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David Harkin

FED Council Member: David is an entrepreneur and the CEO of the award-winning education company 8billionideas which exists to give every student the skills and belief to change the world. Since its formation, 8billionideas has worked with over 100,000 students around the world in 500 schools. 8billionideas has strategic partnerships in every part of the sector – including Multi-Academy Trusts, Young Offender Units, International and Independent Schools. Its work through its partner schools has been recognised by TES and most recently COBIS in 2020.

In 2021, 8billionideas will feature in a publication led by St James Palace’ and Prince Charles’ team to give their insight into innovation and leadership as the country celebrates 300 years of Government.

David is also proudly a 2x TED speaker and author, and holds the post of Director of Entrepreneurship in a number of schools around the world. 

At the start of 2020, 8billionideas founded a movement known as #UnlockingEducation having thought provoking discussions around the future of education. David is a passionate educationalist who is extremely excited about the window of opportunity of change ahead of us and for this reason, is excited about becoming a FED Council member. 

A message from David Harkin on joining the FED:

“FED is exactly what education needs right now. In my opinion there is a golden opportunity for positive evolution in education; there is so much to be excited about, not only achievements which took place in years gone by but others ahead. I think it is our opportunity as passionate educationalists to take it. But the only way that great ideas can happen is if hunches collide and that’s exactly what the FED is doing, and that’s why I’m proud to be on the advisory council.”

Find out more about David on his Twitter, LinkedIn, or 8billionideas website.

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