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Fixing the future
Education edition

The future
of education

explained by 7 of the world's most inspiring experts

From October 29th to December 10th

After the success of the 2018 and 2019 editions, Fixing the future is back - now online and free - to explore the future of education. “How can we learn?” is one of the most critical and urgent questions for our post digital and post-pandemic future: Atlas of the Future wants to offer an inspiring debate about learner-focused, future-fit, justice-centred education for all, with some of the world’s leading educational experts and innovators.

Every Thursday, for seven weeks, an international expert will connect online to present their ideas about the future of education and answer questions from the public. Join us in one or all of the sessions for free.



Education as the bedrock of a just society

Moderated by Eduard Vallory
UNESCO Assistant Director-General for Education

Stefania Giannini was appointed UNESCO Assistant Director-General for Education in May 2018, becoming the top UN official in the field. In this position, she provides strategic vision and leadership for UNESCO in coordinating and monitoring the implementation of the Education 2030 Agenda, encapsulated in Sustainable Development Goal 4. With an academic background in the Humanities, she has served as Rector of the University for Foreigners of Perugia (2004 – 2012), being one of the first and youngest women to hold this position in Italy. As Senator of the Republic of Italy (2013 – 2018) and Minister of Education, Universities and Research (2014 – 2016), she developed and implemented a structural reform of the Italian education system, centred on social inclusion and cultural awareness. She has also been closely involved in an advisory capacity with the European Commissioner for Research and Innovation.

Eduard Vallory is chairman of UNESCOCAT, as well as founder and director of "Escola Nova 21".



A bright and achievable future

Moderated by Anna Guitart
Chairman of UNESCOCAT. Founder and Director of "Escola Nova 21" (2016-2019)

Eduard Vallory is the president of UNESCOCAT, he has also been founder and director of the program for education change “Escola Nova 21”, working with 500 Catalan schools. He is commissioner for the PM Fellows project of the Pasqual Maragall Foundation. The Catalan Government has commissioned him to lead a university program for the professional development of teachers (UVic and UOC). He holds a PhD in Political and Social Sciences (UPF), a master’s degree in Social Sciences (University of Chicago), a degree in Philosophy (UB) and Journalism (UPF) and a diploma in Senior Business Management (AMP-PADE, IESE). He was the first director of the Barcelona Graduate School of Economics (2006-12). He was head of the Cabinet of the Minister of Universities, Research and the Information Society of the Generalitat de Catalunya (2000-03). He is the author of World Scouting: Educating for Global Citizenship (2012), among other titles.

Anna Guitart, journalist and scriptwriter specialising in literature and books.

Bir Sethi


Human by chance.
HumanE by Design.

Moderated by Eduard Vallory
Founder of the Riverside School in India and Design for Change

Kiran Bir Sethi is a designer who became a teacher, a principal who grew into an education reformer and subsequently morphed into a Social Entrepreneur. After graduating from the National Institute of Design, Ahmedabad in 1989, Kiran successfully ran her own Graphic Design Firm for over a decade. She moved into Education when she founded The Riverside School in Ahmedabad, India in 2001. Kiran is also the founder of ’aProCh’ - an initiative to make our cities more child friendly, for which she was awarded the Ashoka Fellowship in 2008. In 2009, Kiran launched “Design for Change” which uses a simple 4 step design framework – FIDS (Feel, Imagine, Do, Share) to cultivate the I CAN mind-set in all children. Today, DFC is one of the world’s largest movements for change - of and by children, and is in 60+ countries - impacting over 2.2 million children and 65,000 Teachers.

Eduard Vallory is chairman of UNESCOCAT, as well as founder and director of "Escola Nova 21".



Children are not test scores: an alternative to high stakes standardised testing

Moderated by Caterina Calsamiglia
Executive director and co-founder of the New York Performance Standards Consortium

Ann Cook is the executive director and co-founder of the New York Performance Standards Consortium. The Consortium is a coalition of 38 New York State public schools that initiated a nationally recognised system of performance assessment to evaluate student proficiency in place of standardised tests. Ann was co-founder and co-director of Urban Academy High School, a New York City Public School, regarded as an exemplar for inquiry-based teaching and learning. She has taught courses such as children’s literature, the history of the Civil Rights Movement, and Don’t Read That Book – a course on censorship. She is a board member of the National Center for Fair and Open Testing (Fairtest.) Ann has written numerous articles on educational reform, schools and teaching and is the author of three series of children’s books including the Monster Series, illustrated by Quentin Blake.

Caterina Calsamiglia is an ICREA research professor in Social and Behavioural Sciences at IPEG.



The future of learning: at the nexus of science and technology

Moderated by David Bueno i Torrens
Executive Director of World Heritage Group and Honorary President of Indian Ocean Comparative Education Society

Mmantsetsa Marope is the Executive Director of the World Heritage Group and Honorary President of the Indian Ocean Comparative and International Education Society. She holds a Ph.D. in Education from the University of Chicago, a Masters degree in Education from Pennsylvania State University and a BA from the University of Botswana and Swaziland. Her professional career includes 11 years university professorship, ten years at the World Bank and ten years in the United Nations – including her role as Director of UNESCO’s International Bureau of Education (2014 - 2020). She has also been editor in chief of PROSPECTS, as well as founder and editor in chief of IBE INFOCUS. The global thought leader works to transform learning systems towards innovative self-renewal, quality, impact and equity, inclusion, justice and fulfilment for all. She is also an award-winning Setswana novelist.

David Bueno i Torrens is a doctor in Biology and professor and researcher in Genetics at the University of Barcelona, who works to make science more accessible to citizens.



The future of higher education

Moderated by Pastora Martínez Samper
Special Advisor of Teach For All

Xavier Prats is the Special Advisor of Teach For All, a global non-profit organisation whose mission is to expand educational opportunity around the world. He is also the President of the Europe Committee of the King Baudoin Foundation, and Senior Advisor for Strategic Initiatives at the UOC (Open University of Catalonia). He previously served as high-ranking official of the European Commission, including as Director General for Health and Food Safety (2015-2018), and Director General for Education and Culture (2014-2015), where the main policy areas under his responsibility were: the modernisation of European education and training systems; educational mobility, including the Erasmus programme for students; and international relations in the field of education, culture and youth.

Pastora Martínez Samper is vice president for globalization and cooperation at Universitat Oberta de Catalunya.




Learning for the future through the power of us

Moderated by Liliana Arroyo Moliner
Public Speaker and Author

David Price is an expert in organisational learning for a complex future. He is co-founder of We Do Things Differently, a UK culture consultancy. In 2009 he was awarded an OBE for services to education. He writes, talks, trains and advises, around the world, on some of the biggest challenges facing business, education and society: solving the problems of employee, student and civic disengagement; maximising our potential to be creative, innovative and fulfilled citizens, and understanding the global shift towards open organisations, and systems of learning. David is the author of Open: How We’ll Work, Live and Learn In The Future (2013) and The Power of Us: How we connect, act and innovate together (2020).

Liliana Arroyo Moliner holds a PhD in Sociology and she is a researcher at the ESADE Institute for Social Innovation.

To enjoy the talks of ‘Fixing the future - Education edition’, you need to register for free by filling in a simple form. Please register for each of the events you are planning to attend.

Each event will be live streamed and simultaneously translated in English and Catalan. You will be able to choose the language channel you prefer and you can ask your questions in either language.

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