Center on International Education Benchmarking

International Advisory Board

The Center on International Education Benchmarking is advised by some of the world’s leading experts on education. Members of the advisory board include:

Kai-ming Cheng, is professor and chair of education and director of the Education Policy Unit at the University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong, China. He has trained as a mathematician and worked as a school teacher and principal. Recently appointed to China’s State Advisory Committee on Curriculum Reform, he was also appointed as a member of the Hong Kong Education Commission, where he was instrumental in the comprehensive reform of the education system in Hong Kong that began in 1999.

Linda Darling-Hammond is President and CEO of Learning Policy Institute and Charles E. Ducommun professor of education at Stanford University Graduate School of Education. A former president of the American Educational Research Association and member of the National Academy of Education, she also served as executive director of the National Commission on Teaching and America’s Future. While at Stanford University, Darling-Hammond has launched the Stanford Educational Leadership Institute and the School Redesign Network.

Michael Day, emeritus professor of education and director of the School of Education at Roehampton University. Formerly, Professor Day served as executive director of teacher training for the Training and Development Agency for Schools (TDA), Manchester, England. Before joining the TDA, he worked at the Department for Education and Skills for 11 years on a range of education and employment policy areas including special needs, post-16 qualifications, the nursery school voucher scheme, and support and guidance to socially excluded young people. He started his career as a researcher and later trained as a primary teacher before moving to King Alfred’s College, Winchester, as a senior lecturer specializing in primary education.

Anita Lehikoinen is Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of Education and Culture (MEC) in Finland. Previously, she was director general at the Department for Higher Education and Science Policy at MEC.

Anthony Mackay is president and CEO of NCEE. Before leading NCEE, he was the CEO of the Centre for Strategic Education in Australia. Mackay is an expert advisor to OECD and IBE Senior Fellow UNESCO and Councilmember of the Center for Global Education, Asia Society. He is also the Chair of the Australian Council for Education Research (ACER), Deputy Chancellor of Swinburne University, Melbourne, Senior Fellow, Graduate School of Education, The University of Melbourne and Deputy Chair of the Teaching Council of Aotearoa New Zealand.

Chew Leng Poon is director of research and evaluation and principal specialist for research and curriculum for the planning division of the Singapore Ministry of Education where she is responsible for a variety of international benchmarking studies and is the project manager for ATC21S for Singapore, an international project on 21st century skills.

Patricia Hekia Parata is currently an advisor to Kingdom of Bahrain. Previously, she served as the New Zealand Minister of Education from 2011 until 2017. She has also served as a member of the New Zealand House of Representatives.

Ursula Renold, is Chair of Education Systems, Department Management, Technology, and Economics at ETH Zurich. She is the former general director of the Swiss Federal Office for Professional Education and Technology and a former visiting fellow at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Her research interests include comparative education with a specific focus on vocational and professional education and training.

Pasi Sahlberg is a Finnish educator, author and scholar. Currently, he is Professor of Education Policy at the Gonski Institute for Education at the University of New South Wales. His expertise includes school improvement, international education issues, classroom teaching and learning, teacher education, and school leadership. He is the author of best-seller book “Finnish Lessons 2.0: What can the world learn from educational change in Finland” (Teachers College Press, 2015).

Robert B. Schwartz, Professor Emeritus of Practice in Educational Policy and Administration at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, has played a variety of roles in education and government over the past four decades, including high school teacher and principal, foundation officer, and president of Achieve, Inc.

Vivien Stewart, is Senior Advisor for Education at the Asia Society. Prior to joining Asia Society, Stewart directed the children, youth and education programs at Carnegie Corporation of New York. She has also been a senior adviser on education for the United Nations.

Marc S. Tucker is President Emeritus and Distinguished Senior Fellow at the National Center on Education and the Economy (NCEE). He founded NCEE in 1987 and was President/CEO through December 2018. He has been a Visiting Distinguished Fellow at the Harvard University Graduate School of Education and was the recipient of the ECS 2014 James Bryant Conant Award for outstanding individual contributions to American education.

Dylan Wiliam is Emeritus Professor of Educational Assessment at the University of London’s Institute of Education where he recently completed a term as the Institute’s Deputy Director. He previously served as Dean and Assistant Principal of the School of Education at King’s College London and as Senior Research Director of the Learning and Teaching Research Center at Educational Testing Service.

Siew Hoong Wong is Director-General of Education in Singapore. Previously, Mr. Wong served as Director of Schools from 2004-2011 and as Deputy Director-General of Education (Curriculum) from 2011-present.

Minxuan Zhang is Professor and Director of Research at the Institute of International Comparative Education at Shanghai Normal University. At present, Professor Zhang chairs the project of the open door policy framework design for Chinese international education in the future for the government of China he is also PISA and TALIS Shanghai Project leader.