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The Future of Work Podcast

The social justice challenge for African youth

Mulombe Chisoti, Botshelo Mpho, Jonas Bausch, Anders Johnsson

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Episode 53

20 February 2024

The social justice challenge for African youth

Mulombe Chisoti, Student at the University of Lusaka, studying Business Administration

Botshelo Mpho, Theology student at the University of Venda, South Africa

Jonas Bausch, Youth Employment Specialist, ILO Regional Office for Africa

Episode 52

5 January 2024

Is Generative AI the answer to low productivity?

Whitney Zhang, PhD student in economics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Shakked Noy, PhD student in economics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Episode 51

14 November 2023

The rise of AI in China – Digital technologies and their regulation

Kendra Schaefer, Partner, tech policy research team leader at Beijing-based strategic advisory consultancy Trivium China

Episode 50

26 October 2023

Should we treat the care economy as an investment or a cost?

Christy Hoffman, General Secretary of UNI Global Union, Switzerland  

Laura Addati, Maternity Protection and Work Family Specialist, ILO Conditions of Work and Equality Department

Episode 49

10 October 2023

Workplace mental health: It’s ok not to be ok

Emily Rosado-Solomon, Assistant Professor of Management at Babson College

Episode 48

4 October 2023

Job quality or job quantity – which will AI affect most?

Janine Berg, Senior Economist in the Research department, ILO

Pawel Gmyrek, Senior Researcher, ILO Research department

Episode 47

29 September 2023

Should retirement be retired? The pros and cons of older workers

Dorothea Schmidt-Klau, Chief of the Employment, Labour Markets and Youth Branch, EMPLOYMENT Department, ILO

Episode 46

20 September 2023

The value of free money

Lauren DeFilippo, Documentary Filmmaker

Episode 45

10 August 2023

Green jobs: A solution to youth employment and the climate crisis?

Rabiya Anwer, Assistant Secretary-General, Employers' Federation of Pakistan 

Mette Grangaard Lund, Technical Officer in the Green Jobs Unit, ILO

Boitumelo Molete, Social Development Policy Coordinator, Congress of South African Trade Unions

Episode 44

28 July 2023

Fighting human trafficking in an era of crisis – how can we do better?

Lela Tolajian, Human rights activist and the Founder of the International Coalition Against Modern Slavery

Alix Nasri, ILO’s Technical Specialist on Forced Labour

Episode 43

19 July 2023

Does Artificial Intelligence threaten decent work?

Virginia Doellgast, Anne Evans Estabrook Professor of Employment Relations and Dispute Resolution, Cornell University

Episode 42

18 July 2023

Heat stress – how are we going to live with it?

Nicolas Maitre, Economist in the Research department of the ILO

Episode 41

16 June 2023

Is domestic work care work?

Claire Hobden, ILO Technical Specialist on Domestic Workers and other Vulnerable Workers

Mimi Jalmasco, Migrant domestic worker and Trustee of the UK organization, The Voice of Domestic Workers

Ai-jen Poo, President of the National Domestic Workers Alliance, U.S.

Episode 40

7 June 2023

Writing the rules of the game – how international labour standards are created

Tim De Meyer, Senior Adviser on Standards Policy, ILO

Episode 39

24 May 2023

When race holds you back in the workplace

Christiane Kuptsch, Senior Specialist in Migration Policy, ILO

Marlihan Lopez, Coordinator of the Simone de Beauvoir Institute, Concordia University, Montreal, Canada

Episode 38

11 May 2023

Is an algorithm your next hiring manager?

Mona Sloane, Ph.D. is a sociologist working on design and inequality, specifically in the context of AI design and policy

Episode 37

28 April 2023

Artificial Intelligence and the world of work – should we be scared?

Antonio Casilli, Professor of Sociology at the Polytechnic Institute in Paris, DiPLab co-director, INDL co-founder

Stacie Haller, Chief Career Advisor at ResumeBuilder.com

Episode 36

24 April 2023

After Rana Plaza: How has safety improved for garment workers?

Tuomo Poutiainen, Director of the ILO's Country Office for Bangladesh

Episode 35

17 March 2023

Why are key workers undervalued?

Janine Berg, Senior economist, ILO Research department

Iván Williams Jiménez, Policy development manager, Institution of Occupational Safety and Health

Episode 34

8 March 2023

Can digital technology be an equality machine?

Dr. Orly Lobel, Warren Distinguished Professor of Law and Director, Center for Employment and Labor Policy, University of San Diego

Episode 33

27 February 2023

Tackling the productivity challenge

José Manuel Salazar-Xirinachs, Executive Secretary of ECLAC

Daniel Samaan, Senior Macro-economist, ILO’s Research Department

Episode 32

20 February 2023

ILO Director-General – Why we need greater social justice

Gilbert F Houngbo, ILO Director-General

Episode 31

17 January 2023

How can we protect the quality of jobs?

Stefan Kühn, Senior Economist in the ILO’s Research Department

Episode 30

12 January 2023

Working time and work-life balance

Jon Messenger, Senior Working Time Specialist, ILO

Episode 29

16 December 2022

Labour migration and diverse gender identities

Emily Dwyer, Co-Director of Edge Effect

Episode 28

22 November 2022

COP27 – What progress for the world of work?

