Digital Skills Gap in ICT Technologies

In order for Europe to gain a leadership position in the digital technologies it is essential to have a workforce able to create, deploy and maintain the most advanced IT technologies. Efforts in the past years have reduced the projected ICT professionals skills gap but are not yet close to closing it.

This session will address the challenges ahead about skills gap for IT specialised jobs. It will start by presenting the current general landscape and projections and will then dives into the challenges and solutions of some specific sectors.

The last part of the session will be a panel discussion giving the opportunity to interact with the audience as well as the result of the Jam Session side events.

Detailed Workshop Outline

9:30 Sally Reynolds Managing Director AtiT,  moderator

9:35 Presentations

  • Overview of the Skills Gap for ICT professional – Werner Korte, Director of Empirica (presentation)
  • Digital transformation, emerging ICT innovation and the impact on ICT skills – Gabriella Cattaneo – Associate Vice President, IDC (presentation)
  • Adressing the skills Gap in networking Industry – Piotr Pluta, Director Corporate Affairs – EMEA, Cisco Systems (presentation)
  • Use of experimentation or Learning – FORGE Project, Alexander Mikroyannidis (presentation)
  • Christian Zahorski-Philippe, Head of Sales, Pan EU – AWS Public Sector at Amazon Web Services (presentation)

10:35 Panel discussion

10:55 Conclusion

Session speakers

Sally Reynolds
Sally ReynoldsATiT
Sally Reynolds: an Irish national with a background in remedial linguistics, Sally first worked in radio and television in Ireland as a presenter and producer for the national broadcaster, RTE. From 1990 onwards, she worked in technology enhanced learning networks in Ireland, Germany, The Netherlands and Belgium. She is a Director of ATiT which she co-founded in 1999 where she leads on dissemination and event management for several EU projects including LACE, SAILS, EMMA and Inspiring Science Education and has considerable experience in all levels of European project management from concept through to validation. Sally leads in the organization of the annual Media & Learning Conference and is actively engaged in the related MEDEA Awards and Media and Learning Association. Sally is an experienced editor, event manager and European dissemination strategist.
Werner B. Korte
Werner B. Korteempirica GmbH, Director
Werner B. Korte is director of empirica and responsible for managing many of the largest research and development projects in relation to e-Skills, e-leadership skills, digital entrepreneurship and policy evaluation, new forms of work, statistical indicators for benchmarking e-skills and other domains. He has been and is project manager of large-scale international projects in these areas, providing policy evaluation and assessment to public and private customers, including global IT industry players like Cisco or Microsoft, different DGs of the EC, national ministries in Europe and the Mid-East since the early 1980s. He has been responsible for several European research and monitoring and benchmarking studies covering all EU Member States for the European Commission and coordinator of the service contract “Leadership Skills for Digital and Key Enabling Technologies” (2015-2017) for the EC DG GROW.
Gabriella Cattaneo
Gabriella CattaneoAssociate Vice President IDC European Government Consulting
Gabriella Cattaneo is Associate Vice President of the IDC European Government Consulting unit, which she founded in 2005 to provide research and consulting services to governments and policy makers on ICT market trends and scenarios, leveraging IDC’s global research. Cattaneo has more than 20 years experience in socio-economic research, impact assessment and benchmarking of ICT policies. She has contributed to the design and implementation of European Commission benchmarking indicators on e-government, e-skills, cloud computing, and currently on ICT professionalism and e-leadership skills. She is currently coordinating a study on the European Data Market for DG CONNECT aiming at monitoring and measuring the data-driven market and economy in the EU, including an analysis of data skills. Cattaneo is a graduate in Political Sciences Magna cum Laude from Milan State University with a prize-winner research Thesis and worked ten years as a business journalist before becoming an ICT industry analyst.
Pior Pluta
Pior PlutaCisco Director Corporate Affairs - EMEAR
