Understanding the Global Learning Crisis
  • Baela Raza Jamil

    CEO of Idara-e-Taleem-o-Aagahi (ITA) Centre for Education and Consciousness, Commissioner at the Education Commission

    Baela Raza Jamil, CEO of Idara-e-Taleem-o-Aagahi (ITA) centre for education and consciousness is a public policy specialist, innovator and activist. Baela is actively engaged with COVID19 response at the local, provincial, national and global levels with close collaboration with the Government on “TeleSchool” (PTV) and digital learning initiatives from a gendered, life skills and inclusive perpective. Her organization has contributed over 15 learning segments to the nationwide TeleSchool since April 2020. She leads the Annual Status of Education Report (ASER) Pakistan, a citizens’ accountability learning initiative, Second Chance Program for Girls in Education & Skilling Siyani Sahelian and is the founder of the Children’s Literature Festival. She served as the Technical Adviser to the Federal Ministry of Education, and leads early years, K-12, and multiple digital learning and research initiatives. She is a leader on Generation Unlimited working with UNICEF in Pakistan and is on the board of the Punjab Social Protection Authority (PSPA); Advisory Committee on Education & National Steering Committee ECD Ministry of Planning, Development, and ILM Association an indsutry Ed Tech Alliance. Baela is the Commissioner of the Education Commission; Education Commission Asia; Advisory Board Global Business Coalition for Education (GBC Ed); Chairperson SDG 4.2.1 Task force Global Alliance to Monitor Learning, UIS; and founding Member People’s Action for Learning Network.
  • Halsey Rogers

    Lead Economist in the Education Global Practice at the World Bank

    Halsey Rogers is Lead Economist with the World Bank’s Education Global Practice and served as Co-Director of the World Development Report 2018: Learning to Realize Education’s Promise. Before that, he co-authored the Bank’s Education Strategy 2020 and served in the Bank’s research department. His recent research and policy work focuses on learning and the quality of education service delivery, outcome and process metrics, teacher effectiveness, and COVID-19 response and recovery. Halsey has published widely in peer-reviewed journals, including the Quarterly Journal of Economics and the Journal of Economic Perspectives, and has advised governments in every region. He received his PhD from UC Berkeley.
  • Namgi Park

    Professor at Gwangju National University of Education Former President of Gwangju National University of Education

    Dr. Namgi Park is a professor and former president of Gwangju National University of Education from 2008 to 2012. He has spent thirty years on research on comparative and international education, educational administration and reform, teacher education and policy, and teaching methods. He authored more than twenty books in Korea and America. His latest hits include Betrayal of Meritocracy and Art of Best Teaching. He also chaired three main academic societies in Korea (Korean Educational Administration Society, Korea Education Law Society, Korea Teacher Education Society). He conducted to date more than 500 lectures on the art of best teaching, future of Korean Education, Leadership. Lately, he also wrote and gave talks about how to prepare for post pandemic Education. He is developing new education paradigm – Smarlogue(smart + analogue) Education - for it. He was educated at Seoul National University (BA and MA) and at the University of Pittsburgh (Ph.D.).
  • Anthony Salcito

    Vice President of Worldwide Education at Microsoft

    In his role leading the worldwide execution of Microsoft’s vision for education, Anthony Salcito works to help empower educators and inspire students to achieve more. He aims to transform the way we learn with the support of the best technology to help build critical skills for the modern, global workplace.
    Prior to taking this role in 2009, Salcito was general manager of education in the United States, supporting schools and universities across the country. During this time, he helped launch the company’s cornerstone education programs. He was also at the center of Microsoft’s involvement in the creation of the School of the Future – a pioneering partnership with the School District of Philadelphia and now the first of many Microsoft Showcase Schools around the world.
    Salcito spent his early years at Microsoft architecting high profile product launches for Windows NT and Windows 95. He is involved with a variety of outreach projects; has served on the board of directors for Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Western Governors University, Stevens Institute of Technology WebCampus, and currently serves on the boards of the National Foundation for Teaching Entrepreneurship (NFTE), Teach.org and the European Foundation for Management Development.
  • Liesbet Steer

    Director of the Education Commission

    Dr. Liesbet Steer is the Director of the Education Commission. She was the director of the Commission’s report The Learning Generation: Investing in Education for a Changing World. She now oversees the implementation of the Commission’s recommendations, including the design of the International Finance Facility for Education (IFFEd), the Education Workforce Initiative (EWI), the introduction of reform and results-based approaches in Pioneer Countries, and the development of global accountability measures. She has more than 20 years of experience in international development research and policy.
    Before joining the Commission, Liesbet was a Fellow at the Center for Universal Education at the Brookings Institution and Director of the Overseas Development Institute’s (ODI) flagship program on development progress, financed by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. As a fellow of ODI’s Centre for Aid and Public Expenditure, she also worked on issues of development finance, aid effectiveness, and the production and use of impact evaluations, including in education. Between 1997 and 2007, Liesbet lived and worked in Vietnam, Indonesia, Laos, and Cambodia. She directed the economic reform program for the Asia Foundation in Indonesia, a technical assistance and research program on local economic development and growth. She also worked with the World Bank and IFC on private sector reform and the design and evaluation of SME development programs in Vietnam, Cambodia, and Laos.
    Liesbet was educated at the Universities of Antwerp and East Anglia, and the London School of Economics. She holds a M.Sc. in Quantitative Economics, and Ph.D. in Development Economics.