Making labour market smarter

Speaker: Karlis Kanders

We had the pleasure to invite Kārlis Kanders, principal researcher at NESTA, an innovation foundation based in the UK, to talk about the future of work. He says that the future demand for jobs and skills is presently shaped by technological change and the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, among other major trends. To ensure that everyone is better equipped to navigate the changing labor markets, we need novel ideas and solutions. Big data and data science can help make labor markets smarter, fairer, and more efficient by anticipating the impact of disruptive trends, identifying promising career pathways for displaced workers, and providing tailored guidance to job seekers and employers.In this talk, Kārlis is sharing the research and initiatives pursued at Nesta to support individuals, organizations, and governments to prepare for the future of work, and is discussing how entrepreneurs can help in this challenge.

Karlis Kanders is a Data Scientist working in Nesta's Open Jobs Data unit. He is using network analysis and machine learning to ultimately provide individuals and organizations with the means to assess and navigate the labor market more efficiently. Prior to Nesta, Karlis completed a Ph.D. in Computational Neuroscience at ETH Zurich in Switzerland. His research focused on studying the dynamics of complex biological networks using the theory of nonlinear dynamical systems, numerical simulations, and experimental data analysis. Karlis also holds MSc in Neural Systems and Computation from the University of Zurich & ETH Zurich, and a BSc in Biology from the University of Latvia.