Vicky Colbert

Vicky Colbert

Founder and Executive Director
Fundación Escuela Nueva

Vicky Colbert Laureate of the first edition of the Yidan Prize for Education Development (2017) and 2013 WISE Prize for Education Laureate, Vicky Colbert is founder and director of Fundación Escuela Nueva. Colbert is a Sociologist from Javeriana University in Colombia and pursued her graduate studies in Sociology of Education at Stanford University in the United States. In 2015, the American University of Nigeria distinguished her with an Honoris Causa Doctorate in Philosophy. She is co-author of the worldwide renowned Escuela Nueva model and was its first National Coordinator. Colbert has pioneered, expanded and sustained this educational innovation from many organizational spheres. Some of these initiatives include  Vice minister of Education of Colombia, UNICEF´s Education Adviser for LAC and now Fundación Escuela Nueva (FEN), an NGO she founded with an emphasis on quality, sustainability and innovation. Colbert has been recognized with several awards and distinctions in the fields of leadership and social entrepreneurship, such as the Skoll Award for Social Entrepreneurship, the Clinton Global Citizenship Award and the Kravis Prize. She has also been recognized as an Outstanding Social Entrepreneur by the Schwab Foundation, Ashoka and the World Technology Network.

Vicky Colbert