ARC Ambassadors

ARC Ambassadors


Pasi Sahlberg:

Dr. Pasi Sahlberg is a Professor of Educational Leadership at the University of Melbourne. He former schoolteacher, 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 Finland, Sweden, ScotlandMalta and state and territory governments in AustraliaPasi’s awards include 2013 Grawemeyer Award, 2014 Robert Owen Award, 2016 Lego Prize, and 2021 Hedley Beare Award. 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. He lives with his family in Melbourne, Australia.


Fiona Forbes:

Fiona Forbes is a practicing school leader and the CEO and founder of ConfigurED – an education transformation consultancy with a specific focus on school leadership.

Fiona has over 30 years of experience and expertise in the leadership of schools from the early childhood, primary, secondary, tertiary, and special education sectors.  Fiona is Professor of Practice in the School of Education at La Trobe University Victoria, Australia, and was awarded an Honorary Doctorate at the Australian Catholic University (ACU) for services to special education in 2016. She is a life member, past President and Chair of the Board for the Australian Special Education Principals Association (ASEPA), and is a current Board Member of the Foundation for Education Development UK (FED) Fiona has been a foundation member of Atlantic Rim Collaboratory (ARC) since its inception in 2015, and in 2021 was made an Ambassador.

Fiona has a commitment to global education strengthened by her 6 years on the executive of the International Confederation of Principals (ICP), where she was elected President for 2 years – 2017/18.  She was awarded life membership in 2019 for her services to global school leadership and education.