Pasi Sahlberg is a Finnish educator and public intellectual who has worked as school teacher, teacher-educator, researcher, and policy advisor. He has studied education systems and analyzed education policies and reforms around the world. He won the 2013 Grawemeyer Award for his transformative ideas about education. Other awards include the 2014 Robert Owen Award in Scotland, the 2016 Lego Prize, and the Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Resident Fellowship in 2017. Sahlberg is a former senior education specialist at the World Bank, lead education specialist at the European Training Foundation, director general at Finland’s Ministry of Education, and a visiting professor of practice at Harvard University. He is a member of the Education Commission’s High-Level Steering Group, the Governing Board of the University of Oulu, and the International Council of Education Advisors for the Scottish Government.
His recent books include Empowered Educators in Finland (2017) and FinnishED Leadership: Four Big, Inexpensive Ideas to Transform Education (2018). His latest book, Let the Children Play: How More Play Will Save Our Schools and Help Children Thrive—written with William Doyle—will come out in 2019. Sahlberg is currently a professor of education policy at the Gonski Institute for Education, University of New South Wales Sydney, Australia.