Co-Chair, Advanced Leadership Initiative
Ford Foundation Professor of Practice in International Education
Director of the International Education Policy Program and of the Global Education Innovation Initiative, Harvard Graduate School of Education
Fernando Reimers is the Ford Foundation Professor of Practice in International Education, Director of the International Education Policy Program and of the Global Education Innovation Initiative at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. His research focuses on educational innovation and on the impact of education policy, education leadership, and professional development of the quality and relevancy of education to develop twenty-first century skills and expand opportunity for socially disadvantaged children and youth. He is currently studying and evaluating innovative education programs globally that are successfully developing twenty-first century skills. He teaches a course on educational innovation and social entrepreneurship at the Harvard i-Lab in which students design innovative education ventures, and a course on comparative education policy. He also co-teaches a University-wide course on social innovation in South-Asia. At the Harvard Graduate School of Education, he chairs a group overseeing the growth of global executive education leadership programs involving blended technologies and a group that has developed a global strategy for the school. He directs a collaborative project with the Universidad Federal de Juiz de Fora to support education leadership development in Brazil, and a collaborative program of leadership development for senior UNICEF staff, both using blended technologies, and both aligned with a twenty-first century skills framework.
At Harvard he serves on numerous governance boards, including the boards of the South Asia Initiative, the Harvard China Fund and the Harvard Advanced Leadership Initiative. He is a member of the Massachusetts Board of Higher Education and of the State Commission on Teacher Preparation and twenty-first century skills. He serves on the boards and as an advisor of numerous educational and social development organizations in the United States, and other countries, including as co-chair of the board of directors of LASPAU, a Harvard-affiliate organization supporting higher education development in Latin America.