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Summary

Sir Michael Barber is a world leading expert on government delivery, education systems, systemic innovation and education reform.

Education

  • Oxford University

Delivery Experience

Sir Michael led the Prime Minister’s Delivery Unit for the Blair administration in the UK from 2001-2005. Since then, he has worked on delivery and system-wide reforms in more than 50 countries. He personally leads high-stakes engagements with political leaders, such as quarterly cabinet retreats in Canada with PM Justin Trudeau, to help them adopt the delivery approach.

Other Experience

As Chief Education Advisor at Pearson, Michael led a worldwide programme of efficacy and research, playing a particular role in Pearson’s strategy for education in the poorest sectors of the world, especially in fast-growing developing economies.

Prior to working at Pearson, he was a Partner at McKinsey & Company and Head of McKinsey’s global education practice. He is a Distinguished Visiting Fellow at the Harvard Graduate School of Education and holds an honorary doctorate from the University of Exeter. Before joining government he was a professor at the Institute of Education at the University of London.

Media & Reports

Tackling the COVID-19 Crisis

Advice for leaders in government and the public sector.

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Global Pathfinder Initiative

Global lessons in tackling COVID-19.

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Delivery in Uncertainty

Creating public value when times are changing.

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Creating Public Value

How to spend tax revenue in a way that yields genuine, lasting returns for taxpayers.

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The Ehsaas Programme Report

An independent analysis doubles down on Pakistan's commitment to transparency in their flagship poverty alleviation programme.

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Books & Publications

An avalanche is coming: Higher education and the revolution ahead

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Deliverology 101: A Field Guide For Educational Leaders

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Deliverology in Practice: How Education Leaders are Improving Student Outcomes

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How to Run a Government: So That Citizens Benefit and Taxpayers Don't Go Crazy

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