Upcoming Events

May 2, 2019: Financial Health for the Future of Work
with Usman Ahmed, Head of Global Public Policy, PayPal

The future of work debate has sparked a set of important conversations about how to change fundamental institutions like health care, pensions, and labor organiza­tion. Retail financial services must similarly adapt to changes in the way in which peo­ple will be earning an income in the future. This conversation with Usman Ahmed, Head of Global Public Policy at PayPal, will look at new research that PayPal has released analyzing the intersection of future of work issues like automation and gig work with financial health issues like savings gaps and credit access.

Usman Ahmed is the Head of Global Public Policy at PayPal Inc. His work covers a variety of global issues including financial services regulation, innovation, international trade, and entrepreneurship. He has given talks on these subjects at conferences and universities around the world and has published in the World Economic Forum Global Information Technology Report, Journal of World Trade, and the Michigan Journal of International Law. Ahmed is also an Adjunct Professor of Law at Georgetown University Law School where he teaches courses on international law and policy issues related to the Internet. Prior to PayPal, Usman worked at a number of policy think tanks in the Washington DC area focusing on good governance issues. Ahmed earned his JD from University of Michigan, his MA from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service, and his BA from University of Maryland.

6:00 - 7:00 pm Wine and Light Snacks
7:00 - 8:00 pm Talk and Q/A
8:00 - 9:00 pm Network & Socialize
Location: 570 Lexington, NYC


This evening on The Future of Work is hosted by Cornell ILR's Institute for Workplace Studies and co-sponsored by Cornell Annual Fund Programs, Leadership Giving Volunteer Initiatives.


Fall 2019: Global Governance and the Future of Work. Date TBA
with Vinicius Pinheiro, Special Representative to the UN and Director, ILO Office for the United Nations

Date TBA. Please email iwsnyc@cornell.edu if you would like to receive an invitation.

The future of work is not just an American question, but a global one. How should we think about global labor governance in the age of AI, gigs, and platforms? Come hear Vinicius Pinheiro, Special Representative to the UN and Director of the ILO Office for the United Nations, talk about the future of global labor governance.

About Vinicius Pinheiro
As the leading official responsible for issues related to the world of work at the UN, Vinicius Pinheiro’s portfolio includes the areas of employment and decent work, social protection, labor migration, youth employment, child and forced labor, gender economic empowerment, working conditions, and labor rights.

Prior to joining the International Labour Organization (ILO), Mr Pinheiro was the National Secretary for Social Security of Brazil, responsible for designing and implementing the Brazilian Pension reform, including measures to increase coverage and strengthen the social protection system; served as Vice-President of the Inter-American Social Security Conference (CISS); worked at the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD); and provided consultancy services for the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) and the World Bank in projects in Africa and Latin America.