Upcoming Program

Mar 02, 2021

Session 1: 09:00 - 12:45 (Doha time)
Session 2: 18:00 - 21:45 (Doha time)


For many, 2020 will be remembered as the greatest education crisis in living memory as lockdowns put an abrupt halt to regular in-school learning and school and system leaders, as well as teachers, parents, and students, had to rapidly switch to remote teaching. As schools cautiously reopen, what changes, if any, will the COVID-19 crisis have wrought on learners, schools, and education systems as a whole?

Following on from the three-part series – Education Disrupted, Education Reimagined – held in the midst of the crisis, Salzburg Global and the World Innovation Summit for Education (WISE) will examine what leadership is needed to continue to navigate this difficult time and what positive changes can be embedded in schools and education systems beyond the pandemic-induced crisis.

In the midst of this crisis, as schools and systems leaders were developing and implementing rapid-response schemes at a pace and scale never seen before to help children learn remotely, important and necessary conversations were had at a global level regarding the challenges and deficits within systems themselves: The pervasive and systemic inequities that permeate our schools and our systems; the need to humanize our education approaches and recognize that learning is a deeply connected, collaborative, life-long pursuit; and the need to prioritize key competencies such as social and emotional learning and wellbeing in the quest to create resilient and future-thriving learning environments. 

These conversations struck at the very core of education itself, inspiring deep and necessary reflection on the part of education stakeholders at all levels on the purpose and values that lie at the heart of schooling.

This online event will build on the success of the 2020 Education Disrupted, Education Reimagined series. We will bring together key stakeholders from education systems around the world to examine key educational challenges and priorities for the new year, with a focus on leadership – including the role of school and system leaders, as well as amplifying the voices of our youth and next generation education leaders – in supporting and influencing sustainable education reform and change making processes for holistic school improvement and equity. 

Program Info
Adenike Akinsemolu
The Green Institute, Nigeria
Asmaa Al-Fadala
Director of Research and Content Development, WISE, Qatar Foundation
Babar Ali
Headmaster and Founder, Ananda Siksha Niketan, India
Barbara All Alatola
Chair, Education Council of Aotearoa, New Zealand
Leah Myers Bitat
Country Representative for World Learning in Algeria; Director of Pedagogy and Professional Development, The Aures School; Algeria
Miron Bhowmik
Assistant Professor, Department of Education Policy and Leadership, The Education University of Hong Kong (EdUHK)
Tracey Burns
Senior Analyst, Centre for Educational Research and Innovation, OECD
Erica Butow
Chief Executive Officer & Co-Founder, Ensina Brasil, Brazil
Glenn Cantave
Founder, Movers & Shakers NYC
Rosie Connor
Global Director of Education, BTS Spark
Cecilia De La Paz
Founder, Educate Uruguay
Michael Fullan
Author, Speaker, Educational Consultant
Karima Grant
Founder and Executive Director, ImagiNation Afrika
Judy Halbert
Co-Director of the Networks of Inquiry and Indigenous Education, Transformative Educational Leadership Program, University of British Colombia, Canada
Valerie Hannon
Co-founder, Innovation Unit and Global Education Leaders Partnership
Tony Jackson
Head, Center for Global Education, Asia Society
Livia Jesacher-Roessler
Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Innsbruck, Institute for Teacher Education and School Research
Linda Kaser
Educator, Administrator, and Senior Policy Advisor, University of British Columbia
Hayley McQuire
National Coordinator and Co-founder, National Indigenous Youth Education Coalition, Australia
Steve Munby
Visiting Professor, University College London, Center for Education Leadership, United Kingdom
Jean-Pierre Mugiraneza
Lead on 'Leadership for Learning', Building Learning Foundations Programme, Rwanda
Nedgine Paul Deroly
Co-founder and CEO, Anseye Pou Ayiti
Roxy Pirnia
National Program Director, High Resolves America
Stavros Yiannouka

This public online program is in two parts, which mirror one another but aimed at speakers and audience from different time zones. 

Each part consists primarily of two panel discussions in which we will hear from experts from around the world and offer opportunity for all participants to pose questions and share links and related information via the chat function.

  • Changemaker Leadership for a New Era: What do education leaders need to know in light of the uncertainty brought about by multiple, concurrent global pandemics, including public health crises, systemic social injustice, economic inequality and climate change, to be “future-literate” or lead the future of learning? What are the building blocks of “future-literate” leadership and how does that translate to different cultures and contexts?
  • Leading to Bridge the Equity Chasm: Schools and systems will ultimately be judged on how they reach the most vulnerable learners and COVID-19 was a stark reminder of how deep the global equity divide is. What is the role of school leaders in narrowing the education equity gap at local, national and international levels? Are there frameworks that already exist that can form the foundations of sustainable change as we enter forward in this new era?
  • Amplifying Next Generation Voices in Leading Learning: A key agenda item for WISE’s educational leadership global community of practice – The Agile Leaders of Learning Innovation Network (ALL-IN) – is expanding and diversifying the conversation - including the literature – on school leadership to include more voices from underserved, developing and non-OECD countries and contexts to inform more contextually relevant leadership policies and frameworks. How can we amplify a greater diversity of voices and evidence in the leadership space? How can we ensure greater diversity and equity in the field as a whole?

This program is open to public registration.  We encourage the participation of people working in education, especially education leadership.


Session 1: 09:00 - 12:45 (Doha time)
Session 2: 18:00 - 21:45 (Doha time)
Conference Session 1: 9:00 Doha
09:00-9:15: Welcome
09:15-9:45: Keynote Speaker + Q&A
9:45-10:30: Panel Discussion ‘Changemaker Leadership for a New Era’
10:30-11:00: Break
11:00-11:45: Panel Discussion ‘Leading to Bridge the Equity Chasm’
11:45-12:30: Panel Discussion ‘Amplifying Next Generation Voices in Leading Learning’
12:30-12:45: Closing
Conference Session 2: 18:00 Doha
18:00-18:15: Welcome
18:15-18:45: Keynote Speaker + Q&A
18:45-19:30: Panel Discussion ‘Changemaker Leadership for a New Era’
19:30-20:00: Break
20:00-20:45 Panel Discussion ‘Leading to Bridge the Equity Chasm’
20:45-21:30: Panel Discussion ‘Amplifying Next Generation Voices in Leading Learning’
21:30-21:45: Closing


In order to register for Session 1: 09:00 - 12:45 (Doha time): click here
In order to register for Session 2: 18:00 - 21:45 (Doha time): click here