About Simon Breakspear

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 Bachelors degrees in Psychology and Teaching, a Masters 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.

Simon lives in Sydney Australia with his wife and two young children.

Working with Simon is the safest way to make sure a high profile, ambitious event for school leaders breaks new ground and leaves people wanting more. Nobody can engage, challenge, provoke, and entertain a room full of school leaders like Simon Breakspear.
- S. Tierney - Director, Education, Teaching & Learning Strategy Asia, Microsoft
Simon is exceptional in his approach and revolutionary in his ideas for education. He is a great asset to any organisation, looking to gain a refreshing and cutting-edge perspective in improving education.
- INTASE - Organiser of World Educational Leadership Summit 2015
Your keynote address was much appreciated and well received. Thank you for helping us support teachers and their students in schools.
- Joe Alvaro. President, Economics and Business Educators NSW
Your presentation was lively and engaging and a great way to start the second day of the conference! Your ideas and breadth of knowledge internationally were very well received and provoked a lot of discussion afterwards.
- Robyn Vidler. President, AUSTAFE Inc.
Charismatic, earnest and connecting well to every kind of audience, Simon has touched the lives of so many educational leaders, teachers and students. A great facilitator, curator and catalyst.
- Avnita Bir. Principal R.N Podar School Mumbai, India. Board Member, Central Board of Secondary Education
Simon's truly excellent presentation reinforced exactly what we wanted and provided challenges to inspire us further
- M.Piddington - Principal, Sydney Distance Education High School
Simon is a brilliant keynote speaker – engaging the audience with humour and charisma while delivering practical, meaningful content.
- Elizabeth Li - Producer of EduTECH and FutureSchools, Association and Communications Events
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