Dr. Pasi Sahlberg – Harvard Graduate School of Education


Pasi Sahlberg is a Finnish educator and scholar. He worked as a teacher, teacher educator, and policy adviser in Finland and was actively engaged in planning and implementing education reforms in Finland in the 1990s. He has served the World Bank in Washington, D.C. (2003-2007), the European Commission (2007-2009) and the OECD as an external expert advising foreign governments in more than 50 countries around the world. His research interests include international education policies, educational change, teacher education, and classroom teaching and learning. He is board member of several educational organizations, including the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD), the International Association for the Study of Cooperation in Education (IASCE), and the Centre on International Education Benchmarking (CIEB). He is also editorial board member of Journal of Educational Change, European Journal of Educational Evaluation and Research, and Educational Policy Studies Journal. He speaks around the world about educational improvement, enhancing equity and excellence in education systems, internationalization of education, and the future of schooling. He has addressed the national Parliaments in England, Scotland, New Zealand, Latvia, Sweden, and spoke at the European Parliament in Brussels. His award-winning book Finnish Lessons: What Can the World Learn from Educational Change in Finland (Teachers College Press, 2011) is a bestseller and has been translated into 20 languages. He has held several senior management positions in Finland, most recently Director General of CIMO (National Centre for International Mobility and Cooperation) at the Finnish Ministry of Education and Culture. He is an adjunct professor at the University of Helsinki and at the University of Oulu, Finland. He received the 2012 Education Award in Finland and the 2013 Grawemeyer Award in the United States, and the First Class Knight of the White Rose of Finland in 2013.