Seminar

Skill Profiling Solutions

Co-organized by the World Bank Group, ILO, and Labor Global Solutions Group, the seminar focuses on integrating skill profiling tools in various operations.


In light of an increasing demand from working teams to integrate skill profiling tools into operations, this seminar provided participants with practical examples of how to create and adapt skill profiling tools into different environments. Discussions aimed to support staff in learning what are the main challenges and some solutions to successfully include tools into operations. We  also heard about cutting edge research on how online skill profiling solutions, and specifically SkillCraft ,  have worked in different settings and draw some lessons on how to better adapt tools into specific contexts. It featured TTLs that have interacted with World Bank owned solutions and provided details on how processes are set up and managed.

The “Digitally-enabled Labour Market Solutions” Knowledge Frontier Group (KFG) aims to bring together practitioners from across the World Bank to connect, share knowledge and experiences, and collaborate to identify innovative solutions for today’s rapidly changing labor markets.   

Veronica Escudero (Senior Economist, ILO), Samantha De Martino (Economist, SPJ/eMBeD) will lead the discussion, while Diego Angel-Urdinola (co-Global Lead Skills GSG) moderated the conversation.   

This event serves as a continuation for the series of events hosted by the Knowledge Frontier Group on Digitally enabled Labor Market Solutions, a new community of practice sponsored by the Labor Global Solutions Group.

About the speakers
  • Veronica Escudero joined the Research Department of the International Labour Organization in 2008 and today she is Head of the Skills, ALMPs and Policy Evaluation team. She is a Ph.D economist with over 15 years of experience specializing in the microeconometric analysis of labour market and social policies. Her research focuses on the skills necessary for effective transitions to decent work in low- and middle-income countries, using online data on vacancies and applications to labour portals. She also studies the effectiveness of labour market and social protection policies on job quality and social conditions, with views to understanding what policies work and under what circumstances and contributing to national policy formulation. She holds a Ph.D. in Economics from Paris School of Economics and the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales (EHESS).
  • Samantha De Martino is a microeconomist with over 15 years leading the dialogue, design, implementation, and evaluation of policy interventions and operations for the extreme poor and vulnerable households with private and public sector in low-, middle-, and high-income countries, of which the past 13 years have been serving at the World Bank. Her applied research has focused on the conceptualization, implementation, and evaluation of innovations in youth employment, “hard to measure” skills for the workplace, and people-centered transitions to green economies leveraging disruptive technology for scale. She holds a master's degree from Johns Hopkins University and PhD in Economics from the University of Sussex.
  • Diego Angel-Urdinola is a co-Global Lead for Skills and the Tertiary Education and Skills Umbrella Trust Fund manager at the Education Global Practice at the Word Bank. Diego leads lending operations, global partnerships, technical assistance, and applied research in education, skills, TVET, EdTech, and higher education. His work experience includes various developing countries and regions, especially Latin America, Europe and Central Asia, Sub-Saharan Africa, and North Africa. Diego has published articles in various academic and non-academic publications, including the Journal of Economic Inequality, Journal of International Development, IZA Journal of Labor Policy, Labour Economics, Development Policy Review, Journal of Human Capital, and several working paper series and books. Diego has Ph.D. in Economics from Georgetown University.