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


David Barnes

IBM Corporation

Vice President Global Workforce Policy


David leads IBM’s global agenda in workforce public policy and is based in Washington DC. He oversees IBM’s advocacy on a range of issues including the future of work; skills and learning; labor and employment rules; diversity and inclusion; and corporate social responsibility. He engages on AI and the future of work with government leaders around the world, and in multilateral fora such as the G7, the EU, and at the OECD where he is Vice Chair of the Business@OECD Employment, Labor and Social Affairs Committee. David’s global leadership experience includes executive roles for IBM in Australia, China, Italy, Japan, and the U.S. David was previously Vice President, Governmental Programs at IBM’s Asia Pacific headquarters in Tokyo, and responsible for advancing IBM’s public policy priorities across the region. He led IBM’s engagement with Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation group and was the driver of APEC’s successful E-commerce Readiness Initiative, recognized by heads of state for its global leadership. David was a member of the City of Shanghai’s IT Advisory Council. Developing new government affairs strategies for IBM’s international operations has been a feature of David’s experience in China as Senior Advisor to the Chairman, IBM Greater China Group, and in Italy as Vice President of Government Relations. David speaks at a range of multilateral institution venues, and at organizations such as Chatham House, the Brookings Institute, and the World Bank. He briefs IBM clients on key policy agendas, and also guest lectures at academic institutions such as American University, the National Defense University, and the University of Milan.