Fernando M. Reimers is the Ford Foundation Professor of International Education at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. He is also the Director of the International Education Policy Program at the Harvard Graduate School of Education.
Reimers is a fellow of the International Academy of Education and member of the Council on Foreign Relations. He is also a member of the Middle East and North Africa Advisory Group of the World Economic Forum and a member of the United States National Commission for UNESCO. He serves on the Massachusetts Board of Higher Education.
He is currently serving on the Global Learning Leadership Council of the American Association of Colleges and Universities Project “General Education for a Global Century” focusing on some of the pressing issues related to global learning and undergraduate education. As co-chair of Harvard’s Advanced Leadership Initiative, he leads an Education Think Tank which convenes global education leaders to discuss solutions to aligning education systems with the development of 21st century skills.
Reimers is best known for his theory of 'Informed Dialogue', an approach to bridge scientific research and education policy through the mapping and mobilization of social networks. He has also conducted extensive research on education in developing countries including Brazil, China, Egypt, Jordan, Mexico, Pakistan and most other countries in Latin America. His research focuses on the relationship between education policy and instructional improvement in high poverty schools, on education and democratic citizenship and on educational innovation and social entrepreneurship.
He is the Director and creator of the International Education Policy Program at Harvard. Prior to joining the faculty at Harvard Reimers worked for the World Bank, the Harvard Institute for International Development and the Universidad Central de Venezuela.
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