Dr Simon Breakspear is known internationally for his practical insights on learning innovation and system reform. As the founder and CEO of LearnLabs, a global learning research and design agency, Simon has advised educational leaders across over 10 countries helping them to navigate disruptive change, develop innovation capabilities and drive continuous improvement for better learning.
Simon is the author of the influential papers Talent Magnets: Attracting & Retaining Top Talent, and How does PISA Shape Education Policy, as well as the forthcoming book Agile Leadership for Learning. He also advises entrepreneurial ventures that are seeking to harness new digital technologies to improve the quality and equity of learning.
Simon holds bachelor’s degrees in psychology and teaching, a Master of International and Comparative Education from the University of Oxford and a PhD in education from the University of Cambridge. He was a Commonwealth Scholar at the University of Oxford and a Gates Scholar at the University of Cambridge. He began his work in education as a high school teacher in Sydney.
Simon is an internationally engaged keynote speaker and facilitator, having delivered presentations to over 80,000 people. His unique fusion of applied research, real-world experience and dynamic style enables him to help senior leaders rethink assumptions and find innovative ways of leading for the future of learning.