Dec 13 2021


4:30 pm - 5:30 pm

Intro to third topic: Quality Education Panel

Achieving inclusive quality education is critical and is one of the most powerful tools for achieving sustainable development. Our panel discussion on Quality Education will explore how innovation, technology and entrepreneurship can support the availability of inclusive quality education.


  • Andrew Jack
    Andrew Jack
    Global Education Editor, Financial Times

    Andrew Jack is global education editor at the Financial Times, overseeing its education coverage including a recent magazine on schools in lower income countries, business education including its rankings and the free schools access programme He has been a journalist at the FT since 1990, including as Paris correspondent, Moscow bureau chief, pharmaceuticals correspondent and head of curation. He is author of the books Inside Putin’s Russia and The French Exception. He received an MA (Hons) from St Catharine’s College, Cambridge, was the Joseph Hodges Choate Memorial Fellow at Harvard, and a Visiting Fellow at the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism at Oxford.

  • Mercedes Mateo Diaz
    Mercedes Mateo Diaz
    Education Division Chief, Inter-American Development Bank (IDB)

    Mercedes Mateo Díaz is Education Division Chief at the IDB Group, where she leads an ambitious initiative to rethink education and strengthen the learning ecosystems to equip citizens with 21st-century skills. She coordinates the research, design and execution of innovative education projects. Her work covers different areas of international development and social policy, with a strong emphasis on inequality. She has contributed to the areas of institutional reform, female labor force participation, early childhood, socio-emotional and digital skills and social cohesion. She holds a PhD in political science from the University of Louvain. In 2004, she was a postdoctoral research fellow with the Belgian Scientific Research Foundation (FNRS) and honorary researcher until 2007. From 2002-2004, she was a Marie Curie Postdoctoral Fellow at the Robert Schumann Center of the European University Institute

  • Virginia Stagni
    Virginia Stagni
    Head of Business Development & FT Talent Director

    Virginia works between London and New York as a Business Development Manager in the Commercial Department of the Financial Times.

    Her role sees her investigate new business ideas and revenue growth opportunities, ensuring that the Financial Times remains one of the most innovative and disruptive players in the wider news landscape.

    Prior to joining the FT, Virginia was a start-up founder and entrepreneur, also working as a freelance reporter for La Stampa – one of the oldest newspapers in Italy. She is the CEO and founder of Logos, a mobile phone blockchain start-up, and previously founded a digital magazine, Revolart, as well as a cultural heritage foundation, Bolognadasballo.

    In 2016 she was named Best Italian Entrepreneur Under 25 and in 2019 was one of Digiday’s inaugural Future Leaders.

    Virginia holds an MSc in Media and Communications from the London School of Economics and a BSc in Economics and Management for Art, Culture and Communications from Bocconi University. In her spare time she enjoys ‘extreme’ travel.

Local Time

  • Timezone: America/New_York
  • Date: Dec 13 2021
  • Time: 11:30 am - 12:30 pm

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