Roberto Suárez Santos was appointed Secretary-General of the International Organisation of Employers (IOE) on 26 October 2018, having held the post of Deputy Secretary-General since December 2012.
Prior to joining the IOE, Roberto was ILO Programme Director for the promotion of youth employment in the Maghreb region. He previously worked at the Spanish Confederation of Employers’ Organisations in areas ranging from comparative labour policies and labour relations to youth unemployment and social and employment policy. He was BUSINESSEUROPE’s Vice President for Labour Affairs for several years. He also was Vice-President of Business at OECD’s Employment and Labour Affairs Committee, and a member of various follow-up committees for the European Social Fund and the EU Economic and Social Committee.
The panel focuses on the strategies and actions that need to be taken to eliminate child labour and accelerate progress towards achieving SDG Target 8.7.