Pasi Sahlberg

Visiting Professor of Practice in Education, Harvard University

Pasi Sahlberg is a visiting Professor of Practice at Harvard University’s Graduate School of Education in Cambridge, MA, USA. He is experienced in classroom teaching, training teachers and leaders, coaching schools and advising education policy-makers around the world. Pasi is an international speaker and author who has given more than 300 keynote speeches and published over 100 articles, chapters and books on education.

Pasi has lived and worked in England (King’s College), the United States (World Bank in Washington, DC) and Italy (European Training Foundation in Torino) and worked with 50 education systems around the world. He earned his PhD from the University of Jyväskylä (Finland) in 1996 and has been invited speaker in Harvard University, Stanford University, Columbia University, George Washington University, University of Chicago and Vanderbilt University in the U.S. and Parliament Houses in England, Scotland, Sweden, Australia, New Zealand and the European Union.

Pasi is a member of the Advisory Board of the Center on International Education Benchmarking and former member of Board of Directors of ASCD (Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development) and IASCE (International Association for the Study of Cooperation in education). He is Adjunct Professor at the Universities of Helsinki and Oulu, and former Director General of CIMO (Centre for International Mobility and Cooperation) in Helsinki, Finland.


His book “Finnish Lessons: What can the world learn from educational change in Finland?” (2011) won the 2013 Grawemeyer Award and he received the 2012 Education Award in Finland and 2014 Robert Owen Award in Scotland. He is also known as international “school improvement activist” because his direct links to practitioners and their communities.