Michael “Gus” Schmedlen is Vice President for Worldwide Education at HP, where he directs HP’s education strategy, solution development, marketing and channels. Gus serves as an advisor to many education policy organizations, including the Brookings Institution Center for Universal Education, the World Economic Forum New Vision for Education Initiative and the Global Business Coalition for Education. To assist governments in improving workforce development and measure the economic impact of investments in education, Gus created NETA, the National Education Technology Assessment process. NETA combines macroeconomic analysis, hyper-local insights and predictive econometrics to help leaders shape the most effective human capital development policies. Schmedlen’s article The Role of the For-Profit Firm in the Education Ecosystem was published in the textbook Principal 2.0: Technology and Education Leadership. This work was based on ideas he developed for his editorial, Sharing Value through Society-Centric Design, which appeared in the 2012 UN edition of This is Africa. More recently, he contributed to The New Role of Business in Global Education (FSG, 2014) and the World Economic Forum’s New Vision for Education paper and online experience (WEF, 2015, 2016). More recently, Schmedlen addressed over seventy ministers at the Education World Forum in London with his presentation, How Data Can Make the Case for Investments in Human Capital Development.
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