Innovation in Education Conference Speaker Profile: Tony MacKay #iie10

September 13, 2010 at 10:00 am Leave a comment

by Alec Patton

On 11 November, we will be co-hosting the second annual Innovation in Education conference with the Guardian. We’re particularly excited to be holding this event at this time, because we regard difficult times as an imperative to innovate, not an excuse to retreat into the status quo.

I’m not one for false modesty, so I’m just going to say it: we have an incredible lineup of keynote speakers coming – which is why I’ll be profiling them with a special series of blog posts this week.

I’m kicking off the profiles with the man who will be chairing the conference, Tony MackayAs the executive director of the Centre for Strategic Education in Melbourne,  Chair of the Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership, and Deputy Chair of the Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority, Tony is one of the foremost figures in Australian education, and a long-time champion of innovation across education systems.

Tony is President of the International Congress for School Effectiveness and Improvement (ICSEI). He is Chair of our very own  Innovation Unit, and a Consultant Advisor to OECD / CERI.  Tony is a founding member of the Governing Council of the National College for School Leadership in England.

Tony is Co-Director of the Global Education Leaders’ Programme (GELP) supported by CISCO, Gates Foundation, Hay Group, McKinsey, Innovation Unit Ltd and Harvard Graduate School of Education.

As chair of the Innovation in Education conference, Tony will be giving the opening remarks, and facilitating the three Innovation Collaborations that take place throughout the day (download the programme here).

You can hear more about his work with GELP on this video:

Conference information: A special early bird discount of 20% is available until 30 September 2010. Please quote code IU when booking. For more information and to book your place please visit


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