Prof. Pasi Sahlberg

Pasi Sahlberg is a Finnish educator, author, and thought-leader who has worked as a teacher, teacher-educator, and policymaker in Finland. He has advised several governments around the world about teacher policies and education reforms, and during his career has held senior education expert posts at the Finnish Government in Helsinki, at the World Bank in Washington, DC, at the European Commission in Italy. Pasi is a recipient of several awards, including 2012 Education Award in Finland, 2013 Grawemeyer Award in the U.S., 2016 Lego Prize in Denmark, and 2021 Dr Paul Brock Memorial Medal in Australia. His most recent books include Let the Children Play: Why more play will save our schools and help children thrive (with William Doyle, 2019), In Teachers We Trust: The Finnish way to world-class schools (with Tim Walker, 2021) and Finnish Lessons 3.0: What can the world learn from educational change in Finland (2021). Pasi is Professor of Education at the UNSW in Sydney where he lives with his wife and two sons.