Moustapha Kamal Gueye, Coordinator for the ILO Green Jobs Programme

Episode 27

18 November 2022

What’s the story on labour rights in Qatar?

Max Tuñón, Head of the ILO Project Office in Doha

Episode 26

1 November 2022

Living to dance and dancing to live

William Bracewell, Principle Dancer, The Royal Ballet

Jennifer Curry, Executive Director, Dancers' Career Development

Episode 25

10 October 2022

Mental health and the workplace

Susanna Harkonen, Workplace mental health specialist and founder of Inner Work

Nina Hedegaard Nielsen, Chief policy advisor on occupational health and safety at The Danish Confederation of Professional Associations

Episode 24

20 September 2022

Modern slavery is unseen because it's convenient

Sophie Otiende, Chief Executive Officer, Global Fund to End Modern Slavery and Founder of the Kenyan Azadi Initiative

Grace Forrest, Founding Director of Walk Free

Episode 23

22 August 2022

Wagner Moura: How to advocate for social change and end slavery

Wagner Moura, ILO’s unique Goodwill Ambassador on Forced Labour

Episode 22

15 August 2022

Can Ethiopia rebuild its COVID-19 damaged tourism sector?

Tewodros Derbew, Tourism Specialist at Ministry of Culture And Tourism, Addis Ababa

Episode 21

19 July 2022

Is there a place for grief at work?

Lizzie Pickering, Grief Investigator, Podcast and Film Producer

Episode 20

31 May 2022

What can the social and solidarity economy do for recovery?

Nadine Moawad, Co-founder of the Dikkeneh consumer cooperative, Beirut, Lebanon

Episode 19

13 May 2022

The Serious Business of Happiness at Work

Vanessa King, Head of Psychology & Workplaces and a Board Member of the not-for profit body, Action for Happiness

Episode 18

8 April 2022

Can you really afford not to invest in diversity and inclusion?

Dr. Gillian Shapiro, Founder and Managing Director, Shapiro Consulting

Nykeba King, Global Head of Inclusion and Belonging at The Body Shop

Episode 17

8 March 2022

Why investing in care is about equality

Emanuela Pozzan, Senior specialist in gender equality and non-discrimination, ILO

Episode 16

18 February 2022

How to make the informal formal?

Shahra Razavi, Director of ILO’s Social Protection Department

Susanita “Babes” Tesiorna, National President of the Philippines Alliance of Workers

Episode 15

11 February 2022

The universe still has the capacity to surprise us

Dr. Natasha Hurley-Walker, Astrophysicist, Curtin University node of the International Centre for Radio Astronomy Research (ICRAR)

Episode 14

18 January 2022

Digitizing a company also means changing its culture

Dr Sandy Chong, Founder of Verity Consulting and Chair of the ASEAN Business Alliance WA

Episode 13

7 January 2022

Is the menopause a workplace issue?

Dr Louise Newson, Doctor, leading menopause specialist and founder of the Balance menopause app

Professor Joanna Brewis, Professor of People and Organisations, the Open University Business School

Episode 12

7 December 2021

Why growth in wage inequality is a problem for us all

Patrick Belser, Senior economist and wage specialist, ILO

Episode 11

13 October 2021

Rural women don’t want charity, they want to feel empowered

Reema Nanavaty, Former General Secretary, Self Employed Women’s Association, India

Elisenda Estruch Puertas, Rural Economy Specialist, ILO

Episode 10

30 September 2021

The future is already here

Chidi King, ILO Branch Chief, Gender, Equality, Diversity and Inclusion

Episode 9

12 August 2021

Left-handed workers in a right-handed world

Dr Marietta Papadatou-Pastou, Assistant Professor at the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens

Episode 8

12 August 2021

How digital labour platforms can provide decent jobs for young refugees

Drew Gardiner, ILO Youth Employment Specialist

Dr Andreas Hackl, Lecturer in social anthropology at the University of Edinburgh

Episode 7

2 July 2021

Making domestic work decent work in South Africa

Florence Sosiba, Domestic worker and President of The South Africa Domestic Service and Allied Workers Union

Episode 6

23 June 2021

Neuro-diversity and the workplace – positive or negative?

Neil Barnett, Director of Inclusive Hiring and Accessibility, Microsoft

Dr Nancy Doyle, CEO, Genius Within, Co-Director of the Centre for Neurodiversity at Work, Birkbeck College, University of London

Episode 5

29 April 2021

Why we need to invest now in resilient occupational safety and health systems

Manal Azzi, Senior Occupational Safety and Health Specialist, ILO

Episode 4

23 April 2021

Zimbabwe’s green economy trailblazers

Elizabeth Nyamuda, Founder and Managing Director, Tamba Washables

Luke Makarichi, Founder and Managing Director, GreenTec Energy

Episode 3

30 March 2021

The role of digital labour platforms in transforming the world of work

Uma Rani, Senior Economist in the ILO Research Department

Sergio Santos, Independent software engineer, France

Mercy Osongo, Independent translator & fundraiser, Kenya

Laura Cardona, Freelancer and Biologist, Colombia

Episode 2

19 February 2021

Can technology create a more equitable future of work?

Allen Blue, LinkedIn Co-Founder and Vice President

Episode 1

5 January 2021

Telework: Wild ride or win-win?

Jon Messenger, Senior Working Time Specialist, ILO