With 35-years of education experience spanning four continents, multiple curricula and diverse organisations around the world, Edward Lawless is passionate about reimagining education under flexible and sustainable blended learning conditions that can increase educational access and opportunity for all.
As the inaugural Head of Professional Development for the International Baccalaureate’s Asia Pacific Region from 2006 to 2010, he oversaw the training of approximately 12,000 IB teachers and administrators annually across the region. He was responsible for integrating the regional office’s professional development operations for IB Primary Years, Middle Years and Diploma Programmes into a single community of IB professional development practice. With more than 500 trained IB workshop leaders, his team delivered IB workshops to trainees from Mongolia to New Zealand, and from Pakistan to Fiji.
From 2010 to 2018, he served as the Founding Principal and Chief Academic Officer for Pamoja Education, an Oxford–based edtech organisation working in exclusive cooperation with the International Baccalaureate. He was responsible for the academic development and delivery of IB-approved online Diploma Programme courses as well as comprehensive student support services designed to broaden student access to IB Diploma courses under both online and blended learning conditions. During my tenure, the organisation grew to support over 4,000 students in more than 600 schools around the world and extended its course catalogue to include Cambridge International A-level and IGCSE studies.
Today, he serves as the Director of Education Strategy at Aoba Japan International School Group and the Founding Director of The Centre for Innovation (CFI), a Tokyo-based not-for-profit organisation dedicated to providing a gateway to global education innovation in Japan. With its own digital learning environment, CFI works with key partners to support their organizational digital learning needs as well as to promote the exchange of innovative ed-tech resources and services capable of supporting the Japanese Ministry of Education’s (MEXT) agenda for education reform – fostering learner inquiry, agency and collaboration. He is also a member of the Japanese Ministry’s Consortium for Promotion of IB Education in Japan, and plays a key support role for public relations, resource development and online network development.
He is always interested in connecting with students, teachers, school leaders, and representatives of public, private and social sectors to broaden access to quality education.