Travels from: London, England
Brett Wigdortz OBE is an education pioneer. After working as a management consultant at McKinsey & Company in Jakarta, Singapore and London, he founded and led the UK's Teach First from its launch in July, 2002 and for the next 15 years helped build it into the country's leading movement to tackle education inequality.
Teach First has become one of country's most successful charities. Among its achievements are: becoming the UK's largest graduate recruiter, running an accredited world class teacher training program, and supporting more than one million children in classrooms across England and Wales.
Wigdortz is the author of Success Against the Odds, a candid account of the first ten years of Teach First. The book was named WHSmith's Business Book of the month.
He was awarded an OBE (Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire) in the 2013 Queen's New Year's Honor's list for Services to Education. He has also won numerous awards over the past 15 years, including Charity Times UK Charity CEO of the Year, Ernst & Young UK Social Entrepreneur of the Year, the Evening Standards' 1,000 Most Influential Londoners for seven years in a row and Debrett's 500 Most Influential Britons for six years in a row.
Wigdortz is Co-Founder and Trustee of Teach For All, a network of more than 45 Teach First partner programs all over the world. He has supported entrepreneurs in over 40 countries to develop these social change movements. He became the vice chair of the UK Holocaust Memorial Foundation Education Advisory Group in 2015 and joined the Varkey Foundation Teacher Alliance of worldwide educational experts in March 2016.
Since stepping down as CEO of Teach first, Wigdortz has been working with Jamie Oliver to help the celebrity chef develop a national strategy to reduce youth obesity. Continuing his pioneering educational work, he has also been developing a platform to grow, support and improve the quality of small nursery programs in the UK.