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Welsh Businessman Addresses World Leaders on Global Skills Gap


Global leaders convene in Europe for the GLOBSEC Forum – ‘Navigating through disruption’

Welsh businessman Glynn Pegler participates in Forum of world leaders to discuss foreign policy, security, European affairs and the economy. (In the week of US President Trump’s State Visit to the UK and amidst the search for a new UK Prime Minister).

The GLOBSEC Forum will bring together 1,300 leaders from more than 60 countries to discuss solutions for some of the world’s biggest problems

Thousands of the most influential people of the non-profit, private and public sectors will descend upon Slovakia’s capital, Bratislava, this week, to develop dialogue around collaboration on constructive solutions for some of the world’s biggest problems.

Alongside representatives of NATO, the United Nations, the European Commission and many more, South Wales-based businessman, Glynn Pegler, will be among the speakers.

Glynn’s participation in the GLOBSEC Forum marks the start of the 20th year in business for the entrepreneur from Rudry, near Caerphilly, who set up a magazine to inspire young people to learn new skills, when he was just 15 years old.

Addressing the VIP audience of global leaders, Glynn will be interviewed on stage by the Editor of Forbes Magazine, Randall Lane, and will present his views on how technology is changing the way we learn and the impact it will have in the future on our lives.

After launching a magazine, Glynn went on to establish his strategic and digital innovation agency Culture Group in Cardiff which went on to win clients such as Google, Virgin Group, Santander and a delivered a range of projects with NGO clients around the world ranging from Comic Relief to the World Bank.

A former Advisory Board Member of the Welsh Government, Glynn has most recently held other roles with Santander as their Director of Digital and Emerging Markets and currently with BBC Studios, the international commercial arm of the BBC. In 2015 Glynn was made a diplomat by the President of Mexico during a State visit to London, appointing Glynn as an Honorary Consul for Mexico in the UK, recognising Glynn’s commitment to raising the profile of trade with emerging markets. In March of this year Glynn was appointed as an academic advisor to the media school at De Montfort University in the UK. He continues to advise his global clients on strategies for their relevance in the future and his next project is to launch his own circular economy consumer brand, ‘Kiko Mezcal’.

Sharing a common goal, to make the world a better and safer place, the GLOBSEC forum play’s to Glynn’s strengths as a person who has dedicated his 20 year career to date to projects that can be useful in people’s lives. He firmly believes that to be successful, brands must demonstrate the positive impact they can make and whereby the private sector can play a vital role in driving the skills of the future.

For Glynn, this goes far beyond a notion of CSR, which he describes as ‘tokenistic’ and this approach has seen Glynn headhunted by everyone from Google to Virgin Group in delivering strategies that will create a long lasting engagement with consumers.

More recently, Glynn, an expert in digital trends and emerging markets, has turned his attentions to the wider impact of digital in people’s lives. His personal passion is for ways to make education more engaging and the GLOBSEC forum has this at it’s heart. Now in it’s 14th year, the forum is the meeting place for political and business leaders, visionaries and innovators that share a determination to make the world a better and safer place.

Glynn Pegler, founder of Culture Group, said:

“The future of work is the hottest topic globally at the moment and that’s thanks to the unprecedented impact that technology has been having on people’s lives. For me the future of the workplace comes down to the development of skills and as part of this comes a bigger responsibility for the private sector to become useful in people’s lives.

With estimates predicting that by 2022 some 53% of existing employees will need to be re-skilled or upskilled and that also by this time there will be over 25 billion connected devices in the world, this presents both an unprecedented challenge and opportunity. The private sector and traditional education systems will need to collaborate and adapt, sometimes radically, to address this. We face a skills gap, which is heightened by the idea that within the next two decades some estimates predict that almost half of all existing jobs could become automated.”

Between the 6th and 8th of June, the GLOBSEC Forum in Slovakia will welcome more than a hundred distinguished speakers. The conference’s encompassing theme is ‘Navigating through disruption’.

Róbert Vass, President of GLOBSEC, said:

“As part of the conference, we are trying to create a suitable platform for world-class discussion by linking leaders from the private and public sectors. We are proud that the GLOBSEC Forum is currently the most important conference of its kind in the Central and Eastern European region. Our aim is to move our region from the periphery directly to the centre of attention.”

Hundreds of influential statesmen, experts from leading global think-tanks, academia and business, as well as visionaries and innovators, will come to the GLOBSEC Forum to discuss and seek solutions to the most pressing global issues.

The GLOBSEC Forum will address five main streams: Future of Europe, Digital Future, Democracy and Disconnect, Sustainability & Global Economy and Defence and Security.  You can follow the activity on social media usng the hashtag: #Globsec2019