Kevin Ruth

Chief Executive

Kevin is Executive Director of ECIS. In addition to two decades in education, he has given 18 years of service as a director on non-profit boards, with four years as a school trustee. Kevin is a Fellow in the UK-based Royal Society of Arts; advisory council member for Harvard Business Review; member of the Online Executive Panel (Education) for McKinsey & Company; member of the Feedback Forum (Marketing) for the Financial Times; and past lecturer for the National Endowment for the Humanities. He holds bachelor’s degrees in French and German and a Master’s in Comparative Literature, all from the Pennsylvania State University; a Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from Rutgers University; and two executive certificates from Stanford University in Advanced Project Management and Strategic Decision & Risk Management. A dual UK/US citizen, he lives in London with his wife and two children, who attend and thrive at an international school.


Future Leaders

26 February 2019 | 12:30 - 13:30 | English | The Culture of Leadership

To what extent is leadership context-driven? How does culture impact leadership? What are beliefs and values about leadership, and how do they impact leadership practices? We will examine research around these questions, and consider what that means on an individual level, with each participant leaving with a set of growth and development objectives.

Leadership stream

27 February 2019 | 12:30 - 13:00 | English | Developing Leaders for an Age of Exponential Learning

From artificial intelligence, augmented reality, virtual reality, and data science to synthetic biology, nanotechnologies, networks, and more, schools are environments for cultivating and constructing an appropriate intersection with society, in order to ensure our young people (and our own institutions) are at the forefront of relevance. This new era of exponential learning is the time for schools to lead. It will require us to engage in some deep thinking – and take tsunami-sized decisions – with regard to our programmes, offerings, and an explicit focus on our humanity. What does that mean for leadership development programmes in education? Learn how ECIS are looking at this question, with a fresh take on leadership development for the exponential age.