Invitation to the Global Lifelong Learning Summit 2022

Institute for Adult Learning (IAL)
11 Eunos Rd 8, #07-04
Tuesday, 1 November, 2022 - 00:00 to Wednesday, 2 November, 2022 - 23:45
Invitation to the Global Lifelong Learning Summit 2022

IAL would like to invite you to Singapore’s inaugural Global Lifelong Learning Summit, to be held on 1 and 2 November 2022. The Summit aspires to be a new international platform for urgent dialogue on how lifelong learning can support inclusive economic growth and help workers adapt to increasingly rapid changes to their workplace and their work requirements.

The theme for the inaugural Summit is ‘Maximising the Socio-Economic Impact of Lifelong Learning’. We wish to bring together governments and international organisations, educational institutions, enterprises and champions of future-oriented lifelong learning to learn from one another, generate new ideas, and seed future collaborations.

Senior Minister Tharman Shanmugaratnam will grace the occasion as the Guest of Honour and helm the opening dialogue of the Summit. Mr Chan Chun Sing, Minister for Education, Singapore, will in turn helm the closing session. The Summit will be a fast-paced series of panel sessions with a varied slate of international speakers to advance the dialogue with their experience and insights. To ensure international salience, SkillsFuture Singapore (SSG) and the Institute for Adult Learning (IAL) are organising the Summit in partnership with the Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM) Lifelong Learning Hub; the International Labour Organisation (ILO); the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD); and the UNESCO Institute for Lifelong Learning (UIL).

The Summit will be conducted in hybrid format. I hope that you and your colleagues can join us online or physically in Singapore if you will be in Singapore then. We have attached the programme for the Summit, and will extend more information to you soon. Should you wish to register, please reply to this email.

Thank you, and we look forward to your participation at the Summit. Meanwhile, please feel free to contact me should you have any inquiries about the Summit.


Best regards
Renee Tan
Director, Research Division
Institute for Adult Learning
On behalf of the GLLS Organising Committee


Programme of the Inaugural Global Lifelong Learning Summit (GLLS)




1 Nov 2022

0850 – 0900

Welcome Address

0900 – 1020

International Partner Session 1 by UIL - Models of Lifelong Learning Policy Development and Implementation in UNESCO Member States


The session focuses on UIL’s recent publication and standard-setting instrument titled Making Lifelong Learning a Reality: A Handbook. This handbook provides information, evidence and basic conceptual models to facilitate the adoption of lifelong learning in national and local settings.


Confirmed Speakers

  • David Atchoarena, Director, UIL, Germany
  • Aaron Benavot, Professor of Global Education Policy in the School of Education at the University at Albany, United States
  • Dae Joong Kang, President, National Institute for Lifelong Education, Republic of Korea

1020 – 1045


1045 – 1205

International Partner Session 2 by ILO - Micro-credentials: Promoting Lifelong Learning and Careers


The session aims to raise awareness of challenges and opportunities associated with the implementation of micro-credentials, as well as highlight successful examples emerging from private and public initiatives.


Confirmed Speakers

  • Srinivas Reddy, Skills and Employability Branch Chief, ILO Geneva (video message)
  • Pedro Moreno Da Fonseca, Technical Specialist, ILO, Geneva
  • Mami Kyo, Programme Support Consultant, United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), United States
  • Khairul Salleh bin Mohamed Sahari, Deputy Chief Executive Office, Malaysian Qualifications Agency (MQA), Malaysia
  • Didit Aditya, Indonesian Trade Union Confederation (KSPI), Indonesia
  • Atul Sobti, Standing Conference of Public Enterprises (SCOPE), India

1205 – 1330


1330 – 1430

Dialogue with Senior Minister Tharman Shanmugaratnam: A Lifelong Learning Eco-System for Socio-Economic Resilience


This dialogue serves as an overall frame for the GLLS and will discuss the socio-economic implications and possible impact of lifelong learning.


1435 – 1455


1455 – 1615

Panel Session - The Future of Work is Now: Workplace learning for a Future-Ready Workforce


This session will examine the role of workplace learning as part of the future of work, and deliberate on the conditions, models, and mechanisms required to enable workers to up-skill and re-skill in the workplace.


Moderator: Jeanne Liew, Principal and CEO, Nanyang Polytechnic


Confirmed Panellists

  • Zhang Zhengjun, Vice-President (Asia-Pacific region), Huawei, China
  • Martin Hirzel, President, Swissmem, Switzerland
  • Richard Koh, CEO, MDAQ, Singapore
  • Papia Debroy, SVP of Insights, Opportunity@Work, United States

1615 – 1655

Showcase of Innovative Lifelong Learning Initiatives

1655 – 1705

Day 1 Closing Address

2 Nov 2022

0850 – 0950

International Partner Session 3 by OECD - Working Together to Adapt Better to Changing Skills Needs


This expert panel will showcase successful examples of international initiatives, aim at raising awareness about the importance of collaboration between the public and private sectors to develop future-ready adult learning policies, align better changing skills needs, and strengthen the adaptability of workers.


Confirmed Speakers

  • Younes Sekkouri, Minister of Economic Inclusion, Small Business, Employment and Skills, Morocco (video message or live- stream)
  • Glenda Quintini, Senior Economist, OECD, France (moderator)
  • Stephen Moret, President and CEO, Strada Education Network, United States
  • Christen Bollig, Senior Vice President (Consumer Operations), General Assembly, United States
  • Ruaidhri Neavyn, Special Adviser on Higher Education Policy Development, Higher Education Authority, Ireland (live stream)

0950 – 1050

International Partners Session 4 by ASEM Lifelong Learning Hub - Enabling Capital for Lifelong Learners


Confirmed Speakers

  • Séamus Ó Tuama, Director, Adult Continuing Education & Chair, ASEM Lifelong Learning Hub, Ireland
  • Cathal O’Connell, Member, Adult Education Board at University College Cork, Ireland
  • Shalini Singh, Senior Research Fellow, International Institute of Adult & Lifelong Education, India
  • Carmel Berendi, University of Pécs, EUCEN, Hungary

1050 – 1115



2 Nov 2022 (cont’d)

1115 – 1230

Panel Session - Continuous Education v2: How Institutions can Innovate and Adapt


Education and training (E&T) systems will increasingly need to go beyond pre-employment education to support learning. This session will debate and deliberate on how E&T systems and institutions can do this well.


Moderator: David Atchoarena, Director, UNESCO Institute for Lifelong Learning, Germany

Confirmed Panellists

  • Lily Kong, President, SMU, Singapore
  • Christen Bollig, Senior Vice President (Consumer Operations), General Assembly, United States
  • Andreas Schleicher, Director for Directorate of Education and Skills, OECD, France (live stream)

1230 – 1340


1340 – 1500

Dialogue with Chan Chun Sing, Minister for Education, Singapore: A Future-Ready Lifelong Learning Ecosystem


This session discusses how, collectively, we might create an environment that motivates, supports, and delivers effective, future-ready lifelong learning.

1500 – 1515

Summit Closing Address

1515 – 1600

Networking Tea