Ger Graus – Keynote Speaker

Global Director of Education, KidZania

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Specialist Subjects

  • Education and Learning
  • Future of Society
  • Youth
  • Motivation
  • Wellbeing


  • English


Professor Dr Ger Graus OBE is a renowned figure in the field of education – once described as “Jean-Jacques Rousseau meets Willy Wonka” (Alex Beard). He was the first Global Director of Education at KidZania and the founding CEO of the Children’s University.

In 2019, Ger became a Visiting Professor at the National Research University in Moscow, Russia. He is also a Professor of Practice at the University of Cumbria, United Kingdom, and is a frequent keynote speaker at some of the world’s leading education conferences. Driven by his famous mantra that “Children can only aspire to what they know exists” he champions the cause of creativity, progress, equity, and innovation in children’s learning. Born in the Netherlands, Ger moved to the United Kingdom in 1983 where he began his teaching career, later becoming a Senior Inspector, and Education Director. Ger is a member of Bett’s Global Education Council; DIDAC India’s Advisory Board; and Junior Achievement’s Worldwide Global Council.

He chairs the Beaconhouse School System’s Advisory Board, Pakistan; advises the Fondazione Reggio Children, Italy; and was invited to help shape the future of education in Dubai as a member of the Dubai Future Councils. In 2023, Ger joined the Global Teacher Prize Judging and the World’s Best School Prize Academies as a judge. In the 2014 Queen’s Birthday Honours List Ger was made an Honorary Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (OBE) for services to children, and in 2018 he received the Global Education Leadership Award at the World Education Congress, India.

In 2022, he was granted the award of Iconic Leader Creating A Better World For All by the Women Economic Forum (WEF) and the following year, Ger was made a Companion of the Harry Volker Genootschap in The Netherlands.

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