Kohn has been described in Time magazine as a "perhaps the USA's most outspoken critic of education." Kohn has been featured on hundreds of TV and radio programs, including the "Today" show and two appearances on "Opraha" He has been profiled in the Washington Post and the Los Angeles Times. His books have been translated into many of the world's languages.



Jan Berkvens (The Netherlands, 1972) works as a curriculum design and education reform specialist for theNetherlands Institute for Curriculum Development (SLO). After more than ten years of experience in secondary and higher education in the Netherlands (academic, vocational andagricultural streams), he started working as an education reform and capacity building specialist in the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports in Phnom Penh, Cambodia in 2006. The ministry was implementing Education for All strategies, and experienced that capacity building for all people responsible at all levels of the education system was needed.

Paul O'Shea

United Kingdom

Education Consultant, specialising in leadership development, school improvement and coaching; working primarily with schools, Local Authorities, and on government projects.
An experienced Head teacher, He has previously led three London schools. For the past seven years he has been a practicing Consultant Leader, working independently for the National College, educational companies, Local Authorities, and with individual schools.
The main areas of his work encompass: leadership development; coaching and mentoring; school self-evaluation; and as a tutor on National College programmes.
Additionally, he is a registered Ofsted inspector, a School Improvement Partner, a National Challenge Adviser and have acted as a School Regional Improvement Adviser in the West Country, supporting Local Authorities and schools in the National Challenge, and with 6th Form improvement.

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