Piotr started his career at Cisco ten years ago by joining the European leadership team in the CEE region, which had just been created to accelerate business growth. Since 2012 he has been leading Cisco Corporate Affairs in EMEAR with broad responsibility for Cisco Corporate Social Responsibility Programs in Europe. Cisco CSR includes pillars like Governance and Ethics, Supply Chain, Social and Environmental corporate impact. Education, Healthcare and Economy Development are key areas of Cisco CSR impact in Europe. Between 2008 and 2012 he has been leading the Public Sector Practice in Central Europe, Emerging Markets EMEA and the Global Public Sector team as Local Government Manager. Within those years, the Public Sector department has reached a new level of cooperation with Central Government organizations and Government Enterprises. Government Digitalization, E-Society Development, Transformation of Healthcare and Education are the main areas of Piotr’s competence and experience. During his assignment as Cisco General Manager in the Baltic States region from 2005-2008 he collaborated closely with the governments of Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia (the Prime Ministers of Estonia and Lithuania have visited Cisco in San Jose to discuss the transformation of their countries). In his early years at Cisco, as a member of the CEE Management Team, he contributed to building a leadership team and to designing and implementing the organization’s investment model.
Before joining Cisco, Piotr built his experience in different leadership roles. He worked as Sales Director of Polish Operations and lead HR in CEE at Ford Motor Company. He spent the first years of his career at Coca-Cola and Eli Lilly, where he gained international experience. He has experience in management roles in four different industries – pharmaceuticals, FMCG, automotive and high-tech. Building and leading high performance teams, empowering managers and leaders, and developing and implementing policies and infrastructures are his areas of competence. This experience is a strong asset and helps building relationships with Governments, NGOs and industry.
Piotr is a Harvard University Alumni, concluding the Innovation for Economic Development program, and a Stanford University Alumni – Leading Growth – Executives Education. He graduated as a Medical Doctor in Poland. This background enables him to be a trusted advisor to governments and business leaders, which is his passion.
Piotr lives and works in Switzerland. His hobbies are traveling, mainly enjoying Tuscany, skiing, running and music. He always tries to achieve a good work-life balance and spend as much time as possible with family – his wife, daughter and son.
Alexander Mikroyannidis
Alexander Mikroyannidis Research Associate in the Knowledge Media Institute of The Open University
Dr. Alexander Mikroyannidis is a Research Associate in the Knowledge Media Institute of The Open University. He holds a Ph.D. in Informatics from Manchester Business School, an M.Phil. in Computation from the University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology (UMIST), and a B.Eng. in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the University of Patras, Greece. His research interests are generally in the area of Technology-Enhanced Learning (TEL) and specifically in personalised learning, self-regulated learning, inquiry-based learning, remote labs and online experimentation, open educational resources and rich interactive learning materials with applications in teaching and learning Data Science, Future Internet, and Linked Data. Dr. Mikroyannidis has participated in several European-funded projects, notably SlideWiki, EDSA, FORGE, weSPOT, EUCLID, ROLE, OpenScout, CASPAR, and PARMENIDES.
Christian Zahorski-Philippe
Christian Zahorski-PhilippeAWS Public Service / Head of EMEA Sales, Pan EU
Christian Zahorski-Philippe is the Head of Pan-EU Sales for Amazon Web Service (AWS) Public Sector business unit. He manages a team of Sales Executives responsible for Amazon’s cloud computing business for governments, educational institutions and nonprofits across Europe, the Middle East and Africa.
Christian has more than 10 years’ leadership experience in the IT industry across a variety of commercial IT disciplines to include Security and Compliance, Product Development Software, Business Intelligence/Analytics Software, Operations / Support, and Cloud Computing.
Prior to joining Amazon Web Services 4 years ago, Christian worked for Microsoft and previously for Dell. Born in Montreal, Canada, he has lived in Europe and Africa for over 15 years, and is currently based in Dublin, Ireland.