ 470.00 HKD
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Workforce of the Future: How and Where to Attract Global Talent

Wed, April 26, 2017
08:00 AM - 09:15 AM

Zainab Malik, Research Director, Education Intelligence, British Council


Anna Esaki-Smith, Editorial Director, Education Intelligence, British Council

Victoria Suite, The Hong Kong Club, 1 Jackson Road, Central
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