Consultant for innovation in education and author, UK
Charles is known as one of the world's most innovative thinkers on the future of education, drawing on research which has taken him from high-tech schools in the US and the UK to the slums of Nairobi and Sao Paulo. He is recognised as one of the world's leading advocates for how public services can harness the power of innovation to deliver better solutions for citizens.
His most recent work, Learning from the Extremes, in conjunction with Cisco, looks at the demand for innovative approaches to low cost, mass forms of education in the developing world. Learning from the Extremes profiles the work of educational innovators and social entrepreneurs around the world who are devising new approaches to make education available, at scale, at the bottom of the pyramid. From this research Charles has developed a set of tools, an Education Innovation Grid, now being adopted by policy makers in several countries, which clarify the different types of innovation that education systems need, from improving and reinventing schools, to combining schools with community programmes and transformational innovation to find entirely new ways to make education possible, often using technology.