Ms. Irmeli Halinen


Head of the Curriculum Development, Finnish National Board of Education(FNBE)

Andreas Schleicher

France / Germany

Andreas Schleicher is Director for Education and Skills, and Special Advisor on Education Policy to the Secretary-General at the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) in Paris.

Hanna Ragnarsdottir


Professor School of Education University Of Iceland

Susan Rafik Hama


School of Education, University of Iceland

Vicki Zakrzewski


Education Director of the Greater Good Science Center at UC Berkele

Professor Shun-Wing NG


Department of Education Policy and Leadership, Hong Kong Institute of Education

Pirjo Koivula


Counsellor of Education Curriculum Development Unit, Finnish National Board of Education, Helsinki

Dr. Fred Mednick


Assistant Professor, Johns Hopkins University School of Education After more than 20 years as a teacher and principal, Dr. Fred Mednick founded Teachers Without Borders (TWB) in 2000.



MA (Psychology), postgraduate student (Special Education), Project manager Centre for Educational Assessment University of Helsinki, Finland

Alok Ranjan


Alok Ranjan has over 30 years of experience in administrative services. A Delhi University student and a alumnus of IIM(A), Alok Ranjan belongs to the 1978 batch of the IAS.

Raj Shekhar

District Magistrate, Lucknow

Mr. Gopabandhu Pattanaik


Co-Chairperson, India Literacy Board,Lucknow

Reena Ray


Reena Ray, Addtional Secretary, Dept. of School Education and Literacy,

Dr Jagdish Gandhi

Founder-Manager, CMS

Mr. Jagdish Gandhi founded the City Montessori School (CMS) in 1959 with only 5 students. Today, CMS is recognized by the Guinness Book of World Records as the world's largest school by pupils with over 36,000 students on rolls. CMS has also been awarded the highly prestigious UNESCO Prize for Peace Education 2002 - the only school in the world to be honoured with this award. CMS also organizes 24 international events as part of its unique educational philosophy and hundreds of thousands of children from all over the world participate in these events every year. Consequently, the CMS educational model which believes that "School must be the Lighthouse of Society" and which upholds that nurturing spiritual awareness in children must be the central focus of all educational activities, has grown into a veritable school of thought, impacting schools and educational organisations worldwide.

Dr (Mrs) Bharti Gandhi

Founder-Director, CMS

Mrs. Bharti Gandhi's name has become synonymous with City Montessori School and CMS Teachers' Training College in Lucknow. Her sincere devotion towards the education of children, training of teachers, upliftment of women and eradication of social evils, is widely recognized in educational circles. The CMS which she founded together with her husband, Mr. Jagdish Gandhi, now has over 35,000 students, a Guinness World Record for largest number of students in a single city.

Prof Geeta Gandhi Kingdon


Chair, Education Economics & Int. Development, Institute Of Education, London University, UK

Dr. Sunita Gandhi


Convenor, EDWW Co-Founder, Council for Global Education, USA