Global, 7 February 2017 – This week will bring together legal and human resources leaders from around the world, at Baker McKenzie’s Global Employer Forum. The two-day thought leadership conference, hosted by the Firm’s Employment & Compensation Practice Group, will enable clients, academics and consultants to explore fascinating issues shaping the future of work.

Following a welcome from the Firm’s Global Chair, Paul Rawlinson, and Guenther Heckelmann, Employment & Compensation Practice Group Chair at Baker McKenzie, this year’s Forum will tackle hot topics including risks and rewards in an age of discovery, dealing with biomedical enhancements in the workplace, and whether machines will rule the workplace. The Forum will also focus on many of the themes that were discussed at this year’s World Economic Forum, including the impact of globalisation and the power of diversity.

The agenda includes sessions focused on:

  • Risks and rewards in an age of discovery – Professor Ian Goldin, Professor of Globalization & Development at University of Oxford, will draw on the frontiers of research at Oxford University, looking at the ideas and risks that will affect our collective future – from super-intelligent machines and nanofactories to changing demographics and growing inequality – and talk about how we can embrace the possibilities and manage the coming shocks.
  • Biomedical enhancements at work – Julian Savulescu, Uehiro Professor in Practical Ethics at the University of Oxford and Programme Director at the Oxford Martin School, will join the Forum to discuss the use of performance enhancing drugs and how employers can interact ethically and responsibly with enhancement technologies.
  • AI, bots and the future of work - Dr Michael A. Osborne, Dyson Associate Professor in Machine Learning and Co-Director of the Oxford Martin programme on Technology and Employment and Harry Armstrong, Interim Head of Futures at the innovation foundation, Nesta, will update us on the latest research in robotics and artificial intelligence and the potential impact of this technology on the employment landscape.

The speaker line-up also includes Saadia Zahidi, a member of the Executive Committee and the Head of Education, Gender and Employment Initiatives at the World Economic Forum.

Guenther Heckelmann said:

The future of work is only going to get more complex and with emerging trends like a growing contingent workforce, big data, automation and a changing workforce - people management will be one of the top challenges facing business leaders and employers. Through the legal expertise of our lawyers, who are on the front lines advising clients on the shifting employment landscape, HR and executive leadership can ensure they are future-ready with workforce strategies.

Following the Global Employer Forum, Baker McKenzie will create reports on all of the issues discussed in the agenda including insights from members of major multinational organizations, academia and international business organisations on how they are navigating these trends.

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