Refactored CEO Ram Katamaraja Invited as Panel Speaker at World Bank Group on April 4, 2019

Posted on April 03, 2019 by Colaberry, Inc. .

Refactored CEO Ram Katamaraja  Invited as Panel Speaker at World Bank Group on April 4, 2019


Colaberry Inc, creator of the award-winning Refactored platform, has been invited to speak at the World Bank Group in San Francisco, CA.  The event will bring together Silicon Valley-based leaders in the education space to reflect on the recent trends towards skills and jobs acquisition. Panelists will discuss innovations related to boosting individuals and firms ability to adapt and thrive given the changing nature or work.  – as well as new solutions to traditional approaches.



  • The World Bank Group is prioritizing regional reforms and investment to ensure that people, firms, and governments are prepared for the future of work in Africa
  • Digital technology adoption which is poverty-reducing and inclusive can boost firm level productivity as well as new strategies to tackle persistent unemployment and informality in the region
  • As a part of Digital Moonshot for Africa 2030 initiative, the World Bank Group has set targets around Digital Skills: i) that all 15 year old students have basic digital skills competencies; that there are 100,000 annual graduates in advanced digital skills programs


 Date and Time: On April 4, 2019, the World Bank Group (WBG) will host a panel discussion in San Francisco at the Intercontinental Hotel SF Mark Hopkins from 4:00 – 5:45 P.M.


The Audience: 25 high-level World Bank Group staff from the AFR region.


Panel Speakers

ram-katamaraja-world-bank-groupRam Dhan Yadav Katamaraja, Founder / CEO of won MIT SOLVE's global challenge in the category of Work of the Future, General Motors Prize for Advanced Technologies and The McGovern Foundation prize for Artificial Intelligence for Betterment of Humanity. is selected as a finalist for Jobs For the Future's (JFF) $1 Billion Wage Gain Challenge, which is supported by Schmidt Futures'. Ram is driven by the mission to reduce inequality and promote career advancement for all by providing access to skill development and career pathway opportunities critical to success in the future of work. Up to 800 million global workers will lose their jobs by 2030 and be replaced by automation (MGI), making his mission more urgent than ever. Ram believes that there is a need to create innovative skill development platforms from the ground up that have “inclusivity” and “equal opportunity” at its core.



Diarietou Gaye, WBG Director Strategy and Operations, Africa Region





Stephane Kasriel, CEO, Upwork 






Heather Gaddoniex, VP Marketing Samasource






Parul Gupta, Co-founder, Springboard 






Rich Qiu, SVP Global Business Development, Udemy



Discussion Topics: include the potential for technology to boost capabilities needed for the new economy in the following areas:

  • A platform for digital skills acquisition
  • Digital job-matching platforms to orient changing skills demand with current skills existing in the job market
  • Social protection for workers in an evolving digitized gig economy


Company Descriptions

Upwork is the largest global online freelancing platform in 180 countries where businesses and independent professionals connect and collaborate remotely. Upwork allows clients to interview, hire and work with freelancers and agencies through the company's platform. There are twelve million registered freelancers and five million registered clients on the platform, with offerings of over 5,000 skills across more than 70 categories of work. 

Samasource started in 2008 as the first Impact Sourcing company in East Africa. Its goal was, and still is, to equally distribute opportunity in the digital economy and pay workers a living wage. Samasource has grown into a training data powerhouse, lifting over 50,000 people out of poverty. 25% of the Fortune 50 trust Samasource to deliver turnkey, high-quality training data and validation for the world's leading AI technologies. From pilots to multi-year projects, Samasource securely trains and validates computer vision and NLP models. It uses human judgement to transform natural language data into valuable training sets for algorithms, and delivers high-quality training data and validation for computer vision use cases.

Springboard offers online, project-based courses with 1-1 mentorship and placement support to help people get jobs in new economy professions. Springboard courses cover in-demand digital skills like Data Science, Design, Digital Marketing, Cybersecurity etc. To date, Springboard has served 10,000+ learners in 100+ countries around the world and growing. is an online learning platform with over 100K courses, 30M students, 42K instructors, and 190M course enrollments in over fifty languages. It is aimed at professional adults. Unlike academic massive open online course (MOOC) programs which are driven by traditional collegiate coursework, Udemy uses content from online content creators to sell for profit. Udemy provides tools which enable users to create a course, promote it and earn money from student tuition charges. Udemy has also made a special effort to attract corporate trainers seeking to create coursework for employees of their company


If you would like to learn more about the World Bank Group, visit their website.



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