Conference 2019

Conference 2019 Keynote

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Andreas Schleicher

Andreas Schleicher

The keynote speaker for ESAI Conference 2019 is Mr. Andreas Schleicher, who will join us via direct video-link from the OECD offices in Paris.

Mr Schleicher’s keynote address will take place on the evening of Thursday, 11th April 2019, at the opening of ESAI Conference 2019 at St. Angela’s College, Sligo. 

Andreas Schleicher is Director for Education and Skills, and Special Advisor on Education Policy to the Secretary-General at the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). He initiated and oversees the Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) and other international instruments which create a global platform for policy-makers, researchers and educators to innovate and transform educational policies and practices. He has worked for over 20 years with Ministers and educational leaders around the world to improve quality and equity in education. U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan said about Andreas in The Atlantic (7/2011) that “He understands the global issues and challenges as well as or better than anyone I’ve met, and he tells me the truth”. Andreas is the recipient of numerous honours and awards, including the “Theodor Heuss” prize, awarded for “exemplary democratic engagement” in the name of the first president of the Federal Republic of Germany. He holds an honorary professorship at the University of Heidelberg.