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Australasian Education Experts to Address Global Summit

MANAMA, Bahrain, July 21 /PRNewswire-AsiaNet/ --

    - Leading Educators to Take Stage at Education Project, Bahrain

    A trio of education experts from Australia and New Zealand are

among an elite list set to address a global summit in Bahrain this October,

it was announced today.

    Andrew Blair, President of the International Confederation of

Principals, Australia; Patrick Griffin, Chair of Education at the University

of Melbourne and Executive Director of the Assessment and Teaching of 21st

Century Skills (ATC21S); and Kevin Knight, Director of School Improvement

Services at the Graduate School of New Zealand, will join speakers from

Harvard University, the European Commission, 10 Downing Street and Microsoft

at the Education Project 2010.

    The second occasion of the annual event - initiated by His

Royal Highness Prince Salman Bin Hamad Al Khalifa, the Crown Prince of

Bahrain and Chairman of the Kingdom's Economic Development Board (EDB) - runs

from 8-10 October.

    Shaikh Mohammed bin Essa Al Khalifa, Chief Executive of the

EDB which is organising the event, said: "Education is the single most

important factor in bringing stability, productivity and prosperity to all

societies. Our goal in Bahrain in establishing the Education Project was to

bring together an international community of educators. To have experts from

Australia and New Zealand - to offer their expertise in identifying practical

solutions to address the gap in the global education system - will help to

ensure a platform from which to further inspire positive change."

    Despite increased government spending, education outcomes

worldwide have declined over time. The Education Project was established to

share best practice and create a practical approach that educators can follow

to make a difference. Hundreds of professionals from 36 countries joined

together last year. In October, leading figures from academia, business and

politics will again take the stage; Blair, Griffin and Knight will offer

valuable insight.

    The Education Project is free to attend for educational

professionals from all sectors as well as from public and private sector

institutions with an interest in developing new models and standards in

education. Entry is by invitation only; for more information and to register

    Notes to editors

    Other speakers confirmed for the Education project 2010



    - Charles Leadbeater, advisor to the government of Shanghai,

      European Commission and 10 Downing St, UK

    - Cindy Johanson, executive director, George Lucas Educational

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      Foundation, USA

    - Edward B Fiske, former education editor, New York Times, USA

    - HE Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, Minister of Higher

      Education and Scientific Research, United Arab Emirates

    - Helen Ladd, Professor of Public Policy, Duke Sanford School of

      Public Policy, USA

    - Kaya Henderson, Deputy Chancellor, District of Columbia Public

      Schools, USA 

    - David Hogan, Centre for Research in Pedagogy and 

      Practice, National Institute of Education, Singapore

    - Mike Feinberg, Co-Founder, KIPP

    - Mona Mourshed, Partner Middle East, McKinsey & Company, United

      Arab Emirates

    - Patrick Griffin, Executive Director, Assessment and Teaching of

      21st Century Skills, AT21C & University of Melbourne, Australia

    - Ralph Tabberer, Chief School Officer, GEMS, United Arab Emirates

    - Steven Joel Trachtenberg, former President of George Washington

      University and author of Big Man on Campus, USA

    - Tom Payzant, Professor of Practice, Harvard Graduate School of

      Education, USA

    - Tony Wagner, Co-director of the Change Leadership Group, Harvard

      Graduate School of Education

    About The Bahrain Economic Development Board (EDB)

    The Bahrain Economic Development Board (EDB) is a dynamic

public agency with an overall responsibility for formulating and overseeing

the economic development strategy of Bahrain, and for creating the right

climate to attract direct investment into the Kingdom.

    The role of the Bahrain EDB is to provide leadership by

uniting all of the Kingdom's shareholders through a unified vision, and to

develop key strategies for growth. The Bahrain EDB also acts as a

facilitator, helping all of Bahrain's stakeholders to understand and adopt

the changes necessary for progress. In addition, the Bahrain EDB provides

sound project management to ensure that all agreed reform initiatives are

implemented in an effective and timely manner.

    The Bahrain EDB is also responsible for attracting inward investment into

Bahrain, and is focusing on six target economic sectors in which the Kingdom

offers significant strengths. These are financial services, downstream

industries, tourism, business services, logistics, and education and


    For more information on the Bahrain EDB visit; for information about Bahrain visit

    About The Experience

    The Experience by Richard Attias is a strategic experiential

communications firm and event management company founded by Richard Attias,

the man behind the production of the Davos Forum for over 13 years and the

creator and producer of the Nobel Laureates Conference, the Monaco Media

Forum, the Global Clinton Initiative and, most recently, the New York Forum,

which fosters economic discussion among top business leaders and investors.

The Experience by Richard Attias has offices in NY, Paris, Dubai, Jeddah and

coming soon to China.


    Further information

    Jenan Al Maskati, Bahrain Economic Development Board

    Tel: +973-17-589-930


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    Katie Bergius, Bell Pottinger

    Tel: +44(0)207-861-3105 / +44(0)7979-701-689


    Doreen Bonnami, The Experience

    Tel: +1-212-794-8801 x1105


    SOURCE: The Bahrain Economic Development Board

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