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Jakob Mainert

Dr. Jakob Mainert

Capgemini Invent

Workforce & Organization

Jakob is an Industrial–Organizational (I-O) Psychologist from Berlin with a Ph.D. in Cognitive Science and Assessment and an interest in skills that humans perform better than machines, aka 21st Century Skills. After stopovers in Vancouver (2010–2012) as a test-prep teacher for Scholastic Aptitude Tests (SATs) of candidates at US Ivy-League Universities and in St.Gallen as research assistant in the top-ranked Strategic International Management (SIM) Masters at St.Gallen University (2012–2013), he became research associate in the FP-7 large-scale project LLLight'in'Europe (EU Project #: 290683, EU Contribution: € 2,695,000). For LLLight'in'Europe, he reported Policy Letters about Complex Problem Solving (CPS) to the European Commission, after having assessed, tested, and trained CPS as a21st Century Skill in a sample of N=1167 employees in 60 companies during on site visits in 14 countries in Europe, Asia, Africa, and South America. During this time, he crafted 21st Century Skills tests and trainings, wrote three A-level journal publications (e.g., for the Journal of Knowledge Management, Vol.22, Issue 1; IF: 4.805) about 21st Century Skills, and defended his Ph.D. about “The Changing Nature of Work and 21st Century Skills” in 2017, while he was already working full-time as an in-house consultant for 21st Century Skills and digital transformations at Vodafone.

Founding Cognitive Corporate Consulting (C3) in 2018 and joining Capgemini Invent in 2022 as Consulting Manager for Workforce and Organisation, he has ever since been applying 21st Century Skills and Workplace assessments and trainings, as well as journeys of humane digital transformations, at top-tier organizations (e.g., Vodafone, Siemens etc.). Jakob helps companies craft digital roadmaps that put human beings first, as much as he helps individuals and teams to feel empowered in the digital age with 21st Century Skills. With his clients he identifies, tests and trains 21st Century Skills, such as visionary thinking and complex problem solving. During his studies at Humboldt-University Berlin back in 2006–2010, he held student jobs as research assistant at the Max Planck Institute for Human Development in Berlin and as a bartender at the worldwide Formula One Races for the Red Bull, McLaren Mercedes, and Ferrari Racing Teams. According to Jakob, the hospitality training and bar tendering experience at the Formula One Paddock Club set the seed for his curiosity about people and 21st Century Skills. –Feel invited to ask him in person on the occasion, why!