International Conference on AI in Work, Innovation, Productivity and Skills


David Barnes



David Barnes leads IBM’s global agenda in public policy on workforce issues and is based in Washington DC. He oversees IBM’s advocacy on a range of issues including the future of work, the use of AI in employment, skills and learning, diversity, and labour rules. He engages on these topics with government leaders and in multilateral venues such as the G7, the EU, and at the OECD where he is Vice Chair of Business at OECD’s Employment, Labour and Social Affairs Committee. Previously David was Vice President, Governmental Programs at IBM’s Asia Pacific headquarters in Tokyo, and responsible for advancing IBM’s public policy priorities across the region. Developing new government affairs strategies for IBM’s international operations has been a feature of David’s experience. Highlights include China, where he was Senior Advisor to the Chairman, IBM Greater China Group, and Italy as Vice President of Government Relations.

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