Dr Ger Graus OBE

Global Director of Education

KidZania

Dr Ger Graus OBE is a renowned figure in the field of education, where he holds the position of the first Global Director of Education at KidZania.

Dr Graus has been at the heart of innovation, project development and independent evaluations by, amongst others the University of Cambridge and Tecnológico de Monterrey.

Before this, in 2007, he became the founding Chief Executive of the Children's University. Under his leadership, the Children's University became a multiple-award winning international charity providing 5 to 14-year-olds with exciting and innovative learning opportunities outside school hours.

Ger Graus was awarded an Honorary Doctorate by Staffordshire University in 2011 and was made an Adjunct Fellow by the University of Adelaide in 2013. In 2019 he was appointed as Academic Leader at the Instituto Tecnológico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey in Mexico.

In the 2014 Queen’s Birthday Honours List Dr Graus was made an Honorary Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (OBE) for services to children.

Dr Graus now works with and advises organisations globally on the learning agenda in its widest sense, including the OECD, he has recently joined Junior Achievement Worldwide’s Global Council, and has been invited to help shape the future of education in Dubai as a member of the Dubai Future
Councils.

In his book ‘Natural Born Learners’, author Alex Beard says of Dr Graus: “In learning terms, Ger Graus is Jean-Jacques Rousseau meets Willy Wonka.”
 

SPEAKER SESSIONS

Leadership stream

26 February 2020 | 14:00 - 15:00 | Children can only aspire to what they know exists. Building a creative approach to social mobility

Dr Graus’s talk will focus on KidZania’s global education strategy, including its local implementation and evaluations leading to a Global Barometer of Children’s Aspirations.

He will outline how KidZania’s approach to education is leading to enhanced life chances for children, through purposeful and innovative ways of engaging with the private sector, an evidence-based voice in the world of education, as well as a socially responsible approach to partnerships:
return on involvement instead of return on investment.