Globally renowned authority on education reform and DFID’s Special Representative on Education in Pakistan, Sir Michael Barber will speak (spoke) on
'This Time it Really is Different: Punjab Education Roadmap and its Implications for Pakistan’s Future.'
Sir Michael Barber is DFID's Special Representative on Education in Pakistan. (blogs.dfid.gov.uk/2013/06/leading-dfid-pakistans-education-innovation-and-outreach-team/) In this unpaid role he visits Pakistan regularly to assist with education reform in Punjab and other provinces. He is a leading authority on education systems and education reform. Over the past two decades his research and advisory work has focused on school improvement, standards and performance; system-wide reform; effective implementation; access, success and funding in higher education; and access and quality in schools in developing countries.
Barber recently joined Pearson as Chief Education Advisor, leading Pearson’s worldwide programme of research into education policy and efficacy, advising on and supporting the development of products and services that build on the research findings, and playing a particular role in Pearson’s strategy for education in the poorest sectors of the world, particularly in fast-growing developing economies.
Prior to Pearson, he was a Partner at McKinsey & Company and Head of McKinsey’s global education practice. He co-authored two major McKinsey education reports: How the world’s most improved school systems keep getting better (2010) and How the world’s best-performing schools come out on top (2007). He is also Distinguished Visiting Fellow at the Harvard Graduate School of Education and holds an honorary doctorate from the University of Exeter.