GELP Faculty

Valerie Hannon

Valerie Hannon is Co-Founder of Innovation Unit UK and founding member and Co-Chair of the Global Education Leaders Partnership supporting education jurisdictions globally to scale innovation and transform their systems. Valerie is senior consultant to the OECD Innovative Learning Environments program and a regular contributor to the World Summit on Innovation in Education (WISE). A regular keynote speaker and facilitator at international conferences, Valerie’s publications include Learning A Living: radical innovation in education for work (Bloomsbury, 2012); Redesigning Education: shaping learning systems around the globe (Booktrope, May 2013). What is Learning For? (European Journal of Education Vol 50 (2015)

Anthony Mackay

Anthony Mackay is CEO, Centre for Strategic Education; Inaugural Chair, Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership; Inaugural Deputy Chair, Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority and Deputy Chair of the Australian Council for Educational Research. He is Co-Chair of the Global Education Leaders Partnership and Inaugural Chair of the Innovation Unit Ltd, England; Chair, National Institute for School Leadership, NCEE, Washington DC and Deputy Chair of the Education Council, New Zealand. Anthony is consultant advisor to OECD/CERI and the Global Cities Education Network. He is an Honorary Senior Fellow in the Graduate School of Education at The University of Melbourne and Board Director of Asia Education Foundation, Foundation for Young Australians and Teach for Australia. Anthony is Deputy Chancellor, Swinburne University, Australia. He is Moderator of the Annual International Summit on the Teaching Profession and moderates Ministerial Meetings for OECD and Debates at the annual World Innovation Summit for Education. Tony was appointed a member of the Order of Australia (AM) for services to education in 2015.

Kathe Kirby

Kathe Kirby is Executive Director of the Global Education Leaders Partnership. She recently joined the Centre for Strategic Education Australia as Principal Consultant after 23 years as Executive Director of the Asia Education Foundation and Asialink at The University of Melbourne. Kathe remains a Director at AEF and is a Board Director of the Foundation for Young Australians.

Dr Albert Bertani

Al Bertani is Senior Associate, Innovation Unit UK and Senior Advisor, Urban Education Institute, University of Chicago. His work focuses on innovation and improvement for large-scale change; 21st century learning models; leadership and organization development and professional learning. Al has led projects in Australia, Brazil, England, Qatar, South Korea and USA. He holds an Ed.D in Curriculum and Instruction from Northern Illinois University.

Keren Caple

Keren Caple is international Senior Associate of Innovation Unit in the Asia Pacific. Her work focuses on learning, teaching and leadership; professional learning; system change; strategic and policy planning and development. Keren spent five years working on improving and innovating teaching and leadership in Australia as General Manager, Australian Institute of Teaching and School Leadership. She led Learning Frontiers, working with communities of schools and design partners to develop and test a set of design principles for engaging learning.

David Albury

David Albury is a Board Director, Innovation Unit UK; Consultant to GELP; Associate of Institute for Government and former Principal Adviser in UK Prime Minister’s Strategy Unit. David specializes in assisting governments, organisations and agencies to form and implement strategies for innovation and transformation in education and wider public services.

David Istance

David Istance heads up and is main author of the OECD’s Innovative Learning Environments Report. He is now exploring follow-up work on innovative pedagogy. In 2015, David headed the OECD Review of Scotland’s Curriculum for Excellence and wrote an analysis of 3rd and 4th Age learning. He has written extensively on lifelong learning, equity and futures.

Lynn van der Elst

Lynn van der Elst is Co-Founder and former CEO of MIET Africa, a southern African NGO committed to improving the lives of children and youth through quality education. Her career in education spans 30 years. She is currently a Development Associate at MIET Africa and serves as GELP country coordinator for South Africa.

Financial Partner

Ellen Koshland

In 1989 Ellen Koshland established and chaired the Education Foundation as a think-do tank to support innovation in public education. The Foundation involved the leadership, initiation and implementation of classroom, whole school and system innovation over 20 years. Recently, in partnership with the State Library of Victoria, Ellen launched ALL (Australian Learning Lecture), a 10-year project to bring big ideas in learning to national attention. The inaugural ALL lecture focused on the theme of Joy and Data. Ellen is a proud financial partner of GELP.