Pasi Sahlberg is Finnish educator, author and scholar. He is experienced in classroom teaching, training teachers and leaders, coaching schools and advising education policy-makers around the world. Pasi is an international speaker and author who has given more than 400 keynote speeches and published over 100 articles, chapters and books on education.
Pasi has lived and worked in England (King’s College), the United States (World Bank in Washington, DC, and Harvard University in Cambridge, MA) and Italy (European Training Foundation in Torino) and worked with over 50 education systems around the world. He earned his PhD from the University of Jyväskylä (Finland) in 1996 and has been invited speaker in Stanford University, Columbia University, George Washington University, University of Chicago and Vanderbilt University in the U.S. and Parliament Houses in England, Scotland, Sweden, Australia, New Zealand and the European Union. He currently advises governments in Finland, Swedend and Scotland in education policies and reforms.
Pasi is a member of the Advisory Board of the Open Society Foundations (Education Support Program), the Center on International Education Benchmarking (of the National Center for Education and the Economy) and Laureate of Kappa Delta Pi in the United States. He is Adjunct Professor at the Universities of Helsinki and Oulu, and former Director General of CIMO (Centre for International Mobility and Cooperation) at the Finland’s Ministry of Education and Culture in Helsinki.
His book “Finnish Lessons 2.0: What can the world learn from educational change in Finland?” won the 2013 Grawemeyer Award and he received the 2012 Education Award in Finland, the 2014 Robert Owen Award in Scotland, and the 2016 Lego Award in Denmark. He is also known as international “school improvement activist” because his direct links to practitioners and their communities.