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Host Country Seminar

Empowerment through Technical and Vocational Education and Training: Innovative Financing Approaches

Tuesday, 3 May 2016, 11:00 am–12:30 pm, Harmonie Hall B1/B2

Germany is increasingly cooperating with its partner countries to promote technical and vocational education and training (TVET). TVET provides young people with essential skills that enhance their employability and access to jobs. The growing importance of development cooperation in financing TVET has been the focus of recent debates: How can sustainable financing for labor-market-oriented education and training be promoted and secured? The seminar will discuss government and private sector contributions to TVET, explore incentives and alternative financing approaches, and present practical examples of TVET cooperation in Asia.


Volkmar Klein Member of Parliament, Germany

Volkmar Klein is member of the German parliament, representative for the district of Siegen-Wittgenstein where he has been chairman of the Christian Democratic Party (CDU) since 2001. At the Bundestag, he is member of the Budget Committee and rapporteur for Economic Cooperation and Development within that committee. Mr Klein is also member of the Sub- Committee for the Federal Agency for Financial Market Stabilisation and deputy member of the Committee on the Affairs of the European Union. After having gained his diploma in economics from the University of Bonn, he worked for different companies and was member of the parliament of the Federal State of North Rhine-Westphalia.

Ayumi Konishi Director General, East Asia Regional Department, Asian Development Bank

Ayumi Konishi is Director General of the East Asia Department of ADB. Since June 2013 he has been responsible for ADB operations in the People's Republic of China and Mongolia, and ADB relations with Hong Kong, China; the Republic of Korea; and Taipei, China. Mr. Konishi began his career at ADB as Project Economist and Education Specialist. He held various leading positions, amongst Director General for ADB’s Pacific Department and Country Director for Viet Nam. Prior to joining ADB in 1988, he worked for the United Nations in Baghdad, Iraq; New York; and Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Mr. Konishi holds a postgraduate degree in Development Economics.

Shyamal Majumdar Head of the International Centre for Technical and Vocational Education and Training, UNESCO-UNEVOC

Since 2011, Shyamal Majumdar is Head of the UNESCO-UNEVOC International Centre in Bonn, Germany. Before, he was Director General of the Colombo Plan Staff College for Technician Education (CPSC), Manila, Philippines. He was also the Vice President of the International Vocational Education and Training Association (IVETA) and Professor at the National Institute of Technical Teachers Training and Research (NITTTR) in Kolkata, India. He holds a master degree in telecommunications engineering and a Ph.D. in educational computing. He has worked as a TVET expert in various capacities. He received, inter alia, the IVETA Award and CPSC TVET Leadership Award.

Sabine Müller Director General, Sectoral Department, Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit

Sabine Müller has held the position of Director General of the Sectoral Department at the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) since September 2015. She joined GIZ in 1990 and spent her first six years in Costa Rica, where she was involved in a long-term project on sustainable land use with the Interamerican Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture (IICA). She held various leading positions and headed regional divisions, amongst South-East Asia. Prior to joining GIZ in 1990, she worked for a consulting firm, conducting studies and appraisals on behalf of GIZ, the World Bank, the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), and the European Union.

Roland Siller Member of the Management Committee, KfW Development Bank

Roland Siller is Member of the Management Committee for Europe and Asia at KfW Development Bank. Prior to his appointment, he was Director of Southeast Europe and Turkey. Mr. Siller has held various management positions at KfW in the Strategy Department and in the Middle East North Africa Region. For two years he was seconded to the French Development Bank, AfD. He is currently a member of the Board of Directors of the European Fund for Southeast Europe (EFSE). Mr. Siller holds a Master's degree in Business Administration and Political Science. He graduated from the Advanced Management Program at Wharton Business School.

Gunnar Specht Managing Partner, Planco Consulting

Gunnar Specht is Managing Director and Partner of PLANCO Consulting GmbH, Hamburg. He works as consultant for the German development agencies (such as BMZ, KfW, GIZ, sequa) and for private industry in the areas of skills development, employment, education finance, financial planning, and business organization. Mr. Specht was a project manager at KfW (1997-2000). In Asia, he has led numerous TVET-focused feasibility and design studies on Viet Nam, Lao PDR, Myanmar, and the Philippines. He was also involved in preparing two of the BMZ-funded Regional TVET Conferences in Hanoi (2012) and Jakarta (2014). Mr. Specht holds a PhD in Education Science.


Natasha Walker International Facilitation and Communication

Natasha Walker is an international facilitator and communication consultant, providing change and strategy processes for corporate, state and non-governmental clients in Europe and beyond. She designs and facilitates participatory processes with far-reaching results. She develops innovative large-group dialogues on complex issues such as sustainability, biodiversity and social entrepreneurship. Ms. Walker is also a leading facilitator for large-scale citizen participation in policy making. She was educated at Oxford University and, after achieving a Joint Honours degree in English and German literature, moved to Germany to help build up the consultancy IFOK, where she grew until 2009. She has led her own consultancy firm since 2010.