Pasi Sahlberg

Pasi Sahlberg is a Finnish educator and scholar. Sahlberg is currently a visiting professor of practice at Harvard University’s Graduate School of Education and an adjunct professor at the University of Helsinki and the University of Oulu. He is the former director general of the Centre for International Mobility and Cooperation.

Sahlberg’s expertise includes school improvement, international education issues, classroom teaching and learning, and school leadership. His best-selling book, Finnish Lessons: What Can the World Learn from Educational Change in Finland (Teachers College Press, 2011), won the 2013 Grawemeyer Award. He also contributed a chapter to the forthcoming Open Society–funded book, Is the Invisible Hand a Magic Wand? Linking Economic Systems to Educational Outcomes (Stanford University).

Sahlberg has given presentations on education reform to the European Union, the houses of parliament in England, New Zealand, and Scotland, and at Columbia University, Harvard University, Stanford University, and Vanderbilt University. He is an advisory board member for the Center on International Education Benchmarking. Sahlberg earned his PhD in 1996 from the University of Jyvaskyla, Finland.