Speakers

Anna Pons

Anna Pons has been a public policy analyst at OECD since 2010 and currently advises various countries on implementing education policies. Anna is co-author of the publication ‘Equity and Quality in Education (2012), which examines strategies to combine fairness and quality, based on an adaptation for Asian and North American countries, and individual reports for some OECD countries.

Anna Pons is an international project manager and policy analyst with more than nine years of experience. She is responsible for the development of two highly innovative OECD projects: A Video Study to further the understanding of effective teaching, and a Video Library to make quality teaching practices from across the globe available to educators. Prior to this, she worked with senior government officials and a wide range of stakeholders to help advance education reform in Europe, Latin America and Asia. She enjoys strategic thinking, problem-solving, seizing new opportunities and building partnerships to achieve results.

Anna holds a MSc in Economics and Public Policy, a BA in Economics and a BA in Political Sciences from top European universities.

Trilingual in Spanish, Catalan and English. Proficient in French. Learning German. Anna is an avid long distance cyclist, football captain and supporter of social organisations and entrepreneurs.


Dr Steve Munby

Dr Steve Munby has spent his whole career in education, first as a teacher and then as an advisor and inspector before moving into leadership.

He is an internationally renowned researcher in leadership and structural reform who runs a consulting firm named after him. Steve is a visiting professor at University College London Institute for Education, chairman of the Teaching Awards Trust in England and the facilitator for the ARC summits, which bring together education systems from across the world. He recently completed a book with the title ‘Imperfect Leadership’.

He retired in August 2017 as Chief Executive of the Education Development Trust, an international education charity working in Asia, Africa, the Middle East and Europe that advised the development of the Welsh National Institute for Educational Leadership.

Between 2005 and 2012, Dr Munby was Chief Executive of the National College for School Leadership in England. In this role he had overall responsibility for the training and development of 22 000 school principals in state-maintained schools in England and also for the training and development of 150 directors of Children’s Services in Local Authorities. In 2016, he and Michael Fullan co-authored ‘Inside-Out and Downside-Up: How leading from the middle has the power to transform education systems’.

He was awarded a CBE in the New Year honours list in 2010.

Pasi Sahlberg

Pasi Sahlberg is a Finnish educator and author who has worked as schoolteacher, teacher educator, researcher, and policy advisor in Finland and has studied education systems, analysed education policies, and advised education reforms around the world. He has written and spoken widely about these topics, his book “Finnish Lessons 2.0: What Can the World Learn from Educational Change in Finland” won the 2013 Grawemeyer Award for an idea that has potential to change the world. He is also a recipient of the 2012 Education Award in Finland, the 2014 Robert Owen Award in Scotland, the 2016 Lego Prize, and Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Resident Fellowship in 2017. He is a former senior education specialist at the World Bank, a lead education expert at the European Training Foundation, a director general at the Finland’s Ministry of Education, and a visiting Professor of Practice at Harvard University. He chairs the Open Society Foundations’ Education Board and is a member of the Governing Board of the University of Oulu and the International Council of Education Advisors (ICEA) for the Scottish Government. His recent books are “Hard Questions on Global Educational Change”, “Empowered Educators in Finland” and “FinnishED Leadership: Four Big, Inexpensive Ideas to Transform Education”. He is a professor of education policy at the Gonski Institute for Education, University of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia.

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