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Charles F.

Founder and Chairman
Jamaica Plain, MA, USA


Charles Fadel is a global education thought leader and futurist, author and inventor, with several active affiliations; his work spans the continuum of Schools, Higher Education, and Workforce Development/Lifelong Learning:

Founder and chairman of the Center for Curriculum Redesign (Boston, Massachusetts), focused on "Making Education More Relevant" and answering the question: "What should students learn for the 21st century? In an age of Artificial Intelligence"
Founder and President of the Fondation Helvetica Educatio (Geneva, Switzerland) focused on global education matters.
Project Director at Harvard's Graduate School of Education in the Laboratory for the Science of the Individual, exploring "Machine Learning + Human Learning".
Member of the President's Council of the Franklin W. Olin College of Engineering.
Senior fellow, human capital at The Conference Board
Chair of the Education committee of the Business and Industry Advisory Committee (BIAC) to the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), nominated by the US Chamber of International Business (USCIB). He works with several teams at the OECD - Education 2030, PISA, and CERI most notably.

Through his 25-year high-tech career, he has witnessed firsthand the disruptive effects of exponential change, which gives him a unique perspective he brings to the world of Education. Among his past affiliations:

Global Education Lead at Cisco Systems for almost thirteen years.
Product marketing and management roles in semiconductors for broadband and wireless applications at Analog Devices and M/A-COM.
Founder of Neurodyne, an ahead-of-its-time startup focused on Neural Networks/Artificial Intelligence.
Visiting practitioner at Harvard's Graduate School of Education in the Mind, Brain and Education program, exploring curriculum redesign issues in an age of artificial intelligence, and teaching the first-ever class on "Human Learning + Machine Learning" (HT510a).
Visiting lecturer at MIT's ESG with an innovative "special topics in mathematics" seminar named "Polymathy: The World in 10 Curves" ES.S20, which he has then taught at Harvard's Graduate School of Education six years in a row, to student acclaim.
Visiting lecturer at Wharton/University of Pennsylvania in the Chief Learning Officer Program.
Senior fellow at the Partnership for 21st Century Skills.
Appointee to the Massachusetts gubernatorial "Commission to Develop an Index of Creative and Innovative Education in Public Schools", and has served on the Massachusetts Governor's Readiness Project as well as its 21st Century Skills task force.
Former angel investor with Beacon Angels in Boston

Charles is a highly sought-after keynoter/presenter at private, national and international events for organizations as varied as the World Economic Forum, UNESCO, World Bank, OECD, Google TechTalk, Gates Foundation, National Science Foundation, World Future Society, NY Times Schools of Tomorrow, International Baccalaureate, ERB, SSATB, ACT, Learning & the Brain, British Council, CEA-ACE (Canada), etc.

He has contributed to and has been featured by media such as National Public Radio (NPR), the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC), the Huffington Post, eSchool News, Education Week, University Business, Technology & Learning, and many others.

His most recent, ground-breaking book "Artificial Intelligence in Education" has just been published. His former, highly influential book "Four-Dimensional Education" has been translated in ten languages (framework in 20 languages) including Spanish, Portuguese, Russian, German, mandarin Chinese, Japanese and Korean. He is also the co-author of best-selling book "21st Century Skills" (Wiley) which has become a worldwide moniker, and has been translated in mandarin Chinese (simplified, and traditional), Korean and Russian.

Charles consults selectively with high-potential jurisdictions, schools, universities, corporations and foundations around the globe. He has contributed to education projects in more than thirty countries, including Australia, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Finland, the Netherlands, New Zealand, South Africa, South Korea, Sweden, Switzerland, Tunisia, and the United States, to name a few.

Charles has been awarded seven patents on: video (3), social networking (2), web content (1), and communication (1) technologies. He holds a bachelor of science in electronics with course concentration in quantum/solid-state physics, and a master of business administration in international marketing. He also attended courses in electrical engineering at the master level, with electives in neuroscience and statistics. An avid reader, he has autodidactically learned emerging disciplines such as evolutionary psychology. He also enjoys the lessons of classical history.