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International Organisation of Employers (IOE)
Speaker Bio
Roberto Suárez Santos is a highly regarded leader with a profound impact on the global landscape of employment and labour-related issues. Since his appointment as Secretary-General of the International Organisation of Employers (IOE) in October 2018, he has been at the forefront of shaping the future of labour policies and advocating for small, medium and large employers worldwide.

Under his guidance, IOE has grown into the largest private sector network globally, comprising 159 business and employer organisation members across 150 countries. Roberto's tenure has solidified IOE as the powerful and balanced voice of business at the international level, influencing policies and shaping the future of work on a global scale.

Some of his major achievements as Secretary-General include expanding IOE’s participation in the B20, broadening the scope of the organisation’s work on gender, climate and employment, digitalisation, human rights and business as well as assuring the continued expertise on industrial relations, labour migration and sustainable enterprises. Roberto has also spearheaded vital skilling and capacity-building initiatives in Africa and Latin America. In 2023, Roberto Suárez Santos continues to lead, exemplifying dedication, expertise, and unwavering commitment to the world of employment and business.

Before assuming his current role, Roberto served as Deputy Secretary-General of the IOE from December 2012, showcasing his dedication and expertise in the field. His commitment to the cause of youth employment is evident through his tenure as ILO Programme Director, where he championed opportunities for young people in the Maghreb region.

Roberto's professional experience in the world of employment and business extends even further. He honed his skills and insights at the Spanish Confederation of Employers' Organisations, where he delved into areas such as labour policies, labour relations, and the pressing issue of youth unemployment. His influence reverberated on the global stage as he assumed the role of Vice President for Labour Affairs at BUSINESSEUROPE and Vice-President of Business at the OECD's Employment and Labour Affairs Committee. He also played pivotal roles in various follow-up committees for the European Social Fund and the EU Economic and Social Committee.

Notably, Roberto was also an associate professor of European Social Law at prestigious institutions like the Universidad Complutense de Madrid and the Universidad Pontificia de Comillas in Spain. His academic background enriches his perspective and lends depth to his leadership.