Paul A. L. Evans
Emeritus Professor of Organisational Behaviour
Report | June 2015
Talent has never been more important than it is today. Technological advances, occurring at a much faster rate than previously thought, and ever-increasing global interconnectedness have created a knowledge economy which today relies more on talent than ever before. In regions such as the Middle East and North Africa (MENA), where large youth populations are coupled with high unemployment rates, there is an urgent need to understand what skills must be developed and how they are to be used in order to achieve progress on economic and social goals in an increasingly competitive world.The following report seeks to examine and present actionable recommendations in six areas where the MENA region must focus its efforts in order to address labour market inefficiencies, develop national talent and ultimately drive long-term sustainability into the 21st century and beyond. MENA policymakers, academic and training institutions and employers should be: building employable skills, enabling greater openness, developing ICT skills, cultivating innovation and entrepreneurship, creating the ecosystem for women's success and fostering the next generation of leaders.