ARC Ambassadors

ARC Ambassadors

 

Pasi Sahlberg:

Dr. Pasi Sahlberg is a Professor of Education Policy and Research Director at the Gonski Institute for Education of the University of New South Wales Sydney (UNSW). He has worked as teacher, teacher educator, policy advisor and director general at the Ministry of Education in Finland. Pasi has held several senior specialist posts in education, including in World Bank and European Commission, analyzing and supporting education systems around the world. He has served as an advisor to a number of other governments including Sweden, Scotland and Malta. Currently he leads research on learning through play, growing up digital, and equity in education. His other fields of expertise are whole-system change, teacher education and development, cooperative learning, and teaching mathematics. His latest book is “Let the Children Play: How more play will save our schools and help children thrive” with William Doyle (Oxford University Press, 2019). He lives with his family in Sydney, Australia.

 

Fiona Forbes:

Fiona Forbes is the CEO and founder of ConfigurED – an education transformation consultancy that specifically focuses on school leadership. She has 30 years of experience and expertise in school leadership as it pertains to early childhood, primary, secondary, tertiary and special education sectors.  Fiona is a Professor of Practice in the School of Education at La Trobe University Victoria, Australia, Board Chair of the Australian Special Education Principals’ Association (ASEPA), Board Member of the Foundation for Education Development UK (FED) and an ambassador of Atlantic Rim Collaboratory (ARC) that supports education system development as of 2021, as well as being a foundational member of it since 2015. Further, Fiona has a commitment to global education strengthened by her 6 years as the executive of the International Confederation of Principals (ICP). Finally, Fiona was also awarded an Honorary Doctorate at the Australian Catholic University (ACU) in 2016 for services to special education.