Wes SchwaljeChief Operating Officer
Serves public, social sector, and private clients on a range of issues concerning education and skills formation systems and economic development.
Wes Schwalje is a business and international development strategist with experience in Africa, Asia, Europe, and the Americas, including the Arab World, Former Soviet Union, and all of the BRIC countries. He is frequently retained by C-level executives, heads of state, global business leaders, and government officials to provide counsel on organizational strategy and then focus entities on making strategies a reality. His work spans some of the most challenging global development and business issues, involving key areas of policy, strategy, and the implementation of change.
He was a key member of the startup team of the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Foundation where he developed strategies for the foundation’s interventions in education and research and development. His research focuses on the impact of workforce skills gaps on knowledge-based economic development and company performance in the Arab World. He is a noted authority on sustainable national systems of skill formation that facilitate economic development and competitiveness and is a frequent speaker at global policy summits, academic conferences, and professional meetings. He is also the author of several articles on education and workforce development policy in the Arab World.