Charles Fadel is a global education expert, author, and inventor, with several affiliations. At Harvards Graduate School of Education he is a Visiting Practitioner exploring curriculum redesign concepts, and accelerated learning via neuroscience; visiting lecturer at Wharton/UPenn where he teaches a class on Technologies for Learning in the Chief Learning Officers program (received highest student rating); and member of the Presidents Council of Olin College. His work spans the continuum of Schools, Higher Education, and Workforce Development/Lifelong Learning. Vice-chair of the Education committee of the Business and Industry Advisory Committee (BIAC) to the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), nominated by the US Chamber of International Business (USCIB). He works with several teams at the OECD PISA, AHELO, and Innovation groups most notably. He is the co-author of a best-selling book titled 21st Century Skills Learning for Life in our Times (Wiley) now being translated in mandarin Chinese, Russian and Korean. He frequently lectures on this topic, as well as STEM, and Education Technology. He is a former Global Education Lead at Cisco Systems and the Cisco board member at the Partnership for 21st Century Skills (of which Cisco was a founding member) and Change the Equation (STEM). He was also the Cisco liaison with UNESCO and the World Bank. He is also a Board member at Innovate/Educate (dedicated to the advocacy of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) He is an appointee to the Massachusetts gubernatorial Commission to Develop an Index of Creative and Innovative Education in Public Schools, and has served on the Massachusetts Governors Readiness Project as well as its 21st Century Skills task force. He is an angel investor, as part of Beacon Angels in Boston.
He has worked with a wide variety of education ministries and organizations in Massachusetts, Canada (Federal, New Brunswick and PEI), France, Finland, Sweden, Italy, Chile, Brazil, Costa Rica, Tunisia, and the Dominican Republic, to name a few, and has worked on education projects with more than thirty countries and states.
He has contributed to and has been featured by media such as National Public Radio (NPR), the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC), the Huffington Post, eSchool News, Education Week, University Business, Technology & Learning, New Media Consortium, MA and NY Associations for Supervision and Curriculum Development, T.H.E. Journal, and many others. He has presented at numerous education conferences, including at UNESCO, the World Bank, the Consortium for School Networking (COSN), the National School Boards Association (NSBA), the National Center for Technology Innovation (NCTI), and the Masie Centers Learning conferences.
He is incubating DigData, a non-profit addressing the convergence of 21st Century Skills, psychology and linguistics to better teach Statistics and Probabilities. He was creative advisor to the Hayden planetarium of the Boston Museum of Science on their new implementation, and has advised innovative school systems in Brazil (Lumiar) and Chile (Innova100).
Charles has been awarded five patents on video, content, and communication technologies. He holds a bachelor of science in electronics with course concentration in quantum and solid-state physics with a minor in neuroscience, and a master of business administration in international marketing. An avid reader, he has autodidactically learned disciplines such as evolutionary psychology. He also enjoys the lessons of classical history.