Vivien Stewart is Senior Advisor for Education at Asia Society. She has been responsible for its programs to promote the study of Asia and other world regions, cultures, languages, and global issues in America's schools and for building connections between US and Asian education leaders.
In the United States this includes working with a network of state and national education leaders, creating a national initiative to expand the teaching of Chinese; managing a prizes program to recognize excellence in international education; providing professional development and award-winning Web resources for teachers and students; and developing a model network of internationally oriented schools.
Internationally, she has developed a series of international benchmarking exchanges and conferences to share expertise between American and Asian education, business, and policy leaders on how to improve education to meet the demands of globalization. She writes extensively on education internationally and on what the United States can learn from high-performing education systems around the world.
Ms. Stewart has had a long involvement with education and youth affairs. She directed the children, youth, and education programs at Carnegie Corporation of New York and led the shaping of reform agendas in early childhood education, urban school reform, science education, teaching as a profession, and healthy adolescent development. She also managed a number of Carnegie task forces that produced influential reports and was instrumental in the creation of the National Center for Children in Poverty and the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards.
She has served as Senior Policy Advisor to the UN Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Children and Armed Conflict, and to the UN High Commissioner for Refugees, and has been a Visiting Scholar at Teachers College, Columbia University, New York. She received her BA and M.Phil. degrees from Oxford University. In 2007, she was awarded the Harold McGraw Prize for her contributions to global education.