Amazon AWS, World Bank, SNHU join Closing the Global Skills Gap Summit in DC


United States, District of Columbia – 10-18-2019 ( — On November 14-15, the World Bank, Amazon AWS, and others will join the Summit on Closing the Global Skills Gap in Washington, DC,  The Summit is hosted by the Saylor Academy in partnership with Meridian International Center.  Leaders in international higher education, economic and education ministers, diplomats interested in education and other leaders are invited to attend. 

Recently confirmed speakers include: 

  • Dr. Sheila Jagannathan, Global Head, Digital Learning and Capacity Building at the World Bank
  • Ken Eisner, Director of Worldwide Education Programs, Amazon Web Services (AWS), 
  • Dr. Manish Kumar, Managing Director of National Skills Development Corporation, 
  • Dr. Bakary Diallo, CEO of African Virtual University, among others. 

The Global Skills Gap is the chasm between the knowledge/technology and other skilled work available and the education and skills available in the workforce. UNESCO estimates that, by the year 2025, there will be nearly 100 million young people able to learn new skills, however, they may not have access to universities or institutions to obtain those skills.At present, these skills gaps manifest as talent shortages, underemployment/unemployment and poverty.  Innovative education solutions, and collaboration across sectors (and even across nations), will be needed to address these gaps and bring full workforce participation to developing and changing economies.Saylor Academy, in partnership with Meridian International Center, present the Saylor Academy Summit on Closing the Global Skills Gap on November 14-15, 2019, in Washington, DC. The Closing the Global Skills Gap Summit will convene leaders from the World Bank, the National Skills Development Corporation, members of the private sector, higher education, and NGOs from around the world. More information on the agenda and speakers can be found at  

“Tackling the global skills gap requires the type of cross-functional thinking that Saylor Academy’s events promote, and we are pleased to partner with Meridian International Center to draw the type of influencers that will work to solve the problem in a way that expands access to the underserved who stand ready to contribute to the global economy with the right educational support   .”  stated Jeffery S. Davidson, Executive Director of Saylor Academy.

About Saylor Academy ( Academy is a nonprofit education initiative committed to removing barriers to skills and higher education for people worldwide. We do so by providing free online courses that can be used to earn certificates to demonstrate skills, or even to earn university credit at leading institutions of education worldwide.  Founded by Michael J. Saylor, Chairman, CEO and President of MicroStrategy, Inc. Saylor Academy serves learners worldwide by partnering with colleges/universities, nonprofits, employers and others expanding access to education. This is Saylor Academy’s third consecutive event bringing together leaders in tech, higher education, government, NGOs and allied sectors. About Meridian International Center ( Meridian International Center is a diplomatic and global leadership institution that strengthens U.S. engagement with the world and accelerates collaboration through the exchange of leaders, ideas and culture. Founded over 55 years ago as a non-partisan, non-profit organization, Meridian works with governments, the private sector and the diplomatic community to develop exchange, training, culture and convening programs to help leaders better address global challenges and opportunities. ContactsJacqueline ArnoldDirector, Strategic Relationships and CommunicationsSaylor Academy913-244-0668[email protected]Kathleen SheaDiplomatic Engagement AssociateMeridian International Center[email protected]

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