Marcelo Cabrol, an Argentinian citizen, was appointed Manager of the Social Sector (SCL) of the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) in August 2017. Prior to his appointment, he served as the External Relations Manager (EXR) of the IDB. As the person responsible for all external communications of the IDB, Marcelo Cabrol spearheaded a major modernisation of the IDB’s communication activities. He led the creation of Demand Solutions, a business model that draws on entrepreneurial thinking and creative approaches to tackle problems in sectors such as public health, mass transportation, energy and citizen security. Between 2007 and 2012, Cabrol was Chief of the IDB’s Education Division. In that role, he promoted projects that employed cutting-edge technologies to expand the coverage and raise the quality of education in Latin America and the Caribbean. He forged groundbreaking partnerships with several Fortune 500 corporations, renowned non-profit organisations and academic institutions in more than 20 countries. Prior to leading the Education Division, Marcelo Cabrol served as principle advisor to the Executive Vice President of the IDB, providing quality and operational oversight of projects in the social sectors, state modernisation, science and technology, and micro enterprise. He joined the Bank in 1998 as a project specialist. Cabrol obtained a bachelor’s degree in economics and political science from Universidad del Salvador in Buenos Aires and a master’s degree in public policy from Georgetown. He completed doctoral studies in government and public policy (ABD) at Georgetown.
The Search for Robust Identification Systems. A Blockchain Case Study as the basis for a Lifelong Learning Record
The future of work can be understood from the lenses of the introduction of greater automation, the gig—also known as collaborative–economy and the demand for more–and more complex–skills. The combined results of these three factors will push the Latin-American and Caribbean countries towards changing the way they currently organize their education and employment systems. Governments will need to support educational and training (TVET) systems that provide lifelong learning. They will need a different approach to tackle transitions between jobs, teaching in and out of school and a reformulation of their welfare state. For these changes to be successful, however, societies must be able to establish secure self-sovereign digital identities. Using the introduction of blockcerts in Bahamas as an example, the presentation will examine the challenges and opportunities brought about by the blockchain technology as well as the strategies needed to build strong identification systems. Establishing a management system that empowers students with ownership of their unique and official records in a way that is instantly transferable and verifiable by anyone across geographic, institutional, and technological borders is the basis for a truly Lifelong Learning Record (LLR).