Keynote Speaker

Andy Hargreaves is the Thomas More Brennan Chair in the Lynch School of Education and Professor in the Carroll School of Management at Boston College. Previously, he co-founded and directed the International Centre for Educational Change at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education. 

Andy serves as adviser in education to the Premier of Ontario, is President Elect of the International Congress for School Effectiveness and Improvement, and is ranked by Education Week as the #6 scholar with most influence on US education policy debate. He is the founding editor of two scholarly journals, the leading editor of the First and Second International Handbooks of Educational Change, and founding Chair of the Educational Change Special Interest Group at the American Educational Research Association. 

Several of Andy’s books have received Outstanding Writing Awards including the prestigious Grawemeyer Award in Education for 2015 for Professional Capital, with Michael Fullan. 

Andy holds an Honorary Doctorate from the University of Uppsala in Sweden and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts in the UK. In May 2015, he was honored with Boston College’s award for Excellence in Teaching with Technology. 

Andy consults with and addresses international organizations such as the OECD and the World Bank and has worked with governments and professional associations all over the world. His most recent book is Uplifting Leadership (with Alan Boyle and Alma Harris) and is published by Wiley Business, 2014.


Dr Simon Breakspear is known internationally for his practical insights on learning innovation and system reform. As the founder and CEO of LearnLabs, a global learning research and design agency, Simon has advised educational leaders across over 10 countries helping them to navigate disruptive change, develop innovation capabilities and drive continuous improvement for better learning.

Simon is the author of the influential papers ‘Talent Magnets: Attracting & Retaining Top Talent’, and ‘How does PISA Shape Education Policy’, as well as the forthcoming book ‘Agile Leadership for Learning’. He also advises entrepreneurial ventures that are seeking to harness new digital technologies to improve the quality and equity of learning.

Simon holds Bachelors degrees in Psychology and Teaching, a Masters of International and Comparative Education from the University of Oxford and a PhD in education from the University of Cambridge. He was a Commonwealth Scholar at the University of Oxford and a Gates Scholar at the University of Cambridge. He began his work in education as a high school teacher in Sydney.

Simon is an internationally engaged keynote speaker and facilitator having delivered presentations to over 80,000 people. His unique fusion of applied research, real-world experience and dynamic style enables him to help senior leaders rethink assumptions and find innovative ways of leading for the future of learning.

Simon lives in Sydney Australia with his wife and two young